Turtle Is Looking For Perfect Watering Hole
Allow us to introduce you to this week's Pet of the Week from the Vanderburgh Humane Society, Sheldon. See him in action!
Sheldon is one of 4 yellow-bellied sliders that were surrendered to us at the end of April. (The others are Titan, Shelly, and Shelby.) Yellow bellies are not native to this area, which means they were purchased from someone. It also means they can’t be released outside (plus they’re used to tank life anyway.) They are pretty common but they do need a significant setup... at least a 4-foot long turtle tank — preferably larger — with water they can fully submerge in, a basking rock, heat lamp, and other specific things to help them stay healthy & happy. Their adoption fees are only $10 each which should help potential families put more money towards the setup they will need and their ongoing care.
Lifespan: up to 30 years! (These guys’ previous owner had them for 8 years. So we have their age listed as 8, but they could be a little older depending on how old they were when the people acquired them.)
Diet: live crickets or locusts; shrimp; salmon; commercial turtle diets; vegetation. They need a good amount of protein so a wide variety of foods should be offered.
We now have several litters of kittens in foster care and even a few at the shelter ready for adoption, so the “Kitten Season Please Help” plea begins now. Foster homes are needed. For kittens by themselves, and also for moms with kittens. Fostering is 100% free. We provide everything INCLUDING food (not all organizations do.) Fostering is also not indefinite with us. The goal is for you to have the kittens as short a time as possible until they can come back to the shelter for adoption — the littler they are, the more people want them. You will not have the same foster animals for years on end.
All the info on fostering is at www.vhslifesaver.org/foster.
Get more info on Iris or other adoptable pets at vhslifesaver.org!