Sunday, September 19, 2010

Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week: Lian

Who could be more perfect for Space Paws first featured pet than Lian?!

Huh??? I thought Space Paws did cats? Well, most of our fosters have been cats 'cause that's what we've found or been given. But this is Maryland folks! Home of the Terrapins! I went to school in College Park and passed by Testudo every day! So when I saw Lian, I knew she was for us!

This week is's Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, a week dedicated to spotlighting those pets that are most often overlooked in shelters. It's all about getting people to take a second glance -- and give a second chance -- to those pets whose only crime is being a little older, the "wrong" color, an "uncuddly" species, or otherwise "less adoptable" -- but who have just as much love to give.

So BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets, tons of folks across the intertubes, and I are taking up the cause for the next Be the Change Challenge! We're spreading the word about the many great adoptable pets who sit in shelters for weeks, months, and even years waiting for their forever home while the cute and cuddly kittens and puppies get snapped right up.

Here's Lian's story, courtesy of her foster organization. (Just a side note, my pastor and her hubby have had a tortoise for years. He's the perfect pet for them and they interact with him every day. And, for them, turtle and tortoise longevity was a big draw, as passages to Rainbow Bridge are much less frequent than with our furry companions.) Lian is a red eared slider, an aquatic turtle, which will mean a more work to maintain a healthy habitat. Those of you who have fish know all about that. If you already have a fenced year with a pond, you've got the makings of a perfect fair-weather place for Lian!

Lian has been in foster care for over two years now. We had a home lined up recently, but it fell through. but it fell through.

Lian has been blessed, but she still needs a home! She was at the 2008 BARCStober Festival in Baltimore and took part in the Blessing of the Animals. Still, she's a slightly special needs girl and she's been waiting over a year for the right home! She's overcome so much, can't you give this little fighter her first real home?

Her shell is deformed - whether it's congenital or from an old injury, we can't tell. One side is shorter than the other, and is likely to stay that way. She arrived using only one leg (but was still able to pull herself onto a basking log!), but now she uses all four legs, and has improved so much, we think she might be able to live in a fenced-in backyard pond during the warmer months, although she won't turn up her nose at a 50, 55, or 75 gallon tank or Rubbermaid stock tank, either! It's best if she's the only turtle in the tank, or if she's living with turtle of a similar size (another sub-adult female slider). She probably shouldn't hibernate at this point, but we'd have to see how she deals with living outdoors before we say for certain. She's also recovered from old shell rot, which is why her shell looks so ragged. Lian is a fighter and deserves a chance at her first good home.

She was surrendered to animal control when her family moved, which was probably the best thing for her. She was dropped off in a 10 gallon aquarium in 4" of water - that's what she'd grown up in since she was a hatchling. She wasn't used to swimming when she arrived at her foster home, and was only using one leg when she arrived, but has gradually adjusted to deeper water . Lian eats well, likes her Reptomin pellets and leaf lettuce, but she really loves a treat of plain cooked chicken or an earthworm. She begs and is very personable. Please review our adoption requirements for aquatic turtles at if interested in adopting Lian.

How to Adopt: E-mail to request an application - make sure to indicate your CITY and STATE - and one will be e-mailed to you. Send it back with DETAILED description on how you will care for the pet (size of enclosure, food, type of water source, substrate, type of lighting, etc). If you already keep reptiles or amphibians, send a picture of one of your current enclosures and the animal. Once approved, send a picture of your completed set-up, then a time and location can be arranged for pick-up. We do not have a shelter - all fostering is done in our homes, so we meet in central locations such as downtown Baltimore.


  1. Fosters are so great trying to find forever homes for turtles too as well as others. Mom was sorry to hear about Kathleen and Cheese as it's hard to be separated from a loved one, but also glad she found a good foster parent until they can be together again.


  2. We are all "less adoptable" for various reasons, so we really support this initiative! We are sending many purrs to Lian in hopes that she finds a wonderful forever home. (Our mom is a Maryland grad also, so we think turtles are great!)

  3. Lian is way cool and such a fighter to overcome what she has been through. I am so glad someone is looking after her and I purr that she gets just the right forever home.

  4. Lian sounds like an awesome lady turtle! I know there is a great home for her out there!

  5. Awww poor Lian!! All pets deserve good homes no matter what they are! Me and Charlie hope brave and resilient Lian find a forever home - one who truly understands her very special needs.

    Take care

  6. Isn't she gorgeous! I'm not sure if he was a slider, but when mum was in grade 2, they had a turtle in their classroom that looked very much like Lian. His name was Smokey, and he had such an enourmous personality! We're purring that she will find the wonderful Forever Home that she deserves.

  7. Oh sweet Lian...hope she finds a forever home the "less adoptable" animals...they always turn out to be the "most lovable" ones :)

  8. Great post - we love turtles and will help spread the word on Lian!

  9. It is now 2019 and Lian is doing well. Her and her companion, an eastern painted turtle, are outside enjoying the summer weather in their stock tank pond. She is still as personable as ever and on the occasions I have let her get out and stretch her legs, she will come right up to me as if she has something to say. I'm glad to have her in our lives, thank you everyone who helped Lian on her way.



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