I did what I never thought I’d do — I rehomed my pet tortoise, Henry, for a baby. Two babies, technically. I thought I didn’t believe in rehoming pets, but I thought a lot of things before becoming a mom.
When I was first considering rehoming Henry, I posted about it here. The blog post was picked up and republished by Yahoo, and readers went bananas. I reconsidered, but weeks passed and the reality was that I wasn’t giving Henry the level of attention I wanted him to have. It was impossible to supervise him and my daughters all wandering around on the floor of my small New York apartment together. Henry was still being taken care of, but his quality of life could have been better.
When I finally decided to take the plunge to rehome Henry, I found a like-minded person also in New York whose parents have tortoises. She knew all about them, asked all the right questions about care, and agreed to foster home him temporarily, allowing me to take him back eventually.
Henry’s now been in a new home for a few weeks, and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t dump him in a pond or sell him; I found a happy, healthy home for him during this brief time in his long life to come. The future is unpredictable, so don’t beat yourself up if you have to find a new home for your pet. Just do so responsibly.
Henry’s new foster parent sends photos, like the one above. I think he’s smiling, don’t you?
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