The Hampshire Tortoise Society (HTS) is a non profit making organisation dedicated to the welfare of tortoises in capativity.
The story of HTS began in the year 2000 when founder member Julie Hinks arranged for tortoise owners to get together to hear local vet Dr. David Vawer lecture on the hibernation of tortoises. Since then membership has grown to more than 500. Although called the Hampshire Tortoise Society, membership and adoptions also cover the Surrey Borders and the Isle of Wight.
Julie is supported by committee members who undertake many tasks for the Society.
HTS is highly regarded by many vets and wildlife agencies and works closely with HM Customs and the Wildlife Police, caring for seized and illegally imported animals.
The aims of the Society are:
to promote the welfare of tortoises in captivity
to provide advice and literature on the care of tortoises
Another Division of our work is to:
care for sick and injured tortoises
liaise with HM Customs to care for smuggled tortoises
provide homes at our sanctuaries for special needs tortoises
find new homes for tortoises in approved, caring surroundings
hold fundraising events
Services provided include:
educational meetings and courses
telephone and email helpline
surgeries at Tortark (HQ of HTS)
free DVD/Video tortoise care library
The Hampshire Tortoise Society is always looking for loving and caring homes for tortoises.
We offer an adoption service for suitable homes and families prepared to offer outdoor and indoor accommodation. Tortoises are quite complicated reptiles that need special care and as long as you are willing to learn then we would be interested in hearing from you.
If you have lost your tortoises, please contact us as it just may be your tortoise has been handed into us.
We recommend that you take a photo of the Plastron (underneath) of your tortoise. This is to a tortoise the same as our finger prints. It is unique to each tortoise and a good way to confirm/prove that the tortoise belongs to you if lost.
Tortoises are regularly being handed into us and we endeavour to find their rightful owners. If you have lost your tortoise, please contact us as it just maybe that they are currently on holiday with us. Please contact us and if possible attach a photograph and some details of your tortoise, ie species, age or any distinquishing marks.
TortArk, Fontley Rd, Titchfield, Fareham PO15 6QX
Tel: 02380 321608
Call for an appointment