Questions and Answers With an Experienced Sloth Adopter. We asked an experienced sloth adopter how he felt about his experience adopting sloths.
Our friend Jose Nodal who has adopted several sloths and is interested in adopting more sloths.
He was kind enough to answer some questions about adopting a sloth.
We sent him some questions and he kindly responded with his answers by email and we have posted them below in this article with permission from him.
If you have any questions about the topic, please leave them in the comments section.
- How Did You Begin Adopting and Why Did You Choose Sloths?
- Do You Adopt Any Other Kinds of Animals?
- Do You Give Any of Your Sloth Adoptions as Gifts?
- How Do You Choose Which Adopting Organization to Support?
- What Quality Do You Look For When You Choose an Adopting Program?
- How Often Do You Have To Donate To Your Sloth Adoptions?
- Where in The World Do You Adopt Sloths?
- What is The Best Sloth Adoption Program You Have Found?
- How Many Sloths Have You Adopted? Have You Plans to Adopt More?
- Do Sloth Adoptions Programs Give You Information on What They Offer?
- Have You Personally Visited Any of Your Sloth Adoptees?
- What Materials Do They Send, Such as Certificates or Fact Sheets?
- Can Sloth Adoptions Be Moved From One Sloth to Another?
So here’s your chance to hear from an Experienced Sloth Adopter who has already participated in sloth adoption programs.
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How Did You Begin Sloth Adopting and Why Did You Choose Sloths?
“I’ve always loved animals, but I took a particular interest in sloths because I have a soft spot for them.
I feel that they are hunted by so many animals, poachers steal and snatch them to use them as photo props in the use of sloth selfies with tourists, their forests are being eliminated and they are being electrocuted by power lines.
They are also so slow and have a hard time defending themselves. I will always cheer for the underdogs and they are such quiet, gentle, and intelligent animals with no effect on the environment.
One day I saw a picture of an electrocuted sloth on the Instagram page of a rescue center in Costa Rica called Toucan Ranch and the sloth looked very injured, her mom had died from the electrocution and fell to her room while carrying her daughter so I started following her progress on IG.”
“Every week I saw her getting better and it made me feel better, like a feeling of hope. It was at that moment I decided to adopt OATMEAL my first sloth, my orphan, my baby.
Every week I would follow her progress and saw the amazing work they were doing with her as well as noticing that they were also taking care of and rescuing other animals. I saw them in bandages, then crawling, then walking than climbing.
They did an orthopedic surgery on her arm with fixation to save her arm from being amputated. It felt good, I felt needed and I hoped that she would make it back to the wild again and now I know that she will.
At that moment I felt that if I didn’t save her no one would. I knew she needed it and that’s how I fell in love with adopting sloths.”
Do You Adopt Any Other Kinds of Animals?
“Yes, other than sloths I have donated towards other animals such as a young tamandua (anteater) his name is Loki and he is also at the Toucan Rescue Ranch in Costa Rica.
He was hit by a car and multiple broken bones which needed screws and rods to put them back together again. Thank god they performed the surgery and he is doing amazing.
The best part is they post everything, his before surgery x-ray, anesthesia, stitching, after surgery x-ray showing the surgery, his progress they have all these Drs and staff voluntarily helping and donating their time and love to help them.
He will also go back to the wild and enjoy his freedom.”
Do You Give Any of Your Sloth Adoptions as Gifts?
“I have adopted all animals for myself but I have thoughts about adopting them in the future for my mom.
She has always saved animals by adopting multiple animals from the humane society. Now she has Alzheimer’s, dementia, and suffers from severe depression.
When I go see her I show her my adopted animals and she laughs and giggles with me so that has made me and my dad very happy.
Almost rewarding because she doesn’t remember much but always loves animals.”
Experience Sloth Adopter – How Do You Choose Which Adopting Organization to Support?
“I only concentrate on rescue centers and sanctuaries that let their animals go back into the wild.
I only choose to support not for profit organizations that help rescue them, rehab them, feed and take care of them in Hope’s they go back into the wild.
Sloths particularly are not meant to be held and passed around, suffer from tachycardia, and can be stressed out easily.
A lot of people don’t understand that just because a sloth has a natural happy face doesn’t mean he is happy.
At least in rescue centers and sanctuaries, they live a full, happy, and quality life even if they are unreleasable they live very comfy and safe.”
What Quality Do You Look For When You Choose an Adopting Program?
“I look for organizations that ACTUALLY care about the animals well being and health.
I make sure that their programs are geared toward helping, rehabbing, and training and prepping them to go back into the wild and be free again.
Their prep for freedom is important because you can’t human raise a baby orphaned sloth and it survives in the wild by itself.
It takes skills for them to get ready for the wild. Almost like kindergarten, middle school, and high school.
Once they are ready and (graduate) they will survive on their own, and be able to climb, look for leaves, take a poop, defend themselves, etc..
It takes work and very few are willing to put that in so that is very important.”
How Often Do You Donate To Your Sloth Adoptions?
“Sometimes I do a hero donation which is a larger one once a year and sometimes I do monthly donations and I also do one time donations randomly.
The better my finances are the more I can contribute. There are so many options, so no amount is too little. Every bit helps.”
Where in The World Do You Adopt Sloths?
“I have focused on one country so far because that’s where the most reputable ones are in Costa Rica.
They take sloths very seriously there and are protected by the governments with very strict rules so that’s why I chose to start there.
However, there is another one in Panama called APPC PANAMA. They have a lot of sloths there.
They have one called Football he was used as a football by kids and suffered severe animal abuse.
His spine was broken and he became paralyzed. They helped him through therapies and lots of love and care and now he is climbing again towards a 100% recovery, which is a miracle.
That makes me want to also adopt there because they are very serious about saving the sloths but their government isn’t. Or at least as serious as Costa Rica.”
What is The Best Sloth Adoption Program You Have Found?
“The Sloth Institute and Toucan Rescue Ranch have the best rescue and release program in the world.
They also are always willing to help other animal rescues which is good.”
“But the real hero is SAM TRULL the founder of the Sloth Institute and true Queen of the sloths, writer of sloth books because she has devoted her life entirely to saving, conserving, and making sure they get back into the wild programs.
She is the ONE with the best programs.”
How Many Sloths Have You Adopted? Have You Plans to Adopt More?
“I have 4 sloths adopted so far. Yes, as my financial situation increases I would love to adopt more and help to conserve them forever. God willingly.
I also look forward in the future to volunteering my time there and showing awareness to the world about them.”
Do Sloth Adoptions Programs Give You Information on What They Offer?
“Yes, they all do. With updates on IG, Facebook, and email.
The whole step of the way they are showing you their progress and you can contact them and they always get back to you.
I try to not bother them because I trust them, I trust in them to make the right choices and so far they have for the sake of the animals and the forests.”
Have You Personally Visited Any of Your Sloth Adoptees?
“I was planning on going last month but due to the COVID quarantine, I have not been able to.
I will be visiting soon and often once this quarantine is over and I look forward to being a member of their organizations.”
What Materials Do They Send, Such as Certificates or Fact Sheets?
“The Sloth Institute and Toucan Rescue Ranches send pictures, certificates of adoption, and the Sloth Institute sent me a book called Love of Sloths by Sam Trull and it was autographed by her.
This book sits next to the bed and it talks about their purpose, the sloths, the meaning of sloth love.
It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever owned and reminds of how special the love for sloths can be.”
Can Sloth Adoptions Be Moved From One Sloth to Another?
“Can adoptions be moved from one sloth to another due to passing or being released back into the wild? As of yet, they are all doing very well and we hope they make it to the wild.
These are the sloths that Jose is helping to rescue.
- Oatmeal the sloth is at the Toucan Rescue Ranch
- Loki the tamandua is at the Toucan Rescue Ranch
- Humpty Dumpty the sloth is at the Sloth Institute.
- Recently he adopted a Two-Fingered Sloth Named Raquel
These organizations I am helping take their duties very seriously so I know in my heart they will make it and have their freedom again.”
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