Don't let the hard outer shell fool you - this sweet tortoise is just a big softy at heart.
For the last two years or so, Shelly has been living alongside residents at the Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, where he serves as the facility's only full-time therapy animal. Prior to his arrival there, he had been found wandering along a roadside, likely after being abandoned by his former owner.
But the discarded tortoise, thought to be about 20 years old, soon found purpose bringing joy and comfort to people who love him.
"He came to us as a rescue," therapist Brandy Meredith told The Dodo. "He's just been a great addition. A lot of pets we have here, dogs and cats, come and go - Shelly is always here. Anybody who ever needs a little downtime can go have some interaction with him. He's great."