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June 8, 2018

Northwest Tortoise will be at the Mid-Columbia Library (Kennewick, Union branch)

June 23 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Northwest Tortoise will be at the Kennewick branch of the Mid-Columbia Library. I need volunteers to be ‘tortoise models.’ Time commitment would be 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tortoise models will be responsible for displaying my tortoises to the kids at the event. Kids will be able to touch, but not hold, the tortoises. I’ll provide information about the individual tortoise and no experience is necessary. Responsible kids (probably over 10 years) […]

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30 Days of adoptable tortoises! Please follow and share these posts. Let's get some tortoises adopted! See the website for adoption policies and procedures (www.northwesttortoise.org).

15 of 30: Russian/Larry
Male, 14 ounces, unknown age, came from the wild-caught pet industry. Larry is ready for a new home with an outdoor pen.
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Northwest Tortoise

30 Days of adoptable tortoises! Please follow and share these posts. Let's get some tortoises adopted! See the website for adoption policies and procedures (www.northwesttortoise.org).

14 of 30: 3-toed box turtle/Helen
Female, less than 1 pound, young adult, Helen came from the pet trade and could be wild-caught. She’s quite shy but has beautiful colors once she’s out of her shell.
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  • My family and I just adopted a box turtle from here and our experience was amazing. Terese was so helpful with the many questions I had when we were preparing. We would definitely recommend adopting from northwest tortoise and hopefully we will be adopting from here again when we have the space for more.
    Shelli Nicole
  • After much online research, I chose NW Tortoise to surrender my two Russian tortoises to. While it was a sad day for our family, I know I chose the very best place for my little guys to have the best life possible. Terese was so great to work with and I'm clear she loves these animals and is dedicated to helping them thrive.
    Amy Gundlach
  • We have just adopted a redfoot tortoise bred at Northwest Tortoise and the experience has been amazing! Terese is very knowledgeable and ready to answer every question, even the dumb ones! And that's before and after purchase! I feel excited and confident as my husband and I embark on our tortoise journey.
    Karen Huffman
  • Excellent experience working with Terese. Very knowledgeable and just wants to find the right home for each turtle.
    Josh Magnuson
  • Terese with Northwest Tortoise is a compassionate and incredibly knowledgeable person. She has a genuine love for tortoises, desire to rescue and nurture them, and dedication to teaching others about these amazing creatures. She goes above and beyond expectations to save these little guys. Our family is very thankful for her.
    Linda Johnson
  • I recently adopted a Russian Tortoise from Terese of NW Tortoise for my grandson. From her very first email, it was clear that Terese is passionate about these amazing creatures and her experience and wisdom will build your confidence, not to mention, help make a decision on what tortoise you should consider. Terese supplied all the information we could possibly need, answered endless questions and even arranged for her friend to meet us in our area to pick up our new tortoise. With Terese, it is a personal experience – I really enjoyed the whole process. Adoption can be risky, but this little Russian is busy, happy and healthy. I highly recommend Terese/NW Tortoise to anyone considering purchase or adoption!
    Ellen Hankins
  • Thank you Northwest Tortoise for our new little Red Foot. We are very impressed with our little guy and the whole process. We have never shipped a reptile before and we were a little nervous, WA to MO is a long way. Sheldon arrived safe, sound, healthy, happy & alert. Within 10 hours he was dropped off at the airport and arrived at our FedEx location. I was very impressed with his packaging. We have now had him for a week and a half and he has just been a joy. Thank you Thank you Thank you!
    Carol Morse
  • This is an excellent and very professional organization. If you are interested in purchasing a turtle or tortoise I would not recommend pet stores – where the health of those animals is unfortunately questionable – and would 100% recommend Northwest Tortoise instead. The owner raises these animals and the difference is incredible. Since my purchase of a beautiful Eastern Box Turtle the owner has continued to help with further questions I have regarding care, feeding and making sure my turtle is doing well. Additionally, I would also recommend the enclosure they sell for these pets as it is easy to assemble and the perfect size. We were searching a long time for a turtle and walked away disappointed or unconvinced from several stores. It is increasingly uncommon to find a place with healthy and responsive animals as well as owners who care enough to remain in contact afterward. I would recommend Northwest Tortoise first to anyone interested in having one of these awesome animals as a pet.
    Monica Alcantar