August 3, 2018

Case study: Greek Ibera (owner surrender) Symptoms upon intake: The tortoise went missing on Feb. 1, 2018 and was missing until May 23, 2018. It is assumed during this time the tortoise was exposed to the elements. The tortoise was severely emaciated including muscle atrophy. The shell showed signs of predator attack. He could not use his legs properly causing him to shuffle in circles. Additionally his neck muscles were too damaged to hold his head up. Eyes were glassy […]
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) […]
March 29, 2018

April 2018 update

Spring 2018! Let’s adopt some tortoises to great homes! The first round of adoptable tortoises have been posted on the fantastic new website! Check out what’s available and follow the policies and procedures to start the process. Learn more here. NWT will be at the Tri-Cities Pet Expo April 6 and 7. Stop by and see what I do. I have a new display with tons of educational information as well as a model tortoise table. I’ll also have tortoises […]
January 17, 2018

Oct. 2017 Northwest Tortoise suspends intakes

I’m sorry to have to announce that until further notice I cannot take in any more rescues. I wish I didn’t have to write this post but my choices are simple: Expend all my time and energy helping torts and continue careening towards the inevitable rescuers burnout or cut intakes until I not only get my head above water, but can actually float. The need doesn’t stop. Ever. The past year I’ve turned down 2 to 6 requests a week […]
August 17, 2017

A Note on Salmonella Contamination

A note on Salmonella contamination: pet water turtles often get a bad rap when uninformed people see headlines like ’Salmonella outbreak traced to pet water turtle.’ Then the panic, speculation and incorrect information starts flying and concerned parents make their kids get rid of their pet turtles.  If the turtle is lucky he’ll land in a rescue and be cared for until a proper home can be found. If not, often times he’ll be dumped into the nearest body of […]
June 3, 2017

Help support Northwest Tortoise

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March 31, 2017

2015 captive bred Greek Iberas ready to go!

2015 captive bred Greek Iberas are ready to go!  See the for sale section of the website and review the policies and procedures. Northwest Tortoise is a 501 c 3 non profit tortoise rescue that breeds on a LIMITED (in 2016 six tortoise eggs were hatched) basis. No species already crowding rescues is bred. Hatchlings are raised for at least a year before sale. Additionally, Northwest Tortoise invests a lot of time and energy in finding the correct, prepared and […]
July 29, 2016

Holy cow! Little ‘ol Northwest Tortoise makes BuzzFeed news!

So excited to have a mention with such a large audience! Check out the article here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/catferguson/a-reptile-dysfunction?utm_term=.xfG3pJVqeY#.qu7rxRW8EQ
December 20, 2015

November fundraiser wraps up with success!

Thank you everyone that donated to the November fundraiser. My goal was $500 and we ended at $465!!