“Turtles need rescuing?” “Yes, unfortunately,” is always the answer.
Just like any other captive animal, humans have an incredible ability to mistreat them. Turtles and tortoises are not ‘throw away’ pets. Northwest Tortoise invests extensive time vetting potential owners. If you are looking for a quick transaction and expect to fill out a form and get immediate approval its recommend you look elsewhere.
If you’ve done your research and you are ready for a shelled pet for life apply here!
A note on determining age: Unless there is a hatch date for a turtle/tortoise there is no reliable way to determine age. Age cannot be reliably determined by size, rings on the shell, damage on the shell or any other speculative methods. The following ages are an educated guess based on information from the previous owner and 25 years of experience working with turtles/tortoises.
- Alice 3-Toed Box Turtle Female, 1# 9oz., 26 years confirmed. Alice came from the pet industry and was fed all the wrong foods for years. She’s got the classic malnutrition signs. She is NOT a candidate for breeding. Alice has old injuries on the front of her shell and was treated for nasty shell rot. She’s an active box turtle and loves to be outside hunting. Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
- Unknown gender, 10 oz., unknown age. Nubs is a mess but is ready for a great life! He/she has been damaged beyond repair by a history of poor care. He or she will need an owner with an exotics vet to help trim the beak. Nubs has a great, outgoing personality, he or she is ready to live a great life. If you think you can give a great life to a compromised turtle, apply now. $50.00
- Possibly male, possibly female, a little too young to tell, approaching 2 lbs., 5 years old confirmed, Pat or Patricia is a perfect Redfoot! It’s rare such tortoises in great shape come into rescue. He/She is a little shy, warms up quickly. He or she will make a beautiful pet. $150.00