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Welcome to the Turtle Rescue League
What is the Turtle Rescue League ?


We are a non-profit organization based in New England, with a dedicated staff and members from all across the USA, committed to helping turtles.


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Turtle Rescue League Mission Statement


Our mission is to keep turtles a part of the future and not a thing of the past. We accomplish this through education, conservation, rehabilitation, and incubation programs.

Teaching people of all ages and walks of life about turtles that live in their back yard and around the world is one of the most powerful ways to help turtles. Knowing turtles' needs, and how we can all help, is key to keeping them alive in the world.

We do more than just teach about wild turtles. We also educate pet owners how to better care for the turtles they have.

Ask about our many programs we have for adults and school aged children.

Saving turtles means defending their homes, preserving their ability to live free, and ensuring their path to the future. Throughout the millions of years on this planet, nothing has endangered their continued survival more than humans have.

Turtles are crossing streets, laying their eggs and finding homes and mates. We look for ways to minimize their risk in a world that humans made deadly. Sometimes this means simply getting them safely across the road. We put up crossing signs and wild life netting in especially deadly areas. Part of conservation is going out on patrols to watch high volume crossing areas.

Injured native species and pets alike deserve a second chance at life. We help turtles struck on roads get emergency help and treatment. Coordinating resources, injured or abused turtles get help. We make them healthy again, for possible release (native species) or finding them a good home through our adoption programs.

Helping starts early with our incubating and hatching programs. Turtle eggs in danger of being destroyed or in dangerous areas (construction areas) can still be viable turtles of tomorrow. Helping the very delicate, unborn turtle, is a task taken very seriously. The death of a mother turtle on the road does not have to end her story. With care, love, and hope we usher forth the next generation of our wonderful turtles.


(Above) The original turtle rescue truck, now in limited use after 180,000+ miles. (Right) Introducing the new primary rescue vehicle, with many more options and tools for saving turtles.
We have a Turtle Rescue Vehicle to do road retrieval and to rush turtles to the hospital if needed. We have a small Sanctuary where turtles can live when they are in REHAB or waiting to be adopted, and above all a dedicated staff that will do anything to help the turtles. We are always in need of donations, both money and equipment. If you would like to donate please click here.



Founders of the Turtle Rescue League
Alexxia Bell

Founder and President Alexxia holding Precious, a gulf coast box turtle.
Alexxia Bell, a woman who loves all animals, found herself saving turtles at an early age. She remembers her Dad stopping traffic in front of the family home when she was little, grabbing a piece of two by four and helping a large female snapping turtle cross the street so she could lay her eggs. The road put there, most likely after she had already had her route established. Alexxia found her self saving animals and more and more of them were turtles. She can remember also pulling a turtle out of a pipe in an old drainage system. The turtle had been there for hours, most likely, and would only have lasted a couple more. She pulled it out and set it back to its journey, making sure it was ok first, of course.

She works a 40-hour week job to help support the Turtle Rescue League, and another 40 or more, lots more, for the Turtle Rescue League. She is the founder and President of the Turtle Rescue League. She can remember this last year staying up late with a blind and sick turtle to get it to eat, feeding it wild caught Alaskan salmon with her fingers. The turtle finally ate and Alexxia sighed with relief and before bed she had supper herself, a simple bowl of Mac and Cheese. (Note: the turtle is happy and healthy and is eating normal.)

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Natasha Nowick

Co-founder Natasha checking on the Sarge, an old red-eared slider rescue.
Tucked into her crib with a large crocheted turtle, you could say, turtles have been a part of her life from the very beginning. Growing up in a small rural town in New England her family often took in injured wildlife, to help and release. Notable among these early rescues was an orphaned woodchuck and a raccoon. During this time turtles continued to be a part of her life in the form of a family pet, a red-eared slider named Bubbles.

Her drive to save these majestic animals came years later, in Natasha's adult life, when a chance encounter, walking a path in the woods, brought her face to face with an old soul. A sound that could have been a large deer heralded the approach of something, bending down brush to either side. Expecting a huge creature, imagine her surprise, seeing a turtle looking up at her from the brush. It would be hard to say who was more surprised that day, but they shared an understanding, as the two regarded each other. Since that day, Natasha has been committed to protecting turtles, like that nesting mother, as well as all of her kind.

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