Turtle Adoption

So, you're interested in adopting a turtle? Wonderful! There are many species of turtles that are commonly kept as pets. Unfortunately, many people get a turtle as a pet without understanding the full care requirements. This leads many people to give up their beloved pets. You may be surprised to know that Red-eared sliders, a very common pet turtle, are actually the most abandoned pet in the country. We look to interested folks like you to find new forever homes for these long lived and magnificent animals.

Below you will find a list of common pet turtles and tortoises, along with Turtle Rescue League approved care manuals. If you are interested in having a turtle as a pet, please read the care sheets first and make sure that you are truly ready to take on a turtle. Most species will live as long, if not longer, than humans, so this is not a commitment to make lightly. If you read the manuals and still find that you are interested, please contact us. Turtles can make amazing pets, and we would love to help you find your new friend for life.

Red-eared Slider

Red-eared slider

Approved care sheet: Click here

*If you currently have a red-eared slider and are struggling with care, click here

Yellow-bellied Slider

Yellow-bellied slider

Approved care sheet: Click here

*The yellow-bellied slider care sheet is the same as the red-eared slider care sheet

Map Turtle

Map Turtle

Approved care sheet: Click here

African Sideneck Turtle

African sideneck turtle

Approved care sheet:

Red-footed Tortoise

red-footed tortoise

Approved care sheet: Click here

Non-native Box Turtle

box turtle

Approved care sheet: Click here

Western Painted Turtle

Western painted turtle

Approved care sheet: Click here

Russian Tortoise

Russian tortoise

Approved care sheet: Click here

Sulcata

Sulcata

Approved care sheet: Click here