When you surrender your turtle or tortoise,
Please bring them in a cardboard box or plastic container. No Fish tanks!
We are starting to take in what we can but aquatic turtles will be very limited due to rehoming rates are very low.
- REHOMING RED EARED SLIDERS
A $100 donation PER TURTLE is required absolutely no exceptions!
-We are not an emergency vet, we are a private rescue, if you find an injured animal please take it to the nearest Emergency Veterinarians office.
*WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY WILD CAUGHT TURTLES... *except in the case you do have a wild caught turtle that has been in your family for years, we will take it in, due to the reason you should NOT release pets into the wild. a captive turtle or tortoise may carry illnesses that can be devastating to native populations.
Taking turtles out of the wild is ILLEGAL!
We won’t be accepting any of the following turtles unless noted:
*Spotted turtles (unless purchased online or at a reptile show with proof of purchase)
*Common snapping turtle (although we will try to rehome for you if not wild caught)
* Red Bellied Turtle
*Northern map turtle (unless purchased online or at a reptile show with proof of purchase)
Tortoises and captive bred box turtles will be the majority of what will be accepted at this time. With the exception for the people I have already made arrangements with. Sorry for the inconvenience. Will update when everything changes.
Thank you and have an awesome day!!
We are a NJ family and friend owned and operated rescue that take in turtles and tortoises that can no longer be cared for and find them new safe homes. We take them into our own homes and give them the proper care and love until we find them a new home that will provide the same care and love. we are located in Point Pleasant and Port Reading NJ, which ever is more convenient for you
It is completely LEGAL to keep and breed native and exotic species of turtles. A hobbyist permit that is obtainable from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, is required to do so. This includes the Eastern Box turtle, Spotted turtle, Northern Red Bellied turtle, Northern Diamondback terrapin, Red Eared slider, Common Musk turtle, Easter
It is completely LEGAL to keep and breed native and exotic species of turtles. A hobbyist permit that is obtainable from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, is required to do so. This includes the Eastern Box turtle, Spotted turtle, Northern Red Bellied turtle, Northern Diamondback terrapin, Red Eared slider, Common Musk turtle, Eastern Mud turtle, Northern Map turtle, Eastern Spiny Soft shelled turtle and even the threatened North American Wood turtle. This excludes the endangered Bog turtle. The Eastern painted turtle as well as the Common Snapping turtle DO NOT require any kind of permit to be possessed in NJ, however they cannot be taken from the wild. Most exotic species are allowed in the state under the same permit so long as they do not appear on any federally endangered list (a separate permit from the United States Fish & Wildlife service is then required). Residents of this state may also obtain an ANIMAL DEALER/WHOLESALE LICENSE permit from the Division of Fish and Wildlife to be able to sell turtles legally and responsibly. However, turtles and tortoises CANNOT be sold WITHIN the state of NJ. All transactions must be made to individuals residing outside of the state. Whether you are applying for just a hobbyist permit or an Animal Dealer License, you must be able to prove that the animals you are acquiring have NOT BEEN COLLECTED IN THE WILD, anywhere. All turtles and tortoises obtained must come with a receipt to show proof that the animal came from a source where it was bred in captivity. Make sure to ask questions when purchasing from anyone and be firm about getting a receipt to show proof. Below I will include a link to NJ Fish and Wildlife if you are interested in learning more and I will also leave a number to directly reach the Exotic and Non Game Species department of NJ Fish and Wildlife service. Please follow the law! NJ is one of the last states in the North East that is actually fair.
*NEVER RELEASE A CAPTIVE TURTLE INTO THE WILD
*NEVER TAKE A TURTLE OUT OF THE WILD.
Be responsible, enjoy wild turtles from a distance and report any illegal activity.
If the time comes where you can no longer care for your pet, or just lose interest, we can help find your pet a new home. when you surrender your pet, you will sign a release form, with your name, address, phone number, and either as receipt or info where the turtle/ tortoise was purchased. A copy will then be sent to the NJDEP for record
If the time comes where you can no longer care for your pet, or just lose interest, we can help find your pet a new home. when you surrender your pet, you will sign a release form, with your name, address, phone number, and either as receipt or info where the turtle/ tortoise was purchased. A copy will then be sent to the NJDEP for records.
When we take your pet in, it will be quarantined for a short time to make sure there are no health issues that can be spread to other turtles/tortoises.
When you adopt a turtle/ tortoise, you will fill out a similar form with your name, address, and phone number that will also go to the NJDEP for records. We will also give you a copy so you can provide proof of adoption when you file for a exotic pet permit through the NJDEP
Certain Species that are harder to rehome may require a $100 donation to cover the costs of special needs, food, lights, heating, extra space etc.
This will be updated as soon
If you have any questions or concerns, send us a message, and either Paul or Chris will get back to you as soon as possible.
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