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Turtle Adoption & Turtle Rescue

Children are fascinated with small pets. The parents hesitate to buy them a new baby turtle. The parents give in and buy their children this new pet. Hoping that their children will learn responsibility. Everything goes well for a couple of weeks.

But you notice things are changing. The children are ‘slacking off’ in their responsibilities. You find yourself doing all the chores. Cleaning the tank, feeding, etc. This goes on for awhile but now you are tired of taking care of this little pet. You debate on what to do…

This is a very common theme among a lot of pet owners. Not just of turtles and tortoises, but of all pets. It’s not as easy to give away a turtle as it is a dog or cat. Luckily there is the Internet. A whole world of information at your fingertips.

At the moment I only know of one place who rescues tortoises, but I will be adding to the list soon.

Check what the rescue center accepts, because not all sites accept red ear sliders. They have their own terms and conditions. I am not recommending any site in particular.

I am just gathering up sites that offer turtle adoption. Do the research and ask them of any questions you may have. Ask them for references if you feel you need to.

Turtle and Tortoise Rescue Centers

Other Methods

Other ways you can attempt to give away your turtle is by posting on turtle forums. Sites like can be good too.

You can also try posting a flyer at your local pet store offering them up to a good home.

Turtle Adoption

Lastly, post in the comments below if you are looking to adopt a turtle or to give one up. Please be sure to include your location and what is included if you are giving away any supplies with the animal.

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Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Hi! I have a red eared male and a yellow bellied female, both I believe around 8 years old or a little less. I am off at college now and my mom can’t keep taking care of them so I am looking for a good home for them. I’m in the Philadelphia area and am willing to travel to you if needed. Please contact me at [email protected] thank you!!

Bradley Pressley

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Looking to adopt, located in Atlanta Ga.


Tuesday 28th of December 2021

We have a 6 year old female yellow bellied slider that we need to find a home for. She needs a 100 gal + tank and we can’t accommodate that. Located in Kansas City, KS metro. We are willing to travel to meet if we can find a good home.


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Hi. I have two red eared sliders that I can no longer care for. I’m in Orange County, CA. Email me if interested: [email protected] Thank you.


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

I have a very well cared for, 2 year old African Sideneck turtle available for adoption. Location is in Raleigh, NC. Email for additional information: [email protected]