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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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Paul Smith

Friday 8th of October 2021

I have a 33+ year old Malaysian box turtle(aquatic) that I’ve had for many years. He’s a very healthy and noble creature but I’m getting too old to care for him- he’s spoiled and needs a good home that has a big enough aquarium.

george rowand

Monday 4th of October 2021

Hi! I have two full grown healthy RES that my 23 yo daughter got when she was about 5yrs old!. My daughter moved out a yr ago and couldn't take them, and I would like to find a good home for them. Recently the tank they are in sprung a leak, and I can't seem to fix it, but the filter is a very nice canister, and would be included as well as the tank. Email at [email protected] or [email protected] I live in South Jersey near Philadelphia. Thanks

susan ng

Monday 4th of October 2021

pair of 21 yr old red eared turtles with tank, light, filter and all supplies for adoption. If interested email me we are in NJ [email protected]


Saturday 2nd of October 2021

9 yrs old Yellow ear slider, excellent health and a rapid turtle! To be rehome with all supplies. Owner left for college and has no more interest.

Vijay Kannan

Friday 1st of October 2021


We have a red ear slider that we got from Petco. Unfortunately, I have to give it away since I'm going to be in India for an extended period of time. I live in Houston and the pet is doing fine. It is a male and the size of an adult palm. I do have a tank with a basking platform and filter as well.