Click here to support #TurtleStrong Malibu Fire Relief organized by #turtlestrong

Click here to support #TurtleStrong Malibu Fire Relief organized by #turtlestrong

Many have requested information on how to donate to the American Tortoise Rescue’s post-fire relief without using facebook. The gofundme has now been set up! Consider giving what you can this #GivingTuesday! 

For those who missed the original post, the American Tortoise Rescue (founders of #WorldTurtleDay) were devastated by the California fires. 

In their words: 

“Our house and the turtle hospital in Malibu burned down Friday, November 10, during one of California’s most devastating wildfires.

With last-minute evacuation orders, we loaded both cars with animals, including all of the undersized and ill, as well as our seven special needs box turtles from the turtle hospital.  We left our possessions behind. Bunkle, our mascot, also rode out with us. The rest sheltered in place in fireproof housing as planned.

The fire descended on the rescue taking out fencing, trash cans, plants, trees, anything it could attack.  Thankfully, Tank, Poppy, Evil, Fluffy and more than 90 % of all the turtles and tortoises survived, including two rescued roosters. They were shell-shocked as you can imagine from the sights and sounds they experienced as the fire raged through and the winds blew at more than 50 mph.  But they survived the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs, so we know they will survive and thrive.

Replacing the turtle hospital and all of its contents will be a major expense, as will the renovation and upgrade of the entire sanctuary that took such a beating when the firestorm went through.

Stay tuned and pray for us as we recover and rebuild #turtlestrong

HAPPY WORLD TURTLE DAY!

#shellebrate! It’s the 17th annual #WORLDTURTLEDAY! Party time! *BYO noms! 

This year we have asked turtle and tortoise experts around the internet to tell us what they wish more people knew about turtles and tortoises. We’ll be sharing several of these today, along with conservation tips, organizations and individuals doing awesome things, and of course, we’re excited to see how all of our shell friends are celebrating! 

Nobody likes a deadline so our party will continue all week long, but today we’ll give you some extra posts in honor of this #shellebration. So check in a few times today and remember to give a tort a dandie, a turt a wormie, and be sure there are head skritches all around. 

About World Turtle Day:

World turtle day was started in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, The day was created by ATR to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Now celebrated around the globe, turtle and tortoise lovers are taking “shellfies” and holding “shellebrations” in the US, Canada, Pakistan, Borneo, India, Australia, the UK and many other countries.

ATR launched World Turtle Day to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade. It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world.  

(See slide show here.)

ATR’s ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world. The first priority here in the U.S. is to ask pet stores and reptile shows to stop the sale of hatchling tortoises and turtles without proper information for the buyer.

Learn more and support the American Tortoise Rescue here! 

@tortoiserescue aka American Tortoise Rescue is our first featured organization today.

A fantastic resource for owners, advocates, and educators alike, The American Tortoise Rescue is responsible for starting World Turtle Day, bringing attention to a wide range of issues facing turtles and tortoises, as well as being a special needs turtle/tortoise sanctuary. 

About American Tortoise Rescue (From their site):

American Tortoise Rescue is a 501©3 nonprofit organization founded in 1990 to provide for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle.  We offer permanent sanctuary to abandoned and lost tortoises though we no longer do adoptions.  Special needs turtles and tortoises that cannot be placed stay in the care of American Tortoise Rescue for the remainder of their lives. Since its inception, American Tortoise Rescue has rescued well over 3,000 turtles and tortoises of all species with 70 percent being land tortoises and the remainder water turtles.  The in-house population “floats” at about 125. Their other achievements include:

  • Implementing a national campaign to stop the sale of a specific species of tortoise called sulcatas, which are being mistreated and sold illegally throughout the U.S.
  • Helping to stop the cruel sale of turtles and other exotic animals in a section of Los Angeles called Santee Alley.  Because of our video presentation before the Animal Control Commission, officers now continually monitor the situation and make arrests.
  • Bringing to light the cruel sale of water turtles in Asian markets throughout the US. These animals were kept in unsanitary, cruel conditions including upside down, without food, water, or shade.
  • Creating a campaign called Turtle Ambassadors to teach awareness among school children about turtles and tortoises.
  • Developing a national campaign to stop the sale of reptiles in pet stores.
  • Producing a series of videos about turtles and tortoises, which is distributed to media and other places with large audiences.

How you can help:

Financial donations – can be made online or checks can be sent by mail to The ‘Rosie fund’ is named after a special tort that changed the lives of the organization’s founders. Give her story a read. 

ATR also accepts material donations, a list of needed items is also available on the bottom of the page.

Support them using Amazon Smile! (.5% of every purchase you make will go to the organization) Just click here to set them as your amazon smile organization of choice).

Buy A world turtle day T-shirt! http://www.tortoise.com/id53.html

Social Media:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AmericanTortoiseRescue

Follow them on twitter @tortoiserescue

Donations of materials or checks can be sent to the following 

American Tortoise Rescue 30765 Pacific Coast Highway, # 243 Malibu, CA 90265

See more at: http://tort-time.com/post/103056235358/todays-featured-organization-is-tortoiserescue#sthash.Nq2aqQVm.dpuf

Today’s featured organization is @tortoiserescue aka American Tortoise Rescue! 
A fantastic resource for owners, advocates, and educators alike, The American Tortoise Rescue is responsible for starting World Turtle Day, bringing attention to a wide range of issues facing turtles and tortoises, as well as being a special needs turtle/tortoise sanctuary. 
About American Tortoise Rescue (From their site):
American Tortoise Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1990 to provide for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle.  We offer permanent sanctuary to abandoned and lost tortoises though we no longer do adoptions.  Special needs turtles and tortoises that cannot be placed stay in the care of American Tortoise Rescue for the remainder of their lives. 
Since its inception, American Tortoise Rescue has rescued well over 3,000 turtles and tortoises of all species with 70 percent being land tortoises and the remainder water turtles.  The in-house population “floats” at about 125.
their other achievements include:
  • Implementing a national campaign to stop the sale of a specific species of tortoise called sulcatas, which are being mistreated and sold illegally throughout the U.S.
  • Helping to stop the cruel sale of turtles and other exotic animals in an section of Los Angeles called Santee Alley.  Because of our video presentation before the Animal Control Commission, officers now continually monitor the situation and make arrests.
  • Bringing to light the cruel sale of water turtles in asian markets throughout the US. These animals were kept in unsanitary, cruel conditions including upside down, without food, water, or shade.
  • Creating a campaign called Turtle Ambassadors to teach awareness among school children about turtles and tortoises.
  • Developing a national campaign to stop the sale of reptiles in pet stores.
  • Producing a series of videos about turtles and tortoises, which is distributed to media and other places with large audiences.
How you can help:
Financial donations can be made online or checks can be sent by mail to The ‘Rosie fund’ is named after a special tort that changed the lives of the organizations founders. Give her story a read. 
ATR also accepts material donations, a list of needed items is also available on the bottom of the page. 
Support them using Amazon Smile! (.5% of every purchase you make will go to the organization) Just click here to set them as your amazon smile organization of choice). 
Social Media: 
Follow them on twitter @tortoiserescue
Donations of materials or checks can be sent to the following address:
American Tortoise Rescue

30765 Pacific Coast Highway, # 243
Malibu, CA 90265

Sixty Shells, a game that raises money for turtles and tortoises

Sixty Shells, a game that raises money for turtles and tortoises

Can’t get out this #WorldTurtleDay? Help turtles and tortoises right from your computer! Play this incredible game and support the American Tortoise Rescue! 

To celebrate World Turtle Day, I made a casual webgame called “Sixty Shells,” and for everyone who beats the game and posts about it, I am donating sixty cents to American Tortoise Rescue, a small charity outside Los Angeles that has organized World Turtle Day for the last fourteen years.

The game is pretty tough, so I encourage people to share it with their friends or — better yet — match my donation. American Tortoise Rescue has rescued over 3000 tortoises and turtles since their founding. With your help, they can rescue even more.

Don’t let the lives of these tortoises get lost in the red tape and political plays surrounding this issue. Euthanasia is still on the table, media coverage continues to be confusing, read more and spread the word!

(Message & Image From The American Tortoise Rescue’s Facebook Page)

If you live in Nevada only, you can adopt. Just like California it is against the law to move a desert tortoise out of state. Here’s the news according to Herp Digest: All numbers to Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) have been disconnected – (my note – no surprise there – don’t want any more nasty media calls). It doesn’t seem they are adopting out any tortoises at the moment, though tortoises are being accepted, according to the website at The Animal Foundation (formerly Lied Animal Shelter) 655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 384-3333. According to a recent article posted on DTCC website, this group seems to be just turning them over to DTCC. So if you are in Nevada, call the Foundation if you have a tortoise to give up or just to inquire about adopting one. It’s still a mess but maybe you can save a tortoise from euthanasia.

Don’t let the lives of these tortoises get lost in the red tape and political plays surrounding this issue. Euthanasia is still on the table, media coverage continues to be confusing, read more and spread the word!

(Message & Image From The American Tortoise Rescue’s Facebook Page)

If you live in Nevada only, you can adopt. Just like California it is against the law to move a desert tortoise out of state. Here’s the news according to Herp Digest: All numbers to Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) have been disconnected – (my note – no surprise there – don’t want any more nasty media calls). It doesn’t seem they are adopting out any tortoises at the moment, though tortoises are being accepted, according to the website at The Animal Foundation (formerly Lied Animal Shelter) 655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 384-3333. According to a recent article posted on DTCC website, this group seems to be just turning them over to DTCC. So if you are in Nevada, call the Foundation if you have a tortoise to give up or just to inquire about adopting one. It’s still a mess but maybe you can save a tortoise from euthanasia.

Via (@AmericanTortRescue) Did santa bring you some extra cash to spend?? How about using a little on this AWESOME @groupon to help the American Tortoise Rescue feed its residents!  

If 60 People Donate $10, Then American Tortoise Rescue Can Plant Three Fruit Trees to Feed Rescued Turtles

Do it for yourself, for the tortoises and turtles, or give it to someone who you haven’t sent a gift to yet.

Via (@AmericanTortRescue) Did santa bring you some extra cash to spend?? How about using a little on this AWESOME @groupon to help the American Tortoise Rescue feed its residents!  

If 60 People Donate $10, Then American Tortoise Rescue Can Plant Three Fruit Trees to Feed Rescued Turtles

Do it for yourself, for the tortoises and turtles, or give it to someone who you haven’t sent a gift to yet.