Today’s Featured Organization is The Charles Darwin Foundation,  currently facing serious financial problems.
The Charles Darwin Foundation is responsible for bringing the Galapagos tortoise from the brink of extinction and maintaining the Giant Tortoise repatriation program. They work to conserve and increase the population of a multitude of critically endangered animals. The CDF has worked to save the mangrove finch (current population of approximately 80) to the Land Iguana (Also part of a breeding and repatriation program) and many more. They have also provided a wealth of environmental research and facilitated conservation efforts world wide. 
Read about the Foundations Mission and Incredible History.
A recent article in Scientific America highlights the increasing financial trouble facing the organization since the forced closing of its gift shop. 
From the article

For more than half a century, the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) has supported a thriving research station in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Scientists at the station have helped to bring the iconic Galapagos tortoise back from the brink of extinction and to eradicate invasive goats from Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago.

But that long legacy is being threatened by a spat with the local government, which could force the Charles Darwin Research Station to close. In July, officials on Santa Cruz island ordered the CDF to shut its lucrative gift shop in the town of Puerto Ayora, citing complaints from restaurateurs and shop owners who said that the store was siphoning away their business. That has deprived the foundation of at least $8,000 per week in income; total losses could reach $200,000 if the shop remains closed for the rest of the year, the foundation says.
“The closure of the store basically ruined our 2014 budget,” says CDF president Dennis Geist, a volcanologist who has studied Galapagos sites for 30 years. “We have no endowment. We don’t even have any reserve funds. The closing of the Darwin station is a very realistic possibility right now.”
Where would we be without the CDF? Would we know that glorious sight that is a giant tortoise reaching up its neck for a snack? 
And spread the word. Many aren’t aware of the struggles facing the organization.

Todays Featured organization is Turtles in the Road Awareness Association @TITRAA1
An organization started by two awesome, turtle loving, college guys that witnessed a horrible incident involving a turtle trying to cross the road. They are just getting started, currently working to raise awareness of of turtles in the road, hoping to inspire drivers to keep an eye out, promote the addition of turtle x-ing signs in high turtle traffic areas, and helping by taking the time to help shells in the road make it to their desired location without harm. 
 
About (from their website) :
TITRAA is a non-profit organization founded by Alex Ceddia and Graysen Ledbetter in 2013 [small scale organization not a 501c3]. The goal of TITRAA is to save turtles that have crawled out into the road that don’t have a chance to escape a moving vehicle coming towards them.
TITRAA was inspired by a tragic experience during the summer of 2013. We were driving down a side street when they saw a turtle start to come on the road. They decided that they would go back and try to save it, but as soon as they pulled over on the side of the road, a car had come and run over the turtle. We have saved two turtles personally and encourage others to just be more aware and do the same or take them to a place like a pond or a park where it’s more safe.
The Goal
Drivers across the world will be more aware of the dangers of turtles in the road, this also benefits their awareness to other drivers, bikers, or anything else that may be in/near the road. This improves the world in matter of safety, plus you could be saving lives, and those lives help make more lives! So you are helping turtles and turtle families everywhere. For the love of the world and all its nature!
Join the movement! Visit titraa.com and save the turtles!
How you can help: 
Spread the word about them through social media!
Follow them :
Follow on twitter: @TITRAA1
Purchase a wrist band, keychain or tshirt at their website http://www.titraa.com/  (not tax deductible) 

Turtles in the Road Awareness Association

Todays Featured organization is Turtles in the Road Awareness Association @TITRAA1
An organization started by two awesome, turtle loving, college guys that witnessed a horrible incident involving a turtle trying to cross the road. They are just getting started, currently working to raise awareness of of turtles in the road, hoping to inspire drivers to keep an eye out, promote the addition of turtle x-ing signs in high turtle traffic areas, and helping by taking the time to help shells in the road make it to their desired location without harm.
About (from their website) :
TITRAA is a non-profit organization founded by Alex Ceddia and Graysen Ledbetter in 2013 [small scale organization not a 501c3]. The goal of TITRAA is to save turtles that have crawled out into the road that don’t have a chance to escape a moving vehicle coming towards them.
TITRAA was inspired by a tragic experience during the summer of 2013. We were driving down a side street when they saw a turtle start to come on the road. They decided that they would go back and try to save it, but as soon as they pulled over on the side of the road, a car had come and run over the turtle. We have saved two turtles personally and encourage others to just be more aware and do the same or take them to a place like a pond or a park where it’s more safe.
The Goal
Drivers across the world will be more aware of the dangers of turtles in the road, this also benefits their awareness to other drivers, bikers, or anything else that may be in/near the road. This improves the world in matter of safety, plus you could be saving lives, and those lives help make more lives! So you are helping turtles and turtle families everywhere. For the love of the world and all its nature!
Join the movement! Visit titraa.com and save the turtles!
How you can help: 
Spread the word about them through social media!
Follow them :
Follow on twitter: @TITRAA1
Purchase a wrist band, keychain or tshirt at their website http://www.titraa.com/  (not tax deductible)

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Today’s Featured Organization is The Turtle Rescue of Long Island! 
This organization holds a very special place in my heart. I was lucky to find them when Zoya came into my life and I was searching for good care information. The Turtle Rescue of Long Island’s website and mailing lists (Yahoo Russian Tortoise list & the rescues list) provide a wealth of resources for proper care of turtles and tortoises. 
More over, they have rescued, rehabbed, and released (or adopted out) thousands sick, injured or unwanted turtles and tortoises. They maintain a serious application process for their adoptions that ensure all their adopted animals are going to loving homes that can provide them with long term quality care and those who cannot be adopted out become permanent residents. The video above shows some of the many.
The demand for turtle and tortoise rehab has only increased over time, as have the numbers of abandoned animals. With that comes increased electricity costs, space needs, and maintenance. Run out of long island, the environmental needs are even larger during the winter time.
Take some time to read about their work and consider making giving if you can. Every penny helps! Read Scooters Story: http://www.turtlerescues.org/scooter.htm a special turtle that made a particularly large impact on everyone’s hearts. Check out their facebook page and give them a like! 
How to Help! 
Turtle Rescue of Long Island is a non profit organization that has been taking in sick, injured and unwanted pet and native turtles and tortoises for well over ten years. Thousands have come through our doors and been rehabbed and released or adopted to new homes. One of our biggest burdens is the cost of electric to keep filters, heat lamps and heaters going to keep all the turtles and tortoises healthy. We really want to continue this work and hope with the help of our TRLI friends we can raise enough funds to get our roof reinforced and have solar power installed so we can continue for many more years.
Get some holiday gifts for yourself or others that also support TRLI! 
Buy a bottle of wine! -you can choose the type of wine or the type of turtle/tortoise! Makes a great holiday gift! 
Turtle Rescue of Long Island is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue that became incorporated in 2004. We do our best to place all the turtles and tortoises which can no longer be kept for whatever reason that are brought to us. Many people buy a turtle or tortoise and know very little about their care and don’t realize how large or how long turtles and tortoises can live with proper care. Others just find they can no longer care for their turtle or tortoise and just want to find it a good home. Whichever the case, we hope to help find good homes for those that need them.   
We also take in many native and non-native chelonians for rehabilitation. There are cases that can be anything from hit by car, illness, cruelty cases, neglect and abandoned.  Whenever possible all native wildlife is returned to the wild as they should be. Most others are adopted to permanent homes.  
For more information on turtles and tortoises join our Yahoo group. Just click on the link in the menu column. Lots of friendly turtle keepers with a like interest that love sharing advice, stories and more about their turtles and tortoises. Come join us!   http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/TurtleRescueLongIsland/join

Today’s Featured Organization is The Turtle Rescue of Long Island! 
This organization holds a very special place in my heart. I was lucky to find them when Zoya came into my life and I was searching for good care information. The Turtle Rescue of Long Island’s website and mailing lists (Yahoo Russian Tortoise list & the rescues list) provide a wealth of resources for proper care of turtles and tortoises. 
More over, they have rescued, rehabbed, and released (or adopted out) thousands sick, injured or unwanted turtles and tortoises. They maintain a serious application process for their adoptions that ensure all their adopted animals are going to loving homes that can provide them with long term quality care and those who cannot be adopted out become permanent residents. The video above shows some of the many.
The demand for turtle and tortoise rehab has only increased over time, as have the numbers of abandoned animals. With that comes increased electricity costs, space needs, and maintenance. Run out of long island, the environmental needs are even larger during the winter time.
Take some time to read about their work and consider making giving if you can. Every penny helps! Read Scooters Story: http://www.turtlerescues.org/scooter.htm a special turtle that made a particularly large impact on everyone’s hearts. Check out their facebook page and give them a like! 
How to Help! 
Turtle Rescue of Long Island is a non profit organization that has been taking in sick, injured and unwanted pet and native turtles and tortoises for well over ten years. Thousands have come through our doors and been rehabbed and released or adopted to new homes. One of our biggest burdens is the cost of electric to keep filters, heat lamps and heaters going to keep all the turtles and tortoises healthy. We really want to continue this work and hope with the help of our TRLI friends we can raise enough funds to get our roof reinforced and have solar power installed so we can continue for many more years.
Get some holiday gifts for yourself or others that also support TRLI! 
Buy a bottle of wine! -you can choose the type of wine or the type of turtle/tortoise! Makes a great holiday gift! 
Turtle Rescue of Long Island is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue that became incorporated in 2004. We do our best to place all the turtles and tortoises which can no longer be kept for whatever reason that are brought to us. Many people buy a turtle or tortoise and know very little about their care and don’t realize how large or how long turtles and tortoises can live with proper care. Others just find they can no longer care for their turtle or tortoise and just want to find it a good home. Whichever the case, we hope to help find good homes for those that need them.   
We also take in many native and non-native chelonians for rehabilitation. There are cases that can be anything from hit by car, illness, cruelty cases, neglect and abandoned.  Whenever possible all native wildlife is returned to the wild as they should be. Most others are adopted to permanent homes.  
For more information on turtles and tortoises join our Yahoo group. Just click on the link in the menu column. Lots of friendly turtle keepers with a like interest that love sharing advice, stories and more about their turtles and tortoises. Come join us!   http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/TurtleRescueLongIsland/join

Tiger Frances Foundation

Todays Featured Organization is The Tiger Frances Foundation! @TigerFrances 
An organization built out of pure love, The Tiger Frances Foundation rescues retrains and rehomes abused and abandoned animals. They don’t see these animals as lost causes, they see a need for love and care and seek to provide the animals with future filled with the same!
Recently, they have acquired their own dedicated foster house, providing the animals with 24 hour care and room to play. They also share their mission with organizations like The School on Wheels and the Girl Scouts, spreading ideas of compassion for all, including animals, through learning events.
They are a new and growing foundation, on the front lines of the animal abuse and homelessness epidemic. Every penny donated helps the animals in their care and those that will be in the future. Check out their site see pictures and videos of the amazing animals they’ve helped, read about their events, and to make a donation! 

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Today’s Featured Organization is @NEAQ New England Aquarium In response to the influx of cold stunned sea turtles coming into their Quincy Animal Care Center. 

Their Quincy center is one of the leading rehabilitators of sea turtles found on cape cod beaches. Read about their rescue efforts on their blog http://rescue.neaq.org/

How To Help: 

Become a member

Make a Donation

Volunteer, donate supplies, and more

neaq:

Another seriously busy day in turtle rescue, folks. More than 40 turtles arrived at our doorstep today! #animalrescue #endangeredspecies #turtles #beautiful #oceans #animals

Quincy Animal Care Center – New England Aquarium

Today’s Featured Organization is @NEAQ New England Aquarium In response to the influx of cold stunned sea turtles coming into their Quincy Animal Care Center.

Their Quincy center is one of the leading rehabilitators of sea turtles found on cape cod beaches. Read about their rescue efforts on their blog http://rescue.neaq.org/

How To Help: 

Become a member

Make a Donation

Volunteer, donate supplies, and more

neaq:

Another seriously busy day in turtle rescue, folks. More than 40 turtles arrived at our doorstep today! #animalrescue #endangeredspecies #turtles #beautiful #oceans #animals

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

Todays featured organization is @LittleRESq 

You may remember some of our earlier posts about this amazing little organization… that’s not so little anymore! Spokes turtle Audrey survived 20 years living in a bucket and was to be put down before a vet gave her a second chance. After much medical attention she found herself at LittleRESq where she works as a spokes turtle against animal cruelty. 

About LittleRESq: (from their site) 

The Little RES Q is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of exotic pet reptiles in an attempt to keep them from being released into the wild. We provide a better option for those who, for one reason or another, cannot take care of their reptiles anymore. 

Many small reptiles, especially turtles, get purchased as a pet for a young family member without fully understanding the costs in both material and time needed for proper care of the animal. Sadly all too often these poor creatures suffer from neglect even with the owner’s best intentions. 

We are a limited admittance shelter that restricts intake in order to uphold a standard in quality of life for the surrenders in our care. We implement a waiting list when necessary, use a foster care network to help, and emphasize adoption and responsible pet ownership for all types of reptiles.

How you can help? 

LittleRESq has been growing and that means they need more resources! They are currently upgrading the electrical in the turtle room so they can take in and maintain care of more turtles!  You can make a donation to help pay for the electrical upgrade here! 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/electrical-work/x/4509967

Make a general donation here:

http://www.littleresq.net/index.php?page=home

Follow and Like them on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/Littleresq

Follow on twitter: @LittleRESq