This summer, American Tortoise Rescue lost a number of our more memorable old or special
turtles. It's been tough, but rather than adopting challenging cases out to new homes, we bring the most seriously deformed
or sick tortoises here to the rescue. That often means more heartbreak for us.
This week, a beautiful South American wood turtle named Jamey, who came to
us less than a year ago, crossed the Rainbow Bridge after a valiant fight with a prolonged mystery illness. She was lively
and loved her worms and the sun. But in April, we found her listless in the middle of the turtle rescue. A week-long stay
with Veterinary Angels Medical Center helped her grow a little stronger, but hand feeding and daily soaks, as well as time
in the sun with her turtle friends, did not change the fact that she was slowly deteriorating. This week, we saw Dr. Martin
at Westlake Animal Hospital, and he recommended euthanasia. As hard as it was, we did not want to prolong her
RIP Jamey. We learned a lot from your will to live, and we will always miss you. Jamey
is buried in a beautiful place under a tree surrounded by birds, squirrels and other animals. A statue of St. Francis
stands watch over her.
Veterinary care for exotics like Jamey is very costly. Her first visit to the vet
alone was more than $700. Since we are an all-volunteer nonprofit and have never taken salaries, all monies go to turtles
and tortoises in need. Each time we have a medical visit, it depletes our savings. Turtles and tortoises do not get the
donation love that cats and dogs and other furry creatures do.
So we are constantly in need of raising funds
to care for our shelled creatures. Money raised here will go to veterinary care for our more than 100 resident turtles and
tortoises, as well as for individuals who cannot afford care for their turtles or tortoises and qualify for our help.
Please donate to the Jamey Fund for Medical Care on GoFundMe.com so that other turtles and tortoises in need of veterinary support can enjoy the benefits of expert care. Bless
Love, Susan and Marshall
Open Letter to Parents Regarding the
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
We’re asking you to save a turtle’s life and perhaps even your child’s.
What can you do to help? Buy Ninja action figures and toys instead of live turtles. This month, your children will be enjoying the extremely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
It’s fun and great entertainment.
We are writing to ask for your help. Since the first movie was released in 1990, hundreds of thousands
of live turtles, mostly water turtles called red eared sliders, were purchased for between $10 and $25 after each ninja movie
was released. The result? Many, if not most, were dumped and even deliberately killed or flushed down the
do not realize that real turtles do not fly, perform stunts or do any of the exciting moves fictional movie turtles do. Parents,
trying to please their children, purchase live turtles which end up languishing in tanks. Most of these turtles are taken
out of the wild and sold through pet stores, breeders, swap meets, flea markets and mercados for profit. Later, the turtles
are dumped illegally into rivers and lakes as well as dumpsters, flushed down toilets or relinquished to shelters and overcrowded
rescues.It’s estimated that 90 percent die.
Turtles carry salmonella which can make a child,
the elderly and those who are immune suppressed very, very sick and can even kill them. That’s why turtles less than
four inches were banned from sale in the U.S. in 1974 and still are…tiny turtles easily fit into a child’s mouth
and children don’t wash their hands after touching turtles. It’s an ugly problem causing nausea, vomiting, bloody
diarrhea and even death. We do not recommend live turtles or tortoises for children under 13 because of salmonella exposure.
have been around for 200 million years and outlived the dinosaur.Is this the way we want to treat our
precious disappearing wildlife? Save a turtle’s life, and perhaps even your child’s.
Turtles and Tortoises Say "I Love You!" 1.
They smack their lips when they see you coming. 2. They go to bed without prodding. 3. They look right at you. 4. They always look like they're smiling. 5. They swim right up to you.
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You see a cute reptile, I see a Salmonella factory. Multiple states, US Centers for Disease
Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine investigated
two multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with small turtles in 2015. Read more by following
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