Julie Maguire, Director of Turtle Rescue of Long Island (TRLI), and Steve
Menikos, both New York State Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators, who after
many years of keeping turtles realized the need for a network of caring
keepers to help turtles that need new homes, founded Turtle Rescue of
Long Island. After many years of taking in both native turtles for
rehabilitation and non-native turtles and tortoises to place in new
homes, we have come to a point where we have grown so that we cannot do
both. As of July 31st,
2015 we will no longer be taking in non-native species, instead our
concentration will be solely on rehabilitating native turtles.
site has been created to help give turtles and tortoises a better life.
(TRLI) is a small 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue that is dedicated to the
care and conservation of all species of chelonians. Many turtles are
purchased by well-meaning, caring individuals who over time become
overwhelmed with the turtle in their care. Whether they were
misinformed by the pet shop where they purchased their turtle as to
their specific care or size the animal will grow, or just find they
canít provide the care required any longer, TRLI will try to point you
in the right direction. We will send you information on proper care for
your species and try to help you make changes so you can keep your
turtle or tortoise.
strongly urges anyone considering a turtle for a pet to do his or her
research first. There are many reliable sites on the internet providing
species specific care. You may be able to buy a turtle for ten dollars,
but to properly keep a turtle it can cost hundreds of dollars to provide
a proper environment. Veterinary care is also a factor, so before you
take home that turtle be sure you have a good reptile vet that knows how
to treat turtles.
doing your research you decide a turtle is right for you please consider
adopting from one of the many rescues dedicated to them.
fully supportive of captive breeding to stop the harvesting of turtles
and tortoises from the wild. In an ideal world there would be no pet
turtles, but we do not live in an ideal world so we believe that captive
breeding is the best alternative to ensure our wild turtles do not
support captive breeding programs of species that are on the verge of
decline/extinction because of years of harvesting from the wild.
We do not
condone the mass breeding of turtles and tortoises for profit or
otherwise which are overwhelming rescues, especially Sulcata tortoises
which end up in the wrong climate.
encourage anyone with a pet turtle to do their research and give it the
care it requires/deserves.