Do you have a turtle or tortoise and can no longer provide an appropriate home for it/them? We may be able to help. We understand that sometimes things don't work out as planned and being a facility dedicated to these animals, we try to help whenever we can to get them into a better situation.

UNWANTED ANIMALS

PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE CONTACTING US

 

If you're looking for a naturalistic, safe haven for your animal(s), then this is the place. We work as a family 24/7 with the turtles and tortoises here making sure they always have everything they need. Animals here thrive in some of the absolute best enclosures possible, which we built ourselves, from the ground up. Just take a look at the above images.

 

Having said that, there are just some things we cannot do. Unwanted red eared sliders have literally become a nationwide issue that continues to grow. Street vendors still sell the little silver dollar sized babies on street corners and reptile dealers continue to lie about how big they will grow. Unfortunately, we have become saddled with hundreds of unwanted sliders. We've done our best over the years but we just can't handle anymore at this time. Until further notice, WE WILL NOT BE TAKING IN ANY RED EARED SLIDERS. This goes for any situation concerning them.

 

There are also a number of other species we currently can not take in.

 

This is a list of species we will NOT accept at this time. Please understand this prior to contacting us:

 

  • Red eared sliders

  • Common snapping turtles

  • Male sulcata (African spur-thigh) tortoises

  • Yellow bellied sliders

  • Eastern painted turtles

  • African mud or African helmeted turtles

  • Mississippi map turtles

  • False map turtles 

 

If you have a species of turtle or tortoise not on the above list, feel free to contact us using the form to the left after you fully understand the following:​​

 

  • You must not be in violation of any laws concerning protected species, for example: Please do not ask us to take in an eastern box turtle if you're in Pennsylvania because you are in violation of the state's law just by having it!

 

  • We will not accept any sick animals. Introducing a sick animal to our facility can have detrimental effects to our healthy ones.

 

  • By surrendering any animal to us, you are giving up all rights to it/them.

 

  • You will be asked to sign a surrender form. This is just to protect us as the animal's new home.

 

  • Donations to our facility are not required by any means, but we do appreciate them to help with feeding, supplies and vet bills. 

FILL OUT THIS QUICK FORM IF YOU HAVE READ THE ABOVE INFORMATION

ABOUT GARDEN STATE TORTOISE

Garden State Tortoise was founded in 2011 by Chris and Casey Leone. Nestled along the southern shore of New Jersey, GST acts as a breeding facility, rescue and permanent home to turtles and tortoises from all over Mother Earth. In over 30 years of working hands on with such a highly threatened group of vertebrates, the Leones aim to unite conservation and preservation efforts through educating the world that both are needed to truly save them from extinction. 

 

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