Indiana Turtle Care, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to the conservation and rescue of turtles and tortoises. We do not concentrate strictly on native turtles, but species from all over the world. Turtles are losing their homes and lives due to environmental changes such as construction, and road traffic, and also because of wild capturing and importation for retailers. Many turtles become a family pet, either through a purchase at a pet store or because they were found in the wild and brought home, only for the owner to find out that it is not the 'easy care' pet that they thought.
After years of keeping turtles, it was soon obvious to me that I needed to do more for the benefit for our shelled friends
here in the Hoosier State.
On a personal note, for a few years now, I have been debating about renewing my IN DNR wildlife rehabilitator's permit. I love taking care of those special turtles that need help healing. After the recent health scare of my husband, John, the decision was clear and easy to make. I will no longer be licensed to rehabilitate these wonderful animals. Indiana Turtle Care is still a non-profit organization but my focus now will be conservation, especially for our native species. I'm very excited about this change and hope that some of the ideas I have can become useful to protect our native turtles. We will still take in confiscated turtles from the IN DNR as well as pet turtles that need a new home. Unfortunately, we can no longer take in aquatic species. Thank you all for your support and prayers during this time of transition. I welcome any comments or thoughts that you may have.
Indiana Turtle Care works with many organizations nationwide to help with rescues, adoptions, and transportation.
Educational programs are provided, as our schedule allows for many different events and organizations such as schools,
scout troops, animal welfare groups and herpetological clubs. Being able to provide these programs enables adults
and children to learn about these wonderful creatures. They soon realize that there are many interesting things
to know about turtles and tortoises from all over the world. Care sheets and personal mentoring are available
for prospective and present turtle owners.
Turtle conservation is an important focus for Indiana Turtle Care. We are in frequent communication with the
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, various rescues and sanctuaries and other rehabilitators.
We feel it is important to share ideas and issues with each other in order to best conserve turtles and their natural environments.
This is also where the educational programs play a big part in keeping turtles in the wild.
Comments and questions are always welcome. .
Photographs are property of Indiana Turtle Care and may not be used without consent and credit given to our organization's web site.
Marty La Prees