Our Adoption Process...
ABOUT TURTLE TIME SANCTUARY ADOPTION POLICY
A person or family who wishes to adopt from About Turtle Time is willing to research the species they prefer to adopt prior to making application. An applicant needs to be open to suggestions on husbandry and refrain from using pesticides or other toxic chemicals in the turtle yard. The applicant should understand that turtles and tortoises can be quite expensive to maintain and is comfortable taking on this obligation. Applicants are also responsible for knowing local, state and federal laws concerning keeping chelonians. There may be fees involved.
Applicants complete the Adoption Application and Adoption Agreement and return them to us for screening. Please be specific and know which animal you desire to adopt after you've done your research. After a properly completed application is screened, an appointment is then arranged with the applicant for a yard inspection. Applicant agrees to not sell, trade, or give away the turtle or tortoise. If you can no longer keep it then it MUST be returned to About Turtle Time. We reserve the right to refuse any applicant. We do not adopt to persons under age 18.
About Turtle Time strives to place turtles and tortoises in homes which can replicate their native habitat as closely as possible. Each species has different needs. We do not adopt land turtles or tortoises to homes which can only provide an indoor habitat. Land turtles and tortoises may be kept indoors only on a short-term basis when they are sick, injured or in certain other situations. Yards are evaluated to insure a safe, escape-proof habitat. There are naturally different requirements when one adopts an aquatic turtle or a tortoise which we will cover with you as applicable.
Any household pet MUST be kept separate from the turtle at all times. No dogs, cats, etc can be left unattended in the same space as a turtle at any time. It doesn't matter how special, sweet and gentle your dog is. Turtles and tortoises are not chew toys. Bored and curious cats and ferrets are also known to cause extreme harm and even the death of turtles.
Once an application is approved and the yard inspection has been satisfactorily completed, you may pick up your turtle the same day or arrange to meet at a later time.
By adopting a turtle from About Turtle Time, you will be providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for a special and critical part of our ecosystem. We are happy for your choice and appreciate your willingness to do your part in the care and conservation of this turtles. The adoption fee of $15 or more depending on the species, due with your application, will include a tour of the Sanctuary for the applicant. Check with us for available species and fees.