How long have you been rescuing tortoises?
We took in our first tortoise 15 years ago. Our intakes increased as tortoises became a fad pet. We saw a huge need to provide a permanent place for tortoises to spend their lives.
Do you allow visits?
We are not set up for visitors on site. We do visit local schools and organizations. If you are interested having us visit email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
How many tortoises are at the rescue?
At any given time we have 15-20 non-native tortoises at the rescue.
What are the different species of tortoise at the rescue?
The main species we work with is Sulcata (African Spurred Thigh). We also have Red Footed, Yellow Footed, Russians, and Hermans.
Do you have any Gopher Tortoises?
No. We are not permitted for Gopher Tortoises. We refer all calls about Gopher Tortoises to the Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve
Do you rescue turtles?
Our rescue is not set up to take in aquatic turtles or land turtles (box turtles). Many native species require state permits.
Do you ever have tortoises for adoption?
We do not adopt out the tortoises from our rescue. We do help tortoise owners place their tortoises in new homes.
What do we need to do if we find a turtle/tortoise?
If you are not sure of the species you found you can text us a photo with your name and location. NEVER, EVER put a turtle/tortoise into a pond, lake, river, pool. Tortoises CANNOT swim and Box Turtles are not good swimmers. Always verify the species before you release into water! 803-427-1350
Do you try to reunite escaped pets with their owners?
Absolutely. We will contact residents in the area where the tortoise was found, contact animal control, vet offices, and make social media posts about the found tortoise. If the tortoise is not claimed it will become the property of our rescue. We follow South Carolina Laws regarding ownership of lost pets.
How can we donate to your rescue?
Donations can be made via PAYPAL In the notes section please say the donation is for the tortoises!
The Humans and Critters at Pine Tree Hill Wildlife Care & Exotic Rescue
Shady Pines Tortoise Village is a division of Pine Tree Hill Wildlife Rescue, Camden, SC