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Easy, fast and takes all sorts of credit cards, etc. Go to Paypal and donate at info@tortoise.com or click the button below.  Thank you!

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Through our partner, Network for Good, you can make your tax-deductible contribution online.  Click the logo and make a secure donation.


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Or Contribute By Mail

An easy way to make your charitable contribution. Please send your check, made payable to "American Tortoise Rescue" to:


American Tortoise Rescue
30745 Pacific Coast Highway, # 243
Malibu, CA 90265


We hope you will consider making a tax deductible contribution of $1, $5, $25, $50, $100, or even $250 or more to help. Remember, many companies also match charitable contributions made by their employees. Ask your human resources department.

Rest in Peace, Berry, Rest in Peace

berryamputation.jpgEvery so often, an animal comes into American Tortoise Rescue that touches us in a way that is so different, so life changing, that we are doubly blessed to have had the experience.  That would be Berry, our tiny, deformed, spunky box turtle.  Berry came to us just under a year ago from California Turtle and Tortoise Club when it was decided that she needed hospice care, and we could best provide it.

This poor little creature had previously lived for years in a tank by herself with no sun and an improper diet.  She was misshapen, with long overgrown toenails and a beak that would not close properly.  Her lack of care and attention was a precursor to an early death.  But Berry had class and grace, and had no interest in being ready for hospice.  We had her nails trimmed and her beak aligned and she was beautiful again!

She joined the other turtles in our hospital who had suffered similar abuse:  Spinner, a paralyzed turtle who went in circles so she needs help eating; Sushi who lost her feet to mites when an owner didn’t notice; and Potato Chip, a five year old box turtle who is incredibly small and deformed – the size of a 50 cent piece.  Berry’s days were filled with sunshine, soaks, buddies and good food.  Boy, she loved her worms and chased them with exuberance. 

She recently underwent surgery on her leg with her same spunky demeanor and made an amazing recovery.  We bathed her twice a day and she hungrily ate worms and small bites of bananas.  Nurse YoYo, our cat, babysat her when she was recovering making sure I took care of her properly.  He was her devoted caretaker.  Until today. 

Sometime during the night, she passed over the rainbow bridge.  We don’t know why, but my guess is she was not able to metabolize the food that she was getting as she was the same size with little scrawny legs as a year ago at the time of her death. 

Berry, you brought joy and happiness to Marshall and me throughout the short time we were graced by your courage in spite of adversity.  You will be missed, and I cry again now as I write this tribute to one of the bravest little turtles that I ever met.  We will see each other again when we too pass over the rainbow bridge, and you will still be the beautiful creature we came to know.  Thank you for being in our lives.  Love, Susan and Marshall

You can make a tax deductible donation (TAX I.D. # 93-1219374) to the Berry Veterinary Fund in her memory by sending a check to Berry’s Fund, American Tortoise Rescue, 30745 PCH, #243, Malibu CA 90265.  All monies will go to rescue turtle and tortoise healthcare and vet care in Berry’s honor.  Bless you and thank you.

Please Donate To the Fernando Fund

MTFernandofixed.jpgSadly, we learned that our top volunteer Fernando Cheng died recently at a very young age. He loved the turtles and tortoises at American Tortoise Rescue and spent happy hours helping us feed the many rescues and build safe enclosures.

Fernando is pictured (right) with American Tortoise Rescue co-founder Marshall Thompson at a California Fish & Wildlife meeting where they both protested the live food markets throughout the state where thousands of turtles are sold alive for food.

To make a donation in Fernando's memory, please click here


Welcome to the Rosie Fund


Rosie passed away while sunning herself on one of Malibu’s glorious warm January days.  She gave me a warning a few days before that she was not well.  Nothing monumental, but knowing her as well as I did, I could see that something was not right, and I said to Marshall, “Rosie is dying.” A cantankerous huge old Leopard tortoise, she came to American Tortoise Rescue in September 1998 from a confiscation by West LA Animal Shelter.  Rosie was always angry, withdrawn and definitely agitated unless I sat down next to her in the leopard yard and gave her a massage. She spoke to me in a way that no other tortoise has ever done before or since.  I loved that big old girl, and I truly believe that she loved me – Marshall and I used to laugh and call her a frozen turkey.  She was the same size and weight. I guess she just felt it was time to go over the Rainbow Bridge even though I did not want her to go.  But tortoises are very stubborn.  She had a rich full life, an ocean view, loving back rubs and two people who cared about her so very much.  I will never forget you, Rosie.  You were a silent, but loving old girl.  You brought me hours of pleasure and helped me learn so much about the special and incredible bonds we can have with animals.  Bye bye, old girl.  I will see you again when I, too, cross the rainbow bridge.

So please give geenrously to the Rosie Fund so other turtles and tortoises can be saved and live the good life. American Tortoise Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID: 93-1219374). Donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax advisor. 

Not everyone wants to get involved in the same way. On this page we might present different options to encourage others to get involved in our cause. For example:

Volunteer Your Time

Not very often, but once in awhile, we need a bunch of volunteers to help build things or take care of the turtles.  You an sign up at info@tortoise.com (note:  because of liability issues, we do not have children volunteer until over the age of 12).

Donate Materials

In addition to monetary donations, we can always use any of the following materials:

  • - Postage stamps - first class
  • - Blue hospital small towels or hand towels
  • - Reptomin turtle sticks or Wardley brand
  • - Office supplies such as 9x13 envelopes, copy paper
  • - Gift cards - Home Depot, Do It Center, Ralph's, Staples, Pavilions, CVS, gasoline cards (for picking up and delivering)

A Note of Thanks

However you donate, American Tortoise Rescue and all the turtles and tortoises are grateful. Thank you! - Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson

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