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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
30765 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.

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  Rosie was always angry, withdrawn and definitely agitated unless I sat down next to her in the leopard yard and gave her a massage.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 and postcard
  • - Lexmark cartridges  - #34 and #35
  • - TB syringes
  • - 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

Register for an Upcoming Event

May 20th, 2012 is our first ever fundraisier at the world famous "Shack" in Santa Monica.  It willbe a day filled with fun, food, prizes and community.  Keep your eyes peeled for more info!

Write a Letter or Sign a Petition

Here we might list the names of people to write to or suggest signing an online petition.

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