Before you pick up a turtle you think needs help, before you contact us or another rescue ... please read over the information found on our Found A Turtle? page. Not every turtle is truly in need of being rescued. IF you pick up a turtle, please, please, please take note of the location where you found it. This is critical information for us and any other rescue if the turtle is able to be released once rehabilitated.
If you would like to contact us directly, we'd love to hear from you. The preferred contact method is by email or text. Using one of these two methods will ensure a more immediate response.
Central Mississippi Turtle Rescue Post Office Box 1374 Florence, MS 39073
(601) 845-1932 – non-urgent issues, adoptions, care questions, etc. Leave a voicemail, we will call you back. (601) 672-1418 – urgent issues such as injured/sick turtles, turtles that are in danger, or questions about whether or not the turtle needs help. If we do not answer, follow the instructions on the voice mail and we will call you back as soon as possible. You may text this number, but if this is truly urgent, please CALL, don’t text.
*Please note - this rescue is not staffed full-time. This is a home-based facility, run by a husband and wife team, both of whom work full time jobs. We will make every effort to respond to calls, emails, texts, and messages as quickly as possible. If you need immediate assistance and cannot reach us, please try contacting a local reptile vet (Google reptile vet for a listing), a licensed wildlife rehabber in your area, the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, or the Jackson Zoo. You can find contact information for other wildlife rescues in MS on our Wildlife Rescuespage.
*The map below is left intentionally vague. We are not open to the public, nor do we accept dropped-off turtles. (If a turtle is dropped off while we're not home, the temperatures, weather, insects, or even predators near our home could be dangerous or fatal for any turtles that are just left there. This map is simply for those who may not know where Florence is in Mississippi. If you need to bring us a turtle, call first.)
If you are unable to contact us, or if you are not in the central Mississippi area,Animal Help Now is a fantastic resource for finding wildlife rehabilitators or veterinarians across the United States. There is also an accompanying app for both iOS and Android.