We have put together a list of contact information for veterinarian and rescue facilities located in Mississippi. If you are in Mississippi near the state lines of Louisiana, Alabama or Tennessee, there may be exotics/reptile vets nearby in those states. However, keep in mind that it is illegal to transport Mississippi wildlife across state lines. Should you choose to do that, you do so at your own risk.
This list may not include every organization in Mississippi that can help. If you know of a veterinarian that treats sick and injured turtles and tortoises or a wildlife rescue that might help ... please feel free to contact us with their information and we'll add it to our registry.
If you are traveling or are outside Mississippi, go to Animal Help Now. There, you can search by location for wildlife vets and rehabbers.
Wildlife Rescues in Mississippi
Central MS Turtle Rescue --- That's Us! 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 - our rescue is not staffed full-time. We are a home-based facility, run by a husband and wife team, and both of us 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 or see below for a listing), a licensed wildlife rehabber in your area, the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, or the Jackson Zoo.
Coast Area Mississippi
Wild at Heart Rescue, Inc. 16020 Larue Rd. Vancleave, MS (228) 669-7907 *This is an all-species wildlife rescue/rehab on the MS Gulf Coast
Wildlife Care and Rescue Center, Inc. (WCRC) 15573 Old Woolmarket Rd. Biloxi, MS 39532 (228) 669-2737 *This is an all-species wildlife rescue/rehab on the MS Gulf Coast
Whisper of Hope P. O. Box 2445 Gulfport, MS 39505 (228) 731-4970 *This is an all-species wildlife rescue/rehab on the MS Gulf Coast
Woodside Wildlife Rescue P. O. Box 43 Pass Christian, MS 39571 228-223-0430 *This is an all-species wildlife rescue/rehab on the MS Gulf Coast
MS Wildlife Rehabilitation Avian and Reptiles Lake Cormorant, MS 38641 (662) 612-6455 *This is a wild bird and reptile rescue/rehab in the north MS area of Lake Cormorant
Central Mississippi Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc. 5208 North State Street Jackson, MS 39206 (601) 982-8261 *This is an all-species reptile in the Jackson area. East Central Mississippi** This is not our rescue. Similar name, but different group. (Although, we do love them!!) **
**The list below contains veterinarians or clinics who, in some cases, take possession of and/or treat turtles. However, not every veterinarian who will accept a turtle can or will actually provide treatment for a turtle. Some vets just shelter them temporarily until we can get them to our facility. If you need the services of one of the locations below, please call ahead and make sure they will accept the turtle. Be clear in your description to them. They need to know up front that you're not bringing them a pet turtle. Inform them that this is a wild turtle, and you are simply a good Samaritan trying to help injured wildlife. Feel free to pass along our contact information to them so that they can contact us to work out long-term arrangements for the turtle.
Central Mississippi - Jackson Mississippi Area
Hometown Veterinary Hospital Dr. Rick Kirby or Dr. Daniel Plunkett 2001 Creek Cove Brandon, MS 39042 (601) 825-1697 *This is our veterinarian. Should you need to take any wild turtles to them, they can put the charges on our account. Just let them AND us know that you plan to do that.
Animal Medical Center of Jackson Dr. Troy Majure 995 S. Frontage Rd. Jackson, MS (601) 354-3622
Animal Emergency & Referral Center 1009 Tree Tops Blvd. Flowood, MS (601) 939-8999 *When their "turtle vet" is on staff - CALL FIRST
North State Animal Hospital 5208 N. State St. Jackson, MS (601) 982-8261
Northside Pet Clinic 4066 Northview Dr. Jackson, MS (601) 366-1461
Emerson Animal Hospital 334 W. Broad St. West Point, MS (662) 524-4145
Village Animal Hospital 13473 MS 182 Starkville, MS (662) 324-0404
Amory Animal Hospital Dr. Pat Hidalgo 516 US Hwy 278 Amory, MS 38821 (662) 256-3548
Mississippi's only vet school, Starkville...
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine 240 Wise Center Dr. Mississippi State, MS (662) 325-1351 *Strangely enough, they rarely take in wild turtles and will only do so when their "turtle vet" is on staff - CALL FIRST
North Central Mississippi
Pampered Paws Animal Hospital 226 Co Rd. 162 B Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 236-9500
**Horn Lake Animal Hospital Dr. Brett Thomas This hospital only sees PET turtles. They do not see wildlife. We're leaving this listing on our site simply for the benefit of pet turtle owners. 3390 Goodman Rd. Horn Lake, MS 38637 (662) 393-1116
Town & Country Animal Hospital 12 Gravel Pit Rd. Hattiesburg, MS (601) 261-3839
Pine Belt Veterinary Hospital and Kennel 7436 US 49 Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Emergency Vets - Hattiesburg 107 Fairfield Dr #60 Hattiesburg, MS 39402 601-450-3838 *For wild, injured turtles, we MUST be notified in advance if you're taking a turtle to this clinic. We have worked out an arrangement with them, where turtles can be kept there short-term while transport to our facility is arranged. We MUST call first before any animal is taken there, so please call us before calling the clinic directly.
Gulf Coast Mississippi Area Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital 8144 E. Oaklawn Rd. Biloxi, MS 228-392-7474
Bienville Animal Medical Center 1524 Bienville Blvd. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 872-1231
Dr. James Askew *Dr. Askew splits his time between the two clinics below - CALL FIRST
Saucier Veterinary Hospital 22146 US Hwy 49 Saucier, MS 39574 (228) 831-4660
Bayview Pet Medical and Dental Center 1319 Bienville Blvd. #B Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 872-4424
I am adding this information solely because of a situation that arose where we found out first-hand that this particular vet is very competent and fair. This is NOT in Mississippi. But, if you are in the Nashville, Tennessee area and need a good reptile vet: Dr. Michael Lutz West Meade Veterinary Clinic 990 Davidson Dr. Nashville, TN 37205 615-356-1152
Similar to the situation above, if you are in the Memphis/Collierville area, a great vet there that will see wild turtles is: All Creatures Pet Hospital Dr. Ralph Pope 2050 W. Poplar Ave. #106 Collierville, TN 38017
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. It can zero in on your current location (or you can provide a location), and it will provide a listing of wildlife rehabbers and vets in that area.