Many people are not in a position to foster or adopt an animal, but would still like to help. A great way to do this is to sponsor a turtle with Central MS Turtle Rescue! Our rescue relies on the generous support of of people like you.
Central MS Turtle Rescue provides all the needed medical care for the turtles in our rescue, as well as food, enclosures, UVB lights, heat, substrate, hides, etc. Reptiles heal slowly and, depending on the time of year, they cannot be released to the wild until weather conditions are favorable enough to ensure they will survive. The price tag to care for a turtle in our rescue adds up quickly.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are tax-deductible. Sponsoring a turtle is a great way to get involved when you are unable to foster or adopt. For other ways to help, please check out our How You Can Help page.
Your sponsorship donation helps to cover the food, enclosure, and medical costs for the turtle you choose. We have 4 levels of sponsorship available for you to choose from.
Bronze level sponsorship ($15) will designate you as an official sponsor of that turtle. Your name will be added under that turtle's picture as a sponsor of its care through June 2020 or until that turtle is released/rehomed, whichever comes first.
Silver level sponsorship ($20) will receive a Certificate of Sponsorship, a picture of the turtle you chose to sponsor, and your name will be added under that turtle's picture as a sponsor of its care through June 2020 or until that turtle is released/rehomed, whichever comes first.
Gold level sponsorship ($30) will receive one of our key-chains in addition to the items included in the bronze and silver levels.
Platinum level sponsorship ($50) will receive all of the items above, and will also be entered into a drawing for a set of Joshua Peterson prints (see this page for examples of the prints) and an "I Stop for Turtles" decal. Drawing will take place on December 31, 2019. *Sponsoring multiple times or multiple turtles at the Platinum level increases your chances of winning!
Sponsorships can be listed anonymously. If you'd prefer we not put your name on our website with the turtle you've sponsored, just shoot us an email or send us a message with your PayPal payment, and we will leave your name off as requested.
If you wish to purchase a sponsorship as a Christmas gift for someone, please do so prior to December 13, 2019. This allows us enough time to put together the sponsorship package and mail it out to you before the holiday rush that might cause delays in shipping.
** PLEASE NOTE ** we will ship the Certificate and picture to the address included with your PayPal payment. If you would like the package mailed to a different address or different name ... PLEASE make sure you indicate that in the area provided with the 'add to cart' button. If there is an address added, we will mail the sponsorship gifts to that name and address for you. If you wish to mail or give the items as a gift yourself, just give us a name but no address. We will then mail the package to the address given to us by PayPal. Thank You!
Turtles You Can Sponsor
Hattie is an adult female Razorback Musk Turtle that suffered some mysterious injury to the side of her face and head. We suspect it was either a fish hook injury, or possibly an ear abscess that ruptured. She's undergone one surgery so far to debride the necrotic tissue from the area, but will need several months of rehab before we can even consider her release.
Sponsored by: Kathy Kubik
Salty is an adult male Eastern Box Turtle that was (likely) struck by a car in October 2020. The damage was contained to one area of his carapace (top shell) which you can see in the photo below. A homeowner found Salty sometime after the injury occurred, and sadly the wound was already badly infested with fly eggs and larvae. He's been cleared of all the debris, and is doing well. That area of missing shell will develop scar tissue that will harden with time. How much hardening occurs will dictate when/if he is released. It will likely take many months, or even more than a year, before we know his final outcome.
Wyatt is an adult male Gopher Tortoise that was hit by a car in October 2020. He sustained a serious injury to the rear of his carapace (top shell), and part of the shell had to be removed surgically. He's doing well since his procedure and is healing well. He'll be here with us at least through the winter, and we will reevaluate him in spring 2021 for release.
JJ is an adult female Common Musk Turtle who suffered a horrific injury to her face. It looks like she was probably bitten by another animal - likely a larger turtle. She lost his left eye and the majority of her nose. She also doesn't appear to be able to see from her remaining eye. She's healing well, but will never be released. Once healed, she will have to be adopted into a permanent home.
Keala is an adult female River Cooter that was hit by a car in summer 2020. The incident broke the back right portion of her carapace (top shell) as well as cracked it all the way up to the left of center. We were able to stabilize the broken edges of the break, and it is healing. We're hopeful that by spring 2021, she'll be completely healed and able to be released.
Iris is a juvenile Sulcata Tortoise that came to us as a surrendered pet. Iris, despite her size (she's only 3.5" in shell length and weighs only 158 grams), is actually four years old. She didn't have the best nutrition during those years, so her growth is quite stunted. She also has low calcium density in her bones, resulting in her body being very soft and pliable. To add to her list of woes, Iris also has two very large bladder stones which have impinged upon a nerve which we believe has caused her to lose function in her back legs. Iris had to be sent to a specialized veterinarian in Gulfport for a series of procedures to break up and remove those stones. If that doesn't work, she'll have to have a more invasive surgery to remove them. Her recovery will be long, but we're hopeful that her youth will be to her advantage and she can power through these challenges.
King is an adult male Eastern Box Turtle that was hit by a car and suffered a bad break to his plastron (bottom shell). He had quite an interesting ride to us though. Originally found in Corinth, MS, he was taken to one of our volunteers in Olive Branch. From there, we sought transport for him south. A very generous turtle-angel offered to help, but due to time constraints, couldn't drive him herself. So, she hired him an Uber! This little guy Uber'd all the way here from, 3 hours away, from Olive Branch.
King's break looks bad, but we were able to stabilize it, and it's our hope that it will heal over the next few months and that he can be released in the spring.
Noah is an hatchling Alabama Redbelly Cooter that hatched here at CMTR. Noah's mother was in care with us earlier this year. On the day she was released, we found a few eggs in the bottom of her tank. "Just in case", we put the eggs in the incubator, not really expecting them to be fertile or viable, but to our surprise, one of them hatched! Unfortunately, the one that hatched did so with a very deformed back right leg, as well as the portion of the shell right at the back right leg. He, surprisingly, does just fine in water, though. He uses that leg like there's nothing wrong with it, and can even walk on it. He'll stay here with us for quite some time, until we see how this deformity will effect him as he grows.
Tay is an adult male Gopher Tortoise who was hit by a car in October 2020. His injury was incredibly severe (too severe to put a photo here). He lost almost the entire portion of shell on the right side of his body. He has a very long recovery ahead of him, and will probably not ever be releasable. But, so far, he's recovering well and definitely wants to survive this. So, we are keeping him comfortable and giving him all the tools we can to help him make it through this horrible experience.
Pari is a young adult male Three Toed Box Turtle that was found by a family on a little family hiking trip in the woods near their home. Little Pari was stuck at the bottom of a hole, and had been there for a very long time. When he got here, he was emaciated and sick, having had nothing to eat or drink (except rare rain water). We immediately got him on antibiotics and got food and water into him. Slowly but surely, he has started eating on his own, his eyes have cleared up, and he's gaining weight. Our hope is that he'll be a healthy weight with no remaining signs of illness in spring 2021, and he can be a wild turtle once more.
Hamilton is a hatchling Gopher Tortoise that was attacked by fire ants. It took him almost a month to finally be able to open his poor little eyes. Shortly after these photos were taken, his skin began to show the true extent of the damage. Almost everywhere you see yellow turned red, brown, and black. His skin was swollen and painful to the touch, and oozed in places where the skin would crack. His eyes are open now and his skin is finally healing and looking more like normal tortoise skin. He'll be here with us through winter, and if he continues to improve, will be released in spring 2021.
Nala is an adult female Alabama Redbelly Cooter that was hit by a car in the summer of 2020. She suffered a severe injury which broke away most of the shell on her right side. That area will eventually scar over and harden, but it will be a very long process. She will likely be with us for months or even longer than a year. The Alabama Redbelly is endangered and protected here in Mississippi, so our goal is to release her, if at all possible. Time will tell. For now, she'll live in a large tank here, protected from predators, where she can be constantly monitored.
Aurora is an adult female Three Toed Box Turtle that was hit by a car in early summer 2020. Her front end was crushed and her carapace (top shell) broken into several pieces. We were able to stabilize and repair her shell, but she no longer uses her back legs. We're hoping that is temporary and she'll regain the use of the legs and can be released. If not, she won't be releasable and will have to find a permanent home in the future.
Sponsored by: Lauren Wade, Amber Robinson, and Jim Hartnett
Evelyn is an adult female alligator snapper who was hooked on a fishing line, beaten with a blunt object, and then shot and left for dead. She's undergone two surgeries to repair the damage left by the bullet and hook. Her shell is cracked on her right side from the damage inflicted by the blunt object, but it is thankfully not an open wound. She has a very long and tedious recovery ahead of her. As of this writing (5/30/20) she remains in critical condition.
Sponsored by: Sydney Ingram, Stevie Gregory, and Jon Maeda
Ash is an adult male alligator snapping turtle who was hooked on a trot line and then beaten mercilessly with a shovel. (Yes, the authorities are aware and are handling it from a legal standpoint.) Surgery removed the hook from his throat and realigned his caved-in skull, but his recovery will likely be lengthy. Brain damage has not been ruled out. But Ash is a fighter, and we hope to help him to a full recovery and eventual release.
Sponsored By: Stephany Choy
Flora is an adult female Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) who came to us on March 10, 2018. Flora was spotted struggling in a homeowner's pond. The pond had frozen over this winter, and it's believed that Flora is suffering from being cold-stunned. Her eyes are damaged and she has a respiratory infection. She has a long road to recovery, and we're unsure if she'll regain her vision.
Sponsored By: Jim and Robyn Hartnett
Scooter is an adult male Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) who entered our care in 2012. Scooter was captured as a hatchling by a child who kept him under his bed in a pizza box for 7 years. His carapace deformity is the result of being kept in that improper enclosure, being fed an incorrect diet, and because Scooter was chronically deprived of proper light, temperature and humidity.
Scooter is an Educational Ambassador who exemplifies the harm of attempting to make a wild animal a pet. Most people are not aware of the time and fiscal investment necessary to keep these animals healthy. Their life span is decades long, and we are committed to educating people who love turtles how to help this species and how to identify responsible resources, such as adopting a rescue, when people want to enjoy these magnificent creatures and have them as family members.