Adopt a Turtle Patient

The Marine Turtle Rescue Centre can accommodate up to eight turtle patients at a time (but we frequently house more), and the Sea Turtle REhabilitation Centre up to two. Now you can adopt one of them!

Depending on their injuries, our turtle patients stay anywhere for a couple of days to several months; the longest staying patients are those suffering from buoyancy syndrome such as Penny. She was with us from May 2017 until March 2019! Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and release all our turtle patients: sadly, some do pass away.

By adopting one of our turtle patients, you will contribute towards the cost of our patient’s veterinary care, medications, food and transport. You will also help fund our core charitable objectives, such as expanding our rescue and rehabilitation efforts and further our understanding of sea turtle veterinary care; broaden our research into sea turtles and their conservation; grow our education and outreach programs; and protect sea turtles and their habitats.

You will receive a personalised adoption certificate with the history of how your adopted turtle came to our Rescue Centre and a fact sheet about olive ridley sea turtles. You will also receive updates on how your adopted turtle’s recovery is going (if you wish) and notification in case of a release. Gift adoptions are also available.

How to Adopt a Turtle Patient

  1. Pick your favourite turtle in the gallery above and note down the name
  2. Make a one off donation of minimum £50 to the Olive Ridley Project, or choose to make a monthly donation
  3. Complete the Symbolic Turtle Adoption form with your details and, if this is a gift adoption, that of the gift recipient (you will be directed to the adoption form after making your donation)

Once we receive confirmation of the donation and your adoption form, we will issue the adoption certificate with details about the turtle patient to you or the gift recipient. Please allow 7 days for the issuing of the certificate.

Your kind donation and symbolic turtle adoption ensures that we can continue to provide the best possible veterinary care and the necessary medicine to heal injured sea turtles back to health, and our work to protect sea turtles and their habitats.

Please note that under UK charity law (The Charities Act 2011) charities are not permitted to refund donations, other than in specific circumstances.

You can donate with your credit card below or via PayPal here.