Every single day, somebody somewhere decides they no longer want or can no longer care for the reptile in their family.

Sometimes that somebody takes the time to locate a reputable local rescue to responsibly relinquish the animal (we won’t even talk about the reptiles who aren’t so lucky to be responsibly relinquished.)

When relinquishment happens, the lifelong responsibility of caring for that reptile gets transferred to the rescue – at least until such time as a suitable new forever home can be found.

When I was searching for Malti, I was actually seeking an adult rescue tortoise. What I ended up with was a hatchling, which is a far more difficult care situation even for an experienced keeper (and I was not an experienced keeper).

Bruce, my rescued three-toed box turtle, was an adult when he came to us. He was still quite challenging to learn to care for!

Point being, rescuing an adult redfoot tortoise (or other reptile species) is a win-win-win-win-win.

If you are searching for a redfoot tortoise (or other reptile pet) this list of reputable rescue organizations is a great place to start.


Central Texas Tortoise Rescue (San Marcos, TX)

Texas Reptile Rescue (Houston, TX)

Eden Animal Sanctuary (near San Antonio, TX)

Lonesome Tortoise Ranch Rescue (Pearland, TX)


California Turtle & Tortoise Club (Van Nuys, CA)

American Tortoise Rescue (Malibu, CA)

Turtle and Tortoise Rescue of Arroyo Grande (Arroyo Grande, CA)

San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society (San Diego, CA)

Tortoise Acres Rescue & Sanctuary (Anderson, CA)


Redfoot Reptile Rescue (near Boston, MA)


Blue Ridge Reptile Rescue (Fairfax, VA)


Nate’s Reptile Rescue (Pittsburg, PA)

Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary (Elm, PA)


Arrowhead Reptile Rescue (Cincinnati, OH)

Herps Alive Rescue (near Cincinnati, OH)


Hudson Valley Reptile & Rescue (Catskill, NY)


Medusa’s Misfit Rescue (Westminster, MD)

Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society (Highland, MD)


Herp Haven (Brunswick, ME)


Southern Idaho Reptile Rescue (Buhl, ID)


Northwest Tortoise (Kennewick, WA)


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: DesertTortoise Adoption (Tucson, AZ)


Tortoise Group (Las Vegas, NV)

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