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Terrapin rescue organisations in the UK

Kent Turtle Sanctuary

(Kent rescue is licenced to take in sliders)

The mission of the Kent Turtle Sanctuary is to rescue, rehabilitate, shelter and house any turtle that comes their way. They provide a loving home with proper care, plenty of food, spacious dry/aquatic habitat for happy living conditions for their remaining lives. Headed up by founder, Michael Butcher, they are based in Staplehurst in Kent and can be reached via their website //

Other sources of information

It’s worth noting that these are the rescue and rehoming centres that I have found. Your local animal rescue centres may be able to advise or take your animals, but because of the specialist needs of terrapins they may also refuse. If the more specialist centres are too far from your home, then here are some other sources of information that may help you in your search:

  • The Tortoise Trust in London is a membership organisation that also runs an online forum where tortoise and turtle owners can post questions about the care of these animals. They may know of rescue organisations near you. Please note: email questions will not be answered so use the forum.
  • The British Association of Tortoise Keepers is a registered charity and membership organisation that offers advice and support on keeping tortoises. Queries should be made via the online contact form.
  • You may also wish to contact your local RSPCA, who may be able to offer you further advice.