Turtle Rescue of Long Island A 501(c)3
Organization ~ all donations are tax
Turtle Rescue of Long Island, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit
became incorporated in 2004, started by Julie Maguire and Steve
Menikos in an effort to help the many turtles and tortoises which
become injured or are found ill. For many years we also took in
non-native turtles and tortoises and adopted them to new homes.
However over the years the rescue grew and so did the number of
turtles and tortoises that came in, forcing us to concentrate on
just taking in rehabs. At this time due to space, monetary and
time constraints we will only be taking in native turtles.
The goal of Turtle Rescue of Long Island is to provide
reliable, up to date information on the care of turtles and
tortoises as well as provide a haven for native turtles until they
can be released back to the wild. On the pages of this website we
hope you will find the information you are looking for. We strive
to provide the best possible information on all aspects of care of
chelonians. You will find links to some of the best sites on the
web for species specific care. If you can’t find something just
send us an e-mail and we’ll try to find the info for
Many people buy a turtle or tortoise and know very little
about their care and don’t realize how large or how long turtles
and tortoises can live with proper care. We hope you will find the
information you need on our site to keep a healthy turtle or
PLEASE NOTE: AS OF AUGUST 1ST, 2015,
TRLI WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING IN NON-NATIVE TURTLES AND
TORTOISES WHICH INCLUDES RED EARED SLIDERS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO
DO ALL OF THE REHABILITATION WORK ON THE NATIVE TURTLES, HOWEVER
NO LONGER CAN ACCOMMODATE UNWANTED PETS. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR
LOCAL SHELTERS AND RESCUES FOR HELP WITH PLACEMENT.
We take in many native turtles for rehabilitation. There are
cases that can be anything from hit by car, illness, cruelty
cases, neglect and abandoned. Whenever possible all native
wildlife is returned to the wild as they should be, and in the
case of not being able to be released are adopted to permanent
Here in this yard... I will
never know the barriers of living in a glass
I can sleep soundly, assured that when I
wake my world will not have changed.
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not
knowing if I'll eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary
from the heat.
I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's
coolness, and be allowed to smell all that
can reach my nose.
My shell will be dirty because that's how a
tortoise should be, not shiny from being
Here in this yard... There will be an effort
to communicate with me on my level.
I will be talked to and, even if I don't
understand, I can enjoy the warmth of the
I will be given a name so that I may know
who I am among many.
My name will be used in joy, and I will love
the sound of it!
Here in this yard... I will never be a
substitute for anything I am not.
I will never be used to improve peoples'
images of themselves.
I will be loved because I am who I am, not
someone's idea of who I should be.
I will never suffer for someone's anger,
impatience, or stupidity.
Here in this yard... I can trust arms that
hold, hands that touch...
knowing that, no matter what they do, they
do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored. If scared,
I will be calmed.
No matter what I look like, I will be
considered beautiful and known to be of
I will never be cast out because I am too
old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute
My life is a responsibility, and not an
I will learn that humans can, sometimes, be
Here in this yard... I will belong. I will
Mail donations to: Turtle Rescue of Long Island
PO Box 359
Centereach, NY 11720.