The Arizona Tortoise Rescue isn't your typical rescue. Through visiting and working with many other tortoise and reptile rescues we found that they all had one major problem in common, they were overcrowded. This was to no fault of their own but we knew there had to be a better way. A better way to think of the Arizona Tortoise Rescue is a collaboration of community coming together to care for, house, and rehabilitate tortoises in need. We do not have one set location but rather land leases and volunteers that house the tortoises all over the Valley. We are not tied down to one location and have the ability to expand as the tortoise's needs expand.
Our mission is to provide QUALIFIED homes to all tortoises in need. Widespread misinformation has led to an abundance of tortoises in need of homes. We not only provide homes and find homes for tortoises, but more importantly we are here to educate new tortoise owners in proper tortoise husbandry. In doing so we hope to put a small dent in the amount of tortoise that are malnourished, deformed, dehydrated, and in general lack of basic, proper care. We do understand that there are perfectly healthy tortoises out there that are looking for homes as well and we certainly can sympathize with the many life circumstances that can come up which no longer allow the proper care or housing for these amazing creatures. We are here to help all tortoises in need regardless of size, sex, species, and condition. We believe that every tortoise deserves a proper, loving, educated, home to live and thrive and we are here to make that happen.
We have two different programs at the Arizona Tortoise Rescue, our Rehoming Program and our Forever Home Program. For our Rehoming Program we act as the middle man in finding tortoises their future forever home. If any tortoise is in need of a new home we step in free of charge and provide one until we can find a loving, qualified home through our strict vetting process. Our Forever Home Program we personally care for the tortoise for the remainder of his or her life. This is a great option for those no longer with the means necessary to care for their tortoise but still want to sponsor it and be kept in the loop on how it's doing. This program costs $20 a month to sponsor your tortoise and we can send pictures and updates as often as requested. Each of our tortoise habitats is set up specifically for a particular species needs. Every enclosure has temperature controlled housing, fresh water, grasses and other plants catered to their dietary needs, and shades with automatic misting systems.