Sponsorship donations can be received as checks monthly or yearly. If you send a check, please write the name of your Tortoise in the check's memo field.  If it’s more convenient, you can also set up a subscription plan where you will get charged automatically each month through your paypal account. 

To setup a sponsorship subscription, please click the button below, set the donation amount, and make sure to check the box to make this a reoccurring payment before submitting.

Email Christopher@ChelonianRanch.com to confirm which tortoise you are sponsoring.

Owner Surrender

If you have a turtle or tortoise and can no longer provide an appropriate home for it/them, we can most likely help.

We understand that sometimes life doesn’t work out as planned and we never judge a person by their decision to find a home for their beloved turtle/tortoise.  The Chelonian Ranch is a facility with the resources dedicated to these animals, so we try to help whenever we can to get them into a better situation.

Due to the ever-growing need to keep up with providing care and housing for Turtles and Tortoises, we have implemented our Sponsorship Program. (Excluding Box Turtles). By sponsoring a tortoise, this allows the tortoise to live out the rest of their lives happy and loved, with us!   Some tortoises cost more than others (i.e. vet bills, requiring new pens, etc.).  The donations we ask are the following: 

**** Note: We ask for more financial support for males only because they are housed alone and take more resources/space. The up-front donations are one-time only and are used for initial vet bills (i.e. any deworming needed, etc) or building new enclosures for the tortoise.  After the one-time donation, the monthly donations start and are ongoing as long as you’d like the tortoise to stay with us.  

ALL Box Turtles that come to live on our ranch, will live out their lives here without the need of sponsorship.  We can take any Box Turtle or Tortoise that you have, but we are selective when it comes to aquatic species of Turtle due to their space requirements, our limited pond sizes, and the sheer number of them that come our way, but you’re always welcome to inquire.

For any aquatic species that we are not able to permanently house, we can still take them in, but will most likely adopt them out to one of our friends, connections or adopters who have completed an application and passed our inspections and standards.  You will need to donate their current enclosure and their supplies during this process. The enclosure must be of an appropriate size for the turtle species being surrendered, (example: we cannot take in a juvenile or adult Slider that is being housed in a 20 gallon aquarium.)

*Please, never release any Turtle or Tortoise into the wild. They will most likely die, and they can take bacteria and diseases with them that will infect the wild population*