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San Antonio, Tx area turtle & tort rescue!

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  1. Eden Animal Sanctuary

    Eden Animal Sanctuary New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    My name is Rachel. I have had a lifelong love for turtles and tortoises. My very first experience with a pet turtle was my beloved eastern box turtle "Mango" when I was a teenager back on the east coast. I have always adored these shelled creatures and decided to start a rescue for them here in a place where it seems there are very little options. I was inspired by a friend of mine on this forum, who is also located in San Antonio. I am running it on my private property of 1 1/2 acres in the hill country- Spring Branch, TX. I currently only have a facebook page, as it seems to be working just great. I enjoy networking with folks of the same passion for these animals as I do. I still have a great deal to learn about all species. I have had well over 10 turtles/torts come in and placed into permanent new homes (with ongoing adoption support available if needed) since January of this year. I have had over 6 years experience in the dog rescue world and I apply my knowledge of how a rescue works in my organization. My rescue's name is Eden Animal Sanctuary. Glad to meet you all!

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    Hey Rachel Your So Awesome. :D And I'm so glad to see you posting on here. :) And IMO you are the perfect person to do this job.
    And I wonder who inspired you? Hmm.. :p I will be in touch later today.
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    Welcome to the Forum, Rachel!

    It's very hard, but an important thing to remember is - you can't keep them all!
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    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Welcome. Could you provide some photos of your set ups? I'd love to forward San Antonio and Austin area relinquishment your way In the future possibly.
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    Hi! I'm a bit south of San Antonio, if you need a place around here, i'd be happy to help foster a few! I was considering becoming an 'official' rescue as well. We have the land and love the torts. Maybe you could give me some pointers!
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    Hi and welcome Rachel ! :)
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    That's great! I'll keep you in mind if I need the help!!
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    The following photos are a sample of my tortoise runs. Thank you! Rachel

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    You're so sweet, and just the best! ❤️
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    Start with a dba and get your company to show a year or more of the charitable work your doing then incorporate for 501c(3) status. Takes a long time but it's worth it in the end.
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    Hello, Rachel, and a very warm welcome to Tortoise Forum.
    Great to have you here!
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    Thanks so much everyone for your warm welcomes :)
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    Hi and welcome! What have you had come in so far?
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    Thanks! I have had 11 sliders (yellow bellies and RES), three box turtles, one sulcata and a russian tort. That's all just off the top of my head, haha
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    Welcome Rachel. Glad you can join us.
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    Hello and welcome.
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    It's always great to hear about another sanctuary / rescue operation. I think many on here have taken in unwanted and sometimes damaged tortoises just because we care about them.

    I would second the 501c3 suggestion. It really is very easy and not expensive to do this yourself. You don't need a lawyer.

    Keep a journal record of everything you spend on habitats / supply's / food etc. you can download the application forms from your State corporation website and simply answer the questions. The application fees are small for non profits.

    In that way , as you seek to re home any rehoming fees become tax free and can be put back into the operation. You can also accept donations to help.

    Record keeping with a dedicated bank acct in the non profits name is really the basics.

    Good fortune with your endeavor.
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    Thank you so much! Unfortunately here in Texas I have been told by another rescue that it costs around $400 (total fees after all is done) and is a very tedious process. Going after it!

    Thanks for the encouragement!
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    Thank you. Quite honored to "meet' you. You are pretty legendary here. :)
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