The specific purpose for the Society is to foster and adopt out relinquished turtles and tortoises to safe and suitable homes; To educate the public in the proper care of turtles and tortoises; To study all chelonians; To promote conservation; And to maintain communications with, and assist and cooperate with, other diverse organizations that share our goals.
The Society does not encourage the sale of chelonians or their removal from their natural environments.
For over 40 years, the San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society has been actively rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out hundreds of turtles and tortoises. SDTTS is one of the largest rescue societies of its kind in the United States with nearly 500 current members.
The Society is all-volunteer, enjoys strong corporate support, and has a dedicated and experienced leadership team. SDTTS publications are recognized for having sound and thorough care and conservation information.
Monthly meetings at Balboa Park are informative and friendly, and feature local veterinarians, care consultants, and nationally known specialists.
Every year the Society presents educational exhibits at many local events, and each summer hosts the San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Show in Balboa Park.
SDTTS is a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Finding good homes for rescued and relinquished turtles and tortoises is one of the Society's primary functions.
The animals that are turned in to the Society are evaluated, placed in foster care, and then adopted out to homes reviewed and approved by our Adoptions Committee.
Whether it be picking up and delivering rescued animals, providing foster care, helping with fund-raisers, or helping out at an event or monthly meeting... you are always welcome to volunteer for any one of the many opportunities we have to support the Society's mission.
PRESIDENT- Rich Rinde (619) 991-4672
VICE-PRESIDENT- Allison Moorehead (619) 654-0811
2nd VICE-PRESIDENT- OPEN
CORRESPONDENCE- Tracie Allen (858) 780-1874
TREASURER- Debby Wanamaker (760) 525-5281
HISTORIAN- Judy Highfill (619) 670-0254
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR- OPEN
Norris Bakke (858) 761-2852
Debbie Sherrell (619) 463-3258
Toni Wood (858) 549-2273
Robin Wood (619) 884-5334
Trudi Erickson (619) 886-1413
ADOPTIONS & RELINQUISHMENTS
Judy Highfill (619) 593-2123
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WATER TURTLES- Kim Thomas (858) 278-7456
BOX TURTLES- Rich Rinde (619) 991-4672, Toni Wood (858) 549-2273
SULCATAS- Gary Burrows (619) 573-5652, Robin Wood (619) 884-5334
DESERTS- Judy Highfill (619) 670-0254, Allison Moorehead (619) 654-0811
RUSSIANS- Debbie Wanamaker (760) 525-5281, Terry Robinson (760) 803-0244
SDTTS COMMITTEE CHAIRS
MEMBERSHIP- Harley Wallace (email@example.com)
WEBMASTER- TJ Harmon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NEWSLETTER- Toni Wood (email@example.com)