Audrey, an adult red-eared slider turtle, was surrendered to Toronto Animal Services, after her owner passed away.
Audrey’s home had been a tiny tank that was too small for her. Her shell was soft, undersized and convex instead of the normal concave shape. She had not been cared for properly for a long time. She had been fed the wrong food, which caused her shell to be visibly abnormal.
Toronto Animal Services veterinarians consulted with veterinary turtle experts, and established that there was a chance Audrey could have a good quality of life.
Animal Alliance, an animal rescue/advocacy group based in Toronto, expressed an interest in helping Audrey recover. Audrey was taken for an assessment at The Links Road Animal and Bird Clinic.
Audrey had a blood test, her shell was cleaned, and she was treated with fluids, vitamins and calcium. She started eating a balanced diet that strengthened her shell (although it would never grow back to a normal shape).
Now Audrey has a permanent home with Little RES Q, a Toronto group dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of pet turtles. Audrey lives in a large tank with a soft platform which protects her shell from further damage.
Audrey’s story has a happy ending thanks to the partnerships Toronto Animal Services has with many local organizations.
If you need to give up a pet turtle, please do not release it into a park or stream. Instead, surrender it to a turtle rescue organization or your local animal shelter.
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