New Programs Set to Help Care for & Transport Injured Turtles

Published on: 2018/05/09 - in Releases

Turtles Kingston has announced the launch of  ‘Volunteer Transport Driver’ and ‘Temporary Holding Station’ Programs for members of the public who encounter injured turtles, particularly during the current nesting season:

Turtles Kingston is proud to launch their ‘Volunteer Transport Driver’ and ‘Temporary Holding Station’ Programs.

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We have created these Programs to effectively respond to the turtle crisis on our roads, especially during the nesting season, May and June. We know that the public is not always able to transport an injured or dead turtle to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre which can be emotionally challenging when there is no other choice than to abandon the turtle.

This was the motivation for the creation of the Program. For example, if someone is on their way to work and encounters an injured turtle but does not have the time to transport the turtle to SPWC, they simply have to bring the turtle to one of the Temporary Holding Stations which are Veterinary Clinics who have graciously accepted to participate in the Program.

We have confirmed 3 locations to date and are waiting for the confirmation of an additional 4 locations. We have selected locations across the city to address the various communities (north, south, east, west and central).

The public would bring the injured or dead turtle to one of the participating Veterinary clinics who would then contact Turtles Kingston to arrange for a Volunteer Transport Driver to transport the turtle to SPWC.

The reason we include dead turtles in this initiative is because the turtle may be a female carrying eggs which can remain viable in the carcass of the turtle for a period of time and can later be extracted and incubated at SPWC.

We whole heartedly thank the participating Veterinary Clinics and our wonderful team of Volunteer Transport Drivers for their compassion and generosity.

Map of Kingston drop-off clinics and Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (see below for Google map links)


Kingston Veterinarian Clinic

435 Division St. Kingston, ON     K7K 4A8

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am –  8:00 pm
Friday:   8:00 am –  6:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am –  2:00 pm
Sunday:   CLOSED

Cataraqui Pet Hospital

1183 Midland Ave. Kingston, ON   K7P 2X8

Monday – Friday:     8:00 am – 7 pm
Saturday:     9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Amherstview Pet Hospital

Loyalist Plaza 4507 Bath Road
Amherstview, ON     K7N 1A6

Monday – Thursday:   9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday:   9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday / Sunday:     CLOSED

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Release / map source: Turtles Kingston
Photo: Kerry Wixed (cc)