Injured Turtle Rehabilitation


North Country Wild Care wildlife emergency hotline (Albany, Saratoga and the Adirondacks): 518-964-6740 – Visit Site

Animal Help Now (U.S. nationwide) – Visit Site

A wildlife rehabilitator rescues and cares for injured and orphaned animals until they can return to the wild and live as successful members of their species. We are licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Dancing Turtle specializes in the rehabilitation of turtles, other reptiles, and amphibians, plus small mammals such as squirrels and opossums.

The Turtle Bus

Our turtle rehabilitation clinic is inside an old, stripped-out school bus, affectionately known as the turtle bus. Our bus has been set up with electricity and running water. Depending on their size and condition, the aquatic turtles that come into care, such as painted turtles and snapping turtles, are housed in large plastic tubs with heat lamps, glass tanks equipped with filters, basking spots and UV lighting, or large outdoor stock tanks with pond pumps filters. Overwintering turtles move into our home’s basement.

With the support of turtle heroes like you, we hope to build or acquire a structure to house the wildlife rehabilitation operation and provide a foster home for our adoptable pet turtle rescues.

Support Wildlife Rehabilitation

Wildlife rehabilitators are volunteers. The cost of housing, medical supplies, and food for the animals in our care can be quite high. Help us keep needed items on hand by purchasing items from our wish list on

North Country Wild Care is a network of home-based rehabbers and refuge centers from New York’s capital district to the northern Adirondacks. As a member, we get training, access to knowledgeable and experienced rehabbers, and veterinary support. North Country Wild Care volunteers staff a 24/7 hotline to address wildlife emergencies and coordinate rescues, transportation, veterinary care, and rehabilitation. Please consider visiting the North Country Wild Care website and donating towards formula, food, and medications. When you help North Country Wild Care, you help us too!

Find a Wildlife Rehabilitator

If you find injured wildlife or believe you have found orphaned or abandoned babies, please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for help. For your safety and the wellbeing of the animal, please follow their instructions for capture and transport.

North Country Wild Care hotline volunteers will connect you with the closest and most immediately available rehabilitator who works with that species. Please call the hotline anytime, day or night, at 518-964-6740 for help with any injured or orphaned wild animal in our area. The hotline volunteers know how best to reach us.

Outside of the North Country Wild Care area, you can find a licensed rehabilitator on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website, through your state’s wildlife office, or by visiting Animal Help Now for nationwide listings of rehabilitators and rescue organizations.

North Country Wild Care wildlife emergency hotline (Albany, Saratoga and the Adirondacks): 518-964-6740