Turtle Care volunteers help with the ongoing care (feeding/cleaning) of the injured turtles that are in the rehabilitation process at our centre. Often our turtle patients can spend up to a year in our care as they recover from their injuries. You must be at least 18 and be able to commit to one 3.5 hour shift per week for a minimum of three months. This program involves attending a volunteer orientation before starting to work with the turtles.
Each of our turtle species requires a specialized diet to keep them healthy (and their injuries healing) while at the OTCC. Many of these volunteers also help out with turtle tank cleanings when an extra hand is needed. We rely on our wonderful “Feeder” volunteers to ensure that each turtle gets an appropriate balance of protein, fat, fiber, etc. in their diet. Our Feeders provide different combinations of earth worms, small fish, pellets, and leafy greens to our turtles!
Turtles are wonderful animals, but they can create quite the mess in their tanks! We are so grateful for our Cleaning volunteers for the time that they spend draining, scrubbing, and refilling turtle tanks. As our turtles heal, the water levels in their tanks are gradually increased. It takes great attention to detail to make sure that water levels are just right, basking platforms are stationed properly, and that the turtle will ultimately be encouraged to heal through living in a clean temporary home at our centre.