About Us

Trancas Turtle & Koi Rescue is a small, self funded, volunteer, rescue for turtles and koi. We accept most abandoned turtles and all koi, providing a 40,000 gallon multi pond habitat with full time care. We will do our best to place any turtle and koi which can no longer be kept for whatever reason. Many people buy a turtle and/or koi and know very little about their care and don’t realize how large or how long they can live with proper care. Mostly, the animals grow too large for their tanks.  Others just find they can no longer care for their fish and turtles and just want to find it a good home. Whichever the case, we provide sanctuary for them or help find good homes for those that need them.

Trancas Turtle & Koi Rescue place koi and turtles with individuals and organizations who are willing to provide species-specific care. We advocate the protection, preservation, and conservation of turtles, both in the wild and in captivity, through direct action and public education. Volunteers throughout our network are committed to finding new homes and safe havens for turtles that cannot be returned to the wild, with their welfare remaining our first priority.

The goal of Trancas Turtle & Koi Rescue is to provide reliable, up to date information on the care of turtles and koi as well as provide a haven for those in need. On the pages of this website I hope you will find the information you are looking for. If you can’t find something just send us an e-mail and we’ll try to find the info for you.

Trancas Turtle & Koi Rescue is not now, nor has it ever been, affiliated with any other turtle or koi rescue either here or anywhere else. We are our own entity and will remain that way. We have and will at times work with other rescues to help turtles and koi thrive.

I, along with my wife and staff formed the rescue because we found that so many pet turtles were being abandoned at the vet clinic and various local nature centers. Now our mission is to provide a home and medical care for these unwanted turtles and koi.

If you have a pet turtle or koi that you feel you can no longer care for, please contact us. We will take in the animal, no questions asked. We will also send volunteers in our local area to pick up the turtles.

Read article on us from Malibu Times (PDF)