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Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 6:15a
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

A Word of Thanks from Barbara Bonner and the Turtle Hospital

Barbara Bonner
The Turtle Hospital of New England, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

The Turtle Hospital would like to thank The World Society for the Protection of Animals, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the International Humane Society/The Humane Society of the United States, and private donors for their prompt and lifesaving response to the Kadoorie Rescue effort. Because of their gift of funds for the purchase of supplies, every single animal who arrived in Miami alive had access to veterinary care with state-of-theart medications and techniques. Without the medical supplies their funding enabled us to purchase for the very ill animals arriving into Miami, the death toll could have been as high as 95%. The generous and prompt gift of funds to purchase subcutaneous fluids, parasiticides, antibiotics, treatment utensils and all accessory equipment needed was absolutely lifesaving.

The Turtle Hospital also would like to ensure that the generosity of Dr. Sue Donaghue of Walkabout Farms and Mazuri are acknowledged, as, again, their timely and very needed donations were lifesaving.

A large percentage of veterinarians, veterinary students, institutions, rehabbers and private caring individuals were able to grow in knowledge and experience thanks to the benevolence of these donors. All of us involved in the rescue effort are enormously grateful for the timely and generous outpouring of assistance. Each turtle who died while receiving care contributed towards improved survival and enhanced knowledge for the next confiscation. Each living turtle stands as a representative of his/her species in a global call for conservation of the one third of the world's turtles threatened with extinction in the next decade. Each hatchling from a gravid mother who was part of the confiscation stands as a living symbol of hope for the future.

To all our donors, we who care for the world's turtles are profoundly grateful.