Okanagan Turtle Adoption Program is a non-profit organization in Kelowna, British Columbia, which takes in pet turtles and finds them new homes. The program started in 2015 at a pet store in Kelowna called Okanagan Pet City which specialized in tropical fish and reptiles. Unfortunately Pet City closed at the end of 2017 however the turtle adoption program continued. Along with doing turtle adoptions, we are actively engaged in research projects, education programs and wildlife conservation. Ultimately, our aim is to help reduce the number of pet turtles which are being abandoned in the wild because they pose a threat to the indigenous Western Painted Turtles.
Justin DeMerchant – Executive Director
Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Major: Anthropology, Minor: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Marcelle Moreira dos Santos – Education Assistant
Biology Student, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Ciera Perreault – Animal Care Assistant
Store Attendant, Purple Seahorse Pet Store