Hector the Red Eared Slider (turtle)
Hector is severely deformed from severe neglect. Just when we thought we have seen the worst of the worst, then Hector comes to our turtle rescue. My goodness is the poor little guy ever sick. He has infections/abseses in both front legs. He is missing skin on his shell (the white is bone), which indicates that he might have sepsis.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis (the state of putrefaction and decay) is a potentially deadly medical condition characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state (called a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by severe infection.
This is typically caused by living in filthy conditions and tiny conditions. In turtles, Sepsis shows its ugly face in swollen limbs (which Hector has), and by dark dying skin on the shell (which Hector Has).
It is treatable if caught before it kills the organs. So far Hector appears to be active and alert, which is always a good sign in sick turtles.
Who is Little RES Q
The Little RES Q is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of exotic pet reptiles in an attempt to keep them from being released into the wild. We provide a better option for those who, for one reason or another, cannot take care of their reptiles anymore. Founded in 2008 by Marc Ouellette, the rescue started as a dedicated aquatic turtle shelter in Toronto and now accepts in most legal reptiles as space permits.
Many small reptiles, especially turtles, get purchased as a pet for a young family member without fully understanding the costs in both material and time needed for proper care of the animal. Sadly all too often these poor creatures suffer from neglect even with the owner's best intentions.
We are a limited admittance shelter that restricts intake in order to uphold a standard in quality of life for the surrenders in our care. We implement a waiting list when necessary, use a foster care network to help, and emphasize adoption and responsible pet ownership for all types of reptiles.
How you will be helping
All of the funds raised will go solely into the long term care that Hector is going to need. We as a society need to help him fight his right at a chance of survival, as all pets deserve.
Your money will go to Little RES Q who is taking care of Hector, as well as any other medical needs that he will require in the future. Any let over funds will go towards other turtles in need.