Shelter manager Kate McGinley says sometimes they can set animals free if they can't find homes for them. But these are Chinese striped-neck turtles, which are not really native to Illinois. McGinley found a place to take them, but didn't have a way to get them there. Volunteers answered the call for help.
"We're going to meet up with the rescue group halfway," said McGinley. "They've picked a halfway point to rendezvous on I-57. We'll be able to send the turtles on their way to a happy rest of their lives but it's wonderful. Our volunteers are wonderful. Of course, social media is a great way to pull everyone together."
McGinley says she was overwhelmed by how many people offered to help. She says this is a good lesson to do your homework before buying a pet so you know you'll want to keep it in the long run.
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