Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does Turtle to the Rescue benefit?

All proceeds from Turtles to the Rescue will benefit the Humane Society of Harris County.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a turtle, whether online, in the mail, at a Turtle Race booth or in a sponsoring business is entered into what we call E-Quack, a database that stores all of the information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of turtles you have adopted. The tag range is entered into E-Quack and all the numbers are shuffled up. Then, E-Quack automatically assigns the number of turtles you have adopted next to Tag Numbers. Thus, if you adopted 5 turtles, your name will be placed next to 5 different Tag Numbers.

How do my turtles get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to Turtles to the Rescue volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every turtle that will be in the turtle race - which is 3,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number.

For Example: 8580001-8590000

What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no turtle has an unfair advantage and the race is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the race, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all the turtles you have adopted will be in the water.

What if you have 1,000 adopted turtles but you have 3,000 tagged turtles on race day?

If all our turtles have not been adopted by race day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the race. Their names will be placed at random into the mix, next to a number that does not already have a name by it. Anyone can adopt until an hour before the race begins, as long as the race is not sold out.

When and where is Turtles to the Rescue and what does it cost?

Turtles to the Rescue will take place on September 17, 2022. The first three turtles through the finish line will win some amazing prizes.

How will I know if my turtle wins?

The Humane Society of Harris County will contact you using the information you provided with your turtle adoption. You do not need to be present to win.

Are they real turtles or rubber turtles?

Rubber turtles, silly!

Who can adopt a turtle?

Anyone! However, you must be at least 18 years old to adopt a turtle.

Once I adopt a turtle, do I get to keep it?

No. After you adopt your turtle, the Turtles to the Rescue team will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for turtle race day. After the race, all of the turtles will swim off to their next race somewhere in the U.S.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, the winner does not need to be present to win. We do hope you will join us for the festivities though!

Can I adopt turtles on race day?

If all our 3,000 turtles have not been adopted as of April 10, 2021 the remaining turtles will be available for adoption on race day until one hour prior to the start of the race at an adoption booth set up during Turtles to the Rescue.

How do I contact someone at Turtles to the Rescue if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing