Bay Area Animal Shelters Brace for Unwanted Effects of New Ninja Turtles Movie

August 11, 2014 8:00 am · 17 comments

Bay Area animal shelters are bracing for what they fear may be an ill-advised rush to acquire pet turtles and tortoises after the box office success of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

“Owning a pet takes planning, equipment, food and commitment. Sadly, many people do little research before acquiring a pet and don’t understand and commit to the responsibilities of lifetime ownership,” East Bay SPCA President Allison Lindquist said.

“We fear this movie will drive interest in acquiring pet turtles and tortoises,” she said.

The East Bay SPCA is reminding the public that owning a turtle or tortoise is a major commitment.

Like other reptiles, turtles and tortoises require specific food, supplements and habitats in order to thrive.

New equipment must be purchased as the animals outgrow their space, and the right setup for a turtle or tortoise can be costly, East Bay SPCA officials said.

SPCA officials report that many reptiles can live for decades and that tortoises can even outlive their owners.

In addition, the public is advised to be aware that some turtle and tortoise owners illegally sell the animals and may sell animals with compromised health or turtles carrying salmonella or other bacteria.

More information about turtles and tortoises can be found at the Humane Society of the United States’ website at

I am glad the shelters August 11, 2014 at 8:34 AM

are preparing for an onslaught of discarded animals.

The real sad part is the parents who bend to the whimsies of their children.

This is what happens when character and integrity are demonized.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 11, 2014 at 9:09 AM

well, lets be practical. These are turtles, so how bout turning them into turtle soup?

That's All Folks! August 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I remember when 1001 Dalmatians came out and people rushed to buy a Dalmatian. Once the cute little puppy grew up to be a 60-75 lb. dog, little Johnny and little Mary lost interest so mommy and daddy did what foolish parents do best, they gave the dog to the pound.

green August 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

is this a real thread?? lol. no one is going to buy any turtles because of the movie. tmnj have been around since the 80’s.

#1: you are so gullible.

green August 11, 2014 at 9:46 AM

finally “smart good looking debonair” has a reasonable post.

Anon August 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM

What about them there ape movies, how’s that impacted purchases? LOL

green August 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM

exactly #6 Anon, the Planet of the Apes movie had no impact.

This reminds of the fools who think it’s ok to have dogs at Lazy Dog because the restaurant concept is dogs.

Well, the restaurant concept for Black Bear Diner is bears, and they have a ton of bear carvings and murals and accessories, but they don’t have real bears in their restaurant. That would be a health code violation.

So to all those self-entitled fools and parents, you are despicable.

Silva August 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

My boy once flew home (alone) from Oaxaca Mexico smuggling a baby red ear slider in his pocket. Guess who ended up buying the habitat and doing all the daily cleaning and feeding? I never ever saw that animal stop eating. It could eat all the turtle kibble I gave it. There was no end to what it could devour. When it was as large around as a dinner plate I donated it to the East Bay Vivarium. I couldn’t handle it anymore. What an endless chore!

Russ August 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

@#6 You took the words right out of my mouth. “Is this a real thread”?
Somewhere those great Italian Renaissance artists are rolling over in their graves (again).

Wow August 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Green, have you been trolling long or does that kind of smug develop over-night?

Underwood August 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Apes and bears are completely different from dogs and turtles so that Black bear Diner and Planet of the Apes example are completely off-track. Fact is, when an animal is popularized and accesible, you will have people rushing to get them. Worked in a shelter for two years and black cats would be adopted in large numbers leading to Halloween; After the holiday they would be returned. Same issue with the Dalmations films, so why would turtles be any different, especially with the misconceptions on how easy turtles are and their habitat requirements.

Silva August 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I’ve heard from relable sources there’s been over abundance of rabbits relinquished to the shelters after Easter too.

just a concordian August 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Did anyone measure the rate of adoptions of 3-5 year old blond boys after Jerry Maguire?

anonanonagain August 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Something like this happened a few years ago and many were dumped into the lake by Pixie Playland. You can see many of them in the lake as they lounge on the rocks to get some sun. They have grown quite big……Many people don’t use their noggins when they purchase a pet.

NotGood August 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I hope this doesn’t happen. Happened with the Taco Bell Chihuahua too. There are still more chihuahuas in the shelter than ever. Would be nice if parents would think about things before agreeing with what their kids want. Whatever happened to parents being leaders, teachers, disciplinarians and role models in the home rather than trying to be their kid’s friend. The ones who pay here are the animals. Once they are inconvenient, people discard them. It’s very sad and very disgusting.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

In typical hypocritical fashion, the local progressives will get quite upset over this non issue regarding pet turtles, yet will go out and encourage the wholesale slaughter of the unborn. That is the upside down world of the liberal for you.

semperfi August 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

People have no clue. Really, a movie can make a child want to go buy a turtle. If that is the case. Can we make a movie that will make them want to go outside to play or eat more veggies and fruits.

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