The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.

Make A Wish



The Turtle Hospital was given the great honor of participating in the Make A Wish Foundation program. The Make A Wish Foundation’s mission is “to grant the special wishes of children under the age of 18 living with life-threatening medical conditions.” The Turtle Hospital was able to  make a wish come true!


Alden Dunlap is an amazing young man from Tennessee. His wish was to take a private tour of The Turtle Hospital, go snorkeling and deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys. Thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation, Alden’s wish came true! On August 8th Turtle Hospital staff Casey Mclean gave Alden and his family a private guided tour of our facility. Alden, a proclaimed turtle lover, had the opportunity to meet all 43 sea turtle patients currently being treated as well as privately tour the Emergency Room and Operating Room inside the hospital.


We want to thank Alden Dunlap and his family for making The Turtle Hospital a part of their Make A Wish dream come true. Alden’s enthusaism for sea turtles and Florida Keys wildlife was truly touching. We hope to see the Dunlap family again. I’m sure we will have many new patients waiting to meet him and some of our older residents that will want to say hello again.

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