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Intern Alastair gives new admit “Cape Fear” her bath and “manicure” (barnacle removal).

Intern Alastair gives new admit “Cape Fear” her bath and “manicure” (barnacle removal).

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM.

Hospital opens for tours October 20 and 21

Don’t miss this last chance to visit us and our patients at the place where it all began. We’re opening for tours on October 20 and 21 during the Autumn with Topsail festival.

Fifteen years ago we moved into our little hospital here in Topsail Beach. For fifteen years we busted our carapaces rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles, and in our “spare time” raising the funds to support our work in any way we could. Fifteen years later we’re getting ready to pack up and head down the road to our new facility. Next weekend will be the last time we will ever throw open our doors here at “the little building that could,” and did, give more than 350 sea turtles the opportunity to heal and return home.

In addition to meeting some of our patients you can pick up your holiday gifts in our merchandise tent. We’ve stocked up with hospital-exclusive T-shirts (long and short sleeve), hoodies, hats, bags and a whole sea of plush turtles of all sizes and “species.” For those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives we have our “Adopt-A-Sea-Turtle” program. And we’ve got an entire wall in our 13,000-square-foot building dedicated to displaying the names of our “Family Giving Challenge” donors.

You all share in our success and in our future. We’ve never taken a cent from taxpayers. Our work is privately funded and possible only because of your continuing generosity and belief in what we do, and your love of these magnificent creatures.

We will open our doors as soon as we can on Saturday and Sunday, but our priority remains the care of our turtles. That generally takes the entire morning, depending on patient load and the complexity of their treatments. We have several that are recovering from extensive surgeries and need extra attention. We hope to be open by 1 p.m. on both days, but if we’re not quite there spend some time browsing the festival grounds and then swing back to visit us.


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