Posted by: stiltsville | March 5, 2012

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in Miami is March 10

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Zoo Miami are offering qualified adopters the chance to take home an exotic pet turned in by those who no longer can keep them.

Those opportunities will come at Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in Miami on March 10.

Florida is the one state in the continental United States regularly holding Exotic Pet Amnesty Days to encourage owners to turn in their exotic pets without cost or penalty and discourage the release of nonnative species into the wild.

“We are looking for adopters with the knowledge and expertise to care for exotic pets,” said Jenny Novak, who coordinates the FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty program. “We expect quite a few nonnative animals to be turned over at the Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in Miami, so we want to make sure we have safe homes for them.”

Pet adopters must be pre-qualified to receive surrendered animals. Anyone interested in adopting exotic pets can download the application forms at Adopters must have knowledge of natural history and safe caging requirements for the animals they are interested in adopting. There is no fee for becoming an adopter.

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day at Zoo Miami will be Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be free and open to the public. Adoption applications must be received by March 8 to be processed in time for this event.


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