People who have exotic pets they can no longer handle will have a chance to do what is best for the animals during Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in an effort to keep unwanted exotic pets out of Florida’s native ecosystems.
The Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA), will host Exotic Pet Amnesty Day, Saturday Sept. 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sawgrass Nature Center (SNC) located at 3000 Sportsplex Dr. in Coral Springs (at Sportsplex Park).
Exotic reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and mammals will be accepted; domestic pets (cats & dogs) will not be accepted. There is no charge to surrender an animal and there are no penalties. A veterinarian will examine each animal, and the healthy animals will be placed with pre-qualified adopters.
Pet owners/surrenders and adopters will also have a chance to visit the wildlife exhibits at the Sawgrass Nature Center. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Kids and families can see exotic animals up close and learn about nonnative species issues. Animal experts will be on hand to answer questions and help teach people how to be responsible pet owners.
If you're an experienced exotic pet owner interested in adopting any of the pets that are being surrendered, you must register before the event at the Florida Fish and Wildlife website http://www.myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/nonnative-pet-adopter/ .