Exotic Pet Amnesty Day at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Name:Exotic Pet Amnesty Day at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Date:November 3, 2018
Time:10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program offers an alternative to releasing pets and helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild.
This free event is open to the public. Experts will be on-site with information about caring for exotic pets, responsible pet ownership and potential ecological impacts of invasive species in Florida. Animals that will be accepted for surrender include nonnative species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Domestic animals, such as cats, dogs, pigs and chickens, will not be accepted.
Surrendered animals will be made available for adoption that same day to pre-registered, experienced individuals who are capable of caring for them. Exotic pet adopters need to be experienced and must be approved by the FWC prior to the event. Approved adopters must bring their acceptance letters with them to the event. Becoming an adopter is free, but you are required to register a minimum of one week before the event to adopt an animal. Adopter applications can be found at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives.
For additional information about Exotic Pet Amnesty Day, visit MyFWC.com/Nonnatives or call the FWC's Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681). Exotic pet owners who cannot attend this event can call this number for assistance in finding a new home for their animal year-round.
For more information about adopting exotic pets, visit MyFWC.com/Nonnatives and click on "Exotic Pet Amnesty Program."