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Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for April 11 in Melbourne

News Release

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Media contact: Greg Workman, (352) 620-7335

An Exotic Pet Amnesty Day for Brevard County will be held April 11 at Wickham Park Pavilion. The public is invited to surrender any exotic animals they have been keeping as pets – no penalties and no questions asked.

Surrendered animals will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. These animals will be checked by a veterinarian and made available for adoption that same day by experienced individuals who are capable of caring for them. Animals that will be accepted for surrender include reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Domestic animals, such as cats or dogs, will not be accepted.

This Exotic Pet Amnesty Day is hosted by Eastern State College and sanctioned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) through a grant funded by Everglades National Park. The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program is an effort to reduce and prevent the release of nonnative animals in Florida. This program also serves to provide education on responsible pet ownership.

The event will be in at 3845 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne and is free and open to the public. Live animals will be on display and experts from the FWC will be on hand for conversations and questions about exotic pets.

The surrendered animals will be made available for adoption after 2 p.m. Exotic pet adopters must be experienced and must have already applied and been approved by the FWC. Would-be adopters must bring their acceptance letters with them. People can find adopter applications at Becoming an adopter is free.

For additional information about this event, call the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681). Exotic pet owners who cannot attend this event may call this number for assistance in finding a new home for their animal.

For more information about adopting exotic pets, visit and click on “Exotic Pet Amnesty Program.”

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