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Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 14 in Kissimmee

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-620-7335; Lisa Thompson, 727-896-8626

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on May 14 in Osceola County. 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 helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild.

This free event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kissimmee at 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane at the Osceola Heritage Park Extension Services Building. Live animals will be on display and experts from the FWC and other organizations will be on-site with information about caring for exotic pets, responsible pet ownership and potential ecological impacts of invasive species in Florida.  

Surrendered exotic pets will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and given a health exam by a veterinarian before being made available for adoption that same day to pre-registered, experienced individuals who are capable of caring for them. Animals that will be accepted for surrender include nonnative species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Domestic animals, such as cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits will not be accepted.

Animals will be made available for adoption after 2 p.m. Exotic pet adopters need to be experienced and must have already applied and been approved by the FWC. Potential adopters should bring their acceptance letters and any necessary permits with them. Becoming an adopter is free, but you are required to register a minimum of four days prior to the event to adopt an animal. Adopter applications can be found at

This Exotic Pet Amnesty Day is sponsored by the FWC, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, the Heartland and Osceola Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas, and Swamp Girl Adventures.

Exotic Pet Amnesty events are held around the state throughout the year. For additional information about Exotic Pet Amnesty Day, visit and click on “Exotic Pet Amnesty Program” or 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 year-round.

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