Exotic Pet Amnesty Program

Exotic Pet Amnesty Program

 

The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program is an effort to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild by pet owners who can no longer care for their pets or no longer wish to keep them. Another goal of the program is to foster responsible pet ownership though outreach and education at Exotic Pet Amnesty Day events.


How does the program work?

Exotic Pet Amnesty Days are events held periodically around the state to provide the opportunity for people to surrender their exotic pets free of charge with no penalties. Pre-approved adopters can adopt surrendered exotic animals at these events.

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day events are free and everyone is welcome to attend. There are informative and educational displays at most amnesty events, and live animals are usually on exhibit. Kids and families can see exotic animals up close and learn about nonnative species issues.

Take a look at the results

Since its creation in 2006, the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program has successfully found homes for hundreds of exotic pets. Finding homes for these animals with pre-approved adopters helps to ensure that they are not released into Florida’s natural areas.

 

Year

Number of Events

Number of Animals surrendered

Running totals

Events

Hotline

Total

2006

1

6

 

6

6

2007

1

50

 

50

56

2008

2

203

 

203

259

2009

3

252

 

252

511

2010

3

132

 

132

643

2011

2

126

90

216

859

2012

6

279

227

506

1365

2013

7

188

152

340

1705

2014

3*

104

138**

242**

1947**

*Number of events held so far this year, more events are still scheduled to take place.
**As of 6/1/2014

Need to surrender an animal?

Check our schedule of upcoming Exotic Pet Amnesty Day events.

 

Interested in adopting an animal?

Learn how to become an FWC exotic pet adopter.

 

Need more information about the program?

Read our frequently asked questions.

 




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