Florida Wildlife Commission and Gatorland will host a Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day Saturday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gatorland in Orlando. Species of Concern (nonnative reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and invertebrates) will be accepted.
If you have an exotic pet you can no longer care for, don’t just open the front door and set it free. It’s illegal to release a nonnative animal into the wild in Florida, and it could be detrimental for the animal and the environment.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
10AM – 2PM
14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32837
*South Parking Lot Entrance
This Pet Amnesty Day is free and open to the public. Exotic animals can be surrendered to the FWC free of charge with no questions asked and no penalties. Domestic pets including, but not limited to, dogs, cats and ferrets will not be accepted.
Nonnative pet amnesty events help to increase awareness of nonnative species problems. Over 400 nonnative species have been observed in Florida, and more than 130 have reproducing populations. For more information on nonnative species in Florida, visit www.myFWC.com/nonnatives.
Anyone interested in adopting nonnative pets should download the proper adoption applications and animal care sheets at www.myFWC.com/nonnatives and click on “How to become an FWC exotic pet adopter.” Adopters must have knowledge of natural history and caging requirements along with having proper facilities for the animals they are interested in adopting.