Thursday, November 22, 2007

Exotic pet amnesty day

TCPalm.com reports here on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission's third Non-native Pet Amnesty Day being held in February in Miami. FWC hopes to adopt out any non-native pets collected to qualified individuals. There are a number of nonnative and invasive species in Florida that have been illegally released into the wild by people who no longer want or can no longer care for an exotic pet. The Amnesty day provides such people a legal option to give up these pets.

The Amnesty day will be held February 23 at the Miami Metro Zoo. The article also has information for potential adopters:

Anyone interested in adopting nonnative pets should call Jenny Tinnell at (850) 926-0128. Potential adopters will be allowed to sign up over the phone until Dec. 21, 2007. The formal certification process will begin in January 2008. Adopters must be at least 18, with no history of felonies, wildlife or cruelty violations, and no resource or captive wildlife violations for the past 3 years.

Adopters must have knowledge of natural history and caging requirements and have proper facilities for the animals they are interested in adopting. There is no fee for being a certified adopter.

More information on non-native animals is available at FWC's website here.

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