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Do you own an exotic pet you are no longer able to care for? You can surrender your exotic pet free of charge at the Exotic Pet Amnesty Day @ Zoo Miami on April 18th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. hosted by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Zoo Miami. 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 through outreach and education at Exotic Pet Amnesty Day events.
All surrendered animals are examined by veterinarians and all healthy animals will be adopted at the end of the day by registered Exotic Pet Amnesty Adopters. These adopters have proven knowledgeable in the care of these animals and are willing to give them a forever home. There are no penalties or questions asked about surrendered animals, even if you do not have a license to own the animal.
Even if you do not have an exotic animal to surrender the event is FREE** and open to the public. There will be exotic animals on display and exhibitors to answer any question you may have about nonnative wildlife in Florida.
Due to the high volume of pond turtles surrendered, red-eared sliders, yellow-bellied sliders, cooters, chicken turtles, and redbelly turtles will NOT be accepted at Exotic Pet Amnesty Day events (unless specifically arranged by the FWC).
If you are interested in becoming an adopter or have any questions about the program please contact the Exotic Species Hotline, 1-888-IVEGOT1 (888-483-4681)
Click HERE for FAQs
** This FREE event will be held in the zoo's parking lot. Admission into the zoo must be purchased separately.