Palm Beach County Holds First Annual Pet Amnesty Day on January 14

Palm Beach Zoo, where you can see jaguar, is assisting in Palm Beach County's first annual Pet Amnesty Day. © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

Palm Beach County is holding its First Annual Pet Amnesty Day on Saturday, January 14, when the public will be invited to surrender any exotic nonnative animals they may be keeping as pets – no penalties and no questions asked.

The event will be held at the West Palm Beach Garden Club in Dreher Park behind the Palm Beach Zoo and next to the South Florida Science Museum.

Surrendered animals will be accepted between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Surrendered animals will be checked by a veterinarian, micro-chipped, and made available for adoption by experienced individuals who are capable of caring for them. Animals that will be accepted for surrender include reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Domestic animals will not be accepted.

Pet Amnesty Day will be hosted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA), and the Palm Beach Zoo, and is sanctioned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The January 14th event is free and open to the public. Live animals will be on display and experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Palm Beach Zoo and the Nature Conservancy Python Patrol will be on hand for conversations and questions about exotic pets. The event will also feature children’s activities and informational/educational exhibitors.

The surrendered animals will be made available for adoption after 2 p.m. Nonnative pet adopters must be experienced and must have already applied and been approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; they must bring their acceptance letters with them. Adopter applications can be found at www.myFWC.com/nonnatives. Becoming an adopter is free.

See also:

WHERE TO BE WILD IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

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