Published: Mar 01, 2013 6:10 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.-The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the SW FL Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) are teaming up to host a one-day-only Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Calusa Nature Center in Fort Myers.

The 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. This one-day event will provide the opportunity for people to surrender their unwanted exotic pets free of charge with no penalties.
Current exotic pet owners and anyone interested in acquiring a nonnative pet can come and talk to experts to learn more about that animal's needs and responsible pet ownership.

FWC is also looking for experienced exotic pet owners to be adopters for the surrendered animals. Adopters must have knowledge about the proper care for the animals they want to adopt and obtain all necessary permits.

The Exotic Pet Amnest runs from 10 AM-2 PM Saturday, March 15th at the Calusa Nature Center.

If you're unable to attend the amnesty day and have an unwanted exotic pet, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife hotline at 1-888-483-4681.

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