Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
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 though outreach and education at Exotic Pet Amnesty Day events.
Exotic Pet Amnesty Days are events held periodically around the state to provide the opportunity for people to surrender their exotic pets free of charge with no penalties. These events are free and everyone is welcome to attend. There are informative and educational displays at most amnesty events, and live animals are usually on exhibit. Kids and families can see exotic animals up close and learn about nonnative species issues.
Exotic pet owners who can no longer keep their pets can surrender them during the morning portion of Exotic Pet Amnesty Day events. Pre-approved adopters then adopt the surrendered exotic pets that afternoon. Exotic pet owners who cannot attend an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day can contact the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (483-4681) for year-round assistance in finding their animal a new home.