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Saturday's Exotic Pet Amnesty Day Is For Pet Adopters, Owners Who No Longer Want Pet

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Exotic Pet Amnesty Day is this Saturday. Florida wildlife officials are touting the day as a legal alternative to release exotic pets that owners no longer want to keep.

The goal is to help reduce the number of non-native species being introduced to the wild. Reptiles, mammals, birds, and fish are just some of the pets that can be surrendered at Exotic Pet Amnesty Day. Domestic pets—like cats and dogs—will not be accepted. In a video by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a wildlife expert explains the event is not just for people surrendering their pet.

“We’ll be accepting exotic pets and all healthy pets will be placed with qualified pet adopters. If you just like exotic pets and you want to come out and see some live animals on display or speak with an expert about proper animal care. Amnesty Day is free and open to the public. And, remember, don’t set exotic pets loose in Florida. Be a responsible pet owner.”

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach. Animals will be available for adoption after 2 p.m.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.