Exotic Pet Surrender Event – Madison

Exotic Pet Surrender Event – Madison

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Sunday, March 26, 12 – 2 PM
Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Dr, Monona, WI 53716

Do you have an exotic pet that you are no longer able to care for? Don’t release it into the wild! Instead, you can surrender it at J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue’s Exotic Pet Surrender Event on March 26th between 12 PM and 2 PM at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center located at 330 Femrite Dr, Monona, WI 53716.

Area organizations will be accepting fish, invertebrates, reptiles, pet birds, small mammals, and plants – no questions asked. Domestic pets, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, and chickens, are not accepted. Owners of domestic animals should inquire with local pet shelters or rescues for options on rehoming
their pets.

There will be animal ambassadors you can meet and learn about, and a photobooth where you can take your picture with a rescued pet!

In some areas, there are no rehoming options for exotic animals such as fish, birds, and reptiles. Some pet owners that are unable to care for their pet may think that releasing the animal is the right thing to do, however, releasing a pet is harmful for the animal and the environment.

J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue (JRAAR) is hosting the event with help from several other area organizations including Wisconsin Sugar Glider Sanctuary and Rescue, Reptile Rescue of Wisconsin, Upper Sugar River Watershed Association, and University of Wisconsin Sea Grant/Water Resources Institutes. This event was made possible with the support of sponsors Animart and Festival Foods.

Questions regarding the Exotic Pet Surrender Event can be directed to John Moyles of J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue. He can be reached at

Photo credit – John Moyles

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