Animal rescue programs host exotic pet surrender event in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Area animal rescue programs were at Myrick Park today for an exotic pet surrender event.

Those unable to care for their exotic pets were able to drop them off instead of releasing them into the wild.

John Moyles, the director of J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue, says this is the safest option for everyone involved.

“If people don’t know what to do with their exotic pets, sometimes they’ll just let them go thinking that they’ll have a better life. But in Wisconsin, most of the time, animals just can’t survive. They either can’t adapt and can’t survive, or they adapt and become an invasive species,” Moyles said.

Organizations at the event accepted fish, invertebrates, reptiles, birds, small mammals and plants– no questions asked.

They also offered a presentation on invasive species, and had rescued animal ambassadors on site for visitors to meet.

Each of the animals brought to the surrender event will eventually be adoptable.

For more information on adoption and exotic pet surrender, you can go to J&R’s website.

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