MADISON (WKOW) – J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue hosted an exotic animal depot at the Aldo Leopold Park Center on Sunday.
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J&R has been running local exotic animal handover events for the past year and a half, enabling people who have found or can no longer care for exotic animals. These animals include fish, turtles, birds, and snakes.
J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue Director John Moyles stressed that no matter what the situation, no pets are turned away. “We never turn away a person or pet in need. So if the worst gets worse, you can always contact us. And if it’s something we can’t really work with, we’ll have it all. a stack of people we work with that can help. “
Moyles wants to provide a non-judgmental zone and create the best environments for these animals. “We do what we do to give people options for their unwanted pets, other than releasing them into the wild,” Moyles explained. “Because for fish and other exotic animals, there are very few resources for people who have pets like that that they can no longer take care of.”
Animals are more at risk when thrown into the wild because pets lack the instinct to survive. Even animals like goldfish pose a threat when placed where they don’t belong. “So with goldfish, when people let them go, they can survive in conditions that other fish can’t, so their population explodes and they sort of take control,” Moyles explained. “And that can cause problems for other wildlife down the road. So if you have a pet, you should definitely turn it over to a rescue or a pet store.”
After being handed over to Moyles, the animals proceed to a shelter in Menasha, Wisconsin, until a suitable home is found.
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