In an effort to discourage pet owners from releasing aquarium fish and animals into the Lake Winnebago area, the East Central Regional Planning Commission, Kingdom Animalia Exoitic Animal Rescue and University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute are hosting a Pet Amnesty Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Community members are encouraged to bring unwanted pets to 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna, where they will be given to Kingdom Animalia in Green Bay. Kingdom Animalia will work with its network of foster caretakers to find the pets a new home.
Aquarium pets, including fish, plants, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and birds will be accepted. Cats and dogs will not be accepted.
When animals like aquarium fish are released into the wild, many struggle to survive in their new habitats, but some can start to reproduce and even thrive, creating the potential to become invasive species that negatively affect the environment.
For more information, contact Todd Verboomen at (920) 751-4770.