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Re-Homing Exotic Species - A Pilot Program to Prevent Release of Exotic Aquatic Pet Species

By Andrew M. Lazur, Ruth Hanessian

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Abstract

An educational poster program designed to inform pet owners of the dangers of releasing exotic species and provide a re-homing mechanism was evaluated as a means to reduce unwanted environmental releases. The poster provided a URL to the program partners' Web site, which listed participating re-homing pet shops in Maryland. Survey results revealed that 201 aquatic animals were re-homed.1 Survey respondents rated the poster at 94% and 92% percent for educating consumers of the potential of re-homing and benefits to the pet industry, respectively. The program provides a proactive opportunity and alternative to environmental release of exotic species.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2008
Publication Title Journal of Extension
Volume 46
Issue 1
ISBN/ISSN 1077-5315
Publisher Extension Journal, Inc.
URL http://www.joe.org/joe/2008february/iw6.php
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal housing
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Aquatic organisms
  5. Exotic animals
  6. Nature
  7. Pet ownership
  8. prevention