Exotic pet drop-off event at Schmeeckle a success, organizers say

By Patrick Lynn

J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue held a successful exotic pet surrender event in Stevens Point on Jan. 25.

Held at Schmeeckle Reserve, the event took in 51 animals, ranging from snakes and lizards to a tortoise — and a remarkable 25-year-old goldfish named Uno.

Renee Schulz, Director of J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue, expressed gratitude for the community’s support and commitment to responsible pet ownership.

“Our Exotic Pet Surrender Event in Stevens Point was a tremendous success, thanks to the compassion and responsibility demonstrated by pet owners in the community,” she said. “We are dedicated to providing a safe and humane solution for these animals, and it’s heartening to see the community embrace our mission.”

Among the surrendered animals, Uno, a 25-year-old goldfish, captured the attention of many attendees. The event allowed Uno to find a new and caring home where he can continue to thrive.

Looking ahead, J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue has announced plans for 27 more exotic pet surrender events throughout 2024. The next event is scheduled to take place at the STEM Innovation Center, located at 2019 Technology Way in Green Bay. Schulz encourages those considering surrendering exotic pets to attend these events, providing a safe and responsible solution for both the animals and their owners.

Details about upcoming surrender events, including the one in Green Bay, can be found on the J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue website at https://www.jraar.org/exoticpetsurrenderevents.

J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare and protection of aquatic and exotic animals. Through education, rescue efforts, and community outreach, J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue strives to create a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect. For more information, visit https://www.jraar.org/.