The AVMA acknowledges that ownership and possession of wild animal species and exotic pet species are legally permitted and that there are laws and regulations at international, federal, state, and local levels addressing both. The AVMA also understands that circumstances may arise in which caregivers of such animals may no longer keep them (e.g. caregivers find themselves unable to provide the care required for the animals, realize that the animals are not suitable for captivity, or discover that possession of these animals is illegal). Caregivers who find themselves in such situations must not jeopardize the welfare of the animals involved nor increase the risks that their animals pose to people, other animals, or ecosystems.
Meets or exceeds regulatory oversight standards (e.g. 50 CFR §14.252, Animal Welfare Act, relevant state and local statutes),
Meets or exceeds relevant accrediting bodies’ standards of care (e. g. nutrition, veterinary medical care, and environmental enrichment),
Is approved by the relevant regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies with jurisdiction, and
Is subject to external inspection.