Prevention For Pet Owners
There are many exotic species that can be adopted from the pet store, including goldfish and red-eared slider turtles. Some of these pets can become invasive if released into the wild. These invasive species can outcompete native species for food and habitat, and spread disease.
If you can no longer take care of your pet, "Don't Let it Loose!". Instead, contact pet stores, animal shelters, or other agencies to help find your pet a new loving home. And remember to never flush your fish down the toilet - this can spread disease into local lakes and rivers.