Fox Tales Florida: F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find some of the frequently asked questions that we get from time to time. Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions that we may be able to help you with.



Video: Having a Fox as a Pet

Cynthia Smoot, the reporter renowned for her Fox 13 News broadcasts, interviews Robyn Pelszynski, director of the Fox Tales Florida Rescue & Sanctuary in Spring Hill, Florida.

Find out everything you need to know before you decide to own a fox as an exotic pet. Learn facts you may not be aware of: legality, permissions, ethics, behavior, housing, feeding, and more…

Is it legal to own a captive bred fox as a pet in Florida and is it the right pet for me?

The short answer is yes, it is legal to own a fox as a pet in Florida. In Florida, you will need a Class III exotic animal license to keep a fox as a pet. Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) oversees captive bred foxes/exotics. There are enclosure requirements for outside of the house which your fox will require to be happy.  

We always strongly advise people looking for a pet fox to do their research regarding not only city and county ordinances but to also research what it is like to have a pet fox and whether it is a commitment you are willing to get into.

How does owner surrender work?

Sometimes pet fox owners need to find placement for their pet fox because of lifestyle changes or they are unable to care for their pet fox any longer. Sometimes this happens through no fault of their own. It is at this time that Fox Tales Florida is there to help. The owners of a captive bred pet fox need only to reach out to us to discuss options and decide what is best for the fox.
Our facility is licensed to take in Red Foxes, Arctic Foxes and Grey Foxes as well as Fennecs. In some cases, we will travel within the state to pick up new surrenders but require a consultation first with the owners or the person they have put in charge of the surrender.

Is there a fee for surrendering a captive bred fox?

There is no fee required for Fox Tales Florida to intake a pet fox but a donation to Fox Tales Florida helps with enclosure building, food, Veterinary care and initial intake costs. All of these things add up and deplete our donation money so a donation is very helpful.
Some surrendering owners often choose to sponsor their surrendered fox. For sponsorship information, check out or Donate page for more information.

You originally saved fur farm foxes. Do you still take in fur farm foxes or now are you just taking in owner surrenders?

The short answer is yes, we still will take in fur farm rescues. If there is a time that we are called on to help with a rescue of fur farm foxes that are on the cull list, we will try to do intakes.
There are many more fox rescues that concentrate mainly on fur far rescues then owner surrenders, so we will help where needed.