During my shift at Petsmart today...
During my shift at Petsmart today I did my routine browse of the bettas, practicing my willpower at not getting any more fish. Usually my petsmart is great at taking good care of their bettas, but today the fish were kind of unhappy looking. I noticed something odd with one of them, a big plakat of nondescript color due to the fact that he was SO sick. I thought he was dead, but he was slightly alive and floating perpendicular, with his head near the top taking big gulps of air. He swam/sank to the bottom when I picked him up, floating on his side and attempting to right himself. I brought him to the pet care manager, (pet care deals with all the fish/small furry/small scaly things in the store) and told her this little guy was sick and needed urgent care. Clean water, put in a warmer place at the very least! Later I asked one of girls who works over there what actually will happen.. and she said "We just put some medication in the sick fish's water and usually they die." I almost cried, or yelled at her.. He could probably have been saved with the proper care, as well as the 6 other sick bettas she told me they had in the back room!! If I didn't work there I probably would have made a much bigger fuss, which would have been to no avail. Petsmart is really invested in customers being happy and keeping up an image of actually caring for pets, which for the most part they do. I wonder what kind of effort would need to happen for chain petstores to realize that bettas need better care? Most customers don't even know, unless they find their way to a betta forum or the like there isn't a glimmer of a chance they are going to know how to care for a betta or know that those tiny cups are terrible for them. If more customers really knew, I wonder if those corporations would consider changing their policies regarding bettas? They might even make more money, it's a lot more expensive to buy the proper setup for a betta than a tiny aesthetically pleasing bowl. They might lose a few customers who are looking for a really cheap pet, but in the long run it might be good. I think I'm going to start writing weekly letters to Petsmart, or maybe calling the employee petsmart hotline where you can voice concerns that aren't getting heard by management....
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