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So you want to rescue bettas?

So You Want to Rescue Bettas?

Knowing the Difference Between a Rescue and a Sympathy Purchase

The first step to rescuing bettas is being able to tell the difference between a rescue and a sympathy purchase. A sympathy purchase is really nothing more then seeing a sick fish on a shelf and buying it because you feel bad for it and you want to help.

There is nothing wrong with this, but remember, it can't really be called a rescue, because in paying for the fish you are in a way saying to the pet store "Hey you take really bad care of your fish, but I don't care and I'm going to give you money anyway."

So in reality you're paying the store to take bad care of the fish, and they're not going to try and improve anything because they're making money off of the way things already are.

A real rescue involves paying no money at all for a fish in need of help. Most pet stores are willing to give you a sick fish that will obviously die on the shelf otherwise, if you're just willing to ask for it. Some won't.

Some stores, such as walmart, are willing to discount for "damaged goods" while this isn't as good as getting the betta for free, it still sends out a message that they will lose money if the bettas are not well taken care of.

So You Want To Help But Can't Take In Another Betta?

No Problem! There are plenty of other things that you can do!

- Start an online petition - Get a ton of signature and begin mailing or emailing the petitions to your local petstores.

- Print out Flyers - Create and print out an eye catching informational flyer about the proper care of bettas. Leave a stack next to the betta cups at a local petstore or carry them with you when you know you'll be going to a pet store and hand them to people who look like they may be interested in purchasing a betta.

- Business Cards - Make business cards with a couple quick, but important betta care facts, and add a link to your favorite betta specific website or forum. And do the same as listed above for the fliers.

- Word of Mouth - If you go to a petstore and see someone looking at bettas, strike up a conversation, see what they know and don't know about bettas and try and point them in a positive direction.

- Proper Care Sheets in Pet Stores - Approach the manager at your local petstores and ask if they have betta care sheets, if they don't ask them if they would be interested in having you write one up for them. If they do, see if they look good, If some information seems off try and explain to the manager what information is wrong, and tell them you would be willing to help them fix it. Big chain stores like petco and petsmart aren't allowed to change their care sheets as they are made by the corporate office and sent out to all of the stores. But local stores my be happy for your help.

- Write a letter - Write a letter to your local petstore and explain to them whats wrong with the bettas, explain that they need the water in those cups changed daily, explain that they need heaters, explain everything, provide facts, don't stop trying.

One hand reaches out and pulls a lost soul from harm. While a thousand more go unspoken for, they say what good have you done? By saving just this one... It's like whispering a prayer in the fury of a storm. And I hear them saying... You'll never change things...
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I totally agree with you. I am okay with a sympathy purchase there is a difference I rarely see unhealthy fish there guppies are another story they always have dead ones but to be fair they cram the tanks full of males and keep few females. The worst I see for Bettas floating sideways then when you approach act normal sick eye and 1 or 2 dead ones in my time. 2 weeks ago when I went there the Betta bowls were dirty but the guy said he was getting ready to change them. They do have to keep them in bowls the fish would fight they keep many similar looking fish. I wish the giants were stored with the plant sale tanks they have 5 or 6 and 4 giants usually. They recently did something by their own rules and took the apple snails out of the fancy gold fish less dead ones now. One of those snails from there change lives in my 10 gallon with my Betta.
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I've never rescued a betta from a petstore but I HAVE rescued 2 bettas from certain death. One that my cousin was going to flush and one that an ignorant neighbor wasn't taking care of properly.
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I've never rescued a betta from a petstore but I HAVE rescued 2 bettas from certain death. One that my cousin was going to flush and one that an ignorant neighbor wasn't taking care of properly.
Good for you hope they live long and prosper.
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Thank you. It was a few years ago and I don't have the fish anymore but I'd like to think they lived good lives with me.
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Fantastic information, so much love for this thread right now. <3

I did a little rescuing back when I worked at an LPS. I had the advantage of watching the bettas on an almost daily basis and was able to bring home a few sick ones to nurse back to health a couple of times.
With all the recent posts from a few members of their rescues, I've really been wanting to start rescuing and maybe adopting out...but generally the fish at my local Petco/Petsmart don't look too bad. I mean, they're generally not happy in their cold little cups, but none of them really qualify as sick enough to be rescues. I suppose thats a good thing though, lol.
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Wow that is great!!!
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Some stores, such as walmart, are willing to discount for "damaged goods" while this isn't as good as getting the betta for free, it still sends out a message that they will lose money if the bettas are not well taken care of.
so is that considered a rescue or not?
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If they make a profit on a purchase it is sympathy if they lose money on it is a rescue.
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Just because a store discounts a purchase doesn't mean they didn't make money on it. How are we to know if they made money or not?

I have read on here that WalMart will not give a fish away because they are credited for dead fish?
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