I have even heard them tell people that bettas love to live in tiny cups and dirty water and they will stay healthier and live longer when kept in these conditions
Wait... What? How on Earth does that even make sense? It'd seem that that'd just defy normal logic. How does living in a tiny space filled with your own poo lend itself to good health and quality of life?
Yeah, the couple times I've tried asking if I could "adopt" a sick fish (pretty much said that I'd buy the fish, actually) at two seperate Petcos that are three hours away from each other and in different states, they said they couldn't let me take them. Apparently they give them to the aquatics specialist, and while I'm sure there are some that are very good fishkeepers, I don't trust that the fish is getting anything other than being moved away from the public eye.
The fish that made me ask this was an absolutely gorgeous cello and blue HMDT boy who looked to have a bit of a swim bladder disorder - nothing too bad, but something that probably won't get any better in a nasty little cup on the shelf. I'm fairly sure the guy I talked to was a manager, and he took the fish and gave it to the aquatics guy, who told me he'd put him in a warm tank in the back with some salt. I had to go back yesterday (forgot to get what I originally needed -.-), and the same fish was sitting on a shelf behind the cash register - which is next to the door where it's really cold and drafty - and he looked worse than the day before. The same aquatics specialist mistook half a dozen female CTs as males and a lovely HM male as a VT.
And, somewhat unfortunately, they and the Petsmart across the street get a lot of my buisness since they're the only pet stores in the area while I'm at school. Granted, I never really buy a lot of stuff at a time, but all the little stuff that I have to pick up for my fish and dog from time to time adds up pretty quickly. I'm thinking that if I want to help some of the sick bettas, I'm just going to have to pick my battles and pay for the ones that I feel "called" to help out - and then if they don't make it, bring them back to the store for credit.
And jeez, just realized that I misspelled "rescuing." My apologies!