My opinions on rescuing have changed more then once over the years. And I understand everyone's views on the topic. The truth of the matter is that if that fish in need is purchased, adopted for free, or dies on the shelf it is still going to be replaced by a new fish. Unfortunately for each one of us that takes the time talk to the manager, for each one of us that demand to get that sick fish free, there are hundreds or thousands of people who don't.
Don't get me wrong, I will fight for these fish until the day I die, I will do my best to educate anyone that will listen, and any fish that i can get for free I will. But I will not pass up a betta in need because the store won't give it away. And if I pay for a sick fish I will still consider it a rescue, because I am rescuing THAT fish, I am making a difference to THAT fish.
I'm going to post a story that I'm sure everyone has read, but its wonderful and can always be shared again!
The Star Fish Story
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, so he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
As if he hadn't heard, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he turned, smiled and said, "It made a difference to that one!"
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...
MoonShadow Betta Fish Rescue
Saving the world one innocent life at a time