I'm sure if you could ask the betta if he'd rather be in a teeny cup or in a nice roomy home - with temps much more stable just by virtue of there being more water - and regular, high quality food and some plants to hide in, he'd leap right out of the cup into your pocket.
So bring him home. Unless the whole house has cold AC he'll do very nicely all summer and so you'll have time to work on the heater issue.
Have you ever asked your mom what it is about the heater that makes her more nervous then any other small-watt appliance?
Statistically speaking, aquarium heaters are far safer then nightlights, and WAY safer then those scented plug in thingies!! Word of warning - if you have a scented plug in air freshener, throw it out. Now.
But aquarium heaters are as safe as plugging in an alarm clock.
She doesn't have anything plugged in when she's not home. She's never even had a house fire, so I don't know why she's so paranoid about it. She even comes over to my house and unplugs mine when I'm working long days. She doesn't even live here, and she comes over to unplug them
. She does keep her house between 76-78 in the summer to save on her electric bill. So I don't worry too much about them freezing him out.
I did pick him up. I had to get hay for my guinea pigs, and I just couldn't walk past him again
. Unfortunately, I found a dragon scale that I thought was gone long ago. Maybe he was just in the back being treated for something. But, he's still there. He's been there even longer than the new guy I just brought home. And he does looks sick. Ugh. Well... I do have another 2.5 g tank that is empty.
I hate working at a pet store (although I love my co-workers, and I do believe our corporate does care about the welfare of their animals), I hate knowing how long they sit there, and I hate watching them die knowing that I could help them.
Pictures to come later of _______ (torn between Hudson and Poe). I am getting his new home ready.
ETA: It's not like we don't sell any of them. Many of them do find homes. But the females, PK and pale colors sit, and sit, and sit, and sit. People want blues and reds.