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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2013, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I feel so guilty

I was at PetSmart and one of the bettas has a slightly deformed back. Some employees found out about it. I'm upset they are gonna probably flush him, since he probably won't make any money for them. So I wanted to get him, and I probably would've gotten him for a discount because of his back, but according to my mom, I have enough fish already. Two fish isn't enough. Haven't I had three before? But anyways, now that fish is probably going to die and I can't help. I feel so bad.

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It's hard but unfortunately we just can't save every abused fish :( Try spending some time with the two you have and remind yourself that you're giving them an awesome life they most likely wouldn't have had without you :)

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It's pretty much like ForbiddenSecrets said, we can't save them all, but we can appreciate the lives we've already saved or adopted into our lives.

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I don't know about your experiences with Petsmart, but at my local store, they treat the bettas, they do not simply kill them. Just yesterday I was there to pick up a heater (and a new fish) and I saw a betta with a fungal infection on his body. I showed an employee and he was taken to the back to be treated. Considering how cheaply they get their supplies, I think it's worth it to them to try and treat the fish and be able to sell it rather than taking a guaranteed loss with euthanasia.

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Yeah, we don't "flush" living fish down the toilet... :/

Deformed fish are free for adoption at my store. If you were to go back and ask for it, be sure to point out that it is deformed.


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Thanks, everyone. Briz, at the pet store I normally go to, the fish aren't as lucky. Even if I were to go back for it, I don't think it'd be there.

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Thanks, everyone. Briz, at the pet store I normally go to, the fish aren't as lucky. Even if I were to go back for it, I don't think it'd be there.
We'll if they flush him they are violating PetSmart policy. In fact, they are violation part of their employment contract. I doubt they flushed it, but if you have reasonable suspicion that they did, contact the corporate headquarters.

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