Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Some people frustrate me on here, when they post about 'rescuing' fish, and at the same time skimp on vital equipment such as a heater because "funds are tight" or they're a "poor college student". I'm sorry, but that's just pure selfishness. If you can't afford to meet the minimum standard of care for the animals you own, and who you are ultimately responsible for, then please don't go out and purchase one until you can.
I think true hoarding, is when it becomes a compulsion to acquire animals, even when you don't have the time or funds to dedicate to their care. It's like there's a complete disconnect from reality, and that's how it gets to the point where these people become completely overwhelmed. You look at those shows, and the people featured are convinced that no one else would love their animals as much as they do, even as they're scraping some desiccated cat off the floor.
I also don't think purchasing a betta fish from a pet store should be considered rescuing it. Upgrading it? Definitely. Improving its quality of life? Sure thing. But rescue to me, should not be about rewarding stores for the poor treatment of the animals in their care. I could fill my room with all the pitifully sick bettas that get sold at the pet store near my work. But that wouldn't solve the problem. Instead, I decided that I was done supporting a business that does not look after its livestock properly. Yes it does tug at my heart thinking about those bettas, but I came to realise even if I bought them all, they'd be a whole new shipment of them sitting there by the next week.