This is NOT an official adoption thread; I just wanted to start it now to gauge interest.
I'm working with a breeder who's interested in adopting out some of the healthy non-sale-quality fish from his next spawn, who would otherwise be culled. The adopting-out won't happen until late this year/early next year due to the fact that he's just finishing up two spawns, but I'm looking to gauge an interest to see if it's viable.
A general overview:
- You have to live in Canada, or at the very least have a location in Canada to which your fish can be shipped (as the breeder and I are Canadian-- the biggest reason we wanted to try this is because it's more difficult, in my experience, to find Canadian breeders, and even more difficult to find breeders who want to adopt out culls, for those of you bleeding-hearts who are into adoptions).
- These fish will be FREE except for SHIPPING COSTS. If it's enormously expensive to ship to your area, we might be able to work something out.
- However, the evident catch: these fish are culls. We will only be adopting out fish when it's humane to do so, and when we believe they can live a quality life, so you won't be getting anything on the brink of death. HOWEVER, as they are culls and non-sale-quality, they may have cosmetic issues, such as fin defects. They may also have HEALTH issues, such as chronic SBD, spine abnormalities, or vision problems. We will always specify why the fish was a potential cull to the best of our ability, so you'll be able to pick a fish whose needs are suited to your capabilities.
- The breeder has specified that these fish can only be adopted if you have NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER of breeding them. I think that goes without saying.
Anyway, now that the messy rule stuff is out of the way-- would any of my fellow Canadians be interested in this? You don't have to sign a contract or anything, I just want to get an idea of how many we'll be able to adopt out.