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Old 09-03-2012, 07:06 AM   #1 
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To rescue or not

Some folks like to "rescue" bettas and try to make a difference for that one life.

There are different opinions on the economics of helping, rescueing, or making a sympathy purchase. Let me ask that we as Betta lovers not be so judgmental of those who would like to try and save a life in whatever way they choose. I am one who knows that I cannot change the world but I can do what I can.

That being said, I do "rescue" occasionally --now even the manager at my local Petsmart has asked me to help with a desperate case (that is in another post). I have had some successes and some failures. Also, whenever I can I try to educate purchasers: when I see someone purchasing one of those decorator bowl, I nicely try to educate them on the needs of the betta -- buy at least a gallon container. ( I have even had one purchasers accept my advise and purchase a 2.5 gal set-up).

So in closing to my plea:

Let's be understanding Betta supporters and know that some of us are doing "what we can" in a situation that is not the best!!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:21 AM   #2 
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Yes educating future Betta owners because future purchases do not end up in bowls or when it dies early and yours is alive they know you are right. You are right sympathy purchases are okay it is only a rescue if it is free.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #3 
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Some people have an overwhelming NEED to categorize and organize phrases. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand and EVERYTHING to do with some people's brain function.

Please see it for what it is, nothing personal and nothing to do with rescuing/purchasing fish.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:33 PM   #4 
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Some people have an overwhelming NEED to categorize and organize phrases. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand and EVERYTHING to do with some people's brain function.

Please see it for what it is, nothing personal and nothing to do with rescuing/purchasing fish.
If other people have an overwhelming need what am I them
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:50 PM   #5 
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Well, technically a rescue isn't even free. You pay an adoption fee, unless you like...stole the animal out of someone's home or whatever.

I don't know about other users, but I understand what people are saying about "rescuing" bettas. While some get the fish for free, others don't. I consider my first betta a rescue. Coming from Walmart with no tail and other issues (I WISH I took pictures of him to show you guys...) but he wasn't free. Partly because I didn't care what it took, and partly because the employees there are ignorant and wouldn't give him to me for free anyway.

I suppose rescuing means different things to different people. As long as the betta is happy and in good conditions I don't give a rats rear how you acquired them. :)
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:23 AM   #6 
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If other people have an overwhelming need what am I them
Chocolate, you are a very kind hearted fish owner and very sympathetic to their needs. :)
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:51 AM   #7 
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Well, technically a rescue isn't even free. You pay an adoption fee, unless you like...stole the animal out of someone's home or whatever.
The difference between paying a pet store and an adoption fee to a rescue agency is that when you pay a pet store, you are supporting the very place that you feel abused the animal/fish. An adoption fee is supporting an organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for animals/fish. That money enables them to continue doing their good work.


However, while I am not of the belief that buying a fish is rescuing it, I don't judge those who do. That fact is, those people truely do it because they care so much about the fish and I could never be mad at someone who has a kind heart and good intensions.

So I would not do it but I will not judge others for doing it :)
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:47 AM   #8 
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e difference between paying a pet store and an adoption fee to a rescue agency is that when you pay a pet store, you are supporting the very place that you feel abused the animal/fish. An adoption fee is supporting an organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for animals/fish. That money enables them to continue doing their good work.
Yeah but there are some that spend the majority of their money on paying salaries and not so much on animals - didn't the humane society get into trouble for this recently? And don't even get me started on PETA...

Personally I feel that taking something from a bad situation and giving it a good home is way more important then arguing with some idiot at petco to try and get the fish for free. Plus there is always the possibility they will pull their "we dont sell sick fish" speel and not even let me buy the fish. However, there is a limit to how much I am willing to pay...
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:37 AM   #9 
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semantics

In the end we all do what we want and call it what we want. How someone else trys to label it is irrelevant.

I'm in a bad mood today.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:33 AM   #10 
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semantics

In the end we all do what we want and call it what we want. How someone else trys to label it is irrelevant.

I'm in a bad mood today.
How is this statement evidence of a bad mood?

It is being very truthful in my opinion. It is often difficult for any person to know the motivations that drive their own behaviors much less anyone else's.

I hope you feel happier today and every day of your life!
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