Not sure if Pewe qualifies for this since he is still a recent rescue, but my family wanted me to post his story so here it goes. :)
Last Friday my mother and I was going to Walmart to cheer me up after getting the news that we were going to have to put my 14 year old dog down Saturday.. Since we needed cat food anyway I decided to stop and see their bettas. I knew they would be in bad shape but I never expected to see this. I found pewe shoved to the very back with the most nastiest water.. you couldn't even see him unless he was against the cup.
So I took him, showed my mother and told her I couldn't leave him like this. She said he would be dead by the time we got him home, but I didn't care. She was going based off the fact that she couldn't even see him so she assumed the worst. But I had to hope for the best.. We brought him home and had to keep him in a small heated bowl because he had trouble swimming since his fins were clamped so badly.
The next day he was swimming enough to be moved into his forever home and he has won everyone's heart. He kept me busy so I wouldn't cry that Saturday after we took my dog to the vet. Now he is a completely different fish.
This is a chat I made from how I first got pewe and his progress.
This was him a couple days ago.. Fins still slightly clamped.
Now today.. while taking pictures I got him to flare for the first time! And his fins are no longer clamped and his ventral fins has regrown some (the white tips)
I was actually saving this tank for a female but I can buy more tanks.. I cant buy back a bettas life. So I know it was worth it. Now my boyfriend jokes about how our house is going to be filled with hundreds of bettas because I CANT say no. :)