Today I went to Petsmart to upgrade my 1 gallon tank to a 2.5 gallon at the advice of some forum members and while I was there, a lady in charge of the fish started chatting me up while she was changing the water for all the betta fish. Every single betta there looked so happy and healthy and I just had to compliment the woman on taking care of them so well! She was so thankful that someone appreciated the time she puts into these beauties and told me that they change their water twice weekly (which is quite a bit for a big pet store I think) and when they get bettas in that are sick, she makes sure to treat them before putting them up for sale. I just thought that was so wonderful and I'm glad to see at least one Petsmart making sure these animals are taken care of before they go to their forever homes. After I finish setting up the new tank, I am definitely buying a betta from here.
As a comparison, after I went to a nearby Petco for a few silk plants and basically all their bettas were swimming in their own poop. Only maybe 5 out of around 50 bettas looked healthy and I was so saddened to see this. If only these bettas had been fortunate enough to go my local Petsmart. Now the lady in charge of fish here was nonexistent until right before I was about to leave. I asked her quite a few questions about them that she had no idea how to answer and then she started pointing out all the stressed and sad looking bettas that she said I probably didn't want to buy. I feel sorry for those poor little guys. :(