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Well folks...not suprisingly with me reducing my trips to my parents' house due to metabolism related disease, dead fish have been turning up again.<br><br>
Happily for me, none of my fish have died this time. Course I havn't checked for about a week now either.<br><br><br><br>
The ones with the open wounds I mentioned before have keeled over dead. I guess considering there's hardly any filteration and they've lasted this long speaks well for me.<br><br>
I hate to admit this, for every one of their unwanted fish that dies, it's less of a burden for me in the caretaking department and thus I feel a guilty happiness from it.<br><br><br><br>
I've sure every person who takes care of unwanted animals knows how this feels. Taking care of unwanted animals is a noble cause and also one that makes scacfices of time, energy and resources away from other issues.<br><br>
Sometimes I've wondered about how much money I could have made if instead of doing the rescue work, I was getting paid for it. Over the years of taking care of unwanted fish along side my own including when my tanks contained only 1/5 my fish and the rest other peoples' fish...meh..<br><br><br><br>
I just shake my head when this volunteer job done out of the goodness of my heart ( I don't need to take of other peoples' unwanted fish, I could stick them into a bucket to die abandoned) is called a hobby by some dimwitted folks, including my parents. And then I get told: toss them in the sand, it'll be over really quick and you can get on with your life.<br><br><br><br>
The concept of rescue work is lost on some people. You don't do it because you get money or anything for yourself, you do it because it's a service needed in our society and because the unwanted animals would be dead without you. I guess ultimatly you just do it because it's the right thing to do.<br><br><br><br>
OH and I want to thank the person who took in the abandoned cat here on river street a while back. After I made the heartfelt plea on here, I was with my parents for a few days and when I got back the cat was no longer coming to hang at the appartments. I think if you hadn't taken the cat, the cat would have been run over eventually or something else bad would have happened.
 

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I know what you mean... it's hard to explain WHY I spend practically another full-time job rescuing rabbits (who also aren't seen as "as valuable" as dogs and cats to most people), but I know most of them would be dead if I hadn't stepped in. Now I can say "no" to some--I'm too full--but I can't see myself stopping altogether any time soon. And I am also "relieved" when one of the fosters passes away, because it's usually after a long, stressful illness. Fortunately most of them just go to new homes and I like that relief better!<br><br><br><br>
I remember seeing someone bring their sick fish to my exotics vet a few times. It was really interesting.
 
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its admirable that you want to do rescue work, but if the fish you take in are re-homed with people who don't care for them very well (your parents), and you're not there very much, or are unable to care for them due to your own poor health, then honestly....you're not really rescuing them so much, are you, as much as arranging for them to get sick and die somewhere other than their origional home?<br><br><br><br>
poor fishes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> .<br><br><br><br>
i know you're trying to do a kind thing by rescuing the fish, but if you're not up to caring for them properly, i think you should arrange for someone who is capable of doing it, to look after them, and that you should stop taking any more in, but refer people who want rid of their fish to that person instead, at least until you're better- that'd help with the guilt, i bet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> .
 

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Umm...there is nobody, the alternative is euthanization.<br><br>
I wouldn't take in new fish unless they can come live with me.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Eclipse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I guess considering there's hardly any filteration and they've lasted this long speaks well for me.</div>
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Why is there not any filtration?
 

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As far as the rescue work I do (dogs) I do get overwhelmed and do feel as if I am spending so much time/energy/resources doing this work that it could be considered a full-time job but the fact is, helping those homeless/helpless dogs is a passion of mine. I am willing to "sacrifice" my time/money/resources saving homeless animals. I do have to balance my volunteer work with all the other real-life stuff that comes my way (1 full time job, 1 part time job, mother with Alzheimers) but I know that if I didn't have my rescue work to give me purpose, then I would have just given up a long time ago. The volunteer work is what helps me to have hope in a world that seems so hopeless. As far as the issue of being paid is concerned, I feel as if I do get payment for the work I do. It may not always been in the form of green paper but it's payment enough. The perks are great, too. I have made a lot of friends in the people who share the same zest and drive to save animals. I am trying to be an example for those people who feel the world needs changing (as in find your cause, your heart's desire and HELP, HELP, HELP!). And I take comfort in the fact that the dog crashed on my sofa sleeping through a thunderstorm was starving, rummaging in garbage looking for food 2 days ago. But you're right Eclipse in that some people just don't get it. But they don't have to. We don't do this work to get attention or to curry favor. We do this because it's work that has to be done. If we don't help them, who will?
 

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Why is there not any filtration?</div>
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Because my canister filter was leaking during the time I was not there, so my fahter did the least logical thing and put it in a bucket.<br><br>
I was so scared of electrical shock I didn't even approch the setup, I imediatly shut off power. Never mind the HUGE ass warnings that say never submerge in water. Now it's no longer safe to use.
 
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