Does Petco adopt fish and give them new homes

Does anyone know if any petco's near Chattanooga TN have a fish adoption program?
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In every large chain business, you will have winners, and losers. I fear that this write up was extremely bias, and targets one poorly managed store. Petsmart is the WalMart of pet stores, Petco the Target. I can say honestly that MUCH care goes into the animals at the PETCO in my area. The aquatics team is extremely knowledgable and refuses sales to those planning to keep a fish they are not prepared to care for. They are holding an adoption event today that stresses sales are not necessary, just finding homes. Sure, they will have a kick back from that, but knowing that team personally, I can tell you this….They do not care if the store doesn’t make a dime today, as long as they find as many homes as possible for animals on the kill lists. I believe in the circle of life. Animal A must feed on animal B. Snakes cannot survive on Tofu. PETA’s hearts are in the right place, but their mind has gotten out of control.
Has anybody else adopted their fish? Does your local Petco offer this service?
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Many fish owners adopt a theme for their aquarium décor. The options available are limitless, ranging from 1920s art-deco to tiki-style, to ancient Greek ruins. Some aquarists choose to decorate with natural looking fish tank décor such as faux-coral, plants, and other more subdued pieces. 3D backgrounds are popular choices for owners who prefer their tank to be a “one-way viewing” experience, rather than a dual pane window. However you choose to incorporate aquarium decorations, you can find everything you need to make your masterpiece at Petco. Has anybody else adopted their fish? Does your local Petco offer this service?
Photo provided by FlickrDoes Petsmart or Petco have any policy of buying unwanted fish as kind of an adoption program. I know they do nice things for dogs and cats.
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I was in my local Petco a little over a year ago and saw a sign on a tank that read "Think adoption first. See an associate about our fish adoption program". Well, as someone who's involved in dog rescue, I was delighted to hear there was such things as fish adoption too. My Petco is in a college town and there are many students who discard their fish at the end of the semester, etc. I have since adopted 3 fish..... a pearlscale goldfish and two "common" goldfish. The adoption fee was about half of what the retail cost would have been. Most of my indoor pond fish were rescues from people who threatened to flush the fish and I have a female betta sorority that was given to me by a student. (I soooo don't recommend sororities to a novice fish keeper!)My Petco does have this program, but I have not personally made use of it. Often, too often, the fish that are surrendered are overgrown and HLLE-scarred Oscars, huge Plecos, and other Cichlids that someone got tired of. In my area, another local pet shop owner built a huge tank out of concrete block with a thick acrylic face. In it are True Giant Gouramis, Tinfoil Barbs, Oscars, Red Devils, and even a Red Tail Catfish or two. All are fish that people just wanted to be rid of. And though all are available for adoption, they hardly ever sell. Who has space for a two-foot Pacu or a three foot Red Tail Cat? No one.I was in my local Petco a little over a year ago and saw a sign on a tank that read "Think adoption first. See an associate about our fish adoption program". Well, as someone who's involved in dog rescue, I was delighted to hear there was such things as fish adoption too. My Petco is in a college town and there are many students who discard their fish at the end of the semester, etc. I have since adopted 3 fish..... a pearlscale goldfish and two "common" goldfish. The adoption fee was about half of what the retail cost would have been. Most of my indoor pond fish were rescues from people who threatened to flush the fish and I have a female betta sorority that was given to me by a student. (I soooo don't recommend sororities to a novice fish keeper!)Yeah at my store we take in adoption fish but it is usually limited to livebearers. I have adopted fish from stores as well. I really like the "adoption first" Right now I have a snake, box turtle, bird, hamster and fish that I've adopted all from Petco.