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This Texas-Based Group Rescues Unwanted Fish

Twenty-year-old Eli Prachar, a resident of North Texas, had the ingenious idea to start a fish rescue center.

You probably know the commercial: a slow-motion montage of despondent dogs, cringing cats and birds that have lost too many feathers. And then there's another sad and weepy-looking dog, a scrawny kitten being nursed back to health and then another dog, this time staring you right in the eyes, asking you, please, won't you help?

And all of this is not-so-subtly scored by the Sarah McLachlan song "Angel," which plays alongside another iteration of the classic ASPCA TV Commercial for Neglect and Abused Animals.

Now, it's no surprise these commercials mainly focus on cats and dogs and the occasional other furry friend. But it's also no surprise that those aren't the only animals in need of help.

And you may have wondered, like us, why these commercials never address the just-as-common and perhaps even more abused household pet: the humble fish.

DFW Fish Rescue

That's why 20-year-old Eli Prachar, a resident of North Texas, had the ingenious idea to start a fish rescue center. Called DFW Fish Rescue, the new organization has taken on the task of saving unwanted or unloved fish that people no longer want.

In its first week, DFW Fish Rescue saved a whopping 200 fish, proving over and over again its reason to exist, reports NBCDFW.

"It's people posting, 'I don't want this fish anymore,' or, 'oh, it got too big so [could you] take this off my hands?' People who are selling the tanks to get out of the hobby because they don't realize how expensive fish care actually is," Prachar told local news reporters.

Apparently Prachar has heard some complaints of people saying something along the lines of, "oh, that's just a fish." But that doesn't stop her from caring for the aquatic animals that get so little love from some.

Prachar herself has had a series of illnesses that have kept her at home or in bed for long spells of time, which has given her a special insight into animals in need.

DFW Fish Rescue accepts "everything from goldfish to sharks," and plans on finding all of their rescues safe and loving homes.

They also offer care classes and babysitting services if you need to go on a trip and can't bear to leave your fish at home alone.

So if you're in the Lone Star State, consider donating or sending any wayward fish their way.

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