A PLACE OF PEACE & LOVE
Located in Tiger Creek Nature Preserve surrounded by the tranquility of the Tiger Creek Forest, the High Alert Institute’s Koi Rescue & Shelter offers the kind of shelter and rehoming services to finned family members that was once only available to furry family members. Here these beautiful animals are tended by caretakers who understand that there are many reasons someone might not be able to care for their Koi fish. As with many animals that are rescued and rehomed, there comes a time when the most humane thing to do is help pets find a new home, a place of love, safety, and health. The High Alert Institute Koi Rescue & Shelter is that place and we are here to help.
Koi are beautiful, graceful, peaceful animals that can live to be over one hundred years old and over 2 feet long. While Koi live healthy lives when cared for in an appropriately filtered and aerated pond, they outgrow land-locked wild ponds like those in gold courses and ponds used for stormwater retention. In unfiltered manmade lakes, Koi outcompete native stock fish for food plants, eventually resulting in a pond “crash” where all the fish die, including the koi. Releasing koi into creeks, streams or other waterways connected to large natural bodies of water is worse. Not only do Koi suffer at the paws and jaws of predators, but koi are a non-native, invasive species, that damages the natural habitat. Eventually, these invasive animals must be harvested to save the natural waterways. These harvested animals become fertilizer or agricultural animal feed.
We accept these rescue fish and accept surrendered fish for FREE. Our volunteers donate many hours to rescue and care for sheltered fish. But there are a lot of costs associated with the running and expanding the rescue and shelter. You can help by Sponsoring a Koi and Donating to our Capital Campaign.
SHELTER FISH LIVE
High Alert Institute
4800 Ben Hill Trail
Lake Wales, FL 33898
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