The only  National Charitable Scheme - supported by: IFOCAS, Aquarists Reunited, Kraken

Helping FishOrphans to help your fish

Moving house to, or from, a new property?

Young children using the garden?

Thinking of filling in the pond?

or even better, thinking of installing a pond for fishes and/or wildlife?


If any of the above may apply please read this small advice panel below.

 FishOrphans was established on a charitable and voluntary basis to assist with the rehoming of unwanted fishes and aquaria, primarily to hospital and retirement home sites , so that people who had to reluctantly stop fishkeeping had a guaranteed home for their charges to be safely housed for the rest of their natural lives – and the service is free.

 Initially, it was never designed to assist commercial enterprises or property speculators or developers to fill in ponds for commercial gain, and to a minor extent this principle must apply to people buying and selling houses and therefore self-imposing “ homelessness” on their pool fishes or pets.

 We have a severe problem of lack of resources caused by rehoming pond fishes due partly to people wishing to sell their properties and the prospective buyer saying no to the pond, and partly by new owners buying a property containing a pond they consider a “risk” to their charges and contacting us without also investigating the many alternative ways of securing the pond safely. - and while we definitely do not want to restrict our service to genuine and needy cases we would like to  to point out the following:

    1.    Having young children is no reason for filling in ponds and getting rid of their occupants. Plastic and other types of walk-on grids that go over the pond are easily purchased online or in most aquatic centres and these make the pond completely safe for adults and children and protect the fishes against herons.

2.     All conservationists agree that people should be adding ponds to their gardens and not removing them. ref:( ) 

3.     The law itself has recently changed to ensure that the pond owners now have a legal duty of care in regard to the maintenance of their pets including fishes. ( The old law did not include fishes) .

 4.    It is TOTALLY illegal to release fishes into the wild – it is also a good way to murder the fishes, which are tame and easily snapped up by predators .The fine for "dumping" into the wild environment is (hugely) prohibitive!

 That’s the info, now here is the good news. If you still need to rehome your fishes we can probably help in most, but not all, cases – and remember we are the only nationally( with volunteer rehomers in most areas of the United Kingdom) approved  scheme that guarantees not to sell or ship pets to unchecked rehomers.

 If you still need us we are here.  EMail