The rescue of Koi is different then many other species in that usually there is more than one to save. Their temporary home requirements are more demanding then keeping a single pond of your own koi.
With that being said I have tried to advance my knowledge of all things koi. I have taken the K.O.I. (Koi Organisation International) course and I am a Certified Koi Keeper dealing with koi health. I have also attended 2 wet Labs.
I am a member of the Koi Club of San Diego and their webmaster as well as newsletter editor.
I still have trouble telling male from female and identifying the different classes of koi, the reason is that to me the class and sex of a koi doesn't matter.
As of today 10/26.20 I have rescued OVER 4,000 koi a number of turtles and god only knows how many Goldies (goldfish)
I have 3 permanent ponds set up for rescues with the ability to set up other temporary homes as needed.
Each pond has a filter and pump as well as aeration of some sort. I do water changes and frequent testing of water parameters.
As with any live animal sometimes when rescued they may be in need of medical help while many become healthy again, a low percent may not make it. Over the years I have lost about 5% . Mostly due to them being beyond help and a low percent thru my ignorance.
I do my best not to euthanize a fish but as we all know sometimes it has to be done. I think since I started the rescue I have euthanized about 8 fish and it is never easy for me.
The rescue is well know at pond stores and a number of pet stores as well as companies that maintain ponds.
We have worked with Animal Control as well as the Department of Fish and Game. I have had a few calls for help from PETA and even did a rescue involving the CDF during the fires that burned down Harmony Grove.
The rescue services are usually free and donations of any sort are always welcome.
Getting more knowledge
As a koi keeper one should learn all they can about being a good steward.
Sometimes one has no choice but to surrender their fish.