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Help save the fish tank at our homeless shelter

Submitted by on September 12, 2011 – 2 Comments

In study after study, researchers find that watching fish in an aquarium has surprising health benefits such a decrease in blood pressure, muscle tension and pulse rate!

One study found that tanks full of brightly-colored fish in the dining room of the memory care unit at a convalescent center increased Alzheimer’s patients nutritional intake.

But it doesn’t stop there. Caring for fish in a tank also has great rewards!

That’s why Alexandra Tostes, one of the directors of The Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter in Southern California is trying to raise money to save their saltwater fish tank. She knows the aquarium is good for the men and women who live at the shelter, many of whom have struggled with addictions or have spent years making our streets their home.

Alex says it has a noticeable calming effect on the residents and just as important – they enjoy watching the fish and taking care of them.

On Friday, September 16, Alex is having a fundraising lunch from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Bell Shelter in an effort to “Save Nemo” and his friends! Tickets for the BBQ lunch are $6 when purchased in advance.

If you’d like to buy a ticket and attend, or support the aquarium financially please email Alex to find out more. She’d love to hear from you.

: Click here for a link to the Bell Shelter’s webpage.

: Click here for a link to fascinating a research paper on the health benefits of companion animals – including fish!


  • Kathy Lovin says:

    Thanks Alexandra – I hope you can raise the funds to save the aquarium and keep it functioning for many years to come! See you tomorrow, Kathy L

  • Thank you all in advance for supporting this wonderful cause! Our clients and our saltwater community graciously thank you in advance. Please contact me if you would like to donate a ticket, funds or if you would like a tour, please contact us. We are also looking for anyvolunteers that work and/or have experience in salt water maintenance, maybe you can come over for a tour and donate your time. Alexandra Tostes-Bell Shelter