October 4, 2013
I met Elizabeth, the Director of MickaCoo thru our local animal shelter. They suggested I talk to her as I had already established a small flock of pigeons. I grew up with these birds and just love their intelligence and their friendly sweet nature. I looked them up and found their Facebook link, website and blog, to be very informative. I had been following them for quite sometime as I loved seeing pictures of their efforts to re home misplaced, rehabilitated or abandoned domestic pigeons. What I found was that this organization was in communication with other rescue efforts across California. Wildcare ( a rehab center for wild animals) and our local humane society, vets and a large following of volunteers. As I learned more about this organization, I realized how necessary their rescue efforts are needed. I learned that pigeon releases for event and weddings, pigeon racers, and hobbyists rarely get these birds returned to the owner. They either get killed by hawks, dogs or other predators or they just starve as they have been injured. I learned that many racing homer enthusiasts release their birds for racing only when these pigeons have babies in their nests to insure they get home to win a race. They are often released in late summer when temperatures could reach in the 100's. These pigeons are set free often over 400 miles from their home and are desperately trying to get to their young ones that are completely helpless and hungry. When I offered to help, I was asked to fill out an adoption form. Clearly the form was used to show you that this group took this adoption very seriously. Would you be there for them? Do you have someone that would care for them if you were unable? Do you have housing for them that was clean safe and dry? I received very caring helpful emails from the Director when my adoption form was approved. This lovely woman had been out all day educating the public regarding pigeons at various schools and organizations then on her way home stopped by for a home visit. I so admired her dedication and energy in helping these birds. I also learned so much about what I could do to my coop to make it safer and the feeding habits that would benefit these birds. I was grateful when I was given 4 birds to adopt. I'm still in contact with this amazing organization. They have made such a difference to the lives of hundreds of birds every year. I am so impressed by this effort to re home birds that would have otherwise suffered.
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