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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions saves the lives of domestic (unreleasable) birds that are otherwise killed by providing guidance, referrals, education, long-term foster care, avian vet treatment and adoption services. Palomacy is a volunteer-powered, donation-supported project of Community Initiatives. Thanks to the support of our volunteers, we have saved the lives of more than 800 birds since we began in 2007 and helped countless others. Please visit us at www.PigeonRescue.org and at www.Facebook.com/PigeonDiplomacy

Results: Last year, Palomacy saved more than 300 pigeons & doves from being killed by providing avian vet care, foster and forever homes. The need is nonstop and we are working hard to provide rescue to the pigeons & doves in seven SF/Bay Area counties as well as coaching & referral assistance all over the country & even internationally.

Target demographics: save the lives of domestic and unreleasable pigeons and doves that would otherwise be killed for lack of homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 300 pigeons & doves

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano & Marin Counties

Programs: Support for unreleasable pigeons & doves in animal shelters, avian vet care and rehab for ill & injured, foster homes, humane education and placement in screened and approved forever homes.

Community Stories

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We had a thin and sickly King Pigeon in front of our work building on 17th Street at DeHaro. I have a past career in animal care so I knew this bird could not survive in the wild. I searched the internet and finally texted someone. I told them I was trying to find Palomacy Pigeon as I had seen them at an animal fair a few years back. This person put me in touch with wonderful Elizabeth from Palomacy. Elizabeth came right down to our location to rescue this beautiful bird! One of my collegues gave a small donation to her. I am very grateful for the wonderful care they give these beautiful birds! Elizabeth has been giving me regular updates on our bird, named Doc. If I had better finances I would donate to Palomacy. They are a wonderful group!! They care deeply about these beautiful pigeons! I LOVE PALOMACY PIGEON!!! THEY ARE THE BEST ORGANIZATION!! So many lives would be lost without them!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon this rescue one summer day in San Francisco. They quickly drew me in with their beautiful birds and caring personalities. These people will restore your faith in humanity. They educate people in the importance of these unappreciated birds, and about what great companions the birds make.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Palomacy continues to be a wonderful nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates countless pigeons each year. Elizabeth deserves great kudos for starting this group. Dedicated volunteers obtain medical care for lost and injured pigeons and doves then find homes for them. They are an invaluable resource and save so many lives!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Elizabeth has done a remarkable job rescuing so many deserving pigeons! She has also developed a network of people wirldwide who help pigeons. When our beloved Phoebe was rescued, I learned about Palomacy. Elizabeth gave me a lot of emotional support and suggestions when our wonderful Blue got out of his shed for three days, until he finally was home and reunited with his beloved Phoebe. She provides great resources and aid to people who find lost and hurt racing pigeons. The world is a much better place due to Elizabeth and Palomacy.

Samantha13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Palomacy is an exceptional organization. They not only help hundreds of animals every year, they also educate thousands of humans about the plight of domestic pigeons and doves. Just over two years ago I connected with Palomacy to help by fostering, and I was taken in graciously, having never had any experience with domestic birds, and was taught everything I needed to know to properly care for them. I was even provided with supplies to help get me started. It didn't take long for me to fall head over heels in love with these animals and the work that Palomacy does. Now I couldn't imagine my life without these beautiful creatures and the wonderful network of animal lovers that Palomacy has created.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this group through my love of pigeons and doves. I had a release business of my own but was unable to separate my emotional bond to the birds from making a profit. Not finding a lot of sympathy or compassion with other release groups or individuals, I stumbled upon Palomacy and have never looked back. This group is full of the most knowledgeable and caring people I have come to know. We are united in our love of these intelligent and loving birds but also have a strong connection to one another. The staff is dedicated to improving the lives of animals that many others would cast off and will go out of their way to give good homes and medical care so the birds can live a full and happy life. This group is also full of sound advice for owners and adopters and also assists with goods and services to anyone interested in providing a safe and loving home to a wayward pigeon or dove.

Ranjini S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Palomacy is synonymous with "Angels for Pigeons & Doves". The people here are bridging a gap that many don't realize even exists. Hundreds of pigeons and doves that were earlier being euthanized are now being rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed each year, with personal care and attention.

Palomacy helped me adopt two of their sweetest pigeons, Jose and Rose. These birds have added so much to my life, they are now part of my family. They provide me with incredible support and comfort. After each long day of work, I look forward to going home and chatting with them in their coo-language, the amazing listeners that they are:) And of course, I now have a fluffy ball of feathers that I can squish in my bear hug any time of day or night!! Thank you Palomacy for everything!!

Samantha P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered Palomacy through a friend, when I had never even seen a pigeon in person before. I ended up finding a young pigeon in need, and though I was too far away from Palomacy, by hundreds of miles, I was able to contact volunteers and hear all of their instructions and information in real time. One volunteer even paid for two vet visits for me, since I couldn't afford to bring the pigeon to a vet, myself. They're a loving, generous community, who use every donation to the fullest extent. I've become a sustaining donor, and do my best to raise awareness for pigeons and doves, and direct anyone with questions to look into Palomacy. The pigeon I rescued is unreleasable due to a disability, and I've been taking care of him since. He brought so much love into my life, and brings more love with every cuddle and with every coo, and I would've never felt this love without Palomacy's help and guidance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing humans doing amazing things! This organization changed my life and empowered me to make a difference.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Palomacy fills a critical gap in the animal rescue community, saving lives directly by arranging medical care and local adoptions, and indirectly through outreach and supportive advice to pigeon and dove rescuers across the nation . Through my involvement in fostering and adopting, I've learned so much about love and compassion. Palomacy treats every pigeon and dove with respect, spending time to get to know each one personally, then matching them with just the right adopter. I feel honored to be a part of this organization, and every day I experience the joy of spending time with my adopted and fostered pigeons.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MickaCoo has introduced me to many wonderful, vibrant pigeons, each with their own unique personality. I have made new friends-- both pigeon and human-- through my involvement with MickaCoo, and feel fortunate to be involved in their life-saving work.

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1 Dana L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Palomacy helped my family twice in one year. The first time was when a neighbors cat attacked a baby pigeon. They helped me keep the little one alive until I could get him to a rescue care facility.
Then later on this year they helped me find a husband for my very lonely disabled female pigeon Ombré. They made a home visit and offered ideas and resources that were so valuable! Then they matched my pigeon with another disabled pigeon Icarus! It has been a few months and both birds are in love and happy! These birds bring my whole family so much joy. We want the best for them. I know that I always have help and resources with palomacy. A big thank you to Elizabeth Young for her endless patience and advice!

1 Cheryl D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in 2008 , I found a King Pigeon that had been hanging out in a local bar. I offered to help find it a home. I thought this BIG white bird was a sea bird and uncovered it was a King pigeon. That is how I found Palomacy! Palomacy was full, but gave me the support to care for the pigeon I called Dovee. After 1 year of trying to find Dovee a home, someone asked me if he was adoptable and I said, " no". I since not only adopted the pigeon I found but have become a volunteer and foster birds and contribute to the rescue in anyway I can. Palomacy not only helps pigeons, but it helps the pigeons people, pigeons globally around the USA and beyond and has also educated the public and local shelters. It is an amazing community and all donations go 100% to the work.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue is a well organized volunteer driven rescue group that have saved hundred of highly overlooked pigeons and doves from euthanasia at Bay Area shelters since 2007. I first experienced the compassion of this group back in October 2008 when I found a lost King Pigeon. I knew nothing about birds and was even afraid to touch the King Pigeon I found. I knew I wanted to help save the bird I found, so I contacted Elizabeth Young the founder of MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue. Although the foster capacity was full, MickaCoo agreed to support me to foster the bird until they could find it a home. I quickly was given lessons on how to care for pigeons and became a foster home. Since I knew nothing about birds, the support I received was endless. I started to volunteer at adoption events and in the year to follow I started to recognize the need to help these homeless birds. I was so impressed and amazed by the MickaCoo, I became a volunteer. I saw how wonderful, smart and loving pigeons could be as pets. Later in 2009, I built a larger aviary and increased my foster population and even adopted six pigeons as my own pets. With each year I became more dedicated to also helping pigeons and have become an active volunteer and part of the advisory committee. The work that MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue is doing is saving the lives of 100’s of birds and have developed a wonderful compassionate community. Volunteers gather from all over the area to help adopters build back yard aviaries to provide homes for rescued Pigeons and Doves. MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue joins forces with Local Shelters, the SPCA and even with the S.F. Exploritorium to help educate and put pigeons on the map. This community that has grown to the hundreds over the past three years. It is an amazing group of people and organization which I am proud to be a part of.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was begging for a pet pigeon for well over a year. We found Palomacy's website and would sometimes look at their adoptable birds. "When you are 12" I would tell her, thinking that she might get over the obsession. But a week before her 9th birthday, a big white baby king pigeon crash landed in our backyard, and so we suddenly had a pet pigeon. Even though we didn't get a Palomacy bird or go through their adoption process, Elizabeth was incredibly generous with her time and expertise. She advised us on what kind of cage to get, visited our home, did a health check and administered some initial medications as a precaution, since the bird had been living with a feral flock. Since that time, she and the other Palomacy volunteers have always been available with advice and encouragement. And Pearl, our pigeon, has become a beloved family member. I had no idea that pigeons were so lovely and sweet as pets. We have happily accompanied Palomacy on their outreach events, and continue to learn about these amazing animals that so often go unnoticed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After admiring the work of Palomacy for some time, I had the privilege of volunteering at several Palomacy outreach events. At these events I was able to witness the amazing transformations that come about when people first encounter pigeons not as an abstract part of the urban landscape, but as lovely creatures deserving respect and love. These beautiful and gentle birds immediately win the hearts of people who have never thought about pigeons at all, and even people who have a negative impression of pigeons based on nothing but vague rumors or long-held but completely unfounded prejudice. It is heartening that so many people are able to open their minds and hearts to these creatures, and it is hopeful to imagine that each of these new pigeon supporters become ambassadors for these birds to their families and friends. All of this is made possible by the inspired efforts and hard work of Elizabeth and Palomacy. Please support their invaluable work!

2 Chava S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A huge thank you to Palomacy for all the support and wise advice when Jonah Pigeon was first brought to us about a month ago unable to move his legs... Over the past weeks he's been resting in his towel doughnut, staying clean and tidy thanks to a special onsie design, and having daily hydrotherapy, and I'm beyond thrilled to be able to report he's gained full mobility in his right leg and some limited mobility in his left leg! His left leg will likely always have some limitations, but we are continuing to work on his physical therapy and strengthening, and with classic pigeon poise he has adapted remarkably well to a life of fluffy blankets and stuffed animals, snuggles, and being carried around the house for his mental stimulation. :-) So grateful to everyone involved with Palomacy for offering such helpful insights into Jonah's care!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It all started with a pet fair. One day I took my kids to a pet fair with no intentions of getting another pet. We looked around at the dogs and cats...and then we saw....THE BIRDS!!! We walked up and started talking to the volunteers, petting the pigeons and doves , and simultaneously, falling in love. Elizabeth was so full of knowledge. I went home determined to have those birds! Within a month or so my husband had built an aviary. Palomacy was there to help every step of the way, ensuring we knew how to properly and safely construct it and supplying us with resources. In the mean time I joined the Facebook group and started educating myself through other people's experiences and questions/answers. Then there was the monumental task of picking out our perfect pigeons. I looked at the adoptable birds online, and instantly knew I had to have Captain Cardamom. We adopted him and and have since found him a mate and adopted a special needs couple as well. We could not be more happy with our experience with Palomacy or with their continued support and involvement when we need them. We hope to add another mated pair to our flock in the future, and I hope to help the rescue in the future in any way I can, whether it be outreach, fundraising, or simply sharing how great they are with friends to get the word out. That's how awesome they are!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found palomacy when I was already a seasoned rescuer. I thought I knew so much but palomacy and its founder Elizabeth has taught me so much. To this day I still learn from them every day. They are the most amazing non profit, and I 100% recommend them! I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer with them, but I do as much as I can from a few hundred miles away :-)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love palomacy! I've never heard of them until recently, when I found a pigeon at my workplace and did a google search to see if there are any rehabbers in my area. Most rehabbers will turn away pigeons, considering them little more than rats with wings. I initially thought the search was a long shot because most people I've met hate pigeons and will go out of their way to abuse or harrass them. Even my coworkers didn't think the pigeon was worth saving.

I'm so glad I found this compassionate group that's willing to give these misunderstood birds a chance.

I've had many years of experience with parrots, but knew nothing about pigeons. The people in the facebook group were very helpful in telling me what I should do/what I should feed these baby pigeons. These babies are so gentle and deserve to be valued like any other wildlife.

Thanks again Palomacy! The lady who I found in my area is a wild bird bander during the day, and a pigeon rehabber by choice. She was so excited about pigeons and I felt like I could entrust these birds to her.

To date I have saved 2 baby pigeons and gave them both up to the rehabber. She has sent me photos of the rehabbed birds before release.

I'll continue to support palomacy by donations and purchasing their items. Got myself a super cute Miu pin :)
Miu is such a beautiful bird, saved from a sad fate by Palomacy. She is fitting mascot for them.

Palomacy has made me a convert, I love pigeons now! If I have space in the future, I would be glad to provide homes for any pigeons in need.

2 Chandramaa

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met Elizabeth and Palomacy at an outdoor event and were immediately taken by the beautiful birds with their pleasant dispositions, warm owners, and Elizabeth's thoughtful and encouraging replies to our myriad queries. We quickly fell in love with some birds, although never having been bird companions, we were skeptical of our ability to support their needs. Elizabeth carefully took us from zero to competence through attentive steps. We are now the proud foster family to two mated pairs. Our daughter continues to love and inspire others through her ability to educate about these intelligent creatures, so we're delighted to be bringing greater awareness, thanks to Palomacy, to the world about pigeons!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a 15 year old cat and a 19 year dog but I have to say that the most enjoyable least stressful pets are pigeons with pants on. Living with birds who love each other so much is just so heartwarming. And they are comical because they take themselves so seriously.
Elizabeth is tireless, endlessly giving - Palomacy is a wonderful organization! It does so much for the least loved, least respected creatures among us

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I reached out to Elizabeth after seeing a Palomacy flyer at Rainbow Grocery in SF. I'd fostered dogs for the last two years and I was thrilled that there was a rescue agency whose sole focus is to help pigeons.
Elizabeth was incredibly thoughtful, patient, and knowledgable. Her expertise and care ensured that I was set up for success. I fostered a married pair for Palomacy. Elizabeth brought all the supplies I'd need to give Shmuel & Augustus a loving home. The birds were an absolute delight to foster. Their cooing created a beautiful atmosphere in my home. I would foster for Palomacy again in a heart beat. I highly recommend Palomacy for any and all questions or concerns regarding pigeons.