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Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions

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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

230 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had chickens, turkeys, and ducks in Mendocino County—but when I came back to the city, I missed having birds. I knew about Palomacy from a friend. I researched doves and pigeons, began building an aviary, donated to Palomacy, and finally got my doves. I was told that the doves might take awhile to get to know me, but right away they let me pick them up and stroke them. They are beautiful, coo wonderfully, draw our resident wild doves to hang out near their aviary (lot of cooing!) and are very fun to have around. Like all birds, they have very distinct personalities (so do all poultry).
Jill at Palomacy superintended this transfer, and she was incredibly focused, helpful, and committed. I know first-hand that Palomacy volunteers are devoted to the pigeons and doves they rescue, sometimes driving hundreds of miles to save birds at risk. Bonus for me: I adopted Wolfgang, a bird ambassador at the Lawrence Hall of Science for many years before he was retired due to COVID. Now he's truly happy with his pals in my aviary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I rescued a baby pigeon in 2018, I did not have any idea about how to care for him. I found Palomacy's page, and their staff+members gave me all the info I needed. That pigeon grew up healthy and happy. Saving pigeons and doves has become something I do ever since, in large part because of the people of Palomacy. They coordinate their people when a finder can't care for a bird, they spread resources when they can, even transport birds in need to those willing to raise them but unable to get them.

There is painfully little care for pigeons in this world, but Palomacy is one of the few bastions the species can count on.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A friend found a pigeon in distress and sought to help him. We needed immediate assistance for this bird. The Palomacy Website offered information on emergency care of an injured bird, in addition to vast resources relating to pigeons (diet, housing, daily requirements, cage and aviary construction, history, etc.).

After reaching out on Facebook, two Palomacy volunteers provided additional help including a home visit! Because of Jill and Elizabeth’s enthusiasm and ease with both humans and bird, we decided to keep our pigeon and find him a friend.

Long story short, we built an aviary (again using Palomacy resources), and were able to help eight additional pigeons! We’ve had TWO MORE home visits to assure that our aviary was built adequately to protect pigeons, provide preventative treatment, and to make new introductions within our pigeon flock. In addition, Palomacy volunteers have given countless hours of advice, assistance and emotional support, to include an assistance during an emergency.

Pigeons have now become a family hobby and they have had a very positive impact on our family. I believe that Palomacy’s success is related to the awesome founder of the organization, and the tone she has set for the group’s wellbeing. It is a truly supportive group of individuals that have built a dynamic organization. People in this group are willing to go above and beyond that of most. I’ve been involved in several “animal rescue” organizations, and Palomacy is superior in every way.

Palomacy has also provided an avenue for future volunteer opportunities as well. I have become active with the organization because of my positive experiences and the incredible outreach that was provided to me. This is truly an organization that keeps on giving.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where to begin…

Everything the reviewers are saying here is true. The people at Palomacy are compassionate, dedicated, kind (which you don’t always get with non-profit/volunteer organizations), extremely responsive and helpful.

Elizabeth is a true problem-solver; she listens to what the person is saying, then zeroes in on what needs to be done…and then gets it done! One of her volunteers, Tim, spent over 2 hours trying to capture 5 King Pigeons that had made their temporary home under a totaled car here in our business parking lot. Another volunteer, Jerri, drove probably 2 hours out of her way to pick them up and take them to a foster home.

There was a deadline for capturing them: our parking lot was about to be re-surfaced, which also meant we had to move all cars off the lot – and the pigeons would no longer have the semi-safe home they had become used to.

All along the way Palomacy used text as our 2-way communication. Pictures and texts flew back and forth, keeping me and them updated on the latest. And Elizabeth saw to it that the last pictures sent to me were of the 5 pigeons in their new (temporary, safe, wonderful) home. Sah-weet!

Palomacy truly was a life-saver for the birds, and for me! After more than 2 weeks of feeding and watering them, I had become somewhat attached…as most of you pigeon-lovers can understand ...

P.S. My daughter sent me a link today re a grand, one-pigeon rescue on the east coast: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/05/17/pigeon-injured-drive-relay-baltimore/

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Palomacy has brought so much joy and love into my life and helped thousands of birds as well as educate the public on the implications of pigeon racing, dove release, ribbon cutting ceremonies and squab. Palomacy has changed my life with their love and guidance. I. Ow have 6 rescue pigeons and couldn’t imagine life without them. Thank you Palomacy

1 Brooke B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

back in March a neighbor found a King Pigeon sitting in her apartment complex's parking lot late at night. The bird at the time appeared not to be able to fly. The kind neighbor was able to catch the pigeon, but was unable to keep her. People on Nextdoor were telling her to release the pigeon. I told her that I would take take her instead. I had found a pigeon about 10 years ago and somehow got into contact with Palomacy. They were amazing then, and they are amazing now. Jill mentioned that they had a lot of birds at this time, and asked if I could foster her until she could find placement, which I did. I also sent some feathers in to have the bird's gender checked. When the results came back I informed Jill that Jonesy was a female. I have not really owned a pigeon before and had lots of questions. Jill always responded back to the multitude of questions that I had . She was patient, friendly, and extremely informative. I honestly thought that I would have Jonesy for months...one month later she texted me to tell me that she had a foster care for her at Ploughshare nursery. At Ploughshare I was introduced to Nath. I walked her down to the beautiful aviary, and Nath took her time explaining things and introducing me to the other birds. It was an amazing experience. Such a wonderful and caring rescue. They do an incredible job caring for these sweet little souls. I can't thank them enough, especially Jill and Nath.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Palomacy is a wonderful bird rescue where all of the people involved are incredibly compassionate, dedicated and knowledgeable about pigeons -- and many other feathered creatures for that matter. I met Jill many years ago when she came to the Hayward Animal Shelter to teach the volunteers and staff about pigeon care/adoption, how to hold them and how to put pigeon pants on the feather-babies. Pet and other pigeons do sometimes end up at animal shelters, after being found injured or disoriented. Jill and my paths crossed once again when a friend called to ask for help after a pigeon ran into their home after escaping the talons of a hungry hawk. Although I had been out of touch with Jill for quite a few years, I sent Palomacy an email, hoping they'd have room for one more injured pigeon. Jill got right back to me and when I told her how amazed I was that the pigeon escaped and ran into a house for safety, she reminded me that pigeons are very intelligent. She was able to squeeze in this beautiful King Pigeon (Myrta) for treatment of the puncture wounds. She told me that she and Palomacy were full with pigeons and, as I learned later, was hoping another foster would step up to take Myrta. In line in front of Myrta was an even more injured pigeon who was running out of time at a shelter and needed urgent medical care. So, a few days later, after Jill felt confident that Myrta was stable enough, she gave me a much-needed refresher course on how to care for her. At our home, Myrta continued to heal and when she was ready to go up for adoption, Jill got her placed in another wonderful foster to adopt situation. Now Myrta and her husband Felix are awaiting their loving forever home. Happily, Jill was also able to save the injured pigeon at the shelter whose spot was hijacked by Myrta. And finally, as far as I can tell, Palomacy survives on donations to pay for all the medical needs and supplies for these helpless, often hopeless birds. So, if you're looking for a special and deserving Rescue to make a donation to, I hope you think of Palomacy.

Thank you Palomacy for all your help and dedication to these sweet, sentient beings who really need your help. -Chris

1 Ashley V.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for this non-profit and the help it provided me!

I had pigeon fly into my sliding glass door as it was fleeing a couple crows. We brought it inside, fed it, gave it water and let it rest inside so it could recover. Then we noticed it had leg bands and badly deformed feet from what looked like neglect.

Since we were pretty sure it was domesticated, we couldn’t just let it go. That’s when were lucky to enough to be referred to Palomacy. They were so responsive and helpful as we were totally at a loss for what to do. We were able to drop the pigeon off that night with one of the founders who was so amazing!!

We are very grateful for this non-profit and resources they provide. The pigeon has since been named Apollo and we are so relieved he is in good hands.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

2019, I rescued a pigeon with a broken wing, and Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions helped me every step of the way. From the volunteers' nations wide and local I gained confidence that I could rehabilitate and release my first rescue. The help and rescue changed my life forever.

Since that day, I was motivated to help as many community birds as I could emotionally handle. I've now rescued dozens of birds in my local community and even kept a few unreleasable as an extension of my family inside my home.

I could not have done it without the guidance of this organization. My life has forever changed and I am internally grateful

1 Robert G.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Palomacy is an organization extremely committed to the birds they rescue. I'm always amazed at the volume of rescues they find good caregivers for, the treatment they often provide for sick and injured birds and the amazing volunteers they are able to recruit. Palomacy also provides expert advice on the care of pigeons and doves which many have come to rely on.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Palomacy is one of our favorite non-profit organizations, because every day we see how they help people to help pigeons and doves.

Their website was a lifesaver for us when a bird was blown into our tiny courtyard and brought into our gallery by the shop cat.
Thanks to the Palomacy website and the kind helpers on their facebook page, we soon realized he was a baby pigeon, and we got the advice we needed to help this sweet little fighter survive his injuries. Ali became a beloved member of our family, and the first of many injured pigeons that are now in our care.

The Palomacy website answers so many questions, and with their guidance, we designed a safe outdoor aviary.
We are so grateful to Palomacy, for teaching us so much about pigeons and for enriching our lives in this unexpected way.
We can't imagine life without pigeons now.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Palomacy is an incredible nonprofit. They work overtime to save a group of animals that few people know need saving and who are so vulnerable. We met Elizabeth Young, Palomacy's amazing founder, a few years ago my daughter was at an animal rescue fair, where she fell instantly in love with their pigeons. My daughter was amazed how calm and sweet pigeons are, having never held one. Soon after, we adopted a pair of pigeons and then another pair. Having pigeons has been such an educaiton for us and for our friends and family. So many people malign pigeons. But these are beautiful birds. They are so smart, mate for life and are devoted to each other. It's been their unfortunate fate that people have bred and used them for food, for wedding releases (where the majority will die), and for other terrible uses. Elizabeth and her team give so much of their time to save these birds and educate the world about what incredible creatures they are.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Monica Stevens, Founder of Jameson Humane.  Last year, we partnered with Elizabeth and Palomacy to help bring the plight of pigeons and doves to a new audience in Northern California.  Elizabeth and her volunteer team built an aviary at our rescue in Napa Valley!   Our combined goal and vision?  inspire change thru awareness and education. Every day these 16 pigeons offer humans an opportunity to understand that pigeons are friends...not food and, make wonderful companions! 

  

Thank you Elizabeth and team!  
You are an inspiration!


Monica Stevens

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an active volunteer for many things and the volunteers at Palomacy are the most caring, giving and selfless individuals I have ever met. Each one will go to great lengths to help a creature in need and often at great sacrifice to themselves. They will drop everything at a moment’s notice if someone needs help with a rescue. It makes my heart feel good that there are humans of this caliber in the world - after all, humans have to be the protectors of other living things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've spent much of my life rescuing cats, dogs, turtles, horses, domestic birds, and even wild animals. I've done my own rescue and dealt with many rescue groups. However, if Jill Shepard is any indication, Palomacy is the best of all. Here's my story:
Decades ago, we were active with the Palomares 4H group in Castro Valley. One of our neighbors happened to be the President of the American Pigeon Racing Union. He wanted to donate a loft and pigeons to the 4H group. He did, and it ended up at our place. As the years went by, the kids grew up and the pigeons started to die of old age. That was 27 years ago. A while ago, the 2nd to last pigeon died and the last was very lonely. We contacted Palomacy Pigeon Rescue. In spite of them being overfull, Jill came to the bird's rescue, even picking her up from us. She named the bird Wisdom, immediately trimmed her beak, and set her up with a heater for her arthritis. Attached is a photo showing Wisdom (lower bird) in her new home with companions, and everything she could possibly need for the rest of her life.

This group is top of the line. I am in awe at the care with which they have handled this bird, a species many people consider "disposable". They aren't, and this group makes that abundantly clear. Thank you to Jill and Palomacy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Wednesday, we found an injured Pigeon in the backyard of my house, poor thing couldn't fly, I think it wasn't going to survive, we grabbed it and put it in a box with some food and water, I had to go to work the next two days and my Baby was the one who always checked if the bird was okay, I noticed the Pigeon ate, that was a good sign. I posted a notice on Facebook asking what I can do, where I can take it, etc., I received many comments people who say to killed it, to cook, they even sent me recipes on how to prepare it, but they also put positive things where to take. Saturday a woman contacted me in private, She is the Pigeon's angel, she gave me the numbers of the site where they rescue, cure and given up for adoption. Yesterday, we took the Pigeon to an sanctuary. Jill the other angel showed us how they take care them, how they are, because we have no clue about birds. They really are intelligent birds, fragile, we told that many people use them to train dogs, something that seems horrible to me. My baby was fascinated to see all that, we know children need to see these cases to learn, to realize that animals are not to abuse, or use them for horrifying things. If we are more compassionate and careful about what we teach to others the world can be different, we are adults who know what is good and what is bad. It is up to us wht they learn. THANK YOU SOO MUCH ELIZABETH, JILL AND BETTY CUEVAS FOR CREATE THIS ANGEL GROUP. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU GUYS

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Palomacy during an outreach they were doing at the Oakland Zoo. I met a few pigeons they had with them and fell in love. Now, a year later, I have an outside aviary set up and I'm happily fostering for them. I'm on the second 'batch' of fosters and couldn't be happier. The work they do is incredible. As one of the only pigeon/dove rescues I've heard of in the area, they take in so many birds but are still doing everything they can do for every individual bird. I recently found a lost racer pigeon and they helped me with her recovery and placing her in the right home. It's always a joy to welcome in new fosters and I love talking pigeons with everyone from Palomacy that I've met.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A lost fancy pigeon showed up at my door and Jill at Palomacy helped me right away. I emailed her and she got back to me the same day to set up getting the pigeon to a safe foster. She is a pigeon HERO!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jill and jerri are two of the most awesome ladys I've ever been in contact with.. they helped me get a wounded pidqeon to safety and care... All in a few hours, they went above and beyond in my humble opinion.. thanks so much for your help... I had called both animal control and vector control... the bird was on its way... before those agencys got in touch... all Thanks to the great folks with polomacy... Thank you so very much ✌

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a young female from Palomacy and found the guidance and level of care to be superb at every step of the way. I learned so much from talking with director Elizabeth Young and so appreciated her style -- completely down to earth and concerned simply with the long-term well-being of these birds. This is a gem of an organization and a lovely example of how animal welfare organizations should be run. I will continue to be a Palomacy donor and would encourage animal lovers of all stripes to check out their website.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Palomacy does hard work for great birds! I've followed/donated to them and their sister organization, Mickaboo Bird Rescue, for the past couple years and am confident that every dollar is providing a better life for a bird in need. Recently I chose to adopt a pigeon through Palomacy, and Elizabeth helped me find the perfect bird for my situation. Furthermore, her thorough placement process and overall compassion made me confident that these birds are going to great forever homes. Happy to be involved with such a great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was leaving a hotel in San Francisco and noticed a pigeon lying on the ground. The pigeon didn't move so I ran to my car, grabbed a pair of gloves, asked the hotel receptionist for a box, and upon closer examination, I noticed the bird had an injured wing. I scooped him up and placed him the box and began to frantically search for wildlife rescues. I reached out to the humane society who explained to me the bird was 5-6 weeks old and was used for pigeon racing due to the band around it's foot. The bird, now named Barry, had broken both its ulna and radius during what is believed to be his first training session as a racing pigeon. Once admitted to the SPCA, I was notified Palomacy would rescue Barry if the owner didn't claim him after the 4 day holding period. I immediately searched for Palomacy's website and began reading information about racing pigeons, pigeon care, their personalities, and just about anything else one may desire to learn about pigeons. I found joy in learning they enjoy looking at themselves in mirrors and they can wear pigeon pants to allow them to spend time outside of their aviary without making a mess. I couldn't wait until the holding period was up to find out Barry's fate but then I received a call stating Palomacy rescued him and took him to a vet where he's receiving excellent care. I felt tremendous relief knowing he would finally feel love and safety. I learned his wing will be amputated and he will finally have a quality of life with someone who values his beautiful soul and existence. I can't recommend Palomacy enough. They didn't hesitate to help him and I couldn't be more thankful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi Everyone,

This past weekend, we had a beautiful white pigeon show up in front of our house. He seemed to be lost. He was walking all around without purpose. We think he was looking for food and water since it was a very hot day. We brought both out to him and he helped himself. We thought with food, water and rest, he would fly back to his flock. He overnighted on our neighbors roof. The next morning, he was gone or so we thought. After coming back from breakfast, there he was. With a few discussions from Palomacy pigeon professionals, the thought was he would not survive long in the wild. So with suggestions from Palomacy, we when to Petco and purchased a small cage, put some food in the middle of it, and attached a string to the door. Within 15 minutes, he was safely in the cage. I wrapped a towel around it to help keep him calm. We found a rescue near us called http://wildwingsbirdrehab.org/ and was very close to us. We called and she said she would accept him. We dropped him off and talked with her about him and will be following up with the rescue in a few weeks to see how he is doing. We were happy to help this little guy and hope he lives out a peaceful remaining existence.

Dave.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Palomacy has helped me in so many ways that it would be hard to list them all. When I found a young ringneck dove I’m my yard 4 years ago, they gave me the attention, care and immediate responses to help me build him an aviary, get him to safety and adopt him a mate. 3 years later a pair of domestic pigeons showed up in the neighborhood, and again they supported me in my endeavor to rescue them and provide them a good home. I know have 2 ringneck doves and 8 pigeons, and have fallen so in love with not only the birds but the Palomacy community that I volunteer for the organization. In particular, Palomacy’s Facebook help group is a shining example of how social media can be used for good. This group is doing everything right to support these birds, educate people on their amazing personalities, and change the world for so many abused, abandoned and lost pigeons and doves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Palomacy cares for domesticated pigeons (and doves), that would otherwise be unable to survive on their own. They provide a crucial service by providing care information and combating ignorance surrounding these delightful birds. When my partner and I were adopted by our first pigeon, we were quickly smitten by our new intelligent and affectionate ward. Palomacy continues to be a great resource for us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an avian veterinarian who has had the privilege of working closely with Palomacy in the Bay Area to rescue and rehabilitate pigeons and doves. Elizabeth and many amazingly generous volunteers of Palomacy are extremely dedicated to the well-being, preservation, and advocacy of these birds and go to great lengths to make sure that they can protect and save as many lives as possible. They serve as a wealth of information and provide free resources and outreach events to the local communities about companion and wild pigeons and doves. I highly recommend this organization, as a go-to for any homeless helpless pigeon in need, and for new pigeon owners seeking advice and community.

3 Flockster

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four lives would not have been rescued (or should I say they rescued us) and provided an amazing home if it had not been for Palomacy, and its amazing, generous community. One rescue turned into four: (2) King Pigeons: "Percy" and Georgie; (1) racing pigeon "Kensey" and (1) Homing pigeon "Lil Nell."

Many kudos to Palomacy/Elizabeth Young and the top-notch fosters/volunteers who provide novices with a life-altering resource for teaching oneself and others about how wonderful pigeons and doves are, to medicating and weighing them, sharing what they should eat, medical help, how to transport, to building safe/predator-proof outdoor aviaries and indoor environments (if you want your pigeon or dove to become part of the family that way).
 
So, the story goes: "Percy" arrived the day we were faced with the heart-wrenching experience of having to say goodbye to our beloved cat on the heels of a very hard year of losses. We had just asked the Universe to provide a safe journey for a spirit that was truly a gift, and was to be put to sleep in a few hours. We brought her out to the backyard to spend a few hours there until the Vet came and while holding her in our arms, "Percy" strutted toward us. Percy stayed within three feet of us as we sat on the lawn, even through the euthanasia. The symbolism was so endearing, the Vet was moved as well. 

From that day forward, on a daily basis, Percy spent the Summer sitting near me when I worked at the patio table with my computer and we fell into a routine. A few months passed and the hawks finally noticed Percy (he was a white beacon who loved to perch on the roof when not on the patio, or under nearby bushes), and after many close calls our hearts could not take another ounce of drama, we came to the final straw.

The pivotal morning, a huge hawk was sitting on the back of the patio chair as Percy, unsuspecting below, ate his food. We chased the persistent hawk away and quickly wrangled Percy into a makeshift enclosure until we could build a proper one, so we dug in and three days later he was transported into the preliminary aviary and daytime "run."

Percy was accustomed to frequenting a bird-feeder area during the day and we didn't want to close him off from the stimulation of his feathered friends, so the "bird run" allowed for the songbirds, sparrows, and jays to fly in and out of that area. Plus, we were torn about caging what we thought was a wild pigeon. We soon found out from Palomacy that Percy self-rescued, was not feral, and could not continue to survive without our help.

We spent the next month and a half after work and on weekends making sure the aviary was fully predator-proof layered with many sleepless nights worrying about what still needed to be done. We had to think like a hawk, cat, raccoon, opossum, ground squirrel, rat, and mouse!

While the aviary was underway, we had perused the Palomacy site at length (thank you), but still had questions/concerns so we reached out to Elizabeth Young who responded quickly and arranged a visit. Elizabeth and Foster Extraordinaire, Jill, inspected the aviary, taught us about the anatomy of pigeons, their behaviors, how to handle Percy, and also brought along some of their foster pigeons so we could start the process of finding Percy a companion.

Pre-aviary, Percy had enjoyed his bathing pool and frequenting the bird-feeder run during the day to be with the yard birds, so keeping access to that area was an important consideration. At night we always took the feeders out of the run and closed it off by another door to ensure the aviary remained predator proof at night. Once the additional pigeons settled in and we figured out who could live with each other, a rescued Percy turned into a flock of four pigeons and the run was then permanently separated from their domain. To conclude, Palomacy, is such a well-run organization, spearheaded by passionate and knowledgeable people—boundless/endless accolades go out to this organization who definitely keep paying it forward. You never feel alone in the process of adopting when you become part of the Palomacy family!

2 Marian I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescue birds, and Palomacy rescued me. I've been a Palomacy member for several years, and an animal rescuer for 50 years.
In 2019, I became unable to care for all of my rescued pigeons and doves.
In desperation, I contacted several rescues, but was unable to find a new home for my birds.
Then I wrote to Elizabeth. Her response was immediate, and within a few days, she and a volunteer, Angela, had worked out a plan and saved my birds (and me).
We built a beautiful aviary at Angela's home. Elizabeth came from SF to see the launch of my pigeons into their beautiful new home. My birds slowly stepped out of their cages and their fearfulness in this new situation vanished in seconds.
I am overwhelmed with Palomacy's generosity, altruism, and good-heartedness.
Palomacy should be the model for all other rescues to emulate.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found 2 baby pigeons that had fell 30 ft from their nest on a busy street in SF this past Saturday & brought them home. With 0 experience on pigeon fledging, I started doing internet research re pigeon rescue in the area. I found Palomacy Pigeon on the internet, emailed the contact & within hours got a response saying they could potentially find them foster parent pigeons...these baby pigeons are now with loving foster parents to raise them until they can go onto Pigeon School at a Wildlife Center & then be released back to the urban jungle. I am so grateful to Palomacy & its staff for the exceptional care, initiative and agency taken in caring for these birds. I cannot recommend it enough!! So appreciate their work :)

2 Michelle G.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit is an inspiration to other non-profits. They are an animal rescue that actually puts the animals first. The volunteers and staff will go out of their way to help the birds no matter where they are located or what hour of the day it is. They see all lives as equal and it is so refreshing to see them look at every bird that passes through their organization as an individual and not a number.

I encountered them while working at a wildlife rescue. Our organization's first response when it came to injured pigeons was euthanasia because they were considered vermin. This broke my heart and I personally took it upon myself to reach out to Palomacy and get the help these birds needed. Years later, I have 2 doves that are little blessings and brighten my dark days. Please help support this rescue. They are amazing people. ❤

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hey guys!!!❤
With all the weird things going on in the world right now, i want to bring a bit of positivity your way, so if u think u have a few minutes, I'd love for you to hear how this group changed my perspective
I live in a third world country, where we are bombarded with animal abuse cases all day every day. People here are still stuck with the mentality, that animals are toys, and they are only used as a means of entertainment, so they can be hurt. This is why it's very common for people overseas to adopt animals from Romania..because we are overwhelmed with the cases of abandonment and abuse.
I found Hector hurt, bleeding and visibly uncomfortable outside of my school. I instantly caught him because i knew someone would have stepped on him, or hurt him if i didn't intervene. I didn't even stop to think about housing him, caring for him or paying for his vet bill, i just knew i had to get him help FAST. He got surgery, and he is better now, but i quickly realised after i got home from the vet, that i have no idea how to keep a pigeon. So i panicked, and with the lack of support in my home country, i joined this group so i can get the opinions and advice of dedicated people who love pidgies. I never thought that i would find so many great people with this much love for them, because here they are considered literal scum. Y'all make me so happy, and i'm so grateful for finding this group but mostly, i have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with pigeons, especially Hector and i have learnt so many interesting things about them that completely shifted my perspective. Funny thing is, I started loving pidgies so much, that my boyfriend and I are looking into getting my Hector a mate.
Overall, I love this group, I love Hector, but most of all I love you guys for showing me that pigeons are truly amazing, and helping me make my boy feel better. I really appreciate it❤

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello. I am sharing my experience with Palomacy pigeon and dove rescue. I came across Palomacy when we found a dove that had flew into a Home Depot store window and we needed advice to help the dove. Elizabeth who is the founder of Palomacy is one of the most compassionate people I have met both to people and animal and she was patient and so dedicated to helping us every step of the way in assisting the dove. Since then she and Palomacy have helped us with a pigeon rescue - and duck rescue and bean a friend to us and we are so happy we met Elizabeth and the Palomacy volunteers. Palomacy has taken in a pigeon that we found that was unreleasable due to a broken wing and found the pigeon a wonderful home in an aviary - and their Palomacy help group on Facebook has bean so helpful in assisting us with a duck rescue and other issues. The Palomacy volunteers are also very dedicated to helping people who need any information or assistance their Facebook help group is a wealth of information. I would recommend that if you need any kind of help with pigeons or doves and need information assistance or advice Palomacy is a great resource and the Bay Area of California is much served and benefited and lucky to have such a rescue and non profit in their cities to help pigeons especially who are in the most need of such assistance. If only every city in America were so lucky to have a Palomacy the pigeons would be so lucky also.

5 Janie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly grateful for Palomacy. My husband and I are moving out of the country soon and made the heart-breaking decision to rehome our rescued pet ring-necked dove, Oberon. We contacted Elizabeth who gently guided us through the process. She matched Oberon with a new family and allowed us to meet and pass on Obie's preferences, diet, daily routine, etc. We left knowing that she would be loved and well cared for by her new family. We feel truly blessed knowing she will be in a good, healthy environment thanks to the dedication of Elizabeth and all the wonderful staff and volunteers at Palomacy!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of Palomacy for more than a decade. This is an organization that truly fosters a sense of community among its volunteers and all the people whose lives are touched by the birds Palomacy rescues. And it all starts with Elizabeth, the founder, who works tirelessly not only to help all the unreleasable birds who are lucky enough to find their way to Palomacy, but to educate the public about the plight of these birds that are bred for meat, victims of the racing industry, or simply injured on the hectic city streets. We are currently fostering two pigeons--a racing survivor and a bred-for-squab survivor. The day Elizabeth brought them to us, she spent nearly 2 hours with us, showing us how to handle the birds, showing us how to give medicine, and explaining how when we went on vacation, we could count on the Palomacy network of volunteers to help us with bird-sitting. Elizabeth runs an amazing Facebook group that connects people all over the world and offers excellent help for people rescuing pigeons and doves who don't know where to begin. If Palomacy simply existed to get these birds the medical help they need, it would be doing heroic work, but it is so more. Through tireless educational efforts through classes, the Palomacy website, the Facebook group, and other outreach, Palomacy is helping the community wake up to the needs of local birds they see everyday and give them a helping hand. I am so grateful to be a part of Palomacy.

2 Irina G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Palomacy has created this huge network of pigeon lovers including pet pigeon owners, rescue people, rescue organization, and bird rehabbers. This network includes thousands of people all across the United States and around the world.

Working at a wildlife rehab center and a veterinary clinic, we see pigeons (both domestic and unreleasable ferals) who need homes. Through the Palomacy group, I have been able to adopt out 6 pigeons into loving homes. In addition, Palomacy has helped link rescue people who have found injured wild birds to rescue organizations that can help.

I am so thankful that Palmocy exists, they have a positive impact on the animals and people who want to help.

4 Bee M. N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two wonderful pigeons from Palomacy in August 2019, and Elizabeth Young was so supportive through the whole process.

Saturday the 27th of August, a week or so after they came to my home, my adopted pigeon Cosmo began having a respiratory problem that seemed to worsen as the day went on. Come evening I, very new to being a pigeon parent, was at a loss, terrified that he might have something very serious. The wonderful and generous Elizabeth came to my place well past midnight despite the late hour to help. She gave care and instruction and helped me to feel like there was a plan for Cosmo's care. Particularly as I was meant to leave on a trip to Alaska the following Tuesday (a trip that had been scheduled for two years so I couldn't really move it around). Cosmo's condition got better and while I've been away both Elizabeth and the amazing Ari Wee, another pigeon parent I met through Palomacy's amazing community, were such an amazing care team for the boys, keeping a watchful loving eye on Cosmo's condition and being sure they were safe and looked after.

Ever since the boys have been doing great. They are the perfect addition to my home and I am so grateful for the existence of Palomacy and their generous hearted network of staff and supporters who not only help you to find the perfect companion but to make sure you and your companions feel there are helping hands, understanding ears, and useful resources always nearby when you need it!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is so heartwarming that there are (other) humans too, seeing the value of individuals that have a different appearance than us. At this time I take care of an hurt raven, which makes a great recovery. I wish some day people would see the same in chickens -they´re worth it, too.
I love the work Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions do!
Photo courtesy (framed and text added by me): https://www.animalsaustralia.org/factsheets/broiler_chickens.php

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dog, Kasper, and I were on a late evening walk when we spotted a lonely racing pigeon wandering in the street of a busy train station, barely dodging incoming busses and cars. The poor little thing was walking in circles, unable to fly due to exhaustion and dehydration. I shooed him onto a nearby grassy area to get him out of the street, called in reinforcements (read: my boyfriend and a cardboard box), and brought him home.



We had no idea what to do next, other than give him water and seeds: He wasn’t a wild bird, evident by his banded legs, so no refuge would take him. I jumped online and found Palomacy, and that’s how my life changed (for the better) forever. 



I love animals, and I had rescued many before. But what in the world does one do with an unreleasable domestic pigeon? I found out the answer soon enough: adopt him! The only problem was that I had zero experience with birds and lived on the opposite coast as Palomacy. But Elizabeth didn’t waste a second. She called me and we spoke for hours. She provided all the guidance I needed and answers to my gazillion questions. Later, Jill welcomed my (many) emails and has continued to guide me through this learning process. And both women have joined in on group texts to help me out and cheer me on as I’ve fallen in love with my little bird, whom we named Pomme de Terre (Pomme for short).



Because of Palomacy, I've come to learn so much about these beautiful and emotional birds, and the awful fate so many of them face. In turn, I’ve been able to educate and open the minds of others about dove and pigeon rescue. I will be forever grateful to Elizabeth, Jill, and Palomacy for giving me the tools and support to care for such a special creature. I feel very lucky to have my sweet little Pomme and to be able to give him a loving home for the rest of his days.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Palomacy is a wonderful organization! I found them on social media ages ago and when I moved to the Bay Area I reached out. They set me up to foster 2 adorable blind Homer pigeons (Jake and Rose who were dyed green -- and blinded by the dye -- and released at a wedding) and gave me everything I needed to start. Elizabeth is so caring and always answers my messages immediately when I have questions or concerns about the birds. It's really evident how much everyone affiliated with the organization loves and cares about the well-being of these birds. My mornings are so much brighter now with Jake and Rose following me around the house in their diapers. They're the sweetest birds, and I think everyone should have a Jake and a Rose in their home!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was in the 7th grade, I went to summer camp at a local animal shelter. One of the days, a Palomacy volunteer came in to present on pigeons. At the time, I thought the whole concept of rescuing pigeons was a bit weird, but I didn't know how much it would end up shaping my future.
Later that year, when my friend rescued a lost racer pigeon named Eleven, I knew just who to contact. Not much longer after that, I converted a playhouse in my backyard into an aviary, and started fostering Eleven, along with many others over my time as a foster volunteer. Being completely responsible for another being at a young age taught me so much responsibility, and leading the very same presentations at animal shelters that taught me about Palomacy now taught me public speaking.
It is so obvious when someone is petting a pigeon for the first time that they are not only bonding with that being, but also seeing how valuable compassion for everyone can be. People realize that there is more to these individual's lives than just being a "rat with wings". In a way, Palomacy is an organization that benefits not only pigeons and doves but all animals, human and nonhuman, and serves a very vital role in our society. It teaches everyone to have compassion for those different than them, as it has for me.
Now, 5 years after first becoming a foster volunteer with Palomacy, I am a senior in high school. Because of Palomacy, I am also an animal rights and environmental justice activist. I am able to speak in front of hundreds of people without being terrified, and I am able to have compassion and see past the stigmas placed upon so many individuals. I am also so grateful for the opportunity to care for pigeons and the support that Elizabeth provided me in doing that.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing folks! I had already known about their work, and admired its heart and factualness, when we found a grounded pigeon in our yard. The range and depth of experience and advice Palomacy offered, and so very quickly, is impressive. The pigeon is now healthy and we have learned much in a short time - more to come, I am sure. It is hard work to advocate for the small ones. More so when people denigrate them or dismiss the birds' intelligence. Kudos to Elizabeth and her compassionate, knowledgeable clan.

2 Lalena L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I happen to find Palomacy while looking to adopt a dove or pigeon after my Pakistani Fantail died. Not only did I find a dove to adopt, I also rescued a pigeon. Palomacy helped me take better care of the doves that I already owned and educated me on some misconceptions I still had. Since finding this group, I have been able to better care for my birds and have resources that I never had avaialable before. The group is filled with caring and bird loving people who are willing to answer any question. The moderators are knowledgeable and supportive. I absolutely love this group and my flock Is definitely happier ❤️

1 Max W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Palomacy helped me and my fellow staff attend to two baby pigeons that were abandoned. They guided us through how to make sure the birds were cared for and found a foster home! Thank you for all that you do! No one else would help

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work at Clean Water Action a national water policy organization with offices in downtown Oakland. We found two baby pigeons and had no idea what to to do! Thank you to Palomacy for their work and support! The baby birds are now being fostered and cared for.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I rescued a feral baby pigeon a year ago with a broken wing and foot. I joined Palomacy shortly after and since then have read and learned from it daily. It has been so helpful and informative. I had no idea what a fun and social pet a pigeon could be and now will probably never be without one. Thanks to Elizabeth and Palomacy! I can’t imagine how much time and money these ambassadors must spend helping these little creatures but they are truly inspiring.

2 louisamj

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful and unique organization which works hard to save, rehab and rehome pigeons and doves. Very few people know that these birds are sweet and affectionate pets, and Palomacy does an amazing job of educating the public about their excellent qualities. It also provides accurate and essential information about how best to care for them.
Because of Palomacy I share my home with two rescue pigeons who iive in a huge cage in my living room. I enjoy them every day !!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Domestic pigeons and doves are gentle, charming, quiet, affectionate pets. They are also among the most misunderstood and maligned. Fortunately for them, Elizabeth Young saw their beauty and their vulnerability, and set about forming MICKACOO, a bird rescue group dedicated to saving and rehoming these deserving birds. Anyone who meets her recognizes her passion and her integrity - and indeed many hundreds of Fantail Pigeons, Homing Pigeons, all white KIng Pigeons, and ring neck doves owe tier lives to Mickacoo and its hardy band of dedicated volunteers. They are well worth supporting.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Elizabeth and Palomacy have had a huge and positive impact on the students at my Middle School in Alameda, CA. Elizabeth, volunteers and ambassador Pigeons and Doves have visited our Animal Care & Welfare class often during the last 5 years. We have learned so much about the challenges that these wonderful birds face day in and day out. This has led to an appreciation and protective atmosphere at our school. Students are inspired to help and educate others about Pigeons and Doves. When students get to hold these magnificient birds they understand them better and often want to adopt them as pets! Thank you Elizabeth and Palomacy for doing all you do every day!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had pet birds since I was nine years old and I've always been interested in pigeons. My mom always thought they were disease ridden and rebuked their existence, I of course was in love with the idea of pigeons mating for life and always wanted to see a rea-life baby squab. Years later now I'm 14 and I was feeding my favorite feral flock of colorful pigeons and I see this skinny looking, scared, shy, broken little fledgling. I had chased her around for awhile until I cornered her and picked her up. She immediately calmed down and we've been together for about a week now and she's getting better but she'll most likely never fly again, I named her Cupid and she has changed my life for the absolute best!


Elizabeth is so very knowledgeable about the care of these sweet birds and has been amazing at answering all my tedious questions, she's comforted me when I mourned the loss of three white King pigeons released at my aunt's funeral, I literally went home and felt like a jerk for not getting more help but she assured me that there will be more to come and that I must get used to the fact that this world is awful for these birds


All in all I'm so happy that Elizabeth has changed my life and has made me a better person in general. And I don't live in California but I'm coming to palomacy someday to meet the queen of doves her self!

1 slitkefar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Elizabeth and the Palomacy community are truly extraordinary. They work so hard to rescue, revive, and find safe and caring forever homes for these birds. Just as important, they show us humans why it's important to give these birds a chance when they can't survive in the wild and are often overlooked and misunderstood. I never thought I would own a pigeon (much less an aviary with a flock!). But when I saw a King Pigeon (Zeus, raised for squab to eat -- photo attached) being attacked by a hawk and then a dog, Palomacy immediately helped me figure out how to take care of him and foster him. Jill gave me a pigeon care 101 session and showed me how much love these birds can bring to our lives. Josette and Luis helped me build a beautiful aviary. And Elizabeth brought other pigeons to me to complete the flock, and walked me through every step of the process. I'm truly grateful that I have these birds in my life.

1 Benedikt K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we first saw Sizzle, we knew he was very special. The shelter he originally was at kept him warm and fed him, and as amicable as their efforts were, they did not understand his needs or know how to properly care for him. We reached out to Palomacy who accepted him with open arms and a promise to care for him the way he deserves and to treat him for his needs. With Palomacy's help sending him to a proper vet, they discovered he had a broken and incorrectly healed ankle, an infection in his foot, a previous spinal injury, and a mass near his kidney. This little guy went through it all! We get updates on him regularly and we know hes being treated like the little feathery king he is. I will always have respect and admiration for this organization's efforts and mission. If I could add 100 more stars I would. Thank you Palomacy! - Ben and Lacy

1 Deborah E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We first found Palomacy online after we rescued a white racing pigeon wandering around our local Walmart parking lot here in Florida. We found out that there weren't any pigeon rescues in Florida, so we kept our new found friend as a pet. The people at Palomacy provided expert advice on how to care for our pigeon "Pookie", including feeding, housing, and enrichment! They were so supportive and informative! And they were still there for us 10 years later when my husband developed a rare illness that required us to rehome our Pookie. They helped us share our story, and after reading of how wonderful our bird was, a Palomacy member stepped up to adopt him! And he's very happy with his new family! If it wasn't for this great organization of people, I don't know what we would have done! I continue to support Palomacy because of their dedication and compassion for pigeons and doves!

1 jamesrose

Client Served

Rating: 5

hi there. i am retired and disables man in San Franciso and i live alone and my doctor recommended a companion animal. i researched many different ways to obtain a dog or cat and then i discovered Palomacy. pigeon and dove rescue and adoptions. i took a 3 mo. dove and i couldn't be happier. i suffer from depressive anxiety and my friend Ducky is always there to give me a boost.the organizers of the agency are so very personable and professional. i can really feel their strength and passion towards helping both birds and humans. for me it was the best decision to companion with a dove. thanks Palomacy

2 Ari W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of my favorite memories ever was being 10, free, and feeding the masses of pigeons of Piazzo San Marco. Aptly dressed in a yellow puffy coat, pigeons were descending on me from all sides to feed on the corn in my hands and to hopefully explore my jacket. Fast forward about 18 years. Pigeons have always been a fascination to me. Exotic birds to this suburban kid, I had proudly put self made pigeon posters in my college dorm and then my first office. Pigeons were always associated with a lighter, warmer, cozy time in my life. I got older though. And life got heavier. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and two bad things happened back to back at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. Diagnosed with PTSD and its friends severe depression and severe anxiety, I was a different person. To get through it I had to tap into something, anything happy. It all started with the pigeons on the balcony. Their cooing and predictable schedule gave me reassurance. We became fast friends when I started feeding them. Soon, it became normal to eat breakfast and lunch with the pigeon couple. They cheered me on with their coos and made me keep a normal human schedule and get to my job on time. And that got me to tap into that Venice memory. Soon, I was looking up if pigeons could be pets because the balcony pigeons, while feral, were so sociable. I soon found Palomacy. My boyfriend took me to an event they had in Japantown in August of 2018. That's where I met Elizabeth, Borealis, and Cadence. Cadence was a roller pigeon who survived a hawk attack and Borealis was her grounded husband. I fell in love instantly. I just couldn't get them off my mind. I tried to go to as many events as I could just to see them. I read their stories online. I showed off their pictures. After many conversations, I convinced my parents to adopt Cadence and Borealis. We all--me, my parents, Cadence, and Borealis--did the big drive home from SF to Dallas, TX to make it in time for Christmas. I'm really grateful for Elizabeth and Palomacy because they helped make my pigeon dreams a reality. Elizabeth was so warm and welcoming and showed me the ropes of pigeon care--what they eat, how to put on pigeon pants, what a pigeon home should look like, what a healthy pigeon looks like, what an unhealthy pigeon looks like, how to travel with a pigeon, how to handle a pigeon, the list goes on and on. She checked in on us before, during, and after the drive to make sure everyone was adjusting well. I really have never met someone or worked with an organization that cared so deeply for their cause. No question was stupid. No concern was ignored. I loved my time with Cadence and Borealis so much that when I came back to SF, Elizabeth let me foster a pigeon couple, Gypsy and Fish. Registered as ESA, they live in my bedroom in my apartment. They've been amazing companions, they've helped me keep a schedule, they get me emotionally ready to get out of bed. I can't imagine life without them. And without fail, Palomacy and Elizabeth have been here to hold my hand and answer my questions. And it's not just Elizabeth. Palomacy itself provides a lot of literature to educate new pigeon parents on the basics and the intricacies of life with pigeon. On top of that, Palomacy has a fantastic network of pigeon parents (foster or adopted) and experts. I can literally ask any question from pigeon healthcare to ESA housing rights and someone will answer or will find someone to answer me. I've never felt more supported when adopting an animal. I wish all animal rescues operated like this.

Palomacy does a great job at pigeon advocacy as well. The Palomacy crew gets out into the community to reach all kinds of people to not only debunk the trash dove stereotype but to also open people's mind to considering these birds as pets and family.

Palomacy is a fantastic group and I truly appreciate what they do for the environment and our community.

1 Shirlene Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Palomacy when I stumbled, almost literally, upon Lilith - a feral pigeon - at my local hardware store. Employees reported she had been attacked by a hawk. She was unable to fly and was in a panic. I took her home and found Palomacy's Facebook group. Elizabeth was super helpful and with help from Palomacy we were able to get Lilith the emergency surgery she needed to save her life. Elizabeth and the other Palomacy members clearly care so much about not only the pigeons they rescue but the people who are rescued by the pigeons. It's a wonderful group and I really appreciate the work they are doing to take care of these amazing birds and educate their rescuers and others.

1 suepreviti

Client Served

Rating: 5

It'll all started back on Sept. 12, 2015 when a Birmingham roller pigeon was making his rounds on the street between my house and a couple of others. He was lost, frail and needed help. I knew absolutely NOTHING about birds, but knew he desperately needed help. After looking online for advice, I came across Palomacy and it was then I realized that taking Luigi into my home was an absolute must. Elizabeth Young was immediate to chime in on my desperate pleas for help and with her support and encouragement from others in the group, I was on my way... From obtaining a proper cage / room setup in the home to cleaning supplies to feeding and bathing, etc. - the information was plentiful!
Here we are 3 years later and Luigi has become one of the most important things in my life.... which is why my recent scare with him was so difficult. Luigi had somehow fallen ill and I was in and out of the vets office many times over the course of 2 weeks. I reached out desperately for help on Palomacys Facebook page and flocks of people stepped up to offer support.... it was a team effort to get Luigi back to his healthy self and NONE of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the dedication and patience of one very special person. Of Course - that would be Elizabeth Young. Not only was she taking all of my phone calls , she also reached out to some of her colleagues for help. Everything I needed to do required experience and knowledge... and I was lacking. But because Elizabeth was there to help me EVERY SINGLE STEP OF THE WAY, Luigi is now back on the road to being a healthy boy. I never thought in my life that I would have to tube feed a pigeon and for those that have, you know how stressful that can be. Well, again - Elizabeth to the rescue. She guided me with crystal clear instructions before my first attempt, DURING my first attempt and after my first attempt. I know very few people in my life that are willing to make this kind of commitment to help others - be it animals or people. Elizabeth Young and Palomacy are, hands down, an absolute GIFT to the people who love pigeons and the birdies themselves. Thank You SO, SO, SO, much for EVERYTHING!! I love you - Luigi loves you and we will always do our best to make others aware of how wonderful pigeons are and that there IS supreme help out there when needed. :).
**Photo #1 = a Happy & Healthy Luigi. (2017)
Photo #2 = the day I met Luigi in my driveway. (2013)
Photo #3 = Luigi flying around in his room... (the best room in the house, of course) :)
Photo #4 = My Favorite Photo of Luigi (taken about 3 months after adopting him).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A pigeon decided one day that it needed my help. Well, I knew nothing about pigeons, but was willing to work at researching for this little bird. From day one Palomacy has been giving me great advice and guiding me every step of the way with photos, references and videos. I now know how to set up a cage, what to feed my bird, how to take care of it properly (such as weighing him) and so on. I am forever grateful for the help they have given me. There are several people that have reached out with help from Palomacy, AND they have introduced me to plenty of new friends on Facebook with common pigeon interests. These people work hard, know what they are talking about and should be trusted and valued as an important non-profit organization catering to the proper treatment of pigeons and doves. Thank You for reading. :)

1 Wendy C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Palomacy has a community of incredibly kind-hearted and generous individuals that want nothing but the best for these rescued birds. I began fostering birds with them recently, and I could not have asked for more helpful or kind volunteers. They truly care so greatly about rescuing pigeons and doves in need and have put in immense amounts of time, money, and love in everything they do. They give advice and help to anyone around the world who wants to contribute. They have made pigeon-lovers out of people of all ages! I cannot recommend them enough :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Elizabeth Young, Palomacy's Director, has been such a help to San Francisco Animal Care and Control over the many years she's been in operation. From helping us pull and place injured and/or healthy birds, to providing consults for injured ones in our care, Elizabeth does it all when it comes to our domestic pigeons and doves (and then some). She works with a truly compassionate and dedicated team and network and is a staple in our animal welfare community. Many thanks to everyone at Palomacy.

2 Susan R.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a newbie but managed to rescue a beautiful racing pigeon that had been living in the area for the past six months. Elizabeth provided me with continual coaching throughout the process- from setting up the cage through placing this lucky pigeon with the perfect adopter - in less than a week! I was blessed to have found such a knowledgeable and caring organization. Thank you again Elizabeth for providing a better life for so many of these beautiful birds!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I searched for a site to help me build a better home for a dove trapped in a tiny cage. I'm very grateful to Palomacy (Elizabeth) who emailed me with many friendly and helpful tips!
Here's the story:

I’m a foreigner living in rural Bali, where birds are often kept in very small cages as decoration It’s part of the culture, considered normal and nothing I can change on a grand scale – no rescue centers exist here either.

While doing some gardening one day, I went over to find a knife in the handyman’s area and discovered he was keeping a dove in a tiny wire cage. It was obviously a wild adult which had been caught by him.

Without thinking too much, I opened the door and let it out, watching as it fluttered happily to pastures new – or so I’d thought.

On his return from work, the handyman was upset, and wandered around the garden in the dark with a flash-light searching for his bird.

“What have I done!” I thought, wracked by pangs of guilt.

The next day it returned. He caught it, happily placing it back inside the ‘Cage of Doom’.

Wanting to find a compromise, I decided to butt in again, this time educating myself on dove preferences (via expert help from Palomacy) and buying materials.

It now has a piece of wire closing the main door latch. I managed to persuade him to include a little ‘dove door’ so it could fly around outside and come back.

The dove seems happy, the handyman is proud of his work and my conscience a little lighter – regarding the bird and its owner!

The floor is split bamboo so the dove doesn’t have to stand on bare wire (apparently not good for its feet). The roof is corrugated metal – but under vegetation, so it won’t be too hot in the tropical sun.

It has a nest, a bathtub with pondweed, a mirror, a shelf, food/water in ceramic pots, and a few perches made from driftwood I found on the beach. It’s fed on unhusked rice and leafy veg from the garden.

We've learned that he’s a male Sundra Collared dove. The males make very different sounds to the females. I called him Bulu – which means "feather" in Indonesian – though the handyman thinks I’m a bit nuts – no animals are given names here!

I wonder if he’ll use the nest . . .

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first found out about Palomacy four years ago. It was right after the death of my 18 year old white ring neck dove named Sanfur. She died of kidney and liver failure and I was just nearly out of my mind with grief.
I did a search online, not really knowing what I was looking for tiI I found it. An organization dedicated to the rescue of pigeons and doves!!
It gave me a new focus to find opportunities to help other birds and it helped to heal my heart seeing and reading about so many others that were feeling the same intensity of love for the birds and the pain of loss at times.
I am SO happy that Palomacy exists and they are working so hard to help such an underserved species of birds!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Palomacy has been incredible. I have adopted a mated pair from one of their foster aviaries and couldn't be happier. Elizabeth (and the entire palomacy community) is incredibly knowledgeable and will answer any and all questions you may have. I went from knowing nothing about these underrepresented birds to feeling competent and happy that I am providing them with the care they need. Palomacy truly is a community; once you adopt an animal from them you are part of a supportive group of people that you can always reach out to. I highly recommend Palomacy- their compassion for these under-represented birds is outstanding.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last September a white pigeon landed in our yard in the CA mountains, where we feed all the local birds. We knew it wasn’t native; nope not a band tail pigeon. Thought it would fly home. Five days later we decided it might want to live with us and brought Pidgie inside. Reading the band on her leg, we discovered she was a 2 yr old racing pigeon from Oklahoma City. Also, we knew she was smart cuz she decided to stay with bird loving people rather than fly back to Oklahoma.
Being pigiots (pigeon idiots), we needed help fast! A course in Pigeon Ed 101! Searching the Internet, we discovered Palomacy, the answer to our prayers... or rather Pidgie’s prayers for pidge educated human parents who could give her the healthy, happy home she deserves. We surely couldn’t have successfully saved this bird without help from the Palomacy family of bird lovers. Now it’s time to give back . Two days ago, through the Palomacy FB site, we became part of a tag team effort to save a racer stranded in 109 temps in the desert. Today this lost racer is safe with us. “Coo” will join Pidgie, increasing our family by one more sweet pidge. Bird life is good! Thank you Palomacy!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a grateful supporter of Palomacy for seven years. During that time, I've been fortunate to participate with the organization in many ways: I've adopted five beautiful pigeons in need of forever homes and I've assisted in the rescue of a couple dozen more. I've visited the local humane society on a number of occasions to help kids learn about why pigeons are coo(l). And I make a monthly donation to demonstrate how much I value the compassionate, life-saving work Palomacy does EVERY DAY for so many birds in need. The organization is very often the nation's first-responder for pigeons and doves, advising people all across the country who unexpectedly encounter a bird who needs help. By tirelessly filling this much-needed role, Palomacy has opened the way to a greater societal understanding that these charming, smart, emotional beings deserve our respect and care. Thank you, Palomacy!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

More than twenty years ago, I was adopted by a baby King pigeon who needed my help. I didn't know the first thing about pigeons then, and I so wished there had been an organization like MickaCoo to help us. My pigeon and I had to figure it all out from scratch, which we did -- and she lived with me for almost thirteen years. During that time, I rescued other pigeons that needed help, again wishing there were an organization to provide dedicated support to these smart, sweet birds. I was so grateful when Elizabeth started MickaCoo to fill this need!

Today, I have four rescued pigeons that I adopted through MickaCoo, and I volunteer with the organization whenever I can. It's also the only nonprofit to which I donate money on a monthly basis. I couldn't imagine a more hardworking, caring director than Elizabeth or a group of more compassionate volunteers and supporters than MickaCoo's network. MickaCoo helps hundreds of beautiful birds every year, providing them with care and loving homes. I only wish I could do more to help!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted an injured, unreleasable feral pigeon in 2016 through my work at a veterinary hospital that also does wild bird rehab. Until then, I never really thought about pigeons as pets, although I did appreciate them. While doing tons of research on how to properly care for my poor Fergus, I came across Palomacy. Now, I'm not located anywhere near Palomacy (opposite side of the country, in fact), but their extensive website and resources were invaluable to me! Not only is Fergus healthy and happily married to another rescue, but Palomacy inspired me to do some of my own small-scale rescue work with these AMAZING creatures. I now have 3 rescues that are my own, and last year I fostered and homed 3 others. If not for the wonderful work of this organization, I probably wouldn't have been able to save these 6 (with a 7th just arrived tonight). There needs to be a Palomacy in every state!! Pigeons are so overlooked and underestimated, when in reality, they're some of God's most incredible creations. Go Palomacy!!