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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

174 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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 . . .

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!!

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!

1 Shae I.

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

About 5 years ago we rescued a beautiful white pigeon from a creek near our home. We took him to the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek as we did with any wild life we found that needed help. They informed us that the pigeon was a domestic bird and they could not take him. We were referred to Palomacy for guidance and that was the beginning of our great adventure into the wonderful world of pigeons. We promptly built an aviary for our beautful new friend on our patio. Eventually we fostered and adopted two more birds from Palomacy over the years and cared for them until their passing. Recently due to unforseen circumstances I am no longer able to care for him so Palomacy has most graciously stepped in to foster him and provide much needed medical attention and outstanding daily care until he is ready to go to a new home. I can't say enough wonderful things about Elizabeth and her team of volunteers. They work tirelessly year round to educate the public and help as many birds and the people who love them as possible. I will always be grateful for their support and will continue to put this rescue at the top of my donation list whenever possible. They deserve all the support we can give them!

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!!

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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.

1 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.