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.
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!
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.
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.
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 ❤️
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
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.
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.
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 !!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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).
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. :)
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 :)
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.