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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

211 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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.

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.

2 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!

1 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.

3 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!

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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!

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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.

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!

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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.

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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.

1 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 ❤️

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

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.

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.

1 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 !!!

Previous Stories
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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.

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!

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!

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.

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

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!

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

1 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.

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.

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. :)

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.

1 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!

5 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!!

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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!

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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.

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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.

2 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.

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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.

2 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!!

2 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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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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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2 Dana L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Cheryl D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2 Chava S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Chandramaa

Client Served

Rating: 5

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