Amazing humans doing amazing things! This organization changed my life and empowered me to make a difference.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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 :-)
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.
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!
I have a 15 year old cat and a 19 year dog but I have to say that the most enjoyable least stressful pets are pigeons with pants on. Living with birds who love each other so much is just so heartwarming. And they are comical because they take themselves so seriously.
Elizabeth is tireless, endlessly giving - Palomacy is a wonderful organization! It does so much for the least loved, least respected creatures among us
I reached out to Elizabeth after seeing a Palomacy flyer at Rainbow Grocery in SF. I'd fostered dogs for the last two years and I was thrilled that there was a rescue agency whose sole focus is to help pigeons.
Elizabeth was incredibly thoughtful, patient, and knowledgable. Her expertise and care ensured that I was set up for success. I fostered a married pair for Palomacy. Elizabeth brought all the supplies I'd need to give Shmuel & Augustus a loving home. The birds were an absolute delight to foster. Their cooing created a beautiful atmosphere in my home. I would foster for Palomacy again in a heart beat. I highly recommend Palomacy for any and all questions or concerns regarding pigeons.
I live in Canada and have kept parrots for 30 years. One year ago, I had an injured white pigeon turned over to me. In looking for help on how to properly care for her, I came across the Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions site. What a wonderful source of information for me. Everyone is so helpful and not critical of those of us just learning about pigeons. I've learned so much and my pigeon is now a very happy and healthy girl. She was most likely a wedding release as she is unbanded and is missing part of her left eye. She's beautiful and I've since added another pigeon friend for her. With the help of Palomacy members, I've learned how to integrate both pigeons into a parrot home, without problems. I'm so thankful for this site.
This is the most compassionate and intelligent group of individuals I have ever met. The founder of this nonprofit has taken time out of her evenings on several occasions to give me guidance and advice about my doves. These people are working hard not only in California but across the country and even the world to make sure pigeons are taken care of! I highly recommend supporting and working with this nonprofit. They run off of donations and I know they would much appreciate I highly recommend supporting and working with this nonprofit. They run off of donations and I know they would much appreciate any donation any donation. This group makes caring for my pigeon easier and easier!
This community of dove and pigeon fanciers bring real joy to the world. They put so much work into providing homes for birds and educating people on their care. It's such a pure love. I'm so very grateful to have been connected with these fine folks and their sweet little creatures.
When my girlfriend found three king pigeons at a Bart station we were way in over our heads. We love animals, but had never cared for birds, much less three sickly baby birds. I had read about Palomacy, and knew it was an awesome rescue group, but Palomacy is so much more. It's a safety net and an amazing community of hard working, compassionate, and generous people. When I ran out of money for vet bills Palomacy made sure Watermelon, Cantaloupe, and Honeydew still got treatment, an incredibly generous act given the extended stay at the vet the melons required. And when Honeydew succumbed to her infections the emotional support from Elizabeth and the Palomacy group was incredibly helpful.
Watermelon isn't out of the woods yet with neurological symptoms, but I feel much better knowing Palomacy's decade of experience is backing us up.
I donated so other pigeons and doves can be as lucky as the melons, and I plan to make many more donations to Palomacy. I also would love to volunteer, maybe someday the melons can be pigeon ambassadors. Palomacy is doing hard work that almost no one else is doing. I hope more and more people adopt and foster pigeons and doves from them, and learn like I did how spectacular the birds and the people of Palomacy are. I don't know what we would have done without them!
And here's a photo of me and Cantaloupe spending some quality time together.
Without palomacy I don't know how what I would do sometimes. when I got my first pair of doves I was confident that I could take care of them no problem and with all the books I had read and the websites I had looked at I could face anything they could throw at me. boy was I wrong. books are fine and all, but when something came up that wasn't in one of my four books I was lost. I asked on a few forums and emailed a few local bird experts, but they knew very little about pigeons or doves. so, when I didn't know if my girls were laying too often I decided "well palomacy is half way across the country, but why not give it a shot", that was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.
within an hour of joining the Facebook group they had set up I had folks who knew tons about pigeons from across the country jumping to answer my questions. people from north, south, east, and west. amateurs who were learning right by my side and experts who have rescued hundreds of birds all working together to improve the lives of all these creatures. I have learned more from the kind soles at Palomacy than any book could teach me. I was surprised to see the founder, Elizabeth Young, in the thick of it all doing what she could do to help right on the ground floor with the rest of us. she’s one of the kindest souls I've ever met.
not only did they help me with my two bonded hens Luna and Aurora, but when I went in to the pet store that I bought the girls at with my mom we saw two week and malnourished babies that they let hatch. and found out that they had already had to put down three others that had splay legs just like these two little guys. with their help, I brought the two fledglings home and added Tango and Foxtrot to my flock. with the help of Palomacy I learned how to apply braces to their legs to try and fix them, though it didn't work because I got to them too late they still live wonderful lives and continue to get better every day.
Palomacy has been a godsend for me and my flock, thank you for everything you do!
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I don't know what we would have done without Palomacy! My son brought home two adult ring neck doves seven months ago. Palomacy provided a great deal of pre-support, and has been there whenever we needed advice or help with them. Then two months ago we rescued a pair of ring neck dove siblings who were only 2-3 weeks old. They were bred in a pet store with improper nesting materials which resulted in both of them having severe splayed legs. And disfigured feet. The store had already euthanized two birds born to the same parents and also who had developed splays, and that was the plan for these as well. We had little space, little money, and even less experience with juvenile doves, much less those needing rehab. Palomacy has been there from the word go. Help with feeding (the mother had stopped feeding them), help with orthotics, help with cages and set up (their needs are different), help with introducing them to our reluctant adults. They even reached out to Dr. Speers at Medic Center for Birds on our behalf regarding the splay when it became apparent that there were no vets or even rehab centers familiar with pigeons much less doves, less than several states away. They continue to be a source of support and hope not only for us and our now family of four birds, but for countless people and pigeons and doves around the world. They bring help and support where there otherwise would be none.
“What kind of bird is this?” That simple text message, along with the photograph that accompanied it, marked the beginning of my role as a pigeon-mom. It also led me to Palomacy, a pigeon and dove rescue organization comprised of the most extraordinary individuals whom one could ever hope to meet.
The text was from my co-worker, Kathryn. The bird featured in the photograph was Francesco, an amazing pigeon who has touched my life in a most profound way.
One summer afternoon two months ago, Francesco flew over the fence into Kathryn’s yard, where she and her family were enjoying their day poolside. Francesco was clearly a tame bird, readily approaching them and even hopping up onto the lawn furniture to sit next to them. Though tame, he had no band, nothing by which to identify the person to whom he might belong.
The family decided to let the bird stay while they continued to swim and talk – and stay the bird did. Hours passed, and Francesco stayed. The family went indoors, and Francesco stayed. Actually, no, he did not stay when they went indoors. He tried to follow them into the house.
Evening approached, and Francesco made it clear that he did not plan to go anywhere. Kathryn decided that she had to act. Naturally, she reached out to me, not because I had any knowledge of pigeons, but because I am that crazy bird lady and lover of all animals, one of those people who is easily suckered into permanently housing any creature in need.
“Kathryn, can’t you take the bird?” I already knew the answer to my question. Kathryn could not take him. What else could I do but drive the forty minutes to her house with one of my parrot’s travel cages in tow?
What did I know about pigeons? Absolutely nothing. I had not the foggiest idea what to do with this pigeon whom I had just welcomed into our home. Moreover, as it happened, my knowledge of parrots did not transfer to pigeons – at all. I was clueless as to this pigeon’s needs and began to panic. Why is he making such weird noises and running around in circles? Why is his neck so puffed up that it resembles a lion’s mane? Why on earth is he twitching his wings – is he having a seizure? Knowing that you are responsible for a living creature about which you are completely ignorant is an excruciatingly humbling and terrifying experience.
To my dismay, I quickly discovered that I was not alone in my ignorance. For about five days, I did the best that I could to take care of this bird. I received a lot of advice from folks who meant well but who also did not have the knowledge to help me, including an avian veterinarian who treated Francesco for a respiratory infection and parasites but also told me that he may be a wild pigeon and that I should consider releasing him into the wild once he was strong and healthy again.
That last bit of advice just did not sit well with me, and it was the last straw. I absolutely had to find someone who knew enough about pigeons and who could help me. I had exhausted all local resources, but during an internet search days earlier, I had come across a California pigeon and dove rescue organization called Palomacy. I decided to send a message to the rescue’s Facebook page, hoping against hope that someone at this organization would take the time to read my plea for help in Connecticut and agree to call me.
I don’t think an hour passed before I received a response from the founder and director of Palomacy, Elizabeth Young, whose passion for and devotion to these birds is rivaled only by her energy and tireless efforts to provide a sanctuary and educate the public about how special they are. In her response, Elizabeth thanked me for rescuing Francesco. She also gave me her phone number. “I am super busy, but if I can’t answer when you call, leave a message, and I will call you back.”
That very same day, Elizabeth spent the better part of an hour on the phone with me, telling me all about pigeons, offering her invaluable insight and advice, and answering my countless questions with the patience of a saint. I will never be able to express to Elizabeth how grateful I felt for her support that day and how grateful I remain for her continuing support.
At Elizabeth’s invitation, I also joined the Palomacy Facebook Group. When I first joined the group, it was just a resource for me, a group of people with much more knowledge than I had about pigeons, a group of people who could answer questions and help me take proper care of Francesco. Within minutes, sometimes seconds, after posting a question, answers and suggestions appeared.
From Elizabeth and the Palomacy Group, I learned that pigeons are absolutely amazing creatures. Pigeons are homebodies. They mate for life. They have “pigeon marriages” and will stay with their “pigeon spouse” even as the beloved mate is dying. Pigeons are fiercely loyal, devoted, emotional, romantic, and intelligent beings. Indeed, they possess all of the same traits that people value in other people.
I learned all of this and then some about pigeons from Elizabeth and from the Palomacy Group, but I also learned more. Palomacy has enriched my life in a way that I never expected. Every time I log onto my Facebook page, my feed is overflowing with stories about people rescuing precious life. These days, my Facebook feed is literally flooded with human kindness, kindness toward the lives rescued as well as toward the people doing the rescuing.
Palomacy is an exceptional organization, and Elizabeth Young is an exceptional individual. I just cannot sing her praises enough. Elizabeth and those who support her rescue embody the qualities that we value most in life – compassion, empathy, integrity, industriousness, devotion, honesty, and loving-kindness. Quite frankly, Palomacy embodies the traits of the very birds that it rescues. Who wouldn’t want to be part of an organization like that, who wouldn’t want to donate to an organization like that, and who wouldn’t want to learn about and love the birds that Palomacy works so tirelessly to save?
Palomacy – it’s for the birds, and it’s for the people too. It’s for all of us who want to make this world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.