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.
Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Rescue goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to rescuing, caring for, fostering, and placing vulnerable pigeons and doves. In addition, Elizabeth and her team of wonderful volunteers help educate the public about these wonderful, intelligent, sensitive birds and the plight they face. From racing pigeons that lose their way and are injured and starving, to lost doves that have been released as part of a wedding or other event whugh have no survival instincts, to misguided rescues of King pigeons, released by careless humans into the wild with no way to survive. The Palomacy team has helped them all. I have never seen them turn down a rescue opportunity, no matter how crowded their aviaries are or how busy they get. They help in many other ways too. There is a whole team of volunteers that goes around the Bay area and helps unstring pigeons that have gotten caught up in string disposed of by careless humans. I live in Seattle and they were a huge help to me as well. There is no pigeon rescue org here but when my son brought home a 5 day old pigeon a couple of years ago and I had no idea what the birds needs were, I was able to find information on how to care for this tiny squeaker on Palomacy's website. None of my local wildlife rehab centers were taking feral/non-native birds at the time and taking the bird to animal control was not an option I was willing to pursue. Palomacy offers so much information and support for people in my situation. I was able to tube feed the baby bird, build him a cage, and enjoy the past couple of years with my new companion. Since then, I have tried to help birds in need of review in my area and pass on the knowledge that I learned from Palomacy to others about what wonderful birds pigeons and doves really are. I now have several rescues in my own aviary and am contacted often as the local 'bird lady who knows what to do' when someone in my area find a pigeon or dove in need of help.
Palomacy does awesome work! Learning about Palomacy inspired me to get involved in bird and wildlife rescue in my area. I've adopted 2 doves and hope to take in more and enjoy volunteering at a local wildlife rehab. Seeing the passion of the volunteers in this group inspired me to make birds my number 1 hobby!
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.
Working with pigeons, I have seen firsthand how incredibly unfair these gentle birds are being treated all over the world. People seem to dislike (and even hate) them for no good reason whatsoever. Which is why it warms my heart to see nonprofits such as Palomacy. The love that they have for these amazing creatures is so obvious, and it's also clear that they have a lot of knowledge about how to best take care of pigeons and doves. They show people that pigeons are beautiful and smart and that they deserve respect and love. The world needs more organizations like Palomacy.
Few creatures have suffered the indignities of man’s fickleness as pigeons have. I mean creatures with whom we share our everyday lives, in urban and suburban spaces. Yes, the cat has been patient with our love hate relationship with her, but think of that one creature to which we attach all sorts of “alternative facts”. Facts like “they carry so many diseases”, “they are rats with wings.” And then proceed to ignore them even when they are all around us in our cities, under our overpasses and perched on our powerlines. But perhaps the worst of all indignities is that they do not fall under a protected species (most birds do- therefore it is prohibited to harbor them, harm them, try to poison them, and when rescued, can’t be killed).
I work in the environmental department at a large power plant. One day a squab was brought to my office. My first call was to our nearby bird sanctuary. They wanted nothing to do with it and even recommended I take it to a vet to be euthanized. I then went online to the Michigan DNR. I called rehabilitator after rehabilitator and none would take my calls. In years past, finding a rehabilitator willing to take a stray merganser was not trouble, but now, here was this tiny baby pigeon looking up at me expectantly- me who had never owned a bird in her life and knew nothing about the care of one, much less a baby. That’s when my desperate searches led me to Palomacy. Their organization is so well structured and rich with information that within minutes I had found a forum and videos which walked me step by step from what and how to feed a squab to how to house it.
I did this fully expecting baby to be dead every morning. But this little one was a patient teacher, and the information from Palomacy and their linked forums provided me with support and knowledge needed to do things right. One rescue became seven, four being successful releases, one having found a forever home, and I kept three for company. All through this I perused Palomacy’s pages, blogs and instructions. I looked for a foster home through their site, even if by the time I found a couple of places in Chicago who would take this little pigeon in I had decided to keep my little charge.
I think there was no avoiding falling in love with my little rescue. But I know that Palomacy had a lot to do with fully opening my eyes to what lovely creatures pigeons and doves are and how much work there is to do just to get them viewed favorably by most. I donate regularly to a few charities, but few have a webpage with this level of information. It provides videos: fun and educational, blogs: personal and informative, and many links. They are tireless educators, always reaching out to the community. But what I love is that they let the community help as well, teaching each other and sharing best practices. Some organizations can veer into an attitude that only they know what’s best. Palomacy seems to exude that same open tender love much like pigeons do. Any organization that is helping and open and eager to hear from you is an organization that is going to last long and go far.
I now take every opportunity I have not just to talk about my pigeons in hopes of opening more eyes and hearts to them but also about Palomacy and the work they are doing. For example, their calendar contest was a fantastic idea and incentive to get us to spread the word and be part of their community by becoming essential in fund raising. It was so rewarding to see my friends and family donating to Palomacy, as I am sure it was for Palomacy.
Lois & Alice
I have never been a bird person. Period. When I was a newly-wed a hundred years ago, my then husband brought home a Quaker parrot. It was a hate/hate relationship that lasted about two months before I insisted it be brought back to where it came from. Never understood how anyone could have these flighty, pecky, noisy, messy, and destructive little creatures in their homes. And I’m talking about birds not men. Although……..
A few decades later, I currently have two indoor rescue pigeons that I would fall on a sword for. And it happened quickly. Almost like there was plan in place to shake me out of my coma-like existence when it came to pets.
A little over a year ago, I was very content with my two pedigree elderly Ragdoll cats. Enter Janice, a co-worker at a newspaper office I worked at in Malibu. Under “bunny-hugger”, there is a photo of Janice. She only worked at the paper a few hours a week and sweetly asked if I would mind assisting in the care of a “white dove” she found. She had received approval from the owner of the paper to keep this “dove” at our work place. She made it sound fun! We could have a contest at work coming up with a name! Keep it in the accounting department and listen to it coo softly all day! On and on and on.
Janice had found Lois Lane (contest winner name) stranded and unable to fly in an area of Malibu that is very tranquil and apparently, a perfect place for celebrations and dove releases. She gathered up the “dove” and took it immediately to the wildlife center where they promptly put it in with some chickens. This niggled at Janice for several days and after gaining approval to keep the bird at work, she re-rescued Lois (for which the Center hilariously charged her) and brought her into the office.
In short order, I realized Janice nor I knew very little about the care and feeding of this bird. We had a cage, some seeds and water and this pretty little bird that didn’t so much as make a peep. I’m not certain when I came across Palomacy, but I’m almost sure it was on that first day. I was totally panicked. Elizabeth was the first and ONLY person to return my frantic calls.
Elizabeth calmly told me what to do and after describing what the bird looked like, burst my bubble by informing me that what we had was a pigeon. A “homer” at that. I fought that tooth and nail. I did not want a mere pigeon, I wanted a sweet-cooing dove. The Peace & Love and married for life kind of dove. It took me weeks and tons of research to realize yes, Lois is a homer. Not even a King. A homer. Dumb name. As in “Homer Simpson”. I didn’t realize that homer meant HOMING PIGEON.
Poor Elizabeth was then my new best friend and I called frequently. Everything made me a nervous wreck. Was the cage big enough? How much should we feed her? Doesn’t she need another pigeon friend? Is it acceptable to leave her ALL ALONE ON WEEKENDS???? It didn’t help that Lois was going through a soft molt.
This went on for a few months and during that time Lois really was the calmest, quietest bird. So bomb-proof. We moved her cage around the office several times to find better locations, were constantly buying new and improved cage stuff (dishes, toys, mirrors and nesting thingys) and just futzing in general with her environment.
In my on-going research and constant conversations with Elizabeth, I determined that Lois needed to spend time outside in the sunshine and fresh air. Lois just seemed so complacent; not unhappy but resigned. I was very twitter-pated about this. So, I purchased an Easy Up. Which is basically a big enclosed play pen for camping. Not predator proof AT ALL but we made do. Lois now got to go outside every day. I was happy. For a few weeks.
It’s hard to believe but we rarely if at all touched this bird. We would move her cage from the office to the easy up outside, open the cage door, put a large bowl of water for her to bath in and then take her back in at the end of the day. Janice and I were pushing hard to rescue another pigeon friend for her as she was left alone so much – especially on the weekends. We were met with a lot of resistance from the staff. We literally did not have the room in the office for a larger cage and building an outdoor aviary was not going to happen as it took tons of begging and cajoling to even erect the Easy-up outside our office space.
Around this time, I decided to finally move closer to my children in Tehachapi CA. A small mountain community 175 miles north of Malibu. As I was giving notice, I burst into tears and emphatically stated “AND I’M TAKING LOIS WITH ME”!!! Like a 5-year-old. I still can’t believe those words came out of my mouth. I was met with no resistance – more like, THANK GOD. Can we help you pack up and put the bird in the car for you? Humph!
Very quickly I moved and installed Lois in my home where she has a Rolls Royce of a cage that she resides in only at bedtime, poops on organic bird cage paper and can fly up to specifically installed corner perches in my office/indoor aviary all day and every day.
Now it was time adopt her a buddy! With the assistance, once again of Elizabeth, I adopted sweet, sweet Alice from Palomacy. Yes, another female homing pigeon. Suffice it to say, there was a brief period of time where I was convinced Lois was a male – even renamed her Lincoln. Unfortunately, that brief period of time coincided at the exact same time I was adopting Alice. Hence, the two females. It’s not perfect but we make it work. I’m the official mate of both these girls.
Thank you, Elizabeth, Palomacy and all the pigeon/dove rescuers out there. I read every single post you guys make and have learned so much this last year. My ignorance of pigeons and birds in general proves how wrong I was and how truly adaptable these guys are. They fumble right along with you while you’re learning and never complain. That does not stop me from continuously trying to make their habitat fun and entertaining. I love the phrase: You will not save the world by adopting a pigeon, but you will save that pigeon’s world.
In conclusion, these sweet little misunderstood birds have changed my life for the better. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t laugh out loud at them. I love them, love them, love them.
Now if I could just find a male that could take on two females…..
Elizabeth helped me with a seriously injured pigeon I found. She gave her time, advice , she is a dedicated person who deeply cares about helping pigeons and doves. Because of her and Palomacy , the little bird received medical care and a new home with a wonderful foster mom. Thank you Elizabeth!