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Review for Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer