MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue

MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue saves homeless domestic (unreleasable) pigeons and doves in seven counties of the San Francisco Bay Area from being killed in animal shelters by providing veterinary care, foster, forever homes as well as community outreach and humane education to address the hidden-in-plain-sight plight of these smart, loyal and under-served birds. MickaCoo fills a deadly gap in the animal welfare community by saving the lives of doves and pigeons that would otherwise be killed for lack of adopters. We're volunteer-powered, donation supported and culture changing! We are increasing compassion and reducing cruelty. By providing avian vet care, foster and forever homes, we've...
Jun 19, 2013

Rumi Matters

Baby King Pigeon Rumi
Baby King Pigeon Rumi

When staff at SF Animal Care & Control shelter contacted us on 5/28 to help a "king pigeon, young, sick", the request did not go out to a network of rescues. It came only to MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue. If not for us, there would have been no resource in place to help baby Rumi. Your support, in all the ways you provide it, is why Rumi is receiving care. If not for you, Rumi would not have had a chance. She would have been shut out from the rescue community. 

Because of you, Rumi matters. She's got a loving foster home and the promise of a safe, happy forever home when she is ready for adoption. Her illnesses are being treated and her fears have been relieved. She is a very sick baby bird (as so many squab are), hospitalized now and fighting for her life. Rumi may not survive but she does matter and that is very important. You are giving Rumi the only chance she has.

There are so many things wrong in this world but here is something that we are making right. We are working together to repair a gap in the fabric of our humanity. And a more compassionate, less cruel world benefits not only Rumi but everyone. Together, we are doing culture-changing work. 

Please never underestimate the impact of your support. You are making a real difference. For Rumi, you are making all the difference.

Dr. Fitzgerald of Medical Center for Birds & Rumi
Dr. Fitzgerald of Medical Center for Birds & Rumi
Rumi thanks you for helping her
Rumi thanks you for helping her

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Mar 21, 2013

Rescuing Feathers

Feathers
Feathers

Your generosity and support is what empowers MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue to help birds that, unwanted, injured, ill and/or timed out in shelters, would otherwise be killed. Here's the story of just one little bird that YOU helped to rescue. Her name is Feathers.

Feathers was introduced to MickaCoo this way:

Dear Friends,
A friend of my son dumped their white dove on us this summer when they went on vacation. My son tells me the bird is poorly cared for at his home, and that his friend hopes we will keep this bird for them. I don’t want to keep this bird. (I think they named him “Feathers.”) His cage is too small, he can’t fly, and there is something wrong with his feet since he seems to stand rather than perch. I would really like to transfer him to a rescue organization such as yours where he his health can be properly evaluated, he can be put in a proper cage, and outplaced to a good home.

When I saw Feathers' picture, I realized that she was not a dove but rather a little homing pigeon (the kind used for "wedding dove releases"). As always, we were overfull but a foster volunteer stepped up to take little Feathers in and so the handoff was arranged. 

Feathers arrived scared, depressed and with some motor control issues. She needed a very quiet and simple environment and a lot of patience and TLC. Getting what she needed has made a big difference for little Feathers.

Here's a recent report from Jaclyn, Feathers' foster mom:

I just couldn't help but share with you what a wonderful turn around teeny Feathers has made. She was starting to come out of her shell when I visited you, but now it seems she has fully blossomed. I’ve never seen a bird’s personality change so much. At first she was very hard to read and wouldn’t make a peep. I didn’t know if she was scared, sad, had neurological problems or what to make of her. But now she’s full of confidence and character! Just a glance in her direction and her wings twitch with excitement while she bows her head. She does this with both Nik and I. And she has the cutest little grunts when she’s getting her head scratched. When she first started making sounds her voice was so tiny and scratchy, it was adorable but a little pathetic. Now her voice is louder and more consistent. She is so gentle and sweet, and I’m just so happy to see these changes in her. She is evidence of how unique each bird is, and animal for that matter, and the potential each one has. She will make a wonderful pet, no doubt!

Your support is what enables MickaCoo to do what we do. We thank you! Feathers thanks you! Your generosity makes a life-saving difference.

 

Jaclyn and Feathers
Jaclyn and Feathers
Feathers Thanks YOU!
Feathers Thanks YOU!

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Dec 21, 2012

MickaCoo Year in Review 2012

Please click the link below to see highlights
Please click the link below to see highlights

MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue has had both a very challenging and very promising year. We are getting ever more support and leadership from volunteers and seeing more outreach and placement efforts from Bay Area shelters. In 2012,  MickaCoo’s foster volunteers saved more than 200 lives by caring for and housing pigeons and doves when no one else would. We've placed more than 100 birds with carefully screened adopters and counseled on behalf of the welfare of hundreds more.

The challenge is meeting the overwhelming demand for our service. We need more adopters, more fosters, more funding. What we are doing is valuable and meaningful and we are committed to becoming even more effective at doing this “impossible” work. We’re closing an historic gap in animal rescue. We are challenging indifference with compassion and changing the world for the better. You make the difference. Thank you.

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