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Ruby Doodle is recovering from his ordeal
Ruby Doodle is recovering from his ordeal

Together we are helping more birds & people than ever! Our growing team responds to urgent calls for help from all over the United States & beyond. Good Samaritan Frankie & volunteer Shae teamed up to rescue a stray Persian High Flyer, lost & lonely, who was hanging around a Santa Rosa car rental until employees realized he needed help & contacted Palomacy. Now Ruby Doodle as he's called is safe & happy. Our Bird Care Coordinator Jill worked along with concerned neighbors in Fremont to rescue all 10 abandoned domestic pigeons who were left behind when their coop was torn down & the owner's house sold. It took a lot of time & coordination to rescue them all. Palomacy Help Group member Lisa of New York spent many hours over two weeks to rescue a young "dove release" homing pigeon living on borrowed time in the wild. Named Nova, she's now married to Lisa's first rescued pigeon Pomme & they will live their lives happy & loved. (Learn how to catch a pigeon or dove in need of rescue.)

Despite the turbulent times, Palomacy is rescuing & placing pigeons & doves with adopters at a record pace. Your support makes Palomacy's life-saving possible. Your support is creating the better future for these dear birds through ever increasing awareness & compassion. 

And we're doing something extra special to share all these amazing stories: For the first time ever, Palomacy is creating a 365 page, full color, Bird-A-Day Desk Calendar! You'll be cheered, comforted & inspired every day of 2021 seeing the beautiful photos & moving stories of so many birds! (We're also doing our gorgeous Wall Calendar too.)

You can help create the best possible calendars by entering your photos of pigeons & doves (wild or rescued) & by voting for your favorites in our Palomacy Calendar Contest! Hurry, the contest is going on now & ends 8/21.

And something else wonderful to look forward to: Palomacy's Worldwide Online Pijama Party will be held live from 5-8 PT on Saturday 10/24 & you are invited! Lots more exciting info to come- RSVP here.

Thank you! Thank you for all your are doing in so many ways to help close the rescue gap for pigeons & doves. Thank you for creating the better future.

Jill & the neighbors tried everything
Jill & the neighbors tried everything
Rescues Nova & Pomme, photo by Lisa Caccioppoli
Rescues Nova & Pomme, photo by Lisa Caccioppoli
YOUR BIRD COULD BE HERE!
YOUR BIRD COULD BE HERE!
Palomacy's 1st 365 page, full color desk calendar!
Palomacy's 1st 365 page, full color desk calendar!
Everybirdy's invited to Palomacy's Pijama Party!
Everybirdy's invited to Palomacy's Pijama Party!

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Hawk stricken "dove release" survivor Emily
Hawk stricken "dove release" survivor Emily

With your support, we are saving more birds than ever before. Today, right now while the matching funds last, the more you donate, the higher the match with donations of $750 to $1000 earning the maximum 50% bonus. Donations of $500 to $749 earn 30% and donations of $100 to $499 earn 15%. Every donation, large and small, makes a life-saving difference for pigeons and doves like Emily, Miles and Sparkle.

Shy Emily is a young "dove release" pigeon, still in the honky, changing voice stage, who was severely injured by a hawk. When the Alameda animal control officer texted me photos, I sounded the 911 alarm and a volunteer dropped everything to drive 50 miles in pre-holiday weekend rush hour traffic to get her to Medical Center for Birds. Emily went from rescued to hospitalized in two hours and that saved her life. Despite body cavity-penetrating puncture wounds from the hawk's talons and a missing chunk of flesh from her back where he started eating her, she is alive and recovering. She's safe. She gets a second chance because you support our work.

Big eyed, sweet-tempered Miles is a young survivor of pigeon racing, hatched just this year. Somehow his right wing was shattered leaving him grounded and helpless for a couple of days. He was rescued and taken to Peninsula Humane Society where they started antibiotics for the infection and carefully wrapped his wing to stabilize the broken bones. When his owner failed to claim him, they reached out to Palomacy for the life-saving surgery they knew he needed. And because of your support, we were able to help. Dr. Speer surgically cleaned out the necrotic tissue, realigned the bones and if all goes well, he'll keep his wing. No matter what, he's safe now, because you support our work.

Wild Eurasian Collared dove fledgling Sparkle broke her wing and was rescued by a kind person who did her best to provide the right care including reaching out to Palomacy for help as Sparkle grew up and grew wild. Unable to fly, Sparkle was unreleasable and needed expert help to live happily in captivity. Wanting only the best for Sparkle, her person surrendered her to our care and adopted two of our tame, domestic doves instead. Sparkle needed surgery to amputate the damaged part of her wing and she required our most specialized care to keep her calm enough to heal despite her skittish temperament. Our Bird Care Coordinator Jill has gone above and beyond to keep Houdini Sparkle's wing stump bandaged long enough to heal, to ease her anxiety, win her trust and eventually her heart. Sparkle, formerly fearful and lonesome, is now totally in love with Jill. Sparkle's alive and happy and loved thanks to your support.

Every day, with your incredible support, we are helping birds and the people who love them. Thank you for your kindness, your generosity, your compassion. Thank you for making Palomacy possible.

Pigeon racing survivor Miles post-surgery
Pigeon racing survivor Miles post-surgery
Miles' pre-surgery radiograph
Miles' pre-surgery radiograph
Fearful, defensive dove Sparkle pre-Palomacy
Fearful, defensive dove Sparkle pre-Palomacy
Post-surgery Sparkle making a new friend
Post-surgery Sparkle making a new friend
Happy Sparkle loving lovies with fosterer Jill
Happy Sparkle loving lovies with fosterer Jill
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Kit & Iris- adorable, adoptable pigeon perfection
Kit & Iris- adorable, adoptable pigeon perfection

Have you ever wished for a magical friend? A special little sprite that just seeing made you smile? What about a special pair of magical friends whose devotion to each other is a joy to witness? That's Kit & Iris! These two little married pigeons are extra cute, gentle, sweet, loving and just all around perfect. It's crazy that they are available for adoption but they are. (Click here for adoption info.) Pigeons in general are great fun to live with. Our adopters LOVE their birds. Pigeons are very mellow. We call them masters of the leisure arts. They love to lounge around on a sunny window sill (or better yet, their own pet hammock!) and nap like champs. Bathing, splashing and soaking in their own pigeon-sized bathtub is another favorite pastime that never fails to cheer all lucky enough to see. Pet pigeons pad around the house on their quiet little feeties (as they are officially called) and have an amazing way of fitting themselves into the family. They love "helping" their people (or at least supervising them- micro managers) whether dish washing, video conferencing, marathon streaming TV therapy or whatever.

This most perfect of little pigeon pairs was initially rescued in 2016 (separately), met in foster care and quickly fell in love. Little Roller Kit & tiny Olde English Muffed Tumbler Iris are domestic breeds created to somersault in mid-air (because people think that's cool). Unfortunately, between the predictable ease with which predators kill them and the risks of rolldown crashes, this terrible "hobby" costs many thousands of pigeons their lives every year.

Kit, a beautiful stormy gray pigeon, was surrendered as a youngster by her breeder to the Oakland Animal Shelter. She was injured and "rescue only". Her left foot was dying for lack of circulation and, under avian vet supervision, it was allowed to slough off leaving the stump as a peg leg. She gets around fine and appreciates the cushy, VIP, indoorsy life. Iris was lost, grounded and lucky to be rescued alive and taken to the San Jose Animal Care Center where he too was "rescue only". He's very handsome in his jet black and snow white with feathery legs and feet (muffs) that make him extra fancy. 

Kit and Iris were adopted, beloved and living very happily but due to family illness, had to be returned to Palomacy and so they are once again in search of their home. Their foster mom, who would adopt them if not already full up, writes, "Kit and Iris are happy to socialize with people and with each other. I haven't seen another pigeon couple so in love. He just adores her and protects her and struts around for her. He's a very manly pigeon man. He likes to strut and coo at himself in the mirror. He's very entertaining." 

And this is why we do what we do. This is why we exist. Without Palomacy, without all that you and so many others do to help, Kit and Iris, these two adorable perfect pigeons would have been dead and the world deprived of their very real pigeon magic. As well as the 160 other amazing adoptable birds currently in our foster care and the 122 we've already placed this year! Thank you for helping Palomacy help birds! Ready to foster or adopt? We're here to help make that dream a reality.

Kit
Kit
Iris
Iris
Sunbathers
Sunbathers
Snuggles!
Snuggles!
Palomacy's Current Foster Birds
Palomacy's Current Foster Birds

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Jay arrived with head trauma & a ruptured eye
Jay arrived with head trauma & a ruptured eye

With your support, this is what Palomacy can do.

Exactly a year ago, we were contacted by a young man named Jimmie in Modesto, CA about a badly injured little pigeon who he found waiting for him at the door to the gas station where he worked. When he opened the door to go inside, she limped in with him. He knew she needed help but he didn't have the resources nor knowledge to provide it. In her condition, she'd most likely be euthanized at a wildlife rescue. Jimmie contacted Palomacy and we put out the call for 911 help. Within hours, Melissa, a volunteer and experienced rescuer in the area, had gone to the station to meet Jimmie and pick up the little pigeon he named Jay. He sent along $100 to help with her vet care.

Jay was in rough shape, weak, skinny. Her head and eye were injured and swollen and she would neither drink nor eat. Melissa took care of her that night and another volunteer and rescuer, Daniel, arranged to get up very early the next morning, drive from Berkeley to Modesto (85 miles one way), pick her up and then head back west to Medical Center for Birds in Oakley to get her there first thing. We call that kind of emergency rescue going "lights and siren".

Daniel absolutely fell in love with quiet little Jay on their ride together and he donated $1,000 towards what he knew was going to be a big bill. And it was. Others donated towards paying her vet bill too- Patti, Scott, Darren, Nath, and maybe you.Thank you.

At the vet's office, Dr. Athena Gianopolous took over Jay's care. In additon to the head trauma and ruptured eye, little Jay was severly emaciated (1 on the 1-5 body condition scale), had a broken leg, a broken bone in her wing and toxic heavy metal in her gizzard. 

She was given subcutaneous fluids, pain and chelation meds, x-rayed, leg-wrapped and tube fed and then, after all that, in her hospital cage, she stood up and did a little preening to arrange her mussed feathers and we all rejoiced in her toughness, filled with hope that this tiny, clever, brave little self-rescuing pigeon could perhaps recover and live a happy life. 

And she has! When she was well enough to leave the hospital, she went to foster with super volunteer Jill who lovingly helped amazing Jaybird (as she calls her) make her incredible recovery! Jaybird's broken leg healed up so well that you'd never know it was broken. Same with the bone in her wing. She flies great now! She's a tiny queen bee ruling over a big flock in Jill's aviary. (You can watch her and her flockmates live on our JillVille BirdCam!) Jaybird is an adorable, feisty, loving and very much loved pigeon! She's married the cutest little manbird ever- Peewee- and today, together, they were adopted by their foster mom Jill! They are home!

We don't know for sure how or why little Jaybird ended up in such bad shape but, based on the few clues we have, we suspect she is a feral pigeon who was found as a youngster, raised up by people and then lost or "set free". Imprinted on people and deprived of the education and security that comes with pigeon parents and a flock family, she was starving and got injured, most likely struck a glancing blow by a car, and yet hurt and weak as she was, she had the presence of mind to ask for life-saving help. Together we said, Yes.

There are so many in need of help that rescuers often feel overwhelmed. I know I do. Recently I saw a dog rescue post about a dog they saved despite so many they cannot and they used the hashtag #ForThisOne and I really liked that. It's like the starfish story, "It matters for this one", and so it does. We placed 163 birds with adopters in 2019 and assisted hundreds of others. Every one we help matters. Just ask Jaybird.

Jay feeling better at the vet
Jay feeling better at the vet
Jaybird all healed up & doing humane education
Jaybird all healed up & doing humane education
Jaybird is a very effective pigeon diplomat
Jaybird is a very effective pigeon diplomat
Mama Jill & pouched Peewee working the crowd
Mama Jill & pouched Peewee working the crowd
Jaybird & Peewee- rescued, loved, home. Thank You!
Jaybird & Peewee- rescued, loved, home. Thank You!

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Palomacy Help is Always Available

Even during the holiday season, the need for rescue never stops. Palomacy is as busy as ever- busier even- and we're always here to help the birds and people who need us. Our incredibly helpful Palomacy Help Group is always open, always on. I cannot overstate how much this group helps me and so many others each and every day. Palomacy’s volunteer team of help group moderators provides fast, trustworthy support, information and referrals to help birds 24/7/365 all around the world. They tend to more than 1,000 posts every month, heroically keeping up with every request for help in an active group of more than 6,400 members (and growing fast)! Our mods are busy people- juggling big workloads, pressing family responsibilities, constant local rescue demands and still they generously volunteer hours of their time, energy and patience to provide excellent, compassionate palomatic online customer service in support of thousands of needy birds and their humans.

Moderator Ashley Dietrich writes, “Rescue can be mentally and physically strenuous work, and we’re dealing daily with the aftermath of human disregard for animals. As a new rehabber, I struggled (mostly alone) to find resources and accurate information, so I know how vital the help group is. Modding has shown me that there are many caring people out there who want to help birds.  Whereas rescue work can be isolating, we foster a supportive community. It’s wonderful to be part of a team that empowers others to give a pigeon or dove that life-saving chance, allowing us to make an impact beyond our local areas.”

See what's happening with our amazing Palomacy Help Group and moderators here.

Homes for the Holidays

The most meaningful way Palomacy can help an unreleasable bird is to get them placed in a wonderful home, whether foster or forever, and placements continue year round, uninterrupted even by the holidays. Rescued pigeons and doves make wonderful pets indoors with the family or several can live in an outdoor aviary (no heating or cooling required in most locales). It needs to be predator-proof (sturdy and securely built), rodent-proof (use hardware mesh with openings no more than half an inch), and include a sheltered corner and back area that will provide enough deep shade for all in the hottest weather and protection from blowing rain and snow in the winter. They require about 20 minutes of daily care with a weekly aviary cleaning (figure an hour). They are quiet and peaceful and, with time and attention, most can be hand-tamed. Check out guest blog post How We Built Our Aviary for photos, instuctions, diagrams, materials required and a free downloadable PDF.

Time Flies!

Would you believe 2020 is just around the corner? Luckily we have our big, beautiful, full-color, bird-filled Palomacy wall calendars just about ready to send out. Our monthly donors and foster volunteers get one automatically as our thank you for helping birds every day! They're available to everybirdy though. Click here to see how you can get yours (and/or to order extras). And of course- they make awesome gifts for your whole flock!

GivingTuesday

As of 6 AM PT on Tuesday, 12/3, donations made here to Palomacy via GlobalGiving in celebration of GivingTuesday will earn a share of a $500,000 bonus fund plus a chance at performance prizes! The more you give, the more we'll raise for the birds. Bonus funds will go fast!

Help Group Moderators Nina & Jill
Help Group Moderators Nina & Jill
Heather & Kyla's aviary
Heather & Kyla's aviary
Kyla & Cantaloupe share quality time in the aviary
Kyla & Cantaloupe share quality time in the aviary

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Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Elizabeth Young
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