Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves

by Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
Save the Lives of Domestic Pigeons & Doves
This is Wisdom
This is Wisdom

What Wisdom Can You Find that is Greater Than Kindness?

-Jean Jacques Rousseau

Last November, Palomacy was asked to take in a then 20 year old pigeon. He was the only one left of his original flock of 60. He was part of a 4H pigeon racing project started in 1993. In the beginning, the family flew the pigeons but seeing them injured and killed by hawks was too upsetting so they stopped. Since then, all of the kids grew up and lost interest. Pigeons can live for more than 20 years but alone in a coop is no life for a pigeon. He'd never been named until Jill picked him up. He'd been #2931, hatched in 2000. He was thin, arthritic and had a badly overgrown, crossed beak which Jill immediately corrected (not even waiting until she got home). She named him Wisdom and settled him into supportive, VIP care with a special open-door suite, food and water included for easy snacking, soft bedding, access to a heating pad, and the company of gentle friends. We intend to ensure that the rest of his life is spent knowing that he is cherished and safe.

On August 10th, I brought Wisdom home to live with me. He's getting frailer, his legs are weaker. He needs extra support and attention. He's sitting beside me as I type this. Wisdom floats for 20 minutes each morning in a luke warm sink full of epsom salt water (hydrotherapy to ease his legs). He naps in the sun a lot, hangs out watching the other birds, let's me snuggle him a little. I feel him slowing down even more than he was and I know that I won't have the privilege of his presence forever.  

Wisdom is just one bird. Last year, Palomacy rescued nearly 400, placing 257 with adopters, an increase of 58% over 2019. We're helping even more birds this year and assisting thousands all over the country through our Palomacy Help Group and website. Every single one of these birds is an individual. Each one wants to live, to be safe, to love and be loved. 

Together we are saving birds' lives, one by one. 

We couldn't have saved Wisdom without you. Your support makes all of this possible. 

Today is the start of GlobalGiving's autumn Little by Little Fundraising campaign. Every donor's (single) gift up to $50 will earn a bonus match of 50% this week. (New monthly match donors earn double bonus!) We need your help. Please donate today and share with your friends. 

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

-Charles Dickens

 

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Wisdom, rescued at 20, with overgrown crossed beak
Wisdom, rescued at 20, with overgrown crossed beak
Jill fixed Wisdom's beak before driving home
Jill fixed Wisdom's beak before driving home
Wisdom floating for hydrotherapy
Wisdom floating for hydrotherapy
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Please donate now & earn bonus match funds

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Gremblin thanks you for saving his life
Gremblin thanks you for saving his life

Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.  -Rumi

Your tender heart saved the life of a tiny, skinny and badly injured Valencian Figurita pigeon named Gremblin. Rescued on May 17th, he's been hospitalized twice and there were times we feared he wouldn't make it. Our Care Coordinator Jill has appointed herself his round-the-clock nurse and he rewards all of our kindnesses with an impossibly grumpy, bitey, wee ferocity that makes us swoon.

Echo, a "released" King pigeon found with a huge, terrible neck wound, was facing shelter euthanasia until Palomacy volunteers and donors intervened, saving his life. He's made a full recovery and is working on winning a mate.

We were amazed when a young, lost, completely emaciated racing pigeon was rescued alive, despite weighing only half of what she should have. With gentle supportive care, Merritt has made a full recovery and will never be exploited again. 

Last night we were alerted to a broke wing racing pigeon who had been hiding in a garage for eight days, being fed by the kindly homeowner who was hoping she would heal up and fly away. Palomacy leapt to help her and your tenderness has saved Corazón. Now she's safe, hospitalized, her broken bones and necrotic wound are being treated.

There are so many! See Death Defying Rescues, Peepers: Brought Back to LifeThe Car Lot Kings  and lots more on our blog. Every day, across all the miles and time zones and issues and challenges, we are coming together to help gentle little birds that used to go unnoticed. 

We are saving individuals, sharing their stories, raising awareness and creating compassion as we do.

Thank you for being our greatest strength.

Echo survived thanks to you
Echo survived thanks to you
Merritt lost half her body weight before rescue
Merritt lost half her body weight before rescue
This photo of Corazon broke our hearts...
This photo of Corazon broke our hearts...
And this photo of rescued Corazon overjoys us!
And this photo of rescued Corazon overjoys us!

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Jill helped heal Barry's body & spirit
Jill helped heal Barry's body & spirit

Together we are helping so many amazing birds! In 2020, in Northern California, thanks to YOU- our incredible adopters, volunteers & donors, Palomacy:

  • Rescued more than 450 pigeons & doves
  • Healed & cared for an average of 180 foster birds every day at 40 home/aviary sites
  • Placed 257 birds with 66 wonderful, screened & supported adopters

While online, our Palomacy Help Group moderators:

  • Responded to more than 12,000 posts providing fast, bird-centered, trustworthy support, information & referrals to people (from all over the world) needing help & info about pigeons & doves 

Our little rescue has grown into a game-changing engine of life-saving compassion & support for so many pigeons & doves who, without help like ours, suffer & die. 

And we need to keep growing! There are more birds in need of our help! With more support- more adopters, volunteers & donors- we can make an even bigger difference for these birds. They have been used & abused, overlooked & underserved for far too long. People are blown away when they learn the truth about pigeons & doves- their plight & their promise. 

Numbers can't really tell their stories, though. Read about how gentle Barry, crumpled on the ground with a wing shattered during a training race, got healthy, happy & home. Meet sick King pigeon kids Shirin & Kian, survivors of the squab industry & inhumane release; childhood sweethearts rescued, lovingly fostered, expertly treated & when healed, adopted as cherished house pigeons. See how we saved 39 Ringneck doves & a pigeon who were crowded, dirty, unsafe & displaced. Your support writes these success stories (& so many more).

Today is the start of an important fundraiser: GlobalGiving's weeklong Little by Little Bonus Match Campaign. Little by little is how we do this! We need your support to sustain our unprecedented work. Every donation (one per donor) up to $50 will earn a 50% bonus match. For every person who donates $50, the birds will get $75! Your donations save lives. Thank you!

Kian & Shirin are death-defying miracle birds
Kian & Shirin are death-defying miracle birds
Doves so happy to finally be getting some care
Doves so happy to finally be getting some care
Please support Palomacy with a donation today
Please support Palomacy with a donation today

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Gravely injured raced pigeon seeks help
Gravely injured raced pigeon seeks help

Your support of Palomacy saved this beautiful, brave, smart and terribly wounded self-rescuing pigeon. Not even a year old, this "raced" pigeon survived a devastating hawk strike and was nearly dead from infection by the time she got help. The first photo shows her weak, desperately seeking help on a stranger's porch. The kind homeowner reached out to Palomacy and Prissy, as she was named, was immediately rescued by expert volunteer Chava. Chava was able to get Prissy through that critical night by administering sub cu fluids, starting her on antibiotics and pain meds, gently cleaning and bandaging her deep wound and reassuring the exhausted bird with her loving care. Chava gave Prissy reason to hope.

And Prissy made it through the night, wowing us with her newfound strength the next morning. Gone was the defeated, helpless, desperate pigeon. Bright-eyed, hopeful Prissy was standing tall, determined to recover! Chava juggled her schedule to make the 100 miles rountrip as did our incredible vets at Medical Center for Birds juggle theirs to make emergency room for Prissy to be rushed in and hospitalized immediately.

Dr. Baden repeatedly debrieded Prissy's big, deep chest wound, removing multiple layers of necrotic tissue so that she could begin the long process of healing. After three days in the hospital, Prissy was discharged back to Chava who took her home and expertly continued her wound care for over a month.

Prissy was a perfect patient and has made a complete recovery. She can even fly again! And now she has moved into a foster-to-adopt home with a family who loves her so much! She follows them into the dining room at dinner time so they give her her own seat at the table and they prep her a little dish of something she can eat, like a little cooked brown rice, chopped bell pepper, etc, and she eats dinner with the family every night.

Prissy is just one of the 380 birds you've helped Palomacy to directly save this year. And we've assisted thousands more through our Help Group. Your support is truly making a life and death difference.

Right now, while GlobalGiving's biggest ever GivingTuesday bonus match is happening, your donation will help more than ever. Donations up to $2500 made between now and 9 PM PT Tuesday 12/1 will earn a bonus match. (You can watch our progress on the leaderboard.)

Thank you for all that you do to help Palomacy help birds and the people who love them. You make all the difference.

Chava did everything possible to stabilize Prissy
Chava did everything possible to stabilize Prissy
Prissy survived the night & wowed us with strength
Prissy survived the night & wowed us with strength
Prissy hospitalized at Medical Center for Birds
Prissy hospitalized at Medical Center for Birds
Prissy & Chava celebrate an amazing recovery
Prissy & Chava celebrate an amazing recovery
Prissy's foster-to-adopt family is totally in love
Prissy's foster-to-adopt family is totally in love

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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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Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Elizabeth Young
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