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Ben & Lacy brought Sizzle to Palomacy for care
Ben & Lacy brought Sizzle to Palomacy for care

His little body told a sad story. He was brought into the shelter and surrendered by his owner on 4/20/19. No name, sex unknown, feathers thrashed, crawling with parasites, not-yet-diagnosed arthritis in both legs and with an untreated broken right ankle that had, over time, fused into an unuse-able infected, painful liability. He couldn't walk but could scoot and fly a short distance.

At the shelter, the busted up Indian Fantail was named Sizzle and put up for adoption with a promise of medical treatment required. A volunteer gave him a mirror for company and to try and determine his sex. (Pigeons love mirrors, are proven to self-recognize in them and males usually can't resist cooing at and showing off for their reflection. Females are most likely to just sit companionably close to their reflection.) Sizzle showed no response to the mirror at all suggesting he was either female, feeling poorly or both.

On 5/5, the volunteer, Lacy, reached out to Palomacy seeking help for Sizzle. She was worried about his prospects. When we heard about him, we were worried too. With his medical problems, Sizzle was more likely to get euthanized than adopted despite his wonderful pet potential. Special needs pigeons make lovely, charming and inspiring companions. They are very adaptable and can live long, happy, love-filled lives given the chance. We have seen special needs pigeons of all sorts- blind, crippled, paralyzed, neurologically impaired- thrive inspite of their challenges. There is a saying, "Pigeons bloom where planted" and it is true. Plus Palomacy has a motto: We don't have to start with euthanasia.

Lacy writes, "When we first saw Sizzle, we knew he was very special. The shelter kept him warm and fed him, and as amicable as their efforts were, they did not understand his needs or know how to properly care for him. We reached out to Palomacy who accepted him with open arms and a promise to care for him the way he deserves and to treat him for his needs." 

On 5/8, Lacy and her fiance arranged for Sizzle to be released to them as a Palomacy rescue and then made the 200 mile round trip to deliver him to me. The minute he arrived and heard the other pigeons, he perked up and started cooing, declaring himself to be all man bird. He had been depressed at the shelter. Being around other pigeons is a great tonic for a depressed pigeon. I gave him a bath and after some time basking dry in the sun, settled him into his VIP cage in my special needs bird room. On 5/10, I took him to Medical Center for Birds to see Dr. Gianopolous who admitted him for radiographs and wound care. There, we learned just how bad Sizzle's broken but untreated ankle was. We could also see evidence of an old injury to his vertebrae as well as an unidentified mass that could be either kidney or testicle-related. Sizzle's not had the easiest life so far but we are going to give him his best life going forward, for as long as he has.

I picked him up on 5/13 and brought him back to foster with me while we figure out the right long-term placement for him. Sizzle is great company and a very good patient, easy to medicate twice daily. He'd do best indoors as a pampered family pet or in a small aviary with a mate or gentle flock. Please let us know if you think you might be the person Sizzle is looking for. 

And of course, dear Sizzle's story is just one of many. Just since 5/5, we've also taken two juvenile King pigeons, Handsome and Beautiful and two doves, Fran and Ziti, into our care; we are coordinating the rescue of another not-yet-named stray dove; placed single female pigeon Flapjack in a forever home with rescued and no-longer-lonesome mate Super Lucy; rescued Iggy the stray Fantail; rescued, around-the-clock cared for and are mourning the deaths of two grieviously injured and terribly missed little pigeons, Patience and Ember; provided daily care for 140 fostered birds and advised on how to rescue and help almost 100 other pigeons and doves in need all over the country and beyond. And if we had more resources, we could be doing more.

There is a huge need for Palomacy! There are so many more people who are breeding, using and endangering these birds for their hobbies, sports and businesses than there are resources to help the inevitably lost and injured. We rescuers are vastly outnumbered and we need all the support you can offer. Thank you for donating to Palomacy! Thank you for volunteering and adopting and sharing and for all you are doing in your own world to help these sweet birds. You are making a difference!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Elizabeth

Sizzle shows off his big wings post-bath
Sizzle shows off his big wings post-bath
Dr. G meets, exams & falls in love with Sizzle
Dr. G meets, exams & falls in love with Sizzle
Sizzle's untreated broken ankle- fused-bone salad
Sizzle's untreated broken ankle- fused-bone salad
Sizzle's infected pressure sore cleaned & bandaged
Sizzle's infected pressure sore cleaned & bandaged
Sizzle thanks you for helping Palomacy help him
Sizzle thanks you for helping Palomacy help him

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Saved!
Saved!

Your support saved these birds lives.

On November 28th, Palomacy received word that 28 domestic Ringneck doves (all descended from five) needed rescue as their person, a resident of the All Star Trailer Park, could no longer care for them. They were all living outside, crowded into unsafe cages so it was 911. 

The thing is, Palomacy foster homes and aviaries are always full up. The number of birds needing rescue is never-ending and our rescue is small. We don't have a sanctuary or a shelter facility though we very much need one. With every available foster space filled with the 130 birds already in our care, we didn't have any place to house a flock of 28 additional birds. The one shelter in the area that accepts birds was maxed out with a recent intake of 20 ducks. 

We networked and scrambled to try and find safe places for the doves to land. We got a couple of leads for potential aviaries and our current dove fosters looked to see how they could squeeze in a few more.

On December 2nd, super volunteer Jill (an all star in her own right) loaded up her car with carriers and made the 100 mile (one way) trip to go get the doves. We didn't know where they were going to go, only that they had to be rescued. While she was making the drive, dove foster volunteers Liese, Faye and Emma were preparing to fit a couple in here and there and I was working on the aviary leads. 

We never know what we'll find when we head out on a rescue. The All Star doves were living in terrible, unsafe and overcrowded conditions. And all except for one little splay-legged dovenow named Jade, were in perfect shape. Strong, healthy birds, They are what we call a "survival of the fittest" flock. Birds that were injured, ill or weak died while the strong survived. Some had gotten out now and then and been caught and killed but miraculously the cats, raccoons, raptors and rats hadn't yet killed them all in their their flimsy cages. 

Jill was welcomed and helped by Genevieve, the kind neighbor who had been feeding the All Star doves and who reached out to find help for them. They worked carefully to catch and transfer each dove from the cages to carriers, under the curious watch of the cat locals. And then another miracle. One of our aviary leads became a real possibility! Robin, referred to us by a local wildlife rescuer, had a vacant aviary, was home and willing to quickly complete our screening process! By the time Jill had all the doves loaded up, I had a wonderful potential fosterer for her to go meet!

I have no idea what we would have done if not for Robin's big, wonderful aviary and her immediate willingness to help us help these doves. She and husband Dean welcomed Jill and the All Stars. Together they reviewed Palomacy's foster policies and assessed the aviary for safety enhancements the doves would need. A couple hours later, 16 incredibly lucky doves, who had never been outside of small cages, we're stretching their wings and exploring their great big new foster aviary while their 12 friends rode along with Jill heading to the Bay Area to be fostered at her home in Sunol and in our Andy's aviary in San Jose!

In the two and a half months since this rescue began, volunteers helped to catch, band, photograph, name and enter all 28 into our adoptable birds database so that they appear on all the pet search sites. So far, nine of the All Stars- Piper, Pumpkin, Bossman, Georgia, Beau, Jasper, Ruby, Willow and Jade- have found their forever home with amazing adopter Angela! We still have 17 beautiful All Star doves eager to be adopted (in addition to the 20 doves we were already fostering) and though we no longer have the use of (traveling) Robin's aviary, we're making do with another smaller aviary (also heroically wrangled by Jill!) and a lot of creative dove tetris. 

We are though, as you can imagine, still even fuller than overfull and so in urgent need of adopters (for both doves and pigeons) in the Northern California area and we know of lots of adoptable birds all over the country so we can help you to help birds wherever you might be. Learn more here.

Please help us to continue this life-saving, rescue gap-closing work! Adopt a lovely bird or two or ten! Foster, volunteer, donate. Share this story and your love for birds. They need our help and we need yours. Thank You!

This is how the All Star doves had been living
This is how the All Star doves had been living
Palomacy hero Jill to the rescue!
Palomacy hero Jill to the rescue!
Robin & Dean's emergency aviary fostered 16!
Robin & Dean's emergency aviary fostered 16!
Jill's splay-legged dove Rory & new dove Jade
Jill's splay-legged dove Rory & new dove Jade
These are just a few of the volunteers involved
These are just a few of the volunteers involved

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Jonah Pidge safe & healing
Jonah Pidge safe & healing

While Palomacy hatched as a local effort to help pigeons and doves in the San Francisco Bay Area, the need for what we do is unlimited. As perhaps the only organization in the world completely dedicated to rescuing and rehoming the lost, injured and/or displaced pigeon and dove survivors of exploitive businesses, hobbies and sports, we help birds from all over. Here's the story of how Palomacy helped a pigeon in Chicago, written by his rescuer Chava Sonnier.

Jonah's Story

I am truly in awe of the incredible service and resources Palomacy provides not only in person but also across the miles and across the globe! I have been involved in bird rescue and rehab for many years, and noticed a need within our area for rehab focused on pigeons, and thus have been trying to learn as much as possible about these remarkable birds. You can imagine my joy and relief when a friend added me to the Palomacy rescue Facebook group, where I discovered a wealth of knowledge in a truly caring environment focused on the most important priority, namely, the well being of birds and all living creatures.

I reached out to Palomacy’s Facebook community on behalf of Jonah Pidge because he appeared to have lost the use of both legs. Jonah Pidge was brought to my husband and I late on a Saturday night severely emaciated, crusted with grit and other such city dirt, and so weak that he was laying on his side and couldn’t hold his head up on his own. He had extensive cuts and scrapes along both legs and his underside, which later made sense when we realized he likely had been attempting to drag himself around on the rough city surfaces.

We focused first on simply stabilizing Jonah Pidge, and after a few days of care (tube feeding, antibiotics, baths, cleaning and dressing the wounds) he regained his strength at a remarkable rate and had begun eating on his own, but both legs remained limp and unresponsive. A trip to the avian vet confirmed that he was most likely suffering neurological trauma along with the additional challenge of two old, badly healed and fused fractures in his left leg that caused his left leg to stick out at nearly a right angle from his body.

The wonderful members of Palomacy’s Facebook group provided a remarkable outpouring of advice, ideas, encouragement, and brainstorming as we strove to help Jonah Pidge heal. Our newfound Palomacy friends directed us to the helpful examples of similar cases on Palomacy’s website, messaged late night ideas for Jonah’s physical therapy, and even mailed custom garments to help keep Jonah Pidge spotlessly clean and healthy while he was unable to move himself.

Thus we ventured hopefully down the road of several weeks of Jonah Pidge resting in a towel doughnut to keep pressure off of his legs and underside, and twice daily hydrotherapy in the hopes he might regain mobility. Because he was a wild/feral city pigeon before his injury I worried the change to home life would be too hard for him, but pigeons never cease to amaze me with their adaptive poise… Such joy the first day Jonah Pidge felt both strong enough and at home enough in his “nest” to give me a solid Wing Fu slap! Even more amazing was when he started to respond to being gently held and petted with contented coos! I wanted to make sure he had as much mental stimulation and enrichment as possible despite his lack of mobility, and fortunately I work from home so Jonah Pidge and I soon fell into a habit of my either carrying him around the house wherever I went or rolling him with me from room to room as he rode regally in his towel doughnut on a rolling desk chair!

While my husband and I have had the honor of meeting dozens of pigeons thus far in our rehab journey, after a time they either passed away (birds need hospice care too!) or fortunately more often recovered and were able to be released (in the case of wild pigeons only) or adopted (in the case of domestic pigeons or non-releasable injured wild pigeons). At some point during the course of Jonah’s care we realized he would always be a special needs Pidge, certainly unable to fend for himself properly back in the wild, and thus the first permanent pigeon member of our family had found us. It is truly an honor and privilege to be his human “flock” and watch him flourish, regain weight, regrow his missing feathers, and confidently hop on my hand or into my lap for snuggles. (Jonah Pidge does wear pigeon pants sometimes since he is never caged and has the full run of our pigeon-proofed home, but he gets plenty of pants-free time too.)

I am beyond thrilled to be able to report he’s gained full mobility in both of his legs! His left leg will likely always have some limitations, but the avian vet concluded it doesn’t seem to cause him pain and thus advised against the risks of surgery, so we are continuing to work on his physical therapy and strengthening, and with classic pigeon poise he has adapted remarkably well to a life of fluffy blankets and stuffed animals, snuggles, and having full reign over the house. I am so grateful to Palomacy for offering such helpful insights into Jonah’s care across the miles, and to Jonah Pidge for brightening our lives tremendously!

 

Palomacy depends on your support to do the life-saving, culture-changing work we do every day of the year!

Chava, healed Jonah Pidge & Zach at COO-CHELLA
Chava, healed Jonah Pidge & Zach at COO-CHELLA
Palomacy's 2019 Full Color Photo Wall Calendar
Palomacy's 2019 Full Color Photo Wall Calendar
The Palomacy-recommended pigeon stroller is here!
The Palomacy-recommended pigeon stroller is here!
Thank you for all that you do & give to support us
Thank you for all that you do & give to support us
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Freedom, 1 of 5 pigeons rescued from dog training
Freedom, 1 of 5 pigeons rescued from dog training

With your support, we've been busy rescuing as many birds as we can. Triggered by a cruel video shared to our Facebook group and with the help of volunteers from as far away as Texas and the Netherlands, we were able to help save five pigeons from a hellish life of abuse being used to train hunting dogs. They are now safe, happy, sanctuary residents of B2L House, never again to be terrorized or harmed. (Read their story "Puppy Training" Pigeons Rescued

We received an email requesting help for two unnamed doves who'd lived their whole lives, 12 years, in a tiny, one foot square cage in a dark bathroom. Sunnyvale volunteers Faye and Liese dropped everything and rushed to rescue them that same night. Now, as Palomacy fosters, they are blooming into real birds. They've been named Scoop and Atom and are reveling in their new life- exploring their big cage and the bird room, basking in the sunshine, feeling the breeze ruffle their feathers, bathing, sampling sprouts and falling in love with each other all over again. If they were writing this report, I'm sure they'd say, Thank Coo!

Through our in-person and online outreach, we continue to make thousands of new friends for pigeons and doves, inspiring compassion and raising awareness. Just in September, we connected with more than 6000 people through our Facebook page, wowed hundreds of Exploratorium guests, participated in the "world's biggest block party"- the Solano Stroll with more than 250,000 attendees and then the nation's biggest pet adoption event- Pet Food Express' Bay Area Pet Fair with more than 150,000 attendees!

And, on September 22nd, we celebrated our life-saving, culture-changing work at our incredibly awesome COO-CHELLA! Pigeon and dove lovers came from all over to share a magical night of amazing company- human and avian, delicious vegan food, hand-crafted beer, a special guest appearance by artist Commander Holly and First Officer Feathers, a book signing and slideshow presentation by Andrew Garn, author and photographer of The New York Pigeon and more. It was awesome! Click here to share in the fun and mark your calendar for next year's Palomacy party: 10/19/19!

And, speaking of calendars, Palomacy's 3rd annual calendar photo contest has just launched! You can get in on the fun here.

Together we are truly making a difference. Thank you for supporting Palomacy!

Rescued doves Scoop & Atom are loving life now
Rescued doves Scoop & Atom are loving life now
Palomacy is making new friends for pigeons
Palomacy is making new friends for pigeons
COO-CHELLA stars Andrew Garn & Christiana Reed!
COO-CHELLA stars Andrew Garn & Christiana Reed!
Enter your bird in our 2019 calendar photo contest
Enter your bird in our 2019 calendar photo contest

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Three blinded "dove release" pigeons saved
Three blinded "dove release" pigeons saved

Dear [donor first name],

Right now your donation to Palomacy, up to $500, will be matched 50% with GlobalGiving Bonus funds while they last! We urgently need your support! The birds that we save have no one else helping them & so you are literally making a life & death difference when you support our unique work.

The three "dove release" homing pigeons that were dyed green (to match a wedding?!) & blinded as a result were deemed unadoptable by the shelter they were left at but now are safe in Palomacy foster homes. Nessa, Rose & Jake are happy despite their challenges, resilient & inspiring in their bravery.

Birds like sweet, joyful Winter who needed two surgeries to remove cancerous tumors depend on Palomacy to save their lives. Pigeon racing survivors like Marshmallow, found emaciated & helpless with both a broken wing & a broken leg, would be killed rather than healed if not for your support. What kind of "rescue" would that be?

Please donate $15 and with the plus 50% bonus match, we'll feed a foster flock for a month. Donate $50 and with the bonus match, we'll cover a vet exam. Donate $500 and with the maximum bonus of $250, we'll have almost enough to cover one bird's hospitalization! Or even better, please sign up to be a monthly donor & we'll earn a 100% match of the one month amount on the fourth month. Please donate generously in support of our culture-changing, compassion-creating work.

Your support right now is so important! Without you, there is no Palomacy.

With heartfelt gratitude, [your name]

Cancer survivor Winter loves Dr. Murphy
Cancer survivor Winter loves Dr. Murphy
Pigeon racing survivor (just barely) Marshmallow
Pigeon racing survivor (just barely) Marshmallow
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