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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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Palomacy was baby Glory's only hope
Palomacy was baby Glory's only hope

In just the past month, we've taken in four pigeons requiring extensive avian veterinary care, expensive even after our generous rescue discounts. Are we crazy? It feels crazy when we don't have the funds to say yes nor the option to say no.

Doc

Doc is a very tough and lucky King pigeon. She survived the squab business and then endured the hardships of an inhumane release. On May 29th, emaciated with a broken wing, broken & crushed foot, a head wound, trichamoniasis, roundworms & chlamydia, she self-rescued by parking herself on the steps of the SF Police Department's Department Operation Center (DOC). Her new friends, knowing she would be euthanized if taken to the shelter, reached out to Palomacy for help and, even though we're already over capacity, I picked her up that same day. Because what else could we do? They named her Doc. Since then, she's been hospitalized and discharged twice and is still on meds. The crushed foot cost her circulation and she's losing three of the four toes on that foot but we're hopeful she'll have a good sturdy partial foot left with which to walk. She's a beautiful, brave bird- alive and safe.

 

Glory

On June 4th, a nice person, Jennie, found a tiny, big-eyed, splayed-leg & curled-foot feral nestling pigeon sitting stranded on a busy Oakland sidewalk. She couldn't leave her there so brought her home and began searching for help. WildCare lovingly rehabs and releases hundreds of feral pigeons every year but, for her, unable to stand or walk, euthanasia would be the outcome more likely than release. And though she'd make a wonderful pet, Jennie couldn't keep her. So, when she found her way to Palomacy, over full as we were, I knew that we were her only hope. Unlike most pigeon kids who are so disarmingly trusting, she was wild and suspicious of us. Defiant. I named her Glory. Her strong spirit has served her well. Dr. Speer was impressed with her tough attitude and with the full 120 degree rotation of her leg that, even so, folded with joints lined up perfectly, ideal for corrective surgery. The derotational osteotomy meant her leg would be surgically broken, rotated into proper alignment with a stainless steel pin inserted into the bone shaft lengthwise to provide stability while healing. Her newly arranged feet would be taped to a snowboard-style fixator to position both legs correctly. It's not an easy recovery and we needed little Glory's trust and cooperation to make it work. So I took her back home with me for a week to try and win her over. It worked! Her surgery and recovery have gone well. Her legs are still wonky but, with the help of a hobble, she can now stand, walk and fly. Glory is thriving, loving and happy with a bright future ahead of her. 

 

Winter

Beautiful Fantail-lite pigeon Winter was rescued from a creek (and beside an egret!) five years ago by hikers who saw his predicament. His new family loved him, built him a beautiful aviary and adopted a mate for him and another when he was widowed. Unfortunately, cicumstances conspired against him and, due to family and financial issues, he needed both a new home and extensive surgery to remove several bunches of tumors from all around his jaw, from above his eyes and from both wings. We didn't have the funds to cover the costs but we also didn't have any other options. Without Palomacy, he'd be euthanized and Winter is too full of joy, life and love. He is nowhere near ready to give up. So we can't either. Our avian vets at Medical Center for Birds do everything they can to cut costs for us while still taking incredible care of our rescued birds. Since being surrendered to our care on June 11th, he's had two surgeries. The first removed the large tumors clustered like grapes all around the underside of his face and beak. Removing those made him more comfortable while also giving us tissue for the lab tests. It came back as cancerous- sarcoma. He handled the surgery and recovery so well, is so full of hope and high spirits, that I said, Yes, to the second surgery* to remove the other tumors above his eyes and on his wings. (*It was too much to safely do all in one surgery.) Winter is doing great and flirting madly with his fellow bird room patient Doc. Seeing him strut and prance and coo and woo, it is only too clear that if saving his life is crazy, then we don't want to be sane.

 

Marshamallow

On Friday June 29th, a kind family was trying to rescue a pair of abandoned cats when they happened on a helpless pigeon, a 4 month old pigeon racing survivor emaciated and helpless with a broken wing and a badly broken leg that may require surgery and pinning if it is to heal functionally. They took her to Lindsay Wildlife Rescue  but since they don't serve pigeons, they were referred to Palomacy. The family called and, since they couldn't care for her and we didn't have any alternatives to suggest, I said yes to helping her. They named her Marshmallow and transported her straight to the vets where she is currently hospitalized. Marshmallow is a sweet, gentle pigeon child who wants to live. Is that crazy?

 

"Sanity is a madness put to good uses." George Santayana

 

Thank you for helping us to save the lives of these incredible birds. 

Doc & Dr. Speer of Medical Center for Birds
Doc & Dr. Speer of Medical Center for Birds
Glory- unable to stand or walk due to splayed leg
Glory- unable to stand or walk due to splayed leg
Winter's cancerous tumors had to be removed
Winter's cancerous tumors had to be removed
Winter is full of life, joy & love. He thanks you!
Winter is full of life, joy & love. He thanks you!
Volunteer Krista & tall Glory, up on her feeties!
Volunteer Krista & tall Glory, up on her feeties!
Marshmallow has a chance now he's getting help
Marshmallow has a chance now he's getting help

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Flip & Borealis keeping company at the vet's
Flip & Borealis keeping company at the vet's

Did you know that Palomacy rescues not only domestic pigeons and doves but unreleasable ferals too?

When Emerald found a broken-winged feral Rock pigeon, she brought her home to her small boat, named her Borealis and began searching for rescue help. But Borealis' wing was badly damaged and with the likelihood of ever being able to fly again nearly nil, the chance of releasability was very low and euthanasia was the best even pigeon-friendly wildlife rescues could offer. But Borealis wanted to live and Emerald was determined to save her. Luckily, Emerald found Palomacy and, thanks to your support, we were able to say Yes to saving Borealis' life. The injuries to her elbow and shoulder joints mean the wing is irrepairable and Borealis won't fly again but pigeons are brilliantly adaptable and she is very happy now fostered in our Special Needs aviary, keeping company with Jacob and Athena, Freddy and Penny, Bearice and Waffle and making friends with a new pigeon named Flip. 

Flip is a little feral Rock pigeon with a special feather updo who at some point survived stringfoot entanglement but lost one foot and a toe to the injuries. When found on a stormy spring morning in Washington Square Park, Flip was soaked to the skin, skinny, weak, grounded and wearing a homemade prosthetic glued to his stump, a sort of badge of kindness that someone made for him. Flip was taken to San Francisco Animal Care & Control but he was feeling lousy. Flip wasn't eating and they contacted Palomacy for help. And again, thanks to your support, we were able to say Yes to saving Flip. With a little TLC and surrounded by lots of inspiring pigeons, Flip is regaining his strength, putting on weight and making new friends. His prosthetic fell off and he's managing well on his own little peg leg. The other day, Flip and Borealis shared a carrier on their trip to our avian vet partners- Medical Center for Birds, and they got along great all day. It's too soon to say but they may be heading towards a romance.

What is certain is that these two brave little birds have a safe and happy future now, thanks to you! 

Thank You for supportng Palomacy! You are making a life-saving, compassion-creating difference.

Emerald saved broken-wing Borealis
Emerald saved broken-wing Borealis
Borealis healing up
Borealis healing up
Flip at the animal shelter
Flip at the animal shelter
Borealis & Flip chillin' in the Specials' aviary
Borealis & Flip chillin' in the Specials' aviary
Borealis & Flip are happy & thankful to be alive
Borealis & Flip are happy & thankful to be alive

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Pirate & Alfred, married & adopted
Pirate & Alfred, married & adopted

Dear Palomacy Supporters,

Thank you for being essential members of our small but powerful Palomacy team! Together we are saving the lives of pigeons and doves who would otherwise be killed. Your support for our groundbreaking work turns donations into rescue missions, bird healing, aviary building, humane education and adoptions! Together we are closing a deadly gap in the animal welfare community.

We saved the lives of 248 birds in 2017 and we helped many more, from all over the country and beyond, through our Facebook Help Group, online educational resources and 365-days-a-year coaching and referral network. Palomacy is the go-to resource for people who find the injured, lost, weak survivors of pigeon “sports”, “dove releases”, grounded feral pigeons... birds like Alfred & Pirate.

Alfred
At the tender age of only four weeks, baby King pigeon Alfred was “harvested” from her parents’ nest and trucked to a live poultry market in San Francisco where she was sold as meat (squab). Instead of being butchered when she was purchased, she was inhumanely “released” in a park in a misguided effort to save her. She sat there, still and scared. Domestic pigeons, though unable to survive in the wild, are highly intelligent. She knew she was in trouble, instinctively fearing the ravens, hawks, gulls and cats that prey on vulnerable birds. Alfred’s life was saved when she was taken to a shelter that serves birds through its partnership with Palomacy.

Pirate
Around this same time, fifty miles south in San Jose, a fledgling feral pigeon, also about four weeks old, was found injured and helpless. He had survived a predator attack but lost an eye and was grounded by head trauma. A Good Samaritan took him to a pigeon-friendly wildlife rescue hoping he could be saved. He had a big personality and they named him Pirate. His injuries made him unreleasable though and he needed a forever home or he’d be euthanized. He needed Palomacy’s help and so the staff reached out to us to save him.

Alfred and Pirate, after several months in Palomacy’s foster care, have both found their way home. Alfred was adopted first, instantly becoming the beloved bird child of Aria and Julie. They were head over heels for her before I even left their apartment that first night. She’s a pampered pigeon with all the best birdy accoutrements and her own Instagram account. And, when she was ready for a mate, we arranged a pHarmony date with the dashing bachelor Pirate. They had instant chemistry and soon their flirtation became courtship, then marriage, and then Aria and Julie adopted Pirate too. Home.

Palomacy relies on one employee (me) and nearly 100 volunteers to respond to the thousands of calls, emails and messages we receive seeking help for birds in trouble. We do outreach events, provide humane education, maintain a much-referenced website and publish inspiring blog posts and newsletters that are read by thousands. Our home-based fosters and compassionate supporters enable us to provide exceptional care, every day of the year, to the hundreds of injured, sick, and/or displaced pigeons and doves that no one else will help. (We don’t have a sanctuary yet, though we hope to someday.)

Together, we are truly making a life-saving, culture-changing difference. Thank you! Happy New Year!

 

Alfred's adopters fell instantly in love with her
Alfred's adopters fell instantly in love with her
Pirate while he was still a bachelor foster bird
Pirate while he was still a bachelor foster bird
Aria & Julie- adopters, volunteers & donors
Aria & Julie- adopters, volunteers & donors
Art generously created for us by Meg Germundson
Art generously created for us by Meg Germundson

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Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Elizabeth Young
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