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Compassion is beautiful!
Compassion is beautiful!
Congratulations to Sochi the self-rescuing King pigeon and his rescuer and photographer Patti Delaney! This beautiful photo, taken while Sochi was making a very special new friend at an outreach event earlier this year, has made it into GlobalGiving's 2017 Photo Contest as a semi-finalist! Please support us with your vote and help us compete for $1000 prize and lots of extra publicity! Contest voting ends this Friday, May 26th at 9 AM PT. One vote per person and email verification is required.
 
Sochi's Story by Patti Delaney
On February 18, 2014, I arrived home from work to find my husband sitting on the planter box in the front yard talking to a pigeon. He said it wouldn’t leave. I suspected something was wrong with it, injured or sick. I threw my sweater over it and put it in a cat carrier. I sent a picture to Elizabeth Young at Palomacy, asking “What do I have?” "Domestic, unreleasable King pigeon, bred for meat, squab." she said.
 
I brought him to see her at the next outreach and confirmed he bird was a big, male King pigeon in great shape considering he had been out alone and unprotected.
 
The Winter Olympics were on and the landscape of the Olympics in Sochi resembled the coloring of this pigeon—he was named Sochi.
 
Sochi stayed indoors in a cat condo until a used aviary could be assembled and refurbished. We paired him up with another rescued King pigeon we thought was female, Pearl, but who turned out to be male too. This paring was not a good match. Eventually two rescued female domestic pigeons were introduced to Sochi and Pearl. The aviary was too small for all four pigeons. Sochi and his chosen girl, Amica, stayed; Pearl and Xena left to be fostered.
 
Last July, another self-rescuing domstic pigeon, dyed, starving and near death, landed on a relative’s window sill. After nursing her back to life and when she was strong enough, she was placed in a cage within the aviary. We named her Jo Jo. Jo Jo loved Sochi, but Amica refused to share Sochi. This was not a good situation.
 
Our solution was to build a big, beautiful 8’ x 10’ aviary. With the help of Palomacy, we found a mate for Jo Jo and brought back Pearl and Xena to be adopted. They are all home. There is no bullying from Sochi. In fact, he is a healthy, happy pigeon with his mate Amica and all his flock mates. (Turns out it is easier to care for a flock of pigeons than just a couple!) Periodically he goes to outreach events. He does a great job and thoroughly enjoys the attention.
 
Don't forget to vote for Sochi and please share with your friends too!
 
Patti Delaney is a long-time bird lover. In 1992, she met and purchased a 5-year old Umbrella Cockatoo, Lacy. Wanting to learn more about bird care, she became a member of the Capitol City Bird Society. In the Sacramento community, she was a paid guest speaker with Lacy. When Lacy died unexpectedly in 2009, she found and adopted an Umbrella Cockatoo, Georgi, from the bird rescue, Mickaboo. This is when she met Elizabeth Young with Palomacy (previously MickaCoo) and became knowledgeable and passionate about stopping the exploitation of domestic pigeons and doves.
Palomacy is pigeon diplomacy.
Palomacy is pigeon diplomacy.
Amica & Sochi
Amica & Sochi
The life-saving aviary Sochi inspired
The life-saving aviary Sochi inspired
Sochi, Patti, Xena & Pearl have a chat
Sochi, Patti, Xena & Pearl have a chat

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Rescued pigeons Alfred & Bert (dyed pink) & Patch
Rescued pigeons Alfred & Bert (dyed pink) & Patch

One million domestic King pigeons are bred annually in California for meat (squab). A few wind up in rescue rather than as the dinner on a fancy plate they were intended to be. With your support, Palomacy helps these and other lucky survivors get adopted rather than euthanized. With your help, we are closing a deadly gap in the animal welfare community. Every one of these birds is an individual. Here's the story of three: Patch, Alfred and Bert.

Instead of being butchered when they were four weeks old, Patch, Alfred and Bert were purchased live from a poultry market. We don't know how many were "released" (either in a misguided effort to liberate them or for ceremonial use) but we do know how many were rescued- three. 

The Good Samaritan who found the three baby pigeons huddled together in a park on June 20th, 2016, knew they were out of place and so he gathered them up and brought them to the San Francisco SPCA. Though they don't usually take in birds, their Humane Education team, already fostering four of Palomacy's pigeons in the Summer Camp program, made an exception for them.

All of our foster homes and aviaries were full up (we always are with usually 120+ pigeons and doves in our care plus a waiting list) and so the extra help from the Humane Ed team was critical. I went to check on the pigeon youngsters that afternoon and they were sick. While adult pigeons are hardy, the youngsters, their immune systems undeveloped and exposed to so much stress through the "harvesting", transport and sales/"release" process, are frail. We got them settled in and started on antibiotics. They had eluded the butcher and survived an inhumane "release". They were very lucky to be alive.

Everyone fell in love with the strikingly marked black and white pigeon kids. And, as if they weren't eye-catching enough, Alfred and Bert's feathers were stained with pink food coloring- something that the poultry sellers do to mark batches of birds. Unfortunately, despite all the loving care of the SF SPCA team and the best efforts of our avian vets at Medical Center for Birds, Patch, the sickest of the trio, passed away on July 11th. Necropsy revealed the extent of his infection which affected multiple organs as well as the lack of immune response.

Time went on and Alfred and Bert grew to maturity. The four adult pigeons fostered in the aviary with them, Rose and José and Hannah and Oakley, had been tolerant of them as youngsters but as puberty set in, tensions arose within the flock. Bert who had been a confident and bossy bird (despite his crossed beak) began to get bullied and to decline. He lost weight, needed to be separated from the flock and required repeated vet visits to treat multiple issues. Maggie, Manager of the Humane Education Department and all of her team, went so above and beyond helping to not only care for and transport Bert (many miles) but also contributing very generously towards his mounting vet expenses. Eventually, I took Bert into my foster care for additional medical support and Alfred went to try out living with a pair of Palomacy supporters, Aria and Julie, who had gone to the trouble and expense of moving out of their apartment and into another just so they could adopt a pet pigeon.

For Alfred and Aria and Julie, it was love right from the start! Alfred is home, adopted. She (yes, she we now know) really blossomed in their care and Alfred is one of the happiest, most beautiful pigeons ever! She loves her people and all the ways they dote on her including giving her free range of their apartment, minced veggies and fresh greens, on-demand sink showers, a special cozy after-bath lounge, coconut oil foot rubs, all the charger cords she can steal for nest-building, etc. etc. and she returns their love with all her sweetness and the deep affection that only pigeons can give. She even has her own awesome Instagram account and now she has a mate too- a very lucky and charming unreleasable Rock pigeon named Pirate has joined the family!

Bert is still fostered with me, still getting eye drops every day in order to defeat the persistent pseudamonis sinus infection once and for all. He is gaining weight and feeling really good these days. He is a very handsome and loveable bird, no longer pink but forever with his crossed beak. I've been told by more than a few people that he is their favorite. He's a great ambassador for the pigeon tribe and lots of fun to take to outreach events. Bert has come a long very way from the squab plant where he was bred to be meat. Now Bert's ready to romance and marry a lady pigeon, to be adopted, to go home. Who's ready for Bert?

SF SPCA Humane Educators cared for Bert & friends
SF SPCA Humane Educators cared for Bert & friends
Dr. Murphy taking care of Patch
Dr. Murphy taking care of Patch
Maggie and Bert working from home together
Maggie and Bert working from home together
Aria and Julie and Alfred are all madly in love
Aria and Julie and Alfred are all madly in love
Bert is doing great now, ready for a mate & a home
Bert is doing great now, ready for a mate & a home

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Miu is safe & happy now (Photo by Cynthia Zhou)
Miu is safe & happy now (Photo by Cynthia Zhou)

We are here, able to help birds in need of rescue, because of you.

Miu was one of more than 40 birds displaced when their person, a San Jose resident, died in November. There were 20 finches, 10 budgies, lovebirds, rosellas, doves and two pigeons. (He had bred and sold birds for many years. In the past, he had hundreds.) The deceased’s family reached out to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue (the parrot rescue with whom we partnered for our first four years as MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue) to take the birds out of his backyard aviaries and into their rescue (except for the two pigeons which they just let out of the aviary). One of the pigeons was promptly attacked by their dog. The other eventually went back into an empty aviary. Michelle Yesney, Mickaboo CEO and one of many Mickaboo volunteers who worked on this big rescue, closed her in to keep her safe and contacted us.

We are beyond full… stretched to the breaking point caring for 130 birds in 27 volunteer foster homes/aviaries (and coaching, referring, counseling on behalf of many more) but every day, we have to figure out how to help the birds that no one else will. And so we stretched some more. I reached out to Faye, the volunteer who coordinates our foster Lobby Pigeons team at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley in Milpitas, who could transport and to Clare, our Leadership Team Chair who could short-term foster, to put together a rescue team for this pigeon in need.

As soon as Faye arrived on the property and spoke to Michelle, the lonesome pigeon, from a aviary far down an empty row of structures and out of sight, began cooing, calling for help.

Faye took her home overnight while she waited to go to Clare’s the following day. It was a big improvement in her situation! The little homing pigeon (the kind bred and used for "dove releases") was very tame and immediately set about making friends with Faye. She loved being petted and spoken to. When Faye would leave the room, the little pigeon would coo and coo to call her back. (See a short video.) Pigeons will vocalize to communicate with people just as they would call to one another. She was saying, Come here. Be with me. Stay with me. This is the behavior of a very tame, bi-cultural (pigeon/human) bird. 

The next day, the little Homer was transferred to Clare’s house for foster care. She took to wearing pigeon pants with ease. And just as she had quickly won Faye’s heart, she won Clare’s too.

In the meantime, I had posted about the little lonesome Homer on our Facebook page as part of the effort to find her a long-term foster or forever home… 

And Cynthia, a bird lover and Palomacy supporter who’s been thinking about a pet pigeon for a long time, saw her photos and was moved to complete our application. We talked through the requirements and what goes into caring for a pet pigeon and Cynthia set about getting ready. She suggested the name Miu which means “beautiful feather” and “kind-hearted” and so Miu she is. The following week, on November 27th, Cynthia went to Cupertino to pick up Miu. And they have been having a love fest ever since.

Last night I asked Cynthia for the Miu Report and she wrote,

The Miu Report is looking bright! She seems to have settled in very quickly and already claimed a few favorite spots around the room. The doves have left her alone, although they once flew over to a table near her food and I saw her give a warning peck in their general direction. She’s done this less with me, but she often flies over to Mako to land on his head or back, and it’s the cutest thing. We’ve had several friends meet her, and they all adore her. She’s something of a minor celebrity at the moment, and several people have asked to visit us so they can meet her. It’s finals week for us, so we’ve been spending a lot of time at home but we’re usually focused on studying, and she’ll sometimes walk over our keyboards to get our attention. We would love to adopt her, because fostering is going well (and Mako and I are very attached – we consider her part of the family already). She’s made herself right at home and our daily routine involves so much time with her that it’s hard to believe she came into our lives less than a month ago. I hope she gets to stay for a long, long time.

And so, with the help of a whole team of dedicated volunteers and supporters, Miu has been saved. She is safe, loved. She is home. Thank you for helping rescues like Palomacy (and Mickaboo) to help birds like Miu.

We couldn’t do this without you! 

Waiting to be rescued
Waiting to be rescued
Lonesome rescued pigeon happy to be getting love
Lonesome rescued pigeon happy to be getting love
Miu meeting her new person Cynthia
Miu meeting her new person Cynthia
Mako, Cynthia & Miu
Mako, Cynthia & Miu

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Pigeon-racing survivor Perry saved from euthanasia
Pigeon-racing survivor Perry saved from euthanasia

Happening Now: Our Last Bonus Match of 2016!

Today, right now, is one of our most important fundraising opportunities of the year.

For just a very few minutes until they run out, there are bonus match funds available to help boost your donation by a much needed 30%. Please, if you can, make a donation right now so that we can continue making this life-saving, culture-changing difference.

Together, we are rescuing birds that would otherwise go unserved, unnoticed. Through our work and your generous support, we are able to heal, foster and adopt hundreds of birds every year and help countless more through our coaching and referrals (across the country and beyond).

We exist because of your donations. We depend on your support to help the birds that no one else is helping.

Thank you for your compassion. Without you, there'd be no Palomacy.

Squab-survivor Rebel's infected hock required care
Squab-survivor Rebel's infected hock required care
Kendall needed surgery to remove cancerous tumors
Kendall needed surgery to remove cancerous tumors
Homer Domino & wild Zaichik saved from euthanasia
Homer Domino & wild Zaichik saved from euthanasia
Thank You So Much for Helping Palomacy Help Birds
Thank You So Much for Helping Palomacy Help Birds

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Caboodle- crippled legs, big attitude & an eyebrow
Caboodle- crippled legs, big attitude & an eyebrow

Can you imagine how it feels to be an injured pigeon dropped off at a busy animal shelter? Dogs are barking, people are hurrying past... You'd wonder, What now?

On August 18th, two young Roller pigeons were brought in to Oakland Animal Services as "strays" by the person we suspect is actually breeding them. Both suffered from malnutrition and have crippling bone issues and wounds as a result. (Often pigeon hobbyists will cull -kill- imperfect or unwanted birds so we are grateful that they were at least surrendered to the shelter.) We knew that, without our help, these birds would be euthanized as unadoptable. Somehow, overextended as we are, we had to fit them in and so we have. We've named them Kit and Caboodle. Both are tiny and adorable and, despite their issues, full of life.

Kit is very young- not even two months old. She came in very thin and with her left foot so damaged that the tissue had died and soon fell off. With the help of antibiotics, pain relief and loving care from her foster mom, Kit is healing up beautifully. She's gained weight and strength. She stands up proud, hops to get around and has even started testing out bearing weight on her stump. Kit has a happy life ahead. She will make some lucky adopter an amazingly dear pet.

Caboodle is only slightly older at about 6 months of age. His legs too are bowed from malnutrition and his radiographs show old breaks in both. His left leg is so bowed that it has knuckled his foot completely under and he needs corrective surgery to prevent further damage to both legs. His ability to stand and walk at all are at risk. I fall in love with all of our birds but Caboodle has stolen my heart in his own special way. He is such a tiny but fierce and feisty little bird! He is full of confidence and opinions and is not at all shy about expressing himself! He is full of attitude and has a dramatic eyebrow marking over one eye that makes him look extra angry (and cute)!

Your generous support is what enables us to save the lives of birds like Caboodle and Kit.

Thank you for making Palomacy possible!

Kit arrived underweight, infected from a dead foot
Kit arrived underweight, infected from a dead foot
Caboodle & Kit on the way to their first vet appt.
Caboodle & Kit on the way to their first vet appt.
Caboodle needs surgery to continue using his legs
Caboodle needs surgery to continue using his legs

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