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
Miles' pre-surgery radiograph
Fearful, defensive dove Sparkle pre-Palomacy
Post-surgery Sparkle making a new friend
Happy Sparkle loving lovies with fosterer Jill
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