Aria & Julie, adopters of Alfred & Pirate & devoted Palomacy supporters, sourced, customized & are selling the double decker pet/pigeon strollers that Palomacy people so love & donating the proceeds to support Palomacy!
Pirate, Julie, Alfred & Aria
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, 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, after which Aria and Julie adopted Pirate, too.
Alfred & Pirate
Palomacy is pigeon & dove diplomacy. When we started doing this rescue work in 2007, it was because there was a strange and deadly gap in the animal welfare network. Shelters got in domestic (unreleasable) pigeons & doves every week but, instead of providing them with the care and service that all the other shelter animals received, they were for the most part ignored until they were euthanized. Even in the best shelters, even in the ultra animal-friendly San Francisco Bay Area. Palomacy saves lives with foster & vet care, outreach, education & adoption. Please visit Palomacy at: PigeonRescue.org (Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a 501(c)3 registered charitable nonprofit. EIN 94-3255070)