two pigeons

Domestic King pigeon Blanco & unreleasable feral Bean had an amazing romance.

Palomacy (a project of Community Initiatives) is a network of volunteers working together since 2007 to save the lives of domestic, unreleasable pigeons and doves that would otherwise be killed in shelters for lack of adopters. Volunteers respond to calls from shelters, vets, and good Samaritans to provide avian vet care for ill or injured birds, long-term foster care, and to eventually place them into qualified forever homes. Palomacy’s foster volunteers care for approximately 150 birds at any given time and are the heart and soul of the rescue. Humans have been breeding and using pigeons, as meat and messengers, for sport, hobby and ceremony, for thousands of years. Pigeons were the first domesticated bird.

The Bay Area has lots of pigeon racing clubs, fanciers, and hobbyists breeding thousands of domestic birds they fly the wild skies every year. But no one was rescuing the pigeons who predictably get lost or injured yet lucky enough to make it to a shelter. While other animals brought to the shelters—dogs and cats, rabbits and parrots, rodents and reptiles, wildlife and farmed animals—had at least one rescue dedicated to trying to save them, the pigeons did not. When Palomacy started rescuing and rehoming these domestic pigeons and doves, they began bridging this gap. They call their work palomacy. Pigeons and doves are smart, gentle, charming, and wonderful as companions. They don’t bite. They’re not destructive. They’re quiet and calm and make wonderful pets. These domesticated birds are unable to live in the wild. The organization routinely takes King pigeons and doves from SFACC, and occasionally feral unreleasable pigeons (like Bean) and still has birds from SFACC in long term care. Palomacy has received several microgrants from the Friends of SFACC’s Rescue Grant Program to support their efforts.

Adopt Sarah Mcflocklan from Palomacy. She will be your BFF (Best Feathered Friend).

Palomacy’s mission: We save homeless domestic pigeons and doves in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide guidance, referrals, education, foster care, avian vet treatment and adoption services. Thanks to the support of our many volunteers, donors and partners, we have saved the lives of more than 600 birds since we began in 2007 and helped countless others. Learn more about Palomacy. Watch this VIDEO about adopting pigeons/doves as pets. [Content adapted from the Palomacy website]