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Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions

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11/15/19 Update: Cooper's beautiful wife Boba passed away as a result of reproductive disease & subsequent kidney failure. Despite her illness, they were comfy & happy (thanks to their foster volunteer & avian vets) & honeymooning right up till the end. The widower Cooper is now single & in time, will remarry.

Cooper is a very sweet, soulful pigeon who is very happy to be married to Boba (also a pigeon racing survivor). Cooper & his rescue-pal Wicket were ''surplus'' racing pigeons that were sold for use as ''dog birds'' (to train hunting dogs). Their wings & tail were cut as short as possible, the shortest I've ever seen. They couldn't even jump up on the low ledge in my aviary. They were found stray in a South Bay parking lot (likely bought & ''released'' where feral pigeons live by someone thinking they'd be able to survive, they wouldn't have). They were very lucky to be rescued in time & taken to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley who helped them until Palomacy could take them into foster care. Pigeon racing kills birds in lots of different ways. #FlyYourOwnDamnRacePlease apply to adopt 27, 2022, 6:44 am

Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions

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Elizabeth Young
San Francisco, CA 94124

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We require an online adoption application, phone screen & home visit and offer lots of support and coaching all along the way. Our adoption fee is $10/bird and our expectations for adopters are: -Appropriately sized, safe and uncrowded cage or aviary approved by Palomacy -Supervised, safe out-of-cage time (if not living in an aviary) daily -No free flight/uncaged outside time -Protection from hazards including but not limited to escape, pets, predators, fumes and toxins -Companionship- lots of your time or another bird's (not home alone) -Avian vet care if sick or injured -Compassionate, healthy care that provides for the bird's nutritional (including lighting), physical and emotional well-being -No breeding, birth control if bird has a mate (real eggs replaced with fakes which we provide) -A forever home (through sickness and health, for better or worse) with a pet-care plan in place should something happen to you -No selling, sporting or business use of birds -Return to Palomacy if unable to keep the bird (This is not desired- we expect that you are providing a forever home!)

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We are a volunteer-powered rescue and our birds are lovingly cared for in the private homes and backyard aviaries of our foster volunteers. Potential adopters can make appointments to meet our birds and we are at adoption & outreach events almost every weekend. See our Events page at and visit our Facebook page at for details.

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Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoption saves homeless domestic (unreleasable) pigeons and doves in the SF/Bay Area from euthanasia by providing veterinary care, foster and forever homes. Palomacy fills a deadly gap in the animal welfare community by saving the lives of domestic/unreleasable doves and pigeons that would otherwise be killed. We're volunteer-powered, donation supported and culture changing! By providing avian vet care, foster and forever homes, we've saved more than 700 birds' lives since 2007. Join us!