“Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life”, so said author and storyteller Isaac Bashevis Singer, one of the most powerful pro-animal voices of the 20th century.
And nowhere is kindness more in evidence than within a unique group of dedicated volunteers in Northern California who together make up a very special organisation called Palomacy...
Established ten years ago by Elizabeth Young, Palomacy (“Pigeon Diplomacy”) rescues and re-homes some of the most unfairly maligned and neglected of creatures - pigeons.
Elizabeth points out the reason for setting up her rescue network: “[animal] shelters got in domestic (unreleasable) pigeons 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.”
And so that's when Elizabeth decided to set up her amazing group which saves homeless domestic pigeons from being killed, providing them with vet care, foster homes and adoptions.
“We advocate for pigeons and doves- all of them- wild, feral and domestic– every day of the year. While most of the thousands of people we meet may never see another domestic pigeon, all will encounter the feral Rock Pigeons who are somehow able to live their gentle lives on our mean streets. We speak up for those birds, we debunk the myths, we inspire compassion.”
I think it's especially heart-warming to hear about an organisation that is focused on helping one of the most misunderstood of all the species with which we share this world, and I couldn't agree more with the ethic of this rescue.
Without organisations such as Palomacy, the intelligent and adaptable pigeon would not have a voice. “We know that pigeons are a gateway to compassion” says Elizabeth – and for those who have never really given pigeons much thought, well I think that is something to ponder...... “a gateway to compassion”.
Palomacy relies on donations to rescue and re-home birds.
You can find out more about them by clicking on their advert.
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