When I first started helping pigeons eight years ago, I got help from other a couple of rescuers. One, Dan, became a mentor and he helped and taught me a lot. He’d started rescuing pigeons a few years earlier and was the best friend a pigeon could hope to have. He has many incredible rescue stories to tell.
Heartbreakingly, Dan’s financial situation collapsed and rather than buying a place to create a sanctuary as he had hoped, in January, he found himself having to leave his no longer affordable Bay Area rental and find safe places for his flock of 108 rescued birds to land.
Anybody who helps pigeons is pretty nearly always full up. Palomacy was too full… it was a daunting challenge. Amazingly, with big help from some very kind friends of Palomacy, we were able to find a place for every bird to go. On the evening of January 17th, I helped Dan catch and pack up his birds for their 1,400 mile trip (one way) to new homes in Arizona and New Mexico.
I brought home four special needs birds- Triple, Freddy & Cathy and River to foster within Palomacy.
Dan is devastated by the loss of his bird family, by not being able to rescue birds, by the loss of his dream of creating a sanctuary. He worked heroically through the pain and depression and grief to get everybody where they needed to go. The Bay Area has lost an epic rescuer. Dan has landed safely in a little rental in beautiful Port Angeles, WA. Dan’s down but not out. He’s walking shelter dogs and planning for how he can get back to the life-saving work he loves.
To Carie, Bonnie, Sue, Christine & Ellie- thank you so very much for opening your hearts and homes to save Dan’s birds. You saved Dan too.