Rescuers Helping Rescuers

Dan & his Freddy Girl

Dan & his Freddy Girl

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.

Dan's aviary full of rescued pigeons

Dan’s aviary full of rescued pigeons

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.

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Dan’s emptied aviary

Carie in Phoenix took in all of Dan's strongest pigeons

Carie in Phoenix took in the majority of Dan’s flock

Bonnie in Flagstaff took in 8 of Dan's most special needs pigeons

Bonnie in Flagstaff took in 7 of Dan’s most special needs pigeons

Sue in Las Cruces took in a bunch of Dan's senior citizen birds

Sue in Las Cruces took in 13 pigeons and 2 doves

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary took in three special needs King pigeons (including Luna who Dan adopted from us in 2008)

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary took in three special needs King pigeons (including Luna who Dan adopted from us in 2008)

I brought home four special needs birds- Triple, Freddy & Cathy and River to foster within Palomacy.

Triple died in surgery 1/20/16

Triple died in surgery 1/20/16

Special pigeon Freddy & her wife Ringneck dove Cathy

We’re fostering special pigeon Freddy & her wife Ringneck dove Cathy & hope to return them to Dan

River lost half a leg (we think she was hit by a car) and is struggling to adjust

River lost half a leg (we think she was hit by a car) and is struggling to adjust

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.

Dan's view

Dan’s view

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.

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4 Comments

  1. That is amazing work to get the birds placed. Hoping Dan is back at it soon.

  2. As a rescuer/renter I can truly relate to the precarious nature of the work we do. Although it is always good news when our winged residents can find placement it is a loss for the birds to lose the person who knows their personalities and understands each one’s issues and needs. My thoughts go out to Dan, his beloved birds and all those who have been able to give support.

  3. I am so sorry that Dan had to lose his beloved birds, but glad to know that they all found new homes. Perhaps Dan can begin rescuing birds again when he becomes settled in his new home. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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