How Palomacy (formerly MickaCoo) began
Founder Elizabeth Young, while volunteering at the San Francisco Animal Care & Control shelter in 2007, met a smart, sweet, tame king pigeon named Gurumina that was going to be killed for lack of an adopter. Elizabeth knew that she could help find Gurumina a home and turned to the Bay Area’s biggest and best bird rescue- Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue for assistance. Mickaboo was very welcoming and, together, they found a wonderful adopter for Gurumina. MickaCoo was created as an independent department within Mickaboo to help find homes for the many unreleasable pigeons and doves facing death in Bay Area shelters for lack of adopters and has had to grow rapidly in an effort to meet the huge demand for rescue. In 2011, MickaCoo split off as an independent rescue, becoming a project of Community Initiatives and in 2012, Elizabeth (after four years of being a full-time volunteer) was hired as MickaCoo’s Executive Director. MickaCoo serves the seven counties surrounding San Francisco and with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers, cares for more than 100 foster birds and provides humane education about these overlooked and underserved birds at every opportunity. To date, MickaCoo has saved more than 600 pigeons and doves’ lives. Effective January 1, 2015, MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue is changing its name to Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions. Read more about the name change here and see What Is Palomacy?