Ella & Will
Ella and Will are baby king pigeons, approximately 5-6 weeks old- too young to determine gender. Ella, pictured above with SFACC volunteer Kathleen, was picked up as a stray at Cesar Chavez and 20th on 7/15 and Will, shown above on the left, at Holly Park Circle on 7/26.
Their good luck continues because they are now fostered at Andy's (100% Rescue) Pet Shop on the Alameda at Julian in San Jose. They are available for adoption through MickaCoo.
On Friday evening, October 9th, Andy's (100% Rescue) Pet Shop staff noticed that Ella was sick. She was in the nest box open-mouth breathing and her companion, Will was very protective of her. Owner Lissa contacted me and made arrangements to bring Ella home with her to be cared for overnight until we could get her in to see the vet on Saturday morning. Arrangements were made for a Mickaboo volunteer to pick her up and transport her first thing but Ella died in the night. We don't know what from. It's unusual that a king pigeon comes out of the shelter as a healthy young bird and then dies two months later. Their most vulnerable time is when they're young and they are often sick upon arrival at the shelter.
I had last seen Ella & Will on 9/14 and noticed nothing wrong.
Her friend, Will, is healthy and strong and is home in my loft. For the moment, he's single and I believe he is a male. He is available for adoption.
The lives of four beautiful young king pigeons- Dorsey, Sparkle, Simon and Will, have been saved by an adopter in Indiana who patiently endured MickaCoo's long-distance approval process and then paid the adoption fee and cost to express ship them from SF to her home in Vincennes, IN.
When I bring birds like these home from the shelter, I can only do it because of adopters like Hilary who are willing to choose adoption over breeding, rescue over buying. Hilary could have gotten lots more or fancier pigeons for the $100 she spent in these tough times but instead she chose to honor the lives of four young king pigeons who escaped the butcher, survived the streets and then beat the shelter odds stacked for euthanasia and against them.
Here are pictures of them on their way. I'll add some of them in their new home soon.