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There are many pigeon friendly organisations, sanctuaries, vets and rescue centres that will help you if you find an orphaned, ill or injured pigeon. There is also a lot of information on the internet on what to do as the first step, such as this post: Pigeon Rescue: what to do with injured, ill and orphaned pigeons

For a world-wide list please visit this forum: Matilda’s List

For a UK list: Pigeon Friendly Rescue Centres in the UK

Organisations that can help:

Websites and forums that have good information and advice:

There are also many Facebook groups of pigeon friendly people who can advise you on all things relating to the pigeon (you must have a Facebook account to see these groups):

All the above organisations, websites and centres can help you with your query if ever you come across an injured, ill or orphaned pigeon. The best thing to do is to rescue the pigeon, keep it safe and warm, and immediately contact your nearest pigeon-friendly rescue centre or organisation who can take the bird from you to give it the medical care it needs.

Editors note: I am also able to give advice, however, please don’t rely on me in an emergency as I may not be online every day. Thank you.

It is very weird to think how far my husband and I have come in just a few short years. 4 years ago we didn’t know anything about pigeons, especially on how to look after disabled ones. So how did we end up with two special needs pigeons?

Well, it all began when I fell in love with feral pigeons, especially the babies, after I began to care and interact with them at work (a wildlife rescue centre). I was able to see up close and personal just how wonderful pigeons are. They are truly remarkable birds. However, I never thought in a million years that I would one day bring home a young disabled pigeon. Just a few months before we received Georgie, Richard and I were talking about adopting a cat (at that time I also worked part time at a domestic animal rescue and was falling in love with the elderly unwanted cats). However, those plans were quickly scrapped when a young pigeon needed a home. Georgie had been hand-raised at my work (after she was found on the ground as a baby) and was resisting all attempts for her to integrate into pigeon society. We knew she had sight problems and were trying to get her to live in the disabled pigeon aviary, however, Georgie was having none of it. She didn’t know how to eat seed (that ability came much later) and she didn’t like other pigeons. She only wanted to be with people.

One day, and I’m not quite sure how the idea came into my head (remember, at that time I had no knowledge of anyone keeping a pigeon as a pet), I decided to take Georgie home with the hopes that she would be happy living with us. That day has changed our lives.

It wasn’t hard to fall in love with George. Everything she did filled us with wonder and joy. Georgie opened our eyes and enabled us to even consider providing a home to another disabled pigeon. Without Georgie we most likely would not have Elmo. Because Georgie’s need was clear and evident and I saw her every day, I was able to see what it was she needed in order to be happy. It was only because my boss knew I had George at home that she was able to say, “Yes, I know of someone who will be able to give him a home,” when she received a phone call with the story of Elmo.

We cannot imagine our lives without Elmo and Georgie. I spend my evenings with Georgie on my lap and feel very blessed to have her. Elmo fills us with such joy (he’s such a clown!) and love – it is amazing.

So back to the beginning, when we first got Georgie. There we are, two people and a pigeon (and two geribls). Panic. I know nothing about pigeons. What does that behaviour mean? Why did George do that? What does that cooing noise mean? etc, etc. I began searching the internet for answers. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found forums and websites about pigeons as pets!

The first one I found was Pigeon-Talk and I quickly logged on and made some enquiries. Reading back on them I find my posts quite funny. You can clearly see that I knew nothing about pigeons. :) While I don’t claim to be an expert in everything pigeon, I do claim to be an expert when it comes to my Georgie and Elmo! I’ve learnt a lot in a short period of time. Later, we found the Pigeon Angels forum and met some lovely pigeon people. I learnt a lot from them too.

It was Richard’s idea to start this blog. He created it and then urged me to start writing every day (since he knows how much I love to write, although I’m a lazy blogger). It’s wonderful to share Elmo and Georgie with everyone around the world. The negative perception of feral pigeons needs to change, and the more pro-pigeon websites out there the better!

Thank you for reading my posts and I hope Elmo and Georgie have melted your hearts! :)

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I have to make an apology now: although we have accounts with Flickr, Twitter and YouTube, I don’t really use them that often, only to post photos and videos. Please don’t take it personally if I don’t reply to a “friend” or “contact” request on those sites. I don’t really know how to use them and I prefer to use this blog and our Facebook page for all interactions (otherwise I feel rather thinly spread). Although I love keeping in contact with all the wonderful pigeon people out there, I find it hard to keep active on forums because of the constant stream of new posts. However, I do check in every now and then to see what’s going on.

Pigeons have a bad rep. I’m not entirely sure why since they have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been utilised as messangers, raised for food, and kept as pets and for show. So why the ‘flying rat’ and ‘dirty’ image that many people view them as? (Editors note: rats are also given the same bad, if not worst, image as pigeons, however, I feel this is equally unjustified.)

I guess it is just a matter of prejudice. While white doves are considered a symbol of peace, innocence and loyalty, feral pigeons are considered dirty and diseased. Strange since doves and pigeons are actually the same species. Maybe it is only a colour difference that makes someone like or dislike a pigeon?

Pigeons are also often labeled as pests. Humans are quick to call a species a pest if they interfere with agriculture, livestock or our dwellings. How arrogant of us to do so when we are the ones encroaching on their territory and they are simply taking advantage of what we leave around for them. Anyway, I don’t want to rant and rave about this subject. I could get a bit hot under the collar. :)

The reason I’m bringing this up is to say that although pigeons are not generally thought by the masses as pet animals, they are indeed one of the best species to have as a pet, and can rival a dog! Pigeons are intelligent, clean, easily tamed (especially if hand-reared), found in different shapes and colours, and are very entertaining and loving. I’m not advocating for people to go out there and capture feral pigeons to keep as pets, not at all! Rather I’m just trying to show that if, for some chance, a tame or baby pigeon comes your way don’t make any rash decisions. You have a wonderful animal in your hands!

For those of you who are not quite sure about pigeons, why not take part in The Feral Pigeon Project: http://feralpigeonproject.com/ It may help you see pigeons in a different light once you’ve started observing them.

Going onto a pigeon forum and reading peoples positive viewings will also help you realise what wonderful animals pigeons are. My personal recommendation is this forum, Pigeon Angels, for a friendly and relaxing atmosphere: http://pij-n-angels.forumotion.net/

For those of you who cannot or will not see pigeons as anything other than a pest, and have an issue with them on your property, please have a look at these two websites before attempting to remove them in a non-humane way: Pigeon Control Advisory Service (PiCAS) and Humane Urban Wildlife Deterrence Association.