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shimi shimi is offline
Posted 9th September 2011, 10:49 AM
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Zac the pigeon with disabled legs looking for a new home urgently!!!


Hi everybody,

On a different thread ('Zac the rescued pigeon with disabled legs', I think) I got a lot of help in trying to save the life of a pigeon with one broken leg and one disabled/dislocated leg. Zac is still undergoing the hammock treatment for his disabled legs.

Unfortunately, our landlord (we are council tenants) came for the inspection and said strictly no animals within the property. I have three weeks to find Zac a new home where his treatment will be continued. Once his disabled leg is fixed his broken leg will need to be amputated. Then he should hopefully be able to live a near normal life in an aviary.

Is their anyone who is willing to adopt Zac and continue his treatment and not give up on him. I live in Slough, UK. I contacted every single rescue there is and they say that he would be put down. Can someone please help poor Zac. He is still not fully grown and deserves a chance.

Thanks you all so much in advance for any help you could give.

Shimi


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Posted 9th September 2011, 11:59 AM
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Why do you think the broken leg needs to be amputated? Breaks usually heal.

Have you tried all the ones on here within reach?

http://www.pigeonrescue.co.uk/rescuecentres.htm
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Posted 9th September 2011, 04:07 PM
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Hi John,

Thanks for you reply. The vet told me that it may have to be amputated becaused it is broken at the joint and has healed the wrong way. He said that it might be better to amputate it if it is getting in the way of the bird using its other leg.

Yep I tried all of the ones that are in Berkshire and reading and even Surrey but all of them said that they did not have the time or resources to care for a single wild pigeon that in all probabilities would not be able to be released into the wild.
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Posted 10th September 2011, 01:43 PM
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I do hope this little one finds a home and the chance to survive. If I was closer than Cornwall I would happily help out.

Good luck and keep us updated.
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Posted 10th September 2011, 02:14 PM
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Hello Shimi,

Comriest would like to help. Is there any chance you could drive down to Cornwall?
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Posted 10th September 2011, 03:23 PM
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Thanks a lot Comriest for the thought, but I don't drive; just taking lessons. I asked a few friends if they could drive me, but the distant is too far away, and they can't understand why I am 'bothering' so much about a wild pigeon. So I am going to have to keep looking.

Please anyone else who is willing to give Zac a new home, let me know!!!

Thanks a lot
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Posted 10th September 2011, 04:34 PM
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Hello there is a place called Hillside in Norfolk and they have a specialist unit for disabled birds.It is an animal sanctuary just outside Norwich.

It would be worth your while to write a letter to the founder, 'Wendy Valentine' asking her whether she could take the pigeon. You could explain your circumstances about being a council tenant and being told you cant keep the pigeon because of the rules etc.

You could offer to pay for the pigeons leg amputation if that is necessary and give a small donation to them.

You could just call them and ask to speak to Suzanne, secretary,but you might get a more positive response by a letter to the Founder.

The phone number 01603 736200

let us know how you get on. Thanks
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Posted 11th September 2011, 11:59 AM
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Thanks pigeonqueen,


I will write to Norfolk and see if they would be willing to take her. But again the problem is going to be the distance. But I am going to try them anyway.

I had problems with Zac again today. He was struggling and I checked him and found that there was a big cut (about 2cm) in his unbroken leg. It seems that he tried to get the bandage (cotton ball bandage to un-curl his toes) on the disabled leg with the toes of his broken leg and the nails dug into the flesh. There was a lot of blood (I almost had a panic attack when I saw it). I took her out of the Hammock immediately but kept the sock wrap around her body so as to prevent her from flapping the wings. I cleaned the wound with cotton dipped in Hydrogen Peroxide (3% solution) and put some savlon healing gel on it. Wrapped the wound loosely with cotton and wrapped him up in a thick cloth, and kept him in a cardboard box. I also gave him the painkillers that the vet gave. He was breathing hard because of the pain and the stress, so I left in a dark silent place.

I know that I should probably take him to the vet, but I really can't afford it because I lost my job a few months ago and still haven't got another job. Also all the vets in Berkshire asked me to put him down the first day I found her when he was a few days old hatchling. I only got the first vet check because another forum member paid for it and I had to go all the way to London to see vet who was willing to treat him.

So please someone let me know if I have done the right thing treating the injury. I can't take pictures of the wound because the bird was in pain and was very stressed and I don't want to stress him further.

Now he has stopped struggling and breathing is Calm; he drank loads of water and had a few bits to eat.

I will not check on the wound until tomorrow morning coz I don't want him to struggle again as he did when I wrapped her.

I will try the Norfolk rescue but I donít think they would be willing to come all the way to slough to collect him and I can't afford to travel that far at the moment. So anyone who is in London or in Berkshire please let me know if you are willing to help Zac. Zac is really fighting to survive, and is being so brave after all that he has been through since my little brother found him ice cold, injured, with both legs damaged, and almost dead in the middle of the park being poked by kids, and this was when he was such a tiny baby his eyes were not yet open. My brother took the bird assuming he was dead and intending to give him a dignified burial, when he felt a slight heart beat. The fact that he survived that night was a miracle. I desperately want to give him the chance to live a comfortable life. I would spend any amount of money to cure him without a second thought if he could. He deserves it. SO PLEASE, PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!

Thanks a lot for everyone for the support! x
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Posted 11th September 2011, 09:35 PM
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Hi all,

Unfortunately Zac didn't make it. He passed away in the early hours of the morning.I woke up to check on his injury. He was struggling a lot. I unwrapped him. The wound looked dry but not in the healing way. I gave him pain killers again because he was struggling so badly. But he didn't stop struggling.

I think it finally became too much for the little thing.

I don't think I will ever keep any animals again. Rescue or otherwise. It is too painfully to see them suffer and not be able to do anything.

Thanks all for your support.
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Posted 11th September 2011, 11:25 PM
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I am so sorry to hear this sad news :-( at least you were able to give little Zak a warm, safe home, and a chance at life. He wouldn't have stood any chance at all if things had of been different.

It's not easy losing a little one, I cried for about two days after I lost my last very sick baby that I found on my garage :-(

Don't let it put you off keeping animals either as they bring such joy and they depend on us for survival when they get ill. So many rescues end in happiness, but unfortunately, we can't save them all.

Hope your ok x
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I am so sorry to hear Zak didn't make it. You gave him everything you could.

I think Zac decided enough was enough. He was obviously in a lot of discomfort and it would have been too much for him to continue like this. He fought so hard and you mustn't feel you lost the fight, you loved him and he knew that, but he wanted to be free from that pain.
He's at peace now and flying free.

You won't pass another bird by if you see one in need again as you obviously have the biggest heart and it will heal.

Thanks for all you did,

Janet x
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Posted 12th September 2011, 04:38 AM
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Thanks all for your kind words and support.

I can't stop crying and I can't get the way he was struggling out of my head.

I don't know maybe if I had seen the injury early enough the blood loss could have been prevented... I so wanted to give him the chance to fly atleast once.

Anyway, I hope Zac is in a happy place now and god's will be done.

Thank so much all of you for all your support.

xxx
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Posted 12th September 2011, 05:26 AM
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I am very sorry to hear this sad news. It's always very upsetting when a bird dies. You did your best and that is what counts. The pigeon did not die alone or in the gutter.

Please do not be put off helping another pigeon.Pigeons have few friends and another will appreciate your help.

Thank you for caring.
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Posted 12th September 2011, 02:05 PM
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I agree with all that everyone said. And if I do see another bird or animal needing help, I would still do my best to help it. Especially pigeons !!

Thanks everyone for helping me to get through this xx
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Hi all,

Unfortunately Zac didn't make it. He passed away in the early hours of the morning.I woke up to check on his injury. He was struggling a lot. I unwrapped him. The wound looked dry but not in the healing way. I gave him pain killers again because he was struggling so badly. But he didn't stop struggling.

I think it finally became too much for the little thing.

I don't think I will ever keep any animals again. Rescue or otherwise. It is too painfully to see them suffer and not be able to do anything.

Thanks all for your support.

u cant beat your self up, u did your best, at least he died in the loving home.
ANd dont say u'll never rescue an animal, if thats the case i would have let a lot of little birds die cause i was dissapointed by few fatal cases, u live and u learn.. there is a blessing in every lesson be glad u knew him at all..
Birds with legs like that are hard to maintain,, usually living is suffering,,its a good thing he's not suffering anymore, u did everything in your power..
u will rescue a lot more animals and yeah there will be few more fatal cases, but 98 % of all rescues will be a succes trust me.
I just had a baby die few days ago, yeast infection, i did everything in my power to prolong his life.. yes he died but 200 more will live...
cant save them all now i know that, i used to think i do mirracles but sometimes despite the miracles fate takes place.
Im sorry for your loss
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