Found a baby pigeon about 10 weeks ago. We have become very attached. the problem is my two cats and a dog aren't very attached. i called the vet to see if there was some type of vaccination needed and he told me to call the conservation office. I called and they told me to release him/her immediately because it is a federal offense to keep the bird. I am really scared to release "Pidge". I don't think he/she will be able to find food or friends. There are no pigeons in the area and we do have some hawks. Her likelihood of survival seems pretty slim to me. The woman at the conservation office said to release the pigeon and that it would continue to beg to get into the house for a few days but will eventually fly away. i just can't bring myself to do this. It just sounds soooo cruel to me. I spoke to a friend of mine who is a county officer and he said I could keep the bird if it was not restrained. Well, doesn;t this mean to release it and hope he survives??? I'm at a loss. I know i can't keep "Pidge" but do not want to release her into the wild. He/she is also lonely because I work a lot. I would like him/her to have a companion. Please help.