I did not know this story was going to be in care2 this morning. I woke
up to about 25 e-mails and received about $300.00 in donations today in
PayPal. I only read about 1/3 of the comments so far but its so nice people
are showing appreciation. And I am actually doing it Ann, and turning a lot
of peoples negative feelings around a little at a time. I have quite a story
of a pigeon I received today with feet that look worse than Starbucks Angel
if you can believe that. I will probably work on him tomorrow and he will
test all my doctoring ability when I work on him. It will be a interesting
story when I am ready, and with photo's I will take in the morning before
surgery (yikes) we love you and the pigeons and I are so blessed to have the
support of you and Laura Simpson to help the cause I have been fighting for,
for eight years. Thank you so very much and you are the reason I have come
as far as I have.
Also the lady that brought me bird seed, dog food, and cat food two days
ago. Her husband sent her over with two new 30 inch long cages for me today
August 6, 2012
Recently, Long Beach, California resident Dan Lubniewski was on his way
downtown to send a package to his son. As he made his way past a Starbucks
with lines of customers and many coffee drinkers chatting at tables, his
eyes scanned the flock of
pigeons working their way along the parking area, and one bird in
particular caught his attention. He could see there was a problem, a serious
problem, with this pigeon's feet.
Dan didn't have a net with him when he first
encountered the pigeon, so he made a plan to come back at the same time of
day on that Friday, and sure enough, the pigeon appeared within five
minutes. Dan carefully moved in on the bird and secured him in a cardboard
'I have dedicated the last eight years of my life to rescuing
and doctoring over 3,000 pigeons and Starbucks Angel was one of my worst
rescues ever,' Dan said. 'He had lost use of all his toes from being
entangled with human hair. I figure his toes had to have been tied and
tortured for a minimum of two years for the condition to have gotten so
More Than 'Just a Pigeon'
While pigeons may seem like
a strange choice to some, Dan can't see what all the fuss is about. In fact,
he values the birds not only for their innate beauty, but for their history
in assisting the military.
'So few people seem to realize that so
many pigeons were decorated war heroes saving our troops' lives,' Dan
explains, referring to the pigeons who saved hundreds of thousands of human
lives by carrying messages across enemy lines during World War I and II.--They
truly deserve more respect than they get. They are one of the most sweetest
and gentle and loving birds you would ever see.'
Dan, a disabled veteran, can be found making his rounds with a bag of
birdseed in one hand and a sack of cat food in the other. He firmly believes
that rescue work is his life's calling and maintains a positive outlook even
on days when he's not quite sure how he'll buy the next bottle of medicine
or bag of food for the animals under his care. Dan invites anyone in the
Long Beach, California area to contact him if they find an injured pigeon.
Dan can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org and this email address may also be used to
send financial support via Paypal.