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Rescue Pigeon Finds True Love and Overcomes Fear



Quick Smiles:

  • Scared rescue pigeon finds new lease on life
  • Rasta’s transformation from terrified to self-assured
  • Pigeon lovebirds Rasta and Taz searching for their forever home

When Rasta first arrived at Great Lakes Pigeon Rescue, he was unsure and scared. After being rescued from an animal hoarding house, where he lived in a small, filthy cage, Rasta needed a fresh start. But everything in his new world seemed frightening to him.

Chava Sonnier, president and cofounder of Great Lakes Pigeon Rescue, shared, “He was scared of toys, of his new soft bed, even of his food dish!

When he was gently lifted out of his cage, he clung to the arms, shoulders, and laps of the volunteers giving him rehab care, afraid to be set down to walk around the house on his own.”

For a month, Rasta struggled to adjust to his new environment. But everything changed when he met Taz, another rescued pigeon. Taz had been found dumped in Northeastern Chicago and was also in need of love and care. From the moment they met, it was clear that Taz and Rasta had a special connection.

“Their foster mom noticed them starting to talk to each other while in their neighboring cages!” Sonnier shared.

“Taz and Rasta specifically were interested in each other and soon started flirting, which neither of them had done with any other pigeons!”

The transformation in Rasta was remarkable. Pigeon rescue volunteers couldn’t believe their eyes as they watched him go from terrified to happy and self-assured, all because of Taz.


Sonnier expressed, “Watching Rasta grow in confidence and find joy again was so moving.”

Nowadays, Rasta and Taz are inseparable. They love patrolling their foster home together, keeping a watchful eye on all the household activities.

Sonnier said, “Rasta and Taz love strolling around the house together, supervising all the household activities.”

Even though Rasta and Taz have found happiness with each other, they are still searching for a permanent adoptive home where they can continue their love story. The staff at Great Lakes Pigeon Rescue can’t wait for this pair to find the family they truly deserve. Every day, Rasta and Taz show that pigeons are more passionate than many people give them credit for.

Sonnier explained, “Pigeons marry for life, and are very devoted, gentle, loving partners. They are truly the birds of love!”