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 box.
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.”
Most nights 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.