Hit by a Car and Left for Dead, These Two Pigeons Have Found Love at a Sanctuary

Life really couldn’t have looked any worse for Woodstock pigeon after he was hit by a car and dumped in the trash where he was left to die.

With his crop torn open and a broken wing to boot, he likely wouldn’t have lasted the night, but thankfully someone noticed his little face peering back at them from the dark and dingy garbage bin when they opened the lid.

Seeing he was clearly suffering and in need of help they rushed him to the vet where he underwent a dangerous operation to save his life.

He made it, but he wasn’t ever going to be able to fly again and now he needed a home where he could live out the rest of his life in peace and that’s how he ended up here with us in Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary.


When Woodstock Met Jefferson

Woodstock loved his new life at the sanctuary, and the beautiful forest setting was a world away from the fast paced city life he was used to.

The thing is, he didn’t really get along with the other pigeons and was finding it difficult to make any friends.

That was until Jefferson arrived.

The moment she set foot in the aviary, it was love at first sight for Woodstock.


The two of them are now inseparable and they spend all day together, eating, sleeping and grooming; where one goes, the other follows.

Watching their relationship blossom has been such a wonderful experience, as it’s not often that you get to witness the intricate lives of these birds so closely.

As you can see from the photos they even make heart shapes when they look at each other…


And they also love a good smooch!

Happily Ever After For These Two Lovebirds

We’ve been living alongside pigeons for thousands of years, and while most of us may see hundreds every single day, how often do you take the time to think about them as individuals with their own unique thoughts, feelings, fears and desires?

As you can see from this incredibly touching story, the desire to live, and to enjoy life is as strong in them as it is in us. Society has become desensitized to their suffering and pain, and stories of pigeons being left for dead at the side of the road, poisoned, or intentionally abused are all too common.

Luckily for these two, their near fatal encounters with humans didn’t end up costing them their precious lives, and they have been able to find love, companionship and peace at the sanctuary.


All life is precious, and we need to take responsibility for our actions and do everything we can to protect and preserve the lives of those who need us most, not stuff them into a bin and go about our day as if nothing has happened.

Photo Credit: Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jinny L.

These little ones are just as worthy and deserving as we are (maybe even more).....happy that they are happy and healthy. And kudos to the rescuers!! Thanks for sharing.

Kamia T.
Kamia T2 years ago

So glad to see these two doing so well!

Jane R.
Jane R2 years ago

Beautiful birds. I love pigeons.

William Eaves
William Eaves2 years ago

Cute :-)

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H2 years ago

Back again to enjoy that clip of Jefferson "doing Woodstock's hair", as my Mum would say! It needs to be longer, and clips like that of two birds making up to each other should be a regular feature of the "daily cute"!

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder2 years ago


federico bortoletto
federico b2 years ago

Grazie per la bella storia.

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H2 years ago

I LOVE the clip of Woodstock preening Jefferson, because I've always loved watching birds preen each other - "doing each other's hair", as my Mum used to put it. I wish we had more like this among the daily cutes.

Sophie M.
Sophie M2 years ago

I LOVE pigeons and I loved this! Thank you :)