Recently my dog Stella and I were taking our bedtime walk when she began sniffing a bag in a darkened doorway. I didn't want to linger as it was raining steadily, but she wouldn't move on. As I leaned in to lead her away I was surprised when the bag moved and an eye popped open and looked up at me. Stella had found an injured pigeon.
Earlier in the winter we had come across a large pigeon sitting in the middle of a sidewalk which you never see. I was worried about the bird for the rest of our walk and returned afterwards to check on him. I was happy to see that he was gone, but then spotted him lying upside down on one of those three foot high walls of snow and trash that we lived with all winter. The image bothered me for the rest of the day so that evening I returned with a bag to dispose of him as best I could. To leave him there just felt disrespectful.
I didn't want pass up a chance to help another bird so after dropping Stella at home I furiously Googled how to rescue a pigeon. Surprisingly, there didn't seem to be an immediately obvious page with steps to take, but after quickly looking through a few '90s style websites and boards I was ready to get to work.