At the Mia Foundation, a rescue organization in Rochester, New York, two unlikely critters have paired up as best friends: Herman the pigeon who can’t fly and Lundy the chihuahua who can use his back legs. This unlikely friendship is inspiring folks all over the country and also drawing attention to the foundation, which does wonderful work for disabled animals.
Herman was found over a year ago in a car dealership parking lot. He was there sitting on the ground for three days before his rescuers realized he was unable to fly. His prognosis was grim: wildlife rescues said he would never be able to fly and would need to be euthanized. Sue Rogers, The Mia Foundation’s founder, decided to take Herman and care for him instead. He now enjoys a restful life with outside time for stimulation.
Then he met Lundy. The tiny chihuahua came from South Carolina, where breeders explained he had difficulty using his back legs. This is a condition called “swimmers syndrome” which sometimes be helped with therapy. One day, Rogers set Herman down with Lundy while attending to the dog, and was astonished by the way the two snuggled together. No biting. No pecking. Just cuddling.
She shared pictures of the unlikely friends on The Mia Foundation’s Facebook page. The post went viral, with 46k shares. Folks from all over were touched—and also wanted to financially contribute to the foundation to support disabled animals.
I see a new friendship blooming ❤️Herman and Lundy 😊Posted by The Mia Foundation - Love For Mia on Thursday, February 13, 2020
“I was blown away,” Rogers said. She added that the foundation raised $6,000 in two days, which is enough to cover the cost of a veterinary surgery many of her rescues need.
“Thank you also for the donations coming in. We really do need them as we have a few surgeries coming up soon! It brings me to tears to think that our little Herman (the pigeon) is known worldwide now,” she wrote on Facebook. “I’ve been called crazy for keeping Herman alive and trying to make his life a happy one. His life has meaning too.”
While Herman will likely stay in Rogers’ care for the rest of his life, she’s hopeful Lundy stays strong and survives—and eventually finds a forever home.