[quote=paxvobiscum]And to think, I thought necking was having a good snog! [/quote
You get your horizons broadened on here ! lol
Animal rescues (some good ones) dont try and return racers. They keep them confined for a month to monitor their health , allow the ring to drop off
,and re release them. I believe the homing instinct is then destroyed and they just adapt to normal wild pigeon life. Most of the pigeons are just exhausted and disorientated , thats why they lose their way in the first place - but thats not a good trait and fanciers wont put up with it .