Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

To provide protection for those who, by no fault or choice of their own, cannot help themselves, and depend on humans for their care. To ensure the highest quality of life for our companion birds. To educate the bird owning public on the most current diet, health and general care information.
Jul 15, 2013

Thank You - And a Favor Please?

GlobalGiving Photo Contest Entry
GlobalGiving Photo Contest Entry

Many thanks to those of you who recently donated to Mickaboo! Because of your and others' generosity, Mickaboo collected enough funds to lift our recent moratorium - we are taking in new birds again!

And because the vet bills keep coming, we are asking you to help Mickaboo win $1000 in a GlobalGiving Photo Contest. It's easy, costs nothing, and takes just a few seconds:

  • VOTE for Mickaboo NOW at this link (one vote per person for the entire contest)
  • CONFIRM your vote via the email you’ll receive – otherwise your vote won’t count!
  • SHARE this voting request via email / Facebook / Twitter / your other social networks, and ask your contacts to vote and to share too!  Email me at pr@mickaboo.org if you would like suggested wording.

If we win (we did last year!), Mickaboo will get $1000 and much-needed publicity about the existence of bird rescue and Mickaboo.  (Did you know Mickaboo has over 300 birds in foster care?)

See our July newsletter for useful bird care news, and articles about our rescue work.  Birds like Posey, a sweet young budgie with a badly fractured leg, surrendered to us by a shelter need our help and yours.  Posey had to have her leg amputated (racking up $1000+ in vet bills) and is adjusting well.

Thank you again for your generosity, and enabling Mickaboo to continue its mission for our feathered friends!

Posey, whose leg was amputated
Posey, whose leg was amputated


Jun 12, 2013

Donate Now - Lift the Mickaboo Moratorium!

Bancroft, resting after intake
Bancroft, resting after intake

Mickaboo has imposed a temporary moratorium on incoming birds due to an unexpected and significant increase in our veterinary expenses.  YOUR action now can help us lift the moratorium so we can help other birds needing our assistance.

Mickaboo promises to provide a safe home and adequate veterinary medical care to all the birds for whom we are responsible. These birds include recent refugees like Bancroft (pictured resting in an incubator after we took him in), rescued from under a car in San Francisco where he was being attacked by other birds.  His medical care, and that for four other members of the Wild Flock of Telegraph Hill, totalled almost $10,000 in May!  To continue meeting our commitment to our current foster flock, we suspended acceptance of new birds as of midnight on May 25.

Help us lift the moratorium!  We have a rare matching gift opportunity to help you do just that. On June 12, from 6 am - 9 pm Pacific Time, GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 50%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $90,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.

P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to GlobalGiving for processing.


Mar 13, 2013

Your Donation *NOW* Goes Further - and Helps Heal Boomer!

Boomer watching humans at a recent Mickaboo event.
Boomer watching humans at a recent Mickaboo event.

Boomer felt miserable!

Boomer, a 30-year-old-ish Greenwing Macaw, had been surrendered to Mickaboo when his former caregiver became ill and unable to care for him.  After taking him in, we noticed he had difficulty walking – but what was most noticeable about Boomer were his droppings.  They were SMELLY – far more odorous than that of a healthy bird, indicating a potential infection.

After consultations with two veterinarians, it turns out the problem was “mechanical”. Boomer's tail bone was deformed - instead of curving up at the end like that of a normal bird, it curved down (see X-rays), partially blocking Boomer’s vent. He also had a pressure sore where the end of the tail bone poked down.  Boomer must have felt a lot of pain whenever he defecated – and hence was avoiding doing so.

Boomer had surgery recently to amputate his last three vertebrae.  He is now in MUCH less pain – and for the first time since becoming his guardians, we heard him chatter.  A noisy bird is a happy bird! 

Boomer’s diagnostic and surgical procedures cost $4,000.  Would you help us pay for his medical care, and the care of the other 300 birds in our foster flock?  If you can, we have a matching gift opportunity for you! TODAY, from 6 am PT/9 am ET to 9 pm PT/midnight ETGlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving's matching funds run out. (If this happens, the donation page will say so.)  Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity (now! before matching funds run out!) to help our birds and make your funds go further!

Read more about the birds and rescue activities you so graciously support with your hard-earned funds in the Winter edition of Mickaboo's newsletter.

P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to GlobalGiving for processing.

X-ray of normal bird
X-ray of normal bird's tail bone
X-ray of Boomer
X-ray of Boomer's tail bone, before surgery


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