Dear Mickaboo Friends, The Fall edition of Mickaboo's newsletter has news about some of the birds and activities you help support. Read stories about our rescue work and MORE!
The last matching gift opportunity for 2014 is happening NOW! From Oct 15, 6 am to 9 pm Pacific Time, GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $75,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity before funds run out!
Your donations help birds like Nora and Chacco. Nora is a sweet female cockatiel who has been treated for cancer - and the cancer is in remission! Chacco is a rose-breasted cockatoo who recently had a wing amputation to resolve an injury, and is also recovering from a chest wound.
Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help us heal Nora, Chacco, and the ~400 other other birds in our care?
P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to GlobalGiving for processing.
Dear Mickaboo Friends,
We now have the results of the recent GlobalGiving Photo Contest in which many of you voted for Mickaboo.
Because of YOUR efforts, Mickaboo placed first in its category and fourth overall in the contest. While we did not win a cash prize, we made many new friends and were awarded GlobalGiving’s professional help with our social media efforts.
During the contest, you heard about two of our foster birds: Cappi, a middle-aged yellow-naped amazon who received an innovative stent to address his airsaculitis, and Fletcher, a nanday conure who is recovering from what may have been a stroke. We now introduce you to Chacco, a rosebreasted cockatoo who came to us with an injured wing and a raw chest wound. Chacco’s former owner could not afford his medical care – and that is where Mickaboo stepped in.
The picture below is of Chacco in his hospital tank, just a handful of days after Mickaboo received him. He is resting in a sling so as to aggravate his chest wound as little as possible; the purple visible to the right is a bandage around his hurt wing.
The picture at the top of this report was taken after Chacco’s wing surgery. His foster parent says he is recovering well, with the promise of a better quality of life. Chacco’s condition continues to be monitored by our veterinary partner.
Would you consider helping Chacco heal? We have started a special fund for Chacco's veterinary expenses; you may contribute to it here.
Thank you for your consideration.
We asked you earlier to help Mickaboo win $1000 in GlobalGiving's online photo contest. This is an update - and a plea.
After holding first place for much of last week, we fell to fourth place on Monday, Aug 25. Not good! We need YOUR help to get back to first and stay there!
The prize money would help birds like Fletcher. Fletcher is a Nanday Conure who was recently hospitalized for what may have been a seizure. Here is a video of him while hospitalized; Fletcher has trouble holding his head in its normal position and is abnormally quiet.
In contrast, here is Fletcher's video after he recovered and returned to his foster home. We see a more normal body position, and he's talking up a storm! Midway through the video, his foster parent translates his chatter, thanking all those voting on his behalf in this GlobalGiving Photo Contest.
Thank you for helping by voting - and for spreading the word to your fellow bird-loving friends!
Many thanks to those of you who recently donated to Mickaboo through GlobalGiving! Because of your and others' generosity, AND the matching gift funds, Mickaboo collected enough for about a month's worth of veterinary bills!
That said, the vet bills keep coming (and coming and coming...), so we are asking you to help Mickaboo win $1000 in GlobalGiving's Photo Contest. It's easy, costs nothing, and takes just a few seconds:
If we win (we were second last year!), Mickaboo will get $1000 and much-needed publicity about the existence of bird rescue and Mickaboo. (Did you know Mickaboo has over 400 birds in foster care?)
This year's photo features Cappi, a 45-ish year old, Yellow-Naped Amazon who is one of our more special foster birds. He has airsaculitis, a rare chronic condition where air enters and becomes trapped in the air sacs. He became a Mickaboo foster bird when his former owner became overwhelmed with Cappi's vet bills; Cappi needed "deflating" every few weeks to release the air trapped within him. Recently, Cappi underwent surgery to have a stent installed, creating a release valve for the trapped air. Cappi now visits the vet much less often, to have the stent cleaned out.
Cappi is a talented vocalist who delights crowds wherever he goes with his hi's and hello's and other phrases. At 45, he has many years ahead of him. We're sure there is a wonderful home waiting for him somewhere - perhaps yours?
Cappi and the many other birds in Mickaboo's foster flock will appreciate your taking a few seconds to vote to help Mickaboo win $1000 - and for your past generosity.
Our work to improve the welfare of companion birds is never-ending. Read the Summer edition of Mickaboo's newsletter for some great articles about the work YOU enable us to do.
The veterinary assistance our birds need is by no means free - and we have a rare 50% matching gift opportunity we hope you will use. On Wednesday July 16, from 6 am PT - 9 pm PT, GlobalGiving will match your online gifts at 50%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $130,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page *now* to take advantage of this opportunity.
Your donations help birds like Hector (pictured). Hector is a male half-English budgie, which means he's a bit bigger and fluffier than most budgies. He and his friend Andi were found abandoned in a foreclosed home. Hector has fought hard to overcome health problems resulting from an all-seed diet, small cage, and dowel perches. He has a narrowed breathing passage which makes him susceptible to respiratory infections, he was very overweight and had poor muscle tone, and has some damage to the bottoms of his feet. After lots of care - including antibiotics, a healthy diet, a big flight cage with plenty of exercise, and soft rope perches and platforms for his feet - he is now able to climb, fly, sing, and enjoy life again!
He was recently found to have a malignant tumor on his right side, and just had an operation (costing ~$1100) to remove it. Although he has an excellent chance of full recovery, he needs help to cover the costs of all that expert veterinary care, and of any future respiratory problems.
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Please take advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help pay the vet bills for Hector and his feathered friends. They will ALL appreciate it!
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