We often hear people say that rescue birds must have something "wrong" about them - so in their quest for a new feathered companion, they are biased toward buying a bird from a pet store or breeder.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
Yes, surrenders happen because guardians cannot afford their pet(s)' medical care. Just as often, surrenders occur because of the guardian's own financial or medical difficulties.
Meet Watermelon, a recently-surrendered lovebird. Watermelon's former owner gave her up because of the owner's allergies. Watermelon is a healthy, well-socialized and spectacularly-colored lovebird who will make someone a wonderful pet - and she's getting a great chance at finding a wonderful new home because of Mickaboo. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Watermelon or to inquire about adopting her.
While Watermelon doesn't need medical attention right now, many of the 450+ birds in Mickaboo's rescue flock DO. If you have not already voted in GlobalGiving's Photo Contest for Mickaboo, would you take a moment to do so now? Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue could win $1000 toward its birds' monthly vet bills of $25,000 (and more)!
If you can help:
Your help will be appreciated by the hundreds of birds cared for by Mickaboo's many dedicated volunteers.
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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 3/4 of one month's 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, Mickaboo will get $1000 and much-needed publicity for bird rescue and Mickaboo. (Did you know Mickaboo has over 450 birds in foster care?)This year's photo features Baby, a 23-ish year old Greenwing Macaw. Baby was surrendered by an elderly owner who could no longer care for her pets because of her own medical challenges. Baby sings, talks, and dances if you click your fingers. She likes almonds, oranges, and (like most birds) a little bit of whatever you are eating.Baby and the many 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.
Dear Mickaboo Friends, Our Summer edition of Mickaboo's newsletter, featuring news about the birds and events you support, is now available. Read about our rescue activities and MORE!
Even as dedicated as they are, Mickaboo's volunteers could not do what we do without your financial support. A special matching gift opportunity is in progress now - from July 15, 6 am - 9 pm PT, GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 50%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until Global Giving has given away $115,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.
Your donations help birds in our care like Henrietta. Nearly 20 years old, Henrietta came to us with arthritis in her feet and wings. She became sick with a virus that swept through her home’s flock and was hospitalized for nearly two weeks. The virus caused one of her stomachs to enlarge and stop working properly. Despite continuing to eat, she nearly starved to death as her weight dropped from 82 grams down to 66 grams. She recovered from the virus and then had surgery to remove a large pre-existing mass inside her crop to prevent future health issues.
Henrietta is now out of the hospital and enjoying time with her cockatiel friends. Her vet bills so far have totaled almost $5,000.
Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity and help pay the bills for Henrietta and our 400+ other birds like her, so they can become adoptable to forever homes?
P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to GlobalGiving for processing.
What if there was no rescue group to take in the needy and neglected birds saved by Mickaboo? We asked one of our supporters about the special birds she has adopted from us:
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Mieli was the sweet little guy who had suffered a scaly mite infestation before we took him in, and after he was treated his beak no longer grew properly. The upper one was close enough to normal that a reshaping once a year was sufficient, but his lower beak grew at an abnormally fast rate. He was supposed to need a vet visit every four to six weeks to trim that, but the morning he was supposed to go for his first trim as my adoptee, the beak was normal length. It took many weeks of careful observation to discover that the clever little guy was rubbing it back and forth on the lava rock until it was thin enough for him to snap off the excess growth by using the cage bars for leverage. He was not only typically budgie-smart, he was also an incredibly sweet little guy who personally helped everyone else in the flock with their pinfeathers at moulting time. Chaos and Miracle [never] fledged so they fly like rocks ... straight down to the floor. Of course, they sometimes forget they can't fly -- after all, they know they're budgies! -- and are then quite embarrassed to be down there and needing their person's help to go back to the cage. Poppy.... [was] the baby budgie with the funky wing that found his way to the Berkeley shelter.... When it was discovered that the little guy hadn't suffered a broken wing but a birth defect, it was pretty obvious he wasn't going to be anyone's first choice for adoption, so he came here rather than spend years in foster waiting for a forever home that probably would never be offered to him. Well, today Miracle found himself on the floor again and when I didn't notice him right away, Poppy got to a spot on the outside of the cage where he could see Miracle and also get my attention with his chirping and acrobatics. Once he knew I was watching him, he switched his focus toward the floor, knowing I'd follow his gaze. Miracle stepped up to my hand from my floor and Poppy then watched him non-stop until I got him back to the cage. Why do we save them? Because they are intelligent, thinking companion birds who deserve it ... even when not physically perfect.
Could you imagine a world without Mickaboo to help these special birds and the others in our rescue flock? A world where these beautiful, loving, feeling creatures are euthanized simply because they require medical care? These are the birds Mickaboo was founded for—the birds who, through no fault of their own, find themselves homeless and in need of care.
The financial support of people like YOU is what makes the Mickaboo miracle continue. Your donation today can go further – a matching gift event is underway NOW until 9 pm Pacific Time. GlobalGiving will match ALL online donations, up to $1,000 per donor per project. (In today's event, the exact matching percentage depends on the donation total collected by GlobalGiving for its nonprofit partners.) Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.
As always - THANK YOU for your ongoing generosity and support.
Thanks to your continued support, we have been able to continue our work of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing companion birds. So far this year, we have accepted about 20 birds and adopted out approximately that many, while caring for a flock of ~450.
YOUR help and that of our many dedicated volunteers are what make the miracle that is Mickaboo happen. Your donation today to keep the miracle going can go further – a matching gift event is underway NOW! From March 18, 6 am - 9 pm PT GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $60,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.
Your donations help birds like Louie, a 15-year-old female blue-fronted amazon (pictured). Louie was surrendered to Mickaboo when her guardian could no longer afford Louie’s medical needs. Louie appeared to be having great difficulty breathing, so she was immediately hospitalized and put on oxygen while veterinarians assessed her condition.
Initial imaging suggested something was blocking half of Louie’s airflow at the base of her pharynx. More imaging over a two-week period showed large finger-like growths in the esophagus interfering with Louie’s food intake. Louie’s frantic stretching and head movements were how she had been moving food down her esophagus. Biopsies showed the growths resulted from inflammation (rather than cancer or an infection), possibly due to a vitamin A deficiency. Louie was given a vitamin A injection and other medications; her movements have become far less frantic. Follow-up care will be needed over the next several months.
Louie is now in a Mickaboo foster home where she is talking, laughing, and eating well. She says ‘hello’ and other words in a cute woman’s voice when she thinks no one is listening.
Louie’s vet bills have exceeded $5000 so far. The improvement in Louie's quality of life - priceless! Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help Louie and our other birds heal and find permanent, loving homes?
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