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.
Dear Mickaboo Friends,
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!
We have a rare matching gift opportunity - and we need YOUR help to take advantage of it!
On May 7, 6 am PT - 9 pm PT, 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.
Your donations help birds like Congo, a Timneh African Grey (pictured). Congo has a large mass on his left eye, attached to both the inside and outside of his eyelid. The mass is growing. Poor Congo has been rubbing this eye so the mass is likely causing him discomfort. The mass needs to be removed and tissue samples sent to a lab to see if it is cancerous. Congo’s inner third eyelid is not affected so the eye itself should be okay after surgery. And Congo will be much happier and more comfortable once the mass is removed and the eye heals.
Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help pay the vet bills for Congo and our many other birds like him?
P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to GlobalGiving for processing.
Thanks to your generosity and that of many, many others, Mickaboo has exited the October 2013 moratorium we imposed on additions to our foster flock. THANK YOU very, very much! You have an opportunity today (yes, TODAY! Right Now!) to continue supporting our mission of improving the quality of life for companion birds in need.
During the last moratorium, we reviewed our financial policies in light of having had two moratoria in one year - the result of demand for our services outpacing our funding model - and made changes. We created a per-bird fee for individuals surrendering their pets, equal to 1/4 to 1/3 of our average per-bird veterinary cost. This fee has been generally well received and understood; that said, there are times when the surrenderer cannot afford it. This is where YOU come in!
We are creating a "Benevolent Fund" to assist these surrendering guardians. All funds collected today - GlobalGiving's first Bonus Day of 2014 - will be dedicated to this fund.
From Feb 12, 6 am PT - 9 pm PT (or Feb 12, 9 am ET - midnight Eastern), GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until Global Giving has given away $75,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's Global Giving page to take advantage of this opportunity - now, before matching funds run out!
Read more about how Mickaboo impacts the lives of our feathered companions in our recently published newsletter. From an unexpected adoption to an Amazon's medical and emotional rehabilitation, there's a heartwarming story for everyone.
Thank you again for your generosity, and enabling Mickaboo to continue its mission on behalf of our feathered friends!
There's just enough time left in 2013 to gift yourself - with a last-minute tax deduction for donating to your favorite nonprofits. :) In that vein, I wanted to share a few words from Michelle Yesney, Mickaboo's Chief Executive Officer. The following is adapted from her remarks at Mickaboo's 2013 Annual Holiday Party & Funraiser:
Well, we've made it through another year. Because of all of you, there are more companion birds that are alive, healthy, and in good homes than there would have been without you. Like all of our years together, there have been some sad times, some nasty encounters with reality, and some occasions of great joy. The significance of the joy we experience is greater because of the sadness that we know lurks always in the background.
I want to again remind all of you that pour your time, your energy, your patience, your love, and your money into Mickaboo: You, all of you, provide the fuel that keeps our birds alive, restores their health, and finds them homes.
You do it with your donations, your time, the intensity of your feelings, and the energy of your devotion. On behalf of Mickaboo's Board of Directors, I want to thank you for everything you have given and done to make us so very good at what we all do. Mickaboo is about the generosity of individuals. None of us, not the Board of Directors, not the species coordinators, not our tech team, not me - NONE OF US - ARE GETTING PAID FOR WHAT WE DO. As we all keep reminding each other, "it's all about the birds". The basis of our organization, the object of our efforts, the measure of our successes - it's all about the birds.
REPORT FOR 2013THE STATE OF MICKABOO
Since we have been in a moratorium since mid-October 2013, our intake has been severely curtailed, compared to the same time period last year (see Table 1 in the attached). This second moratorium of 2013 became necessary because our veterinary bills were so high that, despite the incredible generosity of our supporters and the reductions offered by most of our vets, we were running out of funds. More of the birds that we took in this year were sick or injured, and more required lengthy hospitalization. We are finding ways to reduce some of the extremely high costs, including relying more on skilled outpatient nursing by some of our volunteers and emphasizing our reliance on vets who reduce the fees that they charge us. We are extremely fortunate to have skilled veterinarians that value their relationship with Mickaboo and support what we do.
The most painful lesson of this year has been that we cannot follow the same operating pattern and still expect to continue to rescue birds indefinitely into the future. As I said at the Holiday Party, the Board has reluctantly determined that we must implement some changes. The most significant change is that we will have to ask for a surrender fee for any bird we accept from a private party (i.e., not from a shelter or a stray) as we have been doing during the moratorium. The details of how the new system will function are still being worked out. How we can work with surrenderers who are unable to pay a fee, and what we tell people who simply refuse to pay, are still being clarified.
We take in a number of birds from shelters that cannot pay a surrender fee; we are and always have been the last resort for such birds and it is critical that we continue to take birds from the shelters. We take in birds of all sizes - the big expensive parrots and the smallest of the companion birds; and we take in birds that are far too often injured and sick. Again, we are the last resort for birds that have been abandoned or for whom there is no other option, and we hope to continue in that role. We are hoping to continue to operate under the same principles and values that have characterized Mickaboo for over 15 years because those standards are why most of us are part of the organization.
The surrender fee we have asked for during the moratorium is $200 per bird. That will not pay the full costs of veterinary care for some birds, but it helps. It reduces the strain on our resources that each incoming bird creates, and helps protect our ability to care for the birds we already have.
Like many, maybe most of you, I share my home with birds that came to me through Mickaboo. Like most of you, I cannot imagine a world in which many of these birds would have been euthanized, would have died from malnutrition or disease, or been left to suffer from neglect or indifference. I am grateful to have them here and I am grateful to be part of such an incredible group of human beings.
Wishing all of you and your flock (feathered, furry, scaled and human), a wonderful and Happy New Year.
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