Our Fall edition of Mickaboo's newsletter features useful information and news about the birds and events you help support. Read stories about our rescue activities and MORE!
And, we have a matching gift opportunity in the near future! From Oct 23, 6 am PT to 9 pm PT, GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $20,000 of matching funds for all of its participating projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page early in the day to take advantage of this opportunity - matching funds for some earlier bonus days have run out in the first HOUR!
Your donations help birds in our care like Octavius the Maximilian Pionus (pictured). He has a fungal granuloma in his respiratory system that has now invaded his spine. This bird is still fighting for his life, so we are helping him; his prognosis is still unclear but improving. A week ago, he had regained the use of one of his legs. Last Friday, the veterinarian was trying to wean him off of oxygen.
Earlier treatment may have prevented the progression of the disease Octavius is now fighting. To his credit, his former owner took Octavius to a vet, but (sadly) refused to authorize the tests needed to diagnose his condition accurately.
Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity on October 23 and help pay the vet bills for Octavius and our many other foster birds?
P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to GlobalGiving for processing.
Because of you who have voted for Mickaboo's GlobalGiving Photo Contest entry so far, we're in second place! That said, we need to be in FIRST place (to win $1000), and that's where YOU can help.
If you have NOT voted yet - please vote at this page.
If you HAVE voted - please ask a fellow bird-lover to vote with us!
If we all work together, Mickaboo's birds WILL win this contest!
The contest prize will help birds like Tad (pictured), a blue fronted Amazon with papilloma, a contagious disease that is hard (and expensive) to treat. He came to us after flying into a backyard; the property owners gave Tad to their local shelter when they realized Tad had a health problem. The shelter then called Mickaboo (not atypical, as shelters are generally unequipped to cope with sick parrots).
Please take advantage of this opportunity to help pay the vet bills for Tad and many other birds like him and vote for us!
Mickaboo's birds and volunteers will appreciate your help.
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:
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!
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.
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 ET, GlobalGiving 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.
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