Dear Mickaboo Friends, 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 rare matching gift opportunity! From Oct 18, 9 pm PT to Oct 19, 9 pm PT (i.e., the full calendar day of October 19 in Eastern Time Zone terms), GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until Global Giving has given away $100,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's Global Giving page to take advantage of this opportunity.
Your donations help birds in our care like Aggie the Senegal parrot (pictured). While Aggie is a fun-loving little bird who wants to interact with people, something happened in her past that made her very nervous and excitable. She has pulled out or chewed up many of her own feathers, including those on her wings and tail. This has affected her balance and made her prone to fall. Aggie's foster parent is working with Aggie to help calm her down so she can grow her feathers back and socialize calmly like she should, but this will take a lot of behavioral work and supportive care. Aggie has undergone minor surgery to hopefully correct her issues with plucking.
Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity and help pay the vet bills for Aggie and many other birds like her?
P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to Global Giving for processing.
Because of your help, Mickaboo has recently lifted its general moratorium on intake of new birds. Our financial and human resources continue to be stretched thin, but, thanks to our many supporters around the world and our army of kind-hearted and tireless volunteers, we are able to take in more companion birds who need our help.
We still have some special challenges with our larger bird population. We have far too many macaws for our current supply of foster homes, for example, and we are having difficulties finding permanent homes for Amazons and Wild Flock cherryhead conures. All of these big, wonderful birds need special homes with very special families. If you are interested in learning more about the very largest of our big birds, or if you think you know someone that could become a forever home for a big bird, please let us know of your interest. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the species coordinators for these birds.
To everyone that has donated to help pay the overwhelming costs of treating the many sick and injured birds we have taken in, thank you from all of us that love and foster these birds while we work to find them forever homes. You make it possible for us to continue doing this difficult and wonderful work. Here is the story of two birds we were able to help recently because of YOUR help:
Travis is the one with orange feathers. He is a Lutino Peach Faced Lovebird and used to be yellow with peach face. The vet is not sure what is causing the abnormal feather color. This feather color abnormality generally happens to female lovebirds and those who are on a seed diet. That said, Travis' blood work does not indicate fatty liver disease. He is also underweight, with his keel showing prominently.
Monkey has a cyst-like growth just below her left eye. Fortunately it is not inside her eye. We are hoping to have the growth removed surgically. It has been drained twice but fills right back up.The fluid inside was tested and no cancerous cells were found.
Both birds will have to undergo frequent vet visits and expensive treatment. Please consider making a recurring donation to help cover their veterinary bills and those of the many other birds we help. It's easy to do! Sign up for a recurring donation here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-unwanted-and-abandoned-companion-birds/ . Be sure to click on the “monthly recurring” option below the large orange “donate” button. Read instructions for setting up a recurring donation here.
Thank you again for your generosity, from all of us and our foster flock.
Mickaboo’s July 2011 newsletter has just been published! See stories about what your contribution has enabled Mickaboo to do to help our feathered friends, a scrumptious birdie muffin recipe, and more!
We cannot thank you enough for your donations, both during the recent Global Giving matching campaign and otherwise. The success of our mission depends entirely on the generosity of people like you - we have no funding from corporate or government sources. Bluebelle (a budgie, picture attached) is a case in point. Bluebelle had a run-in with something, most likely a car, but no one knows for sure. Thanks to the quick actions of the shelter to which she was first brought, Mickaboo volunteers and one fantastic avian veterinarian she may live to tell us what happened. When she was first brought to the vet her prognosis was not good - no one thought she would survive. She had multiple head injuries, a fractured leg and was completely unresponsive. Since then she has made a remarkable recovery and will need continued extensive care to continue recovering.
To learn more about Bluebelle and the rest of our foster flock - and to sign up to adopt any of them - go to our online bird listing. Want to learn more about bird care? Our reading room has several articles about bird behavior, safe and unsafe plants and foods, and more!
Thank you again for your generosity, and enabling Mickaboo to continue its mission to help our feathered friends!
Would you want your charitable contribution to be made MORE effective?
From June 14, 9 pm PT to June 15, 9 pm PT, Global Giving will match your donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until $250,000 of qualifying donations has been received. And there’s more - Mickaboo can earn a $1,000 bonus if we raise the most funds, AND another $1,000 bonus if Mickaboo has the most unique donors!
Your donations help birds in our care like Jade (picture attached). Jade was found by a kind person who noticed a little budgie being chased by a cat in her driveway. She called a friend who rushed over to help catch sweet Jade. Jade’s veterinary care includes bandaging her injured leg and treating a serious feather lice infestation. She must have been out in the wild for a long time given how overgrown her nails and beak were! We are glad to have been able to save this brave little girl and give her a new lease on life in a secure, loving environment.
Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity and help pay the vet bills for Jade and many other birds like her?
Thank you for your recent donation to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue! Because of your generosity and that of many others, Mickaboo successfully met the Global Giving Challenge and is now a permanent part of the Global Giving Community. The monies collected during the April Challenge and subsequently will pay for about a half month of our current veterinary expenses - a wonderful gift during these challenging times.
You may have wondered about the scarlet macaw featured on our Global Giving page. King is one of Mickaboo's 600+ foster birds available for adoption. He is slowly learning to trust humans and to heal his battered soul in the care of one of our more experienced volunteers. You can follow King's progress at his Facebook page.
Another of our foster birds is Aubrey (picture attached), an older Amazon. She is the sweetest, most cuddly bird her foster mom has ever met. Aubrey came to Mickaboo from a local shelter and immediately needed medication for sinus and eye infections. For a few weeks, Aubrey was in the clear, then suddenly crashed. She had seizure (stroke-like) symptoms and had trouble breathing. She spent the night at an emergency room on oxygen and was transferred to her avian veterinarian in the morning. Aubrey is still not stable enough for many diagnostic tests but the doctors think she is suffering from heart disease. Aubrey has a long road ahead of her and her veterinary bills will be large.
To learn more about Aubrey and the rest of our foster flock - and to sign up to adopt any of them - go to our online bird listing. Want to learn more about bird care? Our reading room has several articles about bird behavior, safe and nonsafe plants and foods, and more! Finally, read our latest quarterly newsletter, written by Mickaboo's volunteers, for more about what Mickaboo does and the latest in responsible avian care.
Thank you again for your generosity, and enabling Mickaboo to continue its mission on behalf of our feathered friends!
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