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May 8, 2018

You're Invited to Mickaboo's Spring Fling

Rainbow, rescued Jenday Conure
Rainbow, rescued Jenday Conure

You are cordially invited to Mickaboo's Spring Fling, a casual lunch and fundraiser for Mickaboo's supporters and volunteers.  This year's event will be in Fremont, California on June 3, from 11:30 - 3:30.  See more information and RSVP here.

Your financial support and participation in events like the Spring Fling help birds like Rainbow, pictured here.  Rainbow is a six-years-young Jenday Conure who was surrendered to a local shelter after too many neighbors complained about Rainbow's vocalizations. (The owner lived in an apartment building.) Jendays are beautiful but loud; the bird care classes we offer to the general public aim to prevent surrenders like Rainbow's by helping people better understand what having a bird means, before they acquire their pet bird.

Rainbow's situation was exacerbated in that he was rarely allowed to leave his cage, had no friends of his own kind, and  lacked meaningful interaction with his human.  Birds are intelligent animals who need mental stimulation.  Without such, they can develop undesirable behaviors - like the feather-plucking Rainbow  performed on himself, and excessive screaming. 

Rainbow is now in a foster home and has shown no signs of further feather-picking.  We hope, with time and love, that Rainbow will flourish and regain his feathered glory, while we work on socializing him. 

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If you are unable to come to our Spring Fling, please consider donating instead.  And if you become a GlobalGiving  monthly donor between now and May 13, GlobalGiving will match 100% of your initial donation, up to $200, after your fourth installment.

Rainbow, his 600+  friends in our flock of rescued birds, and our volunteers, all appreciate everything you do to help.

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Feb 16, 2018

Mickaboo Adoption Fairs - You're Invited!

Buster enjoying a head rub
Buster enjoying a head rub

Mickaboo is hosting two adoption fairs over the next few weeks - and you're invited! These fairs are a great way to meet some of the many birds in our rescue flock, talk to volunteers about bird care generally or with regard to a particular species, and start becoming qualified to adopt or foster from us. 

The first of the adoption fairs will be in California's San Jose area:

When: Saturday, Feb 24, 11 am - 4 pm Pacific
Where: For Other Living Things, 1261 South Mary Blvd, Sunnyvale, CA
More information at this link.

The next adoption fair will be in the Sacramento area:

When: Sunday, March 25, 11 am - 4 pm Pacific
Where: Carmichael Public Library, 5605 Marconi Avenue, Carmichael, CA
More information at this link.

Buster is an example of a bird who found happiness in a permanent home.  Buster is a 25-year-young red-bellied female poicephalus surrendered by her original owner because she was "in the way". The females of this species are often ignored or passed over in the pet industry because the males are more "colorful."

Buster loves to chew cardboard, makes soft whistles and kind of says "hello". She enjoys having her head scratched, and though she is missing one toe on each foot, she relishes dancing with her human friends.

Perhaps YOU will find a friend at one of these adoption fairs, like Buster did?  If so, not only will you have a new friend in your household, but you will be creating the capacity for Mickaboo to save another life.

We hope to see you at one of the fairs!

Buster having a snack
Buster having a snack

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Nov 28, 2017

Give Hope to the Birds on Giving Tuesday

Mojo and Tory - Now!
Mojo and Tory - Now!

GlobalGiving is hosting a #GivingTuesday Bonus Day TODAY. The matching event has already begun, and ends at 9 pm Pacific. GlobalGiving will match your online donations up to $1,000 per donor per nonprofit; the match rate will be determined by how much Mickaboo raises as a percentage of all monies raised. This means donations made during the entire day will count! There's no need to wait to help - head to this link now to give. Please consider using this opportunity to support our birds and have your gift go further!

Your gifts help birds like those pictured in this email.  Mojo and Tory are 23- and 19-year-old cherry-headed conures  surrendered to Mickaboo by a woman who had them their whole lives, and only gave them up when she was hospitalized permanently.  (Conures like these have a life expectancy of around 30 years.) Their feather-plucking behavior has been successfully addressed by changes to their diet and environment.  Mojo, the larger of the two, has added some English words ("Hello!" "Take a bath!") to his birdie vocabulary.  Both enjoy interacting outside of their cage with their humans.  

Interested in adopting them?  See more information and contact their adoption coordinator here.

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If you are in the area, consider coming to our Annual Holiday Party and Funraiser (Alameda, December 2) as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary as an all-volunteer organization.  The event will feature:

  • Holiday shopping - silent auction and raffle items collected so far include gift certificates from several of our avian vets, tickets to local attractions (passes to the California Academy of Sciences, zoos, etc.), vintage and custom jewelry, home decor, and more!
  • Volunteer recognition!
  • A yummy buffet!

See more details and RSVP here. If you can't come, we hope you will consider giving today, helping us lay the foundation for the next twenty years.

I hope to see you at our celebration! 

Mojo and Tory - Before  :(
Mojo and Tory - Before :(

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