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Dec 12, 2011

Your Holiday Giving Can Help Birds in Need

Bluebelle, a car-struck budgie, "before"
Bluebelle, a car-struck budgie, "before"

It might take a while before they can learn to give us their trust. They are surrendered by owners and shelters.  Sometimes they come to us as strays. Some just need a warm, welcoming home and open heart. Others need veterinary care. And many need the lifeline that Mickaboo can provide.

Mickaboo strives to educate people about companion birds to ensure the birds have a safe, loving environment for life. It stands ready to provide assistance and refuge to those in need.

So far this year, 391 birds were surrendered to us; we found permanent homes for 358 members of our foster flock.

We delight in seeing birds come out of their shells, socialize, grow back broken and plucked plumage, or finally decide that eating those fruit and veggie things isn’t so bad after all. And in the end, uniting these birds with a loving owner and forever home…we know it’s worth it. That happiness and gratitude manifests itself in many ways. A whistled greeting. A gentle nibble. A bowed head seeking a skritch or two.

Happy endings would not be possible without the time and energy put in by our outstanding volunteers who teach bird care classes, make phone calls and conduct home visits, construct bird toys, and transport birds and supplies all over Northern California. These birds would not be able to overcome bad diets, diseases or behavioral issues without the dedication put in by our foster parents. And above all, the veterinary care that we are able to provide these birds would not be feasible without the generosity of our donors.

As you pause to reflect on your giving this season, please consider making a one-time or recurring donation to Mickaboo. Your support makes a world of difference for our feathered friends. Don’t forget to spread the word about the joy of companion birds – don’t breed, don’t buy, ADOPT!

Wishing you a season of joy and a New Year full of prosperity.

Bluebelle, with her new cast
Bluebelle, with her new cast
Bluebelle, "after" treatment - all better!
Bluebelle, "after" treatment - all better!

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Oct 28, 2011

Thank You!

Rocky has taken King under his wing - literally!
Rocky has taken King under his wing - literally!

Many thanks to those of you who recently donated to Mickaboo! Because of your generosity and others, Mickaboo collected enough funds in the last week or so (centered around Global Giving Bonus Day) to pay for about three weeks of veterinary expenses - a wonderful gift.

I'd like to give you an update about the scarlet macaw featured on our Global Giving page, one of the birds you help with your donation.  King is one of Mickaboo's 600+ foster birds available for adoption. Mickaboo rehabilitates its foster birds, both physically and socially, to the extent possible and necessary to enable them to find new homes. King is continuing to learn how to trust humans and to heal his battered soul in the care of one of our volunteer foster parents.  Recently this volunteer started caring for another macaw, a Blue and Gold named Rocky. This report's photo shows King and Rocky have become close friends - Rocky has taken King under his wing, both figuratively and literally.  In the same way, a significant part of Mickaboo's activities is around taking abused, neglected, or abandoned companion birds under its wing (as well as to educate the public about responsible bird ownership) - and we thank you for enabling us to continue to do so.

To learn more about King, Rocky 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.

If you plan to be in the San Francisco Bay Area on December 3, join us at our Annual Holiday Party!

Thank you again for your generosity, and enabling Mickaboo to continue its mission on behalf of our feathered friends!

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Oct 13, 2011

Mickaboo's Fall Newsletter - and a Donation Match Opportunity!

Aggie, a Senegal
Aggie, a Senegal

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.

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