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Sep 21, 2016

What's New at Mickaboo + Help our Birds Today


We at Mickaboo wanted to tell you about some of our recent activities - and to ask for your help with today's GlobalGiving Bonus Day fundraising.

GlobalGiving is releasing $30,000 in matching funds TWICE today - at 3am PT/6am ET, and 9am PT/noon ET. That's two opportunities for you to make YOUR donations go further!  Our veterinary costs are now running at $40-$50K/month, so your help at this time will be very appreciated!  Consider donating now - it only takes a couple minutes to make a lifetime of difference for our birds.

We invite you to join us as we watch the flow of matching funds at our blog and Facebook page, where we will also post snippets of birdie info along the way.

Your generosity helps birds such as these:

  • Snookie, a greencheek conure who landed at an animal shelter due to an eviction. He is a sweet bird and while vocal, isn't loud.   After a few days with his foster parent, he started stepping up without biting first. He likes to be with people, and loves shoulder-surfing.
  • Pierce, a former member of the iconic Wild Flock of Telegraph Hill, came to us due to a disability he suffered while in the wild. 
  • Max, a cockatiel, was surrendered to Mickaboo along with an Amazon and 3 zebra finches from an individual facing housing challenges. He was described as 20 years old, friendly but not hand-tame. We were almost immediately able to place him with a couple looking to adopt a friend for their existing older cockatiel.

Please help us continue our mission of helping birds like these with their medical challenges so they can find permanent homes.  Over 95% of your gifts are spent on our veterinary expenses; we cannot do what we do without generous supporters like you.

Thank you for your kindness!



Aug 26, 2016

Lovebirds get Help at Mickaboo

Baby lovebird "SweetPea"
Baby lovebird "SweetPea"

Mickaboo has some newly-rescued lovebirds; here is their story and how you can help them.

A family surrendered their lovebirds to Mickaboo because the family was moving to a less pet-friendly home. And, they were unwilling to take the baby lovebird to a vet to address the baby's leg issues.  

The family of three lovebirds are now in Mickaboo's hands:

  • Kita is the mom of the family at just five years of age. She is an absolute sweetheart!  Unfortunately, she started plucking after SweetPea (her baby) hatched. She is putting on weight (a good thing, in her case) now that she has been separated from daddy and baby. She is still plucking but has new feathers coming in that we hope she will leave alone. She steps up readily and likes being outside of her cage with people . 
  • Beryl is the dad, purchased to keep Kita company. He is just three years old, hand-tame, and steps up well.  He will make a great pet bird for someone, though should be kept separate from Kita because he plucks her feathers. He is eating Harrison's pellets - a good diet!
  • SweetPea the baby is not yet hand tame and is nervous. His foster parent is working on socializing him. SweetPea has a slipped tendon and will eventually need surgery to address it.

Mickaboo took the entire family to the vet for a health check - and the vet found all of the birds have spirochetes and gastric yeast.  Yikes - that means twice-daily oral medications for a while for every bird before they can be adopted out to permanent homes.

Please consider helping Mickaboo with the vet bills for this family. If you are unable to do so now, consider giving on September 21 - that's when GlobalGiving is having its next (and final for 2016) Bonus Day.  Eligible donations will be matched at 30%! We'll email you a reminder on that date.

Thank you again for your support of Mickaboo's mission, its rescued birds, and its volunteers!

Dad and Mom lovebirds - Beryl and Kita
Dad and Mom lovebirds - Beryl and Kita


Jun 15, 2016

Help Now! Matching Funds Help Canary Family

Canary flock: Mom, Dad and Baby
Canary flock: Mom, Dad and Baby

The matching gift opportunity we told you about earlier is on NOW! From June 15, 6 am  - 9 pm Pacific, GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 50%, up to $1,000 per donor, until the $110,000 matching funds pool is gone. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity before the matching funds are gone!

Your generosity helps birds - AND their guardians. Here is one recent incident to illustrate.

We received this email on May 16:

Last week I was at Bay Area Bird Hospital in San Francisco and they told me that you guys might be able to take in our birds. We have 3 Canaries (mom, dad, and baby) and 1 Finch that all have broken legs. The vet put a splint on the dad but said the other ones need to have their legs amputated. She said it was going to be $500-$900 for each bird which we can't afford. She did give us antibiotics for them though that we've been giving them twice a day. Could we donate them to you guys? Or do you know anyone else that would take them? Thanks.
Financial stress, due to high potential vet bills or income loss, motivates many a bird's surrender to Mickaboo. The surrenderers' relief at our acceptance of their birds is often palpable once they know their birds will be cared for.
In this case, the surrenderers told us the husband's grandfather had just given these birds to them. They had left the birds outside in a large cage overnight and found them with broken legs in the morning. Hawks, crows, or rodents likely teamed up to chase the birds about and grab their legs through the bars. They are lucky birds to have survived their night-time ordeal.

How are they doing now?

  • Dad canary had a fractured leg that has healed. He's lost one toe.
  • Mom canary was very lucky.  The vet was able to save both feet!  Mom had a fractured leg that is expected to fully heal. 
  • Baby canary lost a foot. Baby also had a neck wound that has healed.
  • Woody, the "finch" (really a goldfinch) lost a foot. He also had a large thigh wound on the same leg that has completely healed.
The vet bills for the flock have run into several hundred dollars. Would you consider using this matching gift opportunity to help pay the medical expenses for this flock and our many other rescued birds?

P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to GlobalGiving for processing.

Woody, goldfinch
Woody, goldfinch


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