Apr 3, 2017

Help Yolo Grey, Little by Little

Yolo Grey exiting carrier
Yolo Grey exiting carrier

Thanks to your continued support, we have been able to continue our work of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing companion birds.  This year marks our TWENTIETH anniversary as an all-volunteer organization - can you believe it?!  

YOUR donations and the work of our many dedicated volunteers are what make Mickaboo work for our birds, day in and day out. Our flock of waiting-for-adoption rescued birds numbers over 500! Your donation this week to keep the miracle going can go further – a unique matching gift event is underway NOW. From April 3, 6 am -  April 7, 9 pm PT, GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 50%, up to $50 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $50,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.

Your donations help birds like Yolo Grey ("YG"). A shelter asked Mickaboo to take YG as she was in a too-small cage, in a shelter more suited to dogs and cats.  Volunteers arranged a three-part "birdie train" over two days to transport her 125 miles to her foster home. YG has settled in nicely with her enthusiastic foster family. Mickaboo is actively looking for the human who may have lost her, before we proceed with finding her a new adoptive home.

YG is probably a female and speaks English words in a woman's voice.  She appears to be in excellent health. We'll be taking her in for a veterinary check-up to be sure.

Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help us help YG and other birds?  We hope you will, and will consider spreading the word to the bird-lovers in your social circles!


Yolo Grey in new home cage
Yolo Grey in new home cage


Feb 13, 2017

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

Mickaboo Bird Adoption Fair
Mickaboo Bird Adoption Fair

Mickaboo is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Year!  The organization founded in Pacifica, California by two people passionate about saving cockatiels from the consequences of being deemed "throw-away" birds, has grown to encompass all types of companion parrots and parrot-type birds, with 200+ Northern California volunteers caring for 500+ birds while also recruiting and educating permanent homes for them.

In the spirit of this celebration, our updates this year will look back at our roots, survey our present, and peek at the future. 

A question our volunteers often hear is, "what is a Mickaboo?".  The name of our organization is derived from the names of the birds owned by our two co-founders, Mickey and Aboo.  Mickey was over 20 years old when he passed away, having seen the eponymous group inspired by him grow and save hundreds of birds.  We invite you to read this article about the special relationship Mickey had with Tammy, one of our co-founders and a continuing Board member.

We continue to educate the general public about responsible bird care; we attend or host 30+ public events a year, and our dedicated volunteers teach regularly-scheduled free bird care classes around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

It is our dream that someday, the world would have no need for a companion bird rescue - because everyone who took one of these intelligent beings into their home would know in advance the commitment they were taking on, and our publicly-financed animal welfare organizations would be better equipped to handle the birds that had to be given up despite that commitment.  Until that far-distant future becomes the present, Mickaboo will strive to be present for the birds that need us.

Thank YOU for helping us with the financial support necessary to assist our feathered friends.


Nov 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday is for the (Mickaboo) Birds!

Cammy - after vet care and lots of love
Cammy - after vet care and lots of love


GlobalGiving is hosting a #GivingTuesday Bonus Day TODAY, offering matching funds (at 50%) on the first ONE MILLION dollars in donations.  The matching event has already begun - and it ends at 9 pm Pacific today or when matching funds run out, whichever comes first. Please consider using this opportunity to support our birds and have your gift go further!  

Your financial support helps birds like Cammy.  Cammy came into Mickaboo's care after falling headfirst into a hot cup of tea, resulting in second and third degree burns.  He spent four days in intensive care and now, at 7 months old, has made a nearly full recovery.

Would you help us help birds like Cammy?


If you are in the area, consider coming to our Annual Holiday Party and Funraiser (Alameda, December 3) as we celebrate the year’s accomplishments.  The event will feature:

  • The company of Mickaboo's Board and volunteers and other bird lovers
  • Holiday shopping - silent auction and raffle items collected SO FAR include gift certificates from several of our avian vets, tickets to local attractions (private guided tour to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, passes to the California Academy of Sciences, zoos, etc.), and vintage jewelry.
  • Volunteer recognition!
  • A yummy buffet!

See more details and RSVP here. I hope to see you at our celebration.


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