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Dec 1, 2015

We are Thankful for YOU

The many faces of Mickaboo
The many faces of Mickaboo

Thanks to your collective financial support this year, Mickaboo has been able to help more than 300 birds with their veterinary needs, ultimately adopting more than 120 to permanent homes. As we gather with family and friends to celebrate all that we are thankful for, I want you to know that all of us at Mickaboo are especially grateful for YOU. 

YOU help us to care for these beautiful and intelligent creatures, making a difference both for them and their guardians.

We hope to see you at our Annual Holiday Party and Funraiser (Walnut Creek, December 5) as we celebrate the year’s accomplishments and re-energize the organization for 2016.  The event will feature:

  • The company of your fellow volunteers and bird lovers - priceless!
  • 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, Sacramento and Oakland Zoos, etc.), handcrafted jewelry... see our list of donors!
  • Volunteer recognition!
  • A yummy buffet!

See more details and RSVP here.


Sep 16, 2015

Help Happy-Go-Lucky TJ!

TJ, Mitred Conure
TJ, Mitred Conure

THANKS to all who voted for us in the recent GlobalGiving Photo Contest. We did not win, but we made more people aware of Mickaboo and how we can help them and their birds, an important step toward our goal of making better the lives of birds who live in our homes. Read more about what we do in our latest newsletter. If you are in the Sacramento / San Francisco / San Jose area, visit us at one of the many public events in which we participate.

YOUR help and that of our many volunteers are what make Mickaboo miracles happen, day after day, for so many of our intelligent and beautiful parrot friends. Your donation now can go further; a matching gift event is underway TODAY! On September 16, 6 am - 9 pm PT GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per nonprofit, until GlobalGiving has given away $70,000. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.

Your donations help birds like TJ, a 15+-year-old mitred conure. His owner of 14 years surrendered TJ to Mickaboo, saying TJ was aggressive and loud. We think TJ simply didn't have a chance to impress his guardian family. Here is a video of TJ in his foster home, showing off his speaking skills!

Up until recently, TJ had been a happy-go-lucky guy in his new foster home. He loved playing and exploring with anything, anywhere…right up until he fell off his cage, laying on his back partially paralyzed. After about an hour he improved markedly but he was still struggling. He wasn’t able to feed himself for days afterward. All signs point to TJ having had a major stroke followed by smaller “mini-strokes”. He is still hospitalized, not stable enough yet to return home, though the vet believes he will soon.

TJ's vet bills have exceeded $2400 so far, and hospitalization costs continue to mount. Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help TJ and our other birds heal so they can find permanent, loving homes?

Would you want to adopt TJ after he recovers?  Email us at! 


Aug 5, 2015

Voting Reminder - And, Busting a Bird Rescue Myth

Watermelon - looking cute!
Watermelon - looking cute!

We often hear people say that rescue birds must have something "wrong" about them - so in their quest for a new feathered companion, they are biased toward buying a bird from a pet store or breeder.

Nothing could be further from the truth! 

Yes, surrenders happen because guardians cannot afford their pet(s)' medical care. Just as often, surrenders occur because of the guardian's own financial or medical difficulties.

Meet Watermelon, a recently-surrendered lovebird.  Watermelon's former owner gave her up because of the owner's allergies.  Watermelon is a healthy, well-socialized and spectacularly-colored lovebird who will make someone a wonderful pet - and she's getting a great chance at finding a wonderful new home because of Mickaboo.  Contact to learn more about Watermelon or to inquire about adopting her.

While Watermelon doesn't need medical attention right now, many of the 450+ birds in Mickaboo's rescue flock DO. If you have not already voted in GlobalGiving's Photo Contest for Mickaboo, would you take a moment to do so now? Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue could win $1000 toward its birds' monthly vet bills of $25,000 (and more)!

If you can help:

  • VOTE at this link (one vote per person allowed)
  • CONFIRM* your vote via the email you’ll receive – otherwise your vote won’t count!
  • SHARE this voting request via email / Facebook / Twitter / your other social networks, and ask your contacts to vote and share too! 

Your help will be appreciated by the hundreds of birds cared for by Mickaboo's many dedicated volunteers. 

 * Did you vote and have not yet received your vote confirmation email? Request a new vote confirmation email at this page.

Watermelon reaching for a head skritch
Watermelon reaching for a head skritch


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