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Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds

by Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Echo enjoys her head skritches
Echo enjoys her head skritches

In this report, we want to tell you about:

  • our response to the COVID-19 situation
  • Echo, an African Grey
  • a matching gift event!

We live in such interesting times, don't we? We at Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue are adjusting, like the rest of you, to shelter-in-place orders, social distancing, and frazzled nerves.  We are doing it all knowing our core mission does not change. Indeed, caring for a pet is recognized as an "essential activity" by shelter-in-place orders.  So our volunteers soldier on, with due regard for the precautions the coronavirus demands of all of us.  You can see our COVID-19 statement here.

Let us tell you the story of one of our recent rescues. 

Echo is a young African Grey, only about 8 years old, abandoned at his birdsitter due to a series of sad circumstances.  The owner was moving out of the United States and received approval from the destination country to bring in Echo, but was unable to move Echo before the approval expired. Though it was a gut-wrenching decision, Echo was then signed over to the birdsitter.  The birdsitter tried unsuccessfully to find a home for Echo and then contacted Mickaboo. Echo is now in our rescue flock, with a strong possibility of being adopted soon into a permanent home - a wonderful outcome for this highly intelligent, beautiful, and sensitive creature.

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Our local city animal shelters are greatly reducing their operations in response to the coronavirus. We anticipate the demand for Mickaboo's services will rise correspondingly.  

Would you help us be prepared to help birds like Echo?  GlobalGiving will match 50% of your donations, up to $50/donor, from Monday 3/23, 6 am PT through Friday 3/27, 9 pm PT.  Matching funds will NOT run out, regardless of when you give during that timeframe. The timing of this matching campaign could not be better.

All of our rescued birds and our many hard-working volunteers will appreciate your generosity - especially during this time.

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Charlie, a Patagonian Conure, at the vet
Charlie, a Patagonian Conure, at the vet

Here is a story about Charlie, a Patagonian Conure who recently came into Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue's care.

A bird comes into our rescue flock almost every day.  Now and again though, one bird comes along that grabs our attention.  Charlie is one of those birds. 

A wildlife rescue accepted Charlie from his owner, a human who had recently become homeless. Charlie had been living in a small cage meant for a parakeet, eating sunflower seeds and peanuts (birdie junk food!). 

The Mickaboo volunteer who accepted Charlie from the wildlife rescue knew within minutes of meeting him that he would need to go to the vet soon. Charlie was plucked, emaciated, and had scabs usually indicating self-mutilation.  His wrists and tail also looked "off".

The veterinary visit revealed his keel had broken - and healed - in two places. He also cannot extend his wings due to the presence of extensive scar tissue.

Charlie clearly has been through a lot for a bird who is only about ten years old - a young adult. He is now in a foster home where he is slowly healing, physically and emotionally.  He is hand-tame, and learning to not be scared of dogs and other birds. He has  discontinued the self-mutilating behavior - and has three new feathers!

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Your financial support helps us help birds like Charlie attain a better quality of life.  THANK YOU for your help throughout the year - it means the world to our volunteers and rescue flock.

P.S. Interested in adopting Charlie after he's healed?  Email us at coordinator-conure@mickaboo.org!

Charlie - front view
Charlie - front view

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Merona (cockatiel) with his budgie friend
Merona (cockatiel) with his budgie friend

Thanks to your continued support, we have continued our work of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing companion birds.  So far this year, we have taken in ~160 birds and found new homes for 116, while caring for a flock of 450 and managing vet bills averaging $45K/month.

YOUR help and that of our many dedicated volunteers are what make the miracle that is Mickaboo happen. Your donation today to continue the miracle can go further during the matching gift event underway NOW! For Giving Tuesday, December 3, 6 am - 9 pm PT, GlobalGiving will match your online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project; 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!  But there's no need to wait - go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity now!

Your donations help birds like Merona. Merona lived in a senior living facility for many years; he was not allowed to sing or be outside of his cage. He was spotted by a gentlewoman who cared for him for a while, but who ultimately had to find another caregiver for Merona. We are looking for a special home that will give him the best life possible for his remaining years. He is about 20 years old and has arthritis, but is full of spunk. He loves to snuggle with you!  Email us at pr@mickaboo.org if you'd be interested in adopting him; our normal adoption requirements apply.

Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help Merona and our other birds heal and find permanent, loving homes?

Merona, a cockatiel, in a typical "snuggle" pose
Merona, a cockatiel, in a typical "snuggle" pose

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Taz, an Indian Ringneck
Taz, an Indian Ringneck

Our apologies! When we announced the Adoption Fair in our earlier report to you, we didn't have the date quite right.  Here is the corrected information:

When: Sunday, Nov 17, 11 am - 4 pm Pacific Time
Where: For Other Living Things, 1261 South Mary Blvd, Sunnyvale, CA
More information at this link.

 Adoption fairs are wonderful opportunities for you and your family to learn about the joys and challenges of bird ownership, the general characteristics of various bird species, and the quirks of specific birds. If you are interested in adopting a bird from Mickaboo, consider taking the bird care class offered 12-2 pm in the same general location as the Fair.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fair and talking about all things bird!

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Taz, an Indian Ringneck
Taz, an Indian Ringneck

Mickaboo is hosting its last adoption fair for 2019 soon - and you're invited! Attending any of these fairs is a great way to meet some of the many adoptable birds in our rescue flock, talk to volunteers about pet birds in general or with regard to a particular species, and start becoming qualified to adopt from us. 

When: Saturday, Nov 17, 11 am - 4 pm Pacific
Where: For Other Living Things, 1261 South Mary Blvd, Sunnyvale, CA
More information at this link.

One of the birds who we plan on having at the fair is Taz (pictured). Taz is a gorgeous female 5-years-young Indian Ringneck. She is an amazingly gentle and affectionate bird who enjoys watching the world from her playgym or your shoulder. She came to Mickaboo from a family who had to move and could not take her with them.

Perhaps you will meet a friend at our adoption fair - maybe it will be Taz!  If so, not only will you have a new member of your household, but you will be creating the capacity for Mickaboo to save another life.

We hope to see you soon!

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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Pamela Lee
San Jose, California United States

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