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
Avocado - showing splay leg (and siblings in back)
Avocado - showing splay leg (and siblings in back)

This #GivingTuesday, GlobalGiving is giving away $1 million from now to 8:59 p.m. PST on Nov. 30. The more you give, the more Mickaboo's birds can receive from this giveaway!

Your gifts allow us to help birds like Avocado, the splay-legged greencheek conure in the pictures accompanying this report.

Avocado ("Avo" for short) was the oldest of four greencheek conures born to "backyard breeders".  Avo had a splayed leg (a leg extending to the side, instead of forward) because of an improper nest box. A splayed leg can make walking difficult, if not impossible, for a bird.

The breeders kept the (healthy) second-born bird and surrendered the rest to Mickaboo, telling us the others were probably going to die. Mickaboo intervened nonetheless, got all the birds to a veterinarian, and Avo pulled through.

Avo's foster parents tell us Avo is a little princess - she wants all the attention and all the love, and moves at maximum speed at all times. Noone and nothing is slowing her down!

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During this season of giving thanks, Avocado, the 300 birds in our rescue flock, and all of our volunteers, thank YOU for your support.  With your help, we will continue our mission of helping these caring, smart, feathered beings in their time of need.  Please give now to take advantage of this matching opportunity.

From all of us to all of you - best wishes for a great start to a happy and safe holiday season.

Avocado - all grown up and beautiful
Avocado - all grown up and beautiful
Avocado (lower left) and her hatchling siblings
Avocado (lower left) and her hatchling siblings

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Lita perching on a finger
Lita perching on a finger

Lita is the sweetest little girl parakeet! She is finger-trained, never bites,  and is looking forward to making friends in a forever home - maybe yours? Lita is less than two years old and will make a great addition to your family!

Lita came to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue about six months ago when her former owner was diagnosed with allergies. Australian bird species - budgerigars, cockatiels, cockatoos - are dustier than the average bird, and their dust sometimes trigger allergies. Sadly, it's an aspect of bird ownership that sometimes isn't appreciated by potential bird owners until the bird has become a part of the family.

Mickaboo runs on two fuel sources - the energy of its dedicated volunteers, and the generous financial help of supporters like you. YOU can help more birds like Lita by participating in this week's "Little by Little" matching program - ALL eligible donations up to $50 per donor will be matched at 50%. While the matching funds won't end, the matching campaign will, on Friday, September 17 at 9:00 pm PT.

Would you help us by donating now? Any amount helps and will be appreciated by our volunteers and rescued birds. 

Lita
Lita

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Frodo - after being treated
Frodo - after being treated

The COVID19 pandemic has thrown many organizations for a loop, and Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue was also affected.  Fortunately our volunteers stepped up! Here is a progress report on some of what we have done lately.

The need for a companion bird rescue organization has never gone away.  Frodo, a red-lored Amazon, illustrates this point well. His owner passed away in January; the owner's sister didn't know what to do with Frodo.  Frodo was about 50 years old, had overgrown beak and nails, and a mass on his back.  Clearly he needed medical attention, so the sister went to a local avian veterinary office for help - and the clinic turned to Mickaboo to provide the funds for needed medical attention and the resources for longer-term guardianship.

Fast forward to now:  Frodo has had his beak and nails trimmed so he can eat and walk more normally.  The mass on his back was removed.  He has an ongoing need for arthritis medications, but that hasn't stopped him from being adopted into a loving family.  Frodo expresses his joy in life by imitating the sounds around him and asking for head scritches.  A true success story!

Stories like Frodo's could happen despite the pandemic because of our volunteers' pivot to all-virtual operations. For example: monthly Zoom adoption events raise awareness about the birds awaiting new homes while teaching lessons about good bird care.  You can see our Youtube library of recorded events here

Want to help us do more?  Stay tuned for GlobalGiving's Bonus Day on July 14, when your donations can be matched!

Thank you for ALL you do to help us throughout the year!

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Peela, an Indian Ringneck
Peela, an Indian Ringneck

Mickaboo receives many calls and emails from the public. None are so urgent and heart-wrenching as those that say "my bird has flown away - can you help me?"

When birds fly from their human's home, they are usually flying in a panic into unfamiliar surroundings. Most are not recall-trained to respond to their name, unlike dogs. It takes hard work - and no small amount of luck - to get a bird back once it's loose outside. So when we were told first that a young Indian Ringneck Parakeet was lost - and then soon after, that the bird had been retrieved - our thoughts of concern turned to those of joy and relief. The joy quickly turned to dismay when the caller went on to say she would release the bird "again" if we did not get the bird from her immediately.

The owner had "retrieved" her pet in that the bird had voluntarily flown back to her - an act of trust that was betrayed. The owner's perception of what a pet bird should be didn't fit the reality of this bird, as sweet as it was.  This difference between imagination and reality is why Mickaboo requires all potential bird adopters to take its free bird care class, to avoid misunderstandings that all too often lead to bad outcomes for the pet. 

Needless to say, the Indian Ringneck is now in Mickaboo's custody. Peela (Hindi for "yellow") is a really nice bird  and will make someone (maybe you?) a great family companion. We will be featuring Peela amongst other birds in our virtual adoption fair later this month.

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Mickaboo exists to help birds like Peela.  Your financial support allows us to continue our mission - and this week's matching gift campaign makes your gift twice as effective!  Gifts up to $50 will be matched at 50% from now through Friday, March 12, 9 pm PT.  No limit on matching funds! Please give now while the thought is top of mind. 

All of our volunteers thank you for your help!

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Erin, a Meyers Parrot
Erin, a Meyers Parrot

During this season of giving, Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue would like to thank YOU for giving us the support and means to continue our mission of helping the unwanted and abandoned companion birds who need us.  Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

Today, if you donate during GlobalGiving's Giving Tuesday campaign, you have the opportunity to continue enabling us AND having your hard-earned funds work harder for you.  Donations up to $2500 per donor per project will earn a part of the One Million Dollars (!) in matching funds. 

Here are two recent success stories resulting from YOUR help.

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Erin, a Meyers Parrot, came to Mickaboo in 2013 after she apparently flew away from her owner. She went to her new adoptive home recently. Her new guardian sent us this note afterwards:

Erin continues to get more and more comfortable each day. Today she enjoyed a misting and long bath in her water dish, asked me for two long head-rub sessions, chewed on her toys, and started some gentle clicker training and targeting. She had been (naturally) shy to step up out of her new cage, but with treat reinforcement, she was all over it! In fact, right now, she’s sitting on her cage door and clicking at me and leaning in my direction!

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Mickaboo has been fostering two splayed budgies, Pansy and Kohei. "Splay" means they were hatched with their legs in a "spread" position, so they cannot perch normally.  One (Pansy) came to us as a baby this year, and the other (Kohei) was found recently as a stray (in a cat's mouth) and surrendered to Mickaboo.

The two budgies took to each other immediately. This month they were both adopted by a family with lots of budgie experience.  The pictures in this report show the contented budgies acclimating quickly to their new homes. Pansy is shown resting on her new seagrass swing.  Kohei is the budgie shown sleeping in his preferred position, suspended in the corner of the cage.

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We presently have ~350 birds in our rescue flock, all looking for the same happy outcome as these three. 

Animal rescue, sadly, is a task that continues day after day ... and so do the veterinary expenses of that chore.  Will you help us by giving during today's million-dollar matching campaign (ends at 9 pm PT on Tuesday, December 1)? 

Alll of our birds and all of our volunteers will be grateful to you.

Pansy resting on a swing
Pansy resting on a swing
Kohei sleeping in cage corner
Kohei sleeping in cage corner

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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
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Pamela Lee
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