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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
Virtual Adoption Fair
Virtual Adoption Fair

Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue has begun another large-scale rescue - and we need your help.

The property owned by a recently-deceased bird owner has been sold, and relatives have told us the 40+ birds in the property's aviary will be "let loose" if we don't take them in.  The 20+ budgies, 15+ finches, and assorted others deserve a better fate than being released into a world where they will likely become food for predators.  

If you can help us financially with this rescue's veterinary expenses - please give.  The first $50 of your donation through GlobalGiving between now and Friday, September 18, 8:59 pm PT will be matched at 50%.  We estimate initial expenses will be at least $1500. 

If you are an approved Mickaboo foster parent or adopter with space and the ability to care for 6-8 of these birds for at least the short term, please contact us at outreach@mickaboo.org.

If you have room in your heart and your home for a new feathered companion, and would like to learn more about bird ownership, join us at our upcoming Virtual Adoption Fair!  We will be showcasing a handful of our 400+ rescued birds, and answering questions live.

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Thank you for your support, now and into the future.

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Gina, an Indian Ringneck
Gina, an Indian Ringneck

Here is an update on one of our recent rescues - and an online event to which YOU are invited.

Gina is a Indian Ringneck parakeet. She came to Mickaboo after being found by a kind soul in a box, abandoned on the streets of San Francisco.  She was clearly hurting, with a fractured leg that had not been treated, an injured beak, a bald spot on her head that may have been caused by another bird picking on her, and a really bad wing clip. 

We were worried her leg might need to be amputated; now, we are hopeful the leg will heal enough that she may continue to use it for balance.  Gina has obviously been through a lot, and in spite of it all has a sweet demeanor.

Mickaboo is able to help birds like Gina with financial support from people like YOU, and the physical capacity to house incoming birds. 

Adoptions of our birds is one way by which we maintain physical capacity.  To that end, you are cordially invited to attend our upcoming Virtual Adoption Fair, on August 15 at 1 pm PT.  If you are curious about cockatiels, conures, lovebirds, or Amazons - or simply enjoy learning about pet birds, come watch and have your questions answered live by our volunteers! Register here or watch our livestream on our Facebook page. Spread the word to your bird-loving friends!

Thank you for your generosity now and in the future.

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Shelby, cat-caught budgie
Shelby, cat-caught budgie

This past Sunday was World Parrot Day, a celebration of all we love and treasure about the feathered beings to which Mickaboo has dedicated its rescue mission. Parrots are considered one of the most intelligent species in the animal world. Budgies, the type of bird often sold in the pet trade as "starter"  birds, have been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more than 500 words in their vocabularies! In this post, we're telling you about recent rescues and June events we are hosting for parrot-lovers of all ages.

Shelby, a female budgie, was found under a bush, yelling at the cat who had caught her. Cat-attack injuries can be fatal, not only because of physical harm, but because their saliva carries bacteria deadly to birds. Mickaboo took her in and had her wounded and fractured left wing treated. The fracture is now stable and healing nicely. We are glad she has survived her brush with feline death!  She will be available for adoption soon.

Moon, a male budgie, was surrendered to Mickaboo with life-threatening anemia and gastric yeast and sinus infections. Moon is now stable, on oral medications that will continue for a while yet (hence the pink stains around his beak).  He is staying with an experienced foster parent until he makes a full recovery. He is available for adoption.

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Want to learn more about pet birds, or to mingle with other bird lovers? Join us at these upcoming events:

June 6, 1:00 pm PT - the first in our series of online Adoption Fairs.  See a variety of our adoptable birds in their foster homes - ask questions about their care and behavior!  See our live stream on Facebook , or register here to watch via Zoom.

June 13, 1:30 pm PT - Mickaboo's bird care class.  Lots of information for those curious about responsible bird care, and a great update on standards that have changed as we learn more about our avian friends.  Register here.

June 14, 1:00 pm PT - BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bird"), our annual Spring meetup for Mickaboo volunteers and all bird-lovers! "Talk parrot" with fellow enthusiasts.  Register here.

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Finally, we honor YOU who support our rescue efforts.  We at Mickaboo could not continue our work without your generous financial support - particularly now when we are being called on more and more to help those unable to care for their pet birds due to financial or health reasons. 

Moon, male budgie
Moon, male budgie

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Taz, an Indian Ringneck
Taz, an Indian Ringneck

If you're looking for a parrot to join your family, OR want to learn about pet birds and their care, this event is a great way to see lots of birds in one place!

Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue's *virtual* adoption fair premieres on Saturday, June 6, 1-2:15 pm PT and YOU are invited! Pictured are photos of some of the birds we plan to show off. These are just some examples of the 400+ birds we have available for adoption - everything from finches to conures and cockatiels to cockatoos and macaws.

Some of the birds you'll see speak English and imitate other sounds; others are being clicker-trained;  ALL are special in their own way.

During our interactive webinar, you'll learn about what it takes to adopt a Mickaboo bird, visit with birds in their current homes, and learn about their care and temperament from their foster parents!

Register to attend our online event here.

Adopting one (or more) of our rescued birds, aside from being a fabulous way to add a interesting companion to your life, is one of the best ways to preserve Mickaboo's capacity to save other birds in need.

"See" you at the adoption fair!

Maddie and Attica - lovebirds
Maddie and Attica - lovebirds
Beasley - canary
Beasley - canary
Mr Magoo, double yellow-headed amazon
Mr Magoo, double yellow-headed amazon

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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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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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