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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
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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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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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

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

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