Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds

by Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
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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
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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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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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
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Pamela Lee
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