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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
Curtis the Canary
Curtis the Canary

What if you could help beautiful, intelligent (and numerous! over 600!) rescued birds simply by going online earlier than usual?  GlobalGiving's most generous Bonus Day of the year is Wednesday, July 18, starting at 6 am PT.  This Bonus Day will match your gifts at 50%, boosting your donation's effectiveness while the $120K in matching funds last (and usually the funds go VERY fast - sometimes vanishing in less than 30 minutes!).

Your financial support will allow us to help birds like Curtis, a cute canary.  Curtis had escaped to the great outdoors and was captured by a good samaritan.  He was given to a local animal shelter.  The shelter in turn surrendered him to Mickaboo, thinking he had been injured.  (Most animal shelters and SPCAs are well-equipped to handle dog and cat medical issues, but not those of birds.)

Curtis has been seen by a vet and given the all-clear.  His foster parents report he has a voracious appetite for greens - the broccoli crown on which he is standing in the photo was eaten in a day!

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Details about the upcoming Bonus Day:

  • the 50% match is limited to $500 per donor per nonprofit.
  • a nonprofit may earn a maximum of $5000 in matching funds
  • watch for the donation link at 6 am PT on July 18
  • want to sustain Mickaboo's work on a monthly basis and get matching funds?  Start a monthly donation at any time on July 18!  After your fourth installment, Mickaboo will receive a 100% match of the first installment amount.

Please save the date on your calendar to help us; it will be much appreciated by our many many feathered friends!

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Rainbow, rescued Jenday Conure
Rainbow, rescued Jenday Conure

You are cordially invited to Mickaboo's Spring Fling, a casual lunch and fundraiser for Mickaboo's supporters and volunteers.  This year's event will be in Fremont, California on June 3, from 11:30 - 3:30.  See more information and RSVP here.

Your financial support and participation in events like the Spring Fling help birds like Rainbow, pictured here.  Rainbow is a six-years-young Jenday Conure who was surrendered to a local shelter after too many neighbors complained about Rainbow's vocalizations. (The owner lived in an apartment building.) Jendays are beautiful but loud; the bird care classes we offer to the general public aim to prevent surrenders like Rainbow's by helping people better understand what having a bird means, before they acquire their pet bird.

Rainbow's situation was exacerbated in that he was rarely allowed to leave his cage, had no friends of his own kind, and  lacked meaningful interaction with his human.  Birds are intelligent animals who need mental stimulation.  Without such, they can develop undesirable behaviors - like the feather-plucking Rainbow  performed on himself, and excessive screaming. 

Rainbow is now in a foster home and has shown no signs of further feather-picking.  We hope, with time and love, that Rainbow will flourish and regain his feathered glory, while we work on socializing him. 

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If you are unable to come to our Spring Fling, please consider donating instead.  And if you become a GlobalGiving  monthly donor between now and May 13, GlobalGiving will match 100% of your initial donation, up to $200, after your fourth installment.

Rainbow, his 600+  friends in our flock of rescued birds, and our volunteers, all appreciate everything you do to help.

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Buster enjoying a head rub
Buster enjoying a head rub

Mickaboo is hosting two adoption fairs over the next few weeks - and you're invited! These fairs are a great way to meet some of the many birds in our rescue flock, talk to volunteers about bird care generally or with regard to a particular species, and start becoming qualified to adopt or foster from us. 

The first of the adoption fairs will be in California's San Jose area:

When: Saturday, Feb 24, 11 am - 4 pm Pacific
Where: For Other Living Things, 1261 South Mary Blvd, Sunnyvale, CA
More information at this link.

The next adoption fair will be in the Sacramento area:

When: Sunday, March 25, 11 am - 4 pm Pacific
Where: Carmichael Public Library, 5605 Marconi Avenue, Carmichael, CA
More information at this link.

Buster is an example of a bird who found happiness in a permanent home.  Buster is a 25-year-young red-bellied female poicephalus surrendered by her original owner because she was "in the way". The females of this species are often ignored or passed over in the pet industry because the males are more "colorful."

Buster loves to chew cardboard, makes soft whistles and kind of says "hello". She enjoys having her head scratched, and though she is missing one toe on each foot, she relishes dancing with her human friends.

Perhaps YOU will find a friend at one of these adoption fairs, like Buster did?  If so, not only will you have a new friend in your household, but you will be creating the capacity for Mickaboo to save another life.

We hope to see you at one of the fairs!

Buster having a snack
Buster having a snack

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Mojo and Tory - Now!
Mojo and Tory - Now!

GlobalGiving is hosting a #GivingTuesday Bonus Day TODAY. The matching event has already begun, and ends at 9 pm Pacific. GlobalGiving will match your online donations up to $1,000 per donor per nonprofit; 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! There's no need to wait to help - head to this link now to give. Please consider using this opportunity to support our birds and have your gift go further!

Your gifts help birds like those pictured in this email.  Mojo and Tory are 23- and 19-year-old cherry-headed conures  surrendered to Mickaboo by a woman who had them their whole lives, and only gave them up when she was hospitalized permanently.  (Conures like these have a life expectancy of around 30 years.) Their feather-plucking behavior has been successfully addressed by changes to their diet and environment.  Mojo, the larger of the two, has added some English words ("Hello!" "Take a bath!") to his birdie vocabulary.  Both enjoy interacting outside of their cage with their humans.  

Interested in adopting them?  See more information and contact their adoption coordinator here.

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If you are in the area, consider coming to our Annual Holiday Party and Funraiser (Alameda, December 2) as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary as an all-volunteer organization.  The event will feature:

  • Holiday shopping - silent auction and raffle items collected so far include gift certificates from several of our avian vets, tickets to local attractions (passes to the California Academy of Sciences, zoos, etc.), vintage and custom jewelry, home decor, and more!
  • Volunteer recognition!
  • A yummy buffet!

See more details and RSVP here. If you can't come, we hope you will consider giving today, helping us lay the foundation for the next twenty years.

I hope to see you at our celebration! 

Mojo and Tory - Before  :(
Mojo and Tory - Before :(

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New canary aviary - showing indoor/outdoor parts
New canary aviary - showing indoor/outdoor parts

Following up on the email we sent you last week, here is your reminder for GlobalGiving's matching day - today! From 6 am – 9 pm PT, GlobalGiving will match your online donations, up to $1000 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! Head to this link to give.

Your donations will help all of our birds, and especially those in our recent aviary rescue.  The below is an in-depth look at the large flock of canaries in that rescue. 

The entire flock of beautiful and varied canaries was in terrible health. Several have died, and it is likely that more will soon, despite specialized veterinary care. They were infected with malaria and canary pox, both carried by mosquitoes [canaries are susceptible to several mosquito-borne diseases, so outdoor aviaries should include protective screening] as well as cryptosporidium, an intestinal parasite; macrorhabdus, or avian gastric yeast; and parasitic nematodes. Not all of the canaries were afflicted with all of these things, but some did have everything listed above, and none of them were free of illness. Neither malaria nor canary pox is curable, although they are not always fatal. They do, however, weaken the bird and shorten its life expectancy.

We decided to treat the birds for the conditions that could be treated and give supportive care to save as many as possible. Because there were so many very sick birds needing veterinary care, this has been the single most expensive rescue in Mickaboo's history. 

There were 31 canaries in all — an unusually large number of these small birds, especially for Mickaboo, which doesn’t receive very many canaries. One long-time volunteer with a big heart, M.A. Samuelson, offered to foster all 31 of them. After it became clear the birds would require an unusually long treatment and recovery period, with no guarantee of full recovery, M.A. built an aviary for them. Designed to protect them from the environment while providing room to fly and exercise, this aviary would give them the best chance to recover. 

We were extremely fortunate that M.A. had the space and the willingness to create such a fantastic indoor/outdoor aviary space suitable for this large canary flock.

Some of the canaries are still hospitalized, as are a few of the other birds from the same rescue.  But most of the birds, including the canaries, will survive and live comfortable and happy lives.

Veterinary expenses for the canaries have reached $23,000 and continue to rise. Please help us with this extraordinary rescue by giving now - any amount will help and be appreciated!

Part of the canary flock in their new aviary
Part of the canary flock in their new aviary
One of the canaries
One of the canaries' OLD aviaries

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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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