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

In this report, we wanted to tell you about

  • an avian disease newly identified in the San Francisco Bay Area, and
  • an upcoming matching gift event (next week!)

A case of a highly infectious disease, Virulent Newcastle Disease, was recently identified by a veterinary office in Redwood City, CA in a rooster brought to them from Alameda. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of the disease, and the extremely high mortality rate of poultry infected by it, everyone should exercise the greatest care and caution about moving ANY pet birds, and especially poultry, from one place to another.

Until we know whether this was a single isolated case or an indication of a more widespread problem, Mickaboo will be unable to accept any new birds into our care.  We have instituted a protocol for emergency situations. Additionally, though we have no reason to believe any members of our rescue flock are carrying the disease, we are also severely restricting their movement, impacting our normal adoption and outreach operations.

Please monitor our website for new or updated information. The safety of our birds, and of all birds, is our primary concern at this time. You may read more about this disease, ongoing epidemiology and advice on how to keep your own birds safe at the CA Department of Food and Agriculture's webpage.

Mickaboo expects to incur additional veterinary expenses as a result of this situation.  Would you help us?  GlobalGiving will match your donations next week (Mon 4/8 - Fri 4/12) up to $50/donor at 60%, while matching funds last. The timing could not be better.

All of our rescued birds and our many hard-working volunteers will appreciate your generosity!

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Fiji, a Sun Conure, "hanging around"
Fiji, a Sun Conure, "hanging around"

We would like to thank the dozens of generous people who gave to our year-end fundraising campaign and throughout 2018.  Our rescue flock depends on your financial support for their medical rehabilitation as they become ready to be adopted into their permanent homes.  In that vein, we would like to tell you about one of those birds looking for a permanent home, Fiji.

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Fiji is a Sun Conure with a sunny disposition and the typical conure clown attitude. He is hand-tame, outgoing, curious and very gregarious, with the ability to keep you entertained for hours with his antics and acrobatics.  Fiji came into Mickaboo's care when he was abandoned by his former owner.

Fiji has lived with another bird before, so he can be adopted into a single or multi-bird household. He is currently being boarded at a vet clinic due to lack of foster space. Fiji would make a great companion for someone special - perhaps you?  Email us if you are interested in adopting him!

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If you're in our service area, consider dropping by any of our free bird care classes or tabling events to learn more about Mickaboo or our birds. Thank you again for your ongoing support, financial and otherwise. 

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Mickaboo volunteers & birds at an outreach event
Mickaboo volunteers & birds at an outreach event

Our birds have news for you!

First, Mickaboo is hosting an adoption fair in the San Jose area - and you're invited! The fair is 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. 

When: Saturday, Oct 27, 11 am - 4 pm Pacific
Where: For Other Living Things, 1261 South Mary Blvd, Sunnyvale, CA
More information is at this link.

Second, our quarterly newsletter, filled with news about our birds and our volunteers, has just been published!  We hope you enjoy learning more about what we do.

Looking forward to seeing you at our adoption fair - or at another event in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Yours,

Pam

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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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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Pamela Lee
San Jose , California United States
$637,634 raised of $645,000 goal
 
7,105 donations
$7,366 to go
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