Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds

by Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
TJ, Mitred Conure
TJ, Mitred Conure

THANKS to all who voted for us in the recent GlobalGiving Photo Contest. We did not win, but we made more people aware of Mickaboo and how we can help them and their birds, an important step toward our goal of making better the lives of birds who live in our homes. Read more about what we do in our latest newsletter. If you are in the Sacramento / San Francisco / San Jose area, visit us at one of the many public events in which we participate.

YOUR help and that of our many volunteers are what make Mickaboo miracles happen, day after day, for so many of our intelligent and beautiful parrot friends. Your donation now can go further; a matching gift event is underway TODAY! On September 16, 6 am - 9 pm PT GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per nonprofit, until GlobalGiving has given away $70,000. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.

Your donations help birds like TJ, a 15+-year-old mitred conure. His owner of 14 years surrendered TJ to Mickaboo, saying TJ was aggressive and loud. We think TJ simply didn't have a chance to impress his guardian family. Here is a video of TJ in his foster home, showing off his speaking skills!

Up until recently, TJ had been a happy-go-lucky guy in his new foster home. He loved playing and exploring with anything, anywhere…right up until he fell off his cage, laying on his back partially paralyzed. After about an hour he improved markedly but he was still struggling. He wasn’t able to feed himself for days afterward. All signs point to TJ having had a major stroke followed by smaller “mini-strokes”. He is still hospitalized, not stable enough yet to return home, though the vet believes he will soon.

TJ's vet bills have exceeded $2400 so far, and hospitalization costs continue to mount. Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help TJ and our other birds heal so they can find permanent, loving homes?

Would you want to adopt TJ after he recovers?  Email us at! 


Watermelon - looking cute!
Watermelon - looking cute!

We often hear people say that rescue birds must have something "wrong" about them - so in their quest for a new feathered companion, they are biased toward buying a bird from a pet store or breeder.

Nothing could be further from the truth! 

Yes, surrenders happen because guardians cannot afford their pet(s)' medical care. Just as often, surrenders occur because of the guardian's own financial or medical difficulties.

Meet Watermelon, a recently-surrendered lovebird.  Watermelon's former owner gave her up because of the owner's allergies.  Watermelon is a healthy, well-socialized and spectacularly-colored lovebird who will make someone a wonderful pet - and she's getting a great chance at finding a wonderful new home because of Mickaboo.  Contact to learn more about Watermelon or to inquire about adopting her.

While Watermelon doesn't need medical attention right now, many of the 450+ birds in Mickaboo's rescue flock DO. If you have not already voted in GlobalGiving's Photo Contest for Mickaboo, would you take a moment to do so now? Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue could win $1000 toward its birds' monthly vet bills of $25,000 (and more)!

If you can help:

  • VOTE at this link (one vote per person allowed)
  • CONFIRM* your vote via the email you’ll receive – otherwise your vote won’t count!
  • SHARE this voting request via email / Facebook / Twitter / your other social networks, and ask your contacts to vote and share too! 

Your help will be appreciated by the hundreds of birds cared for by Mickaboo's many dedicated volunteers. 

 * Did you vote and have not yet received your vote confirmation email? Request a new vote confirmation email at this page.

Watermelon reaching for a head skritch
Watermelon reaching for a head skritch


Baby, a Greenwing Macaw
Baby, a Greenwing Macaw

Many thanks to those of you who recently donated to Mickaboo through GlobalGiving! Because of your and others' generosity, AND the matching gift funds, Mickaboo collected enough for about 3/4 of one month's veterinary bills! 

That said, the vet bills keep coming (and coming and coming...), so we are asking you to help Mickaboo win $1000 in GlobalGiving's Photo Contest. It's easy, costs nothing, and takes just a few seconds:

  • VOTE for Mickaboo at this link (one vote per person for the entire contest)
  • CONFIRM your vote via the email you’ll receive – otherwise your vote won’t count!
  • SHARE this voting request via email / Facebook / Twitter / your other social networks, and ask your friends to vote and to share too!  Email if you would like suggested wording.

If we win, Mickaboo will get $1000 and much-needed publicity for bird rescue and Mickaboo.  (Did you know Mickaboo has over 450 birds in foster care?)

This year's photo features Baby, a 23-ish year old Greenwing Macaw. Baby was surrendered by an elderly owner who could no longer care for her pets because of her own medical challenges. Baby sings, talks, and dances if you click your fingers. She likes almonds, oranges, and (like most birds) a little bit of whatever you are eating.

Baby and the many birds in Mickaboo's foster flock will appreciate your taking a few seconds to vote to help Mickaboo win $1000 - and for your past generosity.



Dear Mickaboo Friends,
Our Summer edition of Mickaboo's newsletter, featuring news about the birds and events you support, is now available.  Read about our rescue activities and MORE!

Even as dedicated as they are, Mickaboo's volunteers could not do what we do without your financial support. A special matching gift opportunity is in progress now - from July 15, 6 am - 9 pm PT, GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 50%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until Global Giving has given away $115,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.

Your donations help birds in our care like Henrietta. Nearly 20 years old, Henrietta came to us with arthritis in her feet and wings. She became sick with a virus that swept through her home’s flock and was hospitalized for nearly two weeks. The virus caused one of her stomachs to enlarge and stop working properly. Despite continuing to eat, she nearly starved to death as her weight dropped from 82 grams down to 66 grams. She recovered from the virus and then had surgery to remove a large pre-existing mass inside her crop to prevent future health issues. 

Henrietta is now out of the hospital and enjoying time with her cockatiel friends. Her vet bills so far have totaled almost $5,000. 

Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity and help pay the bills for Henrietta and our 400+ other birds like her, so they can become adoptable to forever homes?

P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to GlobalGiving for processing.


Part of the Budgie Gang
Part of the Budgie Gang

What if there was no rescue group to take in the needy and neglected birds saved by Mickaboo?  We asked one of our supporters about the special birds she has adopted from us:

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Mieli was the sweet little guy who had suffered a scaly mite infestation before we took him in, and after he was treated his beak no longer grew properly. The upper one was close enough to normal that a reshaping once a year was sufficient, but his lower beak grew at an abnormally fast rate.  He was supposed to need a vet visit every four to six weeks to trim that, but the morning he was supposed to go for his first trim as my adoptee, the beak was normal length.  It took many weeks of careful observation to discover that the clever little guy was rubbing it back and forth on the lava rock until it was thin enough for him to snap off the excess growth by using the cage bars for leverage.  He was not only typically budgie-smart, he was also an incredibly sweet little guy who personally helped everyone else in the flock with their pinfeathers at moulting time.

Chaos and Miracle [never] fledged so they fly like rocks ... straight down to the floor.  Of course, they sometimes forget they can't fly -- after all, they know they're budgies! -- and are then quite embarrassed to be down there and needing their person's help to go back to the cage.

Poppy.... [was] the baby budgie with the funky wing that found his way to the Berkeley shelter....  When it was discovered that the little guy hadn't suffered a broken wing but a birth defect, it was pretty obvious he wasn't going to be anyone's first choice for adoption, so he came here rather than spend years in foster waiting for a forever home that probably would never be offered to him.

Well, today Miracle found himself on the floor again and when I didn't notice him right away, Poppy got to a spot on the outside of the cage where he could see Miracle and also get my attention with his chirping and acrobatics.  Once he knew I was watching him, he switched his focus toward the floor, knowing I'd follow his gaze.  Miracle stepped up to my hand from my floor and Poppy then watched him non-stop until I got him back to the cage.

Why do we save them?  Because they are intelligent, thinking companion birds who deserve it ... even when not physically perfect.

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Could you imagine a world without Mickaboo to help these special birds and the others in our rescue flock? A world where these beautiful, loving, feeling creatures are euthanized simply because they require medical care? These are the birds Mickaboo was founded for—the birds who, through no fault of their own, find themselves homeless and in need of care.

The financial support of people like YOU is what makes the Mickaboo miracle continue. Your donation today can go further – a matching gift event is underway NOW until 9 pm Pacific Time.  GlobalGiving will match ALL online donations, up to $1,000 per donor per project. (In today's event, the exact matching percentage depends on the donation total collected by GlobalGiving for its nonprofit partners.) Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.

As always - THANK YOU for your ongoing generosity and support.

Part 2 of the Budgie Gang
Part 2 of the Budgie Gang


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Organization Information

Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

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