Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds

by Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
Louie, a blue-fronted amazon
Louie, a blue-fronted amazon

Thanks to your continued support, we have been able to continue our work of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing companion birds.  So far this year, we have accepted about 20 birds and adopted out approximately that many, while caring for a flock of ~450.

YOUR help and that of our many dedicated volunteers are what make the miracle that is Mickaboo happen. Your donation today to keep the miracle going can go further – a matching gift event is underway NOW! From March 18, 6 am - 9 pm PT GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $60,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity.

Your donations help birds like Louie, a 15-year-old female blue-fronted amazon (pictured). Louie was surrendered to Mickaboo when her guardian could no longer afford Louie’s medical needs. Louie appeared to be having great difficulty breathing, so she was immediately hospitalized and put on oxygen while veterinarians assessed her condition. 

Initial imaging suggested something was blocking half of Louie’s airflow at the base of her pharynx. More imaging over a two-week period showed large finger-like growths in the esophagus interfering with Louie’s food intake. Louie’s frantic stretching and head movements were how she had been moving food down her esophagus. Biopsies showed the growths resulted from inflammation (rather than cancer or an infection), possibly due to a vitamin A deficiency. Louie was given a vitamin A injection and other medications; her movements have become far less frantic. Follow-up care will be needed over the next several months.

Louie is now in a Mickaboo foster home where she is talking, laughing, and eating well. She says ‘hello’ and other words in a cute woman’s voice when she thinks no one is listening.

Louie’s vet bills have exceeded $5000 so far. The improvement in Louie's quality of life - priceless! Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help Louie and our other birds heal and find permanent, loving homes?


Dylan has balancing issues
Dylan has balancing issues

We want to tell you about a threesome - not the three little BEARS, but a trio of cockatiels that your collective dollars are helping to achieve a better quality of life.

Dylan was abandoned at a foreclosed house - and then abandoned again at a pet shop before being surrendered to Mickaboo. He has a neurological problem that affects his balance.  He falls off perches and is unable to control his head movements.  He is hospitalized while veterinarians determine the cause and treatment of this problem.  His extreme fear of humans complicates diagnosing him.

Claire has "something" in her intestines making her ill and necessitating a lengthy stay at the veterinary clinic for diagnosis and treatment. Surgery may be needed to remove the object.  Her veterinary bills already exceed $2000(!).

Kylie is a female cockatiel over 20 years old.  She has a suspected lesion in her intestines restricting food passage, causing her to rapidly lose weight though she eats regularly.  She also has severe arthritis in her knees and ankles.  A recent stay in the hospital and diagnostic tests have brought her veterinary bills to over $1500.


These are just a few of the birds in the flock of 400+ for which Mickaboo and its volunteers provide daily care, love, and medical attention.  Our newsletter has more stories about our birds and volunteers - see the latest edition here.

We can do it all because of YOU. THANK YOU for the help you have given us in the past, and for your future support.


PS - Why will March 18 be important?  Save the date, and stay tuned for an announcement!

Claire has an intestinal blockage
Claire has an intestinal blockage
Kylie has an intestinal lesion and arthritis
Kylie has an intestinal lesion and arthritis


Lovebird and Green Cheek Conure Friends
Lovebird and Green Cheek Conure Friends

Thanks to your support this year, Mickaboo has welcomed 200+ birds to its foster care program and adopted out almost 200 to permanent homes. As we gather with family and friends this week to celebrate all that we are thankful for, I want you to know that all of us at Mickaboo are especially grateful for YOU. 

Whether you volunteer with us, support us financially, or cheer from the sidelines, YOU help us to care for these marvelous feathered creatures, making a difference both for them and their past, present, and future guardians.

We hope to see you at our Annual Holiday Party and Funraiser (Walnut Creek, December 6) as we celebrate the year’s achievements and re-energize the organization for 2015.  The event will feature:

  • A delicious buffet
  • The company of your fellow volunteers and bird lovers - priceless!
  • Holiday shopping - silent auction and raffle items collected SO FAR include gift certificates from most of our avian vets, sports items (ex: SaberCats and Sharks items), tickets to local attractions (private guided tour to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, passes to the California Academy of Sciences, Sacramento and Oakland Zoos, etc.), custom jewelry... and on and on.
  • Art for the Birds and Scott Shipley will be present with their artwork! You've seen them on Facebook - oooh and aaah about their creations in person!  (Scott donated one of his award-winning works for silent auction - in progress now!) 
  • Clothing Drive - our first ever at the holiday party.  Curate your closet, create room for new stuff, get a tax deduction, and help Mickaboo at the same time!

See more details and RSVP here.

Budgie Cradled in Hand
Budgie Cradled in Hand


Nora, a cockatiel in hospice care
Nora, a cockatiel in hospice care

Dear Mickaboo Friends,
The Fall edition of Mickaboo's newsletter has news about some of the birds and activities you help support.  Read stories about our rescue work and MORE!

The last matching gift opportunity for 2014 is happening NOW! From Oct 15, 6 am to 9 pm Pacific Time, GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $75,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity before funds run out!

Your donations help birds like Nora and Chacco. Nora is a sweet female cockatiel who has been treated for cancer - and the cancer is in remission!  Chacco is a rose-breasted cockatoo who recently had a wing amputation to resolve an injury, and is also recovering from a chest wound.

Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help us heal Nora, Chacco, and the ~400 other other birds in our care?

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



Chacco - after surgery
Chacco - after surgery

Dear Mickaboo Friends,

We now have the results of the recent GlobalGiving Photo Contest in which many of you voted for Mickaboo.

Because of YOUR efforts, Mickaboo placed first in its category and fourth overall in the contest.  While we did not win a cash prize, we made many new friends and were awarded GlobalGiving’s professional help with our social media efforts.

During the contest, you heard about two of our foster birds: Cappi, a middle-aged yellow-naped amazon who received an innovative stent to address his airsaculitis, and Fletcher, a nanday conure who is recovering from what may have been a stroke.  We now introduce you to Chacco, a rosebreasted cockatoo who came to us with an injured wing and a raw chest wound. Chacco’s former owner could not afford his medical care – and that is where Mickaboo stepped in.

The picture below is of Chacco in his hospital tank, just a handful of days after Mickaboo received him. He is resting in a sling so as to aggravate his chest wound as little as possible; the purple visible to the right is a bandage around his hurt wing.

The picture at the top of this report was taken after Chacco’s wing surgery.  His foster parent says he is recovering well, with the promise of a better quality of life.  Chacco’s condition continues to be monitored by our veterinary partner.

Would you consider helping Chacco heal?  We have started a special fund for Chacco's veterinary expenses; you may contribute to it here.

Thank you for your consideration.

Chacco - before surgery
Chacco - before surgery



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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Pamela Lee
San Jose, California United States

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