Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds

by Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
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


Fletcher at the hospital
Fletcher at the hospital

We asked you earlier to help Mickaboo win $1000 in GlobalGiving's online photo contest. This is an update - and a plea.

After holding first place for much of last week, we fell to fourth place on Monday, Aug 25.  Not good!  We need YOUR help to get back to first and stay there! 

  • If you have not already voted - help us? Voting is free and fast here
  • If you HAVE already voted - THANK YOU - and please ask a friend who might appreciate what Mickaboo does to vote with you

The prize money would help birds like Fletcher. Fletcher is a Nanday Conure who was recently hospitalized for what may have been a seizure. Here is a video of him while hospitalized; Fletcher has trouble holding his head in its normal position and is abnormally quiet.

In contrast, here is Fletcher's video after he recovered and returned to his foster home.  We see a more normal body position, and he's talking up a storm! Midway through the video, his foster parent translates his chatter, thanking all those voting on his behalf in this GlobalGiving Photo Contest. 

Thank you for helping by voting - and for spreading the word to your fellow bird-loving friends!

Photo Contest entry
Photo Contest entry



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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Pamela Lee
San Jose, California United States
$292,673 raised of $295,000 goal
3,231 donations
$2,327 to go
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