Happy Holidays from Mickaboo's foster flock to you and yours! Together we accomplished wonderful things in 2012, ranging from winning GlobalGiving's Photo Contest (thus giving bird rescue higher visibility) to earning a Great Nonprofits' "Top-rated Nonprofit " award to (most importantly) rescuing ~300 companion birds!
Many of these rescues are rather ordinary. Some are extraordinary - like Mai Tai (pictured).
Mai Tai, a Goffin’s cockatoo, came to Mickaboo in mid-November. She had deep wounds in her front and back. Our vet said she had never seen a bird so deformed from mutilation and scar tissue. X-rays showed multiple past untreated fractures of her wings and legs. She was also suffering from a crushed thorax—she stopped breathing momentarily during the x-ray, as any form of stress simply exhausted her. The muscle in her frozen leg was black, although she has limited use of her toes.
Despite all she had been through in her life, Mai Tai had not given up on herself, and we refused to give up on her either.
Once stabilized, one of our special-needs foster homes took Mai Tai home. Mai Tai requires a lot of care and attention, with pain medicine, oxygen, and every-other-day bandage changes and wound care. Mai Tai's veterinary bill is over $1,000, and will no doubt grow. Consider donating for her care, and that of our other foster birds, as part of your year-end giving. Whether it's a little or a lot, your donation, combined with others, makes a real difference to our ability to help our birds.
To learn more about our foster flock - they'd love to go home with you! - go to our online bird listing. Want to learn more about bird care? Our reading room has several articles about bird behavior, safe and nonsafe plants and foods, and more!
Thank you again for your generosity, and enabling Mickaboo to continue its mission on behalf of our feathered friends! Season's Greetings to you and yours!
Our Fall edition of Mickaboo's newsletter features useful information and news about the birds and events you help support. Read stories about our rescue activities, information to help you care for your birds, and MORE!
And, we have a rare matching gift opportunity! For the 24-hour period starting Oct 16, 9:01 pm Pacific Time (a minute past midnight Eastern Time on October 17), GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until Global Giving has given away $50,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Go to Mickaboo's Global Giving page to take advantage of this opportunity.
Your donations help birds in our care like Lia, a Congo African Grey (pictured). Lia is a lovable female, in her teens (in bird years) who says phrases like “Hello my Lovely”, “I love you” or just a sweet “hello”. Lia was surrendered to a shelter by her former family because the family could not afford her veterinary bills. Lia's vent is severely damaged after long-term prolapse issues. The shelter in turn gave Lia to Mickaboo for help - most shelters are unequipped to deal with the specialized (and expensive) medical help that birds need. Lia has had three surgical procedures during the two months she's been with Mickaboo so far, incurring thousands of dollars in veterinary costs.
Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity and help pay the vet bills for Lia and many other birds like her?
P.S. Your gift may *also* be eligible for matching by your employer! Send any matching gift forms to Global Giving for processing.
Many thanks to those of you who recently helped Mickaboo by either donating OR voting for us in last month's Global Giving Photo Contest! Because of your generosity and others, Mickaboo's donations and winnings from the Photo Contest generated enough funds to pay for about 1.5 days' of veterinary expenses - a wonderful gift.
And now we have another favor to ask of you.
Mickaboo is competing for a Chase Community Giving grant via another online voting contest. The top 196 nonprofit vote-getters will receive a share of $5 million – up to $250,000! Wow! If Mickaboo wins THAT much, it could think about building its own sanctuary!
Voting is in progress NOW and ends September 19th.
Your support enables Mickaboo to help birds like Priya (pictured). Priya is a sweet, beautiful lutino cockatiel who was found as a stray and brought to a shelter. After she was surrendered by the shelter to Mickaboo, she was rushed to the vet with a very swollen belly. Priya went through a one-hour surgical procedure to clean out the rotten eggs and dead tissue she had inside her, and has had to have a second reconstructive surgery. Her vet bills total over $4,000 so far.
Priya is now doing well in a foster home specializing in caring for cockatiels needing medication and lots of tender loving care. Please help us continue to help Priya and birds like her by donating today and/or sending Chase Community Giving votes to Mickaboo.
THANK YOU for your help. We would not be able to do what we do without it!
Many thanks to those of you who recently donated to Mickaboo! Because of your generosity and others, Mickaboo won one of the $500 cash bonuses offered in the Global Giving Mother's Day Tribute Card Contest - a wonderful gift honoring all Mickaboo foster and adoptive parents.
We have an extraordinary matching gift opportunity coming soon! From June 12, 9 pm PT to June 13, 9 pm PT (i.e., the full calendar day of June 13 in Eastern Time Zone terms), Global Giving will match 50% of your online donations (up to $1,000 per donor per project), until Global Giving has given $75,000 in matching funds. Go to Mickaboo's Global Giving page to take advantage of this opportunity - an even more unique opportunity since Global Giving's normal match rate is 30%!
Your donations help birds like Morgan, a cockatiel (pictured). Morgan is an older female who used to live in an outdoor aviary. Something startled Morgan - she bashed her wings, abraded her chest, and fractured her jaw so her beak is now misaligned. Morgan's previous owner decided her time had come and was going to let her die. Mickaboo stepped in to take Morgan to an avian veterinarian where she spent two weeks in intensive care (and ran up quite the vet bill - almost $1,000!). Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity and help pay the vet bills for Morgan and other birds like her?
Many thanks to those of you who recently donated to Mickaboo! Your donations help birds like April (pictured). When Mickaboo received a call from a shelter that a badly-injured cockatiel had just been surrendered to them, Mickaboo picked up April right away and rushed her to the vet. She was very skinny, had a badly injured wing and seemed completely run down. After spending a week in supportive care, she was placed in a loving foster home to recover from whatever got her into this bad situation
Mother’s Day is coming soon! Consider honoring the women in your life with an unconventional and unique gift – a gift to Mickaboo (via Global Giving) in their honor. You will have your choice of personalized electronic, paper, and print-at-home cards to give to your special “moms” as the honorees of your gift(s). And, if you give between now and 9 pm Pacific on May 13, your gift could earn Mickaboo a $500 bonus (for the ten nonprofits with the most card-giving donors).
Would you consider taking advantage of this bonus opportunity and help pay the vet bills for April and many other birds like her?
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