Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds

by Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
Mickaboo Bird Adoption Fair
Mickaboo Bird Adoption Fair

Mickaboo is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Year!  The organization founded in Pacifica, California by two people passionate about saving cockatiels from the consequences of being deemed "throw-away" birds, has grown to encompass all types of companion parrots and parrot-type birds, with 200+ Northern California volunteers caring for 500+ birds while also recruiting and educating permanent homes for them.

In the spirit of this celebration, our updates this year will look back at our roots, survey our present, and peek at the future. 

A question our volunteers often hear is, "what is a Mickaboo?".  The name of our organization is derived from the names of the birds owned by our two co-founders, Mickey and Aboo.  Mickey was over 20 years old when he passed away, having seen the eponymous group inspired by him grow and save hundreds of birds.  We invite you to read this article about the special relationship Mickey had with Tammy, one of our co-founders and a continuing Board member.

We continue to educate the general public about responsible bird care; we attend or host 30+ public events a year, and our dedicated volunteers teach regularly-scheduled free bird care classes around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

It is our dream that someday, the world would have no need for a companion bird rescue - because everyone who took one of these intelligent beings into their home would know in advance the commitment they were taking on, and our publicly-financed animal welfare organizations would be better equipped to handle the birds that had to be given up despite that commitment.  Until that far-distant future becomes the present, Mickaboo will strive to be present for the birds that need us.

Thank YOU for helping us with the financial support necessary to assist our feathered friends.


Cammy - after vet care and lots of love
Cammy - after vet care and lots of love


GlobalGiving is hosting a #GivingTuesday Bonus Day TODAY, offering matching funds (at 50%) on the first ONE MILLION dollars in donations.  The matching event has already begun - and it ends at 9 pm Pacific today or when matching funds run out, whichever comes first. Please consider using this opportunity to support our birds and have your gift go further!  

Your financial support helps birds like Cammy.  Cammy came into Mickaboo's care after falling headfirst into a hot cup of tea, resulting in second and third degree burns.  He spent four days in intensive care and now, at 7 months old, has made a nearly full recovery.

Would you help us help birds like Cammy?


If you are in the area, consider coming to our Annual Holiday Party and Funraiser (Alameda, December 3) as we celebrate the year’s accomplishments.  The event will feature:

  • The company of Mickaboo's Board and volunteers and other bird lovers
  • Holiday shopping - silent auction and raffle items collected SO FAR include gift certificates from several of our avian vets, tickets to local attractions (private guided tour to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, passes to the California Academy of Sciences, zoos, etc.), and vintage jewelry.
  • Volunteer recognition!
  • A yummy buffet!

See more details and RSVP here. I hope to see you at our celebration.


Parrotlet surrendered by shelter, 8/2016
Parrotlet surrendered by shelter, 8/2016

Mickaboo and its birds are grateful to the many people (like YOU!) and organizations (like GlobalGiving!) who help us help our rescued flock.  At 450 birds and growing, and still run entirely by volunteers, Mickaboo is a miracle that keeps happening. 

GlobalGiving has just released their second (and last) $30K in matching funds today.  If you have already donated today - THANK YOU!  If you have not given, now would be a great time to do so, at this website.

Many of our birds come from shelters who are geared toward dogs and cats, and who therefore call upon us when they receive a bird.  Such was the case with a parrotlet and budgie pair recently.  The parrotlet has since been adopted by a couple who has adopted birds from us before; repeat adopters are an important part of Mickaboo's ongoing success.

When people adopt from Mickaboo, they can rely on Mickaboo for help with their bird's care.  Here are a few snippets of information from our online library and newsletters:

Are you considering adopting a bird? We would love to help you! Here is a link to Mickaboo's adoption process.

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Watch our blog and Facebook page for how well we are doing with today's fundraising challenge

THANK YOU again for YOUR support of Mickaboo's mission.

Budgie surrendered by shelter, 8/2016
Budgie surrendered by shelter, 8/2016



We at Mickaboo wanted to tell you about some of our recent activities - and to ask for your help with today's GlobalGiving Bonus Day fundraising.

GlobalGiving is releasing $30,000 in matching funds TWICE today - at 3am PT/6am ET, and 9am PT/noon ET. That's two opportunities for you to make YOUR donations go further!  Our veterinary costs are now running at $40-$50K/month, so your help at this time will be very appreciated!  Consider donating now - it only takes a couple minutes to make a lifetime of difference for our birds.

We invite you to join us as we watch the flow of matching funds at our blog and Facebook page, where we will also post snippets of birdie info along the way.

Your generosity helps birds such as these:

  • Snookie, a greencheek conure who landed at an animal shelter due to an eviction. He is a sweet bird and while vocal, isn't loud.   After a few days with his foster parent, he started stepping up without biting first. He likes to be with people, and loves shoulder-surfing.
  • Pierce, a former member of the iconic Wild Flock of Telegraph Hill, came to us due to a disability he suffered while in the wild. 
  • Max, a cockatiel, was surrendered to Mickaboo along with an Amazon and 3 zebra finches from an individual facing housing challenges. He was described as 20 years old, friendly but not hand-tame. We were almost immediately able to place him with a couple looking to adopt a friend for their existing older cockatiel.

Please help us continue our mission of helping birds like these with their medical challenges so they can find permanent homes.  Over 95% of your gifts are spent on our veterinary expenses; we cannot do what we do without generous supporters like you.

Thank you for your kindness!



Baby lovebird "SweetPea"
Baby lovebird "SweetPea"

Mickaboo has some newly-rescued lovebirds; here is their story and how you can help them.

A family surrendered their lovebirds to Mickaboo because the family was moving to a less pet-friendly home. And, they were unwilling to take the baby lovebird to a vet to address the baby's leg issues.  

The family of three lovebirds are now in Mickaboo's hands:

  • Kita is the mom of the family at just five years of age. She is an absolute sweetheart!  Unfortunately, she started plucking after SweetPea (her baby) hatched. She is putting on weight (a good thing, in her case) now that she has been separated from daddy and baby. She is still plucking but has new feathers coming in that we hope she will leave alone. She steps up readily and likes being outside of her cage with people . 
  • Beryl is the dad, purchased to keep Kita company. He is just three years old, hand-tame, and steps up well.  He will make a great pet bird for someone, though should be kept separate from Kita because he plucks her feathers. He is eating Harrison's pellets - a good diet!
  • SweetPea the baby is not yet hand tame and is nervous. His foster parent is working on socializing him. SweetPea has a slipped tendon and will eventually need surgery to address it.

Mickaboo took the entire family to the vet for a health check - and the vet found all of the birds have spirochetes and gastric yeast.  Yikes - that means twice-daily oral medications for a while for every bird before they can be adopted out to permanent homes.

Please consider helping Mickaboo with the vet bills for this family. If you are unable to do so now, consider giving on September 21 - that's when GlobalGiving is having its next (and final for 2016) Bonus Day.  Eligible donations will be matched at 30%! We'll email you a reminder on that date.

Thank you again for your support of Mickaboo's mission, its rescued birds, and its volunteers!

Dad and Mom lovebirds - Beryl and Kita
Dad and Mom lovebirds - Beryl and Kita



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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Pamela Lee
San Jose, California United States
$295,510 raised of $305,000 goal
3,280 donations
$9,490 to go
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