Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
Rating: 4.93 stars 73 73 reviews 6,095
PO Box 697 San Jose CA 95106 USA
Mickaboo was founded in 1996. Our mission is very simple: To provide protection for those who, by no fault or choice of their own cannot help themselves, and depend on humans for their care. To ensure the highest quality of life for our companion birds. To educate the bird owning public on the most current diet, health and general care information.
To ensure the highest quality of life for our companion birds.
To educate the bird owning public on the most current diet, health and general care information.
Geographic areas served:
Northern California, from the San Francisco Bay Area up to the Sacramento area.
Mickaboo holds free, regularly scheduled bird education classes throughout the Bay Area. At the classes, we talk about proper avian diet and care, symptoms of illness, emergency first aid, the importance of vet care, general husbandry, taming and training, and dangers in the home. Mickaboo also offers special advanced bird care classes and seminars on topics such as foraging. Mickaboo also holds adoption fairs throughout the year, where the general public has a chance to come meet some of our wonderful birds.
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Feather Shaped Hole
This is one story of why I volunteer to foster special needs birds, they are inspiring beings who give as much to me as I give them. Animals with disabilities don't feel sorry for themselves, they take what they are given and they adapt. They may need little accommodations and medication but they aren't much different from able bodied animals. Even with tragic stories they forgive humans and learn to trust and love again.
TJ is a Mitered Conure who was stolen from his bird family back when parrots were imported from the wild in bulk. We don't know the story of the roughly first 30 years of his life, but we know the last 2 years when an animal shelter contacted Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue to take in an aggressive, loud bird. TJ spent the last 3 months as my foster.
TJ was dumped at the shelter for biting and screaming and was report as having spent the last 15 years in a small cage in the garage, I would be cranky too. In foster care TJ learned about healthy food, toys, and that not all people are to be feared. Things went well for TJ for the next year and a half as he discovered the human world could be a fun place to explore and play...until he fell off of his cage in a full out seizure. His seizure had been brought on by a stroke.
He spent the next month hospitalized having mini-strokes as the vets worked to get him on the right medications and him learning to cope with his new limitations. Finally he was stable enough to go home. He still displayed traits of stroke patients weakness, impaired sight, impaired feeling only on one side of his body plus his speech was slurred.
TJ's first day here he couldn't hold his head up, he could only lay on his padded floor. Within a few weeks, he was doing well enough to perch on my hand with a towel for extra grip. As he regained more strength he became more stable and was finally able to perch on my hand and hold himself up. The picture above shows his improvement. He grew stronger and started to play again, we made small tweaks to his medication but the after effects of his stroke were fading.
Everything was going well up until last weekend, November 14, 2015. I walked into TJs room and he didn't look right. As I helped him out of his cage I knew we needed to rush to the vet. I hurried out of the house and held him to my chest so he could see me and feel the warmth of the sunlight through the window as we drove to the vet. I could feel him getting weaker. TJ was in heart failure, his lungs were wet and breathing was ragged. It was just a few hours later that I got the call he was gone. This week I bring TJ back home to bury him.
Mickaboo has many birds like TJ, birds getting another chance at a new life. Most of our birds are heathy and ready to join a new family but we also have many medical cases and don't turn away birds with preexisting conditions. All donations go to medical care for our foster flock. TJ is just one reason why I give my time and have a few feather shaped holes in my heart.
I have volunteered and fostered birds for Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue since 1997, and these people are simply the best! The organization is very well organized, and has maintained a 100% volunteer staff since its inception in 1995.
When I attend their fundraising events, it is really inspiring to see so many of the volunteers working tirelessly in the effort to leave no bird behind. They really do make a difference!
Mickaboo puts the heart and soul of all it's dedicated volunteers into helping birds in need-whether it is a bird found as a stray, in a shelter, uncared for in a pet shop, or needing to be rehomed because of owner illness, death, loss of home, unable to afford medical care or moving and unable to take the bird.
They provide veterinary care, foster care, and adoption into a carefully screened home to give these birds a second chance. They provide a place for terminally ill birds or birds not adoptable due to contagious illness.
They have also reached out to help the famous Parrots of Telegraph Hill, many stricken with a neurological disease of unknown origin that kills and handicaps these beautiful parrots, and have been involved with Elizabeth Young and her quest to help all breeds of pigeons, especially the plight of King Pigeons.
All of the money collected through donations, bird surrenders and adoptions goes to the care of the birds. This is a story of hope for them.
MIckaboo offers everyone a chance to own or foster a bird while keeping an engaging learning environment ever active. As a relatively new bird foster (and sometimes volunteer), the online communication is wonderful and need assistance. Many thanks to the veteran owners who have skills and resources (and veterinarians) willing to educate and assist fledgling newcomers. The process for obtaining bird care skills is well facilitated and always open to new volunteers to help expedite the process of homing a bird. Finally, and most importantly, the birds when you have them in your home seem acutely aware of Mickaboo. I am sure they sense the universality of care and appreciate your attention to the needs of wildlife through such a medium. (PS: Hello from Chirpy and Celeste - 2 budgie/keets).
I've volunteered for Mickaboo for over a decade - their commitment to doing the right thing and caring for our feathered friends is unmatched.
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Mickaboo respond to just about anything from doves deserted in Libraries (by magicians!) to tragic cases of neglect and birds even found alone after their owner passes away. Funds are carefully and shrewdly managed and the sheer volume of companion birds that Mickaboo is supporting continues to grow - and yet the network copes through efficient communication and a very dedicated bunch of wonderful volunteers. Even if contacts are remote Mickaboo will do what they can to assist.
Mickaboo is a caring organization that tries hard to help all the birds who need help. This all-volunteer organization fosters and adopts out many birds each year. Most of the donations received go to pay for vet bills for birds who need special care or strays who come from the animal shelter and who need immediate medical attention. It's all about the birds! Thank you, Mickaboo, for all the caring hearts
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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue is a wonderful organization to adopt from and to volunteer for. They truly do care about doing their utmost to ensure a good, loving home and the best care for each bird, and they support fosters and adopters with detailed bird care information and sharing of experiences. Many of the volunteers have gone above and beyond to transport birds needing medical care, needing to be brought in from a surrenderer to a foster home, or needing to get to a new forever home. The organization pays thousands of dollars in avian vet bills for its charges, and over 99% of all donations go toward this purpose.
With the current problems of parrot overpopulation and a lack of education about their needs, bird rescue is a little-known but much-needed resource. Supporting Mickaboo enables them to provide the medical and emotional care so many of these birds need so badly.
I have adopted two African Greys through Mickaboo. I also foster a Senegal and have fostered others as well. Mickaboo is dedicated to helping companion parrots. These birds are often obtained without thinking of the 50 year commitment. They can live a very long time and also need a lot of attention and love. They are social species just like humans. Mickaboo makes sure those birds that have lost their humans, for whatever reason, are cared for. They even will take care for life birds that are too sick to be adopted. My two birds have changed my life and I give back by helping with Mickaboo.
When we lost our parrot Mickaboo was incredibly helpful, both with their own guidance and resources and pointing us to other resources for finding lost birds. We wound up fostering and adopting birds for them - really a great group of selfless people helping birds in need.