BURGE BIRD RESCUE

Rating: 5 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 13833 S 71 Hwy Grandview MO 64030 USA

Mission: Our mission is to take in unwanted pet birds, provide them with veterinary care, and keep them as long as necessary to find them forever homes. We never turn away a bird with medical issues, and we accept wild birds like pigeons that are not taken in by any other facility in our area. In addition, we deploy to help the animal victims of disasters like the Joplin tornado, hoarding situations, and birds that have escaped and are flying loose.
Results: In March 2012 we opened our new Rescue Room thanks to a grant from Pepsi and the donations of hundreds of our supporters. This is the only faciltiy in the Kansas City area devoted to housing rescued birds while they await adoption. Our intake doubled, and in 2013 we helped 312 birds, up from an average of 150 per year in previous years.
Target demographics: unwanted or abandoned pet birds
Direct beneficiaries per year: 312 pet birds
Geographic areas served: the Missouri and Kansas area
Programs: any necessary medical and surgical care, rescue of escaped birds, and adoption services for birds that are ready for new homes.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I adopted four parakeets/budgies from Burge Bird Rescue on Nov. 18, 2013. The facility was very impressive: clean, organized, well-lit; knowledgeable staff; wonderful bird room housing a variety of species in appropriately sized cages. Dr. Burge explained each of the four parakeets' health profiles and answered my many questions. Very professional place while also manifesting kindness toward the birds and the human clients. I highly recommend this facility.

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I adopted four budgies (parakeets) from Burge Bird Rescue in November, 2013. Dr. Burge was extremely thorough in her communication with me about the birds' history, any potential medical issues, their recent medical tests. I was extremely impressed with the facility (clean, organized, cheery) and the staff (knowledgeable, helpful, efficient). Adopting a parrot is rewarding but can also be stressful, and I felt more confident than I have elsewhere that the birds received top-notch care and attention.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer it money with which it could expand its facility and staff; such good work is done there that it would be wonderful to enlarge the endeavor.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I drove four hours, across the entire state of Missouri, from the Illinois side of St. Louis Metro area to Dr Burges rescue to adopt a parakeet.I had adopted keets from the Chicago area and at Independence, MO (not too far from Dr. Burge.)I filled out the app and spoke to them on the phone and we arranged a day and time.There was about a 2 hour misunderstanding on the time,I thought it was 2 hours later than they did. THey were still very nice when I arrived. They had scheduled me around a surgery and I showed up at the wrong time. No problems. They were VERY kind to me. Nurse Julie(not to be confused with Dr. Julie!) went out of her way for me more than once. She went and got Benny, my new little guy. I wanted to take a photo of him in his travel cage, on his way to his new home. I went to the car and could NOT find my camera. I was panicked (card had 5+ years of photos-) and Nurse Julie came out to help me look.I did not ask. We did not find it and I thought I had left it at a rest stop. We went in and Nurse Julie called MO Dept of Transportation so I could find out who takes care of the rest stops and maybe I could locate it that way.. that was no help as they had no clue. But Nurse Julie was very nice to help in that way. Again, all her idea. I did not ask her to call. I had no idea to contact anyone. (camera was found once I calmed down!) Nurse Julie filled me in on Benny's diet and habits. Then she told me how to get back to Interstate 70 to St Louis, It was very confusing as those highways criss cross over one another about a dozen times..I got onto the highway but got immediately lost. AAA tried to talk me to the right place but were driving me in circles. (They admitted they told me a wrong direction) I noticed I was at the exit to go to the rescue, so I went back , unannounced. Nurse Julie was very understanding and printed a map and went over it with me. I took the map and was back on Interstate 70 in about 10 or so minutes. Everyone was so kind and helpful despite my lateness (and what I thought) being a pest. Burge Birds are in wonderful health. WheN I took Ben to my vet , he looked at him and right away said "he is in perfect feather". Dr. Burge has been so kind with me too since Benny is now a member of my bird family. I have asked her more than once for info on Benny re: behaviour and medical history. And despite being a full time vet and running the rescue she has willingly taken the time to call me or message me to help me find out as much as I can about my new little Benny. I think the** most important** thing and the thing that impresses me and I LOVE the most about Dr. Julie is that she takes the birds' feelings into consideration. She knows and recognizes and respects that they are more than little feathered robots.So ,so important and something I have never seen from a vet to be honest. She really deeply cares for these guys. She has many birds waiting for a loving home, please help Dr. Burge and the birds! I probably will be later again ,at some point!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none just perfect

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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I have adopted three birds from Burge Bird rescue. Since I live more than 2 hrs away they were very nice to let me come up and spend as much time as I wanted to get to know the birds and pick out the best ones for our family. I could not ask for more knowledgable and helpful people. If any of the birds have any issues that need to be dealt with they are upfront with you about everything that you need to do to ensure the correct care of the bird and their adoption fees are more than reasonable . They also sometimes have several used cages for reasonable prices which is a big help when you need a cage for your new friend. It's a great place to get a bird!! Be sure to check them out!

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2012

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Burge Bird Services does so much does so much for abandon, unwanted and neglected birds of all kind. I have adopted from them and would not have it any other way. All proceeds go to a great cause for everything they do to care for such a great companion. I will always go to Burge Bird Services for all of my pets needs. Thank you for all you do and please continue your services for many years to come.

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2014

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I wasn't looking to adopt another bird, but when Dr. Julie heard that I have two elderly (9 years old and 11 years old) budgies, she immediately asked if I would adopt a 12-year-old budgie with one bad foot. I couldn't refuse - he was perfect for my household! The volunteers at Burge Bird Rescue have a particular talent for matching adoptable birds with people to love them. Kermit (formerly known as Jule), is a happy little guy getting along very well at my home. Thank you!

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Thank you so much for my sweet baby Nico! I'm so happy we adopted him from your rescue. It's great to see a rescue run by people that love and care for birds as much as I do!

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I met dr Julie Burge and staff in 1995. She is so dedicated to helping healing and house calls, I also have so much respect for all her care and love she provides birds in need. You can count on her for her help whether it's for rescuing birds in need a screening the adopted parents of a bird or owner in need of assistance. Dr Julie Burge and staff are a wonderful ,caring loving rescue organization that should be commended for their devotion.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes I could think of except they are deserving of any grants available.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

I just started going to Dr. Burge a few months ago, and I think she is incredible. She obviously knows her stuff, and is willing to give excellent advice to help you with any bird problems that arise. I feel bad for her and the other people that work there, though, because they see so many sad cases day in and day out. Believe me, she and her staff are very much appreciated out here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a $100,000 endowment so they could take in more birds.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have never met an organization more dedicated to the health and well being of animals. They are open 6 days a week, and will even return your phone calls for emergencies on their one day off. I adopted one of my babies from there, and wouldn't take all 3 of them anywhere else for their care.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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We have been clients of Dr. Burge for 8 years. I have never met anyone so dedicated to the well being of birds. She works tirelessly for birds that need help for rescue or health issues. I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Burge and Nurse Julie and their staff. We have adopted 3 birds from Burge Bird Rescue and she gave us the history and health issues of each bird. I have a lot of respect for the work they do to rescue birds.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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