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October 3, 2012
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October 3, 2012
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It never fails to amaze me how quickly and effectiently the hard working folks at Mickaboo pull together to help when the call goes out...day or night. We often get calls when people see stray parrots because they are in danger from predators and unacclimated to forgaging on their own. Well one bird in particular had gotton our attention as he had been out in his own for a long time and the family who had been giving food contacted Micaboi because tge weather was getting cold and a neighbor did not like him coming into his yard to eat the oranges and was going to do something sbout so they were concerned. Volunteers went out for a week trying to help and we all keep checking for updates. Then one evening...success! Now it was a matter of where to take this very tired double yellow head amazon. That's where I cane in. I was just leaving work and after a frantic call to my husband this guy had a home to come to. He arrived later that night and made little fuss as we put in his new home and settled in for a well deserved peacefull nights sleep. The next day it was clear he was covered with black sticky substance. Concerned it might be roof tar I made a call to get authorization to take him to an avian veterinarian. That day we were off to go see the vet. He was a real trooper and it took the vet and two vet techs all working on him to get what probably tree sap off him. I was just going to be a foster home for him but I after all he had been through surviving on his own I wanted him to have a forever home. He has been with me for 7 years this month :)

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 3, 2012
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October 3, 2012
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This is a great group of volunteers, each contributing in his or her own way to help neglected, surrendered, abandonned, and mistreated birds. They raise money to provide veterinary care, open their homes to foster birds, interview and teach classes to potential volunteers, and do all the many many chores required.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 3, 2012
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October 3, 2012
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We adopt one of San Francisco wild flock Conure baby from Mickaboo. After that we start fostering different birds.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 3, 2012
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October 3, 2012
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Mickaboo is full of volunteers who care deeply for feathered friends in need, and who each contribute in their own way. I help with the accounting, fundraising and outreach events. It is astonishing how many members of the general public don't know about parrot rescue! I have 8 birds of my own, all adopted from Mickaboo. How each of them came to me reminds me of the birds - and their former owners, in a way - who needed Mickaboo's help, and others who still do. While being an all-volunteer organization sometimes presents organizational challenges (who's doing what? when?) the volunteers can be counted on to unite and get the job done when the need is urgent.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 9, 2011
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April 9, 2011
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Mickaboo is an amazing organization dedicated to changing the lives of neglected, abandoned, or unwanted birds. I am a foster mom for Mickaboo, and have had an amazing experience watching my scared little foster grow into such an amazing bird. The network of volunteers are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, dedicated, and passionate about what they do. The adoption approval process is really well designed to make sure the birds go to great, knowledgeable homes.

I highly recommend that anyone interested in adopting a bird, but not quite sure they can handle it, become a foster parent. That way you can see if having a bird is a good fit for you, while helping out a bird in need! And it gives you such a sense of pride and accomplishment when that bird you fostered for all those weeks/months/years finally gets adopted. :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my foster Willow, the Indian Ringneck Parakeet. He came to me as a baby, terrified of people, with his wing and tail feathers cut off to the skin. In the months he has been in foster care, he has bloomed into an amazing bird. He steps up now, plays with his toys, is eating a healthy diet, has grown back all his beautiful feathers, and is starting to speak English! He says "Hello", "Willow", "How are you?", "What are you doing?", "Hi", and many other mumblings that are words to come! He is the sweetest!

Ways to make it better...

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

find us more foster homes so that we could help even more birds!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

We need more publicity. People don't know that we exist!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I have made life-long friends that I share a passion with, learned about the necessity that is lighting for a birds well-being, husbandry skills, and much more I am sure. The amount I have learned since starting with Mickaboo, and the amazingly knowledgeable network of volunteers is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in parrot care.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Volunteering with Mickaboo has given me a huge sense of accomplishment, and life purpose. I am a part of such an amazing group of people, and we have changed the lives of so many birds it is amazing. Absolutely amazing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 7, 2011
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April 7, 2011
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I have adopted two pigeons through MickaCoo (the pigeon and dove "wing" of Mickaboo), and currently foster three wonderful king pigeons. Mickaboo has been a great resource for advice about these wonderful birds.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my backyard aviary

Ways to make it better...

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

find more homes for needy birds

April 6, 2011

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April 6, 2011

I have several birds adopted from Mickaboo, and I'm fostering another. I've never seen a group of people so hard working for the betterment of animals. NO ONE gets paid. It's all volunteer, placing hundreds of birds per year.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've both adopted birds, and volunteered my time to help build aviarys.

Ways to make it better...

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

I'd give it a lot more money if I had it to give. Since no one gets a salary this is the lowest overhead charitable group you're going to find.

April 6, 2011

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April 6, 2011

I have been a Mickaboo volunteer for a few months now. I have to say the network of foster parents, volunteers who help transport, donors, and adoptive homes is truly amazing. While the process can be a little slow, the amount of resources, caring and dedication these people show is truly amazing. I feel so blessed to be a part of Mickaboo.

Personally, I have started my foster experience with one bird - an eclectus named Monty. In a very short time we managed to get this bird from his surrenderer (he had run out of food 2 days previous), get him to the vet, and get him into foster care. He has been a true blessing to have and is such a sweet bird. It's a great way to be introduced to the system knowing something so fragile (parrots are fragile, frankly) can trust you so completely after such a short time. You can see a video of his story and the first 3 weeks in foster care here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JpyMPXE-VI).

Volunteers provide food and interaction and CLEAN, safe environments for the birds, while Mickaboo pays for vet care and helps arrange transport and cages (we do have a storage facility).

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fostering birds, surrendering birds, bird care, classes, outreach efforts.

Ways to make it better...

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

Speed up the contact process....it can be a little slow because it is based 100% on volunteer time and resources.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Faster responses or better communication.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Taught me a lot about parrots in general, including new species.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I have never felt more blessed or like there was a better way to spend my time. The people are so supportive and helpful that it is impossible to feel like you are NOT doing a good thing. The birds truly make this all worth it. When you see a bird that has been abused or neglected in some way (I have yet to see a bird that wasn't either) totally make a turnaround...you just start to glow. The photos are of my foster and the situation he came from. Yucky perches, algae filled water bottle...not to mention the poor guy's beak.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 3, 2011

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April 3, 2011

Hi! My name is Cheryl Dickinson and I heard of MickaCoo when I found a King Pigeon back in 2008 called Dovee. I spent a year trying to find him a home and In that year I was so touched by the work Elizabeth Young and MickaBoo was doing, I got more involved. I am now an active volunteer and Foster home for The Pigeon and Dove division. It is such a Joy, honor and blessing to be a part of such an amazing and compassionate group of people! It is also an honor to be able to help so many pigeons. It brings a lot of joy to me and I know these innocents appreciate us or they may not have survived!

Thank you! MickaBoo and Coo!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed and experiences multiple counts of compassionate people helping innocent birds!

Ways to make it better...

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

I would love to see more advertisement on public education on bird care.

April 1, 2011

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April 1, 2011

I recently adopted Mango and Kiwi, a pair of Lovebirds, from Mickaboo. Mickaboo astonished me with their dedication, care toward their birds, and refusal to give up on any bird, no matter how expense to care for. They really are an incredible organization, and turned what might have been an uninformed impulse buy into a wonderful, educated beginning into a life with Mango and Kiwi through their info-packed Bird Care Class. I highly recommend them if you're willing to wait a rather long period before you can get your parrot.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting some of the great people who work there and adopting Mango and Kiwi.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make the time before you can adopt your parrot shorter.

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