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March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I can't believe such wonderful organization exists. I recently found out about Mickaboo, and Mickacoo when I volunteered to transport ill pigeon to Elizabeth. She overwhelmed me with so much fascinating information about doves and pigeons that it has greatly helped me increase my knowledge, and my drive to provide them with better care. I now have a better understanding about birds overall. Her dedication to these birds is truly touching. I don't know what I would have done without her. Not only did she give me tips and advice about doves and pigeons, but will also foster and take in birds that need rescuing(if they have the capacity-Mickaboo/coo seem to rescue everyday!), as well as use her own money to take care of their vet bills when they are sick or injured. All this is unpaid time and work, and if you ask me, she should be getting paid for this!

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I read the Mickacoo Newsletter. I always get positive feedback from people that adopt from this organization.

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I would probably vouche for someone to get paid for doing this. This organization is very necessary, and I would hate for it to slowly go away due to lack of funds.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I have been a Mickaboo foster mom for about 2.5 years now. I currently foster a Blue & Gold macaw named "Buddy". Buddy had numerous issues, not to mention it was his THIRD time returning to Mickaboo. They have stuck with him through thick and thin-spending THOUSANDS of dollars on vet care for him. Once a Mickaboo bird, always a MIckaboo bird. This motto was one of the things that made me want to volunteer. They NEVER give up! Mickaboo is truly an awesome -ALL VOLUNTEER- organization! I am proud to be part of their family.

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Any concerns or questions concerning my foster macaw have ALWAYS been addressed in a quick and efficient manner. They even went so far as to have a avian behaviorist work with my foster macaw & I.

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

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March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I've been a volunteer with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue for almost 4 years and throughout that time I have been consistently blown away by their commitment to doing what is best for the vulnerable birds in their care. Mickaboo is a rare treasure, an organization that operates from a base of integrity and never wavers. It is especially amazing when one factors in that birds can't write reviews or donate money while people do (or don't) but Mickaboo never allows a bird's needs to be overshadowed by what a person wants, no matter how much easier that would be. I have a profound respect for the ethics of this organization and am amazed on a daily basis that this ALL volunteer organization can accomplish more of the impossible in a day than many well-funded companies manage in a week. If I ever come back as a bird in need of help, I would only hope I get so lucky as to find my way to Mickaboo.

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

myriad ways.

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

help it to get the word out more about the amazing work it does. Mickaboo is so busy helping birds that it spends very little time helping itself.

July 17, 2010

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July 17, 2010

This is an all-volunteer organization who survives on the selfless generosity of hundreds of people. In my own case, I put out my own money for transporting, feeding, and entertaining (ie toys) for the fosters, and of course time to help socialize the birds. I've donated time and money for dozens of adoption fairs and fundraising events, whether hosted by Mickaboo, by humane societies, or places like Pet Food Express, Andy's Pet Store, or For Other Living Things. I have seen other volunteers willing to interrupt their own family celebrations or work routines to rush to help a bird(s) in medical distress or other need.

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

the number of foster birds housed in my home, the number of birds I have adopted from Mickaboo, and the friends I have gained through my volunteering.

Ways to make it better...

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

find ways to a) help with their cash flow - largely dependent on episodic donations by many, many people, and understandably adversely affected by the economic recession and b) help find volunteers who can be steady-eddie back-office people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing everyone's generosity - both with their time and their financial resources - to make things right for the birds in their realm of responsibility.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generous, compassionate, wanting to do the right thing

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

focus more on educating the public on what it takes to provide proper bird care, and potentially provide a facility for birds more fit for an aviary than a home.

Ways to make it better...

there were more volunteers to do the day-to-day work of rescue, both in the "front office" and the "back office".

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am very proud of this organization and what it stands for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 14, 2010
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July 14, 2010
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Mickaboo is an organization which has helped find so very many birds a loving and deserving home in the San Francisco area for many years. Unfortunately I am in the awkward situation of having had Mickaboo forcibly remove my three beloved family pets FROM their loving and deserving home. I live in California, and I am also going through a divorce from my wife of 7 years. During that time we had accumulated a wonderful flock of birds, consisting of zebra finches, cockatiels, canaries, budgies, a lineolated parakeet and a green cheeked conure. When my wife and I moved to California we contacted Mickaboo and volunteered as a foster. We successfully fostered a half dozen birds for the organization. As a verbal agreement of our divorce my wife and I agreed to re-home and split the birds - using her contacts with Mickaboo the canaries, budgies, finches and the linny were all handed to Mickaboo for rehoming. My wife was going to take the conure and I would keep our three cockatiels. The linnie and budgies were all handed to Mickaboo prior to Cody's moving out. On the day that my wife moved out of our home she surprised me by saying that Mickaboo was coming over to take the conure. This was a surprise because I had previously thought the bird was already rehomed. The Mickaboo volunteers arrived and took the conure and his cage, and also took the remaining zebra finches and their cage. Without my knowledge or being informed in any way, I saw the volunteers walk out of my house a third time, this time with the three cockatiels in a travel cage. I informed the volunteers that they didn't have the authorization to take the cockatiels, but they ignored me and said that the cockatiels weren't mine anymore. They quickly got into their car and left. That was on May 17th, and it was the last time I have seen my tiels. The cockatiel cage was left in my house, door open, food and water bowls filled by me that morning, toys hanging, yet completely empty. This quickness of the bird's retrieval and attempt to sneak by me leads me to believe that the volunteers knew I was not willing to give up the cockatiels, and makes it questionable that Mickaboo is acting in the birds' best interests. A lawyer immediately sent Mickaboo a letter demanding the birds back, which was ignored. I sent Mickaboo an e-mail with proof of my co-ownership of the birds (through veterinary records) and told them that my wife lied to them by saying she was the sole owner of the birds, and requested their return. That was also ignored. A second lawyer, my divorce lawyer, has sent Mickaboo a final letter about proof of my ownership of the birds and demanding their return or else they will be sued and brought in to my divorce as a third party, since they are holding Community Property that should belong to both my wife and I. That was three weeks ago, and there has still been no response. In fact, the only "official" claim from Mickaboo about the situation was in an internet forum discussing the situation, where someone claiming to speak for Michelle Yesney said that Mickaboo was keeping the birds because my wife feared for their safety and that I have no proof of co-ownership. A recent e-mail to Michelle told me that I should be talking to their lawyer instead. Mickaboo, as an organization, has provided so much help to so many people and birds. I used to foster for them - I know that they provide a much needed service. Yet as much as I am disappointed that my wife chose to drag this organization into my divorce, I am appalled at how Mickaboo has handled this situation. They have repeatedly ignored me and my lawyers, and forcibly removed my birds from my house with no authorization to do so. I haven't seen my birds in over a month. I don't know if they're alive, where they are, if they have been adopted out or really, anything about their status. All that I do know is that despite a desperate plea from a concerned and loving bird owner and proof of that ownership, Mickaboo has continued to keep three loving cockatiels from their proper, loving home. And that is the exact opposite of what their organization stands for.

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

As a volunteer for Mickaboo my household helped to foster a half dozen birds within 3 years. Unfortunately now I am fighting with them for the return of my three cockatiels which were unlawfully removed from my home by Mickaboo.

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

Mickaboo needs a way to verify the ownership of the birds that are surrendered to them - they currently have no policy set for this. I would not be fighting them if such a policy was already in place.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have connected so many birds and bird owners together throughout the years.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They ignored me and continue to cause me anguish by keeping my birds away from me.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could probably provide better training for their volunteers so that they could be more aware of when it is okay or not to take a surrendered bird, and how to do so.

Ways to make it better...

If they had listened to me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Mickaboo's policies are incomplete, and the training given to their volunteers needs to be completely relooked at.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I just want for people to know of the situation I'm going through, and I hope that my efforts prevent anything like this from happening to anyone else. No one should be treated the way that Mickaboo has treated me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 27, 2008

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December 27, 2008

Mickaboo is a 100% volunteer organization. All of their resources are used to care for homeless, abandoned, and abused birds, and to find them good, safe homes. I also donate money to the group, knowing that most of their donations (over 85%) are used to pay their vet bills.

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

the great numbers of sick and injured birds that are transformed by good medical care and proper nutrition.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a real difference in the stream of self-serving, damaging information that is given to the public when someone buys a bird. Which would reduce the stream of sick, damaged birds coming into rescues all over the country.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 27, 2008

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December 27, 2008

I've been volunteering with Mickaboo for almost two years now but have been aware of the group for much longer than that. The folks involved with Mickaboo are the kindness, most generous people I've ever had the pleasure in meeting. The focus of Mickaboo is to rescue and find forever homes for all types of birds; the best part is once a Mickaboo bird always a Mickaboo bird. 100% of the funds raised go towards vet bills for sick and injured birds, and I've never seen a sick bird turned away no matter what the illness was. If you want a bird or just want to help some of the sweetest creatures on earth please help out Mickaboo.

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

the fact that there are 100's of bay area birds that have homes that would have been put to sleep otherwise at shelters.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing. The people who help out with Mickaboo are the best.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the group of people is the kindess and most generous I've ever dealt with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very dedicated to helping birds find better homes.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a bird santuary like the Oasis in Arizona so that all of the birds who were either waiting for a forever home or just needed to live with other birds had a home.

Ways to make it better...

It's impossible to make my experiences any better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Like all non-proffits they need more money and they also need more foster homes for birds because more and more birds are losing their homes due to the poor economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Mickaboo is the best group of people I've ever had the pleasure knowing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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