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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: companion parrots who have been neglected or surrendered to us

Geographic areas served: Northern California, from the San Francisco Bay Area up to the Sacramento area.

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted an Amazon from Mickaboo in December, and are so glad we went to Mickaboo first. Mickaboo's volunteers foster birds in their own homes until the right person comes along. They work hard to make sure their rescue birds will go to loving homes and they do everything they can to ensure the person adopting the bird understands the birds needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent communication and screening for adoption. I appreciate the support and sharing of experience and information. The volunteers did an excellent job paring me with birds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Cindy136

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm actually a client served and a donor....so didn't know which role to pick!

Mickaboo is an entirely volunteer run organization which helps pet birds who are abused, sick or abandoned to get medical care and foster and adoption homes. They help to treat the birds, paying for excellent medical care and get them fostered so they can be adopted; they also provide classes for potential adopters and screen adopters so the birds go to good homes and people understand how to take care of them.

I had an African Grey who is almost 30 years old. Through Mickaboo, we adopted a cockatoo last October. Even though I know a lot about parrots already, I attended the class. There is always more to learn. Someone came and did a home walkthrough and met us to make sure we were a good home for adopting our new guy.

For a grass roots all volunteer organization without even an office, this organization is really amazing.

I hope that I can foster more birds in the future. The cockatoo is a fearful one and still plucking, although less, and settling into the home and family. Once he's more stable, I hope to foster more birds so I can also help when there is a need to find a temporary home for these beautiful, intelligent animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my first bird from Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue over ten years ago. From the very beginning I was extremely impressed with their thoroughness and the steps I had to take before adoption. Everything I know about birds now, and share with others, I learned through Mickaboo! The volunteers are SO dedicated - some have been there for many years, though thick and a lot of thin. That says a lot about a group - that there are long-term volunteers in the organization. I feel assured that the majority of the money donated is going straight to the birds - there is very little overhead at Mickaboo because it consists of a network of volunteers working out of their homes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is a wonderful group, many don't know that birds, like dogs and cats, need rescue and their owners need help. I had a parakeet fly into my house! After I decided to keep her, Mickaboo helped me understand how to care for her, and the importance of her having a companion, which I adopted through Mickaboo. I also donate as much as I can to this wonderful group of volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had birds for at least 40 yrs. For a long time in the beginning, i had my own birds and acepted several rescues on my own. At some point, i found myself without birds due to a tragic accident and decided to just adopt rescue birds. Every since then i have helped Mickaboo in minor ways and currently have 5 adopted rescues and 2 fosters. (Both of my fosters are older birds with serious medical problems.) Mickaboo's passion is over the top. Not one person gets paid...all money goes to the rescue, care (including vet care) and adoption of these amazing critters. Local shelters TURNS THEIR BIRDS OVER TO MICKABOO and as i understand it pays nothing to Mickaboo. Mickaboo accepts this because the primary passion is to see that every bird has a chance at a healthy happy "forever" home. Every cent helps save a wonderful FID (feather kid).

Robert A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

Review from Guidestar