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August 8, 2014

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August 8, 2014

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

figure out how to get them more funding!!

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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

August 8, 2014

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August 8, 2014

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.

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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

August 8, 2014

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August 8, 2014

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.

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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

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

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).

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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

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.

The Great!

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 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.

The Great!

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.

July 14, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
July 14, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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