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MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue (a project of Community Initiatives)
April 17, 2014

Pigeons and doves are remarkable animals. They can hear the sound of wind rushing over mountains a thousand miles away. They see colors we can only imagine. They have spectacular memories and retain hundreds of mental images for years. They may be among a small number of animals capable of passing the "mirror test" for self-recognition. They are loving parents—sometimes even foster parents to other species—and affectionate companions.

Almost singlehandedly, MickaCoo has taken responsibility for helping these gentle creatures in a world where they have been misunderstood, often hatefully stereotyped, abused, and routinely euthanized at animal shelters. Not only have MickaCoo volunteers rescued and rehabilitated hundreds, releasing those who could rejoin wild flocks and finding homes for those who could not; in doing so, they are fundamentally changing common misperceptions of pigeons and doves: first among their many volunteers and supporters, who foster, adopt, and come to know these birds as intelligent, loving, and unique individuals; then, more broadly, as their experience and understanding is shared among among friends and spreads to the public at large. MickaCoo is one of the most dedicated and effective volunteer organizations I have ever known. I wholeheartedly endorse and support their work.

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2014

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MICKABOO COMPANION BIRD RESCUE
October 5, 2012

My wife and I adopted our first bird from Mickaboo in 2006 and have remained enthusiastic supporters ever since. This decentralized group, consisting of 100s of diverse volunteers living throughout the Bay Area is perhaps the most dedicated, efficient, and effective service organization I know. They have rescued and rehomed almost 2,000 birds and improved the lives of thousands more through free education, outreach and rehabilitation work. Mickaboo is completely dedicated to its birds as individuals and supports all those who foster or adopt in countless ways. They offer a wealth of free information and resources and help each otehr and members of the community at large in emergencies and rescues. Because there is no paid staff or physical headaquarters, almost all donations go directly to support the care of birds, particularly veterinary care, which is running over $15,000 per month.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Volunteer