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).
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.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
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?