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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Our mission is to take in unwanted pet birds, provide them with veterinary care, and keep them as long as necessary to find them forever homes. We never turn away a bird with medical issues, and we accept wild birds like pigeons that are not taken in by any other facility in our area. In addition, we deploy to help the animal victims of disasters like the Joplin tornado, hoarding situations, and birds that have escaped and are flying loose.

Results: In March 2012 we opened our new Rescue Room thanks to a grant from Pepsi and the donations of hundreds of our supporters. This is the only faciltiy in the Kansas City area devoted to housing rescued birds while they await adoption. Our intake doubled, and in 2013 we helped 312 birds, up from an average of 150 per year in previous years.

Target demographics: unwanted or abandoned pet birds

Direct beneficiaries per year: 312 pet birds

Geographic areas served: the Missouri and Kansas area

Programs: any necessary medical and surgical care, rescue of escaped birds, and adoption services for birds that are ready for new homes.

Community Stories

211 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lynne Smith R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Burge Bird Service is dedicated to the health of birds whether customer birds or rescue birds. Julie Burge is a top professional in her field. I highly recommend her services!

Jennifer C.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stopped in while visiting a friend in Kansas. Dr. Burge runs a beautiful, clean facility with birds that are well cared for and loved ❤

Client Served

Rating: 5

Burge Bird Services & Burge Bird Rescue are both superior! My parrots have all received the best care & the budgies I've adopted from there have been healthy & lived long lives! I rate Julie Burge as the best, most caring Avian Vet I've ever had care for my parrots.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr Burge helped our Macaw when no other avian vet could. She and her clinical staff are top notch.

Donor

Rating: 5

A rescue that genuinely cares for the animals that they take in big or small. No one is a price tag, all the animals are beings worth every bit of care they need. This rescue has really restored my faith in humanity. Even a budgie will get surgery if it needs it no matter how costly.

Peggy L K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Doc Julie and her crew are truly some amazing people we got our little mango from the bird rescue portion of her practice And he has truly become my husband’s best friend he certainly has a personality all his own I wouldn’t know what we would do without Julie and her crew

Paula Manion E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr Burge is the most dedicated and hard working Avian Vet ever. Not to mention all the rescues she does, and housing countless birds preparing them for adoptions. I always recommend her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only does Burge Bird Rescue work endlessly to rescue and improve the lives of birds in need, they incredibly work to improve a bird owner.

Have a question, you can call or go by and ask. I'll never forget asking Dr. Burge about the safety of giving my budgies parsley. Instantly she and her staff informed me, then provided information sheets for further education on proper, safe fresh foods.

When the winter storms came, causing power outages, Burge Bird Rescue sent out a quick email, instructing people of ways to keep their birds safe, warm and well in the storm. They also opened their Rescue to any bird living without power, as the rescue has generator back up power.

Burge Birb Rescue not only helps birds, but helps those of us who have birds to be better bird parents.

Lisa R.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Julie Burge she cares so much for all the birds in her care
She has a real gift

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Donor

Rating: 5

She takes in abandoned birds of all kinds, treats their illnesses and injuries and keeps them for the rest of their lives or until they can be adopted by some trustworthy person. She is also a bird vet of some high quality, I understand. I regularly donate to her bird rescue which I wouldn't do if I didn't think it an excellent and worthy organization. Anyone who says differently is not telling the truth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful rescue where the main focus is the health & welfare of the birds.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Burge Bird Rescue is a fabulous rescue run on a shoe-string and the sheer determination, love, and grit of Dr. Julie. If she wasn't there doing the good work, so many helpless, needy birdies would be lost, destroyed or suffering alone. Keep up the good work Julie!

1 Amanda B.16

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place with birds who are being rehabilitated. Dr Burge is definitely the authority on birds and knows how to help them heal and grow into unique little characters.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Burge Bird Rescue is run by dedicated Dr.Burge and her staff. The rescue is exceptionally clean and well managed to see to the welfare of the birds in their care. They rescue birds from hoarding situations, abandoned birds, and the lost ones. I highly recommend anyone looking to adopt a bird to check with this group first before buying from a pet store!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Burge Burd Rescue does tremendous work rescuing exotic and domestic birds, alike. They go out of their way to help those that others won't, even taking a little boat out to local lakes to rescue the "Easter" ducks set loose by misguided humans. Thank you, Dr. Julie Burge and Burge Burd Rescue!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My love of animals and feathered friends is why I like this site.
Burge Bird Service deserves my vote!

1 Dani R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is a great resource for lost & found birds. I haven't had a bird since I was in grade school. But when I wanted to help rescue an injured bird, Julie took the time to explain how to follow & capture the bird without creating further injury. She also asks those of us in rescue to tag her on lost birds & found birds -- which helps reunite the birds with their families. She also helps us when we find wild birds that may have been injured. Excellent resource for helping all things fowl.

1 Cat W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Bird rescues are challenge in itself. The personnel has to be knowledgeable and dedicated to these creatures. Special food, care, housing, handling, and vets are a must for them to survive after neglect, cruelty, or accidents. Burge Bird Rescue shows the compassion and the knowledge toward these special souls. They get these birds to survive impossible injuries or sickness from either adulthood and/or as an infant. Infants need tube or syringe feeding which is a tasks only experts succeed. Burge knows how to handle and diagnosis diseases, illness, injuries in birds and it takes all involved all their experiences to succeed them into a healthy bird. My big bird below. This rescue keeps us informed of the do's and don'ts of the bird world also, which helps us with our birds.

Linda Parker A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge is a dedicated avian vet who gives her time and love for birds of all kinds, and is knowledgeable, and shares that spirit with all willingly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story begins with my first bird adoption. An African Grey named Dusti. I found Dusti at Burge Bird rescue and fell in love. She was the sweetest thing and loved everyone. How ever in a matter of months Dusti became very very ill. I had just had a baby and lived over an hour away from Dr Julie but I knew she needed to go back so that’s why we did.

Dr Julie was amazing through the whole process she wasn’t sure what was wrong but Dusti kept getting worse. Dr Julie ended up using her own birds to get enough blood for multiple transfusions. After all of her efforts Dusti ended up passing. I was heartbroken! The first bird I had adopted and after lots of dollars and time she was gone. These birds are supposed to live for years!

A few weeks later I received a phone call and the nurse told me that Dr Julie would like to see me she would like to give me one of her birds. She had seen my dedication and knew that the bird would have a wonderful home.

I graciously accepted the offer and so glad I did! Sammie has now been a member of our family for almost five years. A digital scrapbook of my girls growing up. The ups and downs good times and bad we have a vocal scrapbook of it all!

The kisses on their cheeks to the screaming in the middle of the night with burps and farts in between! I even hear first words that she had picked up! Sammie is member of our family in every sense of the word. She eats with us she is at every family activity and loves to dance!

We laugh..... she laughs..... and we laugh harder! I can’t thank Dr Juli enough for what she has done for our family. The best pet we could have ever asked for.

I highly recommend Burge Bird Rescue!

LA M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet 3 yr old Congo African Grey from this amazing organization. They run a beautiful and clean facility, and take in unwanted or abused birds. Vet care is provided to those who need it. I have recommended their organization to all of my contacts in the bird community.