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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

171 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Gina R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never met Julie Burge, but have read about the extensive efforts she has put into helping abused, unwanted, or sick parrots. I follow her organization on Facebook, and her rescue (and efforts) for each and every bird she treats are nothing short of miraculous. Julie simply does not quit until there is nothing else that can be done. I only recently discovered that she is located not far from where I live, and I will certainly be looking her up in the future for any expertise and/or services she can provide regarding my own feathered flock. Thank you, Julie, for EVERYTHING you do in the name of pet parrots.

Tamara27

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge takes in birds and gives them treatment with love and respect. What touches me most is that she takes in and cares for the "itty bittys" like parakeets and other birds who are sold in pet stores as impulse items. She loves and respects them just as a large "expensive" bird. Thinks absolutely nothing about it. She does not see size or cost. I adopted an older parakeet from her a couple of years ago. I could tell he was so loved and taken care of, compared to many other birds I have adopted and/or rescued.A wonderful woman who I have yet to meet , but hope to some day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I drove four hours, across the entire state of Missouri, from the Illinois side of St. Louis Metro area to Dr Burges rescue to adopt a parakeet.I had adopted keets from the Chicago area and at Independence, MO (not too far from Dr. Burge.)I filled out the app and spoke to them on the phone and we arranged a day and time.There was about a 2 hour misunderstanding on the time,I thought it was 2 hours later than they did. THey were still very nice when I arrived. They had scheduled me around a surgery and I showed up at the wrong time. No problems. They were VERY kind to me. Nurse Julie(not to be confused with Dr. Julie!) went out of her way for me more than once. She went and got Benny, my new little guy. I wanted to take a photo of him in his travel cage, on his way to his new home. I went to the car and could NOT find my camera. I was panicked (card had 5+ years of photos-) and Nurse Julie came out to help me look.I did not ask. We did not find it and I thought I had left it at a rest stop. We went in and Nurse Julie called MO Dept of Transportation so I could find out who takes care of the rest stops and maybe I could locate it that way.. that was no help as they had no clue. But Nurse Julie was very nice to help in that way. Again, all her idea. I did not ask her to call. I had no idea to contact anyone. (camera was found once I calmed down!) Nurse Julie filled me in on Benny's diet and habits. Then she told me how to get back to Interstate 70 to St Louis, It was very confusing as those highways criss cross over one another about a dozen times..I got onto the highway but got immediately lost. AAA tried to talk me to the right place but were driving me in circles. (They admitted they told me a wrong direction) I noticed I was at the exit to go to the rescue, so I went back , unannounced. Nurse Julie was very understanding and printed a map and went over it with me. I took the map and was back on Interstate 70 in about 10 or so minutes. Everyone was so kind and helpful despite my lateness (and what I thought) being a pest. Burge Birds are in wonderful health. WheN I took Ben to my vet , he looked at him and right away said "he is in perfect feather". Dr. Burge has been so kind with me too since Benny is now a member of my bird family. I have asked her more than once for info on Benny re: behaviour and medical history. And despite being a full time vet and running the rescue she has willingly taken the time to call me or message me to help me find out as much as I can about my new little Benny. I think the** most important** thing and the thing that impresses me and I LOVE the most about Dr. Julie is that she takes the birds' feelings into consideration. She knows and recognizes and respects that they are more than little feathered robots.So ,so important and something I have never seen from a vet to be honest. She really deeply cares for these guys. She has many birds waiting for a loving home, please help Dr. Burge and the birds! I probably will be later again ,at some point!

Susan Hiebert D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing rescue. Dr. Burge is so caring , and I would trust her with my parrot anytime.

Maia Ruby C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Exceptionally caring avian rescue and veterinary clinic. Adopted our Charlie bird from them- and they worked with us to adopt him as we live out of town and to made sure he had a good cage for a very reasonable cost.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge is a lifesaver - both figuratively and literally. She takes in some of the worst cases of neglect and abuse that I've seen as a 20-year volunteer for a local companion bird rescue myself and nurses them back to health - both physically and emotionally. Bless her and her amazing work!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing. I have never seen a vet care so much and do so much for the animals they say they love. This place takes care of the pets and is not all about the money. Don’t find carting vets any more. I would give them a ten star if I could. Thanks Burge Bird rescue for taking suck great care of Tank the macaw

Jan G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the few rescues that I have 100% confidence in. With them, it is about doing whatever is best for the birds. They are not in it for the glory or for ego and are certainly not in it for the money. The birds come first and that is as it should be. And they have taken in some of the most "broken" and done all they can to fix, heal or, if needed to help the pain end.
Rescue does not get better than this.

Kate M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A fabulous bird rescue place with passion and love for their charger and goes beyond the call of duty for the best of animals

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the best and most caring rescues ive ever seen. They treat every bird as a family member, not a pet. They are very loving, caring and compassionate!

Millie K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Following the information on Tank, and what you are doing is 5 star. Hope that anyone else reading this review will give your priceless time or donate to help Tank. Thanks for doing the great job you have with him and the others you care for.

Susi M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Burge for many years and a more competent, caring and comprehensively capable bird veterinarian I have yet to meet. She is untiring, dedicated and unsurpassed in her mission to bring health and safety to birds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Burge for many years. I have dear friends who have birds under her care. I have seen her put in hours and hours of concerned care in rescuing birds and caring for them with the utmost professionalism and expertise.

There aren't words high enough to praise the work of this doctor and her volunteers. They deserve every bit of good press that can be heaped upon them. I wish more people would spend such time helping critters of all kinds; the world would be a far better place.

Jennifer J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just love this rescue everyone that works there is just fantastic that wonderful wonderful caring people they all have hearts of gold their little angels from heaven taken care of a feathered friends keep up the good work

Carey W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Julie is an awesome veterinarian!! She is a friend to not only domesticated animals but also to wild animals. She puts her whole heart and soul into her work. I've seen her rescue and help animals time and time again. She is truly passionate and dedicated!

Bex R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the case of Tank the wobbly macaw, and seriously, the care, love and devotion he's receiving is second to none.

Angela Burnett N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dr Julie is very knowledgeable and committed at what she does and does it for the animals. I only wish we had a avian vet like her closer to the Chicago land area that was available.

Suzi C.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work this charity does -saving birds - is not a part time, fundraiser activity, it is a 24 hour a day mission to feed and care for seriously abused, neglected and sick or injured parrots. The worry, lost sleep, research and most of all love that goes into the efforts of each previous soul is amazing. True heroes!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Came across these incredible loving people that put their rescues ahead of all else. And seeing the state of some of their former lives,it's just what the doctor ordered.

Andrea J. G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Following Tanks story. It's a wonderful thing to know people are working hard to help him recover.. If I lived closer I would love to visit and would help out if I was allowed to.. I love birds.

Cynthia Cothren B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue goes over and above all to take care of and save their birds. They are a blessing to all bird owners. God bless them for all they do, and for all they are doing for Tank. This rescue has many people that appreciate and love them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great caring people! So much love being given to these birds.