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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Julie and her staff are phenomenal. We drive 45 minutes each way to take our birds to her. She is a complete expert and goes above and beyond every time. Their rescue is so important and saves so many lives. I have nothing but good things to say.

Cathy G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand some of the rescue stories from the amazing people at Burge Rescue. They are always there with a helping hand if you need them. I would highly recommend them to anyone for all of your bird related needs.

Kathy B.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read about how they save birds and thought how wonderful someone would spend their time to do this. Well I wanted an parrot and went there to see if they would had one that needed me as much as I would need them and guess what Max the red belly parrot needed me. It was a good feeling to know that someone cared enough to make sure these birds get a good home. Max and I are working on becoming best friends. One day he did something to his wing and it had dried blood on it , I call Burge Bird Rescue and they seen him right away . Best thing he didn't do much damage to his wing , it has healed . I can call them and ask questions and they well answer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a bird from them recently. Walking in you immediately can tell they care so much for all the birds. Everyone seems to be so passionate and caring towards them and they do everything to make sure the birds go to a loving home. On top of that, they rescue birds in need all of the time, no matter the circumstances. There are not many animal shelters that know how to care so well for birds specifically, so without Burge, many of these birds would have nowhere to go.

Sandie R B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never been to the bird rescue, but I follow them on Facebook and since I rescue birds as well I am hoping that this great rescue will win the shelter challenge to help with their birds. These are amazing creatures with hearts and big personalities who only ask of us to love them. It is a privilege to be owned by a bird...smile...and even more so by a whole flock of them. I hope this shelter wins so they can continue to help birds . Sincerely, sandie and my flock of 17.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my bird from Burge rescue. She was a sweetheart and lived out her life with me after several placements. I love their rescue efforts to ensure that all birds, from individually owned parrots, to hoarder situations, to wildlife get a second or third chance to find the loving situation that will be their forever home. Being able to follow up with all Vet care right on site is a wonderful plus.

Dawn P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a Patagonian Conure from Burge many years ago....very sweet bird. Dr. Julie had done EVERYTHING medically necessary for her....and cared for her SO WELL until a proper home (that's me) could be found. This Lady is a dynamo....pigeons, chickens, swans, macaws, finches...it doesn't matter to her WHAT type of bird it is Julie will do the absolute best by them!!! I LOVE Burge Bird Rescue....they could really use some donations to continue their awesome work!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dr. Julie is a FANTASTIC vet. The work she does is beyond comparison. She treats every bird like it's her own. On top of that she rescues? Talk about Super woman!!! I will always suggest Dr. Julie for anyone looking for an avian vet or even a new bird to add to their life. Thank You Dr. Burge for all of the great work you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted eight wonderful birds from Burge. The compassion, integrity, and service we receive is truly outstanding. I am honored to know Dr. Julie and everyone at Burge.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 3 of our babies from Burge Bird Rescue. Whether it is basic care like beaks and nails or more serious issues with their health, Dr Burge and her team offer the best care available! We always recommend them for any avian care needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a Quaker Parrot named Junior. I have been taking him to Julie Burge for about two years. She is the only bird veterinarian in our region I know of that really knows about birds and understands them. She and her staff take in ill, injured and unwanted birds all the time. She nurse them back to health and strive to find loving homes for them. I can't recommend this place more highly.

Tammy68

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful place for any type of bird or fowl. Dr Julie and her staff give 100% of themselves to caring for sick or injured birds. The clinic is totally dedicated to caring for birds. They take in abandoned or mistreated birds and care for them without any compensation until they find an adequate home for them. They are the best.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Doctor Julie and nurse Julie are the best. Doctor Julie is very dedicated to her work and the love and care of all types of birds. She go above and beyond what a normal vet would do, it is not just a job it is her life. Thanks to both Julie's many birds are safe, well, and healthy.

Elyse Eshnaur N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr Burge and her crew took in a newly hatched baby duck with her yolk unabsorbed. Doc got her stabilized and did surgery and placed her on my farm. She’s a big girl now and is best friends with the orphaned gosling she was raised with. It was evident how much they loved her and had cared for her. She’s a wonderful addition to our farm!

1 CarlBud

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Dr Julie when my buddy of 40 years, Sambo a 65 year old Blue Front Amazon wasn’t feeling too chipper. Despite ailments which come with old age Dr Julie gave us three more great years together. Not only did she provide great care for Sambo, she did so at very reasonable rates, unlike other vets who were less qualified.
Dr Julie is an Avian Vet and her practice is Strictly For The Birds. Not only does she operate an Avian Vet Service but she runs a Rescue and Adoption Service which is second to none in this region of the country. Her commitment to the birds runs deep. Much of her income goes into the rescue and placement of birds into forever homes while she lives a somewhat frugal life style so she may care for and place needy birds into quality environments with caring people.
I began visiting the rescue room when taking Sambo for his treatments and this is when Baby Rio, a Pineapple Green Cheek Conure adopted me. He was Sambos buddy and is my little buddy and daily helper with birdie chores. He helps clean water bowls and feed his five brothers and sisters every morning before asking for his Swimming Pool on the days he wants to bathe.
I have been adopted by four other birds at Burge Bird Rescue. Lobo a Timneh African Grey, Josie a Blue Crown/ Mitred Conure, Bandit an Severe Macaw And Maya a Blue Front Amazon, all beautiful and healthy kids from Dr Julie’s care.
Burge Bird Rescue not only rescues and rehabs exotic birds but also injured pidgeons and doves, ducks and chicks after Easter, the occasional pheasant or swan and even roosters seized from illegal fighting operations. There are no birds she won’t help !
The efforts of Dr Julie and her Team at Burge Bird Rescue to provide reasonable prices, education, care along with their Love Of Birds have helped many owners and feathered babies live happy and healthy lives together.
Thank You Burge Bird Rescue For All You Do

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr Julie Burge and the Staff of Burge Bird Services are the most devoted and compassionate people I have every come in contact with. Their tireless efforts to provide exceptional care to our feathered family members while finding families for the feathered souls who have lost their families are second to none ! I have five little angels who passed through their rescue and into my life and they are my reason for living. I would have never been blessed with my feathered kids without Dr Julie, Nurse Julie and the Team of Burger Bird Services. Thank You !

1 Linda B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been dealing with Julie Burge for several years now and she is fantastic. I have adopted birds, taken birds for treatment and her goal is always the health and safety of the birds. Her charges for adoptions and vet service is the bare minimum. I can't say enough about her experience and dedication.

1 Robyn E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge of Burge Bird Rescue is so knowledgeable and caring. The Rescue is always busy taking care of the many feathered flocks that arrive on a weekly basis. I have no doubt that they get the best care! Our birds agree!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge is fantastic with all types of birds! We were fortunate to have found her when we lived in Missouri to care for our Moluccan Cockatoo and cockatiel. We adopted another Moluccan from her and have a very happy flock! Burge Bird Rescue cares about each bird they rescue and helps you find the right match for you and your family.