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Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: Mickaboo was founded in 1996. Our mission is very simple: To provide protection for those who, by no fault or choice of their own cannot help themselves, and depend on humans for their care.

To ensure the highest quality of life for our companion birds.

To educate the bird owning public on the most current diet, health and general care information.

Target demographics: companion parrots who have been neglected or surrendered to us

Geographic areas served: Northern California, from the San Francisco Bay Area up to the Sacramento area.

Programs: Mickaboo holds free, regularly scheduled bird education classes throughout the Bay Area. At the classes, we talk about proper avian diet and care, symptoms of illness, emergency first aid, the importance of vet care, general husbandry, taming and training, and dangers in the home. Mickaboo also offers special advanced bird care classes and seminars on topics such as foraging. Mickaboo also holds adoption fairs throughout the year, where the general public has a chance to come meet some of our wonderful birds.

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been supporting Mickaboo for many years. They are a wonderful organization helping birds of all sizes get a new lease on life. They have rescued and rehomed countless birds over the years. I wholeheartedly support their mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have adopted two Timneh Greys from Mickaboo and I've got nothing but wonderful things to say about this loving organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo has amazing volunteers that dedicate countless hours to the care of these wonderful animals. Recently 40 birds were found abandoned by a breeder, but somehow they found a way to rescue them all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is a great non-profit. Actually, it's more than a non-profit, it’s a family. We get to interact with other people that share our same desire to help birds. My wife and I are volunteers. We signed up to foster birds in need, and is often the case we have adopted many of them. Sometimes I think we get more happiness out of this relationship than the birds do.
Mickaboo cares, for the rescued birds and the people that care for the birds. That's why it is truly a great non-profit. You should try it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Mickaboo volunteer for over 10 years.
I can't begin to describe how rewarding it is to help socialize a bird that has not been treated well and is being given a second chance in life. This is what Mickaboo does.
It's hard to believe that these two pictures are of the same bird.
But what a happy companion he is.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing totally volunteer run organization. People really go out of their way to care and heal abandoned and mistreated parrots. They make sure birds go to a good home, so they have mandatory training for all adopters and home visits. I have adopted one bird from Mickaboo (a Senegal named Lily) and about to adopt another one (a Meyers parrot named Tuki). I love them both dearly and I am very happy this organization exists.

Susie Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been over twenty years since I first attended Mickaboo’s bird care class, and soon after, I brought home my very first foster cockatiel. I had no idea at the time that this bird would split my heart wide open and change my life forever. I have fostered, rehabilitated, and adopted many, many Mickaboo birds since then, not only because there is such a great need, but because once you get to know these gentle, little souls, you can always find room in your heart for one more.

The people of Mickaboo are the most dedicated and driven people I have ever encountered. Mickaboo was founded over 20 years ago with just a handful of volunteers and has grown exponentially into a full-fledged rescue organization with hundreds of volunteers and thousands of birds rescued. To this day, they do not have paid employees; this organization is fueled by compassion, dedication and the love for companion birds. I am proud to be a part of that.

Scott S.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue for almost 10 years. It still amazes the lengths MIckaboo volunteers will go to help a parrot in need. They have rescued large flocks from horrid environments, found homes for birds that have out lived their humans and rescued many single birds from dismal conditions. A recent example of that is Ziggy the greenwing macaw.

Ziggy is 27 year old greenwing macaw. He had the same owner for most his life. But as his owner got into her later years, his quality of life declined. He also had a macaw buddy for years, but a raccoon killed him while Ziggy watched. Ziggy ended up living in a tiny rusty cage in the garage. Needless to say, his life was pretty dismal until Mickaboo found out about him.

Ziggy is now in a wonderful foster home. It turns out that despite all he has been through, is a real sweetie! A true gentle giant! He has been to an avian certified vet and he is surprisingly healthy. He is now available for adoption, but his foster mom is really falling in love with him!

Thank you MIckaboo for saving this big guy!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo provides rescue for any bird (s) in need of help, even feral flocks. This could include found strays, shelter birds, illness or death of an owner. Medical treatment is provided no matter how complex the needs are. They go into foster care and are put up for adoption where they are carefully matched with potential homes. They can also be returned to their care if the adoption does not work or if the adopter is unable to care for them at any point in time. They are a blessing for the birds in California.

kerbybird

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Mickaboo for several years. I enjoy working on the macaw team and doing whatever I can to support this fantastic organization of volunteers. I am also truly grateful for my Gizzy, a female white belly caique that I adopted as a failed foster parront. Such joy (and yes, truth be told, at times some frustration) she brings to my life even when she is constantly moving and into everything.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The photo is Gizzy, my adopted white belly caique from Mickaboo. I have been involved with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue for a few years. It continues to be the safety net for so many injured, abandoned, and needing a new home birds. People in general don't realize there is a need for bird rescues but we have over 450 in foster homes in Northern CA. This is a great rescue and deserves the recognition.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm the guardian of a flock of rescued birds, including a trio of budgies adopted through Mickaboo. I'm also a donor and occasional volunteer. Mickaboo is a treasure. Its all-volunteer team works tirelessly to rescue, foster, and arrange for the adoption of companion birds, and to provide community education and advocacy to improve the lives of these deserving creatures. Please support Mickaboo with your donation and/or your time.
Robin L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo has a great mission to help save all parrots. It is an all-volunteer organization, so all donations go directly to helping the birds. My husband and I have had a wonderful fostering experience with them, so far having an Umbrella Cockatoo, Mexican Red-Headed Amazon, and Green-Naped Lorikeet. There are currently over 650 birds in foster care throughout the greater bay area. It is wonderful to be a small part of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Went through process to Adopt my African Grey Maggie! The classes and information they give is great! They really make sure you and the bird you are interested in are good fit!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster parent for Mickaboo. The people who do the work with this organization are ALL volunteers. This includes the "heavy lifting" - taking birds out of of filthy, disgusting conditions; driving miles to get birds to safe new homes or just getting cages to birds that need them; even doing the paperwork! Mickaboo takes responsibility for their birds FOR LIFE - they will always take them back. That truly is love. The elderly cockatiel in the picture is just sleeping. After he was rescued, he got to take what was apparently the first bath he had ever had! He lay down to sleep because his arthritis was so bad, he felt more comfortable this way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo has been rescuing birds in northern California for over 20 years. We have no paid staff, no office, and our primary expenses are for veterinary care, equipment storage, postage, and the care and feeding of our computer servers.

We offer the same level of care and love to the tiniest budgies, finches, and canaries that we give to the biggest macaws and Amazons. It is a sad fact that the flock of pet birds needing rescue is growing. We are, however, blessed with amazing, hardworking, dedicated volunteers who are willing to fill their homes with rescued birds and the birds, in turn, fill the volunteers' lives with joy.

Robert A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two birds from Mickaboo and have occasionally helped with fostering others, doing home visits, moving cages, etc.

Mickaboo is a strictly volunteer organisation. No one is paid; all donations go to take care of the birds including medical care, food, etc. I've never seen an organization so devoted to taking care of animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have several birds adopted from Mickaboo, and I'm fostering another. I've never seen a group of people so hard working for the betterment of animals. NO ONE gets paid. It's all volunteer, placing hundreds of birds per year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have four birds I adopted from Mickaboo, three African Greys and a Senegal. After our first adoption from them we knew we would only adopt from them forever. They do a wonderful job of screening so that the family and bird really work well together. My flock is wonderful and I get great joy from them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted two African Greys through Mickaboo. I also foster a Senegal and have fostered others as well. Mickaboo is dedicated to helping companion parrots. These birds are often obtained without thinking of the 50 year commitment. They can live a very long time and also need a lot of attention and love. They are social species just like humans. Mickaboo makes sure those birds that have lost their humans, for whatever reason, are cared for. They even will take care for life birds that are too sick to be adopted. My two birds have changed my life and I give back by helping with Mickaboo.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of going through the adopton process at Mickaboo. They are thorough and obviously care first and foremost about the health and safety of the birds and are diligent about educating and vetting potential adoptors that will provide the best forever homes for these precious feathered creatures. My beautiful cockatoo Rocco has become the King of the household. He brings so much joy and laughter to my son and myself and we feel so honored that we were allowed to adopt him and will have him for many years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I had a very bad experience with mickaboo. I picked a bird and after I got it home it staring showing signs of being sick. When I told them I did not want to keep the bird for fear my healthy bird would be affected I was really harassed. Mickaboo did not want to take the bird back and really made me feel like a horrible person. In the end the bird went back, but it was not an easy process. Please look at all of their reviews. almost all of them are from volunteers working for mickaboo. They advertise this process In a chain email and ask all of the volunteers to write a review so they can keep their status. Be very careful. Micaboo has so many birds that the volunteers are overwhelmed and they just want to get rid of the birds even if they are sick and not a good fit. I would Recomended finding a better rescue. If you do try mickaboo ask for client references that you can all and speak with. But then again they will probably give you volunteers who have adopted. The best idea is not to even contact micaboo.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is a amazing parrot rescue organization. Night and day the volunteers are working tirelessly to pick up parrots from shelters and those who were surrendered. In the process, they offer free bird care classes to those interested in adopting and fostering, and they only allow those whom they believe will provide the bird a caring and safe environment to bring one home. Despite only having the duty of rescuing parrots and parakeets, they will not hesitate to look for someone who can take in a different type of bird. I have gone to a couple of their outreach events and they are so kind and informative.

Linda L.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my first ever rescue bird Wally from Mickaboo , months after the tragic loss of a much beloved Jenday Conure. I have not regretted adopting Wally for one moment! Every day he brings us joy and surprises. In 2013, he was rescued by a "Good Samaritan" from a Walmart parking lot in Roseville CA. He was sick from an infection and malnutrition when he was surrendered to Mickaboo. Following medical treatment, he was placed in foster care until we adopted him in 2016.
What I admire most about Mickaboo, though, is their excellent Education program - even for experienced bird owners, the Basic Bird Care Class is simply outstanding. In addition, Mickaboo Volunteers provide plenty of guidance and support to bird foster and adoptive parents.
The organization is staffed exclusively by Volunteers, with support from well qualified professionals in the Avian medical practice and others. I am so glad to have found Mickaboo and to have welcomed Wally, our beloved Nanday Conure, into my life.
I am now a Volunteer myself. I help people through the Application Process to adopt from Mickaboo's flock of orphan birds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My admiration of Mickaboo comes (belatedly) from having rescued and raised an injured baby parrot in a foreign country. After 4 loving years, without any available knowledgeable help, it died from some unknown disease. I’ve since moved back to California. If I had known about Mickaboo, when my parrot was sick, or even beforehand, I think things may have turned out differently. The dedication and organization of this group is formidable. From discussion groups, to notices of lost and found birds, to care-filled training classes, to fund raising, phone calls, emails, follow-ups, vet care, transportation, helpful advice and networking – these folks/volunteers care tremendously what happens to unwanted, injured, disabled, rescued parrot-like birds. If this moves you to find out more, check out Mickaboo.org. Support them through Amazon Smile or direct donations.