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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

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Mickaboo for more than 10 years now. While you might think "Oh, no surprise, a volunteer with the org gave it 5 stars, yawn" I assure you they're a 5 star organization. That's why I've seen fit to spend so much of my time for so long working for them, for no money!

They really care about the birds and everything is done with the well being of their charges (the feathered kids!) in mind. If you are patient and take the bird care class, you're sure to end up with a lifetime companion bird here, and a lifetime support group to go along with it. :)

JamieCB

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just LOVE this organization. Heard about them through my avian vet, Medical Center for Birds in Oakley CA, and found them on the web about a year and half ago. I have taken in several of their birds. The pictures I attached are some of the birds I've taken in. Mickaboo has very high standards for care and placement of birds that in many cases have been through traumatic abuse, neglect, or loss. They require adopters to take a free bird-care class, have a one-on-one interview and helpful home visit from volunteers so people know what they are getting into and understand how to care for these sensitive, intelligent, long-lived beings. It's all about making the adoption successful. The organization raises and spends thousands of dollars for veterinary care for these birds that are surrendered by owners, left at city and county animal shelters, or confiscated by animal control officers from horrific situations, and turned over to Mickaboo for help. They have hundreds of birds in family foster care awaiting homes. What a great cause! When you see all the adoptable birds on their website, your heart aches for these beautiful birds to find their forever homes. Also makes you dearly wish people would stop rampant breeding and pet-store sales. If only the pet stores and breeders would pause to think about the suffering, and send people to adopt the birds that have been sold to unprepared "parronts" and then let down!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have two birds adopted through Mickaboo, and two Mickaboo foster birds. All “special needs” birds. This is great group of tireless people who do fantastic work rehabilitating and
rehoming these intelligent and sensitive beings. Not to mention educating the public
about the special needs of these animals. Growing up, my family took in
and cared for many unwanted birds purchased by others on a whim at pet stores. As an
adult I wanted to return to helping these special creatures, and found Mickaboo!

Kymberleigh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had budgie companions for most of the past 40 years, but for the past seven years they have all been adoptions from Mickaboo. I'm also a remote volunteer (in Los Angeles) who handles things that don't require my physical presence -- website-related tasks, telephone interviews of prospective adoptive parronts (parrot parents) and the like -- freeing up volunteer resources in the Bay Area for other important tasks.

Mickaboo is not only a non-profit, it is a family. We don't just facilitate companion birds finding good forever homes, we share stories with each other about our own little feathered kids. We help people when birds inadvertently end up lost in the great outdoors. And we have likely saved the lives of thousands of abandoned birds who might either have been euthanized or become a predator's lunch.

We care. That's what truly qualifies us to do this important work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned so much about birds by taking the bird behavior and adoption classes offered by Mickaboo for free to the public monthly. I had had a pet parakeet for 3 years, but learned so many new things in the class. The organization really cares to educate the public and potential adopters about the wonderful, unique and complex ways of birds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted 4 birds from Mickaboo and am always impressed by the level of dedication the coordinators and volunteers pour into the organization. The organization is run completely by volunteers who do the impossible on a daily basis in their efforts to take birds out of crummy situations and ensure they're placed in excellent homes.
The effort of coordinating all of this always amazes me and, if that isn't enough, in their spare time they also help pet owners who've lost their birds re-capture them!

Kathryn52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a caring, concerned and dedicated bird Rescue. They train and support their volunteers and truly care about the animals they are passionate about. They have helped me become a foster staff and provided the materials necessary for training. They have helped transport numerous birds to the foster homes regardless of where they are located. They provided cages for birds that come into this foster care without cages and provide valuable veterinary care to countless birds.

Tina124

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I lived overseas for most of my adult life and did a one-person rescue group. I came back and was astounded by Mickaboo. The hundreds or thousands of birds they help each year is amazing on its own but their classes to educate bird owners are free and I'm sure have saved another large number of birds. They offer phone classes for those that can't travel and have great resources on-line. The people that volunteer are already experts but they continue to learn and never let their egos get in the way of saving a bird. They've helped me chase down escaped birds, talked with my vet on difficult cases, gave me advice on getting my birds off of seeds and onto pellets... Among other things. The amount of energy these volunteers put into this organization is truly amazing. They don't ask for recognition but they deserve mountains of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend told me how Mickaboo fosters parrots until they can find a Forever Home for them. I have my own parrot and enjoy his company very much. It saddened me to think that parrots get abandoned or abused. I contacted Mickaboo and after several steps, I am now fostering an African Grey. Mickaboo has been very supportive and kind. It helps me feel connected with other bird lovers and I am enjoying the process of helping my foster parrot become more secure in himself, as well as teaching him a few things he needs to know to be a great companion to someone. Mickaboo may seem an unusual nonprofit, but it is very much needed! I am glad to be able to be a part of it.

Steve167

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with Mickaboo for almost 10 years, and the dedication people have constantly amazes me. We get a lot of birds that need homes, have health or behavior issues, and everyone spends a lot of time to socialize them (and Mickaboo spends a lot on vet bills :P We are a volunteer organization, but despite that many dedicated people are helping with our bird rescue in many ways. This organization really has the best interest of the birds in mind. With our education programs (free to the public) we bring a lot of people up to date with the latest bird knowledge, especially diet and dangers in the home. This is a dedicated group of people, and I'm really proud to be a part of it. And I'm very happy to see that we find good homes to adopt our birds. I recommend to anyone that wants a bird to take our class and be better prepared. This is a wonderful organization that I'm proud to be part of.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted an Amazon from Mickaboo in December, and are so glad we went to Mickaboo first. Mickaboo's volunteers foster birds in their own homes until the right person comes along. They work hard to make sure their rescue birds will go to loving homes and they do everything they can to ensure the person adopting the bird understands the birds needs.

kerbybird

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.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the past several years. I am continuing to be amazed by the commitment and service provided by the all volunteer staff. Plus its great getting to know my fellow volunteers as there are really some wonderful folks in the volunteer corps. The commitment to caring for and rehoming unwanted companion birds is so rewarding for me as the proud parront to four.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got my foster bird, little lovebird Ollie, from Mickaboo. They are always there for any bird any where, the most amazing rescue group ever!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've adopted and fostered companion parrots with Mickaboo, which is the most effective nonprofit that I've ever been associated with. With an all-volunteer staff it goes above and beyond in accomplishing its mission. Its bird care training program is particularly excellent.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Mickaboo is a terrific organization! I have adopted two birds from them and have learned so much through all the knowledgeable people associated with the organization.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Mickaboo and they are a group of wonderful people. They are dedicated to taking in and caring for companion birds that have been given up by their owners for a variety of reasons, found in shelters, on someone's propertyou, abused or abandoned.
Most of the volunteers (including myself) have a number of foster companion birds in their care.
Mickaboo offers support, and just about any assistance a foster "parront" might need.
Mickaboo is always looking for volunteers to foster or give a forever home to over 400 companion birds they have currently.
Mickaboo screens all applicants by phone and home visits to ensure the companion bird is the right fit.
I could not wish for a better place to volunteer. Mickaboo is a fantastic non profit organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization I feel is one in a million. They are amazing, patient and very informed in their topics. If you have a question it is answers right away and the emails are non stop which I feel is great. You get alittle or a lot out of each email.
Another think I feel about this organization is they never give up. It's great. I fostered parrots for them in the past and fell in love with one parrot. She was amazing. Due to medical circumstances I had to give up all my fosters. And being back in Mickaboo I found my baby again. I will be going to visit her soon and hopefully bring her back to my loving home. I know she is in GREAT hands and a GREAT home now. Mickaboo has always been full of very friendly helping people. Thank you Mickaboo