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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

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

Just overall horrible experience and unprofessional. Will be adopting elsewhere

mreedoak

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Picked up another injured San Francisco Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill this bv week .

Since the book and documentary came out the flock has expanded and this conure brought the number taken in this year to a new record with three months to go in the year. Please donate to help with vet bills.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just learned another benefit of Mickaboo's free bird care classes. As much as our all volunteer rescue needs help from new people for some a parrot is not the best pet choice.

We just had some people take our class and decide that a parrot is not the right pet for them and I think that is great. Because parrots live so much longer than other pets and require special care that is quite different from say cats and dogs the best thing is for people to learn about birds as pets before they get one.

Even if a person does not foster adopt a bird from us there are many other ways to help Mickaboo.

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visualtoo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is a fantastic rescue for companion birds, young, old, ill, or has behavior problems. They take them under their wing, find foster homes and hopefully forever homes for them all. They have a strong group of knowledgable volunteers who are available to help whenever needed!
I am proud to be part of the Mickaboo family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Mickaboo for over a year now. My original intention had been just to adopt but as I started reading about the organization I realized I wanted to do more. I got in touch with another volunteer who started me on my foster journey with two Cherryhead conures from the San Francisco wild flock. They were rescued after being injured. I received so much support and help with the conures that we decided to foster more birds. Every bird we have fostered has given me a greater respect and admiration for all of the Mickaboo volunteers. I love being able to work with an organization that walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to rescue, foster and adoption of these beautiful birds. It does my heart good to be a part of Mickaboo.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo does amazing work in its mission to help companion birds. I continue to be impressed whenever I attend a Mickaboo adoption fair or fundraising event. Volunteers give their time for no other reason other than to help parrots. It just makes you feel good about humanity. There are no paid staff. All of your donation goes to the cause of helping rescue birds.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We’d like to thank the foster home for keeping our blue front heathy for a few years. Now he has a new home he shares with a yellow nape and gets doted over with company all day long.
He has stopped biting and has developed quite a humorous personality.
Thanks Mickaboo

bethmoscov

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mickaboo has been a wonderful discovery for me. Being able to help creatures whose primary habitat is being destroyed and thus creating many parrot species to be endangered, fulfills me. I am happy to be able to help the world in some way. I am disabled and would otherwise not be able to do much.

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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

Mickaboo volunteers are amazing. They give of their time, energy, and money without a second thought, sometimes in the middle of the night or at a moment's notice if a bird or birds are in danger or trouble. Local shelters call Mickaboo to take in strays or surrendered birds. And Mickaboo volunteers always find a way to help save hundreds of birds every year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for someplace to spend my time and energy, and I found it with Mickaboo. These are amazing people who assist any bird in need at any time, through transporting animals to foster homes or to the vet, or picking up stray birds from local animal shelters and fostering them, to attending outreach events to let people know about bird rescue. Most local animal shelters do not have facilities to care for birds, so they call upon bird rescue groups like Mickaboo to assist with found birds. Everyone I have met is dedicated and caring. I'm honored to be a part of this group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found a lost budgie a few months ago, and it slowly dawned on me that he was probably lonely. So I contacted Mickaboo, took their comprehensive and informative bird care class, survived the telephone interview and home inspection, and was accepted to adopt another budgie! I found Hollister on the Mickaboo website; he, too, had been lost and found, and was being fostered by a volunteer in Daly City. I made arrangements to adopt him, and when I brought him home my other bird was so excited and happy. I put them together in a nice, big cage and they are best buddies. I am so grateful to Mickaboo for their thoroughness in being sure that adopters are well qualified and knowledgeable so that their birds go to safe and loving homes. They've been nothing but professional and helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a parrot through Mickaboo at the end of 2018. While the interview, class, and home visit needed to adopt seemed a barrier at the time, I now know why those are so important. Caring for a parrot is a much bigger undertaking than caring for a canary! I appreciate also that Mickaboo volunteers are there and available, with wide experience to provide advice should I need it. The foster parents do an amazing job getting birds healthy and ready to adopt-it’s a huge effort!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a pair of lovebirds from this rescue. They have a great screening process and I adopted the loves of my life. Please consider donating and adopting from this rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is a fantastic organization that helps hundreds of parrots in need, all through great volunteers who are dedicated to the wellbeing of surrendered, found, abandoned, or sick parrots. I have been volunteering for 5 years and learned so much about parrots and how enjoyable they are.

kerbybird

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Mickaboo and have done so for several years. I can say from within that volunteers are dedicated to Mickaboo's mission and consistently go the extra mile to make a companion bird's life the best it can be. I've volunteered, fostered, and adopted and can say it is one of my most fulfilling activities. Photo of my adopted Mickaboo bird, Gizzy.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found mickaboo after a local newspaper wrote an article about them. They did a great job helping me learn about and subsequently adopt my two sweet green cheek conures. This charity does amazing work taking care of and rehoming so many different birds!

2 Anita M.4

Client Served

Rating: 1

So sad that Mickaboo makes the adoption process so difficult for prospective pet owners, and seeks to exclude the person who will be taking on a 10 to 20+ year relationship with the companion bird from the decision making process. I have been repeatedly hindered from adopting a bird of my choosing, even though I have been approved to adopt. I adopted my first Mickaboo bird in 2008 -- a Golden Mantle Rosella. His beak was overgrown. He was in a small cage on dial perches, surrounded by two large Malamute dogs that were roaming free. He was very withdrawn and unsociable, yet I took him in. He already had liver disease from a seed diet, plus high triglicerides. I loved that bird for 10 years, developed a wonderful relationship, and took good care of him with the help of Dr. Sanders and Wildwood Vet. My Rosella succumbed to liver disease in 2018. When I tried to adopt from Mickaboo again, they have made it so difficult and want to exclude me from the decision making, and steer me toward what is good for them. They seem to forget that the pet owner will create a bond with their companion and needs to have some choice in the process.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

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

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Mickaboo for 15 years. I have 5 parrots and all of them were fostered by me initially and then adopted by me. Mickaboo has a wonderful group of volunteers who are quick to respond to emergencies or loose birds. There is a wealth of information we share with each other, to help us give our birds happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. The sacrifices of those who volunteer their time, money, bird food/supplies and foster homes is amazing and makes me proud to be a part of this great organization.

1 Shauna13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with this awesome organization since 2004. I have 4 beautiful feathered companions that I have adopted over the years and have fostered many others. The support and education that I have received has been wonderful. They do not just think after a bird is adopted that's the end of it. They trully do remain committed to that bird for the rest of it life understanding that circumstances can change and some birds do have to return to the Mickaboo flock. It's very comforting to know that.

I love the amout of outreach and education that this group does for the public. I have had many new ones tell me how much they have learned and when you visit or hear about the changes they made in how they care for their own birds it warms you heart.

S. Hill

1 Elaine62

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent communication and screening for adoption. I appreciate the support and sharing of experience and information. The volunteers did an excellent job paring me with birds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Feather Shaped Hole

www.mickaboo.org

This is one story of why I volunteer to foster special needs birds, they are inspiring beings who give as much to me as I give them. Animals with disabilities don't feel sorry for themselves, they take what they are given and they adapt. They may need little accommodations and medication but they aren't much different from able bodied animals. Even with tragic stories they forgive humans and learn to trust and love again.

TJ is a Mitered Conure who was stolen from his bird family back when parrots were imported from the wild in bulk. We don't know the story of the roughly first 30 years of his life, but we know the last 2 years when an animal shelter contacted Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue to take in an aggressive, loud bird. TJ spent the last 3 months as my foster.

TJ was dumped at the shelter for biting and screaming and was report as having spent the last 15 years in a small cage in the garage, I would be cranky too. In foster care TJ learned about healthy food, toys, and that not all people are to be feared. Things went well for TJ for the next year and a half as he discovered the human world could be a fun place to explore and play...until he fell off of his cage in a full out seizure. His seizure had been brought on by a stroke.

He spent the next month hospitalized having mini-strokes as the vets worked to get him on the right medications and him learning to cope with his new limitations. Finally he was stable enough to go home. He still displayed traits of stroke patients weakness, impaired sight, impaired feeling only on one side of his body plus his speech was slurred.

TJ's first day here he couldn't hold his head up, he could only lay on his padded floor. Within a few weeks, he was doing well enough to perch on my hand with a towel for extra grip. As he regained more strength he became more stable and was finally able to perch on my hand and hold himself up. The picture above shows his improvement. He grew stronger and started to play again, we made small tweaks to his medication but the after effects of his stroke were fading.

Everything was going well up until last weekend, November 14, 2015. I walked into TJs room and he didn't look right. As I helped him out of his cage I knew we needed to rush to the vet. I hurried out of the house and held him to my chest so he could see me and feel the warmth of the sunlight through the window as we drove to the vet. I could feel him getting weaker. TJ was in heart failure, his lungs were wet and breathing was ragged. It was just a few hours later that I got the call he was gone. This week I bring TJ back home to bury him.

Mickaboo has many birds like TJ, birds getting another chance at a new life. Most of our birds are heathy and ready to join a new family but we also have many medical cases and don't turn away birds with preexisting conditions. All donations go to medical care for our foster flock. TJ is just one reason why I give my time and have a few feather shaped holes in my heart.

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and fostered birds for Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue since 1997, and these people are simply the best! The organization is very well organized, and has maintained a 100% volunteer staff since its inception in 1995.
When I attend their fundraising events, it is really inspiring to see so many of the volunteers working tirelessly in the effort to leave no bird behind. They really do make a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo puts the heart and soul of all it's dedicated volunteers into helping birds in need-whether it is a bird found as a stray, in a shelter, uncared for in a pet shop, or needing to be rehomed because of owner illness, death, loss of home, unable to afford medical care or moving and unable to take the bird.

They provide veterinary care, foster care, and adoption into a carefully screened home to give these birds a second chance. They provide a place for terminally ill birds or birds not adoptable due to contagious illness.

They have also reached out to help the famous Parrots of Telegraph Hill, many stricken with a neurological disease of unknown origin that kills and handicaps these beautiful parrots, and have been involved with Elizabeth Young and her quest to help all breeds of pigeons, especially the plight of King Pigeons.

All of the money collected through donations, bird surrenders and adoptions goes to the care of the birds. This is a story of hope for them.



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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MIckaboo offers everyone a chance to own or foster a bird while keeping an engaging learning environment ever active. As a relatively new bird foster (and sometimes volunteer), the online communication is wonderful and need assistance. Many thanks to the veteran owners who have skills and resources (and veterinarians) willing to educate and assist fledgling newcomers. The process for obtaining bird care skills is well facilitated and always open to new volunteers to help expedite the process of homing a bird. Finally, and most importantly, the birds when you have them in your home seem acutely aware of Mickaboo. I am sure they sense the universality of care and appreciate your attention to the needs of wildlife through such a medium. (PS: Hello from Chirpy and Celeste - 2 budgie/keets).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for Mickaboo for over a decade - their commitment to doing the right thing and caring for our feathered friends is unmatched.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo respond to just about anything from doves deserted in Libraries (by magicians!) to tragic cases of neglect and birds even found alone after their owner passes away. Funds are carefully and shrewdly managed and the sheer volume of companion birds that Mickaboo is supporting continues to grow - and yet the network copes through efficient communication and a very dedicated bunch of wonderful volunteers. Even if contacts are remote Mickaboo will do what they can to assist.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue is a wonderful organization to adopt from and to volunteer for. They truly do care about doing their utmost to ensure a good, loving home and the best care for each bird, and they support fosters and adopters with detailed bird care information and sharing of experiences. Many of the volunteers have gone above and beyond to transport birds needing medical care, needing to be brought in from a surrenderer to a foster home, or needing to get to a new forever home. The organization pays thousands of dollars in avian vet bills for its charges, and over 99% of all donations go toward this purpose.

With the current problems of parrot overpopulation and a lack of education about their needs, bird rescue is a little-known but much-needed resource. Supporting Mickaboo enables them to provide the medical and emotional care so many of these birds need so badly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we lost our parrot Mickaboo was incredibly helpful, both with their own guidance and resources and pointing us to other resources for finding lost birds. We wound up fostering and adopting birds for them - really a great group of selfless people helping birds in need.

louisamj

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mickaboo has rescued thousands of companion birds from sometimes dire situations and given them a new life. This has often involved providing essential veterinary care from qualified avian veterinarians. It always involves love and patience to allow the bird to feel safe and cared for around people, as well as proper diet and toys.
This is selfless work, and all of it is provided by volunteers who provide foster care for these birds in their homes until we can find their "forever home". Prospective adopters are carefully screened and required to take a bird care class so that there is assurance that the new home is appropriate, and that the bird and the new human family are a good match.
Mickaboo is 100% supported by donations from the public, and all of the funds go to pay for necessary medical care. The many hundreds of hours involved in caring for the birds, tracking them through the system, screening applicants etc is given by volunteers with no payment of any kind. We truly give our hearts to these wonderful birds, all to help them have the better future they so richly deserve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Mickaboo for many, many years and find the caring and love the other volunteers extend to their foster birds constant. Nothing makes them happier than
to find a permanent loving home for one of them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Mickaboo for several years now. I have always been touched by the generosity of its volunteer group toward its birds, the people who are forced by circumstances beyond their control to surrender their birds, and the wonderful adopters who take in these marvelous creatures to their homes.

gitana

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about Mickaboo from Pamela Lee and her passion and dedication to the rescue of injured or abandoned birds is admirable. I am impressed with the great compassion for these helpless birds and the success they have in restoring them to a normal life. Keep up the good work.

1 Renee47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1996 in Northern California. Most of our volunteers and foster birds live in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley. We are dedicated to rescuing companion birds (parrot-type and other commonly domesticated birds) who have been neglected, abused, injured or surrendered to us. Our goals are:

To ensure that birds in our care will have a safe, loving environment for life.
To educate bird owners on the most current standard of care, so that the medical, emotional, and dietary needs of their birds will be met.

All of the people dedicated to helping abused and abandoned birds are volunteers - we dedicate our love, time, homes, financial support etc. to helping companion birds who are in desperate need of a "forever home." The birds that we help often remain in our homes because we fall in love with them and they become family members, or, because we have so many birds that need forever homes many just stay with us.

One of the most special things about Mickaboo is that every life is valued to the highest extent possible - we do not consider the smallest, most plentiful birds like finches and budgies as "throw-away" birds that do not deserve the best food, medical care or housing. Sadly, many people think that birds do not have feelings and can be treated like a vegetable. On the contrary, from the largest macaws, to the smallest parakeet and finch, all birds get the best medical care, food, housing and love that we can give them. They are all precious to us.