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.
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. :)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.