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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.

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168 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is such a wonderful resource for birds and bird parents. Everything from bird care classes to feeding, cage and healthcare tips. I have only known about and volunteered for the organization for a short time but see time and time again how dedicated all the volunteers are. All the volunteers really care for the birds and immediately and efficiently coordinate emergency/urgent situations to get the proper care for the birds.

Sonal Suresh S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization supporting a worthy cause that is very close to heart to my family .#companionbirds #whorescueswhom

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Mickaboo online when I was beginning my search for a pet. I had considered getting a bird, but wasn't sure what type of options were available for bird adoption. Mickaboo certainly came to my assistance in that regard. I have had a great experience with them and am very glad they have continued to involve me and kept me posted on new developments within their organization. Anyone looking to adopt a bird in a safe and ethical fashion should consider Mickaboo, provided they are within Northern California. I was able to get my budgies all the way here to Lassen County, and I needed a lot of help to get that done. Everything came together marvelously!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is extremely caring and conscientious of every bird they rescue. Wether it’s a rescue from a bad situation or a surrender they treat each bird without judgement of the situation and strive to be sure they are well cared for and ready for adoption.
Meet Gus, my yellow napped Amazon parrot. He is 40 years old with a 80+ word vocabulary. His newest chant is — Alexa Alexa Alexa! Despite a few health issues he is a sweet bird. We fully understand each other and he is a true sweetheart!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have fostered several birds and adopted from Mickaboo. I feel they genuinely care about the welfare of birds and Want all birds to live a good life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wrote a review of Mickaboo a couple of years ago, and I am still volunteering and am involved in even more ways. Mickaboo works hard to ensure that our birds go to the best possible foster and adoptive homes. This means that every applicant receives a home visit from a Mickaboo volunteer before being approved to foster or adopt. When Covid hit, we switched seamlessly from in-person to virtual home visits and continued approving applicants and finding good homes for our birds. We continue to receive surrendered and lost and found birds, to provide top quality veterinary care to those who need it, and to find them good homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is amazing. Our mission is the rescue of lost, abandoned, or surrendered companion birds. We are an all-volunteer organization - we have no paid staff and no facility. Our income comes from donations and grants, and is spent on veterinary care for our birds. Mickaboo volunteers are located all over the San Francisco bay area and the central valley. Many spend dozens of hours a week on Mickaboo responsibilities.
I first learned about Mickaboo after, simply by chance, I found a budgie. When no one claimed him, I decided to keep him and quickly realized he needed a buddy. I went through the Mickaboo approval process a year ago and when I was approved, I adopted another budgie. The two birds are now the best of friends and their cheerful noises fill the house.
I am now the Budgie Intake Coordinator and have also fostered a number of interesting birds, so I have worked with many of Mickaboo’s other volunteers. I have found them to be kind, friendly, and willing to generously share advice and suggestions with us newbies. We are all focused on the birds, not on our egos, and on finding knowledgeable, approved caregivers for our avian friends.
Mickaboo volunteers go to extraordinary lengths fulfill our mission of caring for companion birds. We take in birds whose owners have to surrender them, and find them good foster and adoptive homes. I personally have driven all over the Bay Area and even as far as San Luis Obispo to pick up and deliver birds. Other volunteers recently rescued 12 birds, whose owner was elderly and could no longer care for them, from a filthy outdoor aviary in the central valley, in the pouring rain. We also pick up and find homes for companion birds when they are found and brought to animal control centers.
To become a Mickaboo volunteer requires taking a Basic Bird Class, passing a phone screen interview, and passing a home inspection. The class is, of course, offered by Mickaboo volunteers. Other classes are offered on other aspects of avian ownership. Volunteers hold fundraisers, auctions, and adoption events (even virtually these days) to raise funds for the care of our birds and to find homes for them. The amount of organizing and record-keeping is staggering, but it is all done by volunteers.
At the moment we have about 300 birds in the care of foster parents, who are financially responsible for the purchase of food and supplies for their birds. Mickaboo funds their veterinary care. Our veterinary expenses are approximately $40,000 a month, even with the “nonprofit discount” many veterinary practices offer. It is obvious how much fundraising must be done.
I have worked with several animal-related nonprofits, but Mickaboo is the best-run, most highly-organized, most focused-on-the-mission organization I’ve been involved with. Plus, our volunteers are without exception fun to work with, accommodating, helpful, and friendly. I very much enjoy working with Mickaboo, and I feel that my small contributions are appreciated. My expectations have been greatly exceeded. And all because I happened to find one little lost budgie!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is really amazing team. They are like angels who are always there to rescue these little birds. Recently we rescued a injured bird and none of the animal shelters were open that day. Mickaboo volunteer came to our house took the bird to avian vet without charging anything.

catiekk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a knitter and a wildlife rescue about 50 miles away was looking for knitted nests for baby birds. That led me to wonder if there was anyplace closer I could donate to. An internet search brought up Mickaboo. My dad always had budgie in the house so doing more volunteering with birds appealed to me.

Fast forward 6 years. I have fostered dozens of budgies and many other species as well, plus I do a lot of computer work for Mickaboo. I have met many many great people and have made some lifelong friends among these amazing rescue workers.

Two thumbs up for Mickaboo! Thank you ALL the volunteers in this all-volunteer rescue for doing great things for little birds.

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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

Great organization. I have watched Mickaboo take in, take care of (including vet bills), and train potential adopters, for some time. Finally I got a 2nd parrot - through Mickaboo. I now volunteer FOR Mickaboo to help them, because there are so many birds needing new home, and they do a really good job of managing the whole process. Birds are very smart animals with very specialized needs, and Mickaboo does a lot of good for them in the Bay Area. Worth supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Mickaboo about 6 years ago. I had recently lost a much beloved Conure pal who died of old age after living with me for 30 years. After a prolonged period of grieving for her, I decided the best way to honor my memory of her was to adopt an orphan Conure & shower that bird with all the love we once gave our Sophie.
After a lengthy application process, we finally adopted a Nanday. He has brought a great deal of joy and companionship to our lives.
I also became a volunteer for Mickaboo. I enjoy interviewing would-be adopters and foster “parronts”. I’ve probably helped about 100 people find own joy with their new companion birds.
Mickaboo not only assists people who want to adopt exotic birds, but provides a wonderful support group that I have called upon with my questions about basic bird care over the past 6 years.
And, lastly, it’s been wonderful to meet and get to know a community of like-minded bird lovers!

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Treva Diane L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was interested in adoption vs buying a companion bird and was very happy to learn that Mickaboo was willing to allow adoption out of the SF-San Jose area. I'm located in the Central San Joaquin Valley, and most of the bird rescue adoption organizations out of Southern California would not allow adoption greater than a 150-mile radius of their organization. Mickaoboo's care and concern for the well-being of "exotic" birds large or small through their fostering program is impressive, as well as their educating andvetting process for potential adopters! I have adopted 3 green cheek conures through Mickaboo and they're a lot of fun!

Caroline K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted three budgies from Mickaboo which is a total volunteer operation to take in stray, lost or surrendered parrots and find them permanent homes. If the birds are sick or have problems, they all receive professional health care. Before Mickaboo allows people to adopt a bird they must take a class to learn about training, handling and feeding for the species they want to adopt. There is also an application, phone check and home visit to offer suggestions to make sure there is a comfortable, safe place for the adopted bird. The foster birds are all spread out among volunteers. There is a fee charged for an adoption and continuous fundraising to pay for the vet bills. The dedication and knowledge of the volunteers is truly amazing!

Bernice M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a parrot from Mickaboo about 16 years ago. I was so impressed with the classes and information they offer, I became a volunteer. The people involved with this rescue are totally dedicated to Mickaboo's mission of providing care and finding loving permanent homes for their birds. A great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Mickaboo for about 14 years and I can not think of a more selfless, caring, giving group of people. I adopted my Tasha, a female Eclectus from them 7 years ago. They were ready with answers to all my questions and all the support I needed to provide her with a good home.
Each bird that is cared for in many foster homes receive proper food, toys to occupy them and plenty of love and attention. Hurray for MIckaboo.


Doug S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a 37 year old Yellow Naped Amazon parrot from them 5 years ago and have been in contact with them ever since. This nonprofit performs a very important function finding homes for companion parrots and other bird species that have lost or are losing the homes they may have been in for many years. They are very careful to ensure great new homes and give important information regarding care of the many types of parrots they foster and put up for adoption. They also care for injured and/or ill parrots in conjunction with bird oriented veterinarians.

A wonderful organization!

Sincerely,
Douglas Spurr, MD

Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is chock-full of volunteers and supporters who care about the feathered beings who have no voice of their own, and are often overlooked by the dlg/cat-leaning pet welfare community. They are ALL volunteers, and each volunteer sacrifices much of their personal time to help the littles.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is full of volunteers who care deeply for feathered friends in need, and who each contribute in their own way. I help with the accounting, fundraising and outreach events. It is astonishing how many members of the general public don't know about parrot rescue! I have 8 birds of my own, all adopted from Mickaboo. How each of them came to me reminds me of the birds - and their former owners, in a way - who needed Mickaboo's help, and others who still do. While being an all-volunteer organization sometimes presents organizational challenges (who's doing what? when?) the volunteers can be counted on to unite and get the job done when the need is urgent.

tashi.cares

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is an essential non-profit based in the Northern Cali region comprised of an all-volunteer team. The organization helps misplaced pet birds, finding them a place to land until adopted. Many of the birds are in bad health and require medical attention. Many of the birds are likely to never be adopted due to health or behavioral issues, but Mickaboo cares about each and every one of the birds no matter the situation, and provides loving foster homes and top-notch medical care to those in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have known Mickaboo for 15 years. We've attended their excellent classes and adopted birds from them. The birds we adopted were extremely well cared-for and loved when they were being fostered by Mickaboo volunteers, and one of them also received superb, free veterinary care during that time. These birds have been the light of our life and enriched our home in so many ways. The attached photos show their happiness and love, both for us and for each other.

Mickaboo is a 100% volunteer organization. Although they spend countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars every month on their birds (almost all of their budget goes to veterinary care), no member of the organization receives a dime in salary. Since they were founded, they have saved, rescued, fostered, restored to health, and given loving homes to — literally — thousands of companion birds. I have never in my life known a more dedicated or effective volunteer organization, or one more deserving of support.

Wendy W.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first learned about Mickaboo 9 months ago when I was looking for a bird to adopt. I followed their 3 step protocol to get qualified to adopt from their vast assortment of birds needing caring homes. Their procedures are to make sure every bird they place is going into a knowledgeable, safe and caring environment. It took about 4 months to complete the process but I was able to adopt 2 bonded parrots right away and a month later adopted another one who had just come to the rescue. Every step of the way there has always been someone from Mickaboo available to guide the process of merging my new feathered friends into the family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking to adopt a bird when I came across this oddly name group. I was first impressed with how carefully they screened me to ensure I would provide a loving and safe home. Then I learned they are amazingly run by an army of UNPAID volunteers who take birds into their homes and foster them until they find a forever home for them. The first bird I adopted, Bruce (formerly Ramsey) was so happy at his foster home, it took a while for his foster mom to get him into a transport cage. Probably what I most admire is their dedication to providing medical care to the birds they rescue who are often injured or quite ill from trying to make it out in the wild, or from neglect. Nearly every penny donated goes to those medical bills. I also appreciate their prevention work. They educate new birds owners and provide lots of helpful information on their website. It is also comforting to know that Bruce and my second budgie adopt, Vixie, will have a safe and loving place to go if something happens and I can't care for them anymore. Many companion birds have long life spans, so Mickaboo often accepts back birds that can no longer stay in their first or second (or more) forever home. All around excellent organization. I am now a volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is an excellent organization that helped me find some of the most wonderful birds that I added to my family. They care so much about the birds as well as the folks who adopt them or have to give them up. I found Mickaboo in 2003 and so lucky I did - many birds loved along the way. Thank you Mickaboo volunteers for all that you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is a fantastic nonprofit. They care so much about their birds and trying to find them a safe and loving home. I tell everyone about Mickaboo because I am so impressed with everything they do.

SFOView

Donor

Rating: 5

Mickaboo not only rescues birds who people no longer want and also take in birds from shelters and re-homes them but they also give classes to prospective adopters of their birds. This helps assure that the new adopters know a lot of valuable information about caring for a bird which is -not- like a dog or cat or any other animal. Mickaboo has been around since 1997 and has been a wonderful resource for birds and their caretakers. I highly recommend them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is an amazing rescue, they helped me find my first ever bird and helped us learn and take care of her every step of the way. Although their process is thorough and takes a while, it is definitely worth it in the end, especially because it is because Mickaboo cares about their animals and the care they are being given. Every one of the people we have interacted with has been helpful, kind, and a pleasure to meet.

Vishal P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster parent for Mickaboo for over 2 years now. Mickaboo truely not only makes difference in lives of these birds, but also people like myself who are able to contribute.

Celeste G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is THE. Place to go if you’re looking to adopt or foster a bird. They are very knowledgeable and because birds are in foster homes, they can match your personality to the birds! I have 2 budgies from them who are healthy and happy!

bethmoscov

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Mickaboo and all they do for companion birds. I have four birds I adopted from them and the birds are wonderful. I ended up becoming a volunteer for Mickaboo as well.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit organization I have ever known. More than 20 years ago, they saw an unmet need in animal rescue - there was no organization whose mission was to rescue companion birds- and met it magnificently. They not only save birds, but educate the public about companian birds, and re-home birds to vetted, forever homes. And they do it all with dedicated and well-trained volunteers - no paid staff! Over the years I have adopted several birds from Mickaboo, and the entire process was a joy - as are the feathered creatures I adopted! I have attended Mickaboo classes and events, and they were all educational and enjoyable. Mickaboo is 110% sincere, honest, amazingly effective, and worthy of complete support. Kudos, Mickaboo!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a budgie and the volunteers at Mickaboo help me. Volunteers spent hours and hours with me. I am so impressed with the care they provide event the smallest of little birds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mickaboo volunteer team has been working creatively to allow rescues and adoptions to proceed within the limitations imposed by the pandemic. I have been very impressed with the move to virtual home visits, online classes, virtual adoption fairs, and other virtual events. Birds still need homes and people still want to adopt!

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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!

mreedoak

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even during this health emergency Mickaboo has continued to help needy birds including three of the famous Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

Great rescue in Northern California.

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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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1 kerbybird

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Year after year this rescue excels in its mission. I am proud to be a volunteer and continue to help with our macaws. Photo is my Mickaboo adopted caique. I was a foster failure.

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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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1 Renee47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mickaboo is an INCREDIBLE organization! What wonderful people - to take into their homes the most neglected, injured, desperately lonely birds and work their hearts out to train and support what hopefully turn out to be forever, happy homes, is amazing. Each person is a volunteer, and no one takes even a penny in compensation. Mickaboo is a blessed organization that is always in need of financial support (it is a a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1996 in Northern California) to pay our monthly medical bills to care for the birds we foster and ultimately (hopefully), find homes for.

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.

At Mickaboo, our underlying principle is that Every Bird Gets An Equal Chance. Once a bird is in our care, we provide all the medical and supportive care that s/he requires. We do not "triage" birds or spend more money on large species than small. We only euthanize a bird when s/he is suffering without the possibility of recovery. We provide hospice care for terminally ill birds who are not suffering.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted several birds from Mickaboo and was very happy to be able to adopt rather than to just buy from a pet shop or breeders. Parrots are long lived and are not like dogs or cats; many people buy them and then find they're not like they're portrayed on TV or movies. That's where Mickaboo comes in. Mickaboo fosters birds, but works very hard, with a completely volunteer staff, to publicize birds for adoption, and to ensure that potential adopters are prepared for the commitment needed to take care of adopted birds, large or small.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have 18 years of experience growing up with birds, and I still learned new tips through the Mickaboo bird care course! The bird adoption approval process was thorough, but also timely. Hope more people are encouraged to adopt!

CocoRedLored

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization this is! If I need info on what to feed my bird, if I want to adopt, if I have any questions, if there is a class on birds I want to attend, if someone has a bird and needs to (sadly) relinquish it, if you found that someone is abusing their bird, .......Mickaboo is there for you. The volunteers are super dedicated and informed. Mickaboo's online site is packed full of info. Check it out! http://www.mickaboo.org/

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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 have been volunteering with Mickaboo since 2004. I have learned so much about caring for birds been given some wonderful opportunities to help out with transporting birds, equipment, have taught the basic bird care class. Done home visits, been a species coordinator, written letters for the newsletter.
I have seen many aspects of this organization, and continue to be amazed at the level of dedication of those in it.
There are many urgent situations that come up with rescue work (hence the name rescue) and these folks work together efficiently as a team to get things done.
In areas where we do not have a lot of volunteers living we have those who at the drop of a hat jump in their cars and drive long distances and spend many hours when the call for help goes out. It is a joy to be part of this group of folks

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It never fails to amaze me how quickly and effectiently the hard working folks at Mickaboo pull together to help when the call goes out...day or night. We often get calls when people see stray parrots because they are in danger from predators and unacclimated to forgaging on their own. Well one bird in particular had gotton our attention as he had been out in his own for a long time and the family who had been giving food contacted Micaboi because tge weather was getting cold and a neighbor did not like him coming into his yard to eat the oranges and was going to do something sbout so they were concerned. Volunteers went out for a week trying to help and we all keep checking for updates. Then one evening...success! Now it was a matter of where to take this very tired double yellow head amazon. That's where I cane in. I was just leaving work and after a frantic call to my husband this guy had a home to come to. He arrived later that night and made little fuss as we put in his new home and settled in for a well deserved peacefull nights sleep. The next day it was clear he was covered with black sticky substance. Concerned it might be roof tar I made a call to get authorization to take him to an avian veterinarian. That day we were off to go see the vet. He was a real trooper and it took the vet and two vet techs all working on him to get what probably tree sap off him. I was just going to be a foster home for him but I after all he had been through surviving on his own I wanted him to have a forever home. He has been with me for 7 years this month :)

Griselda C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

God, where or how do I begin to express our gratitude to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue?????My best friend had to surrender her feathered babies that she had for over 11 years due to circumstances beyond her control and we needed to find someone willing to invest time to care for them and love them as much as we did and gladly we came across Mickaboo. Everyone we had to deal with was so pleasant. Sarah, Sandy, Alix and Ryan were involved with us and each and of them assured us our babies were in good hands. Among the flock of 11 birds there were 2 in need of immediate medical attention which thanks to Mickaboo they received. Since then they all have been adopted out to wonderful homes and for that we will be forever grateful. Everyone working at this Non Profit Organization in my book has earned their places in heaven for the AMAZING work they do day in and day out. Thank you so much. Griselda C.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Just overall horrible experience and unprofessional. Will be adopting elsewhere

1 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

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.

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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

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!