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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Our mission is to take in unwanted pet birds, provide them with veterinary care, and keep them as long as necessary to find them forever homes. We never turn away a bird with medical issues, and we accept wild birds like pigeons that are not taken in by any other facility in our area. In addition, we deploy to help the animal victims of disasters like the Joplin tornado, hoarding situations, and birds that have escaped and are flying loose.

Results: In March 2012 we opened our new Rescue Room thanks to a grant from Pepsi and the donations of hundreds of our supporters. This is the only faciltiy in the Kansas City area devoted to housing rescued birds while they await adoption. Our intake doubled, and in 2013 we helped 312 birds, up from an average of 150 per year in previous years.

Target demographics: unwanted or abandoned pet birds

Direct beneficiaries per year: 312 pet birds

Geographic areas served: the Missouri and Kansas area

Programs: any necessary medical and surgical care, rescue of escaped birds, and adoption services for birds that are ready for new homes.

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jean48

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge is one of the most Amazing individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She works tirelessly to make the world a better place for every wild, neglected, abused, and injured bird that she meets. I've never seen anyone give to the extent she does- dropping everything in a moment to aid any bird or birds in distress. She made the news several months ago when she rescued 6 parrots who spent the winter in an unheated, abandoned house. Of course the birds were all malnourished and suffering from the experience, but she brought them all back to health. Words cannot express how much I feel this woman deserves to be noticed and appreciated!

1 Eileen24

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never met a more dedicated Veternarian. She will be there for anyone at anytime if day to help a bird in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I personally don't know of any other vet but Dr. Julie Burge that puts in so many hours to help the needs of all varieties of birds! She is truly dedicated to her work. It's not just a job to her.... But her passion, love and life. There's not nearly enough space or time to write about the countless acts of compassion and kindness she extends to so many. I have personally been a recipient of that. I would never take my birds any where else. No matter what... She never turns away anyone or bird in need. 24/7 she's there. Always helping the birds in need! She doesn't always just work in her clean office.. She's not afraid to roll up her sleeves.. Go out and get dirty to save many of these birds from being left in abandoned homes...etc.. a sincere outstanding bird vet she truly is!

Tammy68

Client Served

Rating: 5

Doctor Julie and nurse Julie are the best. Doctor Julie is very dedicated to her work and the love and care of all types of birds. She go above and beyond what a normal vet would do, it is not just a job it is her life. Thanks to both Julie's many birds are safe, well, and healthy.

Audra4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Doctor and nurse Julie are wonderful. They both always go above and beyond to help our birds and their owners. Dr. Julie got my Indian Ringneck that I adopted from another local rescue organization healthy. It was not an easy task and took a while, but Aruba has been a healthy, happy bird for years now all because of her. When my youngest daughter wanted to adopt a bird, we naturally went to Dr. Julie. We found a green Quaker, JoJo, who has been a good friend to my daughter. One night, I trimmed JoJo's nails too short (he jumped when I was trimming them) and I could not get him to stop bleeding. I called Dr. Julie in a panic. She had me come in after hours and had the bleeding stopped in just a few minutes. I can not thank her and the staff at Burge Bird Services enough. They truly love their patients and it shows.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Doctor Julie is amazing. She and nurse Julie are people who really care about birds. They go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to birds. I can't think of anyone else who I would want to work on my feathered family members. I have even adopted birds from them and I could not be happier!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Julie walks on water....particularly when water birds are in trouble and figuratively when anyone with feathers needs a little help. She can't remember my face nor my name even though I've been bringing my parrot to her for 15 or so years. She does, however, recognize my bird immediately and know her by name. I am not her focus...and I love this. Her services range from cheap to free and if need be, she will drive to my house 70 miles away. I don't believe she could be any better than she is.

Earlene L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr Julie is the only Avian Vet I will trust - She has taken care of my flock from day 1 & helped me so much when I needed it with them. She is the most caring person & rescues many in need, nurses many back to health that may not of made it without her knowledge & love for them. I recommend her to all of my bird friends & will continue to do so. Three thumbs up for Dr Julie.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'd never touched a bird when I decided I wanted to adopt one. Dr. Julie helped me pick Katie, a cockatiel from "the bird pound" (Burge Bird Rescue), who needed some special daily care but who was a nice friend. A year later, I felt like Katie deserved a friend and I had found a bigger, easier to clean cage, Dr. Julie introduced me to a flightless buddy, Star. My two roomates are getting along nicely, and I like to know that I have Dr. Julie's support for manicures, boarding, and nose-jobs! It is discouraging that every time I'm in there, somone is giving up a bird but I'm so happy they have a safe place to go. Thousands of souls are in your debt. Thanks for all you do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2004 I became a African Grey Mother... Bisa aka BEASTA has Never been seen by ANY other Clinic or Dr. I also adopted "The Pips" from Dr Julie.

I have NEVER had any concerns with ANYTHING when Bisa is in their care. EVERY Bird is treated the same, with Care and Love. Paying clients bird, rescue birds....doesnt Matter. I had to Call Dr. Julie late one night after Bisa had been attecked by a Dog. Dr Julie saw us that nite and promised to Do EVERYTHING she could. She was also willing to give us a referral to K State. I said NO. Bisa had surgery to close the gash on his head. After a few days at the Clinic he was upset being away from home, so we continued his care at home. He IS AS BAD AS EVER Thanks to Dr. Julie and Bird Nurse Julie !!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr.Julie Burge is by far the best at what she dose. She not only makes sure that all the birds she takes in has the best medical treatment she helps the domestic ducks and other foul that people think it is ok to just let loose and fend for themselves. I have adopted a bird from her rescue unit. I feel so strong in what she is doing that I recommend her to a friend. I am so glad that there is a person like Dr. Julie to care for the winged Angles she rescues. I know she will earn her Angles wings one day.

Thank You DR. JULIE










1 Amber40

Client Served

Rating: 5

Back in April my pet turkey was shot by a deputy sheriff and left to suffer. Julie saw my story and immediately contacted me wishing to help my bird no charge to me. We rushed him to her and she did surgery but it was to late for my feathered friend. Dr.Burge is an incredible lady and did all she could and more. I will not take my birds anywhere but to Dr. Burge. She is so dedicated in the care of any feathered creature and does an exceptional job. Thank you again Julie Burge for all you did for my turkey.

1 Kitty4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Julie Burge is one of the most outstanding rescuers.. Her heart soul and life is wrapped up into making the lives of rescues better.. Not just her rescues but all rescue birds.. I've learned so much and have so much respect for this person who is a true angel and spokesperson for avian well being..

Susi M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Burge for many years. I have dear friends who have birds under her care. I have seen her put in hours and hours of concerned care in rescuing birds and caring for them with the utmost professionalism and expertise.

There aren't words high enough to praise the work of this doctor and her volunteers. They deserve every bit of good press that can be heaped upon them. I wish more people would spend such time helping critters of all kinds; the world would be a far better place.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found a cockatiel while out walking the dog, just hopping in the neighbor's lawn. He was sociable enough to come right up to us, and we thought he couldn't fly - turns out he'd been out so long he was starving and was probably too weak to fly! I took him to Burge Bird Rescue, and he was nursed back to health and is now up for adoption. If it weren't for great places like this, who help birds like that cockatiel, he would have... well, it doesn't bear thinking about. I'm thankful they were willing to take him in and take such good care of him!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Burge Bird Rescue for several years and have witnessed many instances of their taking in injured, lost or just unwanted birds, including parrots, pigeons, chickens, domestic geese and domestic ducks. Many of these animals require a great deal of time, effort and sometimes financial resources to give them what they need in order to get them to a good home. In all instances, the animal's welfare comes first!

Miranda R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been taking our Sun Conure and Green Cheek Conure to Burge Bird Rescue for over 3 years. We always get exceptional service. We recently went to an adoption event at the Rescue and adopted another Green Cheek Conure, who the owner no longer wanted after 8 years. He's fitting into our flock wonderfully and when I had questions about noises our new little guy was making, Dr. Burge let us come in immediately to make sure he was okay :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I love Burge Bird Rescue. Dr. Burge is the only avian vet we will take our birds to and if we ever decide to expand our birdie family we will definitely use Burge Bird Rescue. Dr. Burge contributes to the community by helping any bird that needs help...most recently a turkey that had been shot.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Doctor Julie and Nurse Julie are the best twosome in bird medicine I can imagine. Doctor Julie has taken care of my birds for about 30 years, Once when I had my parrot in for toe nail trimming, I told her I had taken a junco away from my cat that morning and she immediately fixed a hypo with antibiotics and said cat bites were almost always fatal to birds. She told me how to give the shot. I did. The bird survived and I released it a few weeks later. She's a wonderful bird veterinarian. Knowledgeable and caring. Nurse Julie makes the visits there warm and friendly. I know from experience that Nurse Julie is an excellent caregiver.

Kathleen42

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of Burge Bird Rescue. Julie Burge is a very dedicated, caring veterinarian. I have a small flock of rescue birds (5 cockatiels and a conure) that I would not have if not for her support and the people she works with. I am constantly amazed at how much good this group does for all the birds fortunate enough to come within their sphere of influence. Thank you, Dr. Julie Burge and staff for all your hard work! My flock and I appreciate all that you do!

1 Caroline18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their rescue room is amazing, I took my bird in for a beak trim, which had been trimmed but not right, and I walked through the rescue room, they are clean and happy, lots of hellos & squeaks to great you. My birds beak now looks like a normal nice beak, & can once again wear normally. It's full of happy healthy & Recovering birds. The best bird rescue/vet anywhere.

1 Angie P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the moment you walk into Dr. Julie's, you know she is in love with birds. Dr. Julie is gentle and builds a bond with her patient FID. Her dedicated work for Rescue birds knows no limit. She has worked very hard at rescue and has made trips out of state when a disaster hit. She has also gone out many times to help capture a bird that got away from the owner. Dr. Julie has been at least twice to help with birds that were removed from hoarders. I honestly can't think of a more deserving rescue that deserves to be recognized.