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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

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lynda L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Following a serious car accident – someone gave me a 6 month old cockatiel who needed a new home as much as I needed a companion. In the past, I had cats and dogs in my life.Now alone and recovering from my injuries – Gabby, a pet bird was the perfect companion for me.

I learned how important an avian veterinarian was when Gabby got a wood sliver from a toy imbedded in his mouth. The regular veterinarian told me “Just keep on eye on him for a couple of days.” NO WAY!

I had heard of Dr. Julie Burge at a Bird Club Meeting and immediately went to her. She knew how serious this was. She saved Gabby’s life!

After 8 years of people telling me I needed more than one bird – I knew I wanted to adopt a rescue companion for Gabby someday.

On a regular wing and nail trim visit – Bird Nurse Julie declared a new rescue was perfect for Gabby and me! She opened the cage door to introduce me to this most adorable happy cockatiel -singing for joy, he run across the cage to her, and immediately put his head down for her to rub his neck! (Gabby never let me mess with his feathers!)

This poor bird had been found by someone flying outside, on untrimmed wings and a broken leg! Yet here he was so happy and singing ---with a little cast on his broken leg. Somehow he knew he was the luckiest bird in the world because someone had brought him to Burges Bird Rescue.

Five years later, Skippy is still a happy, singing little guy. He loves to travel and is an instant friend to everyone he meets. For unknown reasons, Skippy has a special affinity for UPS Delivery Drivers. Unprompted he reserves his biggest “wolf” whistle for greeting “Brown” and making his day. I like to think there’s one happier truck driver out on the roads on those days!

Skippy and Gabby share a life and cage with a true love/hate sibling rivalry as if born to it. They have totally different personalities but we are a happy family.

There’s no place like Burge Bird Rescue! No one would have taken in, treated and given a little bird with a broken leg a chance to live. No one but Dr. Burge, Nurse Julie and the staff would have given Skippy a chance to bless my life and the world every day.