Feather Shaped Hole
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
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!
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.
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).
I've volunteered for Mickaboo for over a decade - their commitment to doing the right thing and caring for our feathered friends is unmatched.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mickaboo is an extraordinary organization. It is made up of individual volunteers from all over California and beyond who are brought together from their love of birds, particularly exotic birds. These individuals share information, educate the public, foster birds that need homes, connect lost or homeless birds with homes, and support bird owners everywhere. Most remarkably, Mickaboo raises funds to provide world-class veterinary care for pet birds regardless of size, age, or species.
Companion birds can have life spans longer than their adopted humans. Life circumstances such human health decline, finances, and death can make re-homing necessary. Mickaboo helps to mitigate grief and suffering of the birds and their humans by caring for birds in transition until a new home can be found.
Birds are intelligent, complex, and lovely to observe. They enrich our lives and provide a barometer for man's impact on the environment. Mickaboo is filling a critical niche that has been created by the pet industry- fostering quality of life for companion birds and their humans.
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.
Mickaboo has filled my life with the joy of rescued birds. Parrots get short shrift in the US because they are so misunderstood and are often "owned" by people who ignore their need for socialization and activity or feed them poorly with seeds or abandon them in remote garages. Mickaboo volunteers are there to care for and to give love to these birds, often when they have medical and psychological problems. I am inspired by the volunteers.
Curiosity brought me to a Mickaboo Basic Bird class. I certainly had no intention of adopting a parrot--or any other animal. Discovering the intrigue of parrots, but also the plight of these magnificent creatures, sometimes abandoned in garages, maltreated by owners, or just out-living their owners, moved me to adopt my first parrot. Mickaboo volunteers gave me advice and support as I learned more and more about bird care.
I became even more impressed with the willingness of Mickaboo. a completely volunteer organization, to take on the burden of caring for the San Francisco wild flock--and not consider it a burden, but to view it as a privilege.
The next step was to become a volunteer foster parront myself. Five foster parrots later, I continue to be amazed at the caring and love these Mickaboo volunteers provide to their charges, nursing them back to health when they are ill, providing a supportive environment to crippled and disabled parrots, even providing "hospice" care for those parrots who will not recover.
As a volunteer at San Jose Animal Services, working primarily with dogs and cats, I discovered Mickaboo when I stumbled across the "Bird Room." Although birds have been a part of my life for years, it never crossed my mind that they might end up in a shelter. I asked one of the rabbit volunteers, who told me about Mickaboo. I can't believe how very much I have learned about companion birds/parrots since taking the Basic Bird Class and then other classes, and reading through the list serve.
I learned that far too many exotic birds are bred for profit while there are thousands languishing in need of good homes throughout the country. Mickaboo has the privilege and responsibility of serving feathered friends and their human companions in our area and sometimes even in other areas.
I can't say enough positive things about Mickaboo.
Mickaboo is my kind of non-profit because all the money donated goes directly to the birds in our care, and we volunteers also kick in a bit more. Mickaboo has no facility, just a whole lot of volunteers who take homeless birds into our homes and try to socialize them. In the process, we teach them to love and trust humans and in return are rewarded by the love our foster birds give back.
All birds who need vet care, get it. We don't euthanize unless there is a very serious reason and after all treatment has failed. I'm proud to be a member of Mickaboo.
I can say about volunteering, that my work has changed and even saved the lives of birds. You don't get that kind of satisfaction in most volunteer work.
I never knew much about birds before Mickaboo, I thought birds were mainly for decoration or on TV. Then I met the people and birds at Mickaboo, and learned SO much more! Each bird has it's own personality, they are smart, and they have included me in their flock. Mickaboo has a great group of volunteers, teachers, and foster parents whose goal is to help abandoned or unwanted birds get the care they need and find permanent homes for them. They also have classes and adoption fairs to help others learn more about birds and spread the word about all the birds that are looking for a loving home. I'm so lucky to have found Mickaboo so I could learn what wonderful pets birds can be.
I'm actually a client served and a donor....so didn't know which role to pick!
Mickaboo is an entirely volunteer run organization which helps pet birds who are abused, sick or abandoned to get medical care and foster and adoption homes. They help to treat the birds, paying for excellent medical care and get them fostered so they can be adopted; they also provide classes for potential adopters and screen adopters so the birds go to good homes and people understand how to take care of them.
I had an African Grey who is almost 30 years old. Through Mickaboo, we adopted a cockatoo last October. Even though I know a lot about parrots already, I attended the class. There is always more to learn. Someone came and did a home walkthrough and met us to make sure we were a good home for adopting our new guy.
For a grass roots all volunteer organization without even an office, this organization is really amazing.
I hope that I can foster more birds in the future. The cockatoo is a fearful one and still plucking, although less, and settling into the home and family. Once he's more stable, I hope to foster more birds so I can also help when there is a need to find a temporary home for these beautiful, intelligent animals.
I adopted my first Mickaboo bird in 2006 and have since been volunteering for this organization. It is an outstanding organization with wonderful people who will go above and beyond for the care of incoming birds (i.e., in shelters, foster care). Mickaboo is on top of it and there is no bird left behind. If Mickaboo is not able to take in birds, a foster parent will step up to make room so that these birds can be given the life they deserve.
I adopted my first bird from Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue over ten years ago. From the very beginning I was extremely impressed with their thoroughness and the steps I had to take before adoption. Everything I know about birds now, and share with others, I learned through Mickaboo! The volunteers are SO dedicated - some have been there for many years, though thick and a lot of thin. That says a lot about a group - that there are long-term volunteers in the organization. I feel assured that the majority of the money donated is going straight to the birds - there is very little overhead at Mickaboo because it consists of a network of volunteers working out of their homes.
I love MIckaboo. Everyone involved wants nothing more than to care for the birds. They are a wealth of knowledge and are always willing to help out. What other organization can say that 100% of the money goes right to the cause. I have been a volunteer/foster for a couple of years, and thanks to Mickaboo, I'm learning to care for these special animals and interact with them in the best way possible.
Great rescue group that helps save birds in any unfavorable situation. I am sooooo glad I ran across them while searching the web to adopt a bird.
I used to volunteer for Mickaboo, unfortunately I haven't been able to do so for about 1 year now. When I first started I was amazed at all the people who I worked with, they are so passionate about what Mickaboo stands for. Until I starting volunteering I never knew there were so many beautiful birds being surrendered and abandoned. The volunteers at Mickaboo are tireless, unselfish and incredible. It is a great organization and one that i'm proud to have been a part of.
I have been helping at Mickaboo for a few years and they have so many wonderful volunteers who work hard to take care of neglected, unwanted birds. Many donors pitch in too to help pay the horrendous medical bills that have to be paid for birds in distress. Volunteers help each other, provide many educational events for the general public and fellow volunteers, and help any bird owner with questions. There are so many organization that help dogs and cats, but this is the only one I know of that helps pet birds.
Neglected and abused cats and dogs grab the headline but for bird lovers we also see unwanted, intelligent birds stuffed in cages and forgotten. I am happy to help Mickaboo as a foster for some of these birds. I helped a few but some of our volunteers help many birds filling their homes with happy chatter hoping someday to find a loving, forever home for the the birds. Its an overwhelming task with hundreds of birds surrendered to Mickaboo each year. Many are sick and injured requiring expensive veterinary help. The money is raised by this wonderful, all volunteer organization.
Mickaboo is a wonderful group, many don't know that birds, like dogs and cats, need rescue and their owners need help. I had a parakeet fly into my house! After I decided to keep her, Mickaboo helped me understand how to care for her, and the importance of her having a companion, which I adopted through Mickaboo. I also donate as much as I can to this wonderful group of volunteers.
Great passionate people are the core of this organization! I`m very lucky to help a bit. Most of the people do not even realize the great need for organizations like this as birds are coming in almost every day. Neglected, abused, scared... It is very rewarding experience to see them coming back to life into loving homes of our volunteers.
I began volunteering with Mickaboo about 1 month ago & am blown away by the incredibly unselfish & wonderful team of people who help facilitate & run the organization. While the work is about saving & nurturing birds, it's also about connecting & educating people so we can better cohabit on this killer planet. My foster cockatiel, Tristen, has made me aware of my crappy diet & I've started munching on raw broccoli right alongside him. We have so much to learn! Every day is a classroom & it can be fun, we just have to be creative & roll up our sleeves. Bless the birds & their caretakers! Mickaboo is a great companion bird rescue organization & I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more.
I was lucky enough to come across Mickaboo because of my neighbors involvement. By going thru their classes and adoption process, I've been able to provide better housing for my own birds, knowledge for others, and fosters with a healthy chance at a new full life in a well prepared forever home. What could be better then that for me or the birds? Thank you Mickaboo!
Learning about Mickaboo's existence was an incredible relief to me. I have had my Severe Macaw Kaiya for 24 years. I have also had serious health issues. It had crossed my mind, if something happened to me, my parrot could be in need of a new home. It was a heart wrenching thought as parrots are incredibly intelligent and not easily cared for. Thankfully, my children are older now and have developed a good relationship with Kaiya. And Mickaboo is another safety net. Since learning about Mickaboo, I have become a volunteer and parrot advocate and educator. I started a business and fundraising project called Art For The Birds - Cruelty Free Feather Jewelry. I receive feathers from other Mickaboo supporters, volunteers, foster families and adopters. I make the feather jewelry, educate my customers about Mickaboo and Parrots and give Mickaboo 25% of my profits. As an all volunteer organization, Mickaboo does an incredible job to rescue parrots and other companion birds, care for them and find them new homes. I am very proud to be part of the organization.
When we found about Mickaboo I thought they just wanted to find homes for their birds, but come to find out they do more than that. they educate the public on how to take care of their own birds too.
About 10 years ago, not knowing about Mickaboo we bought our birds. We took care of them the best we knew and learned from the Internet and visiting our vets as well as from the lady we got them from. However, at some point we felt we wanted to learn if 1) we were doing the right things with our birds and 2) were we caring for them to the fullest. After much searching we found Mickaboo to be exactly what we wanted and needed. Someone to "talk companion birds to" that would talk the same language (birdy) and continue our education of caring for them. We have not been disappointed! We have even joined in and volunteering for them. There are so many ways to help birds that were taken into homes with good intentions, but the owners either couldn't keep them, they passed away, life changes in general prohibiting their ownership. It is great to know there is someone out there that will help find these wonderful birds a forever home. The knowledge and education we have learned in less than a year is so vast. It is so rewarding to also help the birds find a forever home or get the medical attention they need to get back to wellness. I hope we can continue expanding everyone's knowledge of these birds. If you don't volunteer, consider it! As said, it is so rewarding!
I love cockatiels, and adopted two through Mickaboo. They were wonderful- then I saw another male cockatiel up for adoption. He was obviously hand-fed and super tame and very young (I am sorry his past owner somehow let him end up on the streets until a kind soul rescued him and a Mickaboo foster took him in). I adopted him, too! They are the most wonderful trio of friends: with each other and with me. So glad I found Mickaboo and glad I can be their forever home!
Some years ago I found a small parrot in my back yard. I didn't know what species it was or what to do with it. After trying to locate the owner I contacted an avian vet and found out about Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. I took their basic bird class to learn how to care for her. From there I learned about the 100's of birds being fostered by Mickaboo volunteers who care for birds and their well being at their own expense, except for vet care. Some of their stories were heartwrenching and I wanted to help.
Now I foster small parrots for Mickaboo, do phone interviews and homevisits for perspective adopters or fosters, and help relocate birds from shelters to foster or veterinary care.
I never understood why people had birds as pets until I inherited my daughter's cockatiel. I had zero knowledge about caring for birds and found Mickaboo during an online search back in 2001. Everything I needed to know was either available or a link was provided to find the needed resources. When my little Sweetie died, I became commited to the plight of parrots sold from breeders and pet stores like my cockatiel. She was always ill and not humanely bred. Since then, I only adopt unwanted, abandoned parrots and Mickaboo has been a solid consistent resource of education and support throughout the years. They are 100% volunteer run. These are ordinary people like you and me, who work, raise families and donate their personal time and money to reduce the suffering of the parrots that they care for in their own homes. An Amazing organization. Beyond the pale in service and commitment.
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue helps parrots who need forever homes, foster care and emergency medical care. Mickaboo is a necessary component because too many parrots are still being breed.
I have had birds for at least 40 yrs. For a long time in the beginning, i had my own birds and acepted several rescues on my own. At some point, i found myself without birds due to a tragic accident and decided to just adopt rescue birds. Every since then i have helped Mickaboo in minor ways and currently have 5 adopted rescues and 2 fosters. (Both of my fosters are older birds with serious medical problems.) Mickaboo's passion is over the top. Not one person gets paid...all money goes to the rescue, care (including vet care) and adoption of these amazing critters. Local shelters TURNS THEIR BIRDS OVER TO MICKABOO and as i understand it pays nothing to Mickaboo. Mickaboo accepts this because the primary passion is to see that every bird has a chance at a healthy happy "forever" home. Every cent helps save a wonderful FID (feather kid).
Some time ago Mickaboo rescued 18 cockatiels from a breeder who kept them in deplorable conditions only relatable as to a puppy mill. They were fed poorly and in disgusting conditions, never seeing sunlight. I adopted one of the females who mothered multiple clutches of babies over and over again. Her name is Marie and she is a lovely sweet lady who has since blossomed into a caring bird who loves to be scratched on the cheeks, occasionally flying around my house and sits soaking up sunlight all afternoon with her 2 fellow rescued cage mates. If not for Mickaboo I cannot even imagine the conditions she would be living in now if she had survived this long.
My wife and I adopted our first bird from Mickaboo in 2006 and have remained enthusiastic supporters ever since. This decentralized group, consisting of 100s of diverse volunteers living throughout the Bay Area is perhaps the most dedicated, efficient, and effective service organization I know. They have rescued and rehomed almost 2,000 birds and improved the lives of thousands more through free education, outreach and rehabilitation work. Mickaboo is completely dedicated to its birds as individuals and supports all those who foster or adopt in countless ways. They offer a wealth of free information and resources and help each otehr and members of the community at large in emergencies and rescues. Because there is no paid staff or physical headaquarters, almost all donations go directly to support the care of birds, particularly veterinary care, which is running over $15,000 per month.
I have worked with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue for a few years now and am never surprised by the continued committment to rescue, rehabilitate, foster, provide adoption AND provide FREE continuing avian education classes....throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I have adopted and fostered several species of birds over the years, helping each bird as an individual. They come to us in every possible condition. Each bird is provided with AVIAN veterninary support: SO! If you want to know where the money goes, there you have it. No one receives a paycheck, there is no office: a TOTALLY VOLUNTEER organization that works with each person, each bird, that comes there way as an individual. SUPPORT MICKABOO!
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue is run by a wonderful unselfish network of individuls who donate hours upon hours to educate people on the proper care and feeding of their birds. They work tirelessly as volunteers to get cages to those folks who are fostering a bird and need a cage, to pick up and deliver food when it has been donated to anyone who may need it, etc. They educate the public by holding Adoption Fairs and give classes they must take, as a step to fostering or adopting a bird from Mickaboo. The next step is telephone screening. A volenteer will contact an individual intersted in Adopting or Fostering...then comes a home visit. All the while quizzing forlks to be sure they understand the responsibility of bird care and ownership, etc. All of this takes a small Army of very dedicated volunteers to accomplish. Birds who are ill are seen by quality knowledgable vets. Mickaboo pays for their care, including surgery or medicines, etc. The volunteers are dedicated people who truly love the birds and find sheer joy in each and every one of them. It is a labor of LOVE. Thank goodness for this organization and all the caring volunteers.
Really enjoy the performances that I have had the opportunity to see. What a GREAT deal !!!
I just started volunteering with Mickaboo but I already feel they are a great organization. I receive many emails through the day and I see how they are actively trying to rescue not only companion birds but other birds that come their way. I am happy to be part of this group.
This is a great group of volunteers, each contributing in his or her own way to help neglected, surrendered, abandonned, and mistreated birds. They raise money to provide veterinary care, open their homes to foster birds, interview and teach classes to potential volunteers, and do all the many many chores required.
We adopt one of San Francisco wild flock Conure baby from Mickaboo. After that we start fostering different birds.
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.
Mickaboo is an amazing organization dedicated to changing the lives of neglected, abandoned, or unwanted birds. I am a foster mom for Mickaboo, and have had an amazing experience watching my scared little foster grow into such an amazing bird. The network of volunteers are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, dedicated, and passionate about what they do. The adoption approval process is really well designed to make sure the birds go to great, knowledgeable homes.
I highly recommend that anyone interested in adopting a bird, but not quite sure they can handle it, become a foster parent. That way you can see if having a bird is a good fit for you, while helping out a bird in need! And it gives you such a sense of pride and accomplishment when that bird you fostered for all those weeks/months/years finally gets adopted. :)
I have adopted two pigeons through MickaCoo (the pigeon and dove "wing" of Mickaboo), and currently foster three wonderful king pigeons. Mickaboo has been a great resource for advice about these wonderful birds.
I have been a Mickaboo volunteer for a few months now. I have to say the network of foster parents, volunteers who help transport, donors, and adoptive homes is truly amazing. While the process can be a little slow, the amount of resources, caring and dedication these people show is truly amazing. I feel so blessed to be a part of Mickaboo.
Personally, I have started my foster experience with one bird - an eclectus named Monty. In a very short time we managed to get this bird from his surrenderer (he had run out of food 2 days previous), get him to the vet, and get him into foster care. He has been a true blessing to have and is such a sweet bird. It's a great way to be introduced to the system knowing something so fragile (parrots are fragile, frankly) can trust you so completely after such a short time. You can see a video of his story and the first 3 weeks in foster care here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JpyMPXE-VI).
Volunteers provide food and interaction and CLEAN, safe environments for the birds, while Mickaboo pays for vet care and helps arrange transport and cages (we do have a storage facility).
Hi! My name is Cheryl Dickinson and I heard of MickaCoo when I found a King Pigeon back in 2008 called Dovee. I spent a year trying to find him a home and In that year I was so touched by the work Elizabeth Young and MickaBoo was doing, I got more involved. I am now an active volunteer and Foster home for The Pigeon and Dove division. It is such a Joy, honor and blessing to be a part of such an amazing and compassionate group of people! It is also an honor to be able to help so many pigeons. It brings a lot of joy to me and I know these innocents appreciate us or they may not have survived!
Thank you! MickaBoo and Coo!
I recently adopted Mango and Kiwi, a pair of Lovebirds, from Mickaboo. Mickaboo astonished me with their dedication, care toward their birds, and refusal to give up on any bird, no matter how expense to care for. They really are an incredible organization, and turned what might have been an uninformed impulse buy into a wonderful, educated beginning into a life with Mango and Kiwi through their info-packed Bird Care Class. I highly recommend them if you're willing to wait a rather long period before you can get your parrot.
I can't believe such wonderful organization exists. I recently found out about Mickaboo, and Mickacoo when I volunteered to transport ill pigeon to Elizabeth. She overwhelmed me with so much fascinating information about doves and pigeons that it has greatly helped me increase my knowledge, and my drive to provide them with better care. I now have a better understanding about birds overall. Her dedication to these birds is truly touching. I don't know what I would have done without her. Not only did she give me tips and advice about doves and pigeons, but will also foster and take in birds that need rescuing(if they have the capacity-Mickaboo/coo seem to rescue everyday!), as well as use her own money to take care of their vet bills when they are sick or injured. All this is unpaid time and work, and if you ask me, she should be getting paid for this!
I have been a Mickaboo foster mom for about 2.5 years now. I currently foster a Blue & Gold macaw named "Buddy". Buddy had numerous issues, not to mention it was his THIRD time returning to Mickaboo. They have stuck with him through thick and thin-spending THOUSANDS of dollars on vet care for him. Once a Mickaboo bird, always a MIckaboo bird. This motto was one of the things that made me want to volunteer. They NEVER give up! Mickaboo is truly an awesome -ALL VOLUNTEER- organization! I am proud to be part of their family.
I've been a volunteer with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue for almost 4 years and throughout that time I have been consistently blown away by their commitment to doing what is best for the vulnerable birds in their care. Mickaboo is a rare treasure, an organization that operates from a base of integrity and never wavers. It is especially amazing when one factors in that birds can't write reviews or donate money while people do (or don't) but Mickaboo never allows a bird's needs to be overshadowed by what a person wants, no matter how much easier that would be. I have a profound respect for the ethics of this organization and am amazed on a daily basis that this ALL volunteer organization can accomplish more of the impossible in a day than many well-funded companies manage in a week. If I ever come back as a bird in need of help, I would only hope I get so lucky as to find my way to Mickaboo.
This is an all-volunteer organization who survives on the selfless generosity of hundreds of people. In my own case, I put out my own money for transporting, feeding, and entertaining (ie toys) for the fosters, and of course time to help socialize the birds. I've donated time and money for dozens of adoption fairs and fundraising events, whether hosted by Mickaboo, by humane societies, or places like Pet Food Express, Andy's Pet Store, or For Other Living Things. I have seen other volunteers willing to interrupt their own family celebrations or work routines to rush to help a bird(s) in medical distress or other need.
Mickaboo is an organization which has helped find so very many birds a loving and deserving home in the San Francisco area for many years. Unfortunately I am in the awkward situation of having had Mickaboo forcibly remove my three beloved family pets FROM their loving and deserving home. I live in California, and I am also going through a divorce from my wife of 7 years. During that time we had accumulated a wonderful flock of birds, consisting of zebra finches, cockatiels, canaries, budgies, a lineolated parakeet and a green cheeked conure. When my wife and I moved to California we contacted Mickaboo and volunteered as a foster. We successfully fostered a half dozen birds for the organization. As a verbal agreement of our divorce my wife and I agreed to re-home and split the birds - using her contacts with Mickaboo the canaries, budgies, finches and the linny were all handed to Mickaboo for rehoming. My wife was going to take the conure and I would keep our three cockatiels. The linnie and budgies were all handed to Mickaboo prior to Cody's moving out. On the day that my wife moved out of our home she surprised me by saying that Mickaboo was coming over to take the conure. This was a surprise because I had previously thought the bird was already rehomed. The Mickaboo volunteers arrived and took the conure and his cage, and also took the remaining zebra finches and their cage. Without my knowledge or being informed in any way, I saw the volunteers walk out of my house a third time, this time with the three cockatiels in a travel cage. I informed the volunteers that they didn't have the authorization to take the cockatiels, but they ignored me and said that the cockatiels weren't mine anymore. They quickly got into their car and left. That was on May 17th, and it was the last time I have seen my tiels. The cockatiel cage was left in my house, door open, food and water bowls filled by me that morning, toys hanging, yet completely empty. This quickness of the bird's retrieval and attempt to sneak by me leads me to believe that the volunteers knew I was not willing to give up the cockatiels, and makes it questionable that Mickaboo is acting in the birds' best interests. A lawyer immediately sent Mickaboo a letter demanding the birds back, which was ignored. I sent Mickaboo an e-mail with proof of my co-ownership of the birds (through veterinary records) and told them that my wife lied to them by saying she was the sole owner of the birds, and requested their return. That was also ignored. A second lawyer, my divorce lawyer, has sent Mickaboo a final letter about proof of my ownership of the birds and demanding their return or else they will be sued and brought in to my divorce as a third party, since they are holding Community Property that should belong to both my wife and I. That was three weeks ago, and there has still been no response. In fact, the only "official" claim from Mickaboo about the situation was in an internet forum discussing the situation, where someone claiming to speak for Michelle Yesney said that Mickaboo was keeping the birds because my wife feared for their safety and that I have no proof of co-ownership. A recent e-mail to Michelle told me that I should be talking to their lawyer instead. Mickaboo, as an organization, has provided so much help to so many people and birds. I used to foster for them - I know that they provide a much needed service. Yet as much as I am disappointed that my wife chose to drag this organization into my divorce, I am appalled at how Mickaboo has handled this situation. They have repeatedly ignored me and my lawyers, and forcibly removed my birds from my house with no authorization to do so. I haven't seen my birds in over a month. I don't know if they're alive, where they are, if they have been adopted out or really, anything about their status. All that I do know is that despite a desperate plea from a concerned and loving bird owner and proof of that ownership, Mickaboo has continued to keep three loving cockatiels from their proper, loving home. And that is the exact opposite of what their organization stands for.
Review from Guidestar
Mickaboo is a 100% volunteer organization. All of their resources are used to care for homeless, abandoned, and abused birds, and to find them good, safe homes. I also donate money to the group, knowing that most of their donations (over 85%) are used to pay their vet bills.
I've been volunteering with Mickaboo for almost two years now but have been aware of the group for much longer than that. The folks involved with Mickaboo are the kindness, most generous people I've ever had the pleasure in meeting. The focus of Mickaboo is to rescue and find forever homes for all types of birds; the best part is once a Mickaboo bird always a Mickaboo bird. 100% of the funds raised go towards vet bills for sick and injured birds, and I've never seen a sick bird turned away no matter what the illness was. If you want a bird or just want to help some of the sweetest creatures on earth please help out Mickaboo.