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.
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.
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!