Excellent communication and screening for adoption. I appreciate the support and sharing of experience and information. The volunteers did an excellent job paring me with birds.
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 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.
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.