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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

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tammy C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Julie of Burge Bird Services comes to Temple Heights Apts. where I live & clips my 2 parakeets wings, & trims their toenails. I've had little parakeets for years & she has taken excellent care of all my birds & we are so lucky to have her!

Tamara27

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge takes in birds and gives them treatment with love and respect. What touches me most is that she takes in and cares for the "itty bittys" like parakeets and other birds who are sold in pet stores as impulse items. She loves and respects them just as a large "expensive" bird. Thinks absolutely nothing about it. She does not see size or cost. I adopted an older parakeet from her a couple of years ago. I could tell he was so loved and taken care of, compared to many other birds I have adopted and/or rescued.A wonderful woman who I have yet to meet , but hope to some day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I drove four hours, across the entire state of Missouri, from the Illinois side of St. Louis Metro area to Dr Burges rescue to adopt a parakeet.I had adopted keets from the Chicago area and at Independence, MO (not too far from Dr. Burge.)I filled out the app and spoke to them on the phone and we arranged a day and time.There was about a 2 hour misunderstanding on the time,I thought it was 2 hours later than they did. THey were still very nice when I arrived. They had scheduled me around a surgery and I showed up at the wrong time. No problems. They were VERY kind to me. Nurse Julie(not to be confused with Dr. Julie!) went out of her way for me more than once. She went and got Benny, my new little guy. I wanted to take a photo of him in his travel cage, on his way to his new home. I went to the car and could NOT find my camera. I was panicked (card had 5+ years of photos-) and Nurse Julie came out to help me look.I did not ask. We did not find it and I thought I had left it at a rest stop. We went in and Nurse Julie called MO Dept of Transportation so I could find out who takes care of the rest stops and maybe I could locate it that way.. that was no help as they had no clue. But Nurse Julie was very nice to help in that way. Again, all her idea. I did not ask her to call. I had no idea to contact anyone. (camera was found once I calmed down!) Nurse Julie filled me in on Benny's diet and habits. Then she told me how to get back to Interstate 70 to St Louis, It was very confusing as those highways criss cross over one another about a dozen times..I got onto the highway but got immediately lost. AAA tried to talk me to the right place but were driving me in circles. (They admitted they told me a wrong direction) I noticed I was at the exit to go to the rescue, so I went back , unannounced. Nurse Julie was very understanding and printed a map and went over it with me. I took the map and was back on Interstate 70 in about 10 or so minutes. Everyone was so kind and helpful despite my lateness (and what I thought) being a pest. Burge Birds are in wonderful health. WheN I took Ben to my vet , he looked at him and right away said "he is in perfect feather". Dr. Burge has been so kind with me too since Benny is now a member of my bird family. I have asked her more than once for info on Benny re: behaviour and medical history. And despite being a full time vet and running the rescue she has willingly taken the time to call me or message me to help me find out as much as I can about my new little Benny. I think the** most important** thing and the thing that impresses me and I LOVE the most about Dr. Julie is that she takes the birds' feelings into consideration. She knows and recognizes and respects that they are more than little feathered robots.So ,so important and something I have never seen from a vet to be honest. She really deeply cares for these guys. She has many birds waiting for a loving home, please help Dr. Burge and the birds! I probably will be later again ,at some point!

Maia Ruby C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Exceptionally caring avian rescue and veterinary clinic. Adopted our Charlie bird from them- and they worked with us to adopt him as we live out of town and to made sure he had a good cage for a very reasonable cost.

Anita W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge is the best! She was my green cheek conure's, Pepper, doc for all of his 25 years. More then once she diagnosed him properly and treated him back to health. Thank you Dr. Burgeā¤

Client Served

Rating: 5

Burge Bird is an absolutely amazing place. Dr. Burge, Bird Nurse Julie and staff set the bar high for avian care. With 30 years of veterinary experience, our birds get expert care and loving hands. I've rarely encountered any organization with the passion, dedication and service of Burge Bird Service and Rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The knowledge, compassion and devotion found at Burge Bird Services & Rescue is amazing. Dr. Julie is by far one of the best avian veterinarians in the central part of the US. Her patience and understanding is unparalleled, even with the most difficult birds and situations. She, her staff and volunteers work countless (and oftentimes thankless) hours to give every animal their undivided attention and the greatest care possible. This, among other reasons is why Dr. Burge will always be my vet of choice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Julie walks on water! Her rescue takes in anyone with feathers. She and her tiny band of volunteers go by land and by water to save one little bird or entire flocks...and they do it in any kind of weather. I'm quite sure she is the best bird vet on the planet. That's why for 2 decades or more, I have driven an hour and a half to her clinic. (There are more convenient options.) My parrot Garth has bitten her, pelted her with foul (not fowl) language, and has otherwise been uncooperative. Dr. Julie laughs and carries on. We love these people.

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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.

Patricia H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing the dedication they have towards caring for their birdie patients. Dr. Burge is extremely knowledgeable on avian medicine.

Ary K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love, love, love this rescue. Julie is so informative and from her busy schedule she still finds time to share her experience. I have sent people to her several times regarding birds and what to do. I am so happy there are people out there like her and her team fighting the good fight. Carry on!

Melissa G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Burger Bird services staff are very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. They take time to make my birds feel comfortable. I really trust Dr. Julie with my pets!

David D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have actively been engaged in the health of a friend's bird and have followed Burge's Bird Rescue through the process. They are polite and professional, but more importantly, they are systematic is determining the needs of the bird and develop a healthy process of healing the animal. I would recommend this clinic without reservation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr Burge is amazing! She cares about all of her patients...big or small. She goes over and beyond to do what is best for any bird brought in. I highly recommend her!

Robin C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful vet with great knowledge of birds! Makes house calls! She's awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr Julie Burge and the Staff of Burge Bird Services are the most devoted and compassionate people I have every come in contact with. Their tireless efforts to provide exceptional care to our feathered family members while finding families for the feathered souls who have lost their families are second to none ! I have five little angels who passed through their rescue and into my life and they are my reason for living. I would have never been blessed with my feathered kids without Dr Julie, Nurse Julie and the Team of Burger Bird Services. Thank You !

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been taking our birdies here for about two years and I regret not bringing them here all along. We drive 1.5 hours to go to the burge. Why you ask? Because Ms. burge and her team have a mass of SHEAR knowledge and experience. She does parakeet hysteretomies for crying out loud, thats AWESOME. She knows what she is doing, her prices wont break the bank, she is honest, and run the burge bird rescue, which helps SO SO many poor birdies who dont have homes or owners couldnt afford medical care. We had an egg bound cockatiel last year. She stayed in birdie hospital for almost two weeks and had surgery to remove the egg and it was under 200 dollars. We wouldbt have been able to afford the 700 dollars that kstate quoted us.
Julie is a blunt person, and if you dont like her, fine, but you can at least appreciate her shear knowledge, skill, and expertise. She is an AMAZING vet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are very friendly and knowledgeable. My husband and I recently adopted two GCCs from this Rescue. We also board our birds there when we are traveling out of town. They have very affordable prices and a vet right on site. I highly recommend Burge Bird Rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Burge Bird Rescue cares deeply about birds. The team does an amazing job of offering a temporary home to birds in need, giving them superior care, and finding them forever homes. We are very grateful to have found our newest family member, Taco, through this excellent nonprofit, and we highly recommend supporting their great efforts!

Robyn E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Burge is fantastic with all types of birds! We were fortunate to have found her when we lived in Missouri to care for our Moluccan Cockatoo and cockatiel. We adopted another Moluccan from her and have a very happy flock! Burge Bird Rescue cares about each bird they rescue and helps you find the right match for you and your family.

Sherri T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live over an hour away from this place and don't think twice about making the drive out there with my 3 cockatoos. One of my birds has a beak that doesn't grow right and a toe nail that grows sideways and I know that she will do a great job of keeping them in great shape so my girl doesn't have any problems eating and getting around. She has seen and done it all when it comes to bird issues. She is the expert that I trust. She is also the go to person for birds who have been abandoned in the wild by people too. She has braved more lakes and ponds for ducks in need then most would ever get into. She accepts all birds who owners wish to dump and provides them with excellent care and boarding free of charge. If they can not be adopted out, she still provides a great life for them. No matter how much they add on to their bird rooms, it seems there are always more birds in need to fill any open spaces. They are a great charity that really helps birds in need. Even if it means packing up and going to disaster areas to lend a hand. Dr Burge is one you can always count on.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue does great work for the birds who need them. They are not afraid to help any bird be a pet or wild bird who needs their help. I have seen them save birds that others have long given up on. They rescued ducks who were dumped in public, one with an arrow in it. Helps people who have lost their pets, take in all needy birds, provide great information to people who have and want birds, travel all over to help where they are needed. Provide a great temporary home to many many birds with special needs and care requirements with very little help. Julie Burge has super long days, and does them without complaining, she is great and deserves the extra help.

Stacey57

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a bird that got very sick and i didnot want to take it to my usual vet. I called burges and got right in i found out the bird had a tumor and i know i didnt have enough to pay forte surgury,they gave me an option to surrender the bird so it can get the surgury to save its life, jm thankful for burges because i knew she had a hope of living longer even though i could not afford the surgery. I know she found a home that could take care of her special needs.