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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

Gina R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never met Julie Burge, but have read about the extensive efforts she has put into helping abused, unwanted, or sick parrots. I follow her organization on Facebook, and her rescue (and efforts) for each and every bird she treats are nothing short of miraculous. Julie simply does not quit until there is nothing else that can be done. I only recently discovered that she is located not far from where I live, and I will certainly be looking her up in the future for any expertise and/or services she can provide regarding my own feathered flock. Thank you, Julie, for EVERYTHING you do in the name of pet parrots.

Susan Hiebert D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing rescue. Dr. Burge is so caring , and I would trust her with my parrot anytime.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing. I have never seen a vet care so much and do so much for the animals they say they love. This place takes care of the pets and is not all about the money. Don’t find carting vets any more. I would give them a ten star if I could. Thanks Burge Bird rescue for taking suck great care of Tank the macaw

Jan G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the few rescues that I have 100% confidence in. With them, it is about doing whatever is best for the birds. They are not in it for the glory or for ego and are certainly not in it for the money. The birds come first and that is as it should be. And they have taken in some of the most "broken" and done all they can to fix, heal or, if needed to help the pain end.
Rescue does not get better than this.

Kate M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A fabulous bird rescue place with passion and love for their charger and goes beyond the call of duty for the best of animals

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the best and most caring rescues ive ever seen. They treat every bird as a family member, not a pet. They are very loving, caring and compassionate!

Millie K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Following the information on Tank, and what you are doing is 5 star. Hope that anyone else reading this review will give your priceless time or donate to help Tank. Thanks for doing the great job you have with him and the others you care for.

Susi M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Burge for many years and a more competent, caring and comprehensively capable bird veterinarian I have yet to meet. She is untiring, dedicated and unsurpassed in her mission to bring health and safety to birds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Burge for many years. I have dear friends who have birds under her care. I have seen her put in hours and hours of concerned care in rescuing birds and caring for them with the utmost professionalism and expertise.

There aren't words high enough to praise the work of this doctor and her volunteers. They deserve every bit of good press that can be heaped upon them. I wish more people would spend such time helping critters of all kinds; the world would be a far better place.

Jennifer J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just love this rescue everyone that works there is just fantastic that wonderful wonderful caring people they all have hearts of gold their little angels from heaven taken care of a feathered friends keep up the good work

Carey W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Julie is an awesome veterinarian!! She is a friend to not only domesticated animals but also to wild animals. She puts her whole heart and soul into her work. I've seen her rescue and help animals time and time again. She is truly passionate and dedicated!

Bex R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the case of Tank the wobbly macaw, and seriously, the care, love and devotion he's receiving is second to none.

Angela Burnett N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dr Julie is very knowledgeable and committed at what she does and does it for the animals. I only wish we had a avian vet like her closer to the Chicago land area that was available.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Came across these incredible loving people that put their rescues ahead of all else. And seeing the state of some of their former lives,it's just what the doctor ordered.

Andrea J. G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Following Tanks story. It's a wonderful thing to know people are working hard to help him recover.. If I lived closer I would love to visit and would help out if I was allowed to.. I love birds.

Cynthia Cothren B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue goes over and above all to take care of and save their birds. They are a blessing to all bird owners. God bless them for all they do, and for all they are doing for Tank. This rescue has many people that appreciate and love them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great caring people! So much love being given to these birds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ive been following the Tank story,I'm so glad that baby had this rescue in his corner,you guys are amazing people.

Kathleen L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big heart ❤️ helping bird rescues and difficult medical issues!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just recently started to follow this page when I came across an article about Tank, the B&G macaw.
After reading back through the various stories, articles and videos I am truly amazed at how much of their lives are wrapped up in the love and care for wonderful birds and animals.
To Julie and staff...you are incredible! If only there were more people like you. It definitely would be a much better world.
Keep up the awesome work.

Joni L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Julie has been trying with all her might to help a recently rescued blue and gold macaws that was near death. She posts updates almost daily thousands of animal lovers are praying and hoping for a recovery