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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Previous Stories

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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Dr Julie Burge online and amazed how she openly shares her knowledge with everyone. Her heart is in the right place and she is a pro in the rescue world and hers goes 24/7. I found Julie online because she does a vet tip of the day and I have shared her tips on many days. I rescued a couple older male umbrella cockatoos and got online starving for knowledge and found her information helped me on several occasions. People who live around her are lucky to fine such a fine Aviary vet because that is not so easy where I live.

Susi M.

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.