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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: Mickaboo was founded in 1996. Our mission is very simple: To provide protection for those who, by no fault or choice of their own cannot help themselves, and depend on humans for their care.

To ensure the highest quality of life for our companion birds.

To educate the bird owning public on the most current diet, health and general care information.

Target demographics: companion parrots who have been neglected or surrendered to us

Geographic areas served: Northern California, from the San Francisco Bay Area up to the Sacramento area.

Programs: Mickaboo holds free, regularly scheduled bird education classes throughout the Bay Area. At the classes, we talk about proper avian diet and care, symptoms of illness, emergency first aid, the importance of vet care, general husbandry, taming and training, and dangers in the home. Mickaboo also offers special advanced bird care classes and seminars on topics such as foraging. Mickaboo also holds adoption fairs throughout the year, where the general public has a chance to come meet some of our wonderful birds.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned so much about birds by taking the bird behavior and adoption classes offered by Mickaboo for free to the public monthly. I had had a pet parakeet for 3 years, but learned so many new things in the class. The organization really cares to educate the public and potential adopters about the wonderful, unique and complex ways of birds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted 4 birds from Mickaboo and am always impressed by the level of dedication the coordinators and volunteers pour into the organization. The organization is run completely by volunteers who do the impossible on a daily basis in their efforts to take birds out of crummy situations and ensure they're placed in excellent homes.
The effort of coordinating all of this always amazes me and, if that isn't enough, in their spare time they also help pet owners who've lost their birds re-capture them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted an Amazon from Mickaboo in December, and are so glad we went to Mickaboo first. Mickaboo's volunteers foster birds in their own homes until the right person comes along. They work hard to make sure their rescue birds will go to loving homes and they do everything they can to ensure the person adopting the bird understands the birds needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Cindy136

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had birds for at least 40 yrs. For a long time in the beginning, i had my own birds and acepted several rescues on my own. At some point, i found myself without birds due to a tragic accident and decided to just adopt rescue birds. Every since then i have helped Mickaboo in minor ways and currently have 5 adopted rescues and 2 fosters. (Both of my fosters are older birds with serious medical problems.) Mickaboo's passion is over the top. Not one person gets paid...all money goes to the rescue, care (including vet care) and adoption of these amazing critters. Local shelters TURNS THEIR BIRDS OVER TO MICKABOO and as i understand it pays nothing to Mickaboo. Mickaboo accepts this because the primary passion is to see that every bird has a chance at a healthy happy "forever" home. Every cent helps save a wonderful FID (feather kid).

Robert A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have several birds adopted from Mickaboo, and I'm fostering another. I've never seen a group of people so hard working for the betterment of animals. NO ONE gets paid. It's all volunteer, placing hundreds of birds per year.