I lived overseas for most of my adult life and did a one-person rescue group. I came back and was astounded by Mickaboo. The hundreds or thousands of birds they help each year is amazing on its own but their classes to educate bird owners are free and I'm sure have saved another large number of birds. They offer phone classes for those that can't travel and have great resources on-line. The people that volunteer are already experts but they continue to learn and never let their egos get in the way of saving a bird. They've helped me chase down escaped birds, talked with my vet on difficult cases, gave me advice on getting my birds off of seeds and onto pellets... Among other things. The amount of energy these volunteers put into this organization is truly amazing. They don't ask for recognition but they deserve mountains of it.
This organization I feel is one in a million. They are amazing, patient and very informed in their topics. If you have a question it is answers right away and the emails are non stop which I feel is great. You get alittle or a lot out of each email.
Another think I feel about this organization is they never give up. It's great. I fostered parrots for them in the past and fell in love with one parrot. She was amazing. Due to medical circumstances I had to give up all my fosters. And being back in Mickaboo I found my baby again. I will be going to visit her soon and hopefully bring her back to my loving home. I know she is in GREAT hands and a GREAT home now. Mickaboo has always been full of very friendly helping people. Thank you Mickaboo
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
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 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.
I never understood why people had birds as pets until I inherited my daughter's cockatiel. I had zero knowledge about caring for birds and found Mickaboo during an online search back in 2001. Everything I needed to know was either available or a link was provided to find the needed resources. When my little Sweetie died, I became commited to the plight of parrots sold from breeders and pet stores like my cockatiel. She was always ill and not humanely bred. Since then, I only adopt unwanted, abandoned parrots and Mickaboo has been a solid consistent resource of education and support throughout the years. They are 100% volunteer run. These are ordinary people like you and me, who work, raise families and donate their personal time and money to reduce the suffering of the parrots that they care for in their own homes. An Amazing organization. Beyond the pale in service and commitment.