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Frequently asked questions about Mickaboo

Q. Where are you located?

A. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mickaboo is an organization of foster homes and volunteers who care for birds that are sick, injured, stray or abandoned. The best way we can do this is by keeping birds separate from each other to ensure proper strict quarantine. For this reason, we do not have a facility. Well, that and have you seen the cost of a mortgage in the San Francisco Bay Area lately?! If you think you can help us get a facility... by all means contact us!

Q. I would like to foster or adopt a bird; what do I need to do?

A. Read our information about adoption, fostering, and volunteering, then contact us and go from there!

Q. Can I come visit your facility and see all your birds?

A. We do not have a facility. We can not afford one because all of our money is spent on vet care and supplies. Our birds are in loving foster homes all around the Bay Area. We constantly update our website with newly rescued birds; you can see stories and pictures of all of our current birds up for adoption in the See Our Birds section of the site.

Q. When is your next Bird Education Class?

A. Check our Scheduled Events for time and date for our next class.

Q. I have owned birds most of my life and I know everything there is to know. Do I have to come to your class anyway?

A. Yes, the class is mandatory in all cases, whether you are fostering or adopting. There are no exceptions to this rule. Nobody knows everything or should ever stop learning. Some of our most educated foster/adoptive parents still found the class informative and useful.

Q. I want to learn more about bird care, but I am not interested in adopting or fostering a bird at this time. Can I still attend your class? How much does it cost and how long does it take?

A. The class in open to the general bird-owning public as well as to our prospective foster and adoptive parents. The class is free, although donations are greatly appreciated. It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Q. If we were to buy some birds at a pet store or breeder, should we or could we still attend your Bird Education Class?

A. We would still like to invite you and encourage you to attend our meeting. We have many attendees who are there simply to learn — not to adopt. We all learn something at these meetings and they can be very helpful. We discuss everything from diet to behavior to grooming to accidents in the home and how to avoid them. Now that you have birds who are relying on you for their care, it is very important to stay on top of the latest husbandry advice, especially since it changes so frequently with avian care.

For example, we just recently found that some of the most popular cages sold are killing our pet birds! Also, did you know that the potential life span of a parakeet is 20+ years yet the average life span is merely 5 years?

Finally, did you know that grit, gravel and oyster shell was widely recommended to feed to birds as little as ten years ago and we now know that it can be very dangerous (and even fatal) to some pet birds? I hope that you will reconsider and attend. These meetings are not only for adopters but for all bird lovers who are interested in furthering their knowledge on bird care. Besides, you may have knowledge to share on bird care from your personal experience that we would like to hear and learn from.

Q. I don't live in the state of California; can I adopt anyway?

A. No. Due to the legal requirements of our adoption contract, it is impossible to enforce these requirements if the birds are taken out of state. Additionally, as stated above, all prospective adoptive parents must attend a Bird Education Class. Finally, most of our birds have been traumatized in numerous ways, and we feel that shipping them is not really in their best interest.

Q. What are your adoption fees?

A. There is a fee for every bird adopted from Mickaboo. It depends upon the species you are interested in adopting.

Q. How can I find a bird rescue organization near me?

A. Please go to our Other Resources page and check to see if we have a bird rescue organization near you listed. If we do not, please contact your local Avian Vet, Humane Society or Animal Care and Control to see if they know of a bird rescue organization near you.

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