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Mickaboo has raised just shy of $12K (inclusive of matching funds) from 96 of you, our supporters.  THANK YOU so much!  That amount will allow us to help at least 60 birds and their needy surrenderers.

If you're just reading your email after putting in a hard day's work... how would you like a feel-good moment?  Head to http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-unwanted-and-abandoned-companion-birds/ and join your colleagues in kickstarting our Benevolent Fund, to help needy third-party surrenders with our new (and necessary) surrender fees.

Again, thank you all SO very much.

Thanks to over 60 of you, Mickaboo now has $9,730 in combined donations and matching funds.  Wouldn't it be great to get to $10,000?  That would allow us to help *at least* 50 birds and their surrenderers - about 1/8 to 1/6 of the birds we usually take in annually. 

Help us get there - there's still $35K in matching funds left!  Go to http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-unwanted-and-abandoned-companion-birds/  today!

The GlobalGiving bonus money is flowing out really slowly (comparatively speaking) today.  There is still about $45K left of the $75K we started with! 

Let's use it up!  If you have some spare change behind the sofa or under your birds' cages, now is an excellent time to help needy surrenderers get their birds into Mickaboo - and have your money go further in the bargain!  Give at

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-unwanted-and-abandoned-companion-birds/

Many THANKS to the 40 supporters who have given so far - won't you consider joining them? 

Send comments or questions to pr@mickaboo.org.

GlobalGiving's Bonus Day has begun!  Please consider donating now (before matching funds run out!) toward this new Benevolent Fund, at Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page.  Matching funds may run out as early as 7 am Pacific (10 am Eastern)! 

Please send questions to pr@mickaboo.org.Thank you for considering helping pet birds and their surrenderers in this way.

Thanks to your generosity and that of MANY others, Mickaboo has ended the October 2013 moratorium on additions to our foster flock.  THANK YOU very, very much!  You have an opportunity tomorrow (yes, Tomorrow!) to continue supporting our mission of improving the quality of life for companion birds in need.

During the last moratorium, we reviewed our financial policies in light of having had two moratoria in one year - the result of demand for our services outpacing our funding model - and made changes. We created a per-bird fee for individuals surrendering their pets.  This fee has been generally well received and understood; that said, there are times when the surrenderer cannot afford it.  This is where YOU come in!

We are creating a "Benevolent Fund" to assist these surrendering guardians. The pictured budgies – all of whom are undergoing veterinary treatment - recently came to Mickaboo from a guardian who needed this sort of financial help. All funds collected tomorrow - GlobalGiving's first Bonus Day of 2014 - will be dedicated to this fund. 

Tomorrow, from Feb 12, 6 am PT - 9 pm PT (or Feb 12, 9 am ET - midnight Eastern), GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving has given away $75,000 of matching funds for all of its projects. Tomorrow, go to Mickaboo's GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity – early tomorrow (we recommend 6am-7am Pacific) - before matching funds run out!

Read more about how Mickaboo impacts the lives of our feathered companions in our recently published newsletter.  From an unexpected adoption to an Amazon's medical and emotional rehabilitation, there's a heartwarming story for everyone.

Please make a note (now) to give tomorrow to help many other birds like this budgie trio and their pre-Mickaboo guardians.  They and our volunteers will really appreciate it!

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