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Help Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue rescue, rehabilitate and rehome parrots in need! 

  • VOTE NOW for Mickaboo at this link (one vote per person allowed; contest ends on July 31, but please vote now while you're thinking about it LOL)
  • CONFIRM your vote via the email you’ll receive – otherwise your vote won’t count!
  • SHARE this voting request via email / Facebook / Twitter / your other social networks, and ask your contacts to vote and to share too!  Email me at pr@mickaboo.org if you would like suggested wording.

If we win (and we did last year!), Mickaboo will get $1000 and much-needed publicity about the existence of bird rescue and Mickaboo.
 
Your help will be much appreciated by the hundreds of birds annually who receive our assistance. Email pr@mickaboo.org with any questions.  THANK YOU for your help.

 

Today is GlobalGiving Bonus Day! GlobalGiving will match (at 50%) online donations made to Mickaboo if you donate before their matching fund runs out or midnight ET (whichever comes first)! Give now at this website.

Mickaboo is currently in an intake moratorium – due to the low level of our financial reserves, we recently ceased accepting new birds. Your financial donation will help us build our reserves and allow us to lift the moratorium.  Our goal is to raise $15,000 (donations + match) by the end of the Bonus Day.

Your donations pay the veterinary expenses of birds like Duckie, an older yellow-crowned Amazon surrendered to us before the moratorium, who has an old gunshot wound and is plagued by frequent seizures. His vet bills alone are already more than $4,000.

We can't do what we do without you!  All amounts are appreciated by our birds and our volunteers.

Email pr@mickaboo.org with questions about donating.  Thanks for your consideration!

The final results are IN! Including both online and check donations, we've collectively raised a tad over $24K - WOWZERS! You all know where the money is going (vet bills, primarily). The next question is - is it enough to exit  the moratorium? We'll be assessing the situation over the next couple of weeks.

Happily, there's another opportunity for you to invest in our mission. GlobalGiving is having a Bonus Day on June 12, from 6 am - 9 pm Pacific. It too is a 50% match (while matching funds last). So if you missed this past week's matching opportunity, or have a tad more in your heart and your wallet.. when it's time, go to this webpage and give. (I'll send a reminder too!)

THANKS again for being such great supporters of this cause. All of our volunteers feel so honored to be part of this community. I know our birds appreciate all of you too!

 

 

We are pleased to announce that so far, $12,760 has been collected online toward the Challenge Grant.  That means $8,240 in more donations can be matched!  Let's make sure this Challenge Grant fund gets used up, shall we? 

Your donations will go toward caring for birds like Fred and George, the conures mentioned in our original Challenge Grant and moratorium post.  Sadly, the health of both Fred and George has taken a turn for the worse. They are manifesting symptoms of a neurological disease often seen in the Wild Flock of Telegraph Hill, a disease both difficult and expensive to treat.  We are of course all hoping for the best.

Consider asking your friends, family, or social network to participate in this Challenge Grant and have their donations matched at 50%. Donate by May 31 and make your gift eligible for the Challenge Grant by:

  • Sending a check to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, PO Box 697, San Jose, CA  95106
  • Donating online via the "Donate" link on the left of our homepage,

Send Challenge Grant questions to donations@mickaboo.org. Thanks for considering! 

To Our Mickaboo Community,

It is with much sadness that I report Mickaboo’s Board yesterday declared a moratorium on intakes while we better our financial condition. A moratorium is a painful undertaking for a rescue whose mission is at least partially based on helping those in dire need.  That said, we have an obligation to the birds already in our foster flock. We all have the opportunity to make this moratorium a short one, due to the existence of an exciting Challenge Grant.

Mickaboo’s funds were drawn down to almost nothing due to the high number of our birds recently requiring extended hospitalization. Among these birds are Fred and George (pictured at left), a pair of mitred conures from the iconic Wild Flock of Telegraph Hill.  Mickaboo received these birds after their rescuer caught them - they had been hanging out on her balcony and looked ill.  They continue to be treated for metal toxicity.  Their May vet bills totaled over $4,000 (!) and they continue to need medical assistance.

Another of these birds is Benji, the orange lovebird in this picture.  An eclectus opened Benji's cage and nearly bit off her beak! Fortunately, a vet was able to reattach skin to the beak and repair Benji’s other wounds.  Unfortunately, Benji’s vet bill totals almost $2,400.

While Fred and George came separately to Mickaboo, they are now best friends.  Mickaboo itself is lucky to have friends – and generous ones at that!  A group of wonderful supporters created a Challenge Grant of $10,500 (I said these people were generous!).  A la KQED's challenge grant, every donation received by mail or online between now and midnight Pacific Time on May 31 will be matched by this grant at a rate of 50% until matching funds run out.  

Donate by May 31 and make your gift eligible for the Challenge Grant by:

  • Sending a check to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, PO Box 697, San Jose, CA  95106
  • Donating online via the link on the left of our homepage,

The birds and volunteers of Mickaboo appreciate a gift of ANY amount at any time, and especially now because of the Challenge Grant opportunity. Thank you again for your ongoing support of our mission.

Thanks to the work of some very dedicated volunteers, Mickaboo's April 2013 newsletter is ready for your reading pleasure!  Read about our featured volunteer, a rescue of a bird in an orange tree - and MORE!

Our next newsletter will be published in July 2013.  Contact us at pr@mickaboo.org if you have an idea you'd like to write about!

Today is GlobalGiving Bonus Day, where GlobalGiving matches online donations made at 30% (if you donate before their matching fund runs out)! Less than $9,000 of GlobalGiving matching funds remain as of 11:30 am PT.  So if you were meaning to give today and make your donation go a tad further (via the GlobalGiving matching fund mechanism) - give now at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-unwanted-and-abandoned-companion-birds/

Your financial donation, and those of many others, is how we pay for the medical needs of our 300+ foster birds. We can't do what we do without you!  All amounts are appreciated.

Email pr@mickaboo.org with any questions about donating.  Thanks for your consideration!

Give early at our GlobalGiving page to take advantage of this opportunity while you can!

Your donations help birds in our care like Boomer. Boomer is a 30-years-young Greenwing Macaw who came to Mickaboo when his owner became ill and could no longer care for him. After taking him in, we noticed he had difficulty walking – but what was most noticeable about Boomer were his droppings.  They were SMELLY – far more odorous than that of a healthy bird, indicating a potential infection.

After consultations with two veterinarians, it turns out the problem was “mechanical”. Boomer's tail bone was deformed - instead of curving up at the end like that of a normal bird, it curved down , partially blocking Boomer’s vent. He also had a pressure sore where the end of the tail bone poked down.  Boomer must have felt a lot of pain whenever he defecated – and hence was avoiding doing so.

Boomer has since had surgery and is MUCH happier!  We can tell because he’s started chattering – and a noisy bird is a happy bird!

Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help pay the vet bills for Francisco and other birds like him? A gift of ANY amount will be appreciated. Together, it all adds up!

Please send any questions to pr@mickaboo.org  Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission.

Thanks to the work of some very dedicated volunteers, Mickaboo's January 2013 newsletter has just been published!  Read about living with a "special needs" bird, our featured volunteer, and some very special donors - and MORE!

Our next newsletter will be published in April 2013.  Contact us at pr@mickaboo.org if you have an idea you'd like to write about!

Mickaboo is proud to announce the availability of its 2013 calendar.  The calendar features some of the many volunteers who are the heart and soul of our organization - many thanks to Megan Wolfe for donating her amazing photography services.  See more of Mickaboo's branded items - including holiday ornaments! - at www.cafepress.com/mickaboo

A part of each CafePress purchase helps Mickaboo care for its foster birds!

Thanks to the MANY of you who voted for Austin, the little cockatiel who survived a hawk attack - Mickaboo won second place in the Animal Rescue Site's Heartwarming Stories Contest.  This earned Mickaboo a $1500 grant, which will be used to pay for the veterinary needs of the many birds like Austin we have in our foster flock.

If you have been inspired to help more:

- Donate by sending a check to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, PO Box 697, San Jose, CA  95106
- Donate electronically using the "Donate" or Network for Good links on the left of our homepage
- Come to our holiday party!
- Consider other ways of helping - most at no cost to you - including using a Mickaboo credit card.

Again, thanks to EVERYONE for your personal support and the support of the many friends you recruited.

Help Mickaboo Win $2000!


Mickaboo is now part of the Animal Rescue Site's Heartwarming Stories contest.  Our story is about a little cockatiel, Austin, who courageously fought free of a hawk's grip, plummeting into the grass below.  The sharp-eyed person who saw him fall contacted Mickaboo, who got him immediate veterinary help.  Today Austin has a forever family who says he is a wonderful singer with nary a sign of the physical and mental trauma he experienced.  

To continue helping birds like Austin, we need your help to win this contest by voting daily, TODAY THROUGH NOVEMBER 11.

Vote at the Animal Rescue Site for Mickaboo by clicking the button for "A Little Bird That Could", then click VOTE.

 
After you click VOTE, you'll see a page showing where Mickaboo stands relative to everyone else.  We need to land in the top two spots to win grants of $2000 or $1500, respectively.

Tell everyone you know - family and friends - to vote for us daily!  There are only 10 contestants, so we have a very good chance of winning - with your help.  

If you would like a daily voting reminder - email us at pr@mickaboo.org. Thanks in advance for your help!
 

The $50,000 in Global Giving's matching funds all gone now, and Mickaboo (thanks to all of YOU!) ended up with $2800 of it.  Hooray!

If you still have an urge to help our foster birds with their bills - please give directly to Mickaboo at

- its PO Box 697, San Jose, CA  95106, or
- online at any of the "donate" links at www.mickaboo.org

Thank you thank you thank you!

Your donation now may be eligible for matching!


During the 24-hour period starting October 16, 9:01 pm Pacific Standard Time (now!), Global Giving will match your online
donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until $50,000 of matching funds has been given away by Global Giving to all projects. AND - Mickaboo can earn a $1,000 bonus if we raise the most funds - and ANOTHER $1,000 bonus if Mickaboo has the most unique donors!
As of this writing, less than $13,000 in matching funds remain!  Give soon at our Global Giving page to take advantage of this opportunity.Your donations help birds in our care like Francisco (pictured). Francisco is a sweet Moluccan Cockatoo that came to Mickaboo when the owner could not afford his veterinary care. About six months before his surrender, Francisco started to have balancing issues. The owner could not afford extensive veterinary tests then, so they left the condition untreated. When the former owners brought Francisco to the vet, he no longer had use of his legs and was resting on his keel (breast) bone all the time. It was then that Francisco was given to Mickaboo.

Francisco has since had extensive diagnostic testing. It appears he has a terminal condition, and we are now focusing on giving him the quality of life he deserves.

Would you consider taking advantage of this matching gift opportunity to help pay the vet bills for Francisco and other birds like him?

A gift of ANY amount will be appreciated. Together, it all adds up! Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission. Please send any questions to pr@mickaboo.org

As of this morning, Mickaboo is about 400 votes out of the money.  Realistically we are not going to bridge that gap between now and the end of the day, when the challenge ends.  We should be proud of our combined effort, ranking somewhere in the 200-300 range out of 30,000 nonprofits.  

Thanks to ALL for your efforts, and your friends' efforts, and THEIR friends' efforts in this challenge.  Stay tuned for the next big online event in October!