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Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it.
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue has had to declare a moratorium on taking in new birds. We don't do this very often - but this is the second time this calendar year. The cause this time, as in the past, is not that our volunteers and financial supporters (many of whom are the same people) have not been wonderfully generous with time and resources. The reason we are running short of money is because the birds that are coming to us are coming in greater numbers and they are arriving with more and greater health and other physical problems.
We are focusing on fundraising in a variety of new and innovative ways. Even so, we do not know how long this moratorium will last. If you have ideas that you would like to help implement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join our efforts. We are also working on modifications in our procedures and policies that could change our financial situation over time.
The reason we take this extreme position (of a moratorium) is because taking in new birds diminishes our ability to care for the birds for whom we are already responsible. As all of you know, we commit to providing whatever medical care is necessary to give our birds a healthy and comfortable life. Even with the discounts many of our vets provide us, that means that almost all of our money (90%) goes to pay for medical care for our birds.
Therefore, we can only take in new birds at this time if their surrenderers can pay a surrender fee that will ensure that any health issues that arise in the near term for their bird would not severely impact our ability to provide health care for birds we already have. Obviously, neither Mickaboo nor a bird's owner can predict what might occur in the future. A bird that ingests heavy metal or one that contracts a serious injury can incur medical costs in the thousands of dollars; a bird that appears healthy may be in the early stages of disease that has not yet manifested symptoms. We don't require a lifetime endowment for each incoming bird, just an "insurance" payment, so to speak.
We estimate that a single payment of $200 per bird will provide an adequate cushion for a bird coming in at this time.
If you have a bird to surrender and you feel that your personal circumstances mean you cannot afford to pay the $200, please contact us and we will try to help you find another solution for your situation: email@example.com
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