Basic Bird Care class

Everyone interested in fostering or adopting a bird must attend our class on bird care prior to receiving a bird from us. These classes are free (although donations are appreciated) and are open to the general bird-loving public. If there is a location listed with no date, you may ask when the next class will be scheduled at that location by emailing

The class covers these topics:
  • Proper avian care
  • Proper avian diet
  • Symptoms of illness and first aid
  • General husbandry
  • Taming and training

And much much more...

Criteria for adopting/fostering a bird from us can be found on our How to Adopt page.

We have basic bird care classes scheduled throughout the Bay Area in the North Bay, San Francisco/Peninsula, South Bay, East Bay, and Sacramento Area. For those who cannot attend a class in person, we occasionally schedule phone classes.


  • To reserve your spot for a class, email with the location of the class, and class date, in the subject line. Walk-ins are welcome in most cases, but see details for each location below.  
  • If you want to adopt a cockatiel (for example), please say so in the email so our instructor can be better prepared.

North Bay


Marin Humane Society 
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd 
Novato, CA 94949
for directions

Saturday, April 21, 2018  10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sunday, July 29, 2018  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
The July class will be held at the same time
as a bird adoption event!

San Francisco  /Peninsula

San Francisco

Classes are generally held in San Francisco on the fourth Saturday of the month unless otherwise noted below. We will take a short break halfway through the class.  

San Francisco Public Library - 
Noe Valley Branch
451 Jersey Street
San Francisco, CA  94114

** Off-schedule Class **
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please arrive 5 minutes early to allow for registration. 

Redwood City

Redwood Shores Library
Meeting Room A or B
399 Marine Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065

If no classes are listed for this location, please email asking when the next class is planned for this site.   You can also inquire about taking our phone class if no classes are upcoming in your area.

Please arrive 5 minutes early to allow for registration.

South Bay


The Sunnyvale class is regularly scheduled for the third Sunday of the month unless otherwise stated.

For Other Living Things 
1261 So. Mary Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 739-6785

** The February class is "off-schedule" **

Sunday, March 18, 2018, noon - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 2018, noon - 2:00 p.m.

1291 South Mary Ave
Sunnyvale, CA  94087
(Private room in the back)

Saturday, February 24, 2018, noon - 2:00 p.m. 
** held with adoption fair at For Other Living Things! **

San Jose

Andy's is located in Downtown San Jose, near San Pedro Square and the Shark Tank, just a few blocks off of Hwy 87. Foster parents are encouraged to bring their foster birds for class attendees to meet at noon. Classes are the first Saturday of the month unless noted.

Andy's Pet Shop
51 Notre Dame Ave.
San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 297-0840

Saturday, February 3, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

East Bay

Dublin Animal Shelter
4595  Gleason Drive.  
Dublin, CA 94568


Please email for the next class
planned at this site.   

You can also inquire about taking our phone class
if no classes are upcoming in your area.

Central Valley                                   


Carmichael Library 
5605 Marconi Avenue

Carmichael, CA  95608

Sunday, March 25, 2018  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Colonial Heights Library
4799 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA  95820
Please email for the next class
planned for this site.   

You can also inquire about taking our phone class
if no classes are upcoming in your area.

Basic Bird Care Phone Class

Criteria for attending a phone class:
  • You must live out of the area or be physically unable to attend a regularly scheduled class

Send an email to to ask that you be enrolled in a phone class, including an explanation of why you cannot take one of our in-person classes.  

Classes are scheduled when the teacher is available and enough students need a class. Class dates/times are not announced on this website.  You will receive call-in information after we receive your adoption/foster application.     

Call-in number will be provided
after your application is received

Next class to be announced to attendees.  

*Attendance of a non-Mickaboo hosted class does not fulfill the Mickaboo education requirement in our adoption application.