Become A Mickaboo Angel
"Give of yourself as the Angels do and wonderful things will come to you." - Ramadan
Mickaboo currently has over 400 birds in foster care. Our first commitment is to these birds and their ongoing care. For this reason, we need to use our regular donations to maintain a cash reserve for them. Thanks to Mickaboo's generous supporters, the Angel program has been a huge success. Our Angels have enabled us to take in over 650 birds since April 2009. These are birds we would not have been able to help without your generous donations.
Why Become an Angel to a Mickaboo Bird?
Unfortunately, many of the birds that come into Mickaboo's care have been injured, abused, neglected or are very ill. As a result, they need medical attention, behavioral training and extra love and nurturing before we can place them in adoptive homes. These birds are often times considered unadoptable at shelters and by society in general. We believe that every bird deserves a second chance. We allow each and every one of our birds as much time as they need to find that special adopter who is willing to care for them. As Mickaboo has grown, and we have taken in more birds, our monthly vet bills have increased significantly, averaging $20,000 per month.
We understand that not everyone can foster or adopt a Mickaboo bird, but would still like to help. Becoming an Angel to a bird in need is the perfect way to do that! You can help us take in birds from shelters or from private surrenderers who are in a financial crisis. Your donations to Mickaboo can be directed to care for a particular bird or birds, to help defray the cost of their sometimes astronomical vet bills while they wait for forever homes.
When you become a Mickaboo Angel, you are helping us fulfill our commitment to keeping our doors open to ill, injured, abused, neglected and unwanted companion birds in Northern California and beyond. We invite you to become the species of Mickaboo Angel that suits you best!
- Angel: Our goal is to have an "endowment" of at least $200 before taking in a new bird. This will help us ensure that we always have sufficient funds to provide basic medical care for the birds already in our care, as well as for new birds we take in. As an Angel you will receive recognition on our website. If a bird is adopted without using your Angel money for vet bills we will shift the money to the next needy bird and let you know which additional bird you have helped us bring in.
- Archangel: Archangels commit to covering the full vet costs required for a new bird to be healthy enough to adopt. As an Archangel you will receive recognition on our website and regular email updates on his/her progress.
Please email email@example.com and tell us what species of Angel you are, which bird you would like to support, and how you would like to be acknowledged on the website: full name, first name only, first name and last initial. If you do not want to specify a particular bird to support, you can also request that your donation be used for the bird most in need--we'll let you know which bird we chose. You can also go to our donor page and choose from the donation options. Please specify that you want your donation to be an Angel donation and which bird you would like to sponsor.
Every Bird Gets An Equal Chance
That's the underlying principle of Mickaboo. Once a bird is in our care, we provide all the medical care s/he requires. We do not "triage" birds or spend more money on large species than small. We only euthanize a bird when s/he is suffering without the possibility of recovery. We provide hospice care for terminally ill birds who are not suffering. Since we do not have paid employees, you can be sure that your donation goes directly to the birds. Donations are 100% tax deductible. A receipt will be mailed to all donors.
Birds Waiting to be Matched with an Angel
Name and Species of Bird
|7/10/14||Hector, half-English budgie||Hector and his sweet wife Andi were abandoned in an empty house before being surrendered to Mickaboo. Hector has fought hard to overcome health problems caused by neglect: he was very overweight with poor muscle tone, he has a narrowed breathing passage and is prone to respiratory infections, and has damage to the bottoms of his feet. After lots of care - antibiotics, a healthy diet, lots of exercise, and soft rope perches and platforms - he is able to fly, sing, and enjoy life with his beloved Andi again! But now, he's been diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his side. Although it was highly operable and he has an excellent chance of full recovery, he needs help to cover the costs of that expert care, and any future illnesses.
Won't you please consider sending an Angel donation to help with Hector's medical expenses?
|7/10/14||Pistachio, green cheek conure||A Mickaboo volunteer picked up a badly injured green cheek conure from a local shelter. "Pistachio" had his/her upper beak torn off. He also has skull injuries, a broken leg, and a broken jaw. This situation occurs often enough that the vet recognized the injuries. This little conure was allowed to interact with a much larger bird, who tore off the upper beak.
Pistachio is now resting comfortably - s/he even likes to be skritched and can eat a little applesauce. Because we know that a bird can achieve a decent quality of life even without an upper beak, Mickaboo will try to save this conure. He will need substantial veterinary care and a long recovery period. If you would like to help, please consider being his Angel.
|6/1/14||Jasmine (formerly named Merlin), Blue and Gold Macaw||
Jasmine is an older lady macaw of at least 35 years. Her former owner became elderly enough to be unable to take care of her so we brought her in. Jasmine had several health issues and requires several surgeries. She has had two procedures already and may need to have surgery for her wing. She is doing well on several medications. However she did test positive for Papilloma, an incurable and highly infectious disease.
Please consider sending an Angel Donation to help with Jasmine’s medical expenses?
|3/21/14||Congo, African Grey||
Congo is a Timneh African Grey who lived in difficult circumstances before coming to Mickaboo. Congo has a large mass on his left eye that is attached to both the inside and outside of his eyelid near the medial canthus. The mass is growing. Poor Congo has been rubbing his eye so it is most likely causing him discomfort. The mass needs to be removed and tissue samples sent to the lab to determine if it is cancerous or not. Congo’s inner third eyelid is not affected so the eye itself should be okay after surgery. And Congo will be much happier and more comfortable once the mass is removed and the eye heals.
Please consider sending an Angel Donation to help with Congo’s medical expenses?
|3/13/14||Thelma, Cockatiel||Thelma is a 14 year old female that suffered an eye injury. Her eye has a trauma induced cataract and an infected abscess. Thelma is blind in that eye and it will require surgical removal. She has other health issues that have to be resolved before she can have surgery. She has severe arthritis and has just been diagnosed with heart disease and possible kidney disease.|
Billie & Bentley, Cockatiels
|Billie and Bentley met in foster care and are now a bonded pair. They were both found outdoors in different locations. It is assumed that Bentley had been hit by a car. Bentley had one eye swollen shut and her air sacs fill up with air. This air has to be released constantly and her skin is starting to scar at that site. She needs to have a stent permanently inserted to release the air. Billie is having a second surgery to remove a growth on his neck. He has a collar to keep him from picking at the wound.|