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. 

Thank you for your interest in our Angel sponsorship program. To donate via the website go to the Mickaboo home page select Network for Good or click on Donate (Paypal). If you prefer to mail a check or money order you can mail it to: P.O. Box 697, San Jose, CA 95106-0697. Please specify that you want your donation to be an Angel donation and which bird you would like to sponsor and how you would like to be acknowledged on the website: Full name, first name only, first name and last initial etc.., If you do not want to specify a particular bird to support, you can also request that your angel donation be used for the bird most in need - we'll let you know which bird we chose. You can also have the Angel donation be in honor or memory of someone (human or pet.) Please email angels@mickaboo.org if you have additional questions.

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.

Angel Species

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.  

 

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

   

Bashful
Amazon
8/19/15
More info coming soon.

TJ
Mitred Conure
8/19/15

Up until very recently, TJ has been a happy go lucky guy. He loved playing and exploring with anything, anywhere…right up until he fell off his cage, laying on his back partially paralyzed. After about an hour there was marked improvement but he is still struggling.  He wasn’t able to feed himself for days after and wants so badly to play with his toys the way he used to but lacks the stability and balance.  All signs point to TJ having had a major stroke followed by smaller “mini-strokes”. He is still hospitalized and still not stable enough to return home.


Lucy
Patagonian Conure
8/19/15

Lucy (and Desi, her mate) came from a home where they were kept as breeders where they spent over 20 years in a dark flight cage without perches, toys or any type of enrichment.  They both wear metal bands typical of wild caught imported birds and each had relatively minor health issues along with physical disabilities. They had made real progress in their socialization while maintaining their close relationship—until recently. 

Years of poor diet and terrible conditions have led to a likely Vitamin A deficiency with a possibility of cancer for Lucy causing a 2 week hospitalization. Since this time she has had to be separated from Desi; while not ideal it is critical to her recover. 

Only recently did the issue appear when she stopped eating and lost her voice.  Her esophagus instead of being smooth and slick has turned into a rough craggy environment where bacteria have flourished.  As a result, when she tries to eat the food has a hard time exiting her crop, it tries to trickle out but is pushed back up in her crop, her whole Gastrointestinal tract has taken a beating.  She has lost a lot of weight but since being hospitalized and started on numerous medications her weight is slowly increasing and she is starting to fight back…all good signs.  We are still hopeful it is not cancer and that she can once again rejoin Desi.


Peachy
Amazon
8/1/15

More info coming soon.

Angels for Peachy
Rhonda L. Bennon


Bert
Parakeet
8/1/15

Bert is a very lucky little budgie. He arrived at a local animal shelter with a large growth near his eye that was obscuring his vision. Luckily, the shelter called Mickaboo and he was taken to the vet immediately. After a minor surgery and quick recovery, Bert is able to see clearly. He chirps a lot when he hears other budgies, and he loves toys he can shred and destroy.

Charlie
Amazon
7/20/15

Charlie came from an empty home. His guardian passed away a month earlier and someone had been feeding him every day. He had been eating only sunflower seeds for 25 years. People started to break into the home. When the police arrived, they realized that the bird needed to move to a safe home. One of the officers called Mickaboo. Charlie was picked up right away and put in a foster home.

Charlie is so cute with his big amazon eyes that look up at you very sweetly. Despite his size, he is able to climb around his cage. He is afraid of hands but he steps up and allows head scratches when approached slowly. He loves to climb up your arm. Charlie talks very appropriately. He has said “Go away, go right now!” and calls for “Don”. He is eating a healthy diet of pellets and vegetables.

Now Charlie looks a lot bigger than he is. He has air sacs under his skin that are not releasing air like they are supposed to. This can be caused by trauma. A thorough veterinary work up was done. There aren’t any underlying causes for the air sacs other than trauma. The air sacs were drained but they filled back up. The next step in treatment might place a stent between the air sacs so the air has a way to be released internally. We will know in the next few weeks.

Angels for Charlie
Rhonda L. Bennon


Hector
Budgie
3/16/15

When Hector first came to Mickaboo he was overweight yet undernourished, and very close to death. After taking a few x-rays, it was discovered that the muscles on his left leg were more developed, meaning he'd been favoring that right leg for a while before it became noticeable. We could also see the outgrowth on the right knee of osteo-arthritis (probably due to his being English/bred for large size, and in part from having carried extra weight for who knows how long), with some swelling around it and around the right elbow on his wing where he banged himself up.

The Dr said that Hector had projectile-vomited his pain meds, but it might have just been because he'd over eaten, and that he should be housed in a terrarium-like setting for some "forced rest."

He is doing much better now, getting lots of rest, and his food intake has been lowered a bit so he doesn't gain weight with the lack of exercise. Hopefully the soft-tissue injuries will heal up quickly and he'll be back to enjoying some carefully-supervised out-time!


Louie
Amazon
3/13/15
Louie is a young Blue Fronted lady of 15. When she first started experiencing breathing problems in 2014, her guardian contacted Mickaboo and began treatment with a local veterinarian. However, after several months, Louie was still uncomfortable. At this point, she was crying all night and her appetite was decreasing. In desperation, Louie’s guardian drove to Medical Center for Birds and surrendered Louie to the veterinarians. Louie was put on oxygen while the vets assessed her condition. She was swinging her head and stretching her neck frequently. Initial imaging suggested that there was something blocking half of Louie’s airflow at the base of her pharynx. More imaging over a two week period ruled out a tumor in the respiratory system. Instead, large finger-like growths in the esophagus were interfering with Louie’s food intake. Biopsies from the growths show that they were inflammation rather than cancer or an infection. The inflammation suggested a vitamin A deficiency was creating growths inside Louie’s digestive system. The frantic stretching and head movements helped Louie move food down her esophagus. As Louie was given a vitamin A injection and various medications, she became more comfortable. Her movements became less frantic. She is now in a Mickaboo foster home where she is talking and eating well. Louie has a cute woman’s voice when she laughs and talks. She is very quiet for an amazon. She says ‘hello’ and other words when she thinks no one is listening. It has been difficult for Louie moving to a new environment as she was bonded with another amazon in her previous home. Louie’s former guardian misses her very much and feels grateful that Louie is getting the care she needs.

Charlie
Cockatiel
3/09/15

Charlie recently had his lower beak mostly bitten off by an African Grey in a terrible accident.  He is currently hospitalized where he is trying to learn how to eat again.  He lost a lot of weight and has had to be tube fed and may require surgery to remove bits of bone left exposed.  He is expected to recover and adapt to his situation.  It is not expected that the beak will grow again since some of the bone was lost when this tragic accident occurred.

Angels for Charlie
Rhonda L. Bennon


Prince Raja
Amazon
2/24/15

Prince Raja has been with Mickaboo for a long time. He has a broken wing that is bent at a 90 degree angle and his eye is damaged on the same side. Mickaboo was told that he was hit by a car but it looks like he was hit with a 2 x 4 piece of wood. His behaviors are very challenging and when he doesn’t trust you, he is fierce.  When he first entered into foster care, it was difficult to get food in his cage without being attacked. He didn’t want anyone near him. 

He was taken to the veterinary office for a check-up and because he had painful arthritis. When the results from the radiographs came back, it was discovered that he had 5 old broken bones. The bones had never been reset and healed out of place, causing pain every time he moved. It explained his behaviors and once he was allowed to move at his own pace he settled down.

Prince Raja will always needs medication for his pain. He has learned to open his cage and explore his environment. It is a big change from the distrustful bird to one who feels like he can go out in the world on his own terms.


Claire
Cockatiel
2/12/15

Claire has an unknown issue in her intestines making her ill and necessitating a lengthy stay in the hospital. It is being decided if surgery is needed to remove the object. Her veterinary bills already exceed $2000.

Angels for Claire
Shari Stoddard
 


Dylan
Cockatiel
2/05/15

Dylan was left at a foreclosed house and then abandoned at a pet shop. He has a neurological problem that affects his balance that limits his ability to control the movements of his head.  He has been hospitalized while veterinarians try to determine the cause and treatment of this problem. His extreme fear of humans complicates diagnosing him. He is so afraid of people that he loses his balance. We are working to give Dylan the best chance for a better life where he will never be neglected again.

Angels for Dylan
Shari Stoddard
Rhonda L. Bennon

 


Angel
African Grey
1/10/15
More info coming soon!

Dewalt
Cherry Headed Conure
9/13/14
A Telegraph Hill Conure... more info coming soon!

Bartlett
Cherry Headed Conure
9/11/14
A Telegraph Hill Conure... more info coming soon!

Chacco
Rose Breasted Cocktoo
9/10/14

Chacco was surrendered with an injured wing and keel bone. He was taken to our vet and put in a collar and bandaged up and given meds for pain control. He is a very sweet gentle bird. Sadly his wing had to be amputated but he has recovered and is healing well.

Angels for Chacco
Rhonda L. Bennon
Wendy Gonzales
Christopher Norberg
Cindy Goral
Kathleen Taylor


Brutus
Yellow-Headed Amazon
8/13/14

Brutus is a 38 year old amazon surrendered to Mickaboo because of behavior issues. He did not receive regular veterinary care and was not fed a healthy diet. Brutus had an untreated broken wing that did not heal properly and as a result he can no longer fly. He developed severe arthritis in his right leg because of chronic leaning to compensate for his bad wing posture. He is being treated with medication twice a day. The medication is expensive and requires regular visits to the vet to ensure the pain medication isn’t affecting his kidney function. Brutus is a great bird and is gradually learning to enjoy a healthier diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, and pellets. Would you consider being Brutus's Angel?

Angels for Brutus
Rhonda L. Bennon
Erin Mahanay
Colleen and Jon Schulman


Zuri
African Grey
7/31/14

Zuri was surrendered to a shelter when her owner could no longer care for her. She suffered from seizures and had an orthopedic problem with her feet. The shelter called Mickaboo and a volunteer picked her up and took her straight to an avian vet. Zuri remains hospitalized and is on medication to control her seizures. She will most likely need medication for the rest of her life. She steps up for everyone, although she does not perch very well due to the foot problems. Zuri is a very sweet bird and loves to toddle around on the floor, get scritches, and hang out with her people. Won’t you please consider sending an angel donation to help with Zuri’s medical bills?

Angels for Zuri
Rhonda L. Bennon
Shari Stoddard
Milagros Green


Quint
Budgie
7/24/14

This sweet budgie girl is called Quint. Quint has been sick for a very long time but the doctors don’t know exactly what is wrong with her. She has been diagnosed with Avian Gastric Yeast and has been on two different medications, both of which worked for a few weeks until she started getting sick from the medications, or perhaps some underlying condition. She has had several expensive x-ray series but the doctors still haven’t found anything conclusive. Quint is hoping to get well soon so that she can go back to being with her friends and doing all the fun things that healthy budgies do. She could sure use an Angel or two in her corner to help her get there.

Angels for Quint
Shari Stoddard
 


Hector
Half-English Budgie
7/10/14
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?

Pistachio
Green Cheek Conure
7/10/14
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. S/he will need substantial veterinary care and a long recovery period. If you would like to help, please consider being his Angel.

 

Angels for Pistachio
Rhonda L. Bennon
Dr. Philippe Nguyen
David Lee and Heather

More updates on Pistachio coming soon...


Jasmine (formerly Merlin)
Blue and Gold Macaw
6/1/14

Jasmine is an older lady macaw of at least 35 years. Her former owner became elderly and was unable to take care of her so we brought her in. Jasmine has 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.

Angels for Jasmine
Shari Stoddard
 


Congo Butters
African Grey
3/21/14

 

Congo Butters 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.

Angels for Congo
Rhonda L. Bennon


Thelma
Cockatiel
3/13/14

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. 

Angels for Thelma
Rhonda L. Bennon
Corky the bird & family
Shari Stoddard


Billie & Bentley
Cockatiel
3/13/14
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.

Nora
Cockatiel
1/26/14

Nora has been with Mickaboo for 10 years but a few years ago she started showing signs of having something wrong with her beak and throat. She was given antibiotics and pain medication but still didn't get better. She had yellow stuff building up almost daily caused by a growth near her tongue. The growth was removed and found by pathology to be squamous cell carcinoma. This is a cancerous tumor which is difficult to remove but the good news is that it is growing slowly. Nora's last surgery was March 2013 and she will probably need another one really soon. This is a pricy procedure and any donations to Mickaboo on her behalf would be a great help.

Update 7/24/14 She does not have to go for daily vet treatments any more. She went for a recheck today and they were amazed at how well Nora has recovered. She seems to be in remission for now, is eating great, being active and happy. Her recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. No one can predict her future but we are so very happy and grateful to see her so well and are taking it one day at a time.

Angels for Nora
Barbara Broderick