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.

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.  

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 if you have additional questions.

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


Nearly 20 years old, Henrietta became sick after an unknown virus swept through the flock she shares a house with and was hospitalized for nearly two weeks. The virus caused one of her stomachs to become enlarged and stop working properly. Despite continuing to eat, she nearly starved to death as her weight dropped from 82 grams down to 66 grams. She also has a pre-existing mass inside her crop that needs to be removed once she regains enough weight to be able to survive surgery. The mass is believed to be formed of "grit" which she was habitually given prior to coming to Mickaboo.


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 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 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.

Prince Raja
Prince Raja is a 31 year old Blue Fronted Amazon. More info coming soon!

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.

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.

African Grey
More info coming soon!

More info coming soon!

Cherry Headed Conure
A Telegraph Hill Conure... more info coming soon!

Cherry Headed Conure
A Telegraph Hill Conure... more info coming soon!

Rose Breasted Cocktoo

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:
Thank you Wendy Gonzales!
Thank you Christopher Norberg!
Thank you Cindy Goral!
Thank you Kathleen Taylor!

Yellow-Headed Amazon

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:
Thank you Erin Mahanay!
Thank you Colleen and Jon Schulman!

African Grey

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/Sage:
Thank you Milagros Green!


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.

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?

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. S/he will need substantial veterinary care and a long recovery period. If you would like to help, please consider being his Angel.


A huge thank you to Dr. Philippe Nguyen for his generous support!

Thank you David Lee and Heather for helping Pistachio!

More updates on Pistachio coming soon...

Jasmine (formerly Merlin)
Blue and Gold Macaw

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.

Please consider sending an Angel Donation to help with Jasmine’s medical expenses

Congo Butters
African Grey


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.


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. 

A big thank you to Corky the bird & family!

Billie & Bentley
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 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:
Thank you Barbara Broderick of Seattle, WA!