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. Mickaboo's generous supporters (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 financial help. 

Why Become an Angel to a Mickaboo Bird?

Unfortunately, many of the birds that come into Mickaboo's care have been injured, abused, or 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 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 $30,000 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 we will shift the money to the next needy bird and let you know which additional bird you have helped.
  • 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.

How To Sponsor a Bird

You may donate online via Network for Good or PayPal. If you prefer to mail a check or money order you may mail it to: P.O. Box 697, San Jose, CA 95106-0697. Please specify that you want your donation to be an Angel donation, 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 may also ask us to pick one for you. You may also have the Angel donation be in honor of someone (human or pet). Please email angels@mickaboo.org if you have questions.


Birds Waiting for an Angel

   

Kirby

Cockatiel
9/13/16
Mickaboo was called by a local shelter to come pick up a cockatiel who was found as a stray and appeared sick. Kirby was occasionally gaping for air and had a noticeable wheeze. Extensive testing was needed including x-rays under anesthesia as well as inserting a tube in her airway to look at her upper respiratory tract. Tests indicate that she has pulmonary disease, with her lungs denser than normal, which could be related to diet and/or environment. She is currently being treated with anti-inflammatories, which have stabilized her breathing. We are hopeful she can continue to be treated symptomatically and can lead a normal life, but she may require lifelong medication.
 



Lolita & Alberta

Yellow Crowned & Yellow Naped Amazons
9/7/16

These two are 42 year old amazons that have been together their entire lives. They have calcified arteries and arthritic legs. Alberta recently had surgery for her hernia and is recovering well. She also started singing a new song (she must be feeling better!) on the way to her post op at the vet. Lolita is somewhat stable on 5 medications for her enlarged heart and painful joints and goes to the vet every week.

The Lovebird Family
Lovebirds
8/30/16

The family of three lovebirds are now in Mickaboo's hands:

  • Kita is the mom of the family at just five years of age. She is an absolute sweetheart!  Unfortunately, she started plucking after SweetPea (her baby) hatched. She is putting on weight (a good thing, in her case) now that she has been separated from daddy and baby. She is still plucking but has new feathers coming in that we hope she will leave alone. She steps up readily and likes being outside of her cage with people. 
  • Beryl is the dad, purchased to keep Kita company. He is just three years old, hand-tame, and steps up well.  He will make a great pet bird for someone, though should be kept separate from Kita because he plucks her feathers. He is eating Harrison's pellets - a good diet!
  • SweetPea the baby is not yet hand tame and is nervous. His foster parent is working on socializing him. SweetPea has a slipped tendon and will eventually need surgery to address it.

Mickaboo took the entire family to the vet for a health check - and the vet found all of the birds have spirochetes and gastric yeast.  Yikes - that means twice-daily oral medications for a while for every bird before they can be adopted out to permanent homes.

Please consider helping Mickaboo with the vet bills for this family.


Alex
Green Cheek Conure
7/2/16

Alex is a female green-cheeked conure who is bonded to Pepper, a male green-cheek who is blind. She is Pepper’s caregiver and companion, but this closeness as prompted her to start laying eggs. Unfortunately, she became egg-bound and had to have costly surgery to remove the egg and put her uterus back into place. She is doing better now, and her foster parents are doing all they can to minimize her egg-laying.


Bopper
Nanday Conure
3/9/16

Bopper had a rough first 20 something years before coming to Mickaboo. He had just one perch too large for his little feet in too small a cage without any enrichment, toys or out time. Through all that he craved attention and has become quite the snuggler. His health however has suffered. And as a result he now lives in modified cage made to be a playground for his mobility level.

Bopper has gout and arthritis in his feet, knees, and hips; his right foot is particularly bad. He has delayed gastric empyting, his lower gi tract is not normal looking and swollen on x-rays; it looks like guinea pig poop. They are supposed to be much smaller than what it is. The sheath covering his kidneys and testicles is riddled with gout crystals making things very painful. His spine is fused in several places and is arthritic. As we take steps to help heal what has unfortunately been a long time in the making, he is responding wonderfully with a new lease on life.


Goldie
Macaw
2/3/16

 

UPDATE: Sept 6th, 2016
I’m Goldie, a blue and gold macaw about 30 years young. I returned to Mickaboo last fall, after 10 years with a loving family who couldn’t keep me anymore. That’s when everyone began finding some serious illnesses that I had been hiding: First, they found I had a terrible sinus infection with a “superbug” (a drug-resistant bacteria). My foster mom noticed I had a nose whistle, I snuffled a lot, and I kept sneezing. I also had a soft, gray, flaking spot on my beak and a white lesion in my mouth, next to the beak spot. My amazing avian veterinarian beat back the sinus infection with an assault of medicines and daily nasal flushes (I HATED that part). Back home, I was well for a while, but then the infection roared back. I also started toppling off my perches, and developed a strange pattern of lesions on my bare legs and under-wings. (I am naked from a brutal self-mutilation I did about 13 years ago, after my mate and chick died in my unhappy original home). Ultrasounds and x-rays revealed that I had an enlarged heart and liver, and my coronary arteries were clogged and huge, likely from the seed diet I had when I was a young bird. I’m on heart meds for life, and the doctors are preparing to do biopsies of the tissue on my cheek, legs, and under-wings. I am a shy, gently, lovely girl, even though I am struggling to get better. My foster mom has won my heart, and she says I give the sweetest snuggles and kisses. Please contact Mickaboo if you can be my angel, and help me keep receiving treatment to get well.

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When I recently came to Mickaboo, everyone found out I had been hiding a terrible sinus infection with a “superbug” (a drug-resistant bacteria). My amazing avian veterinarian launched a major assault of various medicines and daily nasal flushes (I HATED that part).  I’m back in my foster home now, and feeling better, thank you. But I racked up a big ol’ bill, and I’m not out of the woods yet, so to speak.  I’m a wonderful girl, and I hope you can be my Angel, so that I can live to find a forever family.

Angels for Goldie
Morgane Suel


Willie
Cockatoo
1/21/16

UPDATE: Sept 6th, 2016
Sometimes the road to wellness is long and difficult. I have had such a journey, and it is not over yet. I came to Mickaboo in December, 2015, filthy and gray, covered in grease and grime from the East Bay tire shop where I lived, and my insides were literally hanging out. They must have loved me, because I am sweet natured and gentle, and say nice things that must have been said to me (such as “I love you Willie”). However, I had been on an all-seed diet for many years, and I had been handled in a way that caused me to be overstimulated in that certain way. I had what is called a cloacal prolapse. I was in a lot of pain, and the condition, untreated, was not survivable. An animal control agency rescued me after customer complaints, and my Mickaboo rescuers sent me to get help from one of the nation’s finest avian vets. I have had two major surgeries to repair my derriere, and it’s not over yet. The doctors and my foster mom are still trying to help me “keep it in” and achieve a relatively permanent state of wellness. In the meantime, I’m a super happy bird, splitting time between the avian hospital and a foster family who calls me the sweetest little feathered guy they have ever known. I love, talk to, and step up to everyone in my foster family, as well as everyone at the veterinary hospital. Everyone I meet wants to take me home (once I’m well). I’m Willie. Can you be my angel so I can keep working to be healed?

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When you look at this picture, you see a clean, white, happy Umbrella Cockatoo. But only a short time ago, I was a filthy gray bird, living in an East Bay tire shop, with my insides hanging out -- literally.  I had what they call a “prolapse” of my lower intestinal area. I was in a lot of pain, and would not live much longer.  An animal control agency rescued me and Mickaboo sent me to one of the nation’s finest avian vets.  The doctors are still working on my derriere problem. I am going through a major repair surgery soon.  I’m Willie. Will you help me live?  I will make a perfect companion for my forever family when I am well.


Bernie
Cockatiel
12/29/15

UPDATE: Sept 8th, 2016 
Bernie is still on pain meds now as well as the meloxicam/inflamation medication. Because of his condition, he will be on meds indefinitely. He is often in distress from pain and barely moves unless he is standing on his ground level perch. He seems only to be able to move sideways and cannot walk forwards with his arthritic leg. Unfortunately he does not have a companion in his tub because of his inability to defend himself if needed from an assertive bird.

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Bernie was surrendered due to changes in his family. His tiny cage and toys were filthy and full of bug debris and his perches were sand paper types. His food was grocery store seed mix, cuttlebone, and grit.

His exact age is unknown but is most likely elderly. Bernie's past life is somewhat of a mystery but he hasn't had proper vet care as is evidenced by his inability to walk or perch well. When Mickaboo took him to a vet for an examination, the Dr said that Bernie could be in a lot of pain in his left knee from severe arthritis. He is now on anti-inflammatory oral meds 2x a day and needs a recheck to see if it can be reduced. He is kept in a comfortable tub with no perches above the ground. He still drags his left leg and prefers to stand still. He is not tame and is toweled for his meds. Please consider helping little Bernie on his road to a better life!

Angels for Bernie
Noah Mariano (in memory of)


Charlie
Amazon
7/20/15

UPDATE: Sept 8th, 2016
Charlie has been placed on a weight loss diet to see if it decreases the size of his air sacs. We are hoping to see progress soon!

UPDATE: Oct 30th, 2015 
Charlie is currently in the hospital. The vet found a growth in his abdomen. Surgery on his air sacs will have to wait until the growth is evaluated and treated. Please consider making a donation to help Charlie out!

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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
John & Trudy Landgrebe
Rhonda L. Bennon



Chacco
Rose Breasted Cockatoo
9/10/14

UPDATE: Sept 1st, 2016 
Chacco is still being kept at the vet because he is very neurotic and has to be on medication and in a special cage so he doesn't hurt himself.

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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
Louisa Jaskulski
Christine Neumeier
Rhonda L. Bennon
Wendy Gonzales
Christopher Norberg
Cindy Goral
Kathleen Taylor


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