“Today is my 30th day of survival. I don’t even know how I managed to live in this world the few weeks that I did without proper care. Each day is a struggle. Something went wrong with my little body when I hatched. There was no room inside me to eat and I couldn’t even release my droppings. My foster mom held me every night and massaged my legs to make me more comfortable. I just closed my eyes and cried. I not only have a deformed spine but my right knee is dislocated and the leg is bent backwards. Mom had to use towel wrapping to stop my leg from swinging toward my face and keep my body upright so that I don’t roll over. Just before the New Year my whole body was shaking, I panicked and nearly passed out. My foster mom thought I was dying but I made it through the night using my sweet little voice and eyes to tell her that I really wanted to live as I am a survivor.
She called Mickaboo( a rescue ) that night and took me to an emergency avian vet. Since then, under my doctor’s care, I am feeling much better with each new day. My G-I tract is moving and I am even gaining some weight! Every day I show my vet how I want to stand on my feet and that I want to walk. The doctor feels he can fix my leg as he has helped other birds like me.”
01/17/12 with great sadness we had to let Muriel fly over the Rainbow Bridge last night. She was a brave little baby cockatiel who tried so hard to live and get better but sometimes it is just not meant to be. Muriel will go on in our hearts.
Mai Tai, a Goffin’s cockatoo, came to Mickaboo in mid-November. She had deep wounds in her front and back. Our vet said she had never seen a bird so deformed from mutilation and scar tissue. X-rays showed multiple past untreated fractures of her wings and legs. She was also suffering from a crushed thorax—she stopped breathing momentarily during the x-ray, as any form of stress simply exhausted her. The muscle in her frozen leg was black, although she has limited use of her toes.
Despite all she had been through in her life, Mai Tai had not given up on herself, and we refused to give up on her either.
Once stabilized, one of our special-needs foster homes took Mai Tai home. Mai Tai requires a lot of care and attention, with pain medicine, oxygen, and every-other-day bandage changes and wound care. Mai Tai’s veterinary bill is over $1,000, and will no doubt grow. Consider donating for her care, and that of our other foster birds, as part of your year-end giving. Whether it’s a little or a lot, your donation, combined with others, makes a real difference to our ability to help our birds.
To learn more about our foster flock - they’d love to go home with you! - go to our online bird listing. Want to learn more about bird care? Our reading room has several articles about bird behavior, safe and nonsafe plants and foods, and more!
Thank you again for your generosity, and enabling Mickaboo to continue its mission on behalf of our feathered friends! Season’s Greetings to you and yours!
This project will help Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue pay for veterinary care for rescued birds across the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We are a nonprofit with a 100% volunteer staff, and our veterinary bills are $15,000-$20,000 per month. We exist because most Bay Area shelters are well equipped to handle dogs and cats, but cannot accept parrots or pet songbirds.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In these difficult economic times, many pets are being given up because their owners are no longer able to care for them. Most animal shelters are designed to house cats and dogs, and are unable to accept domestic birds. We are an all-volunteer organization, with about 300 birds in our care. Many of the birds come to us injured, abused, neglected, or are very ill. We believe these birds deserve a second chance.
How will this project solve this problem?
We rescue birds that are surrendered to us, that shelters turn away, that are found in empty apartments and foreclosed homes and even dumpsters, or that were released into the wild completely unable to survive on their own. We have no central facility, so we place them in foster homes until a suitable adoptive parent can be found. Virtually all the money we raise goes toward veterinary costs and medical expenses, with the remainder for education and outreach.
Potential Long Term Impact
We currently have about 300 birds in foster care, most of whom come to us injured, abused, neglected, or very ill. We provide them with the medical attention they need to survive and thrive. Those who surrender their birds to us are assured their former pet birds will receive the care and human interaction these intelligent, social creatures deserve.
My wife and I have fostered over a dozen birds, several of whom were found on street corners and in yards. It is a wonderful feeling, knowing we are giving these lives a second chance. - Wayne Coburn, Mickaboo Volunteer
Total Funding Received to Date: $47,814 Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,186 Total Funding Goal: $55,000