It’s Official..Read the Official Announce.

**Most importantly, be aware of the matching grant opportunity, Challenge Grant of $10,500, every donation received by mail or online between now and midnight Pacific Time on May 31 will be matched by this grant at a rate of 50% until matching funds run out.

 Donate by May 31 for the Challenge Grant by:

      • Send check to
        Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, PO Box 697, San Jose, CA  95106
      • Donating online via the link on the left of our homepage

Just published moments, ago, by Mickaboo’s Development Director, Pamela Lee:

o Our Mickaboo Community,

It is with much sadness that I report Mickaboo’s Board yesterday declared a moratorium on intakes while we better our financial condition. A moratorium is a painful undertaking for a rescue whose mission is at least partially based on helping those in dire need.  That said, we have an obligation to the birds already in our foster flock. We all have the opportunity to make this moratorium a short one, due to the existence of an exciting Challenge Grant (see below for details).

Mickaboo’s funds were drawn down to almost nothing due to the high number of our birds recently requiring extended hospitalization. Among these birds are Fred and George (pictured at left), a pair of mitred conures from the iconic Wild Flock of Telegraph Hill.  Mickaboo received these birds after their rescuer caught them – they had been hanging out on her balcony and looked ill.  They continue to be treated for metal toxicity.  Their May vet bills totaled over $4,000 (!) and they continue to need medical assistance.

Another of these birds is Benji, the orange lovebird at right.  An eclectus opened Benji’s cage and nearly bit off her beak! Fortunately, a vet was able to reattach skin to the beak and repair Benji’s other wounds.  Unfortunately, Benji’s vet bill totals almost $2,400.

While Fred and George came separately to Mickaboo, they are now best friends.  Mickaboo itself is lucky to have friends – and generous ones at that!  A group of wonderful supporters created a Challenge Grant of $10,500 (I said these people were generous!).  A la KQED’s challenge grant, every donation received by mail or online between now and midnight Pacific Time on May 31 will be matched by this grant at a rate of 50% until matching funds run out.

Donate by May 31 and make your gift eligible for the Challenge Grant by:

  • Sending a check to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, PO Box 697, San Jose, CA  95106
  • Donating online via the link on the left of our homepage,

The birds and volunteers of Mickaboo appreciate a gift of ANY amount at any time, and especially now because of the Challenge Grant opportunity. Thank you again for your ongoing support of our mission.

Yours truly,

Pamela A Lee
Development Director

Moratorium Leaves Birds Without Rescue

Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue (Mickaboo)  has been forced to place an emergency moratorium on the intake of any new rescue or surrendered parrots and song birds.

AshburyWithout Mickaboo, these parrots and the many many birds abandoned, unwanted, neglected and abused in Northern and Central California will suffer. Sometimes, they will suffer to death.

Because of a number of recent expenses. including the boarding of several birds with veterinary offices and hospitals while securing foster placement and in addition to the ongoing cost of veterinary care for birds with injuries, chronic illnesses and other emergency medicine (averaging $25,000 each month!), the lost and unwanted parrots and songbird companions of Northern and Central California are without safe harbor until we can lift this moratorium.

The birds I’m referring to include the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill flock. When one of these cherry-headed conures is discovered injured or ill, Mickaboo volunteers ensure they receive prompt medical attention and if one of these parrots cannot be returned to the flock, a Mickaboo volunteer provides for their long term care, dispenses medicine and creates an environment that accommodates whatever disability or critical need that is necessary to allow them to live the remainder of their lives without suffering and with dignity.

Please help get the word out to anyone who cares about animal welfare. We must lift this moratorium and cannot hope to do this without a massive rally of support and promotion of the cause to as many potential supporters as possible.