Showcasing Parrots of a Special Feather

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Posted by Parrots of a Special Feather on Thursday, August 27, 2015

June 2, 2013 Benefit for the Figueroas @ The Fireside Lounge in Sunny Alameda, California!

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An Event in Honor of Mel Figueroa and in Support of Her Husband Josh Figueroa

If you can, attend or get others to attend if you can’t make it and please consider donating to the event either money or raffle prizes if you don’t donate through the gofundme donation page.

And, most of all..Thank You for being a part of our promise to Mel.

1453 Webster St. Alameda, California 94501
1453 Webster St. Alameda, California 94501

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.

Today is Mel’s Birthday

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Fireside Lounge Fundraising Event for the Figueroas

Events being held by and for people giving their time and money to honor Mel and help support the people left behind.

A fund raiser for the Figueroas will be held at the Fireside Lounge in Alameda, Ca., June 2, 2013.

This all day event will feature bands, 4 DJs and raffles, including prizes from Sacred Tattoo, CDs, dance lessons, bar tabs, art, etc.

Free food and drink specials all day long.

Stop in for a few or stay all day, just come and give your support!

Festivities start at 2pm and will continue until closing time (midnight).

There is a $5 minimum donation requested at the door. This event is 21 and over.

Los Shimmy Shakers are playing!
https://www.facebook.com/losshimmy.shakers
The Champions Inc. are playing!
https://www.facebook.com/thechampionsinc
Mercy Beaucoup is performing!
https://www.facebook.com/beaucoupburly
Honey Lawless is performing!
https://www.facebook.com/honey.lawless

DJs Tanoa Samoa Boy, Bildo Bat, Dan Lau & Hawk Valentine are spinning!

http://www.gofundme.com/friendsofmelpod

1453 Webster St, Alameda, California 94501
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Our  Go Fund Me campaign has been quiet the last two days. It might be time to think about calling it done if no one contributes in the next 24 hours. I’ll keep posting updates, here, though, on the other events being held to help raise money to support Mel’s immediate family.

Every bit of relief you can give is not only for the one receiving it but for everyone who is walking near enough to see that tiny light of hope and find freedom from despair.

It might even be you or someone you love who finds hope, here. So, share, share, share this page and encourage others to walk with us, here. Every time someone gives, everyone is blessed with hope!

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Another message of appreciation

Another message of appreciation to the people giving their time and money to make this Go Fund Me campaign successful.

I thought today’s update should include something about why I am a part of this effort. It’s a bit long, so I understand if you just want to skim through it.

I don’t know Mel and Josh, personally. I have not met either of them or anyone in their family.

But, my daughter knows them and has loved them for several years and I not only love my daughter, I love the people who also love her. Mel and Josh have given only love to her and I suffer her loss.

Because of my obabymown experience with grief and the suffering it brings, I have learned that all suffering is personal. No one else can accompany us in it or share what we experience as suffering. Left on its own, suffering will devour all hope we have and without hope, the desire for life quickly fades.

I believe the only remedy to this lie in the determination of others to love us and share with us their own scars left from suffering.

Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to others by sharing what is hurting us and showing each other our broken places is what can spark the tiny light of hope needed to find enough faith to carry us through to the other side of our grief and misery.

So, while I believe we are each consigned to walk alone through its’ fire, I also believe that we can walk beside one another and lend what comfort is possible to enable one another’s burden.

This is why every bit of relief you can give is not only for the one receiving it but for everyone who is walking near enough to see that tiny light of hope and find freedom from despair.

It might even be you or someone you love who finds hope, here. So, share, share, share this page and encourage others to walk with us, here. Every time someone gives, everyone is blessed with hope!

 gofundmedonate