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GlobalGiving matching event - update, 2:10 pm PT

Our current total is $16,138, exceeding our $15,000 fundraising goal! Yippee! Your generosity during this GlobalGiving matching event makes your gift go further than usual and helps Mickaboo build a solid foundation as we continue into the new year.

Want to get your share of the matching funds?  Hurry while there's still time - there's only $2K left of the original $60K in matching funds!  Head to this online giving page fast!

GlobalGiving matching event - update, 7:40 am PT

There's $32K in matching funds still left!  Let's use it up for the birds!Youngest Donor

Your generosity so far has resulted in a total in donations and matching gifts of $5.8K - about 40% of the way toward our $15K fundraising goal. Consider joining the many Mickaboo supporters who have helped our birds with their vet bills – including this young one.  It'll take a few minutes to give here.

Our many foster birds and the volunteers who care for them Thank You!

Matching Gift Event - On NOW!

LouieThanks to your continued support, Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue has been able to continue our work of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing companion birds.  So far this year, we have accepted and adopted out approximately 40 birds in total, while caring for a flock of ~450. (See photos and read stories about many of our birds here.)

YOUR help and that of our many dedicated volunteers are what make the Mickaboo miracle happen. Your donation today to keep the miracle going can go further – a matching gift event is underway today (March 18), 6 am - 9 pm PT. GlobalGiving will match your online donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project, until GlobalGiving's $60,000 in matching funds runs out.  Give early to help ensure YOU get the match!

Your donations help birds like Louie, a 15-year-old female blue-fronted amazon. Louie was surrendered to Mickaboo when her guardian could no longer afford Louie’s medical needs. Louie appeared to be having great difficulty breathing, so she was immediately hospitalized and put on oxygen while veterinarians assessed her condition. 

The first set of x-rays suggested something was blocking half of Louie’s airflow at the base of her pharynx. More x-rays over a two-week period showed large finger-like growths in the esophagus interfering with Louie’s food intake. Louie’s frantic stretching and head movements were how she had been moving food down her esophagus. Biopsies showed the growths resulted from inflammation (rather than cancer or an infection), possibly due to a vitamin A deficiency. Louie was given a vitamin A injection and other medications; her movements have become far less frantic. Follow-up care will be needed over the next several months.

Louie is now in a Mickaboo foster home where she is talking, laughing, and eating well. She says ‘hello’ and other words in a cute woman’s voice when she thinks no one is listening.

Louie’s vet bills have exceeded $5000 so far. The improvement in Louie's quality of life - priceless! Please consider taking advantage of today's matching gift opportunity to help Louie and our other birds heal and find permanent, loving homes.

Quita Memorial Challenge Grant - Final Update

QuitaThe final total is $29,817, essentially matching our $30,000 end-of-year fundraising goal!  THANK YOU for your collective generosity!  The funds will go a long way toward meeting the medical needs of our foster flock (depending on how needy our birds are, of course - we've spent $40K on one month's bills in the not-too-distant past).

Mystic Macaw sculptureThe donor with the mostest is Rhonda Bennon!  She will receive the macaw head sculpture created by Scott Shipley, who happens to be one of our very dedicated volunteers.

Want to jumpstart your New Year with a gift? Here are the ways: 

  • by sending a  check or money order to: Mickaboo, P.O. Box 697, San Jose,  CA 95106-0697
  • online, with a credit card through Network for Good
  • online via Mickaboo's website (www.mickaboo.org) - use either of the two "donate" buttons in the left margin

ALL gifts of any size are welcome and are fully tax-deductible (in 2015)!  Monthly giving is also VERY appreciated, as this provides a way for us to plan our cash flow (and avoid emergency funding calls!).

Today's results include final totals for both online giving and checks we have received through the mail. 

Quita Memorial Challenge Grant - penultimate update

QuitaOur current total is $24,142, over 80% of our $30,000 end-of-year fundraising goal!  That's about a typical month's worth of vet costs for our flock of 400+ birds.  Regardless of whether your gift was large or small, we THANK YOU for your generosity!  We suspect Quita, the parrotlet in whose memory the matching funds were provided, is also smiling.

Want to jumpstart your New Year with a gift? Here are the ways: 

  • by sending a  check or money order to: Mickaboo, P.O. Box 697, San Jose,  CA 95106-0697
  • online, with a credit card through Network for Good
  • online via Mickaboo's website (www.mickaboo.org) - use either of the two "donate" buttons in the left margin

ALL gifts of any size are welcome and are fully tax-deductible (in 2015)!  Monthly giving is also VERY appreciated, as this provides a way for us to plan our cash flow (and avoid emergency funding calls!).

Today's results include final totals for online giving.  We'll add the final results tomorrow for checks received at our PO Box. Stay tuned to this space for our FINAL update - tomorrow!

Quita Memorial Challenge Grant - Dec. 31 evening update

QuitaOur current total is $21,523, almost three-quarters of our $30,000 end-of-year fundraising goal! Your generosity during this Challenge Grant time (ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TODAY!) makes your gift go further than usual, helps you when you file your 2014 income taxes - and helps Mickaboo build a solid foundation as we head into the new year.

AzulAzul is one of the birds who benefits from Mickaboo's volunteers. Azul is an older Blue Front Amazon in her 30's with cataracts. She acts like any other blue front amazon except she can't see very well. She plays with toys and takes treats from my foster mom very nicely. Azul could be a very sweet gal for the right person- and she's available for adoption!

Want to help Azul and other birds like her before the matching period is up (TONIGHT!)? One may give:

  • online, with a credit card through Network for Good
  • online via Mickaboo's website (www.mickaboo.org) - use either of the two "donate" buttons in the left margin
  • online through PayPal (login to *your* Paypal account, if you have one, and send money to donations "at" mickaboo.org). No fees to you or Mickaboo if you give this way!

ALL gifts of any size are welcome and are fully tax-deductible! 

Learn more about this Challenge Grant here. We will have two more updates - tomorrow's update will include all online donations collected through midnight tonight, and Friday's update will add checks found in our PO Box.  Happy New Year to one and all!!

Quita Memorial Challenge Grant - Dec. 31 morning update

QuitaOnly ONE more day to give (Today!) to get a 2014 tax deduction, help our birds, AND get a Quita Memorial Challenge Grant match!

Our current total is $17,107, over 57% toward our $30,000 end-of-year fundraising goal! Our foster birds and the many volunteers who make up Mickaboo appreciate your donating during this Challenge Grant time.  Doing so makes your gift go further - and helps energize our volunteers for 2015.Tiels

Eagle, Mildred, Coffee, Mocha, and George are a few of the many birds benefitting from your collective generosity.  They are about 12 years old and have been in an aviary most, if not all, their lives, in the San Jose area. They all appear to be males, are all healthy and and very active .. especially around feeding time.  Their surrender to Mickaboo was caused by a combination of a marital separation and subsequent move - a story we often hear at Mickaboo.

Want to help this flock of cockatiels and other birds like them before the Challenge Grant period is up *tomorrow*? One may give:

  • online, with a credit card through Network for Good
  • online via Mickaboo's website (www.mickaboo.org) - use either of the two "donate" buttons in the left margin
  • online through PayPal (login to *your* Paypal account, if you have one, and send money to donations "at" mickaboo.org)
  • by sending a  check or money order to: Mickaboo, P.O. Box 697, San Jose,  CA 95106-0697

ALL gifts of any size are welcome and, if you give today, are tax-deductible for 2014!

Learn more about this Challenge Grant here. Stay tuned to this space for another update this afternoon!

Quita Memorial Challenge Grant - Dec. 30 evening update

QuitaOur current total is $16,878, over halfway toward our $30,000 Quita Memorial Challenge Grant fundraising goal! Yippee! Your generosity during this Challenge Grant time (ONLY ONE MORE DAY!) makes your gift go further than usual, helps you when you file your income taxes - and helps Mickaboo build a solid foundation as we head into the new year.

HarryHarry is one of the foster birds who benefits from Mickaboo's services. He is a teenaged (in bird years) male Patagonian Conure with a bit of a mysterious past. Harry's last owner loved him dearly but was not in a situation to keep him any longer. His foster parent is teaching him about toys (he didn't have any before) and the social skills he'll need to thrive in a permanent home.

Want to help Harry and other birds like him before the matching period ends tomorrow? One may give:

  • online, with a credit card through Network for Good
  • online via Mickaboo's website (www.mickaboo.org) - use either of the two "donate" buttons in the left margin
  • online through PayPal (login to *your* Paypal account, if you have one, and send money to donations "at" mickaboo.org). No fees to you or Mickaboo if you give this way!

ALL gifts of any size are welcome and are fully tax-deductible! 

Learn more about this Challenge Grant here. Stay tuned to this space for our updates tomorrow!

Quita Memorial Challenge Grant - Dec. 30 morning update

Bishop and TommyOur current total is $12,106, over 40% of our $30,000 end-of-year fundraising goal! Yippee! Our foster birds and the many volunteers who make up Mickaboo appreciate your donating during this Challenge Grant time.  Doing so makes your gift go further - and helps us build a solid foundation as we head into 2015.  Join the fun - there's only TWO more days to get a tax deduction AND help the birds at the same time!

Bishop is one of the many birds benefitting from your collective generosity.  He is about six years old and was surrendered to Mickaboo by a person who had to move to a non-pet-friendly home. He is bonded to Tommy, whom he met in foster care. Tommy was literally rescued when he flew away from his guardian and was attacked by a flock of crows.  Bishop sings and whistles a little bit, and will also call out loudly when Tommy is not nearby. He enjoys playing with palm shredder toys and likes helping Tommy to play and enjoy himself too.

Want to help Bishop, Tommy, and other birds like them before the Challenge Grant period is up *tomorrow*? One may give:

  • online, with a credit card through Network for Good
  • online via Mickaboo's website (www.mickaboo.org) - use either of the two "donate" buttons in the left margin
  • online through PayPal (login to *your* Paypal account, if you have one, and send money to donations "at" mickaboo.org)
  • by sending a  check or money order to: Mickaboo, P.O. Box 697, San Jose,  CA 95106-0697

ALL gifts of any size are welcome and are fully tax-deductible!

Learn more about this Challenge Grant here. Stay tuned to this space for another update this afternoon!

Quita Memorial Challenge Grant - Dec. 29 evening update

JolieOur current total is $9,811, about one-third of our $30,000 end-of-year fundraising goal! Your generosity during this Challenge Grant time (ONLY TWO MORE DAYS AFTER TODAY!) makes your gift go further than usual, helps you when you file your income taxes - and helps Mickaboo build a solid foundation as we head into the new year.

Jolie is one of the birds who benefits from Mickaboo's volunteers. Jolie is a lovely gray mutation Indian Ringneck girl. She went on an adventure outdoors and got lost. Lucky for her a nice lady found Jolie, saving her from an uncertain fate. Now she is in a nice Mickaboo foster home and living the good life, learning to love a great pellet-based diet and vegetables. Jolie is a really smart and curious girl, eager to learn new things. She also enjoys flying, napping, bathing, and whistling - and she's available for adoption!

Want to help Jolie and other birds like her before the matching period is up? One may give:

  • online, with a credit card through Network for Good
  • online via Mickaboo's website (www.mickaboo.org) - use either of the two "donate" buttons in the left margin
  • online through PayPal (login to *your* Paypal account, if you have one, and send money to donations "at" mickaboo.org). No fees to you or Mickaboo if you give this way!

ALL gifts of any size are welcome and are fully tax-deductible! 

Learn more about this Challenge Grant here. Stay tuned to this space for another update tomorrow!

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