Thanks 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.