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Fellow Mortals, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   175 reviews 13,476

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Education, Environment


W4632 Palmer Rd Lake Geneva WI 53147 USA


Fellow Mortals, Inc. is a dedicated wildlife hospital organized in 1985 and incorporated in 1991. Licensed advanced wildlife rehabilitators and associated veterinarians provide professional, compassionate rehabilitation services from admit to release for all species of wild birds and most species of wild mammals. Our small professional staff and student interns will provide care for over 2,000 animals in 2014. Associated veterinarians donate time to perform necessary surgeries and consults. We educate and help thousands of new people every year. A philosophically-based organization, Fellow Mortals exists to provide care for the injured and orphaned wild creatures found and rescued by ordinary people, many of whom have never before interacted with a wild animal. Fellow Mortals bridges the gap between caring and giving care--allowing people to act on their compassion, and helping to create a better world for all living beings.


Fellow Mortals has provided care for more than 40,000 injured and orphaned animals since 1985.

Target demographics:

Fellow Mortals' services are available to everyone, regardless of their ability to donate.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Approximately 2,000 wild creatures receive help annually.

Geographic areas served:

Southeastern WI and Northern IL


Wildlife Rehabilitation Program Wildlife Care Intern Program Wildlife Research Wildlife Education

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

The staff members at Fellow Mortals are the most dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate people I know. With them, the animals always come first. All patients are given the attention and respect they deserve, whether big or small, furred or feathered. I first went to Fellow Mortals when I found a dead opossum mother with what I thought were two surviving babies. (There were actually seven more babies still tucked in the mother's pouch.) Now I am a volunteer, and I can't imagine a better use of my time. My life is richer in so many ways because of my association with Fellow Mortals. This organization deserves everyone's support, whether it be gifts of time, talent, money, or all three.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about Fellow Mortals two years ago when someone brought an injured killdeer to the public library where I worked. Since then, I have delivered several other animals in need of care to them. It is wonderful having this organization in our area where I know every animal can get the individual care and attention it needs to be returned to health. The seven baby opossoms, two rose-breasted grosbeaks, and Swainson's thrush I brought to them would all agree.

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the lives of animals saved.

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help them find a way to enlist more volunteers for their cause so that even more lives could be saved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough about Fellow Mortals!
From their top notch staff and interns, to the loving care they give to their animal patients, Fellow Mortals goes above and beyond any wildlife rehabilitation hospital. I have had the privilege of seeing them in action and they provide excellent care to injured and orphaned animals. I have been able to sponsor one of the many animals that cannot be returned to the wild because of their injuries named Parker Bunny. Fellow Mortals also provides wildlife education using some of their special animals in the hopes that more people are aware of their valuable service. My recommendation to all is to support this vital lifeline for our injured and orphaned animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came to fellow mortals with my grand daughters and a little baby sparrow. learned more about them at an open house and became a part time volunteer after that. Thanks to the interaction I've had with them it has been my pleasure to be with them at a beaver release and an eagle release. Through them I have also been introduced to the world of animal rehabilitation. As a result of the people and animals I met I had a fascinating trip through Canada with a fellow volunteer and met Audrey Tournay (now my favorite author) and a myriad of other people and animals. The work they do is priceless. I wish I could do more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Why is Fellow Mortals such a trusted and highly regarded organisation in among its many stakeholders? Whether it is the donors who trust FM to spend their money wisely or the members of public who bring injured or orphaned wildlife to them for care and rehabilitation, or the Wisconsin and Illinois community who see them as setting the standard for animal care or the government agencies who look to them for advice and experience…………..I could go on!!

The answer is that the management, staff and volunteers of FM are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to any animal that needs rescued and will work tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome.

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Fellow Mortals has been a true Godsend to me!! My story is a little involved & long, but worth it - so please read on: My husband & I have been involved in the conservation of Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers by providing & maintaining 2 nesting boxes for these particular ducks for many years now. We have installed small video cameras with night vision capabilities in these boxes, which have allowed us to monitor their nesting process 24 hours a day during the spring breeding season. Sometimes there is only 1 female with 8 eggs, and at other times, more than 1 female is laying in the same box, which can produce over 30 eggs in 1 box. Every year around the end of March, a female (or 2 or 3) starts laying an egg a day in a box, covers it up with the Aspen bedding we provide for them, then leaves until the next day to lay another (both of our duck nesting boxes are occupied every spring, and sometimes, twice in a season - one right after another). When she's done laying, she starts incubating them 24 hours a day (with an hour break both in the early morning, then again right before it gets dark) for approximately 30-33 days. Hatching takes place within a 12 hour span, and by the next morning, the ducklings make the BIG JUMP. Mama drops down onto the ground under her nesting box and softly calls to her ducklings. Within about 2 minutes total, all the fully feathered ducklings jump out of the box bouncing one at a time onto the ground by their Mama approx. 9 feet below them. When all have safely left the box, they all waddle off in a feathery group down to our hidden creek and into the wild somewhere & are gone & never come back. We are able to watch this AMAZING process from both the inside of the box with our cameras and through a window from our home. This is the happy end of my story when ALL the ducklings (from 8 to possibly 30+) make it out successfully and waddle off with Mama. Amazingly, the same female duck or her offspring will come back to the same nesting box year after year to lay, which is an incredible feat in itself. Unfortunately though, when there are an excess amount of babies in a box or they hatched an hour or two later than the others, there have been ducklings too weak to make the big jump or their mother wasn't patient enough to wait for them all. In these cases, an orphan or 2 have been left behind in the box. Sometimes, there are eggs still hatching or don't hatch until a day or two from the others. These instances have been heartbreaking to me, as I have had no where to take a newly hatched or even an unhatched duckling egg for a chance at life. I've had perfectly formed, peeping ducklings pass away in my hands within a couple hours while waiting for a call back from a phone number someone gave me that could possibly help & take the baby - (calls that were never returned or were too late). Sadly, Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser ducklings don't survive after a few hours of being separated from their mother - they are so fragile. After this happened a couple times over a 3 year span, I seriously thought about taking the boxes down so that this wouldn't happen again, even though 95% of the ducklings successfully fledged and we were contributing great numbers towards the conservation of these ducks - I couldn't handle it anymore :-(. Then a MIRACLE!! One day I came upon a pamphlet from a place called Fellow Mortals and read it from front to back and realized that this wildlife/rehabilitation facility was only 40 minutes away from me. The next day I called them & told them my predicament that I have been encountering every spring & they told me they could help me whenever I needed a place to bring an orphan or even an unhatched egg. They said they had foster Wood Ducks that will raise my ducklings as their own and that they would be released into the wild when it was time. They also have an incubator for any unhatched eggs that I might have. I was SO RELIEVED!!! I now could continue with my nest boxes so that many more ducks could have a safe place to nest in an effort to conserve these beautiful creatures, and that Fellow Mortals would be there any day or time I needed them. Every year now, I call and give them a heads up when my eggs are hatching so that they know that I may possibly need to bring a duckling or two or an unhatched egg (or 2) the next morning. They are always prepared & ready for me since they too know that it's crucial to get the orphaned duckling to their foster parent as soon as possible or it will perish. Believe it or not, since then, I haven't had any orphaned ducklings, but I have had unhatched eggs. With Fellow Mortals help, at least 2 ducklings over the last couple years have hatched with the help of their incubator and been fostered and were released by them. There isn't a better feeling than knowing that there are people like me out there who considers even an unhatched duck egg a treasured creation and worth given a chance at life!!!! I have brought Fellow Mortals several song birds who were either injured or orphaned over the past few years (with 8 cameras in 8 different nesting boxes from ducks, owls & bluebirds, I can't help but have some bird in need!), but have yet had to bring them an orphaned duckling (phew!) I always know that they are there for me and all the creatures that need compassion & help, and I appreciate each & every one of their rehabbers, vets & volunteers. I pray constantly for them - that they can continue the work that God has called them to accomplish. Every month, I consider it an honor & joyfully contribute to their cause and hope that my meager offering will help them. I truly can't put into words how grateful I am that if one of God's creatures need help, Fellow Mortals are only 40 minutes away!! Thank you SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart for your compassion towards our fellow mortals - both furry & feathery! Love, Sandy

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fellow Mortals is an incredible place. Everyone that works there is so passionate and truly love what they do. I am so fortunate to be apart of all the wonderful things that happen there. I have never worked with more extraordinary, hardworking, and dedicated people. The staff strives to make every animal life count, even if there is a slim chance of recovery they do not give up! Know that when you bring an animal to us they are given the best of care and when you support Fellow Mortals though donations you are helping to give a wild one a second chance. Fellow Mortals is truly a great nonprofit!

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I was introduced to Yvonne and her husband Steve several years ago at a fund raising dinner in Lake Geneva, WI. My wife Dian had painted a 36x48 swan wild life for auction at the event. Dian has continued to donate her work for auction at the annual dinners. Having no artistic talent myself I usually write checks. We have been at the Fellow Mortal's farm many times over the years and have been impressed with the dedication of the professionals and volunteers. Being in sales I've learned you must ask for the order, Yvonne would be excellent salesperson as she looks you in the eye and asks for what the animals need whether it is a washing machine or funds to support a beaver. You just can't say no to her.
We are delighted to one of her many donors.

Jack Simpson, Wind Point WI

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Great organizations start and are maintained by great leaders. Yvonne Wallace Blane and her husband Steve, have worked in service to all forms of injured wildlife since founding Fellow Mortals in 1985. One only has to read some of the stories penned by Yvonne to realize the depth of commitment she assigns to each animal brought to the wildlife hospital. Her story, An Insignificant Life (http://fellowmortals.org/insignificant/ ) brings tears and an awareness of why Fellow Mortals has such a unique mission in wildlife rehabilitation. Core values stated at the website reflect the values of both Yvonne and Steve:
• Value and care for the individual life comes before all else
• All species admitted for care are treated equally
• Fellow Mortals will not euthanize a healthy animal
• Fellow Mortals strives for the highest standards and professionalism in animal care and all other areas
• Fellow Mortals does not accept support that could cause us to compromise our values

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I have been so fortunate as to volunteer my time at Fellow Mortals. I am humbled to be a small part of such an amazing organization of selfless individuals. Every life that enters the doors of this facility are as equally important as the rest. I have seen first hand the heart and soul that has gone into caring for the injured and abandoned wildlife who have required this care due to 'human' neglect or naivety. Thank you so much for all you do and a huge thank you for allowing me to be a small part of it all!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ever since I first became aware of and involved with Fellow Mortals in 2003, I have seen firsthand what competence and sincere compassion can achieve hand in hand. An enterprise such as FM (and there are others, but far too few and too far between) makes the difference between encountering a wild animal in dire need and *wishing* there was something you could do... and being able to actually do something - with their help. I have had the privilege of partaking in the eventual release of wild birds I had brought to Fellow Mortals for care and treatment, and those were some heartbreakingly joyous moments in my llfe, let me tell you. If you believe that wild animals of all kinds truly are our fellow mortals, individuals as worthy of empathy as you and I, please support those who take that philosophy into living action and make our world a better place in so doing. My world is certainly a better place thanks to FM. Yvonne and Steve and their staff are real people. Real good people. Angels upon the earth, as far as I'm concerned. Let's help FM help us to help those alien familiars we marvel at every day, the ones without civilization and technology. Let's lend them ours in their hour of need, in exchange for what they do for our lives every day. It starts with compassion, but it takes skill and dedication to make a difference. Fellow Mortals has all three and bridges the gap.

Sean Carroll

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