Fellow Mortals, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   175 reviews

Issues: Animals, Education, Environment

Location: W4632 Palmer Rd Lake Geneva WI 53147 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 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
Programs: Wildlife Rehabilitation Program Wildlife Care Intern Program Wildlife Research Wildlife Education
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Fellow mortals helped me when I thought I had nowhere to turn. I found a bird stuck to a glue trap and they were able to remove him and get him on his way to recovery. Just last week I found a bird with an eye injury. They gave me instructions on how to care for him until I could deliver him there for care. They are wonderful, caring people who quietly work to care for the most helpless among us. Without them I truly would have had no place to take these injured animals and they would have died.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They provide excellent care regardless if you can donate or not.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of Fellow Mortals when there was a wonderful article about them in the Kenosha News a while ago. When I read that they did not discriminate.....they show the same amount of care, love, and compassion to a squirrel, as well as a bald eagle, I was compelled to donate to them. They keep you abreast of their new " clients": their progress, and hopefully their release back into the real world. As Mohandas Gandhi wrote,"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Well, Fellow Mortals make us look pretty good.
What else can be said about an organization that tries their hardest to relieve the suffering of innocent creatures, all while feeling their pain at the same time?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not personally brought in an animal. I would though if needed. I have experienced results over facebook, however, as a duck could swim again with a new "shoe", as animals are returned to the wild after they are saved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more equipment, funding, and space.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered Fellow Mortals, almost by accident, when I found and injured animal who needed help. I was directed to FM and since then have been a donor and champion of this wonderful organization. Their caring spirit and professionalism as well as their compassion and sensitivity to the patients they serve is humbling and inspiring.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In seeing the healing and care of animals brought in by myself and others

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have brought injured or orphaned animals to Fellow Mortals over many years. It is a clean and quiet place for animals to recover from injuries or illness, and their one goal is to rehabilitate them to be returned to the wild whenever possible. The staff is competent and work tirelessly, as there is no off time when caring for so many kinds of wildlife. It's a real comfort to the community to know we have this resource, as more development crowds out the wildlife. They do a wonderful job of educating both adults and children. I don't know how they care for thousands of animals a year with only donations, but I say they do a lot with the little they have, and many local residents will help with building and other jobs because we know what a great job they do. They are a model for what all wildlife hospitals should be.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Lake Geneva, wisconsin

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing - they are the best

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Rating: 5 stars  

Many years ago I visited Fellow Mortals, after hearing Yvonne on a radio interview. I was so touched and taken with the extensive facilities for such a new organization with such a small budget. Yvonne took the time to show my friend and I around and my heart was warmed by the wounded innocent animals that were getting a chance not to suffer and a second chance at their lives. I will never forget it and have always done my best to contribute to their work.
Yvonne and her staff are selfless and genuine in their commitment. So many injured wildlife are passed by and Fellow Mortals makes it possible to not have to do that anymore. I feel that we are all better people because Fellow Mortals is here. Dana Schreiber Madison, WI

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money

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7 people found this review helpful

Thank goodness for a place like Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. I have brought several animals to the hospital over the years and have always left with a very good feeling knowing the animal will get the best care. They are the best at what they do. They send out a newsletter a few times a year and what an uplifting feeling I get when I am done reading their stories.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, never tired of helping one more animal that came thru the door and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Fellow Mortals is an organization that is a huge part of our community. Without it, there would be no hope for the injured birds and mammals that are found near and far. They give every single animal a chance that it may never have seen. The love and care that goes into each and every patient at the hospital truly shows the compassion that man can hold for wild things. I have been proud over the years to say that I am even remotely associated with such a great group of people. It is in a selfish way though, as being part of a higher mission only makes me a better person. Every single person that I know who has come in contact with Fellow Mortals has been changed in one way or another for the better. I cannot express the good they do, and will continue to do no matter what obstacles stand in their way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Selfless and caring, not only with the love they give the animals but with the public and volunteers as well.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the midwest's rate of release for injured and orphaned animals. It could provide much needed education to the public and school children. It could become everything it always dreamed of becoming.

Ways to make it better...

I had extra income to be able to donate regularly to the organizations needs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Everyone should be able to experience Fellow Mortals, it would change your life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Words cannot describe the feeling which overcomes you when you see an injured animal. At times I will see a bird which has just been hit by a car laying in the middle of the road, panicking; and people just keep driving around it and some would not even take the time to do that. Fellow mortals is a sanctuary for these souls to come 'bounce back' and at times a safe peaceful place to 'carry on' it's journey. The staff at fellow mortals work countless hours caring for these animals as if they were their own children. Faces beem on release day when an animal is finally 'set free' to return to it's natural environment, and the commitment and effort has finally paid off. And on the day that an animal is so badly injured that there is nothing that can be done, tears are shed. I know; I have heard these stories. I am from Canada and my daughter has been a rehabilitator at the hospital for almost 5 years now. When I visit Jess I will go to the hospital and help in any way I can. I miss my daughter very much but I believe in what she does and I am very proud of what she does. I beleive this organization has used it's expertise to better educate the community in interactions with wildlife. More people should read the stories on their website. I believe it would open many eyes and hearts as to what the excerpt on Fellow Mortals' home page means 'A Living Philosophy based on the belief that encouraging compassion in humans toward all life brings out the finest aspects of humanity. God Bless each and every one of them!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

releasing birds and opposums

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find more ways of fundraising for them

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling I get hearing the stories and just being around the animals

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievably committed and caring people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

CHANGE THE WORLD!!!!!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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10 people found this review helpful

We were fortunate enough to meet the staff at Fellow Mortals when we brought in an injured opossum we found in our yard. At that time we were welcomed by Karen, a most helpful young woman, who handled our frightened rescue with immediate concern and compassion. She was our first encounter with this wonderful organization, and when we read more about their operation and facility, started by Steven and Yvonne Blane, we decided to do what we could to help. I volunteered to sew cage pads for the animals, and my husband got involved in some carpentry and outdoor work projects around the place. We also participated in their annual fundraiser, an outstanding event. Our love of animals led us to support Fellow Mortals, because we saw their genuine dedication to helping injured, abandoned and frightened creatures. When you picture the hours and hours of all-day feeding schedules for baby birds and animals, you can only imagine the patience, love, and devotion this staff has for their “fellow mortals.” My husband felt fortunate to participate in squirrel releases and also some raptor releases, experiences that he said touch the heart deeply. We will continue to support this wonderful organization. They are committed to ongoing superior care, they give their time, (and yes, talents—Yvonne writes the most beautiful articles about the animals, as do many of her highly skilled staff,)keeping folks informed about the view of life from the animals’ world. What amazing and gracious people these are, helping those without a “voice.”

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the care given when we brought an injured animal, and their complete dedication to each animal's welfare.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the dedication and compassion displayed by the staff, and the feeling that through volunteering for this group, we were able to help, even in small ways, to make life better for the animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue on as professionally as before, but with the ability to hire even more staff, and help out even more needy wild creatures.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Through a rare newspaper article featuring them I recalled their name when I found an injured animal. Because of their quiet insistence that this is a hospital they have no visitors and publicity except word-of-mouth. Care and rehabilitation of the animals is their first and only priority. So my first experience with Fellow Mortals goes back far more than 10 years. Since then I have brought many injured animals and have witnessed that every effort is made to help the animals. Their days are long, their own comforts are ignored and sleep is frequently sacrificed. The interns feel fortunate to be part of the organization and are reluctant to leave when their time is up. When an animal is brought in it receives immediate attention. Love, care and gentleness prevails. Their source of happiness and satisfaction is the eventual rehabilitation and release of the animal - whether eagle or white-footed mouse, bunny or hawk. But if release is not possible, then the animal has a permanent retirement in their care. Without a dime of government funding, their only funding comes from the generosity of local donors. Fellow Mortals and all who live there deserve all the help and support that can be mustered.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the good fortune to be one of their release sites for recovered animals and sharing their joy in seeing the animal hop, run or fly back into its natural habitat.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a sack of money, so they could build their "dream facility".

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their indomitable spirit to give the very best care possible

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome, caring and very, very competant

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

10 million? Fellow Mortals would share that with other struggling wildlife hospitals.

Ways to make it better...

You can't improve love and devotion

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money money money

One thing I'd also say is that...

once you find Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital in person or on the web and read about or experience their devotion to injured wildlife your conscience does not permit you to ignore and forget them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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