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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Education, Environment, Graduate & Professional Schools, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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 provide care for 2000 animals at the hospital annually. 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 approximately 50,000 injured and orphaned animals since 1985, and successfully rehabilitates 65-70 percent for release to the wild. 60 young professionals have gained experience in wildlife handling and husbandry since 1992.

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

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly a group of selfless souls whose sole purpose is to assist in the rehabilitation and care of countless orphaned and injured wildlife. Be very sure that every animal in their care is given the amazing opportunity to heal and be released back to the wild where they long to be. xo

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Arthur10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer there and they have the best group of really dedicated people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How very lucky the people of Wisconsin and Illinois are to have Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. My gratitutide for the staff is beyond words and I will continue to support them and their mission for the rest of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Rita27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They're amazing. The compassion, devotion and knowledge of the wildlife in their care is like no other. I am grateful that I've been able to volunteer when my schedule allows. Every little creature is treated equally from the tinniest mouse to the grand Bald Eagle. Thanks guys!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering at Fellow Mortals in the past for about 8 years. It was a life changing experience. The staffs commentment to the animals they care for are amazing. Working long days everyday of the year they do not stop until every animal has what it needs and more. They are my inspiration.

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Cleo R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A love for all creatures, from the smallest baby mouse to an elderly beaver, is what I witness each day that I volunteer at Fellow Mortals. The compassionate and knowledgeable Wildlife Rehabilitators and interns, work long hours to help insure that each animal that is brought to them has a chance to heal and then be released. The hundreds of animals that are helped each year by this organization are impressive; especially when you consider the time and cost that is required.

Fellow Mortals works hard to educate the public on many wildlife issues. What a person can and should do when they come into contact with an injured wild animal, from the initial phone contact to literature that is given to each person that brings an animal to the shelter, is enlightening. Fellow Mortals is also using Facebook as a tool that is fun and informative.

Fellow Mortals is a wonderful organization doing an amazing job.