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February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I am an animal lover, but am careful to choose organizations that actually help animals. Fellow Mortals is one of those organizations I feel good about supporting because of all the amazing things they do for wildlife. I volunteer at their fundraiser every year and am always pleasantly surprised by the care and determination this organization has toward animals in need.

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through a friend - she works for this amazing organization

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not do anything - they know what they are doing and how to get it done. They are amazing!

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

Over 10 years ago I became involved with helping Fellow Mortals and was completely amazed at the devotion and selflessness of all of those involved. The animals are always first and foremost, and they are given every opportunity to have the best possible lives despite whatever struggles they have come across. Fellow Mortals does so much with so little, all from donations of those who believe in their work and have a love of wildlife. I can only hope the organization will be there for my children when they grow up, allowing them a resource and a safe haven for the injured and orphaned wildlife they may encounter. They are a huge asset to our community as well as many others.

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I have witnessed many releases of rehabilitated animals and also seen the good it does for the community to have a place to take these animals when found.

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Allow them unlimited resources to be able to perform all the things that they are possible of.

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

I was first introduced to Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital, based in Walworth County, near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, in 1995 when I was in high school. I was moved by their mission to care for injured and orphaned wild animals and became a volunteer for several years, cleaning cages and helping feed and care for deer, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, beavers, songbirds, hawks, owls, bats and many other wildlife species.

Fellow Mortals was founded by a couple-- Yvonne Wallace Blane and Steve Blane-- who began taking in injured wild animals from the local community in the early 80's. Both became professional, licensed wildlife rehabilitators and founded Fellow Mortals in 1985 and incorporated in 1991. Over the past 25 years, they have selflessly devoted themselves to caring for wildlife from across the southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois region and have gotten by on a very small budget based on donations from local community members.

Fellow Mortals is an extremely successful organization, now with a small group of professionally trained wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife biology interns giving care to the injured and orphaned wildlife, working on average 70 hours per week! Every year they receive about 2,000 injured and orphaned wild animals and have an unusually high release rate compared to other similar organizations. They have kept phenomenal data over the years about their success rate in releasing the wildlife back into the wild once healed. They also provide rehabilitation free to the public-- there is no change. They rely solely on donations from the community to continue their work.

Most of all, Fellow Mortals is driven by an underlying ethic based on the belief that all life is precious. Unlike other similar organizations that may be quick to euthanize injured wildlife, Fellow Mortals staff and interns do everything in their power to respect individual animal life, no matter how small. They give every animal that enters their doors the most high quality care possible.

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their success in rehabilitating wild animals and releasing them back into the wild. My family has come to them many times over the years with animals found injured on our farm near Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

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The only change I would make would be to increase their budget and get the word out about their incredible accomplishments over the past 25 years

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I have been a volunteer, donor, and client served. This is an awesome organization. They take good care of the animals trusted in their care, they make good use of your donations, and it makes you feel good when you help out. Wonderful group of people who make a difference. There is no better place to take wildlife in need. I don't know what would happen to the thousands of animals they help if they weren't here to make a difference. Help for injured wildlife is a big need in our area.

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I've seen the many animals they've helped, and had the opportunity to make a big difference to one special bird I picked up off the road.

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I wish I could help them move to a more rural area. There location was remote years ago, but is now on the edges of the community which has grown over the years.

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

Yvonne and Steve provide the most capable and compassionate care to orphaned, injured and diseased wildlife. Their dedication, along with their volunteers and interns, has saved the lives of thousands of animals who would have died miserable deaths without Fellow Mortals. They have effectively colloborated with veterinarians, other wildlife rehabilitators, donors and volunteers to provide superior care to the animals entering their facility. I am thankful for their guidance, encouragement and service provided over the past 20 years which we have known them.

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I have been able to participate in providing care to wildlife under the direction and encouragement of Yvonne and Steve at Fellow Mortals.

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If I could change Fellow Mortals, it would be only to help it grow into a sustainable, state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitation center which could serve wildlife in a broader region for many years to come. I would also publicize all of the good things they do for the community and wildlife through their pure hearts, compassion and genuine love of God's creation.

February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

When Anyone's GOD looks down on us with a questioning eye and considers "are the earth's inhabitants doing the good that is expected of them?" The FELLOW MORTALS HOSPITAL will stand out. Any GOD will see the 24/7 human being aide to the small less capable wild animals is exactly as all GOD's would desire. All faiths require we act as responsible keepers of the space we inhabit. FELLOW MORTALS fulfills this destinay with unrestricted commitment, tireless response and unconditional love. They always have and surely will continue to do so.

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We have taken several animals to their hospital where they spent a great deal of time trying to encourage recovery so they could release them again to their WILD.

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I would not change a thing except it would be nice if they could get more cash flow for building programs.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I have been a donor, volunteer, fellow professional and much more.

Steve and Yvonne, the principals in Fellow Mortals, are dedicated beyond the point of belief. They are singular people with an amazing level of dedication.

They have give their lives to wildlife rehabilitation and
I have so much admiration for them.

The world would be poorer without their efforts.

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their core mission.

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More money, better financed.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I've been very fortunate to have interned at Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital a few years ago. I continue to regard my experiences there to be some of the most important, meaningful ones in my life. There is a true need for a wildlife hospital in so many areas, and Fellow Mortals serves its surrounding community so well. The staff there are so dedicated to the wildlife in their care, and they are extremely knowledgable and attentive to their patients. Every year, I look forward to attending their annual auction, because I know firsthand that every penny goes toward the care of those animals staying in the hospital.

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witnessing firsthand many successful releases of different patients that were rehabbed at Fellow Mortals.

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advertise it more to the surrounding communities, so they know they have a place to go if they find wildlife in need of care.

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

I've had the privilege of working on the development of Fellow Mortals facilities for the care of orphaned and injured wildlife from time to time over the past twenty years.
I'm most impressed with their dedication to the care of each and every individual creature that is presented to Fellow
Mortals for care, from the tiniest orphaned hatchling to the greviously injured adult, the value and potential of every single life is honored.

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Awareness and appreciation of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation through education and participation.

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It would be wonderful to develop a broader means of educating the public in regards to co-existing and caring for wildlife.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Appreciated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

I've spent some time working with Fellow Mortals (non-humans and humans alike) and always come away with a feeling of satisfaction that I've helped the universe and made things better for others. The owners do this on a daily basis (24x7x365) and need our help to enable them to provide the best care possible.

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