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  

During the summer and fall months I volunteered for Fellow Mortals at the front desk helping with admissions and returning phone calls. It was an amazing experience. It was run professionally. Any information given to people who called was exactly what the rehabilitator told me in response to that particular call. The environment was to be quiet and calm so that it would not upset already stressed wildlife. Only rehabilitators and trained interns were allowed to care for the injured and orphaned wildlife. Even cleaning out where they lived was done by professionals. Cleaning was ongoing. I was surprised at how busy it was. Hundreds of birds and animals come in carried by concerned people who are relieved there is a place like Fellow Mortals. Most impressive was seeing the compassion and how gentle the rehabilitators were with the suffering wildlife. As soon as the bird or animal came through the door it was seen , made comfortable and started on getting its needs met. I liked that they always took the time to educate me on the various birds and animals that came through the doors. So many times I didn't know how the rehabilitators kept going always patient,kind and so concerned for their many birds and animals. Open 7 days a week. Work needs to be done even if someone cannot come in due to sickness or injury. They support each other. I came away from this experience with a great deal of admiration and a debt of gratitude to this small group of healers and their helpers,who have dedicated their lives to saving and easing the pain of our wildlife. volunteer Jill

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

volunteering

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

not change anything

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having taken several injured wild critters in for help I am impressed with the staff and volunteers. They are quite knowlegableand dedicated. Fellow Mortals provides a great service. they also deserve all the help available.

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

Help for anmals

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

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned at Fellow Mortals in 1992 and learned alot about wildlife from them. I was encouraged to apply for my rehabilitation license and have since been a wildlife rehabilitator since 1993. I owe everything I know to Yvonne and Steve. They trained me well. Fellow Mortals has the highest standards in wildlife care and release. The animals welfare is put first and foremost! I give high praises to Fellow Mortals for all that they do for wildlife, the interns that they train, and the clients that bring animals to them. They do everything possible to help all the animals that come to them.

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

I have had hands on experience working at Fellow Mortals and have had continuous contact with them regarding animals in need.

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

NONE! They are wonderful!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was a teenager my family found an injured Great Horned Owl and we contacted Fellow Mortals for help. The owl was successfully rehabilitated and released back at our property.... That was 13 years ago! As fate would have it, five years ago I met my wife, who is a wildlife rehabilitator at Fellow Mortals. I volunteer for the organization, helping with construction projects and with squirrel releases. Fellow Mortals is a big part of our lives and because of this my understanding of wildlife has changed for the better. The compassion and commitment that these individuals have is extraordinary. I am proud to be a part this wonderful organization.

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

Going on releases and seeing the beauty of the animals as they are returned to their home and knowing that this was made possible by the efforts of Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital.

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

I am not sure what I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our introduction and subsequent relationship with Fellow Mortals began with an injured rabbit. Since then we have taken other injured animals to them, and a beautiful little chickadee who had lost a wing. The compassion of Yvonne and Steve was the beginning of Fellow Mortals, and continues to be the driving force behind the expansion of the hospital itself and the increase in the number of people involved. Each injured animal and bird that arrives at their door has a chance, a chance they wouldn’t have without them. The world is so surely a better place because of Fellow Mortals!

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

Animals and birds we have taken there

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

Try to get more money for it so it could continue to improve the buildings being used to house the birds and animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

through a friend - she works for this amazing organization

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

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.

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