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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 so compassionate in what they do for our injured and orphaned wildlife. I have had the privilege of releasing geese and ducks back into the wild after Fellow Mortals did what they do for all that come into their hospital. There is no better feeling than to see them fly, usually for the first time in a long time, and go back to the wild where they belong. If not for them, so many of our creatures would probably not have a very happy life. Yvonne and Steve have dedicated their lives to doing this. I have met the interns they get during the year and they also are so dedicated to these animals. If they find a creature that just cannot be released back into the wild, they keep and give them the best life possible. It takes special people to be able to do this kind of work. And these are very special people. The whole organization is run so well and the provisions given to the animals are great. I don't know what our community would do without them.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In addition to helping animals, this wonderful charitable non-profit also helps human "Fellow Mortals" via their educational outreach. Animals who cannot be rehabilitated and returned to the wild are given a home at the hospital and when possible become teaching animals for schools and other educational programs.

Fellow Mortals provides compassionalte and professional services on a remarkably small and carefully administered budget. In the process, this organization has also cultivated a better understanding of our area's natural environment and it's animal inhabitants to school children, interns, and the general public.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Feollow Mortals is a remarkable asset to the communities of Southern Wisconsin and NOrthern Illinois. This unique windlife hospital and rehab center exists not for profit, but to help, heal and rehabilitate injured animals. To accomplish this mission the founders have invested not just their own funds but also their professional skills, boundless energy and virtually all of their time to provide for the needs of the suffering animals brought to the hospital. The patients who are brought to the hospital may have feathers or four legs but they don't have checkbooks!! Therefore this special place of healing can exist only through continued donations and the work of geneorous volunteers.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar