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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

74 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is so good to know that there is a caring place to help injured birds and mammals in my area. I am thankful for their services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a fawn today, that appeared to be completely blind. The fawn was circling in water about a foot deep, on Koshkonong Lake. I called the DNR, who would not help, except to transfer me to the fine people at this non-profit.

These folks called me back very quickly and were not only willing to help, they encouraged me as I attempted to capture this blind baby deer. I was able to capture him and bring him to these lovely people. Today is July 4th. The fact alone that these fine people are there to take me call is impressive - and they stepped well above that, by waiting while I drove an hour to get there with the little baby. They deserve every bit of support that they can be given.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

we found a fledgling robin and a fledgling Baltimore oreal in our yard, we called fellow mortals and brought them in and right away I could tell that the birds were in good compassionate hands, the people who took thebirds were so gentile and kind to them, I will always take any orphaned animals I find to fellow mortals in the future

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a wonderful non-profit organization. They were kind and helpful over the phone as we were seeking assistance for a nestling robin. They gave us clear and concise directions and we were able to get the bird into their care safely. Fellow Mortals is really great!

1 Lisa555

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter found a baby bird, like a four day old bird, in a gutter. She looked for a nest and there was none to be found. She took the bird home and cared for it all night, and it survived!! We made a couple of phone calls with absolutely no luck of finding a facility to help our bird. What do you do, when your child has put her heart into caring for an animal and no one will help you? You TRY harder! We were directed to Fellow Mortals. I left a message describing our situation and as much detail about our bird as I could. Our call was returned promptly and the woman on the phone was so extremely kind and helpful, she even texted me with their address because I didn't have paper or a writing utensil! We drove from McFarland, a little over an hour, to deliver our bird. I taught her how to love all animals, so how could I not give this little life a fighting chance?! I thank God for them, I don't know what I would have done! They were so sweet, compassionate, and grateful. We received a "patient sheet" with our birds info and picture so we could check in. I am forever grateful to them for showing my daughter there are good people in the world who care and are willing to help. Thank you so much for what you do! You all are very special and we are so happy that our bird found a temporary home. Please donate to this wonderful safe haven for wildlife, they are a blessing to us all!! Keep doing great work! You are making a difference!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This morning, after a severe storm, I discovered a drenched fledgling in my driveway laying on its back struggling to turn over. After scooping it up, I kept it warm until I was able to make an appointment with Fellow Mortals to bring it in. I cannot tell you how very thankful and relieved I am to be able to have someplace to take these poor creatures. The caring. compassionate staff are knowledgeable and kind. I will sleep peacefully knowing that the sparrow is in good care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals has been a part of our family for the past 12 years. They have served us with professionalism and dedication. The staff offer practical advice, are patient and show no judgement when I call to ask questions or get advice. On one occasion we had a live squirrel stuck in part of our furnace venting system which we were able to rescue safely in the middle of a very cold February night. This was accomplished through multiple phone conversations and our trust in their knowledge and skill. We have brought numerous injured birds which they take without complaint during the busiest season. I love the fact that they send us post cards to let us know the outcome of a rescue attempt.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals has been a true Godsend to me!! My story is a little involved & long, but worth it - so please read on: My husband & I have been involved in the conservation of Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers by providing & maintaining 2 nesting boxes for these particular ducks for many years now. We have installed small video cameras with night vision capabilities in these boxes, which have allowed us to monitor their nesting process 24 hours a day during the spring breeding season. Sometimes there is only 1 female with 8 eggs, and at other times, more than 1 female is laying in the same box, which can produce over 30 eggs in 1 box. Every year around the end of March, a female (or 2 or 3) starts laying an egg a day in a box, covers it up with the Aspen bedding we provide for them, then leaves until the next day to lay another (both of our duck nesting boxes are occupied every spring, and sometimes, twice in a season - one right after another). When she's done laying, she starts incubating them 24 hours a day (with an hour break both in the early morning, then again right before it gets dark) for approximately 30-33 days. Hatching takes place within a 12 hour span, and by the next morning, the ducklings make the BIG JUMP. Mama drops down onto the ground under her nesting box and softly calls to her ducklings. Within about 2 minutes total, all the fully feathered ducklings jump out of the box bouncing one at a time onto the ground by their Mama approx. 9 feet below them. When all have safely left the box, they all waddle off in a feathery group down to our hidden creek and into the wild somewhere & are gone & never come back. We are able to watch this AMAZING process from both the inside of the box with our cameras and through a window from our home. This is the happy end of my story when ALL the ducklings (from 8 to possibly 30+) make it out successfully and waddle off with Mama. Amazingly, the same female duck or her offspring will come back to the same nesting box year after year to lay, which is an incredible feat in itself. Unfortunately though, when there are an excess amount of babies in a box or they hatched an hour or two later than the others, there have been ducklings too weak to make the big jump or their mother wasn't patient enough to wait for them all. In these cases, an orphan or 2 have been left behind in the box. Sometimes, there are eggs still hatching or don't hatch until a day or two from the others. These instances have been heartbreaking to me, as I have had no where to take a newly hatched or even an unhatched duckling egg for a chance at life. I've had perfectly formed, peeping ducklings pass away in my hands within a couple hours while waiting for a call back from a phone number someone gave me that could possibly help & take the baby - (calls that were never returned or were too late). Sadly, Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser ducklings don't survive after a few hours of being separated from their mother - they are so fragile. After this happened a couple times over a 3 year span, I seriously thought about taking the boxes down so that this wouldn't happen again, even though 95% of the ducklings successfully fledged and we were contributing great numbers towards the conservation of these ducks - I couldn't handle it anymore :-(. Then a MIRACLE!! One day I came upon a pamphlet from a place called Fellow Mortals and read it from front to back and realized that this wildlife/rehabilitation facility was only 40 minutes away from me. The next day I called them & told them my predicament that I have been encountering every spring & they told me they could help me whenever I needed a place to bring an orphan or even an unhatched egg. They said they had foster Wood Ducks that will raise my ducklings as their own and that they would be released into the wild when it was time. They also have an incubator for any unhatched eggs that I might have. I was SO RELIEVED!!! I now could continue with my nest boxes so that many more ducks could have a safe place to nest in an effort to conserve these beautiful creatures, and that Fellow Mortals would be there any day or time I needed them. Every year now, I call and give them a heads up when my eggs are hatching so that they know that I may possibly need to bring a duckling or two or an unhatched egg (or 2) the next morning. They are always prepared & ready for me since they too know that it's crucial to get the orphaned duckling to their foster parent as soon as possible or it will perish. Believe it or not, since then, I haven't had any orphaned ducklings, but I have had unhatched eggs. With Fellow Mortals help, at least 2 ducklings over the last couple years have hatched with the help of their incubator and been fostered and were released by them. There isn't a better feeling than knowing that there are people like me out there who considers even an unhatched duck egg a treasured creation and worth given a chance at life!!!! I have brought Fellow Mortals several song birds who were either injured or orphaned over the past few years (with 8 cameras in 8 different nesting boxes from ducks, owls & bluebirds, I can't help but have some bird in need!), but have yet had to bring them an orphaned duckling (phew!) I always know that they are there for me and all the creatures that need compassion & help, and I appreciate each & every one of their rehabbers, vets & volunteers. I pray constantly for them - that they can continue the work that God has called them to accomplish. Every month, I consider it an honor & joyfully contribute to their cause and hope that my meager offering will help them. I truly can't put into words how grateful I am that if one of God's creatures need help, Fellow Mortals are only 40 minutes away!! Thank you SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart for your compassion towards our fellow mortals - both furry & feathery! Love, Sandy

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since I first became aware of and involved with Fellow Mortals in 2003, I have seen firsthand what competence and sincere compassion can achieve hand in hand. An enterprise such as FM (and there are others, but far too few and too far between) makes the difference between encountering a wild animal in dire need and *wishing* there was something you could do... and being able to actually do something - with their help. I have had the privilege of partaking in the eventual release of wild birds I had brought to Fellow Mortals for care and treatment, and those were some heartbreakingly joyous moments in my llfe, let me tell you. If you believe that wild animals of all kinds truly are our fellow mortals, individuals as worthy of empathy as you and I, please support those who take that philosophy into living action and make our world a better place in so doing. My world is certainly a better place thanks to FM. Yvonne and Steve and their staff are real people. Real good people. Angels upon the earth, as far as I'm concerned. Let's help FM help us to help those alien familiars we marvel at every day, the ones without civilization and technology. Let's lend them ours in their hour of need, in exchange for what they do for our lives every day. It starts with compassion, but it takes skill and dedication to make a difference. Fellow Mortals has all three and bridges the gap.

Sean Carroll

Client Served

Rating: 5

You may never know or have heard of Fellow Mortals until you're in the urgent position of wanting to help an animal and have no idea how. We found Fellow Mortals nearly 8 years ago, after we saw ducklings lose their mother on a busy highway and had no one to turn to. These tiny peeping balls of fluff started a relationship that has continued strong for us ever since for a large variety of animals. Fellow Mortals is a wildlife resource, a leader in healing and care as well as education. They focus on helping the animals first and foremost. Many times it means taking the reins of the critical care required, and sometimes it means education and advice for humans on how best to care for the animal in its wild habitat. It is so evident that their hearts and souls are in their work. Injured and orphaned wildlife seem to find us, and while we can't care for them personally, we are forever grateful for the care and love they receive at Fellow Mortals. The hospital is humble, resources are always tight, and yet each animal gets what it needs for the best chance it can possibly have. I can't describe the feeling that comes with helping something that cannot help itself, and knowing that when the transfer over the counter is made in a little shoebox, or a clothes basket, or a cardboard box, or a blanket, or a pet carrier, the little creature inside that you're helping couldn't have a better chance at getting better. My husband and I will continue to support Fellow Mortals, in our faith in their care of the animals we find, and financially as a way to help in a world that too often loses sight of Nature's innocence and beauty. If you are looking for a charity to support, believe me when I say that you can donate confidently, knowing that your dollars are being spent in benefit of those who need truly need it.