Fellow Mortals, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   189 reviews

Address:

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 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

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262-248-5055
http://www.fellowmortals.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fellow Mortals is an absolutely remarkable place. They are one of only a handful of fully licensed wildlife hospitals in the United States. They have a professional staff and facilities, habitats created for specific species as they recover and veterinarians who perform surgery when necessary. Most people are familiar with rehabbers that often take in only one species and operate out of their home or garage. Fellow Mortals is truly a hospital environment and caters to multiple species with facilities designed to triage, treat and rehab. Their release rate speaks to the outstanding care....over 80% of injured or orphaned wildlife is released back into the wild.

Fellow Mortals relies soley on donations from the public, there is no government funding or grants. Please help this incredibly worthy organization. They give wildlife a second chance at life and their success rate is incredible.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Several years ago, I was fortunate to learn about Fellow Mortals when I found a goose that had been hit by a car and its mate killed. Fellow Mortals treated the goose and released it back to the wild the following spring. Ever since that day, we have supported this wonderful organization. We are so impressed with the care and compassion and professionalism of the staff, the quality of the facility and the absolute passion they have for their work. This organization is inspiring and has saved the lives of so many animals and birds. I am forever in gratitude to them for the remarkable and tireless work they do.

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

how they give injured wildlife a second chance.

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

make it bigger!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

to witness the absolute passion and selflessness of the staff at Fellow Mortals who work tirelessly on behalf of the injured wildlife.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible. So dedicated and caring. They work for almost nothing but the joy they spread through their incredible work is priceless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. If Fellow Mortals had a larger staff and facility, they could help even more wildlife that are so often the innocent victims of loss of habitat, cars or just cruelty.

Ways to make it better...

I have no criticisms.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. With the economy depressed, contributions have suffered.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been extremely impressed by Fellow Mortals during the past 15 years I have been involved with them. They are kind, knowledgeable, respectful, and helpful, no matter what the situation. Over the years, I have taken in several injured wild animals, and they have served each and every one with compassion. I have even called them on a few occasions for animal advice and they have always got back to me promptly and with proper advice. The founders devote their lives to these animals, and treat every one of them with personnel care. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone needing their service.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

They have an extraordinary devotion to wild life rehabilitation and to public education about preservation of the natural habitat for their "patients". The operation is well run and orderly in the in-take process. Like everywhere, they could use more funding, but what they do get is given to a priority-list everyone can find before giving. Our experience has been with injured migratory songbirds, but they also care for raptors and small game, such as rabbits & deer.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have used the services of Fellow Mortals for the rehabiliation of migratory song birds found injured on our property. The high level of professionally run in-take processing and subsequent follow up has just part of their sterling example in wildlife care. They have a heart to help and to allow the public learn how they may help in turn, which is an important factor in increasing how wildlife can be protected, and rescued when necessary.

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

the way they analyse (triage) the birds on in-take, make provisions for follow-up care and inform the client of the outcome of the care that is rendered. Even when the outcome is unfavorable to the animal, they treat it with undiminished concern for its place in our world.

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

find someone or an organization that could better fund their variety of programs, so that the staff could concentrate on administering the care the animals need in the the most timely fashion.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

THE NEIGHBORS HIT A LITTLE BUNNY WITH THEIR LAWN MOWER. I TOOK IT AND JUMPED INTO THE CAR AND CALLED THEM ON MY CAR PHONE. WHEN I GOT THERE THEY IMMEDIATELY TOOK IT TO THE BACK ROOM FOR MEDICAL CARE. I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT THEY EXIST AND SO SUCH A GOOD JOB. IT WAS IN CRITICAL CONDITION BUT WILL GET THE BEST MEDICAL CARE AVAILABLE. I AM SOON TO BE A VOLUNTEER WITH THIS GREAT ORGANIZATION. COLLEEN ROONEY BELOIT, WISCONSIN

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I live in an apartment and about a month ago birds started nesting in the bathroom exhaust vent. I promptly requested maintenance to remove the nest and install a bird proof cover, before the birds started laying eggs. Unfortunately it took a month for them to get the work done, and by that time the birds eggs had hatched. I missed the maintenance guy but a few minutes. When I returned home I found three young starlings and the remains of their nest on the ground, a drop of about ten feet, fortunately to grass below. The chicks eyes were not even open and they barely had any feathers. I was horrified anyone could be so heartless as to just pluck them out of the vent and throw them to the ground. Since I requested the work, I felt responsible, eventhough I requested it well in advance which would have prevented this disaster. I contacted Fellow Mortals and they had me bring the chicks in. They described them as in critical condition and said they had just recently hatched. The woman I spoke with at Fellow Mortals was very friendly and returned my calls promptly. I was glad they were willing to take the birds in, eventhough they were just three baby Starlings. They could have easily turned them away as I'm sure there are thousands of Starlings born every year, but they didn't. They were willing to make the effort to attempt to save these three young fragile lives. I really appreciated that. I would highly recommend Fellow Mortals to anyone who finds an orphaned or injured animal. Call them right away and they will tell you what to do. And PLEASE, do make a donation of cash or other items they might need. They are a wonderful organization and doing the world a great service!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It was Memorial Day weekend and we were doing yard work when we came upon a young robin who appeared to be having a problem with her wing...we searched on the internet for a animal hospital and came across Fellow Mortals...we called and we were told what to do and to bring her to them. As time went by we wondered how she did....we sent in our request as stated on the form and within a couple weeks we were notified that she did very well and would be released in the spring. Now I know birds come back to their familiar surroundings so I wonder if she's back home now. Thank you Fellow Mortals! Yvonne

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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My sister and I were getting ready for a yard sale when I noticed something on a cut branch on the tree. We walked a little closer and seen it was some sort of bird of prey with a injured wing. We got a box and a towel and as carefully as we could, captured it. Called animal control and they said they don't deal with wildlife and they suggested Fellow Mortals. I called Fellow Mortals and left a message, when they called me back they asked if I could also bring baby ducks that were recovered from a sewer drain. I said yes of course! Boy, was that a fun 45 minute drive! Hit a bump, ducks quack/chirp then the bird would poke its head out of the hole in the box. Arrived at Fellow Mortals and handed over all my new found feathered friends. I received a letter about a month later that the bird, a male American Kestrel Falcon, did not make it. The ducks however, were thriving with a foster mom. Without Fellow Mortals, the Kestrel Falcon didn't even stand a chance and the baby ducks would of been euthanized by animal control. Fellow Mortals is truly a savior to a great many fellow mortals that we share this earth with.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A few years ago I took an injured bird to Fellow Mortals - it was laying in our driveway trying to fly and couldn't. They immediately took the bird in and started treatment. They are truly a blessing; I have referred many friends to them.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I found a Cooper Hawk who was slightly injured. I called Fellow Mortals and they immediately set up a time for me to bring him up. The staff there are wonderfully friendly and compassionate. They evaluated the birds injuries and immediately began taking care of him. When I requested an update on him, I received all of the information. Double A++++. The world should be like Fellow Mortals

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Over the last three years, I've been to your place three times. The first time was delivering 3 baby squirrels from my bosses house as mama was killed by a bird. The second was a Canadian Goose that I would see quite often in a pond by a grocery store. When the time came for birds to leave for the winter, this one was left alone. From the help of a large dog kennel and me having a pick-up, we took the trip. This year to my surprise as I opened my front blinds, there was a visitor. This bird had never been here before, so I went through my bird book to find out what was the "norm" and the breed. As I scrambled to find the answer, he/she went next door without me seeing how he/she got there. Turned out it was a Grebe. Upon further and respectful observation, I didn't know if it had a broken wing or something else wrong that I couldn't see. There are predators during the day and night, I didn't want to take a chance that he/she wouldn't be able to defend itself. After putting it in a box, off we went to make the trip to Fellow Mortals once more. Through all three of these instances I had called ahead. All critters were kept warm and protected. I even sang to the squirrels and the Grebe, in order to hopefully keep them calm. Each instance I had no hestitation or long delay from the Angels at Fellow Mortals. This trip is about an hour away from me but each long drive was worth knowing that whatever I brought, would be better off than the circumstances that they came from. Being a huge animal advocate, both wild and domestic, doing these deliveries was just another day of rescue for me. If there's a critter in trouble, they seem to find me. I am truly honored and ready to jump right in to help!! If there were more caring and giving people like myself, a few of my friends and Fellow Mortals, the world would be a much better place for all animals and humans. When my mom or friends find a critter in need, they call me. Keep doing what you're doing and I'll do the same. We are unsung heros but where would nature be without us? Take care. Kenosha, Freebird (nickname obviously)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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