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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

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.

Jennifer372

Client Served

Rating: 5

Compassionate, Caring, and incredibly professional. I have known about Fellow Mortals for over 20 years, and they have been a godsend to animals I have found countless times!

Corinne3

Client Served

Rating: 5

From my first abandoned duckling over 20 years ago to an injured Canadian Goose just last year, I have brought many wild ones to Fellow Mortals skilled care over the years. Every animal receives top rate medical and species specific treatment. We and our wild animal neighbors are so lucky to have them in our community. Yvonne, Steve and their team of interns, volunteers and vets are the best.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Patricia R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.