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  

Brought wounded animal to Fellow Mortals. They were able to rehabilate the animal and return to the wilds. Kinda a neat concept. I have donated and will again.

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  

While walking around the back yard, I came across a very small, injured squirral. His little nose was all bloodied, and he was having great trouble in walking. He apparently had fallen out of a tree. We let him be, hoping mom or someone would come find him. Eventually, we looked in the phone book, googled for help, and finally called our vet. He recommended Fellow Mortals, and are we glad we called. Fellow Mortals gave us some guidelines over the phone, we retrieved the little guy, and took him to the office. The squirral was given immediate attention and care. I cannot say how appreciative my wife and I were for the care, and also the personnal courtesy afforded us. We were so impressed, that we became donors on the spot. Thank you Fellow Mortals!!

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

The care and attention given to the injured squirral.

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

From what we say, no changes recommended.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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.

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I learned about Fellow Mortals two years ago when someone brought an injured killdeer to the public library where I worked. Since then, I have delivered several other animals in need of care to them. It is wonderful having this organization in our area where I know every animal can get the individual care and attention it needs to be returned to health. The seven baby opossoms, two rose-breasted grosbeaks, and Swainson's thrush I brought to them would all agree.

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

the lives of animals saved.

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

help them find a way to enlist more volunteers for their cause so that even more lives could be saved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never heard the word "no" from Fellow Mortals. I have delivered injured animals to their door step at a moments notice and without notice. The door is always ajar, just in case a late night creature needs the help of Fellow Mortals loving and educated care.
I once asked, if you were in a difficult situation and there were more birds to save than seems possible, what would you do? The answer was simply, "I would save them all."

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

more ways than I can count. They once took in a squirrel that was trapped in a garage for 5 months in the city. Starving and close to death I will never forget when Yvonne opened the dryer and took out a soft warm blue baby blanket and how this little cold and hungry squirrel grabbed it and wrapped himself up with his little nose and eyes closing. Forever I will remember the relief and yes, the guilt it took from me to have Fellow Mortals open their arms to this little guy.

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

wish I had time to help them achieve their never ending work by providing new equipment and supplies when they run out. It takes so much time and money to care for so many orphans of the storm.

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Rating: 5 stars  

One sunny morning in Ju;y my wife looked out of our front window and saw three baby Mallards in the middle of the street. She was afraid they would be run over by a car so she called my daughter and me to help move the Mallards to our lawn. Meanwhile, our neighbor accross the street came over and indicated that there had been a nest in her window bay and that the mother had not been back in a few days. She also indicated that she had moved two of the babys down to a pond that sits in back of our house. My wife realized that the little Mallards would not survive in the pond so she brought one of the babys from our lawn with her down to the pond and searched frantically for the missing ducklings. Luckily, one of the missing Mallards responded to the chirping of the duckling my wife brought with her and we were able to rescue it. The other unfortunately was was never found after hours of searching.

For over a week we took care of the 4 little ducks and welcomed them into our family. We learned more about baby ducks in a few short days than we ever thought we would. We helped them with their first swimming lessons which was wonderful. However, we knew these terrific creatures needed far more than we could provide and we were lost as to how to proceed.

To make a long story short (if I ramble on it is because we feel these little Mallards were part of our family) Fellow Mortals stepped up to the plate and provided a home for these little ducks to grow up in and have a chance at a full life. Believe me when I say we would not have turned these baby ducks over to just anybody. Fellow Mortals is a full care loving facility that performs a service that few organizations provide. They have helped countless abandoned wildfife in southeast Wisconsin over the years and we are very fortunate to have them.

Thank you Fellow Mortals for being there when we needed you! I know my family's little adopted Mallard Ducks are now adults and enjoying their lives in the wild!

The McElligotts.....Trevor Wi.

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

Helping to rescue the abandoned Mallards

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

no changes required

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Rating: 5 stars  

One Spring afternoon while driving home from the post office, the van I was following hit a young doe, and kept right on driving away. I pulled over, got out of my car, and somehow managed to drag the injured, kicking deer off the road, away from oncoming traffic. Within minutes, a police officer arrived, realized what had happened, and offerred to shoot the poor animal. Being familiar with Fellow Mortals, there was no way I could let that happen. I phoned my veterinarian, explained what had happened, and asked him to come, prepared with appropriate tranquilizers. Upon his arrival, the vet examined the deer, saw its injured hind leg, and gave it a shot that would last long enough for me to drive the doe to Fellow Mortals. In the weeks that followed, the deer received incredible care, and although it eventually had to be put down, it was treated with the love and respect that all living creatures, both human and animal, deserve. Well done, Fellow Mortals.

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

Excellent care for the deer mentioned above

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

add many more volunteers

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our relationship with Fellow Mortals began in the year 2000. I was looking at our bird feeding station in our back yard and noticed what I thought was a dead bird lying in the snow. I went outside to look at it and found it was a Mourning Dove. It had a vicious, open wound on its breast and was at the most semi-conscious. Instead of letting it freeze to death in the snow, I brought it in the house to at least let it depart this world in warm house. I had no hope for its survival. To my surprise, a few hours later it would sit in my hand and was quite aware. I then called Bong Recreational Area to see if they knew of any place I could take the dove. They gave me the number of Fellow Mortals.
I called and talked to Yvonne who arranged for me to take the bird to a local vet they worked with. I thought that would be the end of the story. Much to my surprise, I received a phone call from Yvonne a month or so later THANKING me for bringing the bird to them and informed me the bird was fully recuperated and was scheduled for release that day. To say the least, my wife and I more than a little impressed with the dedication and courtesy of that kind of follow through. We decided to offer our services as a release site for them.
Soon thereafter, Yvonne came out with an intern and released a number of animals. Shortly after that, I was to meet the "infamous Steve", Yvonne's husband.
The first day we met we found we were both "reformed hunters" that now resorted to live catching mice that invaded our houses and releasing them in the woods. However, we were both still avid target shooters and gun enthusiasts. We both relished the seeming irony and cultivated our relationship with our common interests. The story continues to the present.
Over the years we have released forgotten numbers of animals on our land from woodchucks to wood ducks, to turkeys, to pheasants to countless "special needs" squirrels we release in our front yard, five of whom are feeding off my front porch as I write this. One of the most picturesque releases was a Great White Egret released on our pond this last year. Shear poetry to watch him glide across our pond to land in the top of an oak tree.
Fellow Mortals fills a much needed role in our community. I have spent my whole working life in the medical field and I can truly say I have never seen more dedication in any organization than that demonstrated by Fellow Mortals and ALL of its working members.

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

More interaction with wildlife on my property

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

Like to see it better funded

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I live on a small farm in SE Wisconsin and have had multiple oportun ities to utilize Fellow Mortals' services. I have to say, I've never met an organization that is more serious about taking care of the creatures that are impacted by both the actions of man and nature than this group. They have never failed to respond in a timely manner to the needs of the hurt animals we have contacted them about, and always send updates on the animals recovery when we request them. Working with them also gives us an oportunity to build compassion for all living creatures in our young children. We donate to this group whenever we use their services and also have given to them on other occasions, and I have always been confident that the money will be well stewarded. I give this group my highest recomendation.

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

the context of my experiences related above.

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

help them to become better funded which is why I am writing this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fellow Mortals is an organization like no other I have ever known. They provide professional, compassionate, humane care to wild animals that have no one else to help them. When I was growing up, I often found myself trying to help injured or orphaned wildlife, but my resources were few and I did not have much success. I can't express the relief that Fellow Mortals has provided. Now when I end up with a wild animal in need, I know where to take it. The staff at Fellow Mortals is invariably responsive within a short time of my phone call, and they are always ready to help. I especially appreciate the follow-up card that I can send so that I can find out what happened to the animal that I brought in. Every summer, I end up with at least one or two baby bird nestlings that need help, and Fellow Mortals saves most of them. I have read the newsletters over the years, and I have been impressed by how much they do with no taxpayer funding. I am a dedicated donor to this charity because I know that the money is going to those that so desperately need it; wild animals in trouble that have no other hope for help. Fellow Mortals, I can't thank you enough!

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

My experiences are listed above; I even brought an injured bullfrog to them once, and they arranged a transfer to a facility that could care for it.

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

I wouldn't change a thing, except to find a way to bring them more donations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered five baby rabbits whose nest was flooded during a very heavy rain storm. I move them a few feet to higher ground and watched off and on to see if the mother would tend to them. After a cold night and more rain I checked on them and four were on the edge of death. I put them in a basket with a towel and brought them in the house. They seemed much better later that day. I brought them to fellow mortals. Wonderful people. They informed me later that all five were doing fine. What a great organization.

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

hope

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

give more danation

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Rating: 5 stars  

To the dedicated people at Fellow Mortals, there is no difference between the majestic Great Horned Owl and the trembling little ground squirrel. All animals who are fortunate enough to find their way to this incredible rehabilitation facility benefit from all their resources and are given the best chance for survival. I have delivered baby birds who just needed to be safely released, a duck with a broken wing, a feisty little woodpecker and an injured 13-line ground squirrel rescued from the side of the road. All were welcomed with kindness and concern.
Because of my strong belief in the important selfless work of Fellow Mortals and my love of animals, I requested that memorial donations be made to FM when my mama passed away last March. I also consider FM my charity of choice when making my annual contributions.
Most communities gratefully have shelters for needy cats and dogs; it is equally comforting to know there is one dedicated to our precious wildlife.

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

Delivering injured animals and birds who need a safe place to be released

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

I can't think of a thing I would change.

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