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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.

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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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Shannon W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a GodSend they are always there to take care of our wildfife. Without Fellow Mortals there would be no where to bring injured sick animals. Thank You Fellow Mortals for caring so much.

Kurt L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with fellow mortals for over 12 years. There is no other rehab center that does as much for so many injured and orphaned wildlife as they do anywhere in the S.E. wisconsin N.E. Illinois area. I have volunteered, donated and been served many times. The amount of care and the hours required to give it is beyond most peoples comprehension. They are dedicated to the animals 24/7 and put in unbeleivable hours to save as many as possible. I truely beleive they are one of the best wildlife rehab centers in the country.

Amy_17

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had a couple of interactions with Fellow Mortals and both times I've been so relieved there was someone there to help me (and the animals). One time was when I was out on a run along the highway in the country, I came upon a baby chickadee with head trauma. I carefully carried it home and contacted Fellow Mortals, who eagerly accepted the poor fledgling. Another time was when I found some baby mice in my basement and the mother, for whatever reason, never returned to them. They were kind enough to take them in for me, as I would never have succeeded at caring for them myself. I even took another one in the next day as I missed it the day before. They never demanded specific monetary contributions. They only asked for what I could contribute for the animals' care. I still wish I could have given more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is truly an organization with a heart. It is a collective heart of kind and caring souls who take the time out of this busy world to care about the some of the most defenseless and vulnerable fellow mortals, our injured and orphaned wildlife. Most recently, I've brought a squirrel that had suffered traumatic head injury when hit by a car. I found him writhing on the centerline of the road in the rain near my home. I put him into my car wrapped him in a towel, and put him into a picnic basket I had with me. I heard him crying all the while as I was leaving a message for Fellow Mortals that I had found him and hoped to bring him in before it was too late. They called me back and said it was ok to bring him in right away. He continued to cry softly. When I got him there, they attended to him right away and I left with hope that he'd make it. I found out sometime later that he did make it and was able to be released into the wild. I've got tears in my eyes writing about this and I'm so glad I happened to drive by at that time to help him. I've also attended the Fall Migration fundraiser and met many others who share compassion and love for these our "Fellow Mortals". Several years ago I found a rock dove (homing pigeon) on the road. I called and brought him in because he had also been struck by a car. He was able to be rehabilitated and because he was a domesticated bird, he couldn't be just released into the wild to fend for himself so I was able to adopt him and 2 others and provide a home for them for several years. I've donated to the organization for each animal I've brought in and I can think of no other group for which I have the deepest respect. We are lucky people (and animals) on this earth to have them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals has been a real Godsend for our area. They have helped many times when I've found abandoned or injured wildlife. It's distressing to find an animal that needs help and I'm so glad I had them to advise me and accept the birds and squirrels that needed help. With them, it's all about the animals. The center is a quiet area, cars must park a distance away to not disturb the wildlife they are rehabilitating. They work only from donations and they work 24/7, 365 days a year. They have wonderful postings on facebook and their site so we can see who has been admitted and how the healing is going. It is so gratifying to hear of an owl being released back to the wild. They have done so much, not just for the animals but to help educate the public on respect and caring for them in an emergency. I brought them a little thrush that fell from the nest and was not moving. Yvonne held it in her hands, and as it warmed up, it literally came to life before our eyes. I'll never forget that, and will always support this wonderful place so they may continue to educate us and help us help mother nature.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I lived in town 20 years ago, I brought a paralyzed squirrel in. He was dragging himself across the sidewalk by his front legs. Rather than let his suffering linger, it was such a relief to know that he was taken care of in a kind humane way. On a happier note, I have brought in injured birds, so very young . When Yvonne held one little thrush, it came to life in the warmth of her hands.! Some are just treated for shock and observed, but it's so good to know that animals get the care they need 24/7 with competence and kindness. Many of my friends have had similar experiences.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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."

Review from Guidestar