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  

I am honored to write about Fellow Mortals. Professional care and dedication to wildlife is exemplified by this licensed Facility. Their passion is genuine and admirable. I had contact with them in a professional capacity on two occassions - to take in swallows due to permitted late nest removals. They took in both eggs and nestlings. In addition, they took an immature owl that was found by field engineers during work hours. They are the only Wildlife Rehabilitation facilitiy in this area that isn't restricted to a defined boundary. They commit to any injured or abandoned wildlife if they have the capacity and resources to provide care. I was a licensed wildlife rehabiltator in the past so I know firsthand how hard a rehabilitator works and it's not for the money. The degree of compassion, commitment, and innovative care provided animals by Yvonne and her small staff is impressing. Others who participated in a volunteer project at FM reported how inspired they were by Fellow Mortals philosopy and wildlife Mission to care for wildlife; interactions with the staff have been very positive. Steve is innovative with how to improve inside and outside facilities to meet the needs of individual species.
Fellow Mortals is dependent on charitable contributions. Their passion is providing quality care for animals in need. Years of experience make them highly skilled rehabilitators, and great educators. Their greatest reward is releasing injured animals back into the wild. They are so deserving and I highly recommend this facility for financial grant/assistance.

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

A professional capacity - I sought the expertise provided by the Facility for the rehabilitaion of wildlife. I used their services on two occasions. They serve both injured and abandoned animals. I know that Yvonne is a highly skilled rehabilitator and completely dedicated to the care of wildlife. She is respected in her profession; the Facility provides care to incredible numbers of wildlife especially given the small staff and facilities.

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I have had experience with numerous wildlife facilities and staff. They are are one of the best. They continue to seek innovative ways to fund the care of animals. With available financial resources, they seek ways to improve facilities and the quality of care. Fellow Mortals is only operating because of the resourcefulness of two dedicated founders. Kudos to them that they have kept their commitment and passion to wildilfe intact.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few years back, my husband and I called Fellow Mortals about some baby chimney swifts that were trapped in our chimney. Even though it was after hours on a weekend, they returned our call promptly and advised us what to do. We ended up bringing the birds in to their facility. We were impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the staff that we dealt with. Being a devoted animal lover, I was so thankful for Fellow Mortals' help and to be able to give these birds a second chance. I've since become a donor, to help Fellow Mortals continue the great work that they do for all the animals.

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

their work to help injured wildlife brought in by the public

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I are have found seagulls, baby rabbits, and other birds and always knew who to bring them to for help - to Fellow Mortals. They are the most caring, compassionate people you would ever want to meet. Yvonne and her staff care so much for the animals and give everything they have to help bring them back to good health so they can be released back to the wild. I can't thank them enough for all they have done to help. To dedicate your life to these wonderful animals takes a very special person and her helpers. Thank you and God bless you Fellow Mortals.

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

I have seen the facility and all the wonderful things they do and lots of happy animals.

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

No Changes Needed. They are wonderful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE OFTEN FOUND STRAY ANIMALS ON OUR PROPERTY. THE LAST THING WE WANTED WAS TO SEE THE CREATURES SUFFERING. WE ALWAYS KNOW THAT WE CAN COUNT ON THE ANIMAL SHELTER TO TAKE THE VERY BEST CARE OF THE ANIMALS.

WE CAN'T ALWAYS FINANCIALLY DONATE TO THEIR WONDERFUL CAUSE, BUT HOPEFULLY BY POSTING THIS REVIEW WE CAN HELP THEM , OUR COMMUNITY AND THE HELPLESS AND COUNTLESS ANIMALS TO GET A HELPING HAND TO WIN THIS MUCH NEEDED AND DESERVED $5,000.

HOPE YOU WIN
JOSEPH AND SHERRY RHODES
DELAVAN

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

YES I HAVE AND I AM SO GATEFUL TO THEM FOR TAKING CARE OF THESE ANIMALS.

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

I AM VERY SATISFIED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My experience with Fellow Mortals has been nothing but positive.
I know when I find wildlife in need, I can call them for assistance.
They are compassionate, knowledgeable , professional and most importantly, dedicated.

Thank you Fellow Mortals!

Debbie Owens

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

The rehabiliation of heron that was released back to the wild

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so impressed with Fellow Mortals and their mission. They have respect for all life and consider all creatures our fellow mortals.
I totally believe in their philosophy and admire their dedication. I have been a volunteer in another wildlife rehabilitation organization in the past. I know what a total commitment it is and the long hours involved.
There is joy when an animal can be saved and sometimes heartbreak when it can't.

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When I have brought in injured wildlife to this facility, I know they will do all they can to help.

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

The only thing is that I wish I lived close to it so I could volunteer!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fellow Mortals is an amazing place.
Selfless. Dedicated.Motivated. Knowledgeable. That doesn't even begin to describe it.Over the years they have counseled us when we have encountered injured wildlife on our property. We have brought many an injured creature and we have always been welcomed with compassion,understanding, and love. There is no more deserving organization than this one. Truly.
Betty Carlson
Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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

the amazing difference they make in this community. I believe that all of God's creatures are important. Fellow Mortals shows the world this is true in all the amazing work they do. Their compassion and dedication is beyond compare.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel we are truly blessed to have this group in our area. They provide a much needed service to our animal friends. I found a trapped woodduck and brought her them to help. Sadly she did not make it. However if they had not been here she would have had no chance. I had the pleasure of seeing facility and meeting some of the volunteers. What a wonderful group. I am happy to donate to them in an effort to help them continue in there work. I wish them the best in the great work they do and would like them to know how much they are appriciated. Thank you and bless you

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

an animal rescue

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

no changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had two occasions to use the services of Fellow Mortals. I am so glad that are in this area and provide medical care to injured wirldlife. In my cases they are abandoned baby squirrles and bunnies. As I had to drive a distance on my lunch hour to make the delivery, I appreciate that they met me part way to get the little ones. I was given infomation on how to follow up on the patients. All survived and were released to the wild except 1 bunny.

Thanks for being thre for wildlife in need.

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

I have had two occasions to use the services of Fellow Mortals. I am so glad that are in this area and provide medical care to injured wirldlife. In my cases they are abandoned baby squirrles and bunnies. As I had to drive a distance on my lunch hour to make the delivery, I appreciate that they met me part way to get the little ones. I was given infomation on how to follow up on the patients. All survived and were released to the wild except 1 bunny. Thanks for being thre for wildlife in need.

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

Give them more exposure for the great work they do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first encounter with Fellow Mortals was last January. About dusk I noticed a large bird limping on what appreared to be a broken wing heading to my ground bird feeder. I was struck by the majestic quality of the bird and the contrasting injury. On further inspection we discovered it to be a great horned owl. Not knowing where to turn for help (and being after busines hours) we called the Walworth County Humane Society. Lucky for us, part of the message was a phone number for Fellow Mortals. I called and left a message with our emergency. Within 5 minutes I was contacted by a kind, friendly woman who knew exactly what was going on and what to do. Unfortuately she had experienced this type of situation before, as it is common for this bird to hunt at dusk and fall victim to the human world of cars. She gave me detailed step by step instructions on how to capture him, what to expect from him and how to transport to their facilities. It was an experience both gratifying and heart wrenching. Later I learned that they were not able to repair the severe injury, but I know that he left this world from a kind and loving place surrounded by love. I have continued to send financial support and although I was awed by the experience, hope that I will not have to utilize the facility again. Thank you for who you are and your commitment to the journey you have undertaken with love and humanity

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

See the review written above

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I don't have any changes to suggest.

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