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  

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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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.

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

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...

n/a

 
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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...

None

 
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