Fellow Mortals, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   176 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  

As an animal lover, it has always bothered me that I can't do more to help care for local wildlife. I was lucky to learn about Fellow Mortals when I found an injured bunny in my yard, and I was so impressed with the care taken by the staff at this wonderful facility. Years later I had to bring in a seriously injured baby bird, and although ultimately the bird did not survive, the compassion that was evident in the follow-up note I received detailing the care the bird had received made me so glad that I had a place to take the bird so it did not have to die alone and in fear. We are so lucky to have a resource like this in our community, and I support Fellow Mortals and the organization's mission wholeheartedly.

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

I've seen the care provided to animals

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

I'd love them to have more money and resources to be able to continue to provide excellent care

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?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

my veterinarian's recommendation

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My children were devastated when our black lab discovered a bunny nest and attacked the babies. One didn't survive the attack, but the other did and was still badly injured. The staff at Fellow Mortals walked me through the care of the bunny until I could reach their facility. When my daughters and I arrived, we were greeted very kindly and the bunny was greeted with great concern. It was obvious that the staff member really loved all of these creatures, but also knew it was important for my children to know the truth of the bunny's prognosis. She looked over the bunny and explained that although they would try their best to save it, the bunny had been severely injured and might not make it. She took the time to explain how we could look for other bunny holes and what to do to protect future nest attacks. This special care helped my daughters and I take more responsibility for caring for our environment and thinking more about what we can do to help before we need Fellow Mortals again.

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

Being more aware of my surroundings and how to prevent animal injuries through their education programs.

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

Try to offer more educational partnerships with local high schools in the area for mutual benefits for both students and staff.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I HAVE TAKEN MANY ANIMALS TO FELLOWMORTALS AND THE VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN EXTREMELY FRIENDLY AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. THREE YEARS AGO WE CALLED FELLOWMORTALS IN REGARDS TO A RED-TAILED HAWK THAT WAS INJURED AND TRAPPED IN A OPEN FIELD IN WISCONSIN, FELLOW MORTALS WERE QUICK TO RESPOND WITH ASSISTANCE, THEY CAME AND PICKED UP THE HAWK TO TAKE BACK TO THEIR CLINIC, ALSO ANOTHER TIME WE HAD FOUR BABY SQUIRRELS WHOSE MOTHER WAS KILLED BY MY DACHSHUNDS WHO WAITED FOR HER TO JUMP OUT OF OUR 25 FT. BIRDHOUSE SHE HAD NESTED IN, THEN WE HEARD LOUD CRYING NOISES ONLY TO REALIZE SHE HAD BABIES IN THE BIRDHOUSE WE IMMMEDIATELY CALLED FELLOWMORTALS AND DROPPED THE BIRDHOUSE TO GET BABIES OUT, FELLOW MORTALS ASKED US TO BRING THEM OVER TO THE CLINIC FROM THERE THGEY NURSED THE NEWBORN BABIES BACK TO HEALTH, THEN A FEW WEEKS LATER ANOTHER ROUND OF BABIE SQUIREELS STARTED SLOWLY CREEPING DOWN FROM A TREE IN OUR BACK YARD, WE CALLED ON FELLOW MORTALS AGAIN AND WE WERE TOLD TO WEAR GLOVES AND TRY PUTTING THEM INTO A BOX AND BRING THEM IN RIGHT AWAY, FELLOWMORTALS IS A GOD BLESSING TO OUR COMMUNITY, DON'T KNOW WHERE WE WOULD BE WITHOUT THEM, THANK-YOU AND GOD BLESS, SINCERELY ,A WISCONSIN RESIDENT.

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

EXCELLANT WORK PROVIDED BY FELLOWMORTALS VERY KIND AND PATIENT WITH CLIENTS AND ANIMALS

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

NO CHANGES AT THIS POINT VERY HAPPY WITH THIS ORGANIZATION

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have brought in many small animals to Fellow Mortals in the past few years. Baby birds that have fallen out of trees after big storms, a couple chipmunks my naughty dog used as a play toy, and a duck that was hit by a car. Every time I have left a message with Fellow Mortals they always get back to you in a very timely manner and are very professional and kind. It's so nice to be able to have a place like Fellow Mortals who I know will do everything they can to save Gods creatures. Thank you for all you do Fellow Mortals!

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

Fellow Mortals sends you a report on how the animal you brought in is doing. Very very nice to know what happened with the little creature.

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

I wouldn't make any changes. They do an excellent job!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Recommended through the Rock County Humane Society.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We became aware of this organization a number of years ago when we rescued a baby squirrel who had fallen out of it's nest. Since then we have rescued a number of other baby squirrels, a baby robin and most recently an injured mallard duck. Every time we have called and left a message, they have promptly returned out calls and provided excellent advice and recomendations on the capture and care of the rescued animal. Their facility appears neat and well maintained and the personnel are extrordinarily compassionate and focused on their mission to rescue, care for and rehabilitate wild life.

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

rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals

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

nothing

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Fellow Mortals is an extremely hard-working, caring organization of consummate professionals. I have taken injured wildlife there on a few occasions, and they always treat them with their utmost attention and care. We have called them in the past for advice and they are always responsive. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful organization in our state. Every experience I have had with them has been positive, even if my reason for going has been negative (injured wildlife). I would highly recommend them to anyone needing their services.

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

Some of my most worrisome times.

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

No changes, this organization is professional in every aspect.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Word of mouth from family.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They have inspired me to work hard and they literally restore my faith in humanity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I LOVE the people at Fellow Mortals in Lake Geneva. I am a backyard bird and mammal feeder and have been for about 9 years. I cannot tell you how many times I have had a sick or injured bird in my yard because I did not keep track-HOWEVER -EVERY time I did have one I was beside myself with worry and sometimes panic. They were thorough, kind, understanding, and competent. I was so very grateful every time I needed to go to them for help. I would have been filled with so much sadness and anger by now because I would have had no where to turn. I would feel so desperatly alone in my battle to help the littlest of Gods creatures. They have been hard working angels for me and the birds. I would love to see them helped in almost any way.

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

My everyday life has been so enriched by the Fellow Mortals, INc. in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

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

No suggestions - just a long way to drive to get to them but they are worth it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

In fall 2009 we found a newborn gold finch that had fallen from it's nest to our driveway. It was late in the afternoon on a Sunday. Most of the places we called for help were already closed for the day. The Wis. DNR recommended Fellow Mortals. The staff at Fellow Mortals were willing to have us bring the bird in even at that time of the weekend. The compassion that they show for all animals is heartwarming. They truly go out of their way to help all animals with the hope to be able to release them again into the wild.

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

I see the results of the organization through their newsletters

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

I think they do a GREAT job with the resources they have

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When we took in an orphaned yellow finch, the staff didn't just take her away. They did an assessment and found she had been well taken care of for the week that we had her. They then explained how they would care for her and said we could come back if we wished and find out how she was, and if she was able to be set free. This is a first-class operation.

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

taking a little bird to them.

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

make it more well-known in the area.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Early one morning our cat (on a leash) was sunning on our patio . He caught a baby sparrow and proudly brought it in the house. I made him drop the bird, the frightened little bird hid behind some furniture and I put it in a shoe box. (punched holes in the top and sides before putting the little bird inside). I searched on-line for advice and found Fellow Mortals. I got instructions to keep the bird quiet & safe. I put her up in a dark, quiet closet, away from the cat. (Do not feed/water injured animals). I left a phone msg.,Fellow Mortals returned the call early am and I took the baby sparrow in to see the Dr. They were so kind and sweet to both of us. She had puncture wounds & I was informed that cat wounds are very serious and it was good that I brought the birdie in ASAP. I even got to "name" the little birdie "Charlotte" when I filled out the short form indicating that I wanted an update on her status. I wrote a check for $25 to help Fellow Mortals..(they deserved every penny and then some). I later mailed a SASE so that they could inform me on Charlotte's progress. I am happy to say that 2-3 weeks later they informed me that she was doing well and would soon be released into the wild. What a fantastic experience. My husband and I were so impressed. PS: Do not hesitate to bring in sick/ injured animals they will not make you feel bad if you can only afford the gas to get there. What a dedicated, caring and generous organization. I wish I had more money to give. So-o-o-o impressed.

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

See above.

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

I would want to give them "oodles" of free publicity so that the donations would come pouring in. Many so-called charities are so "top" heavy with highly paid executives that very little of the monies received actually go to the care of the "intended receiver". I don't see that here. The love, care and generosity toward the animals is so obvious. It has inspired my husband to have an animal refuge upon his retirement.

 
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