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 live close to a pheasant hunting club. Unfortunately, it is located on a busy road and pheasants are sometimes hit by vehicles. I have stopped on occasion to pick up the dead birds and bury them near my home. One day I stopped to pick up a beautiful adult male pheasant that looked like it had just been killed. I picked it up and placed it on a towel that I had in the trunk of my car. Imagine my shock when he opened his eyes and looked up at me. I am certain that he was as surprised as I was. I took him home and called Fellow Mortals. They asked me some questions about his injuries and told me to bring him in. I knew he had a wing injury, because I could see it. I loaded him into a cardboard box and transported him to Fellow Mortals. I later learned from Fellow Mortals that he had several fractures and had to be humanely euthanized. Although I wish he could have been saved, I am grateful that Fellow Mortals was able to examine him, determine that he was terminal, and that he needed to be euthanized to end his suffering.

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

their caring for injured animals and birds that I have taken to them

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

not change anything, except make sure that they had enough money to meet their, and their patients', needs. I can dream.....

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

a friend told me about them

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last spring we were all getting ready to go out when my 7 year old daughter came to me with a little baby bird. She had found the bird on our back patio. The baby was so tiny she thought it had been a leaf at first. It couldn't have been more than a couple days old. I didn't know what to do at first, but I called Fellow Mortals right away. They did not answer the phone but I left a message explaining what had happened. In the mean time I kept the baby safe in my hand. I could tell it had a little blood on its wing. Anyway, Fellow Mortals called us right back and told us to bring the baby bird in right away. We did that, after wrapping it in some tissue and placing it in a small box. We were so relieved that they were willing to help. A couple weeks later we got a letter back from Fellow Mortals telling us the baby had survived and that it was a Common House Sparrow. It was great news. We will always call Fellow Mortals in the future if we find another animal in need. Thanks. Also, after dropping the baby off my daughter picked out a little puppet from the gift shop and my older daughter bought a necklace made out of a bottle cap. She wears it every day. What a wonderful experience.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm trying to remember which injured animal brought me to Fellow Mortals for the first time, but it was so many years ago, I can't remember. This is proof that Fellow Mortals has been and will always be a wonderful and necessary resource for injured wildlife. The round the clock care that is provided for the rehabilitation of the wildlife brought through Fellow Mortals' doors must be exhausting, but they continually take in more animals without hesitation and do what is needed to make these broken animals whole again. I am not surprised by the tremendous growth of this organization as Yvonne and Steve have dedicated so much of their lives to this cause. I am truly appreciative for everything they do, and the animals are certainly blessed to have them by their sides. Thank you Fellow Mortals!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's a horrible experience to find an injured animal and have nowhere to go to get help for that poor creature. No one anywhere, no vet, no humane society, no wildlife caretaker, nobody. Helplessly you do what you can, and you suffer as that animal suffers. Fellow Mortals changed that. We now have somewhere to go, not just a place to dump an injured animal, but a place staffed by selfless, dedicated lovers of wildlife where they get REAL help.
I have brought a numbers of birds and small mammals to them, some that I was pretty sure were not going to make it, but I knew Fellow Mortals would do all they could to save them. It's a long drive for me to get to FM, some would say why take all that time and trouble for a chipmunk the neighborhood cat got, or the bird who hit my window.
The little I do by bringing the injured animal to FM is NOTHING. Look what they do! They are outstanding people and I am so thankful for their presence in our community.

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

Lake Geneva, WI

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

give them more financial help so they could grow.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first had contact with Fellow Mortals when my husband and I found a small owl in our yard. We thought it was a baby that had not yet learned to fly but instead it was a tiny owl. We took it to Fellow Mortals, they took care of it until it could safely be released back into the wild.

It is very difficult to find vets that will treat birds so we are truly lucky to have a place like Fellow Mortals.

Last December they had an Open House and we went out there both weekends to donate and see the owls they brought out. It was made very clear to us that yes, a donation or volunteering would be well received, but the thing that impressed me was their primary interest was in the care and condition of the birds. We were not allowed back in the hospital area - this was no zoo - it was a place where the bird and animal care comes first and nothing is permitted to upset their rehabilitation.

It is run by truly dedicated people and I hope they are able to continue providing the care to the various animals. They are truly needed in our community.
Ann K and Tom K

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

Saving two birds that we have brought to them. The first was many years ago when a small song bird flew into a patio door, the second was when we found a tiny owl.

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

Grant them a larger facility. Wisconsin is full of woods and wildlife and it takes a great deal to properly care and rehabilitate them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The dedication, perserverance and stanch supporters of the wildlife community have our respect and enduring thanks for being there for all the animals who have been brought to them in dire need. They have goals and priorities that superceed their own needs. We cannot say enough about this honorable organization and all that they do for the wildlife that enter their door. Thank you, Fellow Mortals, for everytrhing!

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

We have brought injured birds in.

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

They run like a smooth engine so what's to change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the summer of 2009, fellow mortals responded to our neighbor's request to rescue a clearly distressed beaver. Their fast response and selfless devotion saved this beaver, now named "Penny". In the land of trappers and hunters, fellow mortals provides an essential service to those who look for a non-lethal solution to wildlife management. Bravo!

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

Lilly Lake, WI.

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the years our family has been so thankful to be able to turn to Fellow Mortals for help when we have found orphaned or injured wildlife. Every day they give compassionate and professional care to the wildlife that is in their care. A few years ago I received a call concerning an injured young Great Horned Owl in our neighborhood. Fellow Mortals gave me instruction on how to safely rescue the owl and bring her in to them. The bird turned out to be a beautiful immature female that had injuries to both eyes and ruptured air sacs and was listed in critical condition. Fellow Mortals was able to treat her and find a placement for her with another wildlife rehabilitator and educator that could give her a home and use her as an educational bird. Through their caring efforts they gave her a "second chance". This they do untiring compassion day after day for wildlife in need.

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

By seeing the help and care Fellow Mortals gives to the wildlife that is brought to them I feel they are an outstanding compassionate organization.

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

Find more ways to reach out to the Public with stories about the orphaned and injured wildlife that have been cared for and how important each donation is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I WAS NOT AWARE OF "FELLOW MORTALS" UNTIL MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW ASKED ME TO WRITE A REVIEW. AS AN ANIMAL LOVER, I WAS SO PLEASED TO FIND THAT SUCH AN ORGANIZATION EXISTED. I READ ALL THE REVIEWS AND STORIES ABOUT ANIMALS SAVED BY THIS OUTSTANDING PLACE. I APPLAUD AND BLESS THE VOLUNTEERS AND PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN FELLOW MORTALS AND AM SO GLAD THAT IT IS OUT THERE FOR OUR FELLOW CREATURES IN NEED.

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

none yet, but, now that I know about it, I will be helping out.

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is great. It takes on injured wildlife and does its best to be able to release them back into the wild. When they can't they find homes for them. It's an excellent organization that deserves the support of people everywhere.

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

Like I mentioned earlier, the goose we brought to them was released into the wild. Though I didn't see the release, I saw pictures and I knew what the goose looked like when it came in. It was amazing to see this goose all better and ready to be released into the wild.

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

make it larger so that more animals could be helped through such wonderful people.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

I learned about it when a goose had been run over by a car and my Mom and I stopped to help. Our vet said they weren't qualified to help it and told us about Fellow Mortals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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