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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

32 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.

Amy B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have taken several animals to Fellow Mortals including injured squirrels, ducks, and baby birds fallen from trees. Even when Fellow Mortals can't help with the animals they provide information on how to help them, what to do/not to do, and who might be able to help them-such as turtles, racoons, skunks, opposums, etc...some of our latest 'rescues'). Fellow Mortals has a wonderful 'staff' of volunteers who is always friendly and willing to help, they are truly there for the animals.

I especially enjoy that when you take an animal in you are able to get an update if you send a SASE approx 10 days later. They have always sent the update back when I've sent my request in (which I always do, I always want to know how they are). They tell the honest truth about what happened. One of the animals didn't make it (I forget which one this was, it was yrs ago), but they made him comfortable and he had a peaceful death. Which while it's sad, it is good to know he didn't suffer on the road...with a kid poking at him, which is how we found him. The birds we brought in, we thought there were only 3 (we took the birdhouse in and thought there was only 2 in there plus the one that was on the ground), turned out there were 5, and only 2 made it, they had West Nile. They wouldn't have made it otherwise.

Unfortunately I don't think people realize just how lucky we are to have Fellow Mortals here. They are a blessing to our community!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Our Hands do the Work of your Hearts." There could not be a better mantra for this organization, which has helped me more than once by doing the work of my heart when I found wildlife in need of care. Bless them for giving selflessly to assist God's creatures.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

last fall, just on the edge of winter, I found a sparrow much too young
to be on its own, in the middle of my driveway. I normally drive up to
my garage when I come home, but something made me park half way
up my driveway. I stopped the truck, pressed the garage door opener
and got out . As I was comming around the front of my truck I noticed
directly in line with my right front tire was a tiny ball of downy feathers.
My wife and I use to volunteer for Joanne Dean and Wildlife Horizons,
so I knew, with the cool fall breeze announcing winter this little guy
would be needing three hots and a cot for the entire winter.
Joanne Dean specialized in squirrels, and a baby sparrow would be
very time consuming. Some of the squirrels in her care are very
young almost furless, and some have squirrel pox, needing extra
care 24/7. Joanne suggested FELLOW MORTALS. I gave them a call,
and as I expected they were the most friendly, caring and unselfish
group of people who really put their hearts into the nurturing of God's
creatures great and small. With out a voice of their own FELLOW
MORTALS is one of the only shelters that gives these almost
forgotten creatures a helping hand in getting them to the next stage
of their life. It is said " a people is judged by how it's lowliest creatures
are treated" I give FELLOW MORTALS the highest marks, they listen
to the ones who can't speak. Without donations, maintaining a shelter
for our lowliest creatures is increasingly difficult, support from
our community leaders would lessen the financial burden that
these grassroots organizations usually succumb to.

Thank You for being there when there was no one else,
Sincerely Jim Syring

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Illinois. Fellow Mortals door are always open , when a injured animal or bird needs help.Thank you Fellow Mortals I know I can count on you for Help!!!
Again Thank You !!!!!!!!!
With Love

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a true animal lover - always have been. It is my nature, when finding an animal injured or in distress, to try to help it. When dealing with a cat or dog, there are vet clinics you can consult for help. However, when finding an injured animal that is wild, it is very difficult, if not impossible to find assistance. Some years ago, I had an injured swan take up residence on the pond located on my country home. It was unable to fly, but otherwise seemed fine. After providing food for it daily and becoming quite attached to it, I knew I still had a lot to learn about swans. One day something had startled the swan and it took off running down the long road which ended at a busy intersection of traffic. I didn't know how to catch it properly so as not to get hurt and I had no one to help me. I had heard about Fellow Mortals so I gave them a phone call and explained that I needed help quickly to rescue my swan from certain disaster. Within minutes, Yvonne from Fellow Mortals was on the scene and explained what we needed to do. We followed the swan and she was able to catch it properly and helped me to get it back home once again. She also provided direction to me on how to handle the swan. She did not ask for anything in return. She wanted nothing but to help. In this day and age, I find this to be something very special. Her dedication and compassion to helping with the care and well being of all animals is incredible. This organization is outstanding and the people who lend their help and support make this a better world for us and the animals that share our world. I only wish there were more places like Fellow Mortals. It is a true comfort to me to know they are there should I need help again. God bless all those at Fellow Mortals and may they continue with all their good works!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since moving to Wisconsin in 2002 I and or my family have come upon a number of injured and orphaned wild animals. We do not have the expertise nor would it be to the best advantage of the animal to tend to it and have it bond to humans instead of its own kind. In most every instance, time was of the essence since the bird or mammal we found was severely compromised. You find yourself wanting to help and you don't know where to turn. Fellow Mortals gave us somewhere to turn. Fellow Mortals took the helpless creature from us and did all they could to restore its life to the one it was meant to live. I know what they do requires endless time and devotion because I have done it both with wild and domestic animals. You would think that you would grow so weary of all that dedication and giving - but they keep going and giving. Not only do they give of their time, compassion and energy but they also must devote so much time to trying to create all the funding they need to carry on. They put time into programs to educate the public and on top of all that they continually inspire those that already know of them and those that don't through the beautifully written educational news letters they send out. Fellow Mortals, because they exist and do all that they do, grants testimony to the higher good humans can aspire to when it comes to compassion and stewardship towards those that can too often be viewed as lesser than ourselves.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! I didn`t know Fellow Mortals existed until I found a small, starving, freezing opposum, and found them through a local vet`s office. They returned my call almost immediately, told me what to do for my small friend until I could get her to them. I couldn`t help but cry when I arrived and realized how truely wonderful this place is. I will do whatever I can to donate, spread the word of their existance for the rest of my life.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our community is truly blessed to have Fellow Mortals. I could not even count the number of times I personally was able to fall asleep without worry because I knew the wonderful folks of Fellow Mortals had taken charge of helping in the life or lives of unfortunate wildlife in our county. Fellow Mortals has been there for the concerned citizens in our area for decades now and so desrve our aupport and thaks.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful community asset that helps care for wild animals that are unable to care for themselves due to illness, accident, or other misfortune. Brought an injured squirrel to Fellow Mortals Hospital several years ago and was impressed with the compassionate care the animal received. Staff members are highly knowledgeable and skillful and are truly committed to the welfare of their animal charges. Inured/sick animals are welcome virtually at any time.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for CSI Media, LLC - the Shopper Advertiser/Walworth County Sunday and we do 2 Community Awareness pages for Fellow Mortals. These are to inform our readers as to what they are all about and how in general the public can help Fellow Mortals. I truly believe they are of great value to our community and to the helpless animals they serve. Keep up the great work!

Review from Guidestar