Fellow Mortals, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   175 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough about Fellow Mortals!
From their top notch staff and interns, to the loving care they give to their animal patients, Fellow Mortals goes above and beyond any wildlife rehabilitation hospital. I have had the privilege of seeing them in action and they provide excellent care to injured and orphaned animals. I have been able to sponsor one of the many animals that cannot be returned to the wild because of their injuries named Parker Bunny. Fellow Mortals also provides wildlife education using some of their special animals in the hopes that more people are aware of their valuable service. My recommendation to all is to support this vital lifeline for our injured and orphaned animals.

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I was introduced to Yvonne and her husband Steve several years ago at a fund raising dinner in Lake Geneva, WI. My wife Dian had painted a 36x48 swan wild life for auction at the event. Dian has continued to donate her work for auction at the annual dinners. Having no artistic talent myself I usually write checks. We have been at the Fellow Mortal's farm many times over the years and have been impressed with the dedication of the professionals and volunteers. Being in sales I've learned you must ask for the order, Yvonne would be excellent salesperson as she looks you in the eye and asks for what the animals need whether it is a washing machine or funds to support a beaver. You just can't say no to her.
We are delighted to one of her many donors.

Jack Simpson, Wind Point WI

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organizations start and are maintained by great leaders. Yvonne Wallace Blane and her husband Steve, have worked in service to all forms of injured wildlife since founding Fellow Mortals in 1985. One only has to read some of the stories penned by Yvonne to realize the depth of commitment she assigns to each animal brought to the wildlife hospital. Her story, An Insignificant Life (http://fellowmortals.org/insignificant/ ) brings tears and an awareness of why Fellow Mortals has such a unique mission in wildlife rehabilitation. Core values stated at the website reflect the values of both Yvonne and Steve:
• Value and care for the individual life comes before all else
• All species admitted for care are treated equally
• Fellow Mortals will not euthanize a healthy animal
• Fellow Mortals strives for the highest standards and professionalism in animal care and all other areas
• Fellow Mortals does not accept support that could cause us to compromise our values

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I have been friends of Fellow Mortals over the past 15 years or so. I have been blessed with the privilege to watch them continue to serve the birds and animals who have a special place to go to heal. These injured and orphaned wildlife critters receive top notch professional medical attention increasing their chance to return to the wild. Giving the wilds ones admitted for care a second chance at life is the #1 priority of the staff and they do everything they can to give the beings the experience of their freedom once more.
Thank You Fellow Mortals for being there for the wild ones who would otherwise not have a place to go. Thank you also for providing such beautiful stories as your writing brings a voice to those who do not have one. Your gift of speaking for the wild ones is truly a treasure. Anyone who is reading this please look up some of the past newsletters where Yvonne and other staff have shared their hearts and touch ours through their words.

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

Donate more money so they can continue to expand the facility and build enclosures that are needed to bring even more state of the art care for the wildlife admitted here.

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Fellow Mortals is a very special place.. When a wild animal or bird is injured there is a somewhere they can go to receive the care they deserve as beings who do not have a voice for themselves. The staff at Fellow Mortals treat each wild creature admitted with such deep compassion and the deep respect they deserve. I am always moved in my heart to witness their dedication and devotion to the wild life we all share our lives with. There are so many touching stories that can be told about the many, many encounter's with the spirit of the wild animals and bird's who make their way to the facility for care and rehabilitation. Yvonne is a master weaver of words and her writing is truly a gift to the world. Yvonne has been consistently publishing newsletter's to update and inform the public of the accomplishments, and state of Fellow Mortals as well as generously sharing her experiences, feelings and perspective's through her stories. I am always encouraged to look deeper within myself as I read her words of wisdom and how she shares from her heart.

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

watching the organization grow into their dream step by step.

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

Pay the staff more and buy the extra needed equipment and space needed for the animal's and birds.

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2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I garden and did not like the Rabbits eating the bean tops so out came the bb gun.
However, it just scared them as my shooting ability wasn't very good. Then I did
hit one and did not kill it. When I picked it up and it wiggled in my hands in pain, I then
realized I was supposed to protect it not shoot it. I still tear up thinking about it. So when
a rabbit got hurt we had to take it somewhere to fix it up. That was Fellow Mortals.
And wow what a job they do protecting the wild animals that not enough of us care about, but more seem to be changing their thinking. Fellow Mortals and what they do to fix and release up to 70 percent of wild animals, with passion for each, should be cloned in every county in the entire US and probably the world. PBECPA SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN, PLEASE

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We take for granted our ability to take care of ourselves and think. There are animals that we injure that cannot take care of themselves or think. Fellow Mortals personnel lovingly aide those animals and are deserving of recognition for their devotion. Paul B. Edwards CPA

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

More devoted to aiding wildlife from injury to release then anyone could imagine. They are constantly trying to improve the animals atmosphere for recovery without worrying about their atmosphere.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am not acquainted with many non-profits, but am well acquainted with Fellow Mortals. The luck of injured animals and birds changes instantly when the person finding them thinks to take them to Fellow Mortals. Not only is the medical attention the best (by staff or veterinarians when needed) – but attention to their comfort now and to thoughts of their possible future is all part of what happens here. No one animal or bird is more important than any other – and compromise is not an option. Five Stars is a ‘no-brainer’ for Fellow Mortals!

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9 people found this review helpful

There may be organizations who care as much, who give as much, and who are as competent as Fellow Mortals – but not even one who cares, gives and is more competent than Fellow Mortals! Our wild animals and birds can’t ask for help, but when they do need help they seem to know how lucky they are to be at Fellow Mortals!

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

My husband and I have taken several birds and small animals here through the years and have served on their advisory board for a time.

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

try to find ways that finding funding would not be so time consuming.....

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how much I've learned about the need for medical help in our wild animal and bird population -- the need being, in almost all cases, the result of carelessness and ignorance on the part of our human population!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Compassionate, intelligent, and so very caring!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its facility to accommodate more sick and injured animals and birds more ideally -- and have the capability to train many more individuals to do this kind of work in their part of the world!

Ways to make it better...

can't imagine anything.....

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financing

One thing I'd also say is that...

The couple who run this organization, Yvonne and Steve, are the two most dedicated, amazing people I've ever known!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Fellow Mortals is a source of hope. Finding an injured animal is a heartbreaking experience, especially when you don't have the knowledge to aid in the animal's recovery. Fortunately, Fellow Mortals is close at hand to provide care and comfort. I greatly appreciate the work they do.
Jenny Hopkinson

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fellow Mortals is a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and sanctuary up in Lake Geneva, WI. They do wonderful work. They have save thousands of lives over the past 20 or so years. The people who work there (mostly volunteers) are wonderful. They do it because they love the animals and want to make them whole again.

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My wife and I became aware of Fellow Mortals one winter day back in the 90's when we were in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We picked up one of their brochures and thought, "what a wonderful place showing compassion through helping animals". We checked into Fellow Mortals and found that they were everything they said and more helping injured and displaced animals survive, releasing them when they could, providing a permanent home when they couldn't. Since then we have contributed financially in a modest way to the on-going support and upkeep of this wonderful organization.

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

Their efforts to help rehabilitate injured and displaced animals. This to me is the highest calling a human being can aspire to.

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

Provide more support!

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Fellow Mortals is excellent! At my work a few years ago a goose was found in a water runoff. We could see it in the manhole. Public works came out and removed it but that was it, it needed help. So I called fellow mortals and I was able to bring it out. The goose was ok and released. When I brought it there I was told they take in 3000 animals a year with an 80% release rate. This was several years ago so it could have changed. Today I had to bring 2 baby squirrels in who the mother had abandoned. It sure is nice having somewhere to bring wild animals who are hurt or abandoned and hopefully released when they are ok. Thank you Fellow Mortals!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lie in a suburb north of Chicago not far from Wisconsin. I am a block away from Lake Michigan in an area that has a lot of ravines. I see many deer, foxes , birds and coyotes.. My nose tells me there is an occasional skunk around.Development of land occupied my the animals have forced many of the wildlfe into dangerous situations Fellow MOrtals is the answer to the unfortunate injures many of animals have had.. My son's Animal Rights group in HIgh School volunteered there. Many in his class went back to volunteer individually. Fellow MOrtals existed. FEllow Mortals makes a signifcant contribution It has grown, and has been able to target certain populations that have been very vulnerable.

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2011

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I am an animal lover. A frien opf mine told me about fellow mortals when it began.In the area that Fellow MOrtals serveds thefre is no lorganiation like it. There are stoo many injured wildlife tht are left to die, Fellow Mortals fills a nuge void in this area.
I used to live in an area bordedred by the Coopk County Forsst Preserve. After Easter w ]e would find rabbits dropped off in thew woods. One day we dound a deer that had been shot with an arrow. FEllow Morgals didn't exist then. t was very hard to find homes for the rabbits. We finaly called the local zoo to help the injured deer. I

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

I would try to help it expand.

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