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  

This non-profit know no limits when it comes to its love and dedication to animals. Last year in my backyard there was an abandoned duck's nest with about a dozen eggs that my husband and I took to Fellow Mortals. Since the mom had been gone a while, any survival was doubtful and all the kids in my neighborhood were very saddened. But Jessica gave me regular reports on the eggs' condition and there were some hatchlings, she even took video. I passed this info on to the neighborhood kids and it brightened their spirits and taught them a very important lesson about respecting wildlife and finding the right people to help. Thanks, Fellow Mortals. The Robinsons

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Above story and volunteered at their Fall Migration Event

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

They do such a great job, I only wish they had a larger staff.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've seen the staff and volunteers in action. Their hard work and dedication is inspiring. Keep up the good work.

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I've toured the facility, they do outstanding work.

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

Find more donors to support thier efforts

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have taken several injured wild animals to Fellow Mortals so they can be helped back to the wild. The staff are superb. I especially appreciated how they followed up by informing me of the animals' status. For example, late one night I brought in a rabbit that had run under my car while I was driving down a rural highway. I was relieved to learn a few days later that the rabbit had not incurred serious injury and would soon be released. I didn't have to just wonder what happened to her. Also, the staff takes the time to educate people who bring in animals. When I brought in a juvenile squirrel whose mother had apparently been killed, I learned from the staff that this often leads to dehydration as the juveniles miss expected feedings, so I knew what was going on the next time I found another young squirrel in the same condition.
As southeastern Wisconsin becomes more and more "developed" it is inevitable that more wild animals will be injured via encounters with people who live in their homes. Fellow Mortals provides one of very few opportunities we have to try to alleviate that suffering. It also provides an excellent training ground for people who want to become wildlife rehabilitators.

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

the way that they have helped me with injured animals.

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

try to help find more professionals who can donate their time and expertise. The staff are overworked.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

In the role selection bo I have been able to select only one category which doesn't tell the whole story. I have known these wonderful people for 14 years and thank goodness there are folks like these out there because we have rescued five lost souls during this time and would have had little luck in finding "anyone" that would have even taken an interest in rescuing some of what we have taken there. God bless Fellow Mortals.

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I have known these wonderful people for 14 years and thank goodness there are folks and organisations such as these because we have rescued five lost souls during this time and would have had little luck in finding "anyone" that would have even taken an interest in taking and caring for them. God bless Fellow Mortals, Incredible People Doing Incredible Work.

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I would not change anything about this organisation

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I appreciate knowing that 'Fellow Mortals' is in our area to help the injured and/or mistreated wildlife in our county. Our wildlife has been losing its habitat as our countryside becomes more developed. Injury to these animals occur with this increase of the population.

'Fellow Mortals' is always there to help these creatures in need. That is why I donate as I can to this worthwhile organization.

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I've seen the good work that this organization has done.

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

I would require the County to charge developers a certain percentage of their project costs to help fund this organization. People move to our communities in this county because of our country environment- which includes our wildlife. They need to show their support to maintain this lifestyle.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our area is blessed to have an organization like Fellow Mortals. By saving thousands injured and helpless animals every year, they raise all of us to a higher level. When we show compassion for these poor creatures, it changes us by opening our hearts.

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Fellow Mortals has given me valuable advice

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

I would try to grow even more.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital when my cat got out of the house one spring day and injured a young bunny. I called the local animal shelter and they directed me Fellow Mortals. I took the bunny as soon as they called me and entrusted it to their loving care.

Fortunately, the bunny's injuries were not life threatening and it fully recovered.

Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital is a guardian angel to the wildlife whose habitat we infringe on with our urban sprawl and dangerous vehicles. It does my heart good to see the work that they do so selflessly on a daily basis.

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

Through their selfless and loving care, the bunny I took to them was rehabilitated.

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

What this organization needs is more funds, so it can help every creature that comes its way. I am trying to help with donations.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

One afternoon a couple years ago, my husband ran into the house all
flustered. He told me there was a baby bird on the ground that had
fallen from a nest in the tree. I lifted the bird up and removed it from the
hot sun. I began doing some research to find an organization that could
help me with the baby bird. I didn't know if the mother bird would refuse to
care for it after I had touched it. I found the name of Fellow Mortals & their number from
a neighborhood store that I buy birdseed from. I called and left them a
message. Someone returned my call in about 10 minutes. She advised
me to place the bird back in the nest and then check on the nest to see
if the mother was going to return to feed the babies. One or the other of us watched the nest with our binoculars. Behold! Within about
30 minutes, the mother bird returned with food and proceeded to feed
ALL the baby birds. My husband & I were so happy & relieved that the
baby was going to recieve sustenance. I went to Fellow Mortals the
following day and thanked them profusely for helping us. When my
husband & I were so baffled as to what to do, the Fellow Mortals
Intern was very calming and helpful. I wrote a donation check. When
I read about the organization and that they work strictly on donations,
I knew that they needed financial help if we were going to keep them
helping injured & orphaned wildlife. Ever since, I have felt blessed to
have such a wonderful, compassionate, hard-working, and educational organization to help our wildlife. I feel honored to have
Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital as a part of my life.

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

Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Fellow Mortals asked if I would like to re-introduce a rehabilitated red-tailed hawk onto my property. I have quite a few acres. We all said our goodbyes to the hawk and watched as his healed wings carried him through the sky. I could not help but cry because the sight was so beautiful. .

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

like to see them expand to be able to take care of even more animals and be able to have the time to educate even more of the public about our precious wildlife.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of Fellow Mortals when there was a wonderful article about them in the Kenosha News a while ago. When I read that they did not discriminate.....they show the same amount of care, love, and compassion to a squirrel, as well as a bald eagle, I was compelled to donate to them. They keep you abreast of their new " clients": their progress, and hopefully their release back into the real world. As Mohandas Gandhi wrote,"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Well, Fellow Mortals make us look pretty good.
What else can be said about an organization that tries their hardest to relieve the suffering of innocent creatures, all while feeling their pain at the same time?

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

I have not personally brought in an animal. I would though if needed. I have experienced results over facebook, however, as a duck could swim again with a new "shoe", as animals are returned to the wild after they are saved.

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

give them more equipment, funding, and space.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Thank goodness for a place like Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. I have brought several animals to the hospital over the years and have always left with a very good feeling knowing the animal will get the best care. They are the best at what they do. They send out a newsletter a few times a year and what an uplifting feeling I get when I am done reading their stories.

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

professional, never tired of helping one more animal that came thru the door and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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