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Nonprofit Overview

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

39 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors for many years. It all started when we found a small animal in our yard that needed immediate medical care. We took the animal to our local Veterinary clinic, but they could not help the animal, they did refer us to Fellow Mortals and we headed immediately to them.
When we arrived there we were met by friendly and very caring personal. They took our own pain and sorrow about this suffering little animal very seriously as they immediately attended to the animals needs. They took the time out of their busy schedule to give us a tour of their facility as well as to make sure we were emotionally comforted. As we left we were amazed at this organization and how it was run. We felt we did the best possible thing that could be done for the injured animal at the same time the personal at Fellow Mortals acted in a very professional manner. Their compassion for their work in helping all wild animals shown through the minute you arrived there. This organization is one of the most caring and unselfish out there, doing the work they do because of the pleasure they get in helping and caring for our fellow mortals.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been a donor to Fellow Mortals for approximately 20 years and consider this animal rehab facility one of our most deserving recipients of our time and money. I cannot begin to write the accolades that will even come close to the work that is done there. The dedication, empathy, knowledge and warmth shown to the animal and human members or our community are extraordinary.

This organization lives the ideals mentioned in "on becoming human" written by David Krieger 1999:

"To be human is to be courageous. It is to choose the path of compassion. It is to sacrifice for what is just. It is to break the silence. It is to be an unrelenting advocate of human decency and dignity.

"To be human is the breathe with the rhythm of life, and to recognize our kinship with all forms of life.

"To be human is to be aware of our dependence upon the whole of the universe, and the miracle that we are. It is to open our eyes to the simple and extraordinary beauty that is all about us. It is to live with deep respect for the sacred gift of life. It is to love.

"To be human is not always to succeed, but it is always to learn. It is to move forward despite the obstacles."

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Daryl

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.