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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

224 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot count how many little beings we have brought to Fellow Mortals for care over the past 30 plus years. From orphaned to gravely injured, we have known that we could turn to Fellow Mortals, and they would be there ... and they always have been. Yvonne and Steve, and their entire team of caring staff members, goes above and beyond in providing services not only to the wildlife brought to them, but to the public as well. They combine dedication, compassion, and skilled knowledge into each and every life they come in contact with. The thing that amazes me always, is that in spite of being a hospital, their place is always filled with peace and calm. It is a professional setting ... clean, organized and filled with the equipment needed to diagnose and treat these beings, but there is an atmosphere of such peace and well being throughout the entire facility. Each species has been accommodated for, with space reflecting it's natural habitat. Each individual gets individual care. Each animal or bird is treated as if they were the only one there. As an animal lover, advocate, and protector, I have dealt with many organizations over the years. There are many good ones out there, thankfully, but none come close to Fellow Mortals. They give 100% in everything they do, every single time. Caring for wildlife, is their passion. It is their life. 365 days a year. They are the best.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot count how many little beings we have brought to Fellow Mortals for care over the past 30 plus years. From orphaned to gravely injured, we have known that we could turn to Fellow Mortals, and they would be there ... and they always have been. Yvonne and Steve, and their entire team of caring staff members, goes above and beyond in providing services not only to the wildlife brought to them, but to the public as well. They combine dedication, compassion, and skilled knowledge into each and every life they come in contact with. The thing that amazes me always, is that in spite of being a hospital, their place is always filled with peace and calm. It is a professional setting ... clean, organized and filled with the equipment needed to diagnose and treat these beings, but there is an atmosphere of such peace and well being throughout the entire facility. Each species has been accommodated for, with space reflecting it's natural habitat. Each individual gets individual care. Each animal or bird is treated as if they were the only one there.

As an animal lover, advocate, and protector, I have dealt with many organizations over the years. There are many good ones out there, thankfully, but none come close to Fellow Mortals. They give 100% in everything they do, every single time. Caring for wildlife, is their passion. It is their life. 365 days a year. They are the best.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a reassuring feeling it has been over the years to know that there is a place like Fellow Mortals to turn to when I have been faced with finding injured or orphaned wildlife. I can't even begin to count the number of assorted birds and animals in need that I have brought to them for care. The people of Fellow Mortals, led by Steve and Yvonne Blaine, have a commitment to their calling that I have not seen elsewhere. Each and every creature is treated as if it were the only one on earth. There is and unspoken assurance that nothing less than the best is even possible at this facility. It is evedent on the faces of each and every care giver, and also with the feeling of compassion and peace that wraps around you when you walk in the door. 365 days a year X 25 years is proof that Fellow Mortals is a didication of love and service. They give the best, and may they get the best in return. Thank you, Fellow Mortals, for showing us what caring is all about.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of Fellow Mortals when they were fighting to stop the cutting of the trees that provided shelter for many birds and other wildlife on their property. I sent them a donation even though I live in California. Yvonne responded personally which was unique in my experience. Since then, I watch their website to be part of their wonderful work. They have become my favorite nonprofit, and I send money whenever I can. It's a place that makes you feel better about the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

A baby Robin fell out of its nest on my property. My husband & I were afraid to touch it for fear the mother would reject it. Someone told me to call FM & they gave me the perfect advice. We placed the bird in the nest & kept an eye on it from afar with binoculars until the mother returned. She fed all her babies! Long story short, Fellow Mortals has taught me so much about wildlife. They help educate the public. They protect our wildlife we love so much. I really don't know how they manage to do all they do in the rehabilitation process. That is why I support their mission & have become a regular donor

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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.

Emily Carol A.

Donor

Rating: 5

From the small mouse or vole to the larger bald eagle or deer, the staff at Fellow Mortals are dedicated to saving each one from their injuries and returning them to the wild. Several years ago I took a sick robin to the hospital and after the admission, asked to tour the facility. I saw animals everywhere in different stages of recovery and learned that the goal is to release them back into the wild. I wrote a check immediately to support the efforts I saw and continue to fund their work eight years later. Where else can you be a part of caring for 2,000 injured wildlife that are rehabilitated and released each year! I can be assured that those animals who are not in pain but cannot be released due to their injuries will be cared for at the facility and not euthanized. Read the following poem penned by the project leader, Yvonne Wallace; http://fellowmortals.org/at-heart/ to gain insight into her passion for the fellow mortals to whom she's dedicated her life. I've joined her team as a monthly donor and will continue to support this work for the rest of my life!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In her words, Yvonne Wallace Blane, Director of Fellow Mortals gives voice to the themes that are central to the mission of this wildlife rehabilitation center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. "Animals that are treated and recover are released back into the wild. Those that have injuries that would prevent them from surviving are given a permanent home at Fellow Mortals."  As an example, creatures such as Common Nighthawks are being hand-fed four times a day because these birds only feed on the wing at dawn and dusk.  Because of the nature of the injuries these birds incurred, five of the six birds currently being treated will remain with their caretakers for the rest of their lives. Sherman, one of the resident Nighthawks, became a parent and role model this year for a baby Nighthawk orphaned soon after hatching. He successfully fostered his baby until he was old enough to release. I support Fellow Mortals with monthly contributions and will continue to do so for the rest of my life!

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yvonne2 11/25/2017

While we do find education and foster placement for as many unreleaseable animals as possible, there are limited options as wild creatures cannot be kept as pets. It is a very special wild one that can adapt to a life in captivity after living free.

Pam G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about Fellow Mortals. They put the care of injured animals above everything else. The love, kindness and compassion they have is truly remarkable. They work so hard to help the animals. I have brought them quite a few injured birds. I know they will get the best care possible. I think that is so wonderful. I love to volunteer when I can, not only because I have a deep love for animals but also because I get to know the people that volunteer there and that brings me joy. Thank you for your dedication to all the sick and injured animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Fellow Mortals for over 5 years now . I found them when I found a tiny baby squirrel . What an amazing place and amazing people . Thank you Fellow Mortals for all that you do for our non human community

Good Steward2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place to bring injured wild life.
When you feel helpless...they are a phone call away; offering compassion, and professional advice. Don't feed or water injured birds.
Put them in a small box with air holes.

Our indoor cat was sunning on our patio.; on a leash. He still managed to catch a baby sparrow. We brought the injured bird to Fellow Mortals.

We named it Charlotte, in memory of my Mom's recent passing.
They sent us a follow-up post card.
Charlotte lived, and was set free. So impressed.

Now, we don't let kitty outside at all, even on a leash.
He LOVES his new window perch for sunning.

We will continue to support this EXCELLENT organization.

PS: A neighbor's indoor/outdoor cat killed a nest of baby bunnies :(
How do we protect them?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Early one morning our cat (on a leash) was sunning on our patio . He caught a baby sparrow and proudly brought it in the house. I made him drop the bird, the frightened little bird hid behind some furniture and I put it in a shoe box. (punched holes in the top and sides before putting the little bird inside). I searched on-line for advice and found Fellow Mortals. I got instructions to keep the bird quiet & safe. I put her up in a dark, quiet closet, away from the cat. (Do not feed/water injured animals). I left a phone msg.,Fellow Mortals returned the call early am and I took the baby sparrow in to see the Dr. They were so kind and sweet to both of us. She had puncture wounds & I was informed that cat wounds are very serious and it was good that I brought the birdie in ASAP. I even got to "name" the little birdie "Charlotte" when I filled out the short form indicating that I wanted an update on her status. I wrote a check for $25 to help Fellow Mortals..(they deserved every penny and then some). I later mailed a SASE so that they could inform me on Charlotte's progress. I am happy to say that 2-3 weeks later they informed me that she was doing well and would soon be released into the wild. What a fantastic experience. My husband and I were so impressed. PS: Do not hesitate to bring in sick/ injured animals they will not make you feel bad if you can only afford the gas to get there. What a dedicated, caring and generous organization. I wish I had more money to give. So-o-o-o impressed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SIMPLY THE BEST. How LUCKY we are in SE Wisconsin to have Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. I have brought many injured/orphaned wild ones to FM over the past 20 years and have always been so impressed with the compassion and care the individuals at Fellow Mortals have shown to the wild animals. It is such a relief to know they exist and if and when I find a injured one, I have somewhere to go to get them some help. I have learned some many things from the staff over the years and I am a better person for being involved with Fellow Mortals. I donate to them monthly and trust them with my donation...That is very important also. Please consider donating to this upstanding and compassionate hospital.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Becky14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Oh gosh... where to begin. Over the years I have taken birds and even a small mouse that was attacked by a kitty for care at FM. They are truly wonderful to work with as the care and work they do. On the flip side I have been involved with the release of wild geese and ducks to land up north in WI. These experiences stay with you forever. My husband and I have even been involved with transporting wild ones that cannot be released into the wild but FM finds them forever homes at sanctuaries and such. They are all amazing and we need to be grateful we have them to help those unfortunate wild ones.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Fellow Mortals" is a great asset to our community. I know those that work there, I've volunteered there and have called them in times of need for an injured or distressed critter. I wish every community could have a group of people like we have to help with wildlife. I can't say enough about the people they are and the service they provide. They are the best! Becky Redell

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had two occasions where I needed help with situations arising from my pet cat harming a wild baby bunny and I was heartbroken. It was very early in the morning and I did not know what to do. To make it worse, when looking for help on the internet, there was literally 2 or 3 places that listed assistance for problems of this kind. Fellow Mortals was the only one with an emergency number so I called them and when I spoke to the volunteer answering the phone, I felt she genuinely cared about my problem since she was very patient in reassuring me and instructed me on what to do immediately to comfort the bunny along with how soon I could come and directions to get there. Once there, they took the bunny into the back and treated her right away to ease her pain which made me feel so much better. When the volunteer returned, she was again patient in answering any questions I had then explained that they would do everything in their power to help the animal live and ultimately return to the wild. There was a brief form to sign and a number I could call to check on bunny if I wanted. The best part was that at the top of the copy I was given to keep was a photo that the volunteer had taken of the bunny after treating her... wrapped comfortably in a blanket, resting peacefully in an animal container. I left there feeling so much better, confident in the fact that I had done the best thing possible to offer the poor baby a chance to survive. I am a licensed caretaker of a feral cat colony who works with rescues but since moving to WI from IL in 2017, fortunately this is the only two such accidents I have had of this nature. Of all the rescues I have come across, this one is by far at the top of my list and I am greatly impressed by all that they do. My experience with them was just as positive both visits and I have no doubt it is their modus operandi which is lucky for the wild life in this area as well for us all. Thank you Fellow Mortals!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found four different injured animals over the past few years and Fellow Mortals has always been there to help me with them. They give me advice over the phone and then they tell me the safest way to get the injured animal to their facility. They have been great and they do so much good for injured wildlife. I am so thankful they are around to help!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We live on a small farm in SE Wisconsin, and we encounter wild animals in need from time to time. I have brought injured birds, an injured baby bunny, and a few nestling birds to Fellow Mortals over many years. They have always responded in a timely way to my calls, and they show great concern for every patient. I am so thankful to have somewhere to take injured wild animals, because I can't just walk away from an animal in need. I always leave a donation, because they don't receive any government funding. This is a great charity to include in annual giving campaigns at work. These people truly care.

Donor

Rating: 5

Not only does Fellow Mortals take in orphaned and injured wildlife, when the odd injured farm goose or duck is dropped off, they make room and spend the money on their rehabilitation and rehoming. The sheer heart of these people is awe inspiring.

Vanessa G.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have dropped off a few birds in need over the years, great place!
Very helpful and friendly staff.

Patty A.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an awesome organization. I have called more than once to report injured wildlife and they offer so much valuable information. Always taking time to get locations and details. Truly a wonderful group of people❤

Stephanie K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve brought numerous injured animals here and have never been turned away! Their love and compassion to help wildlife is stronger than anyone around. This is a great organization and the people behind it are truly angels!

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Yvonne in the early 90's when I dropped off an injured cardinal. In the early days, this was a very small operation...as we sat in her living room, we were entertained by a rabbit under the couch and a woodchuck wandering along the hall way. They have come a long way in the last 20 years and have helped an incredible number of animals. We are proud to support their efforts now and in the future!

joanne-g

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Once you are introduced to these most compassionate professionals you know that they are in a league all their own - at the pinnacle of caring for thousands of animals each year. No animal is too small. Just today I accompanied a volunteer to release 3 doves, a vole, a mommy mouse with her tiny 1 inch baby clinging to her and a juvenile opossum. 2 1/2 years ago I was at the release of a near-adult bald eagle. An awesome event. How can you not respect and support such a wonderful organization?

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is a great privilege to know the directors Yvonne and Steve and all who work or intern or volunteer at Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. It is surely 20 years since our first encounter when I brought an injured Cedar Waxwing to their Hospital. We happily accept many rehabilitated animals at our property. Their loving care , their great knowledge, their endless hours during all the seasons is only surpassed by their great humility and quiet energy. Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital deserves the utmost respect and recognition as a top-rated Nonprofit organization. The animals are first, second and third , long before their own personal needs. If you have a chance to visit their website www.fellowmortals.org please click STORIES and read AN INSIGNIFICANT LIFE. It actually is a testimony from the animal itself!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started donating to Fellow Mortals when I saw their donation bin at my local Piggly Wiggly in Delavan. I looked the organization up and reached out to them to see what else they might need. I got a prompt response back, and have any time I’ve contacted them since. They are constantly working to improve (even save) the lives of local wildlife, which really touches my heart because it’s a population most often ignored. I now automatically donate each month and would highly recommend anyone else do so if they are looking for a true grass roots organization that loves animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a private tour of the hospital and I was amazed at how much they do for wildlife (I wish I could put it into words). There aren’t enough places in the world that help wild animals and there definitely aren’t enough people that know how to either. Fellow Mortals is trying to change that.

Animals have always had a very special place in my heart, especially gray squirrels. I got to see a few of the squirrel that were in their care and it touched my heart! Most people think a squirrel is a squirrel and there are too many of them, but not Fellow Mortals. They do everything that they can to help all animals big or small!