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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

194 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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visit Fellow Mortals from Scotland every year. They are a fantastic example of dedication to the creatures of our natural world. No animal is ever turned way even if it means the staff working until late into the night to ensure that it has the best chance of survival and recovery. The staff members go 'above and beyond' and prioritise animal care over all personal considerations.

As a charitable organisation they have a fantastic support from dedicated volunteers but can always use more help and donations from generous benefactors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly a group of selfless souls whose sole purpose is to assist in the rehabilitation and care of countless orphaned and injured wildlife. Be very sure that every animal in their care is given the amazing opportunity to heal and be released back to the wild where they long to be. xo

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words cannot describe the feeling which overcomes you when you see an injured animal. At times I will see a bird which has just been hit by a car laying in the middle of the road, panicking; and people just keep driving around it and some would not even take the time to do that. Fellow mortals is a sanctuary for these souls to come 'bounce back' and at times a safe peaceful place to 'carry on' it's journey. The staff at fellow mortals work countless hours caring for these animals as if they were their own children. Faces beem on release day when an animal is finally 'set free' to return to it's natural environment, and the commitment and effort has finally paid off. And on the day that an animal is so badly injured that there is nothing that can be done, tears are shed. I know; I have heard these stories. I am from Canada and my daughter has been a rehabilitator at the hospital for almost 5 years now. When I visit Jess I will go to the hospital and help in any way I can. I miss my daughter very much but I believe in what she does and I am very proud of what she does. I beleive this organization has used it's expertise to better educate the community in interactions with wildlife. More people should read the stories on their website. I believe it would open many eyes and hearts as to what the excerpt on Fellow Mortals' home page means 'A Living Philosophy based on the belief that encouraging compassion in humans toward all life brings out the finest aspects of humanity. God Bless each and every one of them!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is so good to know that there is a caring place to help injured birds and mammals in my area. I am thankful for their services.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is such wonderful place staffed by a really remarkable staff. We have brought birds to them in 3 different years. The staff are always so positive and welcoming when we arrive. They were so gentle and caring as they quickly took each bird in and assessed it's injuries and made it comfortable. One of our trips was to bring in a baby squirrel, found hiding from a kitten under our car. The girl who admitted the squirrel let us know it was a little girl and acted so happy to see her. Fellow Mortals kept her for the winter and released her in the spring. This is a really amazing place with loving people who are incredibly dedicated to all animals. My favorite charity. I know that donations will be used to help an animal that will be helped by loving caregivers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a fawn today, that appeared to be completely blind. The fawn was circling in water about a foot deep, on Koshkonong Lake. I called the DNR, who would not help, except to transfer me to the fine people at this non-profit.

These folks called me back very quickly and were not only willing to help, they encouraged me as I attempted to capture this blind baby deer. I was able to capture him and bring him to these lovely people. Today is July 4th. The fact alone that these fine people are there to take me call is impressive - and they stepped well above that, by waiting while I drove an hour to get there with the little baby. They deserve every bit of support that they can be given.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

we found a fledgling robin and a fledgling Baltimore oreal in our yard, we called fellow mortals and brought them in and right away I could tell that the birds were in good compassionate hands, the people who took thebirds were so gentile and kind to them, I will always take any orphaned animals I find to fellow mortals in the future

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a wonderful non-profit organization. They were kind and helpful over the phone as we were seeking assistance for a nestling robin. They gave us clear and concise directions and we were able to get the bird into their care safely. Fellow Mortals is really great!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Took a bird in that a more local facility would not take

1 Lisa555

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter found a baby bird, like a four day old bird, in a gutter. She looked for a nest and there was none to be found. She took the bird home and cared for it all night, and it survived!! We made a couple of phone calls with absolutely no luck of finding a facility to help our bird. What do you do, when your child has put her heart into caring for an animal and no one will help you? You TRY harder! We were directed to Fellow Mortals. I left a message describing our situation and as much detail about our bird as I could. Our call was returned promptly and the woman on the phone was so extremely kind and helpful, she even texted me with their address because I didn't have paper or a writing utensil! We drove from McFarland, a little over an hour, to deliver our bird. I taught her how to love all animals, so how could I not give this little life a fighting chance?! I thank God for them, I don't know what I would have done! They were so sweet, compassionate, and grateful. We received a "patient sheet" with our birds info and picture so we could check in. I am forever grateful to them for showing my daughter there are good people in the world who care and are willing to help. Thank you so much for what you do! You all are very special and we are so happy that our bird found a temporary home. Please donate to this wonderful safe haven for wildlife, they are a blessing to us all!! Keep doing great work! You are making a difference!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This morning, after a severe storm, I discovered a drenched fledgling in my driveway laying on its back struggling to turn over. After scooping it up, I kept it warm until I was able to make an appointment with Fellow Mortals to bring it in. I cannot tell you how very thankful and relieved I am to be able to have someplace to take these poor creatures. The caring. compassionate staff are knowledgeable and kind. I will sleep peacefully knowing that the sparrow is in good care.