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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

255 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It all started with a squirrel. I looked out my kitchen window and saw it dragging itself across my back yard. I knew it was seriously injured and dying. I held it on my lap with one hand while dialing the phone with the other, reaching out to the only place I could think of. I'd seen their donation jars in various places, but I had no idea at that moment as I sat trying to bring comfort to this little creature, what impact Fellow Mortals would have on my life. I didn't know what to do or how to help it. All I knew was I wasn't going to let it die alone. It's life mattered. I left a message and sat there crying while I awaited a call back. To my delight, I was quickly called back. The voice on the other end of the phone calmed me right down and I'll never forget how well she handled the situation. The thing that stood out most was the compassion in her voice. She let me know I wasn't alone. Fellow Mortals was there, and all too ready to help. Although the squirrel wouldn't survive it's spinal injuries, I felt peace in knowing its life came to an end in the most capable, compassionate and caring hands, and that it didn't die scared and alone. Its legacy has carried on. You see, until that day, I wouldn't drive the highway system. I grew up navigating country roads. I feared highways. But my need to get the squirrel to Fellow Mortals was stronger than my fear. Not only did I navigate the highway system alone that day, I discovered the gas guage was blinking on the way there. In my concern for the squirrel, I had failed to realize I was so low on fuel when I started out. I just knew I was going to run out of gas along the highway. I was riding on fumes when I finally reached a gas station. That little life changed mine. I now navigate the roadways with ease. That squirrel not only took away my fear, but paved the way for all the other wild ones that I would eventually find. For anyone who has found an injured animal, just imagine if there wasn't a place to help. To see an injured animal and know there's nothing you can do. I can't fathom that idea. Fellow Mortals is God's gift to us. They are not funded by the state. They survive on donations alone. If people like you and I don't help, who would be there for the wild ones? Every dollar matters. It doesn't matter how small or insignificant you may think it is. There are many ways of giving, From sponsoring, to bringing in things like dish soap or a bag of nuts. It all matters. And for those of you who want to give but have no money, how about volunteering your time? That's what my husband and I have recently done. There's nothing as gratifying as knowing you are making a difference in the life of an animal. And if you'd like to go a step further, why not leave a lasting legacy and become a planned giver? It's easy to do and your gift would ensure that the wild ones continue to have a place to help them long after you're gone. For some reason I can't explain, animals in need seem to find me. Whether it's driving along and finding an Injured falcon sitting in the middle of the road or a hurt dove in my own yard. Through the years I've taken many wild creatures to Fellow Mortals and I thank God that they are there. The staff and volunteers are just the nicest, most caring and compassionate people I've ever met. It doesn't matter what the animal is or if you are able to offer a donation when you bring in the injured or abandoned animal, each animal is cared for just as lovingly. They work hard and put in long hours and they do this out of love for these creatures. God bless Fellow Mortals. You guys are Angel's on earth. Thank you for taking care of the wild ones and giving all who enter your doors a "chance" they wouldn't otherwise have.

Donor

Rating: 5

We've supported Fellow Mortals for well over 20 years, both financially and with in-kind donations, and we haven't lived in southeastern Wisconsin in 5 years! THAT'S how much we admire the dedication and expertise they provide to wildlife rehabilitation. We came to know them when we offered our property as a release site for rehabilitated wild ones. Over the years Steve and Yvonne released squirrels, an adult woodchuck named Reginald, then a whole family of woodchucks, merlins, owls, and a red tailed hawk. It was seriously gratifying to discover one morning that the woodchucks had tunneled out and to watch the hawk fly off. But when the red tail showed up the next morning on our platform feeder (see photos,) I called Fellow Mortals frantic that there was something wrong with him again! Not to worry, said Yvonne. "He'll get used to being on his own." When we retired and moved south, we recommended Fellow Mortals to the people who bought our property, and asked that they continue to allow the Hospital to release rehabilitated wildlife on the land. The people and wildlife of southeast Wisconsin are so very fortunate to have Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital in their backyard.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We've worked with Fellow Mortals for almost 30 years - both as wildlife lovers in need of their help and donors. We offered our property as a safe place to release rehabilitated wildlife; even called in a panic for help to rescue a trapped Redtail - they were there ASAP. They are trained professionals, very knowledgable, responsive and caring. We no longer live in the area they serve, but we remain so impressed with their organization, we will support them financially whenever the need arises.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known and supported Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital for over 20 years. They are always there, I trust their judgement and I have learned so much about the the wild ones from them. We are so FORTUNATE to have them in our area and if I find an injured "Fellow Mortal", I do not have to worry about how to help them. I follow their instructions, make my phone call to them and bring the injured animal in. I will continue to support them and remain so grateful they are here. What a staff, what a place.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is extremely dedicated in its mission to help and rehabilitate injured or orphaned wildlife. I brought in an abandoned baby starling, (I found it in a school vending machine!), and happily I received the good news that it did well. Unfortunately a sickly bird and a baby squirrel I brought in, didn't survive although I am sure the staff did their best efforts to help them. Even with the around the clock provided to every living creature in their care, staff has on occasion taken time to present an educational program about Fellow Mortals to a group such as was presented to a meeting of the Lakeland Audubon Society. I am so glad there is a resource available for birds and animals in need of special care. I admire and respect Fellow Mortals for their dedication, loving devotion, and selflessness. Thank you so much, Fellow Mortals, for being there!

Kathleen B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an advocate for wildlife, I am truly thankful to have Fellow Mortals so close by. I have brought countless species to them for care over the past 30+ years and have always been met with extraordinary compassion for these injured or abandoned wild ones. Yvonne, Steve, staff and volunteers go above and beyond in caring for these creatures, providing knowledgeable care combined will skilled professionals. They provide an ongoing teaching experience for us all as we strive to live in harmony with the nature around us. They are the best!

Jayme A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We brought a box full of baby possums who had lost their mother to Fellow Mortals a few years ago. So glad to have an organization like this within driving distance. They do such wonderful things for the creatures, and also help educate the public!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is always there when a wild one needs them. They provide compassionate, professional, knowledgeable care to every patient that is brought to their door. We are blessed to have them in our community!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Yvonne and Steve for many, many years and during this time I have brought to them many animals and birds that were injured or orphaned. Fellow Mortals always treats each patient with respect and kindness. They are given the utmost medical care with the ultimate goal of once more being the wild animal they were born to be. They work tirelessly caring for their patients around the clock, on weekends, over night and on holidays. Their days are long and they give of themselves selflessly to provide this service to the many wild ones trying to survive. I would give them ten stars if I could!

Janet L.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Fellow Mortals when I had an injured Red-Bellied Woodpecker. They were so kind and caring. Since then I have volunteered for different activities and have always witnessed nothing but care, helpfulness and compassion for the animal that comes in. I love the people there. I have seen them when they are busy with animals and always are willing to take in another injured one. Their concern is always for the well-being of the animal!
Jan Lyons

Laurie Parr N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Fellow Mortals several years ago when my daughter and I found an injured red tail hawk.I knew the hawk belonged to somebody because it was banded and had jesses on.My daughter and I were given the name of Fellow Mortals when we called Bong Recreationl Park to ask if they knew who we could contact to help the hawk.My daughter and I drove “Ayla” the red tail out to Fellow Mortals.They rehabilitated her and did find her owner who had a Falconry License.
We also brought baby possums to Fellow Mortals after a bad storm and the mother was dead with the babies clinging to her.Fellow Mortals worked round the clock with those babies unfortunately none of them survived,they were far to small,but Fellow Mortals poured their heart and soul into treating them.
I tell everybody about Fellow Mortals and their care for the wild and the way they try to educate people on wildlife,not keeping them as pets,not feeding them,not trying to treat them yourself etc. The best thing you can do for an injured or abandoned wild animal is let Fellow Mortals take care of them.

Erin H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in the country and therefore have an abundance of wildlife. I have a sensitive soul as well as a very real care and concern for nature and wildlife but unfortunately no expertise. .....so I always reach out to the experts in the area. I cannot tell you the number of times I have taken a hurt or endangered animal to fellow mortals for care and nurturing. We found abandoned baby bunnies fellow mortals was there. Abandoned baby woodchuck fellow mortals was there. Tiny stranded and injured juvenile hummingbird fellow mortals was there. I have appreciated their care, concern and knowledge on handling each of these situations.

Myra H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I, like so many others, have delivered an array of animals in need of help to fellow mortals. I was always treated kindly, knowing I had interrupted their busy day. I took in many a bird that had crashed into the window. Baby squirrels that for some reason had left their nest realizing mama wasn't coming back. Every animal whisked to the back to be examined and treated. Every animal as important as the next. What sticks with me is the day I was walking my dogs and they so badly wanted to sniff the poor opossum that had been killed by a car. I was fighting the dogs pulling when I realized there were babies by the opossum. Some deceased, but a few crying out, eyes not even opened yet. Oh goodness, now what? I had two shirts on and gathered the live ones into my outer shirt. A neighbor was watching, so I called to him to please call my husband, which he did, and I got picked up and made the call. Here's where it gets good; Yvonne wants to know how I feel about bringing in the dead mom, in case there are any babies alive in her pouch. I say my husband would love to. So, we took a box and scraped her up and off we went. Indeed there was one more live baby inside! I will never forget this incident which teaches love, patience, and the utmost dedication to their passion for helping wildlife. These folks, from the volunteers to the veterinarians, are heroes, without question. I encourage everyone, young and old alike to become familiar with fellow mortals, and to support their mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last winter we rescued a gold Finch with conjunctivitis. Fellow Mortals communicated well with us. They are highly organized, gave great advice, great documentation and great care. Our little bird spent two months in care to assure he was cured. We were asked on intake if we would like to be called when he was ready for release. We were so thrilled to be part of that experience. We know all this puts an extra burden on a rehab facility. Our bird got to be released back into our own yard. ♥️We never had a bird before or after with this disease. We feel he came our way so we could help him make it to Fellow Mortals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is synonymous with "compassion", "care", and "ethical". I have been a volunteer at Fellow Mortals for almost three decades, and I am fortunate to have met hundreds of humans and wild creatures who have been touched by the organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Earlier this year I came across an injured male House Finch sitting in front of my vehicle on the driveway. I could immediately tell something was wrong since he wouldn't fly away & seemed lethargic. I had only one other experience with an injured bird that I saved, but realized the lady who took in the last bird (licensed rehabilitator) had moved to another state & was no longer available. I called multiple places only to get voicemails & call backs to say I had to make an appointment. I then came across Fellow Mortals & they were incredible with how fast they were able to help. Not only were they fast, they actually cared about the animal! They let me know exactly what was wrong & what they could do to help. I loved how they gave me a picture of the little guy with all his info & gave me the option to check up on him once the procedure was done. I will continue to choose them over other businesses because I KNOW the animal is getting the care it needs immediately & properly. Not to forget their incredible customer service! This place just exceeds all others! Highly recommend!!

Judi McDonnell M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have brought injured animals to Fellow Mortals and know that they receive the best care. The compassion and caring of the professionals working to help the sick or injured animals and birds makes Fellow Mortals a remarkable place. It's a wonderful organization that is a blessing to all of us who care about wild animals.

Dee K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many years ago we had a baby Canada goose, my husband at the time had found the egg in a customers driveway we hatched it as we were doing chickens at the time. When trying to find a wildlife rehabilitation place to take it to it wasn't easy. The first place that I contacted she was so judgemental, yelled at me and wouldn't take it, I then came across Fellow Mortals. They were so kind and compassionate, and I knew that baby goose was in great hands! I recommend them to everyone I know! Keep up the wonderful work FM!

Darcy Minkler

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first found Fellow Mortals over a decade ago when I was looking for help for an injured baby bird I had found out of the nest. Everywhere else I called said to put the bird back out for some other animal to eat, that's just the way of things. Since I have always been unable to accept that, I was and am eternally grateful to have found Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. They are the exact opposite of everywhere else I called. They immediately let me know that this little birds life had value and that they were happy to help. I have brought countless other animals to them over the years and I always know that the animal will be given the best possible care and that whatever the outcome its life will have mattered and been treated with the respect all living things deserve. I love Fellow Mortals and the work they do so much that I became a volunteer and have seen firsthand what the staff gives of themselves to do the work they do. Their presence in my life and in this world is a gift to all living things.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't remember the date of the first time I took an animal to Fellow Mortals, but I will never forget being so grateful to find out that such a place existed. It is a place where all life is treated equally important, regardless of species. It truly is a beautiful place in a world where life is so carelessly disregarded and blind eyes are turned to suffering. It is a place full of hope, caring and compassion. I have learned so much from Yvonne, founder and licensed wildife rehablitator, who in a busy day, during a busy season, when injured and orphaned animals don't seem to stop coming all day long, will stop to answer a question I have because she knows I care too and am eager to learn as much as I can from her in what little time I have to give. I have seen Jess, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, trying to piece back together a broken bunny hit by a car, with so much gentleness that to this day when I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes. And just for perspective,, I had been there 11 hours already that day and Jess had been there hours before me and would be there hours after I left. Yet her kindness and compassion and patience never wavered. I have seen Karen, a licensed wildlife rehablitator, give her very breath to bring warmth to a cold baby bird, literally breathing life into him. I have been privileged to see that same baby bird grow and fly free. I have seen all of them at Fellow Mortals ( interns included ) on their "day off" stop in as they were running errands for Fellow Mortals while out taking care of their own. I have seen animals come in so injured that I thought their lives were surely over. I have seen Yvonne, Jess and Karen give them everything they have; time, knowledge, care and compassion to try to give them a second chance. And I have been blessed to be there to see many of them set free, returned to the wild where they belong, made whole again because of the fact that Fellow Mortals exists and because of these people who dedicate their lives to them. I know that every animal that comes in to Fellow Mortals does not make it. But I also know that those who don't are not suffering long, slow painful deaths. They were brought in by someone who saw their suffering and cared. And they are being gently released from their pain by kind hands with as much dignity and respect as possible. I am so grateful to have found Fellow Mortals. They breath life, love and hope not just into the animals in their care but into the world at large. Please help if you can because everyone at Fellow Mortals donates much of their time and every penny counts and is truly needed and appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've only needed to take one bird to Fellow Mortals, but was so impressed by them that I will visit them again if the need arises. I was so surprised that they made time on a Sunday to take the little guy in. They gave me an appointment for within the hour. My only disappointment was that there was no way to find out if the little guy made it or not. Sadly they are too busy to make follow up calls. But knowing he was in good hands and had the best chance he could get was worth it! I support them every time I shop with Amazon Smile!

Bernadette M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love love FELLOW MORTAL. INC. because I believe strongly in what they do. I have brought birds and such to them and they have never turned me away even though I didn't have an appointment. I know that they really care for all the animals and birds and do all it takes to save them. I am very thankful for this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We brought in a very young woodchuck . She was found near the lake after her home was disturbed by heavy machinery. Fellow Mortals returned our call the very same day and we were able to get her there quickly. She was in very bad shape but I know she received the best care! Everyone at Fellow Mortals are absolutely amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found an injured squirrel. I called fellow mortals and they said to bring him him. They said they were gonna try and do all they can for him. He was in critical condition. They try to do all they can for the animals that are brought to them. They are the best!!

theresad

Donor

Rating: 5

The most devoted and caring people I know, providing care for injured and orphaned wild ones near and far. They inspire me to want to be a better human. They taught me that every living thing deserves love and peace both in life and death.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over 10 years ago I became involved with helping Fellow Mortals and was completely amazed at the devotion and selflessness of all of those involved. The animals are always first and foremost, and they are given every opportunity to have the best possible lives despite whatever struggles they have come across. Fellow Mortals does so much with so little, all from donations of those who believe in their work and have a love of wildlife. I can only hope the organization will be there for my children when they grow up, allowing them a resource and a safe haven for the injured and orphaned wildlife they may encounter. They are a huge asset to our community as well as many others.

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joanne-g

Donor

Rating: 5

The first animal that I brought to Fellow Mortals was a cedar waxwing which I spotted on the road. Help came too late. That is when I first discovered that these caring, compassionate people mourn deeply over a loss as well as celebrate with great joy over a successful rehabilitation and release! This was SO MANY YEARS AGO. Since then I brought in Schwinn, a bunny I initially thought was hit by a bicycle on the WHite River Trail. I brought in a female weasel, HERSHEY, who was hit by a car. Poor Yvonne had nightmares of it escaping from its cage and eating all the patients. I successfully returned Hershey to the creek area where she came from. I bought a "first -class ticket" on MIDWEST EXPRESS to Fort Myers Florida for "Cormy", a cormorant, so it could be released by C.A.R.E. on Sanibel. A friendly soul found a female vulture hit by a car in front of our property. Yvonne worried whether her family had already migrated south when she was ready to be released. I saw some vultures over our property on release day. I was privileged to sponsor SCOUT a 4 year old male eagle who lost a territorial fight and also suffered from lead poisoning.
While I have not brought very many animals, our property is the very, very fortunate release site for opossums, white-footed mice, squirrels of every color, even Fox Squirrels, woodchucks, bunnies, doves and songbirds.
The entire staff are educators as well as rehabilitators. Their resume is lengthy and awe-inspiring. In addition to the actual staff and interns and volunteers there are the "wildlife surgeons" , veterinarians who work pro bono to set bones and even make prosthetics of all sorts, including recently a BEAK FOR A BLACK-CROWNED HERON!
I cannot write enough praise for these selfless heroes.
This DAVID is unafraid to take on GOLIATH, including taking doe JUDITH's and her foster fawns' cause to MADISON. "JUDITH'S LAW", signed by the governor, gave protection to their protégés from needless slaughter at the time of Chronic wasting disease

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

There was a juvenile great horned owl in our yard that was sick. It was pouring rain outside and it just sat there. I called Fellow Mortals and they told me to approach it slowly with a light blanket, they said it would show its talons, I was to then throw the blanket on it. When it was under the blanket they said to put a laundry basket on it to trap it. Then I had to slide a piece of cardboard under it so we could carry it to the car. I did just as they said and brought it to them. Evidently the mother decided to quit feeding it and it couldn’t survive on its own. Luckily we got it to them in time and they were able to save it. It made my heart feel good! Thank you Fellow Mortals!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first experience with fellow mortals was nearly 25 yrs ago. I lived in Williams bay, and found an injured mourning dove. I was told that it was shot. That was the beginning. I have since brought other songbirds, chipmunks, woodchucks. Some were stuck to glue traps, window collisions, and a mysterious neurological (?) issue. I am so grateful we have fellow mortals in our community to help those in need. I am also very grateful for the many other supporters, of this wonderful group of caring and very capable people. Your kindness makes a difference to the animals you help, and we are blessed.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals took in this baby mute swan who had almost been eviscerated by a snapping turtle. He was unable to be released and now lives with me. They care for so many animals, but every time I have been lucky enough to view a release back into the wild, I have seen tears in the rescuers’ eyes. I have never seen a charitable organization do so much with so little.

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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.

Heather D.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have taken two baby Robin's to Fellow Mortals, a few years in between them. They are extremely knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate for all species of animal. They are honest, friendly, and return your call extremely quickly. They also give any information they can to help with the specific animal and situation. They are amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been bringing injured and orphaned wildlife to FM for almost 30 years. Their level of compassion and standard of care is the same, no matter how large or small the patient may be. There is a sense of urgency from the moment they take charge of the animal that's really shown me how much they care about every creature that comes through their door. I've always felt that the animals I've brought there were in the best possible hands. I have quite a collection of admittance forms, many of which have pictures of the bird or animal on them. I like to look back at these, remember the circumstances that led me to find them and think of the lives they were able to have thanks to FM caring for them when they needed help most.

It takes me over an hour to get to FM from my home, but I wouldn't even consider taking an animal anyplace else. FM has my trust. I know the animals I bring have the best possible chance of survival being in their care.

I always give a donation when I bring them an animal, even if I can only manage a small one. It isn't necessary, as they provide the same level of care whether a donation is given or not, but they rely on funding and as long as I am able, I intend to help them to continue helping the wildlife. If you're considering supporting a non-profit, please consider this one. They do wonderful work for the animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the past 4 years, I have taken 3 injured animals to Fellow Mortals; one baby chipmunk, one bird, and one young squirrel that had a hurt leg, and a sever head injury.
It's devastating to find a helpless creature that has been injured or abandoned, but you're able to keep hope alive knowing that Fellow Mortals is there to help! They are a vital resource to our community, that greatly deserves our support!

1 Martha C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is love and compassion. It is a sad world we live in, with too many people that disregard the magic and fragility of all life. Yvonne, Steve and their dedicated help are a hand that heals, feeds and frees innocent beings which had no other help. In my opinion, nothing can top that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the course of the past 2 decades or so...I have brought in everything from a Cardinal with a broken leg (someone's Landlord had put out a mole trap :( ) To an Oppossum that got stuck under a part of our fence for an unknown period of time (The Only bad spot in our side fence that had been pushed up from tree roots...had he gone 5 inches either way he would not have gotten stuck..we have since fixed that spot) I have brought in bunnies and squirrels and many birds...In Janesville people tend to call me when they find an injured animal and I take them into Fellow Mortals..If I couldn't donate anything because I barely had gas to drive down to Fellow Mortals,,or if I did have 20 dollars or so to donate...or when I donated lights when they went through some stress with the power company..they treated me the same every time...I was a concerned individual just trying to help with their cause and mission and they appreciated that...I wish I had had more to give all of the many times they stepped up and helped the animals I brought in..they are truly wonderful..and the events they hold to help engage and educate the public are very nice to get to be a part of...they sacrifice so many hours and give so much love..I am so thankful to have them and don't know what I. and a lot of other people would do without them

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.

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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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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.

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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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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.