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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

205 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former wildlife intern at this hospital, I can honestly say Fellow Mortals is the most professional and compassionate wildlife rehabilitation center in not only Wisconsin, but likely the entire country. The care that all of the staff display for every patient is truly remarkable. Whenever they return phone calls regarding wildlife questions they are always so helpful, knowledgable, and kind. I'm proud to recommend such a wonderful hospital, and would encourage anyone in Wisconsin who thinks an animal is injured or orphan to call Fellow Mortals to see what should be done.

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yvonne2 Thank you for being a part of Fellow Mortals' family.

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to be involved with Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital both as a volunteer and as an employee since the year 2000. It is truly an honor to work with such selfless, compassionate, intelligent individuals, for such a remarkable cause.
I have learned so much from Yvonne & Steve, their staff and the many, many interns and volunteers that have passed through our doors--the real meaning of dedication; the value of good friendships; true compassion for all forms of life; and what teamwork really means in order to keep things running smoothly and professionally. I have met so many wonderful, caring individuals who have brought an injured or orphaned animal to our hospital for care. Their stories and their compassion have left a mark on my heart.
Donations from the public keep our doors open for all the beautiful wild ones that come to us for care. I can promise you from watching the rehabilitators, your animal receives the utmost professional, loving care you could ever imagine. No life is too small at this hospital--they give every individual a chance to be wild again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals holds a special place in my heart. I've had the privilege to work and volunteer there in the past.
The entire staff and volunteers are relentless in their pursuit to care for and return the patients back to where they belong - in the wild.
They do what it takes and they do it with great compassion, every single life is precious to them.
Fellow Mortals sees each animal as an individual and always provide quality personal care for all.
They're an amazing group of people and we are lucky to have a place to turn to when we need help to help another fellow mortal!
Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
lynn

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They're amazing. The compassion, devotion and knowledge of the wildlife in their care is like no other. I am grateful that I've been able to volunteer when my schedule allows. Every little creature is treated equally from the tinniest mouse to the grand Bald Eagle. Thanks guys!

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Dawn19

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is not enough time in the day to praise Fellow Mortals, Yvonne and Steve, the staff, and all the volunteers. I have been familiar with this organization for over 25 years. I recently had to bring in an injured rabbit to this facility. When I called and left my message, they returned my call in a timely manner. I was then able to bring the rabbit in for treatment shortly thereafter. This group is very professional, knowledgeable in rehabilitation, truly dedicated, and very compassionate with all the wildlife. Yvonne's newsletters are informative, touching, and a must read for all animal lovers! (I also want to compliment their gift shop, I was able to get a lot of birthday/x-mas shopping out of the way while I was there.) This organization is truly worth every monetary donation received!!! Thank you Fellow Mortals for all you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm trying to remember which injured animal brought me to Fellow Mortals for the first time, but it was so many years ago, I can't remember. This is proof that Fellow Mortals has been and will always be a wonderful and necessary resource for injured wildlife. The round the clock care that is provided for the rehabilitation of the wildlife brought through Fellow Mortals' doors must be exhausting, but they continually take in more animals without hesitation and do what is needed to make these broken animals whole again. I am not surprised by the tremendous growth of this organization as Yvonne and Steve have dedicated so much of their lives to this cause. I am truly appreciative for everything they do, and the animals are certainly blessed to have them by their sides. Thank you Fellow Mortals!

Emily Carol A.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Fellow Mortals for many years. I donate money to them every year and I add to that when I take in an injured animal for care. I am very careful about the charities I support. Fellow Mortals is certainly deserving.

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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!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through a rare newspaper article featuring them I recalled their name when I found an injured animal. Because of their quiet insistence that this is a hospital they have no visitors and publicity except word-of-mouth. Care and rehabilitation of the animals is their first and only priority. So my first experience with Fellow Mortals goes back far more than 10 years. Since then I have brought many injured animals and have witnessed that every effort is made to help the animals. Their days are long, their own comforts are ignored and sleep is frequently sacrificed. The interns feel fortunate to be part of the organization and are reluctant to leave when their time is up. When an animal is brought in it receives immediate attention. Love, care and gentleness prevails. Their source of happiness and satisfaction is the eventual rehabilitation and release of the animal - whether eagle or white-footed mouse, bunny or hawk. But if release is not possible, then the animal has a permanent retirement in their care. Without a dime of government funding, their only funding comes from the generosity of local donors. Fellow Mortals and all who live there deserve all the help and support that can be mustered.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a critically important organization that diligently and effectively cares for Wisconsin's wildlife, in particular its large birds and raptors. I have great respect for the work they do. Thank you, Fellow Mortals!

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

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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!