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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! I didn`t know Fellow Mortals existed until I found a small, starving, freezing opposum, and found them through a local vet`s office. They returned my call almost immediately, told me what to do for my small friend until I could get her to them. I couldn`t help but cry when I arrived and realized how truely wonderful this place is. I will do whatever I can to donate, spread the word of their existance for the rest of my life.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our community is truly blessed to have Fellow Mortals. I could not even count the number of times I personally was able to fall asleep without worry because I knew the wonderful folks of Fellow Mortals had taken charge of helping in the life or lives of unfortunate wildlife in our county. Fellow Mortals has been there for the concerned citizens in our area for decades now and so desrve our aupport and thaks.

Review from Guidestar

Kourtney F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been very fortunate to have interned at Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital a few years ago. I continue to regard my experiences there to be some of the most important, meaningful ones in my life. There is a true need for a wildlife hospital in so many areas, and Fellow Mortals serves its surrounding community so well. The staff there are so dedicated to the wildlife in their care, and they are extremely knowledgable and attentive to their patients. Every year, I look forward to attending their annual auction, because I know firsthand that every penny goes toward the care of those animals staying in the hospital.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful community asset that helps care for wild animals that are unable to care for themselves due to illness, accident, or other misfortune. Brought an injured squirrel to Fellow Mortals Hospital several years ago and was impressed with the compassionate care the animal received. Staff members are highly knowledgeable and skillful and are truly committed to the welfare of their animal charges. Inured/sick animals are welcome virtually at any time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital when my cat got out of the house one spring day and injured a young bunny. I called the local animal shelter and they directed me Fellow Mortals. I took the bunny as soon as they called me and entrusted it to their loving care.

Fortunately, the bunny's injuries were not life threatening and it fully recovered.

Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital is a guardian angel to the wildlife whose habitat we infringe on with our urban sprawl and dangerous vehicles. It does my heart good to see the work that they do so selflessly on a daily basis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working on the development of Fellow Mortals facilities for the care of orphaned and injured wildlife from time to time over the past twenty years.
I'm most impressed with their dedication to the care of each and every individual creature that is presented to Fellow Mortals for care, from the tiniest orphaned hatchling to the greviously injured adult, the value and potential of every single life is honored.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've spent some time working with Fellow Mortals (non-humans and humans alike) and always come away with a feeling of satisfaction that I've helped the universe and made things better for others. The owners do this on a daily basis (24x7x365) and need our help to enable them to provide the best care possible.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for CSI Media, LLC - the Shopper Advertiser/Walworth County Sunday and we do 2 Community Awareness pages for Fellow Mortals. These are to inform our readers as to what they are all about and how in general the public can help Fellow Mortals. I truly believe they are of great value to our community and to the helpless animals they serve. Keep up the great work!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at a landfill located in Racine WI. We have a large population of Red Tail Hawks. One of our hawks broke his wing and I called Fellow Mortals right away. They asked that I get him there as soon as possible. They took him in right away and the next day did surgery. Unfortunately he had torn ligaments and not broken his wing. They worked with him and it became apparent he was not going to be able to fly again. With much work an education program was located that would take our hawk.

The time and effort put in by these very special people helps take care of those creatures that would not stand a change otherwise. I am so thankful for them and their organization and wish them all the best now and in the future.

Deena Brehm

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was tremendously impressed with Fello Mortals building and offices. The help was very kind and answered any and all questions. They offer so much information. I drove a friend with 2 birds that had to be rehabbed and I can't say enough nice things about how well we were treated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow mortals helped me when I thought I had nowhere to turn. I found a bird stuck to a glue trap and they were able to remove him and get him on his way to recovery. Just last week I found a bird with an eye injury. They gave me instructions on how to care for him until I could deliver him there for care. They are wonderful, caring people who quietly work to care for the most helpless among us. Without them I truly would have had no place to take these injured animals and they would have died.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Fellow Mortals when there was a wonderful article about them in the Kenosha News a while ago. When I read that they did not discriminate.....they show the same amount of care, love, and compassion to a squirrel, as well as a bald eagle, I was compelled to donate to them. They keep you abreast of their new " clients": their progress, and hopefully their release back into the real world. As Mohandas Gandhi wrote,"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Well, Fellow Mortals make us look pretty good.
What else can be said about an organization that tries their hardest to relieve the suffering of innocent creatures, all while feeling their pain at the same time?

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered Fellow Mortals, almost by accident, when I found and injured animal who needed help. I was directed to FM and since then have been a donor and champion of this wonderful organization. Their caring spirit and professionalism as well as their compassion and sensitivity to the patients they serve is humbling and inspiring.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have brought injured or orphaned animals to Fellow Mortals over many years. It is a clean and quiet place for animals to recover from injuries or illness, and their one goal is to rehabilitate them to be returned to the wild whenever possible. The staff is competent and work tirelessly, as there is no off time when caring for so many kinds of wildlife. It's a real comfort to the community to know we have this resource, as more development crowds out the wildlife. They do a wonderful job of educating both adults and children. I don't know how they care for thousands of animals a year with only donations, but I say they do a lot with the little they have, and many local residents will help with building and other jobs because we know what a great job they do. They are a model for what all wildlife hospitals should be.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many years ago I visited Fellow Mortals, after hearing Yvonne on a radio interview. I was so touched and taken with the extensive facilities for such a new organization with such a small budget. Yvonne took the time to show my friend and I around and my heart was warmed by the wounded innocent animals that were getting a chance not to suffer and a second chance at their lives. I will never forget it and have always done my best to contribute to their work.
Yvonne and her staff are selfless and genuine in their commitment. So many injured wildlife are passed by and Fellow Mortals makes it possible to not have to do that anymore. I feel that we are all better people because Fellow Mortals is here. Dana Schreiber Madison, WI

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is an organization that is a huge part of our community. Without it, there would be no hope for the injured birds and mammals that are found near and far. They give every single animal a chance that it may never have seen. The love and care that goes into each and every patient at the hospital truly shows the compassion that man can hold for wild things. I have been proud over the years to say that I am even remotely associated with such a great group of people. It is in a selfish way though, as being part of a higher mission only makes me a better person. Every single person that I know who has come in contact with Fellow Mortals has been changed in one way or another for the better. I cannot express the good they do, and will continue to do no matter what obstacles stand in their way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were fortunate enough to meet the staff at Fellow Mortals when we brought in an injured opossum we found in our yard. At that time we were welcomed by Karen, a most helpful young woman, who handled our frightened rescue with immediate concern and compassion. She was our first encounter with this wonderful organization, and when we read more about their operation and facility, started by Steven and Yvonne Blane, we decided to do what we could to help. I volunteered to sew cage pads for the animals, and my husband got involved in some carpentry and outdoor work projects around the place. We also participated in their annual fundraiser, an outstanding event. Our love of animals led us to support Fellow Mortals, because we saw their genuine dedication to helping injured, abandoned and frightened creatures. When you picture the hours and hours of all-day feeding schedules for baby birds and animals, you can only imagine the patience, love, and devotion this staff has for their “fellow mortals.” My husband felt fortunate to participate in squirrel releases and also some raptor releases, experiences that he said touch the heart deeply. We will continue to support this wonderful organization. They are committed to ongoing superior care, they give their time, (and yes, talents—Yvonne writes the most beautiful articles about the animals, as do many of her highly skilled staff,)keeping folks informed about the view of life from the animals’ world. What amazing and gracious people these are, helping those without a “voice.”

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife and have been federally licensed bird rehabilitators for 30 years. I have never seen a more caring and competent environment where the use of funds is frugal and used is the best interest of the creatures.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a truly unique and amazing wildlife hospital. They provide high quality care to injured and orphaned wildlife while rehabilitating them to be released back to the wild. They are compassionate, ethical, knowledgeable, and extremely committed. I have had the honor of working with them in the past in various capacities and can not recommend them more highly. Dr. Amanda Falch

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Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a change of life and thought for me.I see a higher life has given me an opportunity to help than be a burden on wildlife, and to see the light in their eyes of those who give up vacations, fancy stuff and devote their lives to taking care of our fellow mortals. God Bless Them. Nick