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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.

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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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!

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 09/17/2017

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

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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

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!

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Wisconsin, is an exemplary rehabilitation center that cares for injured and orphaned wildlife in the hopes of returning these animals to their natural habitats. The staff of Fellow Mortals demonstrate remarkable knowledge and care in providing animals a chance to heal and thrive. Each animal patient is evaluated, treated, and provided nutrition and a safe place to heal. If an animal is unable to self feed, then they are hand fed by gentle and caring staff. I have had the opportunity to sponsor one of the many animals that are unable to return to their natural habitat because they are too disabled to fend for themselves. Parker Bunny was able to enjoy a winter of good nutrition, medicine and a safe place to stay. I received a picture and an update when I contacted Fellow Mortals asking how Parker was doing. The ultimate goal of Fellow Mortals is to nurse injured animals or take care of orphaned baby animals until these creatures are able to be on their own. I highly recommend offering your support to this amazing and needed wildlife rehabilitation center.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Fellow Mortals!
From their top notch staff and interns, to the loving care they give to their animal patients, Fellow Mortals goes above and beyond any wildlife rehabilitation hospital. I have had the privilege of seeing them in action and they provide excellent care to injured and orphaned animals. I have been able to sponsor one of the many animals that cannot be returned to the wild because of their injuries named Parker Bunny. Fellow Mortals also provides wildlife education using some of their special animals in the hopes that more people are aware of their valuable service. My recommendation to all is to support this vital lifeline for our injured and orphaned animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals staff care about each and every wildlife patient they take into their care, to the smallest mouse to the great Bird of prey , every life is important. We are so fortunate to have a place like this around