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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

46 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.

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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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!!!

Arthur10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer there and they have the best group of really dedicated people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How very lucky the people of Wisconsin and Illinois are to have Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. My gratitutide for the staff is beyond words and I will continue to support them and their mission for the rest of my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff members at Fellow Mortals are the most dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate people I know. With them, the animals always come first. All patients are given the attention and respect they deserve, whether big or small, furred or feathered. I first went to Fellow Mortals when I found a dead opossum mother with what I thought were two surviving babies. (There were actually seven more babies still tucked in the mother's pouch.) Now I am a volunteer, and I can't imagine a better use of my time. My life is richer in so many ways because of my association with Fellow Mortals. This organization deserves everyone's support, whether it be gifts of time, talent, money, or all three.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about Fellow Mortals two years ago when someone brought an injured killdeer to the public library where I worked. Since then, I have delivered several other animals in need of care to them. It is wonderful having this organization in our area where I know every animal can get the individual care and attention it needs to be returned to health. The seven baby opossoms, two rose-breasted grosbeaks, and Swainson's thrush I brought to them would all agree.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to fellow mortals with my grand daughters and a little baby sparrow. learned more about them at an open house and became a part time volunteer after that. Thanks to the interaction I've had with them it has been my pleasure to be with them at a beaver release and an eagle release. Through them I have also been introduced to the world of animal rehabilitation. As a result of the people and animals I met I had a fascinating trip through Canada with a fellow volunteer and met Audrey Tournay (now my favorite author) and a myriad of other people and animals. The work they do is priceless. I wish I could do more.
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Why is Fellow Mortals such a trusted and highly regarded organisation in among its many stakeholders? Whether it is the donors who trust FM to spend their money wisely or the members of public who bring injured or orphaned wildlife to them for care and rehabilitation, or the Wisconsin and Illinois community who see them as setting the standard for animal care or the government agencies who look to them for advice and experience…………..I could go on!!

The answer is that the management, staff and volunteers of FM are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to any animal that needs rescued and will work tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is an incredible place. Everyone that works there is so passionate and truly love what they do. I am so fortunate to be apart of all the wonderful things that happen there. I have never worked with more extraordinary, hardworking, and dedicated people. The staff strives to make every animal life count, even if there is a slim chance of recovery they do not give up! Know that when you bring an animal to us they are given the best of care and when you support Fellow Mortals though donations you are helping to give a wild one a second chance. Fellow Mortals is truly a great nonprofit!

Rita27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been so fortunate as to volunteer my time at Fellow Mortals. I am humbled to be a small part of such an amazing organization of selfless individuals. Every life that enters the doors of this facility are as equally important as the rest. I have seen first hand the heart and soul that has gone into caring for the injured and abandoned wildlife who have required this care due to 'human' neglect or naivety. Thank you so much for all you do and a huge thank you for allowing me to be a small part of it all!!!!!

Cleo R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A love for all creatures, from the smallest baby mouse to an elderly beaver, is what I witness each day that I volunteer at Fellow Mortals. The compassionate and knowledgeable Wildlife Rehabilitators and interns, work long hours to help insure that each animal that is brought to them has a chance to heal and then be released. The hundreds of animals that are helped each year by this organization are impressive; especially when you consider the time and cost that is required.

Fellow Mortals works hard to educate the public on many wildlife issues. What a person can and should do when they come into contact with an injured wild animal, from the initial phone contact to literature that is given to each person that brings an animal to the shelter, is enlightening. Fellow Mortals is also using Facebook as a tool that is fun and informative.

Fellow Mortals is a wonderful organization doing an amazing job.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals was the first wildlife rehabilitation center I ever worked with. Outside of zoos I didn't realize there were professionals who dedicated their lives to keeping wild or exotic animals healthy. Fellow Mortals opened up my eyes to the many ways everyday people can help wildlife to thrive.

I was an intern at Fellow Mortals right out of undergrad. The volunteer intern experience was hands-on, with lots of animal handling and husbandry duties, caring for baby rabbits, birds, geese, ducks and whatever else came through the doors. The other interns were all dedicated and hard-working, and Yvonne, the founder and director of FM, gives clear directions, makes sure you're comfortable with your duties, and puts in just as many (if not more) hours and effort as her team.

Working at FM has cultivated a lifelong interest in wildlife for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals cares for sick, orphaned, and injured wildlife that is typically in need of care by a human as a result of human actions, and although no one wishes for such instances to happen, when they do, as they inevitably will, there is no place like Fellow Mortals. You can put your utmost trust in that the animal they take in to treat will be given the highest level of care, respect, attention, and dedication to the animal's full recovery. They will give every living creature a chance to make a return to the wild. This is not a day job for the staff, this is their livelihood and passion. I worked for almost a year with the wonderful staff of Fellow Mortals, and not only did I learn how to care for the animals at the facility, the staff were inspiring, they make sure every person that works with them, or drops off an animal, understands the need to care for every living creature that we share our backyards with. Cheers, FM, and keep up the amazing work!

Darcy Minkler

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a non profit organization that takes care of wild birds and mammals. They operate only on contributions. This group is full of caring people whose first interest is the patient. This is not a "zoo" type that says, "Come see the animals". In fact, only in a very superized enviroment may the patients be seen. In addition to taking care of these animals their mission is to treat and rehabilitate them and release them to a safe wild environment. Fellow Mortals is also educating the public about the care of an injured animal with their educational programs. Please donate as they are deserving of funding in any amount.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't begin to tell you how awesome my experience has been working with the staff/volunteers at Fellow Mortals. They have such love and dedication for animals. I became a volunteer here because I came across an injured blue jay that I thought for sure would die. I called them, left a message and they called me back and told me just what to do for this bird. They speak so calmly on the phone and are full of knowledge, compassion and determination to help the animals. This poor, injured blue jay ended up surviving a serious head trauma, thanks to the great volunteers and staff at Fellow Mortals. I felt the need to volunteer because I thought, that's the least I can do. I have learned so much about orphaned and injured animals, again, thanks to the staff at Fellow Mortals. They are just such awesome people with huge hearts for animals. If you come across any injured animals, call them and they will talk you through on what to do. Thank you Fellow Mortals for all your hard work and dedication!! You are much appreciated!

Becky14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Fellow Mortals" is a great asset to our community. I know those that work there, I've volunteered there and have called them in times of need for an injured or distressed critter. I wish every community could have a group of people like we have to help with wildlife. I can't say enough about the people they are and the service they provide. They are the best! Becky Redell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Fellow Mortals is defined by true compassion, beyond measure. Every wild creature brought to them is treated with respect and utmost care. They truly understand what the animal has already been through and strive to calm and reassure them that they will be cared for. Truly Fellow Mortals is a place of heaven on earth.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having known Fellow Mortals since before it was "Fellow Mortals," I can say that it has grown from its humble beginnings into the first-class wildlife hospital it is today without losing any of the single-minded devotion to the welfare of its patients that brought it into being. Fellow Mortals has always emphasized the quality of care given to every creature in their charge, and have never been willing to compromise their values for the sake of publicity or some other perceived advantage.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved nearly from the beginning of the Fellow Mortals organization and have personally experienced the dedication demonstrated in the tireless caring for the helpless injured and orphaned wild animals. I have helped clean cages and feed the animals, and not until all had been taken care of was I allowed to eat and rest. I have seen the sacrifices made to provide quality care and food for the birds and mammals that are taken in by Fellow Mortals with the express desire to see them whole and free to live their lives as God intended, in the wild.

Review from Guidestar