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Fellow Mortals, Inc.

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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.

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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

I have been friends of Fellow Mortals over the past 15 years or so. I have been blessed with the privilege to watch them continue to serve the birds and animals who have a special place to go to heal. These injured and orphaned wildlife critters receive top notch professional medical attention increasing their chance to return to the wild. Giving the wilds ones admitted for care a second chance at life is the #1 priority of the staff and they do everything they can to give the beings the experience of their freedom once more.
Thank You Fellow Mortals for being there for the wild ones who would otherwise not have a place to go. Thank you also for providing such beautiful stories as your writing brings a voice to those who do not have one. Your gift of speaking for the wild ones is truly a treasure. Anyone who is reading this please look up some of the past newsletters where Yvonne and other staff have shared their hearts and touch ours through their words.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a very special place.. When a wild animal or bird is injured there is a somewhere they can go to receive the care they deserve as beings who do not have a voice for themselves. The staff at Fellow Mortals treat each wild creature admitted with such deep compassion and the deep respect they deserve. I am always moved in my heart to witness their dedication and devotion to the wild life we all share our lives with. There are so many touching stories that can be told about the many, many encounter's with the spirit of the wild animals and bird's who make their way to the facility for care and rehabilitation. Yvonne is a master weaver of words and her writing is truly a gift to the world. Yvonne has been consistently publishing newsletter's to update and inform the public of the accomplishments, and state of Fellow Mortals as well as generously sharing her experiences, feelings and perspective's through her stories. I am always encouraged to look deeper within myself as I read her words of wisdom and how she shares from her heart.

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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.”