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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

75 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.

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!

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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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!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals has been a part of our family for the past 12 years. They have served us with professionalism and dedication. The staff offer practical advice, are patient and show no judgement when I call to ask questions or get advice. On one occasion we had a live squirrel stuck in part of our furnace venting system which we were able to rescue safely in the middle of a very cold February night. This was accomplished through multiple phone conversations and our trust in their knowledge and skill. We have brought numerous injured birds which they take without complaint during the busiest season. I love the fact that they send us post cards to let us know the outcome of a rescue attempt.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals has been a true Godsend to me!! My story is a little involved & long, but worth it - so please read on: My husband & I have been involved in the conservation of Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers by providing & maintaining 2 nesting boxes for these particular ducks for many years now. We have installed small video cameras with night vision capabilities in these boxes, which have allowed us to monitor their nesting process 24 hours a day during the spring breeding season. Sometimes there is only 1 female with 8 eggs, and at other times, more than 1 female is laying in the same box, which can produce over 30 eggs in 1 box. Every year around the end of March, a female (or 2 or 3) starts laying an egg a day in a box, covers it up with the Aspen bedding we provide for them, then leaves until the next day to lay another (both of our duck nesting boxes are occupied every spring, and sometimes, twice in a season - one right after another). When she's done laying, she starts incubating them 24 hours a day (with an hour break both in the early morning, then again right before it gets dark) for approximately 30-33 days. Hatching takes place within a 12 hour span, and by the next morning, the ducklings make the BIG JUMP. Mama drops down onto the ground under her nesting box and softly calls to her ducklings. Within about 2 minutes total, all the fully feathered ducklings jump out of the box bouncing one at a time onto the ground by their Mama approx. 9 feet below them. When all have safely left the box, they all waddle off in a feathery group down to our hidden creek and into the wild somewhere & are gone & never come back. We are able to watch this AMAZING process from both the inside of the box with our cameras and through a window from our home. This is the happy end of my story when ALL the ducklings (from 8 to possibly 30+) make it out successfully and waddle off with Mama. Amazingly, the same female duck or her offspring will come back to the same nesting box year after year to lay, which is an incredible feat in itself. Unfortunately though, when there are an excess amount of babies in a box or they hatched an hour or two later than the others, there have been ducklings too weak to make the big jump or their mother wasn't patient enough to wait for them all. In these cases, an orphan or 2 have been left behind in the box. Sometimes, there are eggs still hatching or don't hatch until a day or two from the others. These instances have been heartbreaking to me, as I have had no where to take a newly hatched or even an unhatched duckling egg for a chance at life. I've had perfectly formed, peeping ducklings pass away in my hands within a couple hours while waiting for a call back from a phone number someone gave me that could possibly help & take the baby - (calls that were never returned or were too late). Sadly, Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser ducklings don't survive after a few hours of being separated from their mother - they are so fragile. After this happened a couple times over a 3 year span, I seriously thought about taking the boxes down so that this wouldn't happen again, even though 95% of the ducklings successfully fledged and we were contributing great numbers towards the conservation of these ducks - I couldn't handle it anymore :-(. Then a MIRACLE!! One day I came upon a pamphlet from a place called Fellow Mortals and read it from front to back and realized that this wildlife/rehabilitation facility was only 40 minutes away from me. The next day I called them & told them my predicament that I have been encountering every spring & they told me they could help me whenever I needed a place to bring an orphan or even an unhatched egg. They said they had foster Wood Ducks that will raise my ducklings as their own and that they would be released into the wild when it was time. They also have an incubator for any unhatched eggs that I might have. I was SO RELIEVED!!! I now could continue with my nest boxes so that many more ducks could have a safe place to nest in an effort to conserve these beautiful creatures, and that Fellow Mortals would be there any day or time I needed them. Every year now, I call and give them a heads up when my eggs are hatching so that they know that I may possibly need to bring a duckling or two or an unhatched egg (or 2) the next morning. They are always prepared & ready for me since they too know that it's crucial to get the orphaned duckling to their foster parent as soon as possible or it will perish. Believe it or not, since then, I haven't had any orphaned ducklings, but I have had unhatched eggs. With Fellow Mortals help, at least 2 ducklings over the last couple years have hatched with the help of their incubator and been fostered and were released by them. There isn't a better feeling than knowing that there are people like me out there who considers even an unhatched duck egg a treasured creation and worth given a chance at life!!!! I have brought Fellow Mortals several song birds who were either injured or orphaned over the past few years (with 8 cameras in 8 different nesting boxes from ducks, owls & bluebirds, I can't help but have some bird in need!), but have yet had to bring them an orphaned duckling (phew!) I always know that they are there for me and all the creatures that need compassion & help, and I appreciate each & every one of their rehabbers, vets & volunteers. I pray constantly for them - that they can continue the work that God has called them to accomplish. Every month, I consider it an honor & joyfully contribute to their cause and hope that my meager offering will help them. I truly can't put into words how grateful I am that if one of God's creatures need help, Fellow Mortals are only 40 minutes away!! Thank you SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart for your compassion towards our fellow mortals - both furry & feathery! Love, Sandy

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since I first became aware of and involved with Fellow Mortals in 2003, I have seen firsthand what competence and sincere compassion can achieve hand in hand. An enterprise such as FM (and there are others, but far too few and too far between) makes the difference between encountering a wild animal in dire need and *wishing* there was something you could do... and being able to actually do something - with their help. I have had the privilege of partaking in the eventual release of wild birds I had brought to Fellow Mortals for care and treatment, and those were some heartbreakingly joyous moments in my llfe, let me tell you. If you believe that wild animals of all kinds truly are our fellow mortals, individuals as worthy of empathy as you and I, please support those who take that philosophy into living action and make our world a better place in so doing. My world is certainly a better place thanks to FM. Yvonne and Steve and their staff are real people. Real good people. Angels upon the earth, as far as I'm concerned. Let's help FM help us to help those alien familiars we marvel at every day, the ones without civilization and technology. Let's lend them ours in their hour of need, in exchange for what they do for our lives every day. It starts with compassion, but it takes skill and dedication to make a difference. Fellow Mortals has all three and bridges the gap.

Sean Carroll

Client Served

Rating: 5

You may never know or have heard of Fellow Mortals until you're in the urgent position of wanting to help an animal and have no idea how. We found Fellow Mortals nearly 8 years ago, after we saw ducklings lose their mother on a busy highway and had no one to turn to. These tiny peeping balls of fluff started a relationship that has continued strong for us ever since for a large variety of animals. Fellow Mortals is a wildlife resource, a leader in healing and care as well as education. They focus on helping the animals first and foremost. Many times it means taking the reins of the critical care required, and sometimes it means education and advice for humans on how best to care for the animal in its wild habitat. It is so evident that their hearts and souls are in their work. Injured and orphaned wildlife seem to find us, and while we can't care for them personally, we are forever grateful for the care and love they receive at Fellow Mortals. The hospital is humble, resources are always tight, and yet each animal gets what it needs for the best chance it can possibly have. I can't describe the feeling that comes with helping something that cannot help itself, and knowing that when the transfer over the counter is made in a little shoebox, or a clothes basket, or a cardboard box, or a blanket, or a pet carrier, the little creature inside that you're helping couldn't have a better chance at getting better. My husband and I will continue to support Fellow Mortals, in our faith in their care of the animals we find, and financially as a way to help in a world that too often loses sight of Nature's innocence and beauty. If you are looking for a charity to support, believe me when I say that you can donate confidently, knowing that your dollars are being spent in benefit of those who need truly need it.

Jennifer372

Client Served

Rating: 5

Compassionate, Caring, and incredibly professional. I have known about Fellow Mortals for over 20 years, and they have been a godsend to animals I have found countless times!

Corinne3

Client Served

Rating: 5

From my first abandoned duckling over 20 years ago to an injured Canadian Goose just last year, I have brought many wild ones to Fellow Mortals skilled care over the years. Every animal receives top rate medical and species specific treatment. We and our wild animal neighbors are so lucky to have them in our community. Yvonne, Steve and their team of interns, volunteers and vets are the best.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is an absolutely remarkable place. They are one of only a handful of fully licensed wildlife hospitals in the United States. They have a professional staff and facilities, habitats created for specific species as they recover and veterinarians who perform surgery when necessary. Most people are familiar with rehabbers that often take in only one species and operate out of their home or garage. Fellow Mortals is truly a hospital environment and caters to multiple species with facilities designed to triage, treat and rehab. Their release rate speaks to the outstanding care....over 80% of injured or orphaned wildlife is released back into the wild.

Fellow Mortals relies soley on donations from the public, there is no government funding or grants. Please help this incredibly worthy organization. They give wildlife a second chance at life and their success rate is incredible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago, I was fortunate to learn about Fellow Mortals when I found a goose that had been hit by a car and its mate killed. Fellow Mortals treated the goose and released it back to the wild the following spring. Ever since that day, we have supported this wonderful organization. We are so impressed with the care and compassion and professionalism of the staff, the quality of the facility and the absolute passion they have for their work. This organization is inspiring and has saved the lives of so many animals and birds. I am forever in gratitude to them for the remarkable and tireless work they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been extremely impressed by Fellow Mortals during the past 15 years I have been involved with them. They are kind, knowledgeable, respectful, and helpful, no matter what the situation. Over the years, I have taken in several injured wild animals, and they have served each and every one with compassion. I have even called them on a few occasions for animal advice and they have always got back to me promptly and with proper advice. The founders devote their lives to these animals, and treat every one of them with personnel care. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone needing their service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have an extraordinary devotion to wild life rehabilitation and to public education about preservation of the natural habitat for their "patients". The operation is well run and orderly in the in-take process. Like everywhere, they could use more funding, but what they do get is given to a priority-list everyone can find before giving. Our experience has been with injured migratory songbirds, but they also care for raptors and small game, such as rabbits & deer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have used the services of Fellow Mortals for the rehabiliation of migratory song birds found injured on our property. The high level of professionally run in-take processing and subsequent follow up has just part of their sterling example in wildlife care. They have a heart to help and to allow the public learn how they may help in turn, which is an important factor in increasing how wildlife can be protected, and rescued when necessary.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

THE NEIGHBORS HIT A LITTLE BUNNY WITH THEIR LAWN MOWER. I TOOK IT AND JUMPED INTO THE CAR AND CALLED THEM ON MY CAR PHONE. WHEN I GOT THERE THEY IMMEDIATELY TOOK IT TO THE BACK ROOM FOR MEDICAL CARE. I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT THEY EXIST AND SO SUCH A GOOD JOB. IT WAS IN CRITICAL CONDITION BUT WILL GET THE BEST MEDICAL CARE AVAILABLE. I AM SOON TO BE A VOLUNTEER WITH THIS GREAT ORGANIZATION. COLLEEN ROONEY BELOIT, WISCONSIN

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in an apartment and about a month ago birds started nesting in the bathroom exhaust vent. I promptly requested maintenance to remove the nest and install a bird proof cover, before the birds started laying eggs. Unfortunately it took a month for them to get the work done, and by that time the birds eggs had hatched. I missed the maintenance guy but a few minutes. When I returned home I found three young starlings and the remains of their nest on the ground, a drop of about ten feet, fortunately to grass below. The chicks eyes were not even open and they barely had any feathers. I was horrified anyone could be so heartless as to just pluck them out of the vent and throw them to the ground. Since I requested the work, I felt responsible, eventhough I requested it well in advance which would have prevented this disaster. I contacted Fellow Mortals and they had me bring the chicks in. They described them as in critical condition and said they had just recently hatched. The woman I spoke with at Fellow Mortals was very friendly and returned my calls promptly. I was glad they were willing to take the birds in, eventhough they were just three baby Starlings. They could have easily turned them away as I'm sure there are thousands of Starlings born every year, but they didn't. They were willing to make the effort to attempt to save these three young fragile lives. I really appreciated that. I would highly recommend Fellow Mortals to anyone who finds an orphaned or injured animal. Call them right away and they will tell you what to do. And PLEASE, do make a donation of cash or other items they might need. They are a wonderful organization and doing the world a great service!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was Memorial Day weekend and we were doing yard work when we came upon a young robin who appeared to be having a problem with her wing...we searched on the internet for a animal hospital and came across Fellow Mortals...we called and we were told what to do and to bring her to them. As time went by we wondered how she did....we sent in our request as stated on the form and within a couple weeks we were notified that she did very well and would be released in the spring. Now I know birds come back to their familiar surroundings so I wonder if she's back home now. Thank you Fellow Mortals! Yvonne

Patricia R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister and I were getting ready for a yard sale when I noticed something on a cut branch on the tree. We walked a little closer and seen it was some sort of bird of prey with a injured wing. We got a box and a towel and as carefully as we could, captured it. Called animal control and they said they don't deal with wildlife and they suggested Fellow Mortals. I called Fellow Mortals and left a message, when they called me back they asked if I could also bring baby ducks that were recovered from a sewer drain. I said yes of course! Boy, was that a fun 45 minute drive! Hit a bump, ducks quack/chirp then the bird would poke its head out of the hole in the box. Arrived at Fellow Mortals and handed over all my new found feathered friends. I received a letter about a month later that the bird, a male American Kestrel Falcon, did not make it. The ducks however, were thriving with a foster mom. Without Fellow Mortals, the Kestrel Falcon didn't even stand a chance and the baby ducks would of been euthanized by animal control. Fellow Mortals is truly a savior to a great many fellow mortals that we share this earth with.