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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.

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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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago I took an injured bird to Fellow Mortals - it was laying in our driveway trying to fly and couldn't. They immediately took the bird in and started treatment. They are truly a blessing; I have referred many friends to them.

Shannon W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a Cooper Hawk who was slightly injured. I called Fellow Mortals and they immediately set up a time for me to bring him up. The staff there are wonderfully friendly and compassionate. They evaluated the birds injuries and immediately began taking care of him. When I requested an update on him, I received all of the information. Double A++++. The world should be like Fellow Mortals

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the last three years, I've been to your place three times. The first time was delivering 3 baby squirrels from my bosses house as mama was killed by a bird. The second was a Canadian Goose that I would see quite often in a pond by a grocery store. When the time came for birds to leave for the winter, this one was left alone. From the help of a large dog kennel and me having a pick-up, we took the trip. This year to my surprise as I opened my front blinds, there was a visitor. This bird had never been here before, so I went through my bird book to find out what was the "norm" and the breed. As I scrambled to find the answer, he/she went next door without me seeing how he/she got there. Turned out it was a Grebe. Upon further and respectful observation, I didn't know if it had a broken wing or something else wrong that I couldn't see. There are predators during the day and night, I didn't want to take a chance that he/she wouldn't be able to defend itself. After putting it in a box, off we went to make the trip to Fellow Mortals once more. Through all three of these instances I had called ahead. All critters were kept warm and protected. I even sang to the squirrels and the Grebe, in order to hopefully keep them calm. Each instance I had no hestitation or long delay from the Angels at Fellow Mortals. This trip is about an hour away from me but each long drive was worth knowing that whatever I brought, would be better off than the circumstances that they came from. Being a huge animal advocate, both wild and domestic, doing these deliveries was just another day of rescue for me. If there's a critter in trouble, they seem to find me. I am truly honored and ready to jump right in to help!! If there were more caring and giving people like myself, a few of my friends and Fellow Mortals, the world would be a much better place for all animals and humans. When my mom or friends find a critter in need, they call me. Keep doing what you're doing and I'll do the same. We are unsung heros but where would nature be without us? Take care. Kenosha, Freebird (nickname obviously)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a GodSend they are always there to take care of our wildfife. Without Fellow Mortals there would be no where to bring injured sick animals. Thank You Fellow Mortals for caring so much.

Kurt L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with fellow mortals for over 12 years. There is no other rehab center that does as much for so many injured and orphaned wildlife as they do anywhere in the S.E. wisconsin N.E. Illinois area. I have volunteered, donated and been served many times. The amount of care and the hours required to give it is beyond most peoples comprehension. They are dedicated to the animals 24/7 and put in unbeleivable hours to save as many as possible. I truely beleive they are one of the best wildlife rehab centers in the country.

Amy_17

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had a couple of interactions with Fellow Mortals and both times I've been so relieved there was someone there to help me (and the animals). One time was when I was out on a run along the highway in the country, I came upon a baby chickadee with head trauma. I carefully carried it home and contacted Fellow Mortals, who eagerly accepted the poor fledgling. Another time was when I found some baby mice in my basement and the mother, for whatever reason, never returned to them. They were kind enough to take them in for me, as I would never have succeeded at caring for them myself. I even took another one in the next day as I missed it the day before. They never demanded specific monetary contributions. They only asked for what I could contribute for the animals' care. I still wish I could have given more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is truly an organization with a heart. It is a collective heart of kind and caring souls who take the time out of this busy world to care about the some of the most defenseless and vulnerable fellow mortals, our injured and orphaned wildlife. Most recently, I've brought a squirrel that had suffered traumatic head injury when hit by a car. I found him writhing on the centerline of the road in the rain near my home. I put him into my car wrapped him in a towel, and put him into a picnic basket I had with me. I heard him crying all the while as I was leaving a message for Fellow Mortals that I had found him and hoped to bring him in before it was too late. They called me back and said it was ok to bring him in right away. He continued to cry softly. When I got him there, they attended to him right away and I left with hope that he'd make it. I found out sometime later that he did make it and was able to be released into the wild. I've got tears in my eyes writing about this and I'm so glad I happened to drive by at that time to help him. I've also attended the Fall Migration fundraiser and met many others who share compassion and love for these our "Fellow Mortals". Several years ago I found a rock dove (homing pigeon) on the road. I called and brought him in because he had also been struck by a car. He was able to be rehabilitated and because he was a domesticated bird, he couldn't be just released into the wild to fend for himself so I was able to adopt him and 2 others and provide a home for them for several years. I've donated to the organization for each animal I've brought in and I can think of no other group for which I have the deepest respect. We are lucky people (and animals) on this earth to have them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals has been a real Godsend for our area. They have helped many times when I've found abandoned or injured wildlife. It's distressing to find an animal that needs help and I'm so glad I had them to advise me and accept the birds and squirrels that needed help. With them, it's all about the animals. The center is a quiet area, cars must park a distance away to not disturb the wildlife they are rehabilitating. They work only from donations and they work 24/7, 365 days a year. They have wonderful postings on facebook and their site so we can see who has been admitted and how the healing is going. It is so gratifying to hear of an owl being released back to the wild. They have done so much, not just for the animals but to help educate the public on respect and caring for them in an emergency. I brought them a little thrush that fell from the nest and was not moving. Yvonne held it in her hands, and as it warmed up, it literally came to life before our eyes. I'll never forget that, and will always support this wonderful place so they may continue to educate us and help us help mother nature.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I lived in town 20 years ago, I brought a paralyzed squirrel in. He was dragging himself across the sidewalk by his front legs. Rather than let his suffering linger, it was such a relief to know that he was taken care of in a kind humane way. On a happier note, I have brought in injured birds, so very young . When Yvonne held one little thrush, it came to life in the warmth of her hands.! Some are just treated for shock and observed, but it's so good to know that animals get the care they need 24/7 with competence and kindness. Many of my friends have had similar experiences.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brought wounded animal to Fellow Mortals. They were able to rehabilate the animal and return to the wilds. Kinda a neat concept. I have donated and will again.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

While walking around the back yard, I came across a very small, injured squirral. His little nose was all bloodied, and he was having great trouble in walking. He apparently had fallen out of a tree. We let him be, hoping mom or someone would come find him. Eventually, we looked in the phone book, googled for help, and finally called our vet. He recommended Fellow Mortals, and are we glad we called. Fellow Mortals gave us some guidelines over the phone, we retrieved the little guy, and took him to the office. The squirral was given immediate attention and care. I cannot say how appreciative my wife and I were for the care, and also the personnal courtesy afforded us. We were so impressed, that we became donors on the spot. Thank you Fellow Mortals!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never heard the word "no" from Fellow Mortals. I have delivered injured animals to their door step at a moments notice and without notice. The door is always ajar, just in case a late night creature needs the help of Fellow Mortals loving and educated care.
I once asked, if you were in a difficult situation and there were more birds to save than seems possible, what would you do? The answer was simply, "I would save them all."

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

One sunny morning in Ju;y my wife looked out of our front window and saw three baby Mallards in the middle of the street. She was afraid they would be run over by a car so she called my daughter and me to help move the Mallards to our lawn. Meanwhile, our neighbor accross the street came over and indicated that there had been a nest in her window bay and that the mother had not been back in a few days. She also indicated that she had moved two of the babys down to a pond that sits in back of our house. My wife realized that the little Mallards would not survive in the pond so she brought one of the babys from our lawn with her down to the pond and searched frantically for the missing ducklings. Luckily, one of the missing Mallards responded to the chirping of the duckling my wife brought with her and we were able to rescue it. The other unfortunately was was never found after hours of searching.

For over a week we took care of the 4 little ducks and welcomed them into our family. We learned more about baby ducks in a few short days than we ever thought we would. We helped them with their first swimming lessons which was wonderful. However, we knew these terrific creatures needed far more than we could provide and we were lost as to how to proceed.

To make a long story short (if I ramble on it is because we feel these little Mallards were part of our family) Fellow Mortals stepped up to the plate and provided a home for these little ducks to grow up in and have a chance at a full life. Believe me when I say we would not have turned these baby ducks over to just anybody. Fellow Mortals is a full care loving facility that performs a service that few organizations provide. They have helped countless abandoned wildfife in southeast Wisconsin over the years and we are very fortunate to have them.

Thank you Fellow Mortals for being there when we needed you! I know my family's little adopted Mallard Ducks are now adults and enjoying their lives in the wild!

The McElligotts.....Trevor Wi.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

One Spring afternoon while driving home from the post office, the van I was following hit a young doe, and kept right on driving away. I pulled over, got out of my car, and somehow managed to drag the injured, kicking deer off the road, away from oncoming traffic. Within minutes, a police officer arrived, realized what had happened, and offerred to shoot the poor animal. Being familiar with Fellow Mortals, there was no way I could let that happen. I phoned my veterinarian, explained what had happened, and asked him to come, prepared with appropriate tranquilizers. Upon his arrival, the vet examined the deer, saw its injured hind leg, and gave it a shot that would last long enough for me to drive the doe to Fellow Mortals. In the weeks that followed, the deer received incredible care, and although it eventually had to be put down, it was treated with the love and respect that all living creatures, both human and animal, deserve. Well done, Fellow Mortals.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our relationship with Fellow Mortals began in the year 2000. I was looking at our bird feeding station in our back yard and noticed what I thought was a dead bird lying in the snow. I went outside to look at it and found it was a Mourning Dove. It had a vicious, open wound on its breast and was at the most semi-conscious. Instead of letting it freeze to death in the snow, I brought it in the house to at least let it depart this world in warm house. I had no hope for its survival. To my surprise, a few hours later it would sit in my hand and was quite aware. I then called Bong Recreational Area to see if they knew of any place I could take the dove. They gave me the number of Fellow Mortals.
I called and talked to Yvonne who arranged for me to take the bird to a local vet they worked with. I thought that would be the end of the story. Much to my surprise, I received a phone call from Yvonne a month or so later THANKING me for bringing the bird to them and informed me the bird was fully recuperated and was scheduled for release that day. To say the least, my wife and I more than a little impressed with the dedication and courtesy of that kind of follow through. We decided to offer our services as a release site for them.
Soon thereafter, Yvonne came out with an intern and released a number of animals. Shortly after that, I was to meet the "infamous Steve", Yvonne's husband.
The first day we met we found we were both "reformed hunters" that now resorted to live catching mice that invaded our houses and releasing them in the woods. However, we were both still avid target shooters and gun enthusiasts. We both relished the seeming irony and cultivated our relationship with our common interests. The story continues to the present.
Over the years we have released forgotten numbers of animals on our land from woodchucks to wood ducks, to turkeys, to pheasants to countless "special needs" squirrels we release in our front yard, five of whom are feeding off my front porch as I write this. One of the most picturesque releases was a Great White Egret released on our pond this last year. Shear poetry to watch him glide across our pond to land in the top of an oak tree.
Fellow Mortals fills a much needed role in our community. I have spent my whole working life in the medical field and I can truly say I have never seen more dedication in any organization than that demonstrated by Fellow Mortals and ALL of its working members.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I live on a small farm in SE Wisconsin and have had multiple oportun ities to utilize Fellow Mortals' services. I have to say, I've never met an organization that is more serious about taking care of the creatures that are impacted by both the actions of man and nature than this group. They have never failed to respond in a timely manner to the needs of the hurt animals we have contacted them about, and always send updates on the animals recovery when we request them. Working with them also gives us an oportunity to build compassion for all living creatures in our young children. We donate to this group whenever we use their services and also have given to them on other occasions, and I have always been confident that the money will be well stewarded. I give this group my highest recomendation.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is an organization like no other I have ever known. They provide professional, compassionate, humane care to wild animals that have no one else to help them. When I was growing up, I often found myself trying to help injured or orphaned wildlife, but my resources were few and I did not have much success. I can't express the relief that Fellow Mortals has provided. Now when I end up with a wild animal in need, I know where to take it. The staff at Fellow Mortals is invariably responsive within a short time of my phone call, and they are always ready to help. I especially appreciate the follow-up card that I can send so that I can find out what happened to the animal that I brought in. Every summer, I end up with at least one or two baby bird nestlings that need help, and Fellow Mortals saves most of them. I have read the newsletters over the years, and I have been impressed by how much they do with no taxpayer funding. I am a dedicated donor to this charity because I know that the money is going to those that so desperately need it; wild animals in trouble that have no other hope for help. Fellow Mortals, I can't thank you enough!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered five baby rabbits whose nest was flooded during a very heavy rain storm. I move them a few feet to higher ground and watched off and on to see if the mother would tend to them. After a cold night and more rain I checked on them and four were on the edge of death. I put them in a basket with a towel and brought them in the house. They seemed much better later that day. I brought them to fellow mortals. Wonderful people. They informed me later that all five were doing fine. What a great organization.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

To the dedicated people at Fellow Mortals, there is no difference between the majestic Great Horned Owl and the trembling little ground squirrel. All animals who are fortunate enough to find their way to this incredible rehabilitation facility benefit from all their resources and are given the best chance for survival. I have delivered baby birds who just needed to be safely released, a duck with a broken wing, a feisty little woodpecker and an injured 13-line ground squirrel rescued from the side of the road. All were welcomed with kindness and concern.
Because of my strong belief in the important selfless work of Fellow Mortals and my love of animals, I requested that memorial donations be made to FM when my mama passed away last March. I also consider FM my charity of choice when making my annual contributions.
Most communities gratefully have shelters for needy cats and dogs; it is equally comforting to know there is one dedicated to our precious wildlife.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am honored to write about Fellow Mortals. Professional care and dedication to wildlife is exemplified by this licensed Facility. Their passion is genuine and admirable. I had contact with them in a professional capacity on two occassions - to take in swallows due to permitted late nest removals. They took in both eggs and nestlings. In addition, they took an immature owl that was found by field engineers during work hours. They are the only Wildlife Rehabilitation facilitiy in this area that isn't restricted to a defined boundary. They commit to any injured or abandoned wildlife if they have the capacity and resources to provide care. I was a licensed wildlife rehabiltator in the past so I know firsthand how hard a rehabilitator works and it's not for the money. The degree of compassion, commitment, and innovative care provided animals by Yvonne and her small staff is impressing. Others who participated in a volunteer project at FM reported how inspired they were by Fellow Mortals philosopy and wildlife Mission to care for wildlife; interactions with the staff have been very positive. Steve is innovative with how to improve inside and outside facilities to meet the needs of individual species.
Fellow Mortals is dependent on charitable contributions. Their passion is providing quality care for animals in need. Years of experience make them highly skilled rehabilitators, and great educators. Their greatest reward is releasing injured animals back into the wild. They are so deserving and I highly recommend this facility for financial grant/assistance.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years back, my husband and I called Fellow Mortals about some baby chimney swifts that were trapped in our chimney. Even though it was after hours on a weekend, they returned our call promptly and advised us what to do. We ended up bringing the birds in to their facility. We were impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the staff that we dealt with. Being a devoted animal lover, I was so thankful for Fellow Mortals' help and to be able to give these birds a second chance. I've since become a donor, to help Fellow Mortals continue the great work that they do for all the animals.

Review from Guidestar