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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I are have found seagulls, baby rabbits, and other birds and always knew who to bring them to for help - to Fellow Mortals. They are the most caring, compassionate people you would ever want to meet. Yvonne and her staff care so much for the animals and give everything they have to help bring them back to good health so they can be released back to the wild. I can't thank them enough for all they have done to help. To dedicate your life to these wonderful animals takes a very special person and her helpers. Thank you and God bless you Fellow Mortals.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE OFTEN FOUND STRAY ANIMALS ON OUR PROPERTY. THE LAST THING WE WANTED WAS TO SEE THE CREATURES SUFFERING. WE ALWAYS KNOW THAT WE CAN COUNT ON THE ANIMAL SHELTER TO TAKE THE VERY BEST CARE OF THE ANIMALS.

WE CAN'T ALWAYS FINANCIALLY DONATE TO THEIR WONDERFUL CAUSE, BUT HOPEFULLY BY POSTING THIS REVIEW WE CAN HELP THEM , OUR COMMUNITY AND THE HELPLESS AND COUNTLESS ANIMALS TO GET A HELPING HAND TO WIN THIS MUCH NEEDED AND DESERVED $5,000.

HOPE YOU WIN
JOSEPH AND SHERRY RHODES
DELAVAN

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

My experience with Fellow Mortals has been nothing but positive.
I know when I find wildlife in need, I can call them for assistance.
They are compassionate, knowledgeable , professional and most importantly, dedicated.

Thank you Fellow Mortals!

Debbie Owens

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with Fellow Mortals and their mission. They have respect for all life and consider all creatures our fellow mortals.
I totally believe in their philosophy and admire their dedication. I have been a volunteer in another wildlife rehabilitation organization in the past. I know what a total commitment it is and the long hours involved.
There is joy when an animal can be saved and sometimes heartbreak when it can't.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is an amazing place.
Selfless. Dedicated.Motivated. Knowledgeable. That doesn't even begin to describe it.Over the years they have counseled us when we have encountered injured wildlife on our property. We have brought many an injured creature and we have always been welcomed with compassion,understanding, and love. There is no more deserving organization than this one. Truly.
Betty Carlson
Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel we are truly blessed to have this group in our area. They provide a much needed service to our animal friends. I found a trapped woodduck and brought her them to help. Sadly she did not make it. However if they had not been here she would have had no chance. I had the pleasure of seeing facility and meeting some of the volunteers. What a wonderful group. I am happy to donate to them in an effort to help them continue in there work. I wish them the best in the great work they do and would like them to know how much they are appriciated. Thank you and bless you

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had two occasions to use the services of Fellow Mortals. I am so glad that are in this area and provide medical care to injured wirldlife. In my cases they are abandoned baby squirrles and bunnies. As I had to drive a distance on my lunch hour to make the delivery, I appreciate that they met me part way to get the little ones. I was given infomation on how to follow up on the patients. All survived and were released to the wild except 1 bunny.

Thanks for being thre for wildlife in need.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first encounter with Fellow Mortals was last January. About dusk I noticed a large bird limping on what appreared to be a broken wing heading to my ground bird feeder. I was struck by the majestic quality of the bird and the contrasting injury. On further inspection we discovered it to be a great horned owl. Not knowing where to turn for help (and being after busines hours) we called the Walworth County Humane Society. Lucky for us, part of the message was a phone number for Fellow Mortals. I called and left a message with our emergency. Within 5 minutes I was contacted by a kind, friendly woman who knew exactly what was going on and what to do. Unfortuately she had experienced this type of situation before, as it is common for this bird to hunt at dusk and fall victim to the human world of cars. She gave me detailed step by step instructions on how to capture him, what to expect from him and how to transport to their facilities. It was an experience both gratifying and heart wrenching. Later I learned that they were not able to repair the severe injury, but I know that he left this world from a kind and loving place surrounded by love. I have continued to send financial support and although I was awed by the experience, hope that I will not have to utilize the facility again. Thank you for who you are and your commitment to the journey you have undertaken with love and humanity

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have used Fellow Mortals on more than one occasion. Each time they provided the necessary information and resources to allow me the ability to care for the precious creatures until I could get them into the hands of a Fellow Mortal caregiver. The service they provide is invaluable!!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital is such a wonderful blessing to the injured and orphaned wildlife that has come to its door for help. Over the years they have been steadfast in caring for those in need; taking them under their wing and doing all that is possible to care for them and return them to their natural habitat. A number of years ago I called them for help with three orphaned baby raccoons. They kindly gave me guidance so I could rescue them and take them where they would receive the proper care. Over the years I have taken to them a Robin entangled in knitting, baby robins that survived their nest being attacked and a Flicker with an injured beak. Fellow Mortals gave each loving care. Our family is so thankful for all that Fellow Mortals does. They are a wonderful organization.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

FellowMortals has been known to us for over 10 years and i have on many occasions taken injured wildlife there for rescue including a clutch of 10 wild turkey eggs after their Mom was hit by our haying tractor. All were cared for in second hand premi ICU equipment Which i had used years before as a nurse. They all survived and we were able to volunteer our forested land for their release. Such compassion and love of service to their individual animals is special and valued. Yvonne's attitudes and teaching has imprinted many many human beings who will be forever changed in their care of God's animals. $$ is used directly for animal welfare first,no fluf, no exploitation ever. Thank you for your dedication.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortal's hard work and the dedication that they display with
any of the animals goes much further than inspiring. If more people would show the compassion that these people have whether it be animal or person, it would be a much better world to live in.
Fellow Mortals is the greatest and the efforts and work that
they put into these animals goes beyond what any words could
ever describe. Some people should wish they were an animal
rather than a person as i think the animals get far better
care than what some people do in a health care facility.
Thank you Fellow Mortals for all that you have done and
continue to do.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

Fellow mortals existience is important; I had three occasions
where I came upon injured wildlife; its heartbreaking to turn
your back on the injured; Fellow mortals helps so you don't have to.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Most outstanding, professional, compassionate, top-notch organization. I am proud to be counted among Fellow Mortals' supporters. And I am so very thankful that a place like this exists for people like me who notice animals in trouble. I know the animal will be treated with the utmost respect and skill with Fellow Mortals' only goal being to return the animal to health while keeping them wild in spirit.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a reassuring feeling it has been over the years to know that there is a place like Fellow Mortals to turn to when I have been faced with finding injured or orphaned wildlife. I can't even begin to count the number of assorted birds and animals in need that I have brought to them for care. The people of Fellow Mortals, led by Steve and Yvonne Blaine, have a commitment to their calling that I have not seen elsewhere. Each and every creature is treated as if it were the only one on earth. There is and unspoken assurance that nothing less than the best is even possible at this facility. It is evedent on the faces of each and every care giver, and also with the feeling of compassion and peace that wraps around you when you walk in the door. 365 days a year X 25 years is proof that Fellow Mortals is a didication of love and service. They give the best, and may they get the best in return. Thank you, Fellow Mortals, for showing us what caring is all about.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in IL and am actually not in Fellows Mortals area. We had a injured bird I found in the street and hit the internet to find somewhere to take this little guy to help. Right away Fellow Mortals told me to bring him up. They all were wonderful, helpful, and even followed up with me on the little guys recovery. Another time we found a baby chipmunk with both back legs injured and once again Fellow Mortals helped me when my other people in my area that were supposed to help never even called me back or gave me the time of day. Fellow Mortals has always been there for us and the little creatures that need help. Wonderful people, and wonderful mission.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister and I first became aquainted with Fellow Mortals when she found a green heron on the side of the road that was in dire need of medical attention. Neither my sister nor I knew of a wildlife hospital or where to take the heron. In vain we tried to obtain assistance for it from local vets who we found out could not touch it per federal mandate. It was the next day that we were told about Fellow Mortals and raced up there with the green heron in a box. Though the staff tried to help the poor bird, they could not save it. Had we known about this vital institution and not delayed 24 hours, perhaps they could have save this beautiful bird. Ever since, my sister and I have been supporting this important wildlife hospital and rehab center. There are far too few such places where wildlife animals can get care and half a chance at living a full life in the wild after having their injuries tended to. The ever expanding hand of mankind has made it far more difficult for wildlife to coexist with humans and though it is not deliberate, yet we have destroyed far too much habitat that is necessary for wildlife to live as they should! Thus Fellow Mortals is all the more important in assisting injured wildlife to heal their wounds and be released back to nature in order to enhance our world. It is a pity that there are not more vital institutions like Fellow Mortals around to help injured wildlife.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an animal lover, it has always bothered me that I can't do more to help care for local wildlife. I was lucky to learn about Fellow Mortals when I found an injured bunny in my yard, and I was so impressed with the care taken by the staff at this wonderful facility. Years later I had to bring in a seriously injured baby bird, and although ultimately the bird did not survive, the compassion that was evident in the follow-up note I received detailing the care the bird had received made me so glad that I had a place to take the bird so it did not have to die alone and in fear. We are so lucky to have a resource like this in our community, and I support Fellow Mortals and the organization's mission wholeheartedly.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children were devastated when our black lab discovered a bunny nest and attacked the babies. One didn't survive the attack, but the other did and was still badly injured. The staff at Fellow Mortals walked me through the care of the bunny until I could reach their facility. When my daughters and I arrived, we were greeted very kindly and the bunny was greeted with great concern. It was obvious that the staff member really loved all of these creatures, but also knew it was important for my children to know the truth of the bunny's prognosis. She looked over the bunny and explained that although they would try their best to save it, the bunny had been severely injured and might not make it. She took the time to explain how we could look for other bunny holes and what to do to protect future nest attacks. This special care helped my daughters and I take more responsibility for caring for our environment and thinking more about what we can do to help before we need Fellow Mortals again.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I HAVE TAKEN MANY ANIMALS TO FELLOWMORTALS AND THE VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN EXTREMELY FRIENDLY AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. THREE YEARS AGO WE CALLED FELLOWMORTALS IN REGARDS TO A RED-TAILED HAWK THAT WAS INJURED AND TRAPPED IN A OPEN FIELD IN WISCONSIN, FELLOW MORTALS WERE QUICK TO RESPOND WITH ASSISTANCE, THEY CAME AND PICKED UP THE HAWK TO TAKE BACK TO THEIR CLINIC, ALSO ANOTHER TIME WE HAD FOUR BABY SQUIRRELS WHOSE MOTHER WAS KILLED BY MY DACHSHUNDS WHO WAITED FOR HER TO JUMP OUT OF OUR 25 FT. BIRDHOUSE SHE HAD NESTED IN, THEN WE HEARD LOUD CRYING NOISES ONLY TO REALIZE SHE HAD BABIES IN THE BIRDHOUSE WE IMMMEDIATELY CALLED FELLOWMORTALS AND DROPPED THE BIRDHOUSE TO GET BABIES OUT, FELLOW MORTALS ASKED US TO BRING THEM OVER TO THE CLINIC FROM THERE THGEY NURSED THE NEWBORN BABIES BACK TO HEALTH, THEN A FEW WEEKS LATER ANOTHER ROUND OF BABIE SQUIREELS STARTED SLOWLY CREEPING DOWN FROM A TREE IN OUR BACK YARD, WE CALLED ON FELLOW MORTALS AGAIN AND WE WERE TOLD TO WEAR GLOVES AND TRY PUTTING THEM INTO A BOX AND BRING THEM IN RIGHT AWAY, FELLOWMORTALS IS A GOD BLESSING TO OUR COMMUNITY, DON'T KNOW WHERE WE WOULD BE WITHOUT THEM, THANK-YOU AND GOD BLESS, SINCERELY ,A WISCONSIN RESIDENT.

Review from Guidestar