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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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot count how many little beings we have brought to Fellow Mortals for care over the past 30 plus years. From orphaned to gravely injured, we have known that we could turn to Fellow Mortals, and they would be there ... and they always have been. Yvonne and Steve, and their entire team of caring staff members, goes above and beyond in providing services not only to the wildlife brought to them, but to the public as well. They combine dedication, compassion, and skilled knowledge into each and every life they come in contact with. The thing that amazes me always, is that in spite of being a hospital, their place is always filled with peace and calm. It is a professional setting ... clean, organized and filled with the equipment needed to diagnose and treat these beings, but there is an atmosphere of such peace and well being throughout the entire facility. Each species has been accommodated for, with space reflecting it's natural habitat. Each individual gets individual care. Each animal or bird is treated as if they were the only one there. As an animal lover, advocate, and protector, I have dealt with many organizations over the years. There are many good ones out there, thankfully, but none come close to Fellow Mortals. They give 100% in everything they do, every single time. Caring for wildlife, is their passion. It is their life. 365 days a year. They are the best.

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

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have brought in many small animals to Fellow Mortals in the past few years. Baby birds that have fallen out of trees after big storms, a couple chipmunks my naughty dog used as a play toy, and a duck that was hit by a car. Every time I have left a message with Fellow Mortals they always get back to you in a very timely manner and are very professional and kind. It's so nice to be able to have a place like Fellow Mortals who I know will do everything they can to save Gods creatures. Thank you for all you do Fellow Mortals!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We became aware of this organization a number of years ago when we rescued a baby squirrel who had fallen out of it's nest. Since then we have rescued a number of other baby squirrels, a baby robin and most recently an injured mallard duck. Every time we have called and left a message, they have promptly returned out calls and provided excellent advice and recomendations on the capture and care of the rescued animal. Their facility appears neat and well maintained and the personnel are extrordinarily compassionate and focused on their mission to rescue, care for and rehabilitate wild life.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is an extremely hard-working, caring organization of consummate professionals. I have taken injured wildlife there on a few occasions, and they always treat them with their utmost attention and care. We have called them in the past for advice and they are always responsive. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful organization in our state. Every experience I have had with them has been positive, even if my reason for going has been negative (injured wildlife). I would highly recommend them to anyone needing their services.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE the people at Fellow Mortals in Lake Geneva. I am a backyard bird and mammal feeder and have been for about 9 years. I cannot tell you how many times I have had a sick or injured bird in my yard because I did not keep track-HOWEVER -EVERY time I did have one I was beside myself with worry and sometimes panic. They were thorough, kind, understanding, and competent. I was so very grateful every time I needed to go to them for help. I would have been filled with so much sadness and anger by now because I would have had no where to turn. I would feel so desperatly alone in my battle to help the littlest of Gods creatures. They have been hard working angels for me and the birds. I would love to see them helped in almost any way.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

In fall 2009 we found a newborn gold finch that had fallen from it's nest to our driveway. It was late in the afternoon on a Sunday. Most of the places we called for help were already closed for the day. The Wis. DNR recommended Fellow Mortals. The staff at Fellow Mortals were willing to have us bring the bird in even at that time of the weekend. The compassion that they show for all animals is heartwarming. They truly go out of their way to help all animals with the hope to be able to release them again into the wild.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we took in an orphaned yellow finch, the staff didn't just take her away. They did an assessment and found she had been well taken care of for the week that we had her. They then explained how they would care for her and said we could come back if we wished and find out how she was, and if she was able to be set free. This is a first-class operation.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at a landfill located in Racine WI. We have a large population of Red Tail Hawks. One of our hawks broke his wing and I called Fellow Mortals right away. They asked that I get him there as soon as possible. They took him in right away and the next day did surgery. Unfortunately he had torn ligaments and not broken his wing. They worked with him and it became apparent he was not going to be able to fly again. With much work an education program was located that would take our hawk.

The time and effort put in by these very special people helps take care of those creatures that would not stand a change otherwise. I am so thankful for them and their organization and wish them all the best now and in the future.

Deena Brehm

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was tremendously impressed with Fello Mortals building and offices. The help was very kind and answered any and all questions. They offer so much information. I drove a friend with 2 birds that had to be rehabbed and I can't say enough nice things about how well we were treated.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fellow mortals helped me when I thought I had nowhere to turn. I found a bird stuck to a glue trap and they were able to remove him and get him on his way to recovery. Just last week I found a bird with an eye injury. They gave me instructions on how to care for him until I could deliver him there for care. They are wonderful, caring people who quietly work to care for the most helpless among us. Without them I truly would have had no place to take these injured animals and they would have died.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered Fellow Mortals, almost by accident, when I found and injured animal who needed help. I was directed to FM and since then have been a donor and champion of this wonderful organization. Their caring spirit and professionalism as well as their compassion and sensitivity to the patients they serve is humbling and inspiring.

Review from Guidestar