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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

35 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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a private tour of the hospital and I was amazed at how much they do for wildlife (I wish I could put it into words). There aren’t enough places in the world that help wild animals and there definitely aren’t enough people that know how to either. Fellow Mortals is trying to change that.

Animals have always had a very special place in my heart, especially gray squirrels. I got to see a few of the squirrel that were in their care and it touched my heart! Most people think a squirrel is a squirrel and there are too many of them, but not Fellow Mortals. They do everything that they can to help all animals big or small!

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!

Previous Stories

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a critically important organization that diligently and effectively cares for Wisconsin's wildlife, in particular its large birds and raptors. I have great respect for the work they do. Thank you, Fellow Mortals!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visit Fellow Mortals from Scotland every year. They are a fantastic example of dedication to the creatures of our natural world. No animal is ever turned way even if it means the staff working until late into the night to ensure that it has the best chance of survival and recovery. The staff members go 'above and beyond' and prioritise animal care over all personal considerations.

As a charitable organisation they have a fantastic support from dedicated volunteers but can always use more help and donations from generous benefactors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Took a bird in that a more local facility would not take

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals staff care about each and every wildlife patient they take into their care, to the smallest mouse to the great Bird of prey , every life is important. We are so fortunate to have a place like this around

Cindy192

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing facility run by the most selfless individuals, their time is spent tirelessly caring for our wild friends and their triumph begins and ends with the outcome of each life saved! I am glad that I have had the opportunity to help such an amazing non profit and I am glad to call them friends!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is wonderful! They are passionate about the wellbeing of all wildlife and welcome injured or orphaned animals with open arms. They even send a follow up card giving you an update a few months later. Fellow Mortals deserves state funding, they do so much for the community and the state of WI.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals has always been there and willing to help when I spot a wounded animal. Thank you for caring about species that some people don't give a second thought about!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is amazing! My son found 2 newborn squirrels. We knew we didn't have the knowledge/skills to properly care for them so we started to look for someone licensed who can. It was an unbelievably exhausting task. We had these babies for 3 days now and had no choice but to feed them formula...hoping that we aren't causing more harm than good. But I knew they couldn't go long with food/water. After 25+ phone calls, most of them never returned messages or said they no longer care for animals, I was given the number to Fellow Mortals by a coworker. They were amazing. Renee took the time to talk to me and helped arrange for me to drop off the babies. I drove 45 mins one way to drop these little guys off. I have to admit, I did get somewhat attached to them but knew this was the best choice. Once I arrived to the clinic, I was greeted by Renee. She took the babies to Yvonne and they were examined. As expected, they were dehydrated. Yvonne came out and thanked me for bringing the babies in and explained what their plan was. I immediately felt relieved and knew these babies were in great hands. Yvonne truly loves what she does and should be commended for the work she and her staff do. Its outstanding! I am so glad I found them! They truly make a difference!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live close to a pheasant hunting club. Unfortunately, it is located on a busy road and pheasants are sometimes hit by vehicles. I have stopped on occasion to pick up the dead birds and bury them near my home. One day I stopped to pick up a beautiful adult male pheasant that looked like it had just been killed. I picked it up and placed it on a towel that I had in the trunk of my car. Imagine my shock when he opened his eyes and looked up at me. I am certain that he was as surprised as I was. I took him home and called Fellow Mortals. They asked me some questions about his injuries and told me to bring him in. I knew he had a wing injury, because I could see it. I loaded him into a cardboard box and transported him to Fellow Mortals. I later learned from Fellow Mortals that he had several fractures and had to be humanely euthanized. Although I wish he could have been saved, I am grateful that Fellow Mortals was able to examine him, determine that he was terminal, and that he needed to be euthanized to end his suffering.

Janet29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last spring we were all getting ready to go out when my 7 year old daughter came to me with a little baby bird. She had found the bird on our back patio. The baby was so tiny she thought it had been a leaf at first. It couldn't have been more than a couple days old. I didn't know what to do at first, but I called Fellow Mortals right away. They did not answer the phone but I left a message explaining what had happened. In the mean time I kept the baby safe in my hand. I could tell it had a little blood on its wing. Anyway, Fellow Mortals called us right back and told us to bring the baby bird in right away. We did that, after wrapping it in some tissue and placing it in a small box. We were so relieved that they were willing to help. A couple weeks later we got a letter back from Fellow Mortals telling us the baby had survived and that it was a Common House Sparrow. It was great news. We will always call Fellow Mortals in the future if we find another animal in need. Thanks. Also, after dropping the baby off my daughter picked out a little puppet from the gift shop and my older daughter bought a necklace made out of a bottle cap. She wears it every day. What a wonderful experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's a horrible experience to find an injured animal and have nowhere to go to get help for that poor creature. No one anywhere, no vet, no humane society, no wildlife caretaker, nobody. Helplessly you do what you can, and you suffer as that animal suffers. Fellow Mortals changed that. We now have somewhere to go, not just a place to dump an injured animal, but a place staffed by selfless, dedicated lovers of wildlife where they get REAL help.
I have brought a numbers of birds and small mammals to them, some that I was pretty sure were not going to make it, but I knew Fellow Mortals would do all they could to save them. It's a long drive for me to get to FM, some would say why take all that time and trouble for a chipmunk the neighborhood cat got, or the bird who hit my window.
The little I do by bringing the injured animal to FM is NOTHING. Look what they do! They are outstanding people and I am so thankful for their presence in our community.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first had contact with Fellow Mortals when my husband and I found a small owl in our yard. We thought it was a baby that had not yet learned to fly but instead it was a tiny owl. We took it to Fellow Mortals, they took care of it until it could safely be released back into the wild.

It is very difficult to find vets that will treat birds so we are truly lucky to have a place like Fellow Mortals.

Last December they had an Open House and we went out there both weekends to donate and see the owls they brought out. It was made very clear to us that yes, a donation or volunteering would be well received, but the thing that impressed me was their primary interest was in the care and condition of the birds. We were not allowed back in the hospital area - this was no zoo - it was a place where the bird and animal care comes first and nothing is permitted to upset their rehabilitation.

It is run by truly dedicated people and I hope they are able to continue providing the care to the various animals. They are truly needed in our community.
Ann K and Tom K

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dedication, perserverance and stanch supporters of the wildlife community have our respect and enduring thanks for being there for all the animals who have been brought to them in dire need. They have goals and priorities that superceed their own needs. We cannot say enough about this honorable organization and all that they do for the wildlife that enter their door. Thank you, Fellow Mortals, for everytrhing!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the summer of 2009, fellow mortals responded to our neighbor's request to rescue a clearly distressed beaver. Their fast response and selfless devotion saved this beaver, now named "Penny". In the land of trappers and hunters, fellow mortals provides an essential service to those who look for a non-lethal solution to wildlife management. Bravo!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the years our family has been so thankful to be able to turn to Fellow Mortals for help when we have found orphaned or injured wildlife. Every day they give compassionate and professional care to the wildlife that is in their care. A few years ago I received a call concerning an injured young Great Horned Owl in our neighborhood. Fellow Mortals gave me instruction on how to safely rescue the owl and bring her in to them. The bird turned out to be a beautiful immature female that had injuries to both eyes and ruptured air sacs and was listed in critical condition. Fellow Mortals was able to treat her and find a placement for her with another wildlife rehabilitator and educator that could give her a home and use her as an educational bird. Through their caring efforts they gave her a "second chance". This they do untiring compassion day after day for wildlife in need.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I WAS NOT AWARE OF "FELLOW MORTALS" UNTIL MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW ASKED ME TO WRITE A REVIEW. AS AN ANIMAL LOVER, I WAS SO PLEASED TO FIND THAT SUCH AN ORGANIZATION EXISTED. I READ ALL THE REVIEWS AND STORIES ABOUT ANIMALS SAVED BY THIS OUTSTANDING PLACE. I APPLAUD AND BLESS THE VOLUNTEERS AND PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN FELLOW MORTALS AND AM SO GLAD THAT IT IS OUT THERE FOR OUR FELLOW CREATURES IN NEED.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is great. It takes on injured wildlife and does its best to be able to release them back into the wild. When they can't they find homes for them. It's an excellent organization that deserves the support of people everywhere.

Review from Guidestar