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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

44 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.

Emily Carol A.

Donor

Rating: 5

In her words, Yvonne Wallace Blane, Director of Fellow Mortals gives voice to the themes that are central to the mission of this wildlife rehabilitation center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. "Animals that are treated and recover are released back into the wild. Those that have injuries that would prevent them from surviving are given a permanent home at Fellow Mortals."  As an example, creatures such as Common Nighthawks are being hand-fed four times a day because these birds only feed on the wing at dawn and dusk.  Because of the nature of the injuries these birds incurred, five of the six birds currently being treated will remain with their caretakers for the rest of their lives. Sherman, one of the resident Nighthawks, became a parent and role model this year for a baby Nighthawk orphaned soon after hatching. He successfully fostered his baby until he was old enough to release. I support Fellow Mortals with monthly contributions and will continue to do so for the rest of my life!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Fellow Mortals for many years. I donate money to them every year and I add to that when I take in an injured animal for care. I am very careful about the charities I support. Fellow Mortals is certainly deserving.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Yvonne and Steve for many, many years and during this time I have brought to them many animals and birds that were injured or orphaned. Fellow Mortals always treats each patient with respect and kindness. They are given the utmost medical care with the ultimate goal of once more being the wild animal they were born to be. They work tirelessly caring for their patients around the clock, on weekends, over night and on holidays. Their days are long and they give of themselves selflessly to provide this service to the many wild ones trying to survive. I would give them ten stars if I could!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is a great privilege to know the directors Yvonne and Steve and all who work or intern or volunteer at Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. It is surely 20 years since our first encounter when I brought an injured Cedar Waxwing to their Hospital. We happily accept many rehabilitated animals at our property. Their loving care , their great knowledge, their endless hours during all the seasons is only surpassed by their great humility and quiet energy. Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital deserves the utmost respect and recognition as a top-rated Nonprofit organization. The animals are first, second and third , long before their own personal needs. If you have a chance to visit their website www.fellowmortals.org please click STORIES and read AN INSIGNIFICANT LIFE. It actually is a testimony from the animal itself!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through a rare newspaper article featuring them I recalled their name when I found an injured animal. Because of their quiet insistence that this is a hospital they have no visitors and publicity except word-of-mouth. Care and rehabilitation of the animals is their first and only priority. So my first experience with Fellow Mortals goes back far more than 10 years. Since then I have brought many injured animals and have witnessed that every effort is made to help the animals. Their days are long, their own comforts are ignored and sleep is frequently sacrificed. The interns feel fortunate to be part of the organization and are reluctant to leave when their time is up. When an animal is brought in it receives immediate attention. Love, care and gentleness prevails. Their source of happiness and satisfaction is the eventual rehabilitation and release of the animal - whether eagle or white-footed mouse, bunny or hawk. But if release is not possible, then the animal has a permanent retirement in their care. Without a dime of government funding, their only funding comes from the generosity of local donors. Fellow Mortals and all who live there deserve all the help and support that can be mustered.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We've worked with Fellow Mortals for almost 30 years - both as wildlife lovers in need of their help and donors. We offered our property as a safe place to release rehabilitated wildlife; even called in a panic for help to rescue a trapped Redtail - they were there ASAP. They are trained professionals, very knowledgable, responsive and caring. We no longer live in the area they serve, but we remain so impressed with their organization, we will support them financially whenever the need arises.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is such wonderful place staffed by a really remarkable staff. We have brought birds to them in 3 different years. The staff are always so positive and welcoming when we arrive. They were so gentle and caring as they quickly took each bird in and assessed it's injuries and made it comfortable. One of our trips was to bring in a baby squirrel, found hiding from a kitten under our car. The girl who admitted the squirrel let us know it was a little girl and acted so happy to see her. Fellow Mortals kept her for the winter and released her in the spring. This is a really amazing place with loving people who are incredibly dedicated to all animals. My favorite charity. I know that donations will be used to help an animal that will be helped by loving caregivers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Wisconsin, is an exemplary rehabilitation center that cares for injured and orphaned wildlife in the hopes of returning these animals to their natural habitats. The staff of Fellow Mortals demonstrate remarkable knowledge and care in providing animals a chance to heal and thrive. Each animal patient is evaluated, treated, and provided nutrition and a safe place to heal. If an animal is unable to self feed, then they are hand fed by gentle and caring staff. I have had the opportunity to sponsor one of the many animals that are unable to return to their natural habitat because they are too disabled to fend for themselves. Parker Bunny was able to enjoy a winter of good nutrition, medicine and a safe place to stay. I received a picture and an update when I contacted Fellow Mortals asking how Parker was doing. The ultimate goal of Fellow Mortals is to nurse injured animals or take care of orphaned baby animals until these creatures are able to be on their own. I highly recommend offering your support to this amazing and needed wildlife rehabilitation center.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Fellow Mortals!
From their top notch staff and interns, to the loving care they give to their animal patients, Fellow Mortals goes above and beyond any wildlife rehabilitation hospital. I have had the privilege of seeing them in action and they provide excellent care to injured and orphaned animals. I have been able to sponsor one of the many animals that cannot be returned to the wild because of their injuries named Parker Bunny. Fellow Mortals also provides wildlife education using some of their special animals in the hopes that more people are aware of their valuable service. My recommendation to all is to support this vital lifeline for our injured and orphaned animals.

Rebecca148

Donor

Rating: 5

I have brought many injured and orphaned animals to this hospital. They are so compassionate to the plight of these poor animals! It's a wonderful place that does such good works.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Yvonne and her husband Steve several years ago at a fund raising dinner in Lake Geneva, WI. My wife Dian had painted a 36x48 swan wild life for auction at the event. Dian has continued to donate her work for auction at the annual dinners. Having no artistic talent myself I usually write checks. We have been at the Fellow Mortal's farm many times over the years and have been impressed with the dedication of the professionals and volunteers. Being in sales I've learned you must ask for the order, Yvonne would be excellent salesperson as she looks you in the eye and asks for what the animals need whether it is a washing machine or funds to support a beaver. You just can't say no to her.
We are delighted to one of her many donors.

Jack Simpson, Wind Point WI

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organizations start and are maintained by great leaders. Yvonne Wallace Blane and her husband Steve, have worked in service to all forms of injured wildlife since founding Fellow Mortals in 1985. One only has to read some of the stories penned by Yvonne to realize the depth of commitment she assigns to each animal brought to the wildlife hospital. Her story, An Insignificant Life (http://fellowmortals.org/insignificant/ ) brings tears and an awareness of why Fellow Mortals has such a unique mission in wildlife rehabilitation. Core values stated at the website reflect the values of both Yvonne and Steve:
• Value and care for the individual life comes before all else
• All species admitted for care are treated equally
• Fellow Mortals will not euthanize a healthy animal
• Fellow Mortals strives for the highest standards and professionalism in animal care and all other areas
• Fellow Mortals does not accept support that could cause us to compromise our values

410-crabtree-lane

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been friends of Fellow Mortals over the past 15 years or so. I have been blessed with the privilege to watch them continue to serve the birds and animals who have a special place to go to heal. These injured and orphaned wildlife critters receive top notch professional medical attention increasing their chance to return to the wild. Giving the wilds ones admitted for care a second chance at life is the #1 priority of the staff and they do everything they can to give the beings the experience of their freedom once more.
Thank You Fellow Mortals for being there for the wild ones who would otherwise not have a place to go. Thank you also for providing such beautiful stories as your writing brings a voice to those who do not have one. Your gift of speaking for the wild ones is truly a treasure. Anyone who is reading this please look up some of the past newsletters where Yvonne and other staff have shared their hearts and touch ours through their words.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a very special place.. When a wild animal or bird is injured there is a somewhere they can go to receive the care they deserve as beings who do not have a voice for themselves. The staff at Fellow Mortals treat each wild creature admitted with such deep compassion and the deep respect they deserve. I am always moved in my heart to witness their dedication and devotion to the wild life we all share our lives with. There are so many touching stories that can be told about the many, many encounter's with the spirit of the wild animals and bird's who make their way to the facility for care and rehabilitation. Yvonne is a master weaver of words and her writing is truly a gift to the world. Yvonne has been consistently publishing newsletter's to update and inform the public of the accomplishments, and state of Fellow Mortals as well as generously sharing her experiences, feelings and perspective's through her stories. I am always encouraged to look deeper within myself as I read her words of wisdom and how she shares from her heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

I garden and did not like the Rabbits eating the bean tops so out came the bb gun.
However, it just scared them as my shooting ability wasn't very good. Then I did
hit one and did not kill it. When I picked it up and it wiggled in my hands in pain, I then
realized I was supposed to protect it not shoot it. I still tear up thinking about it. So when
a rabbit got hurt we had to take it somewhere to fix it up. That was Fellow Mortals.
And wow what a job they do protecting the wild animals that not enough of us care about, but more seem to be changing their thinking. Fellow Mortals and what they do to fix and release up to 70 percent of wild animals, with passion for each, should be cloned in every county in the entire US and probably the world. PBECPA SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN, PLEASE

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Donor

Rating: 5

We take for granted our ability to take care of ourselves and think. There are animals that we injure that cannot take care of themselves or think. Fellow Mortals personnel lovingly aide those animals and are deserving of recognition for their devotion. Paul B. Edwards CPA

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am not acquainted with many non-profits, but am well acquainted with Fellow Mortals. The luck of injured animals and birds changes instantly when the person finding them thinks to take them to Fellow Mortals. Not only is the medical attention the best (by staff or veterinarians when needed) – but attention to their comfort now and to thoughts of their possible future is all part of what happens here. No one animal or bird is more important than any other – and compromise is not an option. Five Stars is a ‘no-brainer’ for Fellow Mortals!

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Donor

Rating: 5

There may be organizations who care as much, who give as much, and who are as competent as Fellow Mortals – but not even one who cares, gives and is more competent than Fellow Mortals! Our wild animals and birds can’t ask for help, but when they do need help they seem to know how lucky they are to be at Fellow Mortals!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a source of hope. Finding an injured animal is a heartbreaking experience, especially when you don't have the knowledge to aid in the animal's recovery. Fortunately, Fellow Mortals is close at hand to provide care and comfort. I greatly appreciate the work they do.
Jenny Hopkinson

jim Porter

Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and sanctuary up in Lake Geneva, WI. They do wonderful work. They have save thousands of lives over the past 20 or so years. The people who work there (mostly volunteers) are wonderful. They do it because they love the animals and want to make them whole again.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I became aware of Fellow Mortals one winter day back in the 90's when we were in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We picked up one of their brochures and thought, "what a wonderful place showing compassion through helping animals". We checked into Fellow Mortals and found that they were everything they said and more helping injured and displaced animals survive, releasing them when they could, providing a permanent home when they couldn't. Since then we have contributed financially in a modest way to the on-going support and upkeep of this wonderful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals is excellent! At my work a few years ago a goose was found in a water runoff. We could see it in the manhole. Public works came out and removed it but that was it, it needed help. So I called fellow mortals and I was able to bring it out. The goose was ok and released. When I brought it there I was told they take in 3000 animals a year with an 80% release rate. This was several years ago so it could have changed. Today I had to bring 2 baby squirrels in who the mother had abandoned. It sure is nice having somewhere to bring wild animals who are hurt or abandoned and hopefully released when they are ok. Thank you Fellow Mortals!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I lie in a suburb north of Chicago not far from Wisconsin. I am a block away from Lake Michigan in an area that has a lot of ravines. I see many deer, foxes , birds and coyotes.. My nose tells me there is an occasional skunk around.Development of land occupied my the animals have forced many of the wildlfe into dangerous situations Fellow MOrtals is the answer to the unfortunate injures many of animals have had.. My son's Animal Rights group in HIgh School volunteered there. Many in his class went back to volunteer individually. Fellow MOrtals existed. FEllow Mortals makes a signifcant contribution It has grown, and has been able to target certain populations that have been very vulnerable.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am an animal lover. A frien opf mine told me about fellow mortals when it began.In the area that Fellow MOrtals serveds thefre is no lorganiation like it. There are stoo many injured wildlife tht are left to die, Fellow Mortals fills a nuge void in this area.
I used to live in an area bordedred by the Coopk County Forsst Preserve. After Easter w ]e would find rabbits dropped off in thew woods. One day we dound a deer that had been shot with an arrow. FEllow Morgals didn't exist then. t was very hard to find homes for the rabbits. We finaly called the local zoo to help the injured deer. I

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited here a number of years ago, but have never forgotten what it was like. The newsletters, besides keeping me updated, are so moving and inspirational. What gifted volunteers and writers!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Fellow Mortals a number of years ago, and have been a regular donor ever since. It is a truly remarkable place, run by truly remarkable people. The newsletter put out is always a work of art. I know of no other place with this tremendous love of, and care for, our fellow mortals!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fellow Mortals helped us late at night with short notice for a nest of starlings that had fallen down our chimney. They took the poor birds and delivered them the care we could not. We personally support them with our hard earned money because we believe they put it to good use!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Fellow Mortals for a number of years now and continue to be awed by the level of professional care and dedication by Yvonne and her whole staff. Having worked at a wildlife facility myself, Fellow Mortals continues to impress by its standards of cleanliness, care, expertise, and continuous growth. Their interns take their training and performance standards with them as they carry on in other parts of the country and world. This is such a valuable service and facility with ripple effects that benefit birds and wildlife in places far from the original facility. Many kudos to Fellow Mortals!!

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