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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

After attending a fund raiser, I was so impressed with the presentation that I visited the facility the next day. I live 50 miles away, but it was worth the trip. The dedicated staff, working in small spaces, treating any and all wild animals, make a BIG difference. Made a difference in my life too. I was impressed and have been donating for the past 4 years. I know every penny sent is used efficiently and effectively. I love being able to support a local organization and see first hand what my contributions do. Happy 25th and many more. patty

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have dropped a few injured animals over the years and always found the staff at Fellow Mortals to be very helpful and dedicated for caring for these beautiful animals

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor plus I have also volunteered for this organization.
I have been to the property and seen what a wonderful, important
service they are providing for helpless wildlife!
I was fortunate to be able to go up to northeren Wisconsin to aid
in the release of several wild geese who had been injured.
It was a beautiful release site donated by private citizens on a river and a pond type terrain. It gave me "goose Bumps" to watch them take flight and join many others of their kind. This never would have happened
without Fellow Mortals ....they are totally dedicated to the geese and
any other injured animals in need. They always hold the hope of a return to freedom for all they care for. Bless Them....D.Celmer

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Donor

Rating: 5

We let our cats out but not overnight, and usually not without one of us with them. We have actually gotten them reasonably well trained to our lot lines. But, and with we humans there usually is a BUT, we aren’t watching them closely at all times. On one such occasion we ended up with a damaged rabbit at our backdoor. The vet said he couldn’t deal with it, but referred us to Fellow Mortals Hospital in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
We called them, drove the rabbit to them, and found out that they would make every effort to make sure the rabbit survived, and that they would hope to release him at some point in the future. Then is when we really understood the phrase “we are caretakers of the space we are living in”. We now try to aide Fellow Mortals financially and physically whenever they need help. The people that operate this organization are committed to making all animals brought to them feel comfortable even if it is obvious they will not be with them very long. They also, as a by-product, teach the persons bringing the animals what life should be all about. So the one rabbit has cost us some donated money and some volunteer time, but when we hopefully look down from heaven, we will be able to say we really did something important. Everyone should stop, observe, protect, encourage, defer, and love not only the people around us, BUT those birds and animals that we are endangering.

Donor

Rating: 5

My first encounter with Fellow Mortals involved an injure cardinal, which they took great care of through his last days. Our second encounter was a visit to the old facilities....an introduction to a rambling woodchuck and a rabbit that had taken up residence in the living room sofa.....at that point, I realized these people were serious about their dedication to wildlife. Since then, we have visited the new facilities and are greatly impressed with the "before and after". The conversion of an old veal barn to a wildlife sanctuary is pure poetic justice.

I only wish I had the time to join them in their endeavors........instead, we support them, as much as we can, financially.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors for many years. It all started when we found a small animal in our yard that needed immediate medical care. We took the animal to our local Veterinary clinic, but they could not help the animal, they did refer us to Fellow Mortals and we headed immediately to them.
When we arrived there we were met by friendly and very caring personal. They took our own pain and sorrow about this suffering little animal very seriously as they immediately attended to the animals needs. They took the time out of their busy schedule to give us a tour of their facility as well as to make sure we were emotionally comforted. As we left we were amazed at this organization and how it was run. We felt we did the best possible thing that could be done for the injured animal at the same time the personal at Fellow Mortals acted in a very professional manner. Their compassion for their work in helping all wild animals shown through the minute you arrived there. This organization is one of the most caring and unselfish out there, doing the work they do because of the pleasure they get in helping and caring for our fellow mortals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been a donor to Fellow Mortals for approximately 20 years and consider this animal rehab facility one of our most deserving recipients of our time and money. I cannot begin to write the accolades that will even come close to the work that is done there. The dedication, empathy, knowledge and warmth shown to the animal and human members or our community are extraordinary.

This organization lives the ideals mentioned in "on becoming human" written by David Krieger 1999:

"To be human is to be courageous. It is to choose the path of compassion. It is to sacrifice for what is just. It is to break the silence. It is to be an unrelenting advocate of human decency and dignity.

"To be human is the breathe with the rhythm of life, and to recognize our kinship with all forms of life.

"To be human is to be aware of our dependence upon the whole of the universe, and the miracle that we are. It is to open our eyes to the simple and extraordinary beauty that is all about us. It is to live with deep respect for the sacred gift of life. It is to love.

"To be human is not always to succeed, but it is always to learn. It is to move forward despite the obstacles."

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Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit know no limits when it comes to its love and dedication to animals. Last year in my backyard there was an abandoned duck's nest with about a dozen eggs that my husband and I took to Fellow Mortals. Since the mom had been gone a while, any survival was doubtful and all the kids in my neighborhood were very saddened. But Jessica gave me regular reports on the eggs' condition and there were some hatchlings, she even took video. I passed this info on to the neighborhood kids and it brightened their spirits and taught them a very important lesson about respecting wildlife and finding the right people to help. Thanks, Fellow Mortals. The Robinsons

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Daryl

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen the staff and volunteers in action. Their hard work and dedication is inspiring. Keep up the good work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have taken several injured wild animals to Fellow Mortals so they can be helped back to the wild. The staff are superb. I especially appreciated how they followed up by informing me of the animals' status. For example, late one night I brought in a rabbit that had run under my car while I was driving down a rural highway. I was relieved to learn a few days later that the rabbit had not incurred serious injury and would soon be released. I didn't have to just wonder what happened to her. Also, the staff takes the time to educate people who bring in animals. When I brought in a juvenile squirrel whose mother had apparently been killed, I learned from the staff that this often leads to dehydration as the juveniles miss expected feedings, so I knew what was going on the next time I found another young squirrel in the same condition.
As southeastern Wisconsin becomes more and more "developed" it is inevitable that more wild animals will be injured via encounters with people who live in their homes. Fellow Mortals provides one of very few opportunities we have to try to alleviate that suffering. It also provides an excellent training ground for people who want to become wildlife rehabilitators.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In the role selection bo I have been able to select only one category which doesn't tell the whole story. I have known these wonderful people for 14 years and thank goodness there are folks like these out there because we have rescued five lost souls during this time and would have had little luck in finding "anyone" that would have even taken an interest in rescuing some of what we have taken there. God bless Fellow Mortals.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I appreciate knowing that 'Fellow Mortals' is in our area to help the injured and/or mistreated wildlife in our county. Our wildlife has been losing its habitat as our countryside becomes more developed. Injury to these animals occur with this increase of the population.

'Fellow Mortals' is always there to help these creatures in need. That is why I donate as I can to this worthwhile organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our area is blessed to have an organization like Fellow Mortals. By saving thousands injured and helpless animals every year, they raise all of us to a higher level. When we show compassion for these poor creatures, it changes us by opening our hearts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital when my cat got out of the house one spring day and injured a young bunny. I called the local animal shelter and they directed me Fellow Mortals. I took the bunny as soon as they called me and entrusted it to their loving care.

Fortunately, the bunny's injuries were not life threatening and it fully recovered.

Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital is a guardian angel to the wildlife whose habitat we infringe on with our urban sprawl and dangerous vehicles. It does my heart good to see the work that they do so selflessly on a daily basis.

Donor

Rating: 5

One afternoon a couple years ago, my husband ran into the house all
flustered. He told me there was a baby bird on the ground that had
fallen from a nest in the tree. I lifted the bird up and removed it from the
hot sun. I began doing some research to find an organization that could
help me with the baby bird. I didn't know if the mother bird would refuse to
care for it after I had touched it. I found the name of Fellow Mortals & their number from
a neighborhood store that I buy birdseed from. I called and left them a
message. Someone returned my call in about 10 minutes. She advised
me to place the bird back in the nest and then check on the nest to see
if the mother was going to return to feed the babies. One or the other of us watched the nest with our binoculars. Behold! Within about
30 minutes, the mother bird returned with food and proceeded to feed
ALL the baby birds. My husband & I were so happy & relieved that the
baby was going to recieve sustenance. I went to Fellow Mortals the
following day and thanked them profusely for helping us. When my
husband & I were so baffled as to what to do, the Fellow Mortals
Intern was very calming and helpful. I wrote a donation check. When
I read about the organization and that they work strictly on donations,
I knew that they needed financial help if we were going to keep them
helping injured & orphaned wildlife. Ever since, I have felt blessed to
have such a wonderful, compassionate, hard-working, and educational organization to help our wildlife. I feel honored to have
Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital as a part of my life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Fellow Mortals when there was a wonderful article about them in the Kenosha News a while ago. When I read that they did not discriminate.....they show the same amount of care, love, and compassion to a squirrel, as well as a bald eagle, I was compelled to donate to them. They keep you abreast of their new " clients": their progress, and hopefully their release back into the real world. As Mohandas Gandhi wrote,"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Well, Fellow Mortals make us look pretty good.
What else can be said about an organization that tries their hardest to relieve the suffering of innocent creatures, all while feeling their pain at the same time?

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for a place like Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. I have brought several animals to the hospital over the years and have always left with a very good feeling knowing the animal will get the best care. They are the best at what they do. They send out a newsletter a few times a year and what an uplifting feeling I get when I am done reading their stories.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a change of life and thought for me.I see a higher life has given me an opportunity to help than be a burden on wildlife, and to see the light in their eyes of those who give up vacations, fancy stuff and devote their lives to taking care of our fellow mortals. God Bless Them. Nick