Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital

Fellow Mortals is more than a place. It is a living philosophy based on the belief that encouraging compassion in humans toward all life brings out the finest aspects of our humanity. Fellow Mortals provides excellent medical care to injured and orphaned wild animals entrusted to the hospital by the public. Fellow Mortals continues to advance treatment for the most critically injured and compromised animals admitted for care, demonstrated by a continued high rate of recovery and release back to the wild. Fellow Mortals also attempts to limit the number of animals admitted for care each year by offering public education to prevent unnecessary injury and orphaning, thereby reducing the total n...
Nov 24, 2015

Shakespeare wants to say 'thank you'

Shakespeare
Shakespeare

Fellow Mortals was invited to participate in a challenge on Global Giving in 2010, after we learned about them through our friends at the Pepsi Refresh project.  Though our work is regional, our mission is universal:  'we believe that encouraging compassion in humans toward all life brings out the finest aspects of our humanity and helps create a better world for all living beings.'

Global Giving changed many things for our organization--all in a good way--and you are the reason why!

Your one-time gift or recurring monthly donation is treated in a special way, because it goes into a special account at the bank.  Your gifts are used to buy food for Shakespeare, a barred owl who, with his companion, Sophie, helps us to educate about wildlife and habitat preservation, and also raises orphaned young barred owls.  Your gifts, which are treated as savings, are used for special projects, like providing necessary housing for overwintering animals, or helping to cover the cost of supplies for our education birds.

A gift to Global Giving means security for Shakespeare, and all of the other animals who rely on us 365 days a year--and don't know anything about how money works:)

In addition to your gifts that directly help injured and orphaned wildlife, supporting Fellow Mortals through Global Giving means you are supporting thousands of other organizations as well as Fellow Mortals, as we learn and benefit from the expert advice made available through blogs, webinars and special trainings.  This year, because you have given us a place on Global Giving's platform with your donation, you helped us raise $1,500 for wildlife care during a matching campaign; you helped us raise nearly $4,000 for a new deer habitat; and you made it possible for me to take part in the 2015 Fundraising Academy as a student.

As Fellow Mortals celebrates its 30th continuous year of providing care for injured and orphaned wildlife, we are constantly evolving and growing, and much of that is thanks to your gifts.

Tonight, as you sit down to supper, you can feel good that Shakespeare has eaten too, the fawns are browsing and playing in a spacious new habitat, and over 100 other injured anmals are safe for the night. You made this possible.

For all of the wild ones, Shakespeare wants to say 'thank you.'

Aug 18, 2015

Jilly's Legacy

First fawn
First fawn

Jilly was found near death, cold to point where only warm intravenous fluids over 48 hours brought her body back to normal temperature--emaciated, she was too weak to stand or suckle, so we fed her by stomach tube for several days.

We celebrated every milestone, every morning she was still alive. When she finally took a bottle on her own, it was the best day ever.

If Fellow Mortals had been unable to help Jilly, she would have died. Instead, she grew strong and was given a new family where hers had been lost.


Fellow Mortals provided care for deer from 1989 to 2003, when a policy change by our state agency made it illegal for us to help. As part of an advisory group to the Wisconsin DNR, I helped to create a policy that would allow licensed wildlife rehabilitators to again care for injured and orphaned fawns.


Fellow Mortals is just one of a handful of facilities equipped and willing to take on the financial burden of rehabilitating injured and orphaned deer. It is an expensive endeavor. The cost to rehabilitate one fawn to release is $1,000.
We want to help all the deer who need us, but we need to complete a larger deer habitat in order to that date.

We have gone forward on faith and the one-acre enclosure is complete!  At a cost of $30,000, we still have to raise $10,000 to pay the contractor.  Thanks to gifts made on bonus day, we have raised nearly $4,000 toward the this expense, but are still $4,000 shy of what is needed.

This beautiful habitat is located on 52 acres of private property where there is no hunting and where the deer can be released on site.


Please consider being a part of a future of healing through a special gift to Jilly's Legacy, our microproject on Global Giving, to make a gift that will keep helping orphaned and injured deer for years to come.
http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/give-life-to-a-baby-deer/


Thank you for what you have given in the past, and thank you for considering this special need, in tribute to Jilly.

Yearling doe
Yearling doe
Jilly
Jilly
Injured older doe with orphaned newborn
Injured older doe with orphaned newborn

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May 12, 2015

Wild Mothers' Days

Nestling great-horned owl
Nestling great-horned owl

Just like humans, wild babies learn from parents.

From the time an injured or orphaned wild animal is rescued and brought to us by a caring person, our single thought is how to provide everything a little one needs so that it can someday return to its wild home. For orphaned wild animals, proper nutrition and room for exercise aren't enough--making sure the little ones do not become too familiar (habituated) to their caregivers is just as important in raising a baby that can survive once it leaves our care.

Working with the wildlife rehabilitators at the hospital are some VIB's (very important birds) that do something the humans cannot.  Permanently disabled wild birds of many species provide a 'foster family' for orphaned young, helping to keep the babies wild while the humans provide the food, space and time for the babies while they grow.  Our 'foster parents' work as hard as the rehabiltiators do in the summer months, and get to enjoy each other's company in the safe and peaceful home they share all year long.

Birds like Naomi, Alberta, Frankie and Freya and others help us make sure orphaned birds grow up knowing the natural language and social structure of geese, owls, ducks and other species, through hearing the vocalizations and observing the behavior of the adults that care for them at our hospital.  When the babies have grown and left our care to make their way in the wild, we know they will be able to find shelter and food and recognize others of their own kind.

Your gift to Fellow Mortals through Global Giving this summer is giving ophaned wildlife the food and time necessary to grow up in a safe and peaceful environment with a nurturing foster parent of their own species.  Your recurring gift is making that home possible for our very special ‘foster parents’ all year long.

Thank you for celebrating Wild Mothers' Days and the VIB's of Fellow Mortals!

Alma, foster Canada goose
Alma, foster Canada goose
Alberta, great-horned owl foster
Alberta, great-horned owl foster
Dougie & Betty, wood duck fosters
Dougie & Betty, wood duck fosters

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