Spay, Neuter & feed feral cats

$21,738 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 684 people in 13 months
Kathleen Schlentz
on behalf of Kathleen Schlentz
 HARTFORD, CT
       
                Blackie is one of Willie's nightly regulars.


This account was setup for Willie Ortiz.  We are honoring the work that Willie has been doing for feral and stray cats in the Hartford and East Hartford, CT areas.
Willie Ortiz has been spay and neutering feral and stray cats as well as feeding them nightly, for the last 22 years.  He collects and sells scrap metal everyday, no matter the weather.  He relies on donations so he can continue his mission. He has not missed one night of feeding despite the rain, snow, freezing weather or his own health issues. 

This video says it all.  Please join me in helping Willie as we are trying to raise donations to help him continue doing such great work for the stray and feral cats in Hartford and East Hartford, Ct.


Here is the video:
http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-willie-ortiz-hartford-s-feral-cat-feeder-20160208-premiumvideo.html


Here is his story:

http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-harford-feral-cats-willie-ortiz-20160125-story.htm

Many people are nervous about donating their hard earned money to someone they don't know or have never met and with good reason.  Hopefully by the time you have read Willie's story you will no longer have that concern.
Willie is a very loving, caring and honest person.  He believes very strongly in God and all of his goodness, despite the pain and sadness he sees.  He is a Veteran of the  U. S.  Army, a husband of 52 years  to his wife Alaja, father of two and grandfather of four.
He loves all animals, but recognizes the problem with the feral and stray cat population in Hartford.  Presently he feeds 16 colonies of stray and feral cats, a total of 68 cats, everynight, 365 days a year and has never missed a  night in 22 years.  I can guarantee that 100% of your donations will be used to buy cat food, Vet visits for spay, neutering and medicine for the few that need it.  He won't even take gas money from your donations.  
Willie's cats are all very healthy because he makes sure they get what they need to have as good a life as possible.  But the cat colonies are constantly changing.  New cats wonder in or get dropped off by people that won't or can't care for them, and unfortunately some existing cats get hit by cars, don't survive the winter or even worse.......there are some people that think "their way of controlling the population" is the best way. The new comers get spayed and neutered as soon as Willie can trap them (with a "Have a Heart" trap of course). This is the MOST important thing to Willie. Slowing down the feral and stray cat population as soon as possible is the only real solution.
He's on the search everyday for disguarded scrap metal. People also call him to donate it and he has connections with various businesses that so kindly donate scrap metal on a continues basis. If there is anything that he can sell for a higher dollar, he sells it on Craig's list.  Whatever it takes to continue his mission.
As you can see, Willie is totaly dedicated to his cats. Knowing Willie  has been a very humbling experience for me. I am so thankful to call him my friend.  

Please support Willie and his cats if at all possible.  Knowing that you have not only helped these innocent cats have a healthy meal everyday, but also knowing you are helping solve a big problem for the Hartford and East Hartford Communities. Thank you for reading Willie's story.
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Update 16
Posted by Willie Ortiz
27 days ago
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Hello Everyone,
Willie and I spent the day collecting scrape metal and making trips to the salvage yard. I like going with him every now and then, it gives us a chance to get caught up and spend some time together. Believe it or not it was a great day. We laughed a lot and always have plenty to talk about. The truth is.....I just like spending time with my friend.
I got a few good photos to share, notice the last one, I thought it would give some insight to the kind of man he is.
I hope your all happy and healthy. Hang in there, Spring is just around the corner.
Willie doing what he does everyday!
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Update 15
Posted by Willie Ortiz
1 month ago
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Hello Friends,
We can not thank you enough for all of the support and donations Willie has received in the last 5 days. There has been a huge increase in donations thanks to our new friend Linsi. She printed Willie's story on Reddit in hopes that he would get some donations, and WOW!! What a difference it has made. It truly felt like a window to the world had just opened. I was in shock, I know I stared at the list of donations each day with my mouth open. Before I found out about what Linsi had done, I thought that it had to be a mistake! I waited until day 3 to make sure "Go Funds Me" didn't make a mistake and take it all away. When Linsi told me what she did, I called Willie. He was so excited and when he gets really excited, I have trouble understanding his accent. He was so happy and so releaved! He really wasn't sure how he was going to make it through the winter. He said "do you think I should take a day off from scraping I told him "I think you should take 2 days off to rest your mind and body". Willie hasn't taken a day off from scraping (come rain, snow, freezing cold) for as long as I've been volunteering and that's 12 years.

So to all of Willie's longtime friends and volunteers, to all of his new friends and supporters.....Thank You from the bottom of our hearts❤️❤️❤️ Willie knows very well that his mission would not be possible without the love and support of all of you.
Thank you all so much,
Willie and Kathleen (longtime friend and volunteer)


The photo below is Goldie with his best buddy, Tux.
This is Goldie's best buddy, Tux
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Update 14
Posted by Willie Ortiz
1 month ago
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Hello everyone,
Thank you so much for all of your much needed donations. This will surely give Willie the funds he needs to feed his cats through the winter. His goal is to get as many cats spayed and neutered as quickly as possible before beautiful Spring is here.
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Update 13
Posted by Willie Ortiz
2 months ago
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Happy New Year Everyone!
We've received 3 much needed donations in the last two days. Thank you for remembering Willie and his mission. I'll give you an idea of what Willie can do when the funds are available........since Christmas Eve Day (only 10 days ago) he has had 27 cats spay and neutered (9 of which are adoptable, so homes will be found for them, if they haven't already), combining his 16 colonies, he is now feeding 68 cats every night. (All but a few are spay or neutered) Think of what he could do, if he had the money to do it with. He has proven his dedication is there in abundance.
We know this is a very tough time of year for all of us to make donations. Right now our goal is to have a reserve before the snowy and freezing weather really hits. Please remember, no donation is too small. Willie still collects scrap metal everyday. Go Fund Me will provide you with any contact info you need.
Thank you everyone for all you have done.
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Tori Kupper Cateni
1 month ago

We are located in East Hartford and have 100's cans of cat food and dry food. Does he have a place we can drop off for him?

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Leah Haut
2 months ago

I just donated in memory of my dear friend Henya's mother, Chava Bas Sara. She loved and cared for strays in Tel Aviv Israel.

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Mike Gordon
13 months ago
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Well, glad you guys created a go fund me account that is getting some donations. I was inspired by Willie and did the same on February 9th. I will take my site down and point people in this direction. Great minds think alike I guess.

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Leah Haut
5 months ago
7
7

I just donated 36.00$ in memory of my beloved Dear One who passed away at this time of year. I pray that she is playing happily with my other beloved and missed cats, Boychik and Bootsie. She was a stray and know that Willie loves each and every one his cats just as I loved mine. I wish him continued strength and success in his wonderful mission of giving tender loving care to all of his cats.

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Dave Arsenault
1 month ago
5
5

What you are doing for these cats is amazing! There needs to be so many more people like you out there doing things like this

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Leah Haut
11 months ago
4
4

Beautiful story, beautiful man, beautiful cats! May you go from strength to strength and much continued success in your compassionate care for these wonderful but unfortunate cats.

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Dmitriy Tokar
1 month ago
2
2

You make the world worth living in.

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Monique Cummings
1 month ago
2
2

I hope he gets way more than what goal is!

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Lisa Robertshaw
1 month ago
2
2

Wish more people was like u Ur doing a wonderful thing u should be very proud of urself

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Laurel Mcghee
1 month ago
1
1

What a selfless man! We need more.people like him. I am blessed to donate.

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Monique Cummings
1 month ago
1
1

Yay! The amount of money he is getting makes me so happy! I can't think of anyone more deserving!

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Susie Bennett
1 month ago
1
1

Just spoke to Willie... Turns out the cat is a 22-year-old male. Definitely not our Izzy.

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Kathleen Schlentz
13 months ago
1
1

Thank you all so very much for donating to Willie's mission. He is sincerely touched.

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Kathy Hafter
1 month ago

i want to thank him for feeding and caring for all these precious cats. they are all precious and it's so awesome to see that he really does care about them xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxo ♥

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Priya Cantu
1 month ago

I have a very Dear Friend his name is Dru Fields He is literally so sweet she would give you the shirt off of her back, and that is putting it lightly! He is Homless right now and it's weighing heavily on a lot of hearts, because He is so well loved. I hope that all my FB friends and even those that I am not actually friends with will come together and Pray for her! He needs all the prayers she can get, and God knows all about the situation! I'm starting a gofundme account in regards to a Dru who lost his home and everything in it due to a fire from poorly installed electrical wire. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but him and his family did lose a dog in it all. Anyways, if you could do me a favor and share this so please can we try and help him out it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! I will have no access to the funds all the funds will go to Dru and his family. If there is any left over it will go to the Salvation Army to help buy beds for the homeless

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Susie Bennett
1 month ago

Is that orange cat he's holding our missing Izzy? How can I see that cat so I can find out?

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Olga Melbardis
1 month ago

Could I send a check, instead of providing information on line? If so, please send me the address.

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John Daniel
1 month ago

Thank you, WIllie.

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$21,738 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 684 people in 13 months
Created February 13, 2016
Kathleen Schlentz  
on behalf of Kathleen Schlentz
MM
$20
Michael Maddox
1 hour ago
FE
$50
Frances Eyles
18 hours ago
$10
Erina YH
19 hours ago

Thank you for everything you do!!

$40
Aly Brown
2 days ago

Your story made my day. Keep up the great work.

$25
Mary Chastang
3 days ago
JW
$20
Jesse Wallin
3 days ago
LH
$5
Leanne Hamblin
3 days ago

He's awesome fr what he does for those cats

RS
$25
Rebecca Sierra
3 days ago
$25
Anonymous
3 days ago
MW
$18
Meredith Weingarden
3 days ago
Tori Kupper Cateni
1 month ago

We are located in East Hartford and have 100's cans of cat food and dry food. Does he have a place we can drop off for him?

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Leah Haut
2 months ago

I just donated in memory of my dear friend Henya's mother, Chava Bas Sara. She loved and cared for strays in Tel Aviv Israel.

+ Read More
Mike Gordon
13 months ago
8
8

Well, glad you guys created a go fund me account that is getting some donations. I was inspired by Willie and did the same on February 9th. I will take my site down and point people in this direction. Great minds think alike I guess.

+ Read More
Leah Haut
5 months ago
7
7

I just donated 36.00$ in memory of my beloved Dear One who passed away at this time of year. I pray that she is playing happily with my other beloved and missed cats, Boychik and Bootsie. She was a stray and know that Willie loves each and every one his cats just as I loved mine. I wish him continued strength and success in his wonderful mission of giving tender loving care to all of his cats.

+ Read More
Dave Arsenault
1 month ago
5
5

What you are doing for these cats is amazing! There needs to be so many more people like you out there doing things like this

+ Read More
Leah Haut
11 months ago
4
4

Beautiful story, beautiful man, beautiful cats! May you go from strength to strength and much continued success in your compassionate care for these wonderful but unfortunate cats.

+ Read More
Dmitriy Tokar
1 month ago
2
2

You make the world worth living in.

+ Read More
Monique Cummings
1 month ago
2
2

I hope he gets way more than what goal is!

+ Read More
Lisa Robertshaw
1 month ago
2
2

Wish more people was like u Ur doing a wonderful thing u should be very proud of urself

+ Read More
Laurel Mcghee
1 month ago
1
1

What a selfless man! We need more.people like him. I am blessed to donate.

+ Read More
Monique Cummings
1 month ago
1
1

Yay! The amount of money he is getting makes me so happy! I can't think of anyone more deserving!

+ Read More
Susie Bennett
1 month ago
1
1

Just spoke to Willie... Turns out the cat is a 22-year-old male. Definitely not our Izzy.

+ Read More
Kathleen Schlentz
13 months ago
1
1

Thank you all so very much for donating to Willie's mission. He is sincerely touched.

+ Read More
Kathy Hafter
1 month ago

i want to thank him for feeding and caring for all these precious cats. they are all precious and it's so awesome to see that he really does care about them xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxo ♥

+ Read More
Priya Cantu
1 month ago

I have a very Dear Friend his name is Dru Fields He is literally so sweet she would give you the shirt off of her back, and that is putting it lightly! He is Homless right now and it's weighing heavily on a lot of hearts, because He is so well loved. I hope that all my FB friends and even those that I am not actually friends with will come together and Pray for her! He needs all the prayers she can get, and God knows all about the situation! I'm starting a gofundme account in regards to a Dru who lost his home and everything in it due to a fire from poorly installed electrical wire. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but him and his family did lose a dog in it all. Anyways, if you could do me a favor and share this so please can we try and help him out it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! I will have no access to the funds all the funds will go to Dru and his family. If there is any left over it will go to the Salvation Army to help buy beds for the homeless

+ Read More
Susie Bennett
1 month ago

Is that orange cat he's holding our missing Izzy? How can I see that cat so I can find out?

+ Read More
Olga Melbardis
1 month ago

Could I send a check, instead of providing information on line? If so, please send me the address.

+ Read More
John Daniel
1 month ago

Thank you, WIllie.

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