Spay, Neuter & feed feral cats
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:
Here is his story:
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.
Just an update on all the wonderful things that have been happening with Willie and his mission, to continue feeding stray and feral cats.
I received an email from a women that works for the "Dodo". The "Dodo" (thedodo.com) is a wonderful website about animals. They have sweet "feel good" short stories and videos on their website. (I have loved every story and video I've seen). She had noticed how Willie's "Go Fund Me" campaigne had picked up a lot of momentum recently and wanted to have an interview with him. Well, she did have that interview and her story was published early last week.
The next morning (as I do every morning) checked Willie's emails and took a look at his "Go Fund Me" campaign. I could not believe the outpouring of donations that had come in over night. As though that wasn't enough, there were amazing, beautiful words of appreciation, encouragement and support from people all over the world.
I immediately called Willie. He was in his truck on his way to Dankin in Springfield to have several cats spay and neutered. I said "Willie, it's Kathleen, pull over as soon as you can, I have to tell you something". Seconds later he had pulled over. He said "Is everything OK"? Well, I believe I heard a grown man cry. He was so full of joy, happiness and gratitude. I could just feel it in his quivering voice. The first thing he said was "Thank you my Lord".
Needless to say....he is so thankful to every one of you who have donated to his mission, wether it be through words of encouragement and appreciation or financial support. All of these are all things crucial to the success of continuing a mission that not everyone agrees with. Thank God there are more than enough people that love and respect the animals that Willie has selflessly dedicated his life to. Thank you again for all that you have done. Also, thank you to Elizabeth at The Dodo for the gift of opportunity. It is so much appreciated.❤️
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
what an amazing man. i live in a small village..and there are many stray cats. I have for the last 14 years put food out on porch. Not only does it feed the cats,,birds help themselves too in the winter months. I love cats. love love love them. I am so glad to hear of a man who loves them and cares too. God bless you Willie.