Here’s a heartwarming story of a man who really loves cats. In Hartford, Connecticut, a man, now 76 years old, never skipping a day for 22 years, has fed lots of feral cats. He’s a scrap metal worker and used all his earnings to buy the food for his cats, they’re nearly 70!
Willie Ortiz has been feeding his friends even when it rained and snowed, nothing could stop him!
The scene is always the same: Willie packs his minivan with cat food and every night at 7 pm he goes to his feral friends. He starts calling them and a lot of kitties start to meow at him, like they knew he was about to come.
Willie, who now is 52 years old, is a veteran and a husband and while loving all kind of animals, he’s got particular attention for the situation of stray and feral kittens in Hartford.
Kathleen Schlentz told via gofundme:
He’s on the search everyday for discarded scrap metal. He drives around collecting scraps to sell and uses the money he earned to buy food for the cats.
If there is anything that he can sell for a higher dollar, he sells it on Craig’slist. Whatever it takes to continue his mission.
Willie explained courant how this all started back in 1995, when the Puerto Rico native saw a little stray kitten meowing for some food from a customer. It couldn’t stand seeing the desperation in the kitten:
People were pushing it away, and I could see it needed help. I know these cats can’t understand my accent, but I need to do something.
That was the moment he decided to help stray cats feeding them, so that he wouldn’t see that pain anymore.
— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) February 7, 2016
As Kathleen said:
Presently he feeds 16 colonies of stray and feral cats, a total of 68 cats, every night, 365 days a year and has never missed a night in 22 years
Willie is very good at doing his job, his cats are really strong and well-nourished
He makes sure they get what they need to have as good a life as possible.
The job of Willie doesn’t stop at feeding the cats everyday, he even takes care of them if they’re injured or sick and takes them to the vet if they need it.
Willie takes under his care the kittens who get lost and the ones who are abandoned by their owners. He gets them spayed and neutered so that their number doesn’t get too big.
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.
This is a wonderful ginger cat that was saved by Willie 23 years ago.
He’s slowing down but he can still jump into Willie’s truck and get some love and cuddling from his daddy.
His house in East Hartford is full of the scrap metal he collects and tons of cat food for his feline friends.
Ortiz explains simply:
People ask me why I feed them every day, or tell me I feed them too much. You eat every day, no? You get three meals; they eat once every 24 hours.
Willie’s life is simple, and maybe for this reason he’s so happy. He collects all the scrap metal he can on his morning trips, he sells it, and the evenings he reaches his feral friends with the food he bought with his earnings.
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