For over 2 decades, this veteran and a scrap metal collector has been feeding hundreds of stray cats in Hartford, Connecticut!
Meet Willie Ortiz, a scrap metal collector who is feeding stray cats for 22 years now, not missing a single day. The 76-year-old man, a veteran and a husband of 52 years from Hartford, Connecticut, provides food to nearly 70 stray cats. At the moment he is feeding 16 colonies of stray and feral cats, a total of over 68 cats, every night, 365 days a year and has never missed a night in the last 22 years. What this kind man is doing is so amazing and generous.
He makes sure that the cats get what they need to have as good a life as possible.
He is on the search everyday for discarded scrap metal, he collects it and then sells it. Willie drives around collecting scraps to sell and then to buy food for all of those cats. If there is anything that he can sell for a higher dollar, he sells it on the Craig’s list. Whatever it takes to continue his mission in helping these stray cats.
Willie, born in Puerto Rico, started feeding the cats in 1995. It was after he saw a stray kitty begging for food from a customer. It broke his heart to see the helplessness in that poor cat. “People were pushing it away, and I could see it needed some help and love,” Willie says. “I know these cats can not really understand my accent, but I need to do something for them”.
This kind scrap metal worker feed the cats all the time, and he also cares for the sick cats. He makes sure that they get all the medical help they need. New cats wonder in all the time. Usually they are abandoned by the people who no longer want to care for them. The new ones get spayed and neutered as soon as Willie can trap them and take them to a vet.
“People ask me all the time why I feed them every day, or tell me I feed them too much,” Ortiz says. “You eat every day, don`t you? You get at least three meals, they eat once every 24 hours”.