Remembering an Animal Lover’s Hero

 

The animals of our world can never have too many friends.

William Boettcher was not just an advocate for man’s best friend, but for all living creatures.  William, a pilot and a carpenter, devoted much of his free time to activities such as advocating for spay and neuter programs, educating the public about the issues surrounding feral animal populations, and participating in fundraisers for different organizations.  One friend described William this way: “Nothing was ever too much effort for William when it came to helping animals, or the weak and less fortunate.  He was a kind and gentle man.  He never walked away, and he never turned his back.”

Rescuing a litter of abandoned kittens (shown above using William for climbing practice) was William’s last animal rescue project before he passed away early in 2012.

William piloted many flights for skydivers.  In the gallery below, you’ll see photos of a memorial jump in William’s honor, where his wife, closest friends and loved ones scattered his ashes.  Note the Memorial teddy bears; they are made from William’s sky dive jump suit.

In memorial, SNAP volunteer Catherine Cooper sponsored the refitting of two stalls in SNAP’s feral housing barn in William’s honor.

 

It’s funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn’t it? 
-Elenor H. Porter, Pollyanna