75-Year-Old Volunteer Visits Animal Shelter Every Day to Nap With Cats

Terry Lauerman volunteer 75 years cat shelter nap

A man in Wisconsin has transformed his naps into a benevolent action.

Terry Lauerman, 75, goes to his neighborhood animal shelter in Green Bay each day and takes naps with its felines

Terry Lauerman volunteer 75 years cat shelter nap

However, that is not exactly his aim.

As per Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, Lauerman walked around the safe house around a half year ago with a basic dream and a cat brush close by.

Terry Lauerman volunteer 75 years cat shelter nap

“He just walked in and started brushing,” Feldhausen told HuffPost on Thursday, noting that he never asked to be a volunteer. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”

Terry Lauerman volunteer 75 years cat shelter nap

Feldhausen said Lauerman visits the cage-free sanctuary — which salvages debilitated felines that would be in danger of killing at different centers— day by day and stays for around three hours.

After he brushes a cat for a while, he regularly rests off.

“[He sleeps for] about 60 minutes, then he’ll wake up and switch cats,” said Feldhausen.

Terry Lauerman volunteer 75 years cat shelter nap

Apparently, Lauerman really enjoys the unpaid gig a lot — especially the sprucing aspect of it.

“He said, [the brushing is] as great of an experience for him, as it is for them,” Feldhausen said.

Naturally, the volunteer with a habit of accidentally passing out charmed the staff at Safe Haven, and the group decided to dedicate a Facebook post to him on Tuesday.

“We are so lucky to have a human like Terry,” the shelter wrote, alongside a few photos of Lauerman cat napping with felines. “Terry just came along one day and introduced himself. He said he’d like to brush cats. Eventually, it became everyday. He brushes all of the cats, and can tell you about all of their likes and dislikes. He also accidentally falls asleep most days. We don’t mind – Cats need this! Terry is a wonderful volunteer.”

Terry Lauerman volunteer 75 years cat shelter nap

Ends up the staff at the shelter weren’t the main ones stricken by Lauerman. As of Thursday evening, the post has gotten over 1.6 million on Facebook. It additionally advanced over to Reddit, where it has gotten so many comments.

What’s more, in spite of the fact that Lauerman trusts his 15 minutes of distinction prompts more gifts to Safe Haven, he additionally needs to remind individuals that he’s by all account not the only individual devoting his opportunity to protect.


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