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The Internet Can’t Get Enough Of This Man Who Volunteers And Naps With Cats At A Shelter Every Day
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The Internet Can’t Get Enough Of This Man Who Volunteers And Naps With Cats At A Shelter Every Day

Cats love a good snooze, so much so that there’s even a kind of sleep named just for them: the catnap. They also love a cuddle, so if you think about it, what better way to help out some shelter cats than to join them for a good snooze?

75-year-old Terry Lauerman knows this, and he regularly heads down to his local shelter for catnaps. Staff at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said that he came in brandishing a brush one day, and asked if he could groom the cats. “He just walked in and started brushing,” founder of the shelter Elizabeth Feldhausen told HuffPost. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”

Terry visits the shelter daily, staying for around 3 hours a time. He brushes the cats before dozing off for a nap with them, before waking up and repeating the process. The experience is a mutually beneficial one, and has had far reaching effects for the shelter. After they decided to dedicate a Facebook post to Terry and his adorable volunteer work, it quickly went viral. The resulting publicity has seen donations flooding in, providing funds for the shelter to continue their important work for a long time to come.

“Our donations have increased!” Elizabeth told Bored Panda. “Normally, we’d make between $3,000-$4,000 per month. This week, we have reached $30,000! This is amazing because we do rely solely on donation!”

“The proceeds will likely go to adding additional quarantine rooms, so that we can save more cats more quickly, vet bills, and re-insulating the building so that we are more energy efficient this winter. We’ll have more than enough for all of those things, so some will go to savings and be our “rainy day fund”.”

Scroll down below to see Terry in ‘action,’ and don’t forget, shelters are vital for the well-being of millions of unfortunate animals, and need your donations to survive. Contact your local shelter for more info.

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This post by an animal shelter in Green Bay Wisconsin went viral recently

“He just walked in and started brushing,” the shelter founder told HuffPost

“So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form”

The adorable pictures didn’t take long to win the Internet’s heart

A fundraiser for the shelter in Terry’s name was started and it already raised funds for the shelter to continue for the next year

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Apollo
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3 years ago (edited)

This is a dream job (for this guy literally). I would be willing to pay to do it.

Dr. Cheri Hayes
Community Member
3 years ago

C. Marrero, what the hell is wrong with you? In a world where there is so much discord and disharmony, a story like this is sweet and refreshing. I truly feel sorry for you.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder if all the people in 2nd pic started coming to shelter coz Terry made it famous! Whatever the reason, local shelter attracting that much crowd is awesome!

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
3 years ago

I was curious about that, too

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glowworm2
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3 years ago

I love how all of the pictures of Terry are him sleeping with the cats. He's seems like a very sweet, awesome man and is making the shelter a better place.

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Apollo
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

This is a dream job (for this guy literally). I would be willing to pay to do it.

Dr. Cheri Hayes
Community Member
3 years ago

C. Marrero, what the hell is wrong with you? In a world where there is so much discord and disharmony, a story like this is sweet and refreshing. I truly feel sorry for you.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder if all the people in 2nd pic started coming to shelter coz Terry made it famous! Whatever the reason, local shelter attracting that much crowd is awesome!

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
3 years ago

I was curious about that, too

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glowworm2
Community Member
3 years ago

I love how all of the pictures of Terry are him sleeping with the cats. He's seems like a very sweet, awesome man and is making the shelter a better place.

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