“Cat Grandpa” Who Naps with Kitties at Shelter is Internet Sensation

When you reach retirement age it’s always good to find something to occupy your time. And that’s exactly what 75-year-old Terry Lauerman did. Being a cat lover he decided to volunteer at his local animal shelter, the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Little did he know this decision would make him an internet sensation.

Founder of the shelter Elizabeth Feldhausen explains: “He just walked in one day and started brushing the cats, so eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.” Since then he regularly visits the shelter and takes an afternoon nap with the cats. They loved what he did at the shelter and decided to dedicate a Facebook post to Terry and his adorable volunteer work, the post 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!”  Said Elizabeth. “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!”

Here are the photos of Terry that have received so much attention…


His name is Terry, and he spends every day brushing cats… and later falling asleep with them.


But the shelter loves it. “We don’t mind,” they admit. “Cats need this! Terry is a wonderful volunteer.”


And here’s a lovely video of Terry that the shelter posted on Facebook:

Find out more about The Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary here




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