Terry Lauerman, 75, goes to his local animal shelter in Green Bay every day and takes naps with their cats.
According to Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, Lauerman strolled into the shelter about six months ago with a simple dream and a cat brush in tow. “He just walked in and started brushing,” Safe Haven told HuffPost. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”
Safe Haven is a cage-free sanctuary — which rescues disabled cats that would be at risk of euthanasia at other facilities. When Lauerman visits he stays for about three hours. After he grooms a cat for a bit, he typically dozes off. After about an hour snooze, he’ll wake up and switch cats.
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. “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.”
Ends up the staff at the shelter weren’t the only ones smitten by Lauerman. As of Thursday afternoon, the post has received over 98,000 likes on Facebook. It also made its way over to Reddit, where it has received hundreds of comments.