There are so many ways to help vulnerable animals in need. Whether you’re feeding them, treating them if they’re sick or playing with them, all of these are rooted in the same, single spirit of love.
But the list of things we can do to make our furry friends happy goes on.
And one man found a rather unusual, albeit absolutely lovable way to show his love.
75-year-old Terry Lauerman has been visiting his local shelter, the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the last 6 months.
The cage-free sanctuary rescues disabled cats that risk being euthanized elsewhere.
Terry had with a single, wish: to brush the cats. He walked in one day, cat brush in hand, and simply asked if he could help out by regularly brushing the furry felines.
“He just walked in and started brushing,” Elizabeth Feldhausen told HuffPost.
Soon enough, Terry was filling a volunteer form and became a regular patron at the shelter, visiting every day for about three hours.
But his fame grew when other staff began noting the sweetest next ‘accidental’ step. After brushing the happy cats, he often dozes off. The cats then curl up next to him and just enjoy each other’s company.
“[He sleeps for] about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats,” said Elizabeth.
The shelter staff couldn’t be more pleased with Terry’s wonderful presence and beautiful spirit at their sanctuary — and, obviously, neither can the cats.
“We are so lucky to have a human like Terry,” the shelter wrote on Facebook. “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.”
News of this gentle 75-year-old ‘cat-napper’ has quickly spread online, making Terry an internet sensation over night.
To this, he says only that he hopes the attention will compel more to donate to the sanctuary and to other causes supporting animals in need.
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How sweet is this? These cats are clearly in great hands with a wonderful soul like Terry by their side. Share this heartwarming story if you agree.