While not everyone would identify themselves as an animal lover, a vast number of other people openly admit to loving animals more than people and will dedicate large portions of their time, effort, and money to doting on furry little friends.
While for some of us, this type of bond will be demonstrated by owning pets, caring for friends’ pets, or even visiting animal shelters every once in a while, others display far more devotion. A man in Wisconsin, for example, has turned his afternoon naps into a charitable act! (1, 2)
Volunteer Naps With Animal Shelter Cats
Terry Lauerman, age 75, regularly goes to his local animal shelter in Green Bay, but he does more than simply pet a few animals. Lauerman takes his daily nap at the animal shelter rather than doing so at home on his own couch!
While Lauerman’s schedule seems to be fairly consistent now, apparently that wasn’t always the case. According to the founder of the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, Elizabeth Feldhausen, the 75-year-old man strolled casually into the shelter months prior to the development of any kind of routine with a cat brush in hand and a plan to pet some fluffy pets. (1, 2)
“He just walked in and started brushing,” Feldhausen explained to HuffPost, also mentioning that Lauerman had no original intention of becoming a shelter volunteer. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.” Once he was an official member of their volunteer staff, not only was Lauerman welcome to visit the shelter daily, but he was also expected to fulfill his cat-loving duties.
According to Feldhausen, Lauerman visits this cage-free sanctuary (the place where disabled cats who would otherwise be at risk of euthanasia at other facilities are rescued) every day and stays for approximately three hours. Much of his time is spent grooming cats, but he typically dozes off before the time is up. Feldhausen says, “[He sleeps for] about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats.” (1, 2)
How Does The 75-Year-Old Volunteer Feel About His Volunteer Position?
While many might look at Lauerman’s position and find it somewhat boring, apparently Lauerman enjoys his unpaid position a good deal. Feldhausen explained that “He said [the brushing is] as great of an experience for him as it is for them!” While Lauerman does tend to take a nap in the middle of his duties, apparently this routine is far from bothersome to him or the other staff members. In fact, the staff and volunteers of the Safe Haven have been so charmed by Lauerman’s daily nap routine that they created a Facebook post entirely dedicated to him! (1, 3)
According to the shelter, “We are so lucky to have a human-like Terry. Terry just came along one day and introduced himself. He said he’d like to brush cats. Eventually, it became every day. 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.” (1, 3)
Not only was this post and Lauerman’s naps admired by the Safe Haven staff, but it’s also been liked, shared, or commented on by well over a million individuals. Terry’s adorable dedication to his animal shelter cats has not only raised awareness for adoption needs but also warmed the hearts of millions of viewers. (1)