Natural health is my passion. And healthy emotions are part of overall, good health. So, for a healthy dose of some feel-good endorphins, check out this story!

Every day, 75-year-old Terry Lauerman goes to his local animal shelter in Green Bay, Wisconsin to love on the cats in the cage-free sanctuary (for disabled cats that would be at risk of euthanasia at other facilities) and stays for about three hours. Oh, and he normally ends up falling asleep, too!


According to Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, about six months ago Lauerman showed up with cat brush in hand and wanted to help. “He just walked in and started brushing. So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.[He sleeps for] about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats.” 1


To thank him for all his help, the staff at Safe Haven decided to dedicate a Facebook post to him:

“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 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.”


But he’s not just a wonderful volunteer, he’s also an amazing human; he hopes his 15 minutes of fame will lead to more donations to Safe Haven and also reminds everyone that he’s not the only person dedicating his time to shelter- there are other incredible volunteers just like him!

We love it!

Sources and References

  1. Huffington Post, September 20, 2018.