One day, we will all be retired. It might seem like a long ways away for those of us that are steady in the grind, but when it comes, we often find ourselves confused about how we will spend all the newfound time on our hands. For one Michigan man named Terry Lauerman, he loves cats and wanted to find a way to spend time with them and maybe make them feel special. So, Terry decided to see if he could lend his time to his local animal rescue, Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary. Shorty after, his images started going viral online. And now, this “cat grandpa” is something of a local celebrity.
Not only has the Cat Grandpa spread joy and given these cats in need a chance to feel loved and appreciated, but all the attention he’s given the rescue has helped them to raise over $100,000 to give these precious animals the care that they need.
Given his laid-back disposition and perhaps his age, Terry often likes to get nice and cozy with the cats after their daily brushings. But, the cats don’t mind one bit!
These cats in need flock to him, post up on him, and are all happy to take a little siesta with their devoted Cat Grandpa by their side.
“I’ve always been a cat person. To me it’s a blessing to be touched by creation,” Terry told CBS Morning News.
Terry loves to spend time with the kittens, too!
As you can see, the cats have no complaints about Cat Grandpa hanging out with them—even if he falls asleep with them…
His mission to brush and spend time with the cats is quickly transformed once he settles in. And all that purrfection surrounding him quickly transforms to “meow-a-tonin” they say. Hence those adorable photos of the Cat Grandpa napping with his Safe Haven kitties.
Cats in shelters are often lonely, desperate for a chance to feel like they have a loving home again. And it makes my heart feel so happy that this kind-hearted man lends his time to do that for these sweet felines. And When Terry isn’t lending his time to the kitties in need at Safe Haven, he also serves as a brother at the St. Norbert Abbey Church. As you can see, Terry’s just a great person through and through.
Check out the heartwarming video below of the Cat Grandpa courtesy of CBS Sunday Morning News:
Feel good stories like this restore my faith in humanity and make me happy from the inside out. Know anyone who could use a smile today? Share this Cat Grandpa story with them!
Want to learn more about Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary and the amazing work they do? You can visit their website here at SafeHavenPet.org. And you can also follow them on Facebook to get a chance to see more cute photos of the Cat Grandpa!
All Images Courtesy of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, Inc.