Terry, a retired Spanish teacher from Wisconsin, has been the proverbial patron saint of all cats. He brushes and cuddles with cats at The Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary. As a volunteer, he doesn’t get paid or anything, but that’s okay because he could literally do this job in his sleep. In fact, he does. Having him as a volunteer is amazing, but the question remains, what has Terry done that sets him apart from other volunteers? It’s the fact that he loves taking naps with the cats after he’s done brushing them. Now he’s an internet sensation, and everyone wants to have someone like Terry looking after their pets.
The staff at The Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay consider themselves quite lucky to have Terry.
The retired teacher is absolutely golden, and they don’t mind that he sleeps on the job. In fact, it’s the whole reason why the man has gone viral. Aside from being super cat-friendly, he’s also a serial cuddle buddy to the kitties.
It started a couple of months ago, when Terry seemingly showed up out of thin air, asking to volunteer.
He asked the staff to allow him to brush the kitties on a daily basis. It was a simple request, and they were happy to oblige. Soon, Terry would pop in for about three hours a day to spend time chillaxing with the cats.
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It seems that brushing a cat is an extremely taxing job, which explains why Terry takes a nap afterwards.
One day, someone at the sanctuary decided to snap some photos of Terry taking a nap with the cats. But when they posted the photos on Facebook, everyone fell head over heels in love with Terry, and he became a social media sensation.
Terry’s photos were seen thousands of times, and the sanctuary took advantage of the extra attention.
They set up a fundraiser for the shelter itself, but opened it in Terry’s name. In just 2 days, 267 people collectively donated $4,975, which was remarkable. The sanctuary's goal was only a $1,000, so this was a blessing, to say the least.
Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary may very well be one of the best places for cats with special needs to be.
According to the shelter’s founder and president, Elizabeth Feldhausen, the sanctuary is particularly important because it’s a home to cats with special needs and disabilities such as diabetes, thyroid disease, paralysis, or anxiety.