75-Year-Old Volunteer Visits Animal Shelter Every Day And Naps With Cats

A man in Wisconsin has turned snoozing into a charitable act.

Terry Lauerman, 75, goes to his local animal shelter in Green Bay every day and takes naps with its cats.

Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.

Though, that’s not quite his intention.

According to Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, Lauerman strolled into the shelter about six months ago with a simple dream and a cat brush in tow.

“He just walked in and started brushing,” Feldhausen told HuffPost on Thursday, noting that he never asked to be a volunteer. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”

Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.

Feldhausen said Lauerman visits the cage-free sanctuary — which rescues disabled cats that would be at risk of euthanasia at other facilities — daily and stays for about three hours.

After he grooms a cat for a bit, he typically dozes off.

“[He sleeps for] about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats,” said Feldhausen.

Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.

Apparently, Lauerman really enjoys the unpaid gig a lot — especially the sprucing aspect of it.

“He said, [the brushing is] as great of an experience for him, as it is for them,” Feldhausen said.

Naturally, the volunteer with a habit of accidentally passing out charmed the staff at Safe Haven, and the group decided to dedicate a Facebook post to him on Tuesday.

“We are so lucky to have a human like Terry,” the shelter wrote, alongside a few photos of Lauerman cat napping with felines. “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.”

Ends up the staff at the shelter weren’t the only ones smitten by Lauerman. As of Thursday afternoon, the post has received over 1.6 million on Facebook. It also made its way over to Reddit, where it has received hundreds of comments.

And although Lauerman hopes his 15 minutes of fame leads to more donations to Safe Haven, he also wants to remind people that he’s not the only person dedicating his time to shelter.

Feldhausen said that Lauerman specifically praised another volunteer named Paula.

“Who is what he considers the cat grandma,” Feldhausen said. “He wants to make sure the people who do what he does every day get credit too.”

Researchers Reveal That Losing A Dog Can Be As Hard As Losing A Loved One

If you’ve loved and lost a dog before, you know that it’s an incredibly painful experience. After all, a pet isn’t just an animal you own – it’s someone you consider a member of your family. You share a special bond with them, and they become your best friend and companion. Losing a dog can bring deep sadness.

Many times, dog owners need time to grieve and process the loss of their beloved pets before being able to move on. Those around them who have not experienced this pain may not understand. They might tell a grieving “pet parent” to just get over it since it’s “only a dog.” However, this only serves to worsen the pain.

Now, science has proven that mourning the loss of a much-loved dog is not unusual and is, in fact, a real and valid experience. In fact, this research suggests that overcoming the death of a passed pet may be harder than healing from the passing of a human. Here’s what we’ve learned from this study on why it can be so hard to overcome losing a dog.

5 Reasons Why Losing A Dog Is As Hard As Losing A Loved One

“Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because, in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” – Amy Sedaris

1.    Bonding

According to the Official Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Study, we forge bonds with our pups that are very comparable to the bonds we form with people. Our brains interpret these bonding activities in the same way. In other words, our bodies produce the exact same hormones when we bond with dogs as when we bond with people.

This is why your pups begin to feel just like family to you The same chemical processes are taking place that would if you were speaking to a family member! In the case of losing a dog, you have to let go of a creature you have deeply bonded with.

2.    Grieving

So, we’ve established that you bond with dogs and humans the same way. But when a canine companion passes away, you can’t mourn for them the same way you do for people. When a human you’re close to passes away, you can seek therapy or counseling, have the support of friends, family, and loved ones, and hold or attend a funeral.

But when a dog passes away, you have to move on as quickly as you can because this is what others deem acceptable. You can’t turn down social events or have slower performance at work because, according to Telegraph, others don’t see the loss of a pet as something worth grieving over.

Additionally, attending therapy for such a thing might result in negative social repercussions. This can make it tough for you to reconcile a pet’s passing and find closure so you can move on.

3.    Love and Comfort

When your pet dies, you aren’t just losing a dog. You’re losing the feelings you got around them. You’re losing their love, the comfort their presence gave, and the companionship they provided. That’s a lot to lose all in one go, and it can make you feel very empty.

Plus, dogs give their human moms and dads the kind of unconditional love that you can’t really find in people. It’s a love that really, really hurts to lose.

4.    Memories and Routines

If you had a dog, they likely lived with you; you spent most of your time at home with them around. When they pass away, your home becomes different.

You might continue to automatically perform tasks or actions that would only apply if your dog was still around. This makes it all the more difficult to move on.

5.    Guilt

Sometimes, a decision about your dog’s life is placed in your hands. If they were suffering, you may have had to decide that it was time to put them to sleep. Although you made the best choice for your pup, you may still feel guilty about what happened.

Carrying around that guilt with you can make the goodbye even more difficult. You might feel like you should have done more – even when there was nothing else you could do.

So, What Does This All Mean?

Losing a dog – or any pet – is going to be heartbreaking. Remember that your feelings are absolutely valid and that it is okay to need to grieve them. And if other people don’t understand, tell them that your feelings are backed by science!

Terrified Dog So Happy To See Rescuers After He Was Abandoned During Hurricane

Dog rescued from floodPETA/Facebook

A dog who had been abandoned during floods in Hurricane Florence looked so happy when he was finally rescued.

The poor male dog was found in North Carolina by PETA on Monday (September 17).

The owners appear to have abandoned their adorable pup when they fled from the torrential weather of Hurricane Florence.

Watch the moment the dog gets rescued here:

The dog was trapped outside a home in Lumberton, where the River Lumber had burst its banks and the town became clogged with water.

Floodwater lapped at the porch of the house where the dog was and covered the wheels of the car in the driveway.

The brilliant rescuers approached the scared pooch through the water as he paced the porch and took a seat on the raised platform, calling the poor animal over to them.

Dog rescued from floodPETA/Facebook

He appeared terrified and extremely cautious, but still wagged his tail with happiness when the rescuers appeared and started to show him some love.

PETA staff took the abandoned dog to a staging area which had been set up by emergency workers. From there, the dog could be moved to a nearby shelter.

I can’t imagine how anyone could abandon their pet, but the organisation has had a lot of rescues to make following Hurricane Florence.

Sharing the video of the abandoned pup on Facebook, they wrote:

RESCUED! PETA’s rescue team spotted this scared and abandoned dog in Lumberton, North Carolina on the porch of a flooded home with no way to escape the rising #HurricaneFlorence flood waters and were able to bring him to safety

Dog rescued from floodPETA/Facebook

Dogs aren’t the only ones who have been left to fend for themselves in the floods – PETA have also been busy rescuing terrified cats from the approaching waters.

They shared a video of a poor cat and kitten who had taken shelter behind some bins.

The caption read:

RESCUED! Our rescue team found #HurricaneFlorence survivors in a flooded neighborhood who said there were cats in need of rescue. The team discovered a scared mama cat and kitten huddled behind trash cans on a back porch, surrounded by flood water.

They took the family to safety!

Organisation staff have been working incredibly hard in the rough conditions, with many wading through deep waters to help the struggling animals.

Poultry and pork farms in North Carolina have also suffered badly, losing millions of animals to the hurricane.

According to the , 3.4 million chickens and turkeys, and 5,500 hogs lost their lives after the barns they were being kept in flooded.

Trey Glenn, an Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, spoke on Wednesday about the issues the storm has caused.

In a media release, he said:

Water is still rising, flooding is widespread, and lives are still in danger.

The government’s first responsibility is to protect lives and the health of the citizens impacted.

The effects of the storm are truly tragic, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected.

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to [email protected]

California Just Officially Banned The Sale Of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a landmark bill into law on Friday aimed at banning the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.

The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, authored by Democratic state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, prohibits manufacturers to “import for profit, sell, or offer for sale” any cosmetic product that was developed or made using an animal test, if the test occurs after the law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. That means products developed using animal testing may still be sold, as long as the testing does not continue after that date. Violations are punishable by a $5,000 fine, plus an additional $1,000 for each day the violation continues.

Animal tests used in the cosmetic industry include painful skin and eye irritancy experiments, as well as toxicity evaluations that involve exposing animals to deadly substances, sometimes by force-feeding or inhalation. The most commonly used animals are mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs. The vast majority are killed when testing is complete.

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A stock image of rabbits restrained for laboratory testing.

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Demonstrators in Brussels in 2012 at the EU Commission headquarters advocating a ban on animal testing on cosmetics. The European Union announced a ban on the import and sale of animal tested cosmetics in 2013.

That makes California’s law the first of its kind in the U.S. Supporters said they hoped it will encourage other state laws or changes at the federal level.

“We’re hopeful this law will encourage the federal government to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act,” Vicki Katrinak, the program manager for animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States, told HuffPost.

The Humane Society became involved with the bill, which was spearheaded by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation, after it passed the California Senate.

The measure has some significant limitations, though. The biggest is a carve-out that says companies can continue to pay for animal testing on products or ingredients in countries where it’s required by law. And they can still sell those products in California, as long as the animal tests weren’t specifically used to determine the safety of the product for sale in the state. 

Advocates said they hoped California’s law will encourage companies to fight for international changes.

“It gives greater impetus for [the cosmetics] industry to push for changes in other countries,” said Katrinak. She noted that companies generally don’t want to pay for an animal test to sell products in China and then an alternative test to sell the same product in places like California or the EU.

Another potential limitation of the California law is enforcement, which rests with county district attorneys or city attorneys. It’s unclear how local prosecutors would uncover possible violations, but Katrinak speculated whistleblowers could bring violations to the attention of authorities. Neither Galgiani nor the California District Attorneys Association replied to requests for comment from HuffPost.

Despite its limitations, the California law represents a major step for opponents of animal testing in the U.S., who believe it’s a clear sign that the beauty industry will continue to shift away from animal-based research.

“We’re hoping that California will just be the start of resolving this issue,” said Katrinak.