‘Cat Grandpa’ snuggles with felines at pet shelter

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"Cat Grandpa" Goes Viral For Snuggling With Shelter Pets

- A 75-year-old Wisconsin man is giving new meaning to catnaps.

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Terry Lauerman, of De Pere, has been volunteering at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay for the last six months, and photographs of him fast asleep while several of the shelter’s cats snuggle up to him on couches have gone viral, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported.

Since then, Lauerman has been nicknamed “The Cat Grandpa.”

"I've always liked cats and I always had cats when I was kid, and I loved them," Lauerman told the Press Gazette. "In many ways, I see my old cats in these cats here." 

Since posting the photos on its Facebook page, the shelter’s website has received more visitors and more than $20,000 in donations, Safe Haven founder Elizabeth Feldhausen told the Press Gazette.

Lauerman was shocked to hear the Facebook post had so many views -- more than 56,000 as of Friday morning, WITI reported.

"Now if all of those people would just donate $5 to help the kitties, that would make such a big difference," Lauerman said. 

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‘Cat Grandpa’ snuggles with felines at pet shelter

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Cats at a Wisconsin shelter enjoy snuggling with Terry Lauerman when he takes a nap.

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