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People Are Obsessed With This Guy Who Volunteers And Naps With The Cats At His Local Shelter

Not all heroes wear capes.

Posted on September 20, 2018, at 12:09 p.m. ET

Earlier this week, the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin, shared these adorable photos of one of their volunteers.

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The post has since gone viral. It's currently been shared almost 10,000 times and made it to the front page of Reddit. Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, told BuzzFeed News that all the attention has been really surprising.

Feldhausen said that Terry Lauerman started coming by the shelter about six months ago. Over the last few months, he's started coming every day.

“Yesterday, when I told him he hit 400,000 views he said he hoped all those people would donate,” Feldhausen said.

“I kept telling him, ‘Terry, you're famous,’ and he would just do his modest laugh and go back to petting cats,” she said.

Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that opened its first location in December 2016.

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They rescue cats that have disabilities from places where they'd be at risk for euthanasia. They usually have about 20–30 cats at a time. Feldhausen said they've adopted out nearly 300 cats with special needs in the last two years.

“We are a cage-free sanctuary that was designed to be a therapeutic environment, especially for our cats that are recovering from trauma.”

Obviously, the comments on Lauerman's photos are great. A lot of people want him to get an Instagram.

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“I tried to show him the post, but again, he doesn't know how Facebook works,” Feldhausen said. “Today, he's reached over 3,000,000 views, he's on the front page of Reddit, and he's all over other sites! I'm going to do my best to explain this to him.”

“I don't know if he realized how big of a deal it was,” she said. “He said he hoped all those people would donate.”

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.