During the 20th-century numerous countries competed in what is known as the Space Race. Determined to be the first to enter space safely, they used various types of research, including the use of launching animals into space. While many animals gave their lives for this purpose one of the most notable is Félicette, a French cat.
A 75-year-old man visits a local animal shelter every day so he can enjoy “brushing cats” while often falling asleep on the job and napping with the felines.
Terry Lauerman decided one day to introduce himself to a local Green Bay-area animal sanctuary, telling the folks at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc. that he likes to brush cats.
According to Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, “He just walked in and started brushing,” 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.”
The shelter, which opened in 2016, rescues cats with disabilities that would be at risk of euthanasia at other facilities.