Native veteran fighting homelessness finds shelter in cats


GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Tyson Baeten spends his days inside Secure Haven Pet Sanctuary serving to to handle greater than 60 cats.

“Animals are usually a excellent choose of character,” Baeten mentioned.

Just lately, Baeten was named Secure Haven’s latest occasion coordinator. It is the style of place he is at all times wished.

“It is like a dream come true,” Baeten mentioned. “I desired to be a vet as a child and this might be as shut as I will get to it.”

Meet Ty Baeten. He’s a navy veteran at the moment fighting homelessness. Tonight on @NBC26 at 6, hear how a latest job at Secure Haven Pet Sanctuary is altering his life for the higher.

— Kelsey Dickeson (@KelseyDickeson) June 23, 2022

With a latest job, issues are going effectively for Baeten straight away. However he mentioned days weren’t at all times so vibrant.

“Late final 12 months, I had to go away my outdated job due to psychological well being points,” Baeten mentioned. “I am a U.S. veteran from the Navy. I would been recognized with melancholy. It was not an excellent match for me.”

Baeten was born in Inexperienced Bay and served within the Navy from 1997 to 2005. As soon as he left the army, Baeten mentioned he moved again house.

The previous few years have not been straightforward for Baeten, who’s been homeless for the final 2.5 years.

Troublesome days drew him to Secure Haven about six months in the past.

“A good friend of mine had talked about how he would come right here and pet some cats,” Baeten mentioned. “So I made a decision to simply begin coming, and I got here principally each day and it was very therapeutic for me.”

Ultimately, he was requested to turn out to be an official volunteer.

“Shortly after that, one in every of my staff instructed me Ty was homeless. He lives on the shelter,” mentioned Elizabeth Feldhausen, Secure Haven Pet Sanctuary founder. “I simply could not consider it.”

Feldhausen mentioned she noticed how nice Baeten was with animals, and when an animal care place opened up, she did not hesitate to supply him the job.

“He actually, actually cares concerning the animals. You possibly can inform with each interplay that he has with them,” Feldhausen mentioned. “I feel he is actually going to go someplace sometime. He is simply a extremely nice particular person. He is doing a extremely nice job and I am actually completely satisfied that we discovered him.”

Baeten was lately promoted to occasion coordinator. Along with planning actions, he helps feed the cats, give them medicines, clear litter packing containers and mop flooring. Baeten mentioned he nonetheless pets and performs with the cats in his down time.

“It nearly does not even really feel like I actually have melancholy anymore,” Baeten mentioned. “I simply love being right here.”

The VA helps Baeten discover everlasting housing. Baeten mentioned he has purposes in for space residences and hopes to maneuver someplace in a month.

“He is truly acquired an inventory of cats he will take house as soon as he get a cat-friendly residence. So I am actually trying ahead to that,” Feldhausen mentioned.

Secure Haven is increasing to a different location and plans to have a cat cafe with residences above it. Feldhausen mentioned they hope Baeten could mange the power as soon as it is completed and possibly hire out one in every of the residences.

“I really like my job. This is sort of the success of a childhood dream. I want I’d’ve had this job 20 years in the past,” Baeten mentioned.

A latest job and keenness all wrapped into one, paving the way in which for Baeten to put in writing a latest chapter in life.