Kris Papiernik and Kia Griffin always looking forward to a visit from their nephew, Shon, because it only means one thing – go to the streets and take care of the stray cats.
The kind-hearted 5-year-old boy has an unbelievable drive to help homeless cats and make sure they feel better when he is around.
Meet the 5-year-old Superhero, Shon!
“We’ve been a big part of his life ever since he was born,” says the independent cat rescuer Papiernik to The Dodo. “If he was with us, he was around cats. He follows our lead.”
For the last decade, Papiernik and Griffin have been looking after more than 40 stray kitties in some of the roughest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. They frequently feed them and rehome those who have potential to become house cats, while the others are just too feral to be adopted. However, they are doing everything that they can to help in any way possible.
When Papiernik and Griffin noticed that the 5-year-old has some interest in helping out stray cats, the two were not really sure if it’s a good idea.
“We were a little hesitant at first because they’re feral cats, and we thought they’re going to run from a rambunctious 3-year-old,” Papiernik said.
However, Shon surprised both of them.
“It was the total opposite — they just gravitated to him,” Papiernik said. “He’d scratch their bellies and scratch their heads. It was amazing to see these cats who wouldn’t even allow us to touch them, but immediately took to him. He must have this magical effect that the cats can pick up.”
Shon is a star to all the cat colonies in the nearby areas. To them, he is a superhero and a friend. One of the cats who enjoys Shon’s company is Bug. He was one of the first kitties whom the boy managed to charm.
“We couldn’t get Bug neutered or anything because he wouldn’t come to us, and he wouldn’t come near the trap,” Papiernik said. “But when Shon came around and started feeding him, Bug came immediately to him and, ever since then, Bug has been a friendly cat.”
“Sometimes he likes to dress up,” Papiernik said. “He said it makes him feel like a superhero for animals.”
Shon wants to be on the street with these cats all the time.
“If it’s raining or cold or he can’t go, he gets really upset,” Papiernik said.
“He cries, and it really hurts him hard.”
Shon is going to be a great human dad!
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H/T: The Dodo