Five-year-old Shon Griffin is a familiar sight in northeast Philadelphia as he dons super-hero costumes to help care for homeless cats in four locations served by a feline foster and rescue charity called Kolony Kats. The charity was started by his aunts, Kia Griffin and Kris Papiernik, and he helps by handing out treats to about 50 stray cats living behind sheds, in alleys, and at a gas station owned by a cat lover.

                                                                                Courtesy of Kia Griffin and Kris Papiernik
"The first time he wanted to go out with us, we hesitated, because feral cats are shy and easily scared and he was so rambunctious," remembers Papiernik, "but the cats really took to him. Shon simply has a magic touch with cats." Since he dresses as a super-hero, Papiernik and Griffin nicknamed Shon "Catman."