Ready for a feel good story to start your weekend off? At just five-years-old, Shon Griffin is the hero stray cats of Philidelphia needs. That’s right, just five-years-old.

Shon’s aunts, Kris Papiernik and Kia Griffin have spent years fostering cats and working with local rescues. For the last two years, the duo has been trying to get a feral cat named Bug to trust them, so that they could get him neutered and vaccinated. All attempts were unsuccessful … until the Shon “Catman” Griffin showed up!


“[The cats] took to him right away. Bug came right over to Shon, rubbed against his legs, and allowed him to pet him,” Griffin told ABC News. Bug is now neutered and vaccinated and is one of the nicest cats in the neighborhood!

Since his success with Bug, Shon has now been helping his aunts care for 45 feral cats in four different spots in Philidelphia, filling up their food bowls with dry food and ensuring they have clean drinking water. Just like with any caped crusader fighting the good fight, Shon usually dons a superhero costume when on his cat missions. So cute!

“He truly loves them, and they love him back just as much,” Griffin told ABC News. It’s amazing that at only five-years-old, Shon is so committed to a cause. With kids like Shon in the world, the future is looking bright!

Studies find that the earlier a child can begin volunteering, the better. And volunteering with animals can make the impact even stronger. Animal shelters across the world are desperate for help as they are often taking care of the thousands of homeless animals and need extra hands. You can call your local animal shelter and ask about kid-friendly volunteer activities they may offer. If they don’t already have a program set up, don’t fret! There are tons of ways to become an active animal volunteer with children of all ages.