Thursday, September 10, 2009

Street Youth

Street Youth

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A young woman and her cat were sitting at a downtown corner and I was amazed at how calm the cat remained despite traffic sounds and people moving all about. I have a similarly handsome black cat, and he would have been cowering under the nearest available shelter if he'd heard even a smidgen as much noise. She told me she had hand raised her cat since it was a small kitten and that he was very used to the downtown bustle. His name is Cybin (as in Psilocybin), and he wears a little sweater harness and leash to keep him safe. It's obvious why he is a very contented companion with such a sweet person caring for him. A moment later his eyes were closed in a very contented expression and he was purring away. Info on help for Seattle's street youth is here, and Katia, a photographer I have admired for years who loves and works with street youth has this blog and uses donations for direct aid.

14 comments:

Clueless in Boston said...

I might have entitled this post: "Pretty in fur."

Elizabeth Bradley said...

What a gorgeous cat!

Maya said...

Awww, both girl and cat are very cute and calm looking.

Steffe said...

A cool cat. So this young girl is homeless?

brattcat said...

This is such a beautiful shot, Kim. You make us want to reach out to both the girl and her cat. I wonder how many of us actually will.

Leeds daily photo - Paul said...

Interesting name for a cat, though I do know where she is coming from, just not my style.
Cute cat, I like his little jacket.
I had to read both the links to see what you meant by street youth. She has a nice smile. I find words fail me with some situations.

Birdman said...

Funny shot! Love the kitties!

cara said...

I find the whole dressing your cat up and taking it for a walk a bit bizarre... but it's a fabulous shot!

carolyn said...

Bless you, Kim. Years ago, I was a mom whose son, then himself on the edge, had friends on the street. In the ensuing years I have learned much from his compassion. Thanks so much, for caring and for showing it in this beautiful photo of a loving young woman and her kitten.

Gunn White said...

You found some beautiful models, and told us a story that whereever we are we will take with us today. Thanks!

Bibi said...

This is a really sweet portrait of kitty and mistress. I love the cat's garb. Bibi is freaked by city noises, a real sissy.

Shell Sherree said...

How beautifully well he is loved and cared for. So touching. My little black cat would be cowering like yours, Kim!

Jazzy said...

lovely lovely capture!

Kate said...

Great portrait, Kim. It is both joyful and sweet. I have a friend who faithfully helps cook and serve food to street youth in a beautiful church in Minneapolis. I think that she get great satisfaction from her voluhnteer work. And the meals are close to gourmet!!