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Cat in a homeless camp. by awesome43 Cat in a homeless camp. by awesome43
I found this sleepy cat near his makeshift shelter on the side of the road near a homeless camp. It tells the story of friendship between homeless people and their pet cat. Although they have very little for themselves including shelter and food, they have made sure that their cat has food and shelter. In my opinion this is the essence of true friendship.

The original photo was very wide and there was an ugly space between the cat and the makeshift shelter box. There was a lot of trash and weeds etc... I cropped it out to make 2 photos and blended them into one photo so Kitty could be closer to the shelter box. I also used some tools in P.S to make it look a nicer place for Kitty to live in while leaving a few weeds for authenticity.

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LayaboutJoe Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013

This is a fine photograph, Denyse; and you did an admirable job of reinforcing its message via editing.  It's good of you to point out the fact homeless people take care of their companion animals!  Thank you.  (I was homeless myself for a time and witnessed the caring attitude you observed.  Your compassion for those who've slipped through mainstream society's cracks is greatly appreciated.)

:heart: :hug: :heart:
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Thank you so much Joe.:heart: Because I am surrounded by homeless people here due to the very mild weather here in California. I encounter them each and every day. My husband and I have make food for them on occasion and drive around handing them sandwiches beverages and during the holidays we have purchased lunch bags that I fill with an article of clothing either a pair of socks, a knit hat, a pair of warm gloves or even a rain poncho or some toiletries what ever I can get my hands on cheaply. I also add a few cookies and maybe candy bar and once the bag is full I fold the top down, punch a couple of holes through the flap and thread a ribbon through the holes and tie a nice bow. I draw a big red heart on each one. It is something we all can do, it is really not very expensive at all. You know it can be whatever you can handle even a few cookies will be appreciated for sure and a smile.  I always make it a point to smile at the homeless. So many people look the other way. Remember to give them something for their pets as well. 
We are all the same Joe it is just that some of us are better at this than others. I am glad you are in a better place now. :iconheart4uplz:
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LayaboutJoe Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013

I'm very pleased to learn of your kindnesses to homeless people, Denyse.  I thank you for caring and—more importantly—helping.  Indeed, as you've pointed out, most people just look the other way; and I'm guessing that's because they fear the tiny inner voice which whispers "This might be you!" whenever a homeless person hoves into view.

:sprint:

No matter the manner of their various facades, which they've adopted for many reasons, I believe all homeless people are thankful for every kindness shown them.  Some have lost the will to momentarily abandon a tough survival exterior so as to display the small courtesies they once practiced; but if they ever get past their situation of homelessness, such mannerisms will begin to come back to them.

:pray:

As you surely know, corporations used to help charitable and social-services efforts; but a new generation of executives took over the corporate class during the 1980s, one which insists upon upbeat publicity in exchange for even the most meager help.  Plus our increasingly-gentrified urban areas are populated nowadays by those who consider homelessness a blot on "their" city's image, so local mainstream media of communication are discouraged from publicizing anything having to do with homeless people—unless, of course, it's news which reinforces illogical bigotries and worn-out stereotypes pertaining to the unfortunate.

:cry:

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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
It is a sad commentary on this as you mentioned. I am appalled when I see so many here where I live who have no home, no food and especially no warm clothes when we do get cold and wet weather here. I am also sad for those and many do, who suffer from mental illness and cannot get the help they need including countless veterans. It is a shame on this Country that we do not care for those who served us so valiantly and now so many look away when they see one of them not only homeless but missing limbs. They just walk by their wheelchairs in their rush to spend more money on frivolous Items that will be tossed in the garbage when they get bored with them. :icontearsplz:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww, I can't understand why I never realized this one before! :faint:
Anyway, beautiful image and an equally beautiful story. :heart:
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Thank you so much :iconteaplz:. It is a very touching story indeed. I am happy you found it and thank you very much for commenting.
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am happy I found it, too! :w00t:
And you are welcome, such a pleasure for me.
:huggle:

[I wonder if I can find an "emote" for Denyse! ;) ]
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
:wave: Hi :iconteaplz:

Nope maybe somebody can make one :lol:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Someone should!
I wish I knew how to make them, but not my area. ;)
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
:wave: Hi :iconteaplz: I think I lucked out with yours because there is a beverage with the name tea so that is why I was able to get it. But you and I and others on DA understand that it means the TEA that is you.:iconsomehugsplz:
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Vissyscrafts Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The big cat is hiding!
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
For sure. It seemed very content hiding behind the weeds and very healthy looking as well. The homeless people were taking very good care of this wonderful cat.
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Zynnanna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely photo
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Thanks you very much. It always makes me happy when it is appreciated by those who view it.
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Zynnanna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome to see the cat wanted to be homeless and not to live in a fancy house well done
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Thank you for appreciating my artwork.
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KaijuKim Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute cat<3
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Thanks. It is really a cute healthy cat. It is well taken care of by the homeless people who camp near there.
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CaveCritter Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha what a cute cat! i wish there wasnt grass covering its face though
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I think it liked the idea of hiding a bit and felt safer with the grass in front there. I tried to edit it out so we could see its face but it just looked worse so I decided to leave it as it is.
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BongoSkillz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dawwww cute wittle putty Tat
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Sure is. It is really well taken care of by the homeless people. Very content in this environment with the shelter and food. It is obvious the homeless love their kitty.
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
He looks so content. I'm glad there are those who are looking out for him enough to make a shelter for him. Maybe someday he'll get a real home :)
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I do hope that the homeless people living there will find a place to live. I am sure they will take the cat with them if they do. The cat is part of their family and as you can see they take very good care of their cat. They do not have a shelter but kitty does. Such an emotional site. I was on a trip so I have no idea what is going on now with them. Sadly this is going on throughout our Country these days with such high unemployment. Hopefully things will improve.
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sleighbelles Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! I totally thought this was a white tiger or something. Haha. Great job!
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Well it is a very large well fed sleepy cat. LOL
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oukamiyoukai45 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student General Artist
it looks like a trap to me

but you did a very good job only thing i would say is not to copy sections of the ground that are close to each other becuase for a mintue there i thought i was going crazy
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Rest assured that this was not a trap. what I deleted from the photo was mostly trash generated by the homeless people living a few feet away. There was plenty of food and water for the cat. As you can see it is very well fed.
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oukamiyoukai45 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student General Artist
he does look rather pleased with himself
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Yes he is very well fed and has a nice little place to hang out.
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I never would have guessed that this was two photos. Very nicely done. :clap:

I hope the kitty finds a happy home, along with all the other homeless :(
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I hope so too. Thanks for the nice comments.
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow: :hug:
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VikyR Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Sweet =) The cat found the best place for rest ))
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I think so too.
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AProtas Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sleeping in shadow) nice)
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Thanks. I think it is very comfortable there.
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AProtas Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
course)
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raqueruru Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Thank you very much.
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ShadowMystorm Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
That's so sad <3
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Yes it is very sad that there are so many homeless people in this world. It is amazing how well they take care of their pets always putting them first to make sure they are well fed and safe.
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ShadowMystorm Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
indeed ;)
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gjhr Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the edits are very good I didn't know there was any edituntil I read the description
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Thank you very much. I am so happy you feel that way.
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hui-li Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice revisions you made to make it look like this. If you didn't mention that, I would not have known, this is so seamlessly integrated.
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Thank you very much. I am teaching myself so this is a very nice compliment.
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hui-li Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, so far, you're doing good.

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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Thanks.
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hui-li Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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