A new video shows a young woman going about her day silently. We hear a voice introduce her to us as Jordan, a person with nonverbal autism. We watch her communicate without speaking and never vocalize — that is, until black cats or kittens are around.
The touching new video on Rumble contrasts the early quiet clips of Jordan with those of her brightening and vocalizing as she holds and plays with black cats and kittens. She works with the cats at Found Animals Adopt And Shop in Culver City, California, where she expresses pure joy in the presence of the animals she loves.
“Jordan loves to work with our cats, especially the black cats — those are her favorite,” says a volunteer coordinator named Julia, whose last name was not given.
It’s clear she’s fallen in love with them. Where she was silent before, she can’t stop talking about “kitty, kitty, kitty” while she plays with an adult cat in one of the socialization rooms at the facility.
“Where is blackest kittens?” she asks of another volunteer, later in the video. When the volunteer brings her a tiny, fluffy black kitten she greets it with, “Hello, kittens.”
The two hug and play together in the room. A lot of cuddling and laughing follows.
Through a partnership with Mychal’s Learning Place, a non-profit program that offers daily services for developmentally disabled students to help them learn to live independently, Found Animals was able to give Mychal’s student Jordan a reason to talk. And smile. And feel pure joy.