And a beautiful St. Patrick's day it was - temperatures in the 70's for the first time this year. People in shorts out jogging, lots of people taking their dogs for walks, etc.

And Feral Fixers had 10 more cats fixed today. All of them were ferals. One had, what appeared to be, an injured front paw. When the vet surgeons took a closer look at it though, they found that it was deformed, not injured. A couple of toe bones appeared to be missing. The cat is surviving (and seemingly thriving) with this issue, so I guess it's not as bad as it looks.

Chicago recently privatized their parking meters. The company that now owns the rights to them has been busy going around the city jacking up the parking rates. They have finally got to the meters on 26th street, in front of the PAWS-Chicago Spay / Neuter clinic. The rates used to be 25 cents for an hour. Now its 25 cents for 15 minutes, a big increase to be sure. I resigned myself to using the parking lot in back of the PAWS building more often, but now I'm starting to wonder if this increased rate just might be a good thing for us. People don't linger in the parking places any longer than they have to now. For my last two trips to PAWS to pick up cats, including today, parking spots have opened up right in front of PAWS, just as I was getting our cats returned to me. I quickly took the first two traps back to my car, in the lot in back, and then drove around the building, hoping that the spot was still open. Both days it has, and its been a big help in loading up the rest of the cats. Maybe I've just gotten lucky these last two trips, but I'm not complaining ☺

With these 10 cats, Feral Fixers has now done 79 cats in March, 123 for the year and 736 since we started work.

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