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At Midnight [Jan. 20th, 2019|12:00 am]
The particular bargains they had at the stores today led me to make a fairly large dinner tonight, and now I've got a fairly large mess to clean up. I have bought steak maybe twice a year, but eating it tonight it made me a bit sad since I don't have any kitties to share it with. I always got one big enough that those in the house could each have a bite or two (and Portia usually got a few extra bites, being the queen and all.) I really miss those cats.

The banking will have to wait until Tuesday, as it turns out the bank is closed Monday for the MLK holiday. It's supposed to be dry that day, but it should rain later tonight and tomorrow. The big surprise is that Thursday and Friday will be sunny, and if not warm at least mild for this time of year. I've been complaining about the cold, but the mild days are a reminder that summer in this place can be hellish. I should appreciate the cool while I have it, I guess.

My sister had to go up on the ridge this morning and said that below town (or town site) there was a band of thick fog— actually the clouds that kept the valley gray all day— but once they arrived in Paradise the day was bright and sunny, and a few degrees warmer than Chico. It was probably a pleasant change for the sodden cats and the trappers who are hunting for them. I hope they catch more tonight. I look forward to seeing the photos of the previous night's rescues every day.

[User Picture]From: daphnep
2019-01-20 01:37 pm (UTC)
There are still more cats coming in, then? More being picked up, even now.

Bless the people working on that...what dedication they are showing.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2019-01-21 02:07 am (UTC)
There are still more than a dozen volunteers feeding and watering cats and setting up small shelters built by other volunteers. They also have some night-vision trail cameras set up at some of the feeding stations, capturing video of the animals who come to eat. But unless they are trapping at the request of an owner who has a place for the cat the number they can trap is limited by the number of places available in the animal shelters. There are still hundreds of cats roaming around in the burn zone.

Here is a Facebook post from one of the rescuers about a cat he trapped nine days ago: Shannon Jay.

Edited at 2019-01-21 02:31 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: daphnep
2019-01-29 02:49 pm (UTC)
Okay, well...that just totally made my heart come undone.
What a gorgeous cat, even after such a long time out. What an incredible story.

Donating money, now, because god: what an endeavor. What a valuable service. What hard work...and how much I hope for some reunion story, for you, at some point.
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[User Picture]From: gracegiver
2019-01-20 06:21 pm (UTC)
Sharing your steak with the felines creates a pleasant image and brings a smile to my face.
And happy birthday to you!
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2019-01-21 02:13 am (UTC)
Thanks. The cats liked pork chops, too, which I bought more often since pork is always cheaper than beef.
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