Shop cat

Meet Freon. She is the shop cat and official mascot at Cool Car Auto Air in Columbus, Georgia. As you can see from the photo she also manages the cash register making sure  the folks at Cool Car keep enough cash around for cheeseburgers.

Freon was born three years ago in an abandoned customer’s car in the rear of the lot. She was one of five kittens living in the back seat and the trunk. The mother abandoned the kittens so MACS member and animal lover Gus Swensen started feeding them at about
2-3 weeks old. The cats were feral and would run away when approached with the food but would eat when the humans went back to work.

This particular cat was more social than the rest of her siblings so when the food was all gone and her siblings went to sleep with full bellies she would very carefully venture to the shop door and look in. “Of course my guys would then give her additional food and from then on she became the shop cat,” Gus explains. “One of my customers actually named her Freon.”

She had the run of the shop (5000 sq.ft.) until she got big enough to set off the alarm system at night. She now sleeps in the office in her own bed watching her own big screen TV.

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

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The 32nd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Convention and Trade Show will take place January 18-20, 2012 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.


About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.
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