Welcome to Taking it to the Streets with Lori and Shira where our mission and passion is to Spread a Little Kindness each day! Please join us in our efforts in Riverside, California to bring donated food and pet supplies to the dogs and cats living on the streets and snacks, water and toiletries for their homeless companions. Our supporters help us to provide spay & neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchips and county licenses for these street pets.
Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira was a concept that began by Shira's concerns about stray animals on the streets and grew into a larger concern in March 2012 for the homeless pets we call 'street dogs' and the people who care for them. For many these animals are the only unconditional love and loyalty they receive...read more
The rain was supposed to let up this morning but it didn't. It literally puts a 'damper' on things but I always go out anyway and do what I can. My first stop was at Fairmount Park. 'Scamp' and 'Joey' were the only two dogs at that location so I did not spend as much time there as I usually do but it did give me time to go to the Eastside. I went to Redi Park, where I visited with 'Rex' and then to Hunter Park' where I visited with 'CoCo' and 'Ulani'. I drove over to Massachusetts by the Access Center and the pallet houses but nobody was outside. I also drove around University Avenue but had no luck there either. I did see someone I knew but she was getting on a bus with her dog so I decided to run a couple of errands near Magnolia Center. When I pulled into the shopping center, I immediately noticed the woman and the dog that I had seen getting on the bus. I pulled into a parking spot so we could visit and so I could give them a few needed supplies. They had been staying in the pallet houses but went out of town and were gone too long for their bed to be held so they are literally on the streets. Their City Net case worker is off today, so there isn't much that can be done until Monday. They were soaking wet which made me sad but she said a friend was going to come and pick them up so they could dry off. After I ran into Rite Aid and Ralphs, I headed to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley and then went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, umbrella, large bag of recyclables, protein bars, canned ravioli, ARCO fuel card, fleece blanket, collapsible pet dish, pet wipes, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba churus for dogs, chicken jerky treats, peanut butter bully chew stick, cows ears, bully stick and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I spent this morning at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. The gentleman with the three cats left the motel before I arrived, even though I said I wanted to check on the cats. The only reason I gave them a room was to do that so I was disappointed they left before I arrived at 9am. I knew one of the dogs would not be around but she was not in need of a room so I was not worried about her. I did have someone meet me there with a puppy that needs rescue as soon as possible. I visited with one of the dogs that received 'the works' yesterday as well as a dog that I normally visit at a different location. That dog was with her companion getting ready to get on the bus. There was a motor home in the lot with a family we have helped out with their pets. I visited with the two dogs and two kittens before calling it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, soft pet carrier, puppy pads, disposable masks, wet puppy food, small bag of dry dog food, squeaky dog toy, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, wet kitten food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, cat toys, chicken jerky treats, Yak cheese stick, peanut butter bully slice and kabob chew sticks were shared.
We had six pets scheduled for 'the works' today. Two of those were dogs and the other four were cats. One of the cats turned out to be sick and was not neutered but we will bring him back at a later date. The gentleman bringing three cats said he was running a few minutes late and the woman bringing a cat and a friend's dog said she got stuck in traffic. The other dog was supposedly being carried from the river bottom and I was told they left around 7am to make it by 7:30am. The three cats showed up at about 7:45am, the woman carrying her puppy showed up around 8am (after going to Mary S. Roberts first by mistake) and the final two showed up a few minutes after 8am. The bottom line is that everyone made it which makes for a great start to my day. I brought some home baked cookies for the staff and hung around until the last two were getting checked in. I had a dentist appointment and still had to go home to put my own dogs out but I was able to get to both things and on time. The biggest 'snag' was that the gentleman with the three cats fed them all this morning, even though he was told not to feed them after 10 or 11 pm last night. Thankfully the clinic still took them in for surgery but said the pick-up time would have to be later than usual due to the surgery having to be done a little later. "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter."
Two days ago, I received a call from someone who was requesting 'the works' for a puppy. I said I had room this week but would prefer to see him prior to the appointment so we met this morning in the parking lot of Riverside Animal Services. The person who had him said he came from an abusive situation and he was definitely showing signs of fearfulness but he looked fine physically so his appointment is set. When I left Animal Services, I drove across town to the Salvation Army and Fairmount Park. Nobody with pets was at either place but I did find people with pets at a nearby location in Jurupa Valley. My final stop was at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I needed to drop off supplies, visit with a couple of pets and get information on two other pets that will be receiving 'the works' tomorrow. When that was accomplished, I made a quick run to the post office, the grocery store and got to the house just in time to wave good bye to my daughter who had to go home and get changed for work. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, small dog leash, medium dog leash, small dog collar, wet puppy food, small bag of dry dog food, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, small stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, plush squeaky dog toy, pet wipes, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba tuna for cats, wet cat food, chicken jerky treats, dog bone and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I had a 7:45 optometry appointment at Kaiser this morning so I was not sure if I was going to be able to do any 'street work' today. My daughter came to the house to keep the dogs company and so I would not have to hurry home. I thought I was going to be waiting for my glasses to get made while I waited as that is what they always did at Lenscrafters but that is not how it works at Kaiser. The wait it 4 to 6 weeks so I was done much sooner than I anticipated. I left with my old glasses which are still fine for now. I will go back when all three pair of the new ones come in. When I left Kaiser, I drove home to say hello to my daughter, finished loading my vehicle with supplies and took the freeway to the Eastside of Riverside. I drove through Reid Park, a few side streets in Colton and then back through Reid Park. The second time I did the park drive, I spotted 'Solo' and his companion so I stopped. From there I headed over to Massachusetts Avenue and parked between 'The Place' and the pallet houses. I visited with two dogs and then drove back out to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley before calling it a day and going home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, body wipes, dry pet shampoo, pet wipes, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet cat food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, pigs' ears, large bones and a large Kong squeaky tennis ball were shared.