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
We did not have any pets recuperating from spay/neuter surgery at the motel but I still drove out there to give one of the employees some home baked cookies. She is always so helpful and because she enjoys the cookies, it is a perfect way to thank her. While I was there, I stopped at one of the rooms to visit a dog and her companion, before driving to a parking lot across the street to meet two other dogs and their companion. From there I drove out to another location in Jurupa Valley to visit with a family and their four fur babies. I dropped off home baked cookies for the children and left a few supplies for the pets. When I was done, I went home to put my dogs out and then headed over to Riverside Self Storage, Christine Langdon was picking up and delivering our pet food donation from the Star Milling Company (thanks Christine) and I had three other people meeting there to drop off or pick up donations. Nestle Pure Life waters, home baked cookies, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, wet cat food, wet baby/mama kitty food, plush squeaky pet toys, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
Wednesdays are typically our spay/neuter day. We had four dogs and two cats scheduled for 'the works' today. Unfortunately, that all changed yesterday afternoon. I received an email stating that Riverside Animal Services did not have a veterinarian available to do surgeries so we would need to re-schedule. We already have three scheduled for the 17th and they are closed on the 24th which means pushing some appointments to December 1st. It was inconvenient but there was nothing that could be done about it so I tried to reach all of the people who had make arrangements to bring their pets. I was unable to reach two of those people so I knew I would need to drive over to animal services and tell them in person. One of the people was out of cat and dog food so I told her to meet me there too and I would bring supplies. At 7:30am, one of the people I could not reach showed up. I gave them an Arco card to help with the fuel they wasted and a few supplies for the puppy. They agreed to come back next week. The other person I could not reach did not show up but did text so I made arrangements for next week for her as well. The person/people with the two dogs and three cats arrived a little late but made it and I was able to give them needed supplies so it all worked out. Our spay/neuter count will be very low this month but not for my lack of trying to help. Sometimes things come up and we just have to make the best of the situation. That is exactly what I did today. I was also able to get my nails done, meet a friend for lunch and then spend time with my daughter so it was a good day overall! Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, McDonald's gift card, fleece blanket, pet wipes, pet jackets, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, kitty litter, 17pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, wet baby/mama kitty food, bag of baby/mama kitty food, cat harness, cat toy, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, plush squeaky pet toys, rope pet toys, large pet beds, chicken jerky treats, bully slices, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I had two appointments this morning at Kaiser which meant my time on the streets was going to depend on how long those appointments took. When I left Kaiser, I went home to grab waters for the streets and then headed out. I drove through Fairmount Park and over to the Salvation Army but did not find anyone with pets so I kept driving until I reached one of the river bottom outlets in Jurupa Valley that is in an industrial area. I visited with three pets there and then drove to another river bottom outlet near Crestmore and the Mission Avenue Bridge. I visited with two more pets, distributed needed supplies and continued on Mission looking for someone who is usually around Pacific Avenue. I did not see them and I was running out of time so I went to our PO Box, picked up a couple of donations that were there and headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, hand warmers, body wipes, toilet tissue, pet wipes, large pet jackets, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, large pet beds, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
Last Friday while I was on the Eastside visiting pets on Massachusetts, I was asked for a dog jacket. The pet was not with his companion and I told him we would have to try the jackets on. I agreed to meet with him this morning. As soon as I pulled up to park, I saw a dog named 'Koda' and there was another dog named 'Bella Blue' in her companion's vehicle. I was with them for awhile but I did eventually get to the little dog needing the jacket and I am happy to say I had one that fit. When I left that location, I drove to Hunter Park and Redi Park but nobody with pets was at either place. I had a pet car seat that I wanted to give to someone living in her vehicle with two small dogs. I texted her as soon as I realized she was not at Hunter Park. I was on my way to a side street in Colton where there were people with pets. She knew them and agreed to meet me there. I spent the rest of my time with all of them. My next stop was our PO Box in Jurupa Valley. I never made it over there Friday or Saturday and there were quite a few packages waiting for us. One of the employees helped me take all of the items out of the boxes, because I did not have room in my vehicle for the number of boxes we received. Once that was done, everything fit easily inside and I was able to go home to unload and reload for tomorrow's travels. Nestle Pure Life waters, hand warmers, pet car seat, disposable emergency blankets, dry pet shampoo, pet wipes, Tiller Tugs leash, Tiller Tugs tug toys, pet jackets, pet bed, chicken jerky treats, squeaky plush dog toy, bully slices, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I made three trips this morning. The first was to the store to buy up a few groceries, The second was to the Rescue Food Bank in Loma Linda where I picked up a pallet of pet supplies. My vehicle was full, so I drove straight to our storage units to unload most of it, before going home. When I got home, I unloaded the rest and then re-stocked for today's travels. I was supposed to meet my first person and pet in the parking lot of the Department of Animal Services but when I texted to confirm, I was told the companion hurt her knee and couldn't make the walk. That freed me up to go visit 'Cali' in the parking lot of the bowling alley on Arlington. From there, I had to drive to one of the river bottom outlets off of Rubidoux Avenue and Old Ranch Road. I scheduled a meeting with a gentleman whose dog is going in for 'the works' on Wednesday. He did not know if she was previously micro-chipped and I wanted to know before surgery day. Someone else came up with her little dog so I had an opportunity to visit with them too. I distributed needed supplies and then go back on the road to search for 'Kawasaki' and her companion. I drove around all the different areas I usually find them but I had no luck so I just headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, hand warmers, body wipes, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, Tiller Tugs leash, Tiller Tugs tug toy, Zippy Paws safety vest, pet jackets, pet beds, large stainless steel pet dish, anti ant pet tray, chicken jerky treats, squeaky plush dog toy, bully slices, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.