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 winds were gusting this morning so I decided to limit my time on the streets to two hours today. I was mainly interested in giving someone their AnimalVictory.org 'Holiday Love Bag' and checking on the status of a dog that might have been impounded yesterday. When I went to the Jurupa Valley river bottom outlet to meet the companion of a couple of kitties and a dog, she was not there. I was able to visit with two other dogs on that street but not the family I went there for. One of the people I was going to visit did not seem to be awake yet so I did not knock on the trailer they sleep in. I wish I had because there is a chance they might have been able to avoid a bad situation. I was told there was a candle burning which may have been knocked down by the dog. The companion and dog got out but the trailer actually blew up afterwards and the dog went running. The companion went to the hospital and people were going to start looking for the dog in the river bottom. Late this afternoon I got word that the companion was admitted to the hospital and the dog was found. I will be dropping food off to the person caring for her tomorrow or Monday... After visiting with the two dogs at that location, I drove out to another area of Jurupa Valley and visited a family with two dogs and two cats. When we were done, it was just about time to get home. I ran a quick personal errand and called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, McDonald's gift cards, hand warmers, Large Snack Bags with a variety of beef and cheese sticks, beef sticks, cracker packs, cookie packs, chicken salad snack packs and canned pastas, Holiday Love Bag from AnimalVictory.org, Vetericyn wound care spray, individual bags of dog treats, Inaba Churus for cats, chicken jerky treats for dogs, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Christmas pet toys and bully sticks were shared.
I made my usual Friday morning stop at Fairmount Park but there were no people there with pets and it did not seem like the woman bringing the oatmeal was coming. I went directly from the park to Massachusetts on the Eastside but nobody was outside with their pets so I continued driving to Colton. I was asked to bring dog food to someone and I was able to do that and give away one of the final four AnimalVictory.org 'Holiday Love Bags'. I was going to go to Hunter Park next but stopped at Reid Park first. There is a gentleman living in his van with his dog. I saw the dog pop his head up when I pulled into the parking lot so I parked. The companion was sick and did not want to get out of the van but the driver's side window was open a bit and I was able to give the dog a toy, treats and a bully stick. I also left supplies on the hood of the van for both of them. Next was Hunter Park but when I did not see anyone I knew there I drove around the corner and visited with 'Solo'. While I was leaving, I received a text from the companion of 'Scamp' and 'Joey'. They were not at the park but they were close to where I was so I headed their way. With the exception of running an errand and checking our PO Box, those were my final stops for 2021. I am so Grateful that I was healthy and able to stay on the streets 24/7 this year. I am hoping for more of the same in 2022! Nestle Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, McDonald's gift cards, Subway gift card, socks, hand warmers, Large Snack Bags with a variety of beef and cheese sticks, beef sticks, cracker packs, cookie packs, chicken salad snack packs and canned pastas, Holiday Love Bag from AnimalVictory.org, squeaky Kong tennis ball, chicken jerky treats for dogs,2-20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, Christmas pet toys, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.
We rented five rooms last night with funds leftover from the money we collected prior to Christmas. Nine pets and their companions were able to sleep in a warm comfortable environment thanks to the generosity if out supporters. When I went to the motel, I visited with five of the nine pets. I distributed supplies and AnimalVictory.org 'Holiday Love Bags'. When I left the motel, I went to the parking lot across the street. 'Midnight' was there with a gentleman who began taking care of her when her companion went to the hospital on Christmas Eve. He is struggling with caring for the dog so I put a call in to a Sgt. Sanders at Riverside County Animal Services to inquire about the program that helps pets of the homeless in this situation. The person in charge of that program is on vacation but he said he would do what he could to assist. He wound up sending an AC Officer to pick up the dog for us and then I got word from someone I had called earlier. She said she found someone to watch the dog. So, she went to RCAS and was able to get the dog, before she was taken inside. It all worked out! When I was leaving that location, I headed across town to our storage units. I am going Sunday to meet a couple of people and pick up supplies but I knew I would run out of the large bags of dog food before then so I went today. From there it was the post office and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, McDonald's gift cards, socks, fleece blankets, hand warmers, Large Snack Bags with a variety of beef and cheese sticks, beef sticks, cracker packs, cookie packs, chicken salad snack packs and canned pastas, Holiday Love Bag from AnimalVictory.org, chicken jerky treats for dogs, 3 large pet jackets, Max and Neo dog leash, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, wet cat food, wet dog food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Christmas pet toys, small bag of dog food, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
I want to start this post by sharing some Gratitude, as the rest may not reflect all of my appreciation. We had funds left from Christmas/Christmas Eve and were able to rent 5 more motel rooms this evening. I am not exactly sure but there are somewhere between 6 and 9 pets in those rooms. I will have the correct count tomorrow but regardless of whether it is six or nine. There are people and pets out of the rain and the cold thanks to our recent fundraising efforts for this purpose……Now on to the rest of the day and how the year is winding down…..Our final count for 'the works' in 2021 was 192. We normally do at least 200 each year but Animal Services closed the calendar to us one day in November and two days in December which meant a possible 18 pets would not be getting their surgeries there. Add that to the number of no-shows we have had and it is pretty incredible that we were able to do the number we did. We had three neutered at VanBuren Animal Hospital but that is not the volume we are accustomed to. Our last pet of 2021 was supposed to get neutered today. Yesterday, his companions brought him over an hour late to get him chipped, vaccinated, flea&tick treated and a fecal exam. The cost was close to $150.00. I normally don't do that until the day of surgery or after a pet is already spayed and neutered but I thought this would be most efficient. Sometimes if people get the chip and vaccinations, they are happy to skip the neuter. That is not how we do things. Yesterday's services turned out to be a mistake and once again I was reminded why I have set rules for these things. The companions have two phone numbers but neither was working. I sat in front of the vet's office for forty-five minutes and finally left. I told Shirley to let me know if they showed. They never did. This is never what I want to happen and especially not how I wanted to end our spay/neuter surgeries for the year but there was nothing I could do about it. I will be sure to 'stick to the rules' from now on and stop trying so hard to make it even easier for the people we serve when all it does is put more stress on me. The stress comes with the territory (so to speak) but when I follow the guidelines set for Taking It To The Streets, people try harder because they know they will not get what they want if they don't. "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."
We have one pet scheduled for neuter surgery tomorrow at Van Buren Animal Hospital. It will be our last spay/neuter surgery for the year. The plan was to get the dog microchipped, vaccinated and flea/tick treated at the clinic this morning. It is cheaper there and even though I don't like spreading the services out between two days it is the best way to do it until we return to the Department Of Animal Services on January 5th to resume surgeries there. We were not supposed to meet until 10:00am so I told a couple of people that I would meet them in the parking lot of the Jurupa Valley Motel6 between 8:30 and 9:00am. I did meet them and then headed over to the clinic. I waited for thirty minutes but nobody showed so I drove to our PO Box and then home. I needed to pay for our 2022 Jurupa Valley Business Tax Permit so I grabbed the paperwork and headed to Jurupa Valley City Hall. While I was there, I received a phone call around 11:00am that the people and pet I was waiting for earlier had finally shown up. I approved payments for what needed done and I will meet the dog tomorrow. I also started a list of reservations for the motel on Wednesday night. We still had money for a few more rooms and the rain which has been on and off is supposed to return in full force on Wednesday and Thursday. I am trying to get rooms for those who missed out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If this winter continues to be a cold and wet one, I may be trying to raise more funds next month for the same purpose. For now, I am working on the funds we have and who they can help. Nestle Pure Life waters, umbrella, knit gloves, hand warmers, Holiday Love Bag from AnimalVictory.org, chicken jerky treats for dogs, small fleece pet jackets, Christmas pet sweater, Inaba Churus for cats, wet cat food, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.