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
This is a long read. It felt like a long morning... Before I hit the streets today, I was searching local stores for something I wanted for baking cookies. I was not far from my home when I saw a gentleman I often see. He run and he has two dog that run leashed to his belt. As they were approaching, I saw a shepherd looking dog chasing them and the gentleman trying to get the dog to leave. I pulled up next to them and starting honking my horn hoping to scare the dog off. It did not work so I pulled over. I had treats and was going to try and distract the dog but the jogger seemed to have it under control by then so I continued down the street. That is when I saw another dog. I guess this one was originally running with the other. A woman was standing by that dog but said it wasn’t hers. It was another shepherd. It was friendly enough for me to check for a chip but it did not have one. Even though it seemed to walk find, its foot was bloody. The woman said she would stay with the dog, in hopes of an owner coming by to look for it. (I later found out someone did!). In the meantime, I put in a call to Animal Services. An AC Officer was unable to find the dog chasing the jogger. I hope the owner was able to find this dog too but I am grateful the dog with the injured paw went home... I finally went out about 9am and headed over to Crestmore and Mission. There are encampments on both sides of Mission and I wanted to make stops at two of them. When I got to the first one, I found a dog I have had well checks done on in the past. She was on a very short tether once again and I had words with her companion. Even when I said the dog needed water, she put a bowl out that had dirt in the bottom of the water. After I realized my arguments were not going anywhere, I left food and waters for all three of her dogs and for another dog staying nearby. When I got home, I sent a photo of the dog on the short tether to a Sergeant at DAS and explained the situation today. I had not seen this woman and her dogs since July and I when I found more of the same type of neglect, I knew I had to report again. When I was done at that location, I drove across the street and parked to the side of the bridge. I visited with four dogs there and distributed supplies. I drove through Fairmount Park after that and found a gentleman I know sitting on a bench with his dog. They were living in his car but he totaled it so he was not sure what they were going to do next. I am just glad it is not in the triple digits. From there, I was on my way home when I spotted a gentleman in a doorway on Mission Avenue in Rubidoux. There was a stroller next to him so I knew his dog was there too. I drove up the street, did a u-turn and went back for a visit and to distribute supplies. I only had two bottles of water in the insulated bag and one was the frozen bottle I use to help the others stay cold. I gave them both bottles. When all of the waters are gone, it is always time to call it day. Waters from Niagara Bottling, 60-foot trolley cable tie out, body wipes, puppy training pads, Inaba Churu pops for dogs, wet puppy food, small bag of puppy food, 2-20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 2 small bags of dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully sticks, chicken and cheese sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I was contacted yesterday by someone who wanted to meet this morning. My first stop was for her. She brought one of the dogs to visit and I gave her supplies for her other one as well. When I left that location, I drove through Fairmount Park but when I did not see anyone with pets, I continued driving to Center Street. I thought someone who texted me yesterday was going to be there with her dog but that was not the case. However, there were five other dogs there so I spent time with them. I gave a squealy ball to one of the dogs and while we were playing, it rolled under something so we could not find it. His companion said he would find it later but that dog followed me all the way down the street to where I was parked and then sat behind my vehicle. I guess he was not leaving without something squeaky so I gave him the same plush squeaky toy I had given to another dog there. These pets really know how to get what they want from me. LOL. I was thinking about making another stop but decided to save it for tomorrow. I did drive through Reid Park on my way to run a few personal errands but all I saw was families with children playing sports there so there was no reason to stop... Waters from Niagara Bottling, Inaba Churu pops for dogs, wet cat food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully sticks, kabob chew sticks, squeaky tennis ball and plush squeaky dog toys were shared.
Not sure what is going on but people feeling as if I owe them and that they ‘entitled’ to whatever suits their needs is beyond me. I am talking about a number of people and they are not all homeless…My first stop was at a facility where I went to visit a dog and her companion. There was a woman out front with a beautiful Pitbull. I gave the dog a few treats and then the woman mentioned the dog was in heat. I said she should get the dog spayed. She said she would have a house soon and was breeding the dog. I had all I could do to stay calm but I mentioned all the dogs that are being euthanized in our shelters and that breeding is a horrible idea. She said she already has buyers for the puppies when she breeds. I told her the problem is that when people buy her puppies they do not adopt and then so many lose their lives. She just shrugged her shoulders!! I cannot understand the selfishness, especially after someone provides information about why something is a problem…From there I went over to the Path of Life Ministries Community Shelter and was visiting with some dogs when a text came in. This came from the companion of one of the dog’s that received ‘the works’ on Wednesday. Because her companion did not get to clinic at animal services to pick her up, they did not get a room that night and I did not see the dog yesterday. This woman still seemed to expect a motel room for both nights she was promised, even though the dog was not with her the night she was spayed. I did provide a room last night but she did not check into it until after 8pm. I said I would do my best to make it over there before check out and then she texted me early this morning to say somebody had picked the dog up so she could go to work. She said she could meet me when she went to lunch. I told her that wouldn’t work and to just forget about it. Mind you, all conversations are done in text messages where nobody really knows your tone or intentions. I explained that this whole thing has been king of a mess and that I just hope her dog is doing ok. She soon sent me a Scathing message about how rude I am and how she doesn’t put up with BS from anyone. She just took it from me, because her friend referred her. She then told me I needed to ‘check myself’, because the next person might not be so patient. At this point I had to take a minute to cool off but I did reply that I Do Not take BS from anyone either and that included her and all the frustration she caused the past couple of days. Thankfully, I did not hear back from her but it got me in a mood.....Waters from Niagara Bottling, fleece blanket, medium dog harness, Inaba Churu pops for dogs, wet cat food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of cat food, bully sticks, chicken jerky treats and kabob chew sticks were shared.
Three of the dogs we provided services for yesterday were supposed to spend the night at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. Unfortunately, the companion of one of the dog’s, did not make to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services clinic to pick up her dog. Because of that, only two of the dogs that were spayed spent the night in a room and the other dog had to spend the night in a kennel at animal services. I do not allow people to have a room for the night, unless their pet is with them. If they cannot be responsible enough to pick up their pet on time, then they do not get a room until the have the pet with them. The dog that was not in a room last night will be in one this evening. If I have time, I am going to try to make it over to check on her before they leave there tomorrow. While I was at the motel, I also took a short walk to where another dog lives with her companions. This dog was supposed to get spayed yesterday but the appointment was never confirmed and there was no working phone to call or text. I was told that they could not get a ride. I would have appreciated a heads up about that but with no working phone I guess it wasn’t possible. I am hoping they figure it out for next week because I don’t want this dog to wind up pregnant again. When I left the motel, I drove out to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services to try and get information about the dog that was not picked up but they were in the middle of a power outage and had too much going on. I wound up making a stop at our PO Box and then went home for a few minutes before going back out for my bi-weekly nail appointment. I may not have much of a social life but getting my nails done is something I treat myself to anyway. Waters from Niagara Bottling, Taco Bell gift cards, Inaba Churu ropes for dogs, chicken jerky treats and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I was excited about today. I was going to be making two trips to two different locations in order to take care of the pets I had scheduled. There were two female dogs scheduled for ‘the works’ at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services spay/neuter clinic and then one female cat, one male cat, one female dog and one male dog scheduled for the Mary S. Robert’s Pet Adoption Center spay/neuter clinic. If all had shown up, we would have provided a total of eighteen hundred and one pets with ‘the works’. Unfortunately, the person bringing the female cat had an emergency and we had to reschedule for next week. The male cat named ‘Benito’ was just ‘No Show’ with no call or heads up that they were not going to make it. When all was said and done, we provided services for 3 female dogs and 1 male dog brining our total to date to #1799. We have been spaying/neutering so many pets the past couple of months but due to the expense of that, I had to decrease the numbers. I would still like to go back to doing six or eight per week, if possible and this week we did six. Hopefully, we will get to #1800 next week! I am still grateful for all of the pets we have provided ‘the works’ for as well as other services and assistance over the past 10 and ½ years. “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.” Waters from Niagara Bottling, ARCO fuel cards, wet puppy food, bag of puppy food, 2 small dog collars, leash, small/medium dog collar, wet cat food, mother & baby wet cat food, chicken jerky treats, bully slices, chicken flavored dental sticks and bully sticks were shared.