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
Recently, I received a text from a group of people who live in the river bottom. They identify themselves as coming from 'the rock pile' so I always know what pets are in need. We planned to meet this morning. I was expecting three pets to be there but a fourth followed them so we put a leash on him and I sent food for him too. After our visit, I headed to our storage units to pick up more large bags of pet food. I received another text from someone who stays in her van on the Eastside. I told her I looked for her yesterday but wasn't going back that way today. She agreed to bring the dog to Shamel Park which is not far from our storage units. After I loaded my vehicle, I drove to the park. We visited and I distributed needed supplies before heading to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley. I thought a package might have arrived today but it didn't. I called it a day and went home... Bottled waters, cans of ravioli, rain ponchos, hand and toe warmers, k-9 hip and joint chews, handmade pet jacket, trolly tie out cable, small bag of senior dog food, small bag of small bites for small dogs dog food, small bag of AvoDerm dog food, 2 small bags of AvoDerm cat food, Inaba Churus dogs, 3-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, individual bags of dog treats, bully sticks and buffalo tendons were shared.
One of the people whose dog we have provided service for asked if we could use dog and cat food. His sister works at a warehouse, and they wanted to donate to an animal charity. We are almost always in need of the small bags, so I said yes. This morning, I drove to the Eastside and picked up the food. I think there were 18 bags of cat food and 12 bags of dog food. (I actually distributed four bags of the dog food and two bags of the cat food on today's travels). I was supposed to meet another person and her dog, while I was there but they were a no show. I was not too far from a couple of dogs I don't get to visit very often so I went there next. When we were done, I drove through downtown Riverside and Rubidoux. I did not find anyone with pets so I continued to an area of Jurupa Valley near Agate Park. I visited with three dogs and a kitty and distributed supplies for them as well as other kitties that are part of their family. I thought I was done for the day and was just going to stop at CircleK for fuel but when I pulled up to the pump, I saw a dog and her companion across the parking lot. When I got out of my vehicle, she came running over. As soon as I was done at the pump, I moved my vehicle and parked by them. We visited and I distributed a few supplies. The companion is having oral surgery next week. He did not get a room this past week, when we did rainy day rooms so I told him we would get him and his dog one on Wednesday, if needed. He will most likely be in a lot of pain and this will give him and the dog a break from the cold evening temperatures... Bottled waters, cans of ravioli, Max and Neo fleece, rain ponchos, hand and toe warmers, large stainless steel pet bowl, Inaba Twins for cats, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, 1 small bag of senior dog food, 3 small bags of dog food, 2 small bags of cat food, bully sticks, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, individual bags of dog treats and buffalo tendons were shared.
The rain seems to have finally passed for a few days but it was replaced with wind. I am not a fan of the wind either but at least I was able to stay dry... Somebody recently posted a photo of a dog and his companion in the Rubidoux area. We have been providing services for them for many years so I looked to find out what was needed. It seems the two of them were soaked and cold and the poster was looking for someone to help with a motel room. I could not comment directly but asked a friend if she would send a message asking the person to call me. I never received a call so I was not sure what happened. Yesterday, I saw the dog and his companion. Unfortunately, I was on my way to storage to wait for our pet food from the Star Milling Company. Because I was going to Grand Terrace this morning, I drove around the area I am usually able to find this duo. I tried for about thirty minutes but was unsuccessful. At this point, if I don't see them on any of my future travels, I will have to wait for someone to make contact. When I realized I was not going to find them, I proceeded to Grand Terrace and stopped at an encampment there. I visited with six pets and provided them with supplies. Nobody else came up from the river bottom and I did not want to walk that far by myself. When I left that location, I drove to Rialto to pickup an online order and then headed back to Jurupa Valley where I stopped at our PO Box. I knew we had packages coming so I wanted to get them. I did just that and then called it a day... Bottled waters, cans of ravioli, rain ponchos, socks, hand and toe warmers, large stainless steel pet bowl, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for cats, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, handmade pet jacket, bully sticks, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats and buffalo tendons were shared.
Our most recent 'Shelter From The Rain' online fundraiser gave me the opportunity to pay for 9 motel rooms, last night. There were approximately 15 pets in those rooms. I was able to meet with and photograph most of them, before I had to leave to unload our monthly pet food donation from the Star Milling Company. Others were offered the same opportunity but either did not have rides/ID's or both. The next time the rain hits, I will try again for those who missed a warm, comfy night. When I left the motel, I drove across town to our storage units to meet Seth Cox. He was kind enough to pick up/deliver and help unload 670 pounds of pet food from the Star Milling Company. In addition, he brought donations of his own. I was planning to go by our PO Box, because some people said they sent a few things but my vehicle was full so I will go tomorrow... Bottled waters, puppy training pads, dry goat's milk, hand and toe warmers, emergency blankets, fleece blankets, small bag of small bites dog food, small leash, small and medium Max and Neo Dog Gear collars, two medium stainless steel pet bowls, 3-17 pound bags of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, Inaba Churus, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, cat harness and leash set, small leash, medium leash, handmade pet jackets, pet chew toy, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and buffalo tendons were shared.
We are still expecting more rain later tonight but then there is supposed to be a break for the following six days. The sun was shining this morning so I was finally able to try to get back on track with things. Before I even left the house, I spoke to some people in one of the river bottom encampments and made motel reservations for five+ people and pets at that location. I also made a reservation for someone who stays on the eastside. On my way to Fairmount Park, I took a little detour to drop off a bag of goodies to Becky Torres who is the wife of our 'web master' Ralph Torres. Once that was done, I headed to the park. Most of it was closed off but I was able to locate a few people with pets. We discussed motel rooms for tonight while I visited with the pets. When I left that location, I drove through Rubidoux. I happened to notice a couple pushing a shopping cart and they were walking a dog. I pulled over to ask if they knew where a couple of people were and to find out if they needed anything for their dog. They did not know where any of the people were but they did need supplies. The dog was not friendly but she was happy to have treats. She got plenty of those, a new jacket and some other items. I still had a couple more places I wanted to check out. On my way to those, I stopped at our PO Box. I did not find one of the gentleman I was looking for but I did find the other. I gave him supplies and made sure the dog had treats as well as a bully stick. By the time we were done, it was lunch time so I made my way home. I made more motel reservations this afternoon and I hope to have time to visit most of the pets tomorrow... Bottled waters, hand and toe warmers, emergency blankets, fleece blanket, small bag of small bites dog food, small leash, Inaba Twins for dogs, Simply Cesars chicken dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, doggie waste bags, small stainless steel pet dish, cat toys, wet dog food, bully sticks, buffalo tendons, kabob chew stick and handmade pet jackets were shared.