Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

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, a nonprofit organization in Riverside that funds veterinary services for pets of the homeless, recently reached another milestone, providing services for Gracie, its 2,000th pet.

The organization funds veterinary services for pets of the homeless to get spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. It also provides licenses for dogs.

The nonprofit began in 2012 as a mother-and-daughter team, Lori and Shira Rich. They began by offering pet food and pet supplies to the dogs and cats living on the streets with the homeless population in Riverside.

They soon realized those animals should have veterinary services so they would be healthier and not contribute to pet overpopulation.

Daughter Shira left after the first year to attend college, but Lori Rich continues as president of the organization, a 501(c)(3) that pays for pets to have surgeries at a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

'It is hard to express my gratitude for all that has been accomplished since 2012,' Lori Rich said in a news release. 'I am looking forward to doing so much more in the future.'

For information, go to streetkindness.org or to the organization’s Facebook page.

Our Story

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


Saturday's Smiles 7-06-2024

I went to two different locations today. The first was my usual stop in Grand Terrace. I visited with and provided supplies for the eight dogs that were there. My second stop was at Fairmount Park. I had a Tiller Tug collar and leash that was donated for a dog named 'Naughty' but had not been able to catch up with them. Yesterday, her companion contacted me and gave me a phone number so I was able to let him know I would see them this morning. The collar and leash fit her perfectly and I gave her a few other supplies too. When I left there, I headed home. My daughter's air went out in her apartment last night and it was sweltering in there. She texted me, early this morning, to ask if she could come over and nap for awhile . Of course I said yes. When I was done at my second stop, I went home to make some lunch for her to eat here or take with her to work this afternoon. To be honest, even if she was not at my house, I probably would have gone home anyway. I try to make sure I see as many pets as possible but I also try to limit my time in the heat. Two hours gave me enough time to do what I had to and not feel overheated or too tired when I was done. It's definitely a daily balancing act and makes me even more determined to try to give the homeless with their pets that one night motel room stay my fundraiser offers. It is not much but it is something... Bottled waters, Benadryl caplets, chicken jerky treats, bully beef collagen chew sticks wrapped in chicken, buffalo tails, buffalo tendons, wet dog food, Inaba chicken stew, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churu Bites, Inaba chicken fillets, Tiller Tugs collar and Tiller Tugs leash were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 7-06-2024
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Fridays' Furry Friends 7-05-2024

Last night, we started using money sent for the fundraiser through PayPal, Venmo and Zelle. We had four rooms with a total of 8 pets….Before going to the motel, I went to meet someone at one of the river bottom outlets in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. We spayed and neutered multiple dogs for her. One of her dogs is 'LuLu'. She is the pet that the MSRPAC found a foster for with her ten babies. Once the mama weaned the babies, we provided 'the works' for her and she went back to her companion. The puppies were put up for adoption at the center. Another of her dogs was attacked by a pack of dogs and Feeding Pets of The Homeless covered his medical expenses. I saw him today as well as two of his female siblings. Unfortunately, I did not get to visit 'LuLu' this time. We visited, I provided supplies and then headed out to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. Two of the people had already checked out so I was unable to visit with all eight pets but I did visit with two of them. They were definitely enjoying the comfortable bed and air conditioning as were their companions. After leaving the motel, I ran home to take care of my own dog and then went back out to get my nails done. Last night was very noisy but I am hoping tonight is more quiet... Bottled waters, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks, kabob chew sticks, pork chew sticks, beef collagen chew sticks, wet dog food, wet puppy food, Inaba chicken stew, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churu Bites, Inaba chicken fillets, Max and Neo dog leash, Max and Neo dog collar were shared.

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Thursday's Treasures 7-04-2024

I did not have any plans for celebrating the 4th of July so it was 'business as usual'. I was happy when Wendy Kelly said she was free and offered to ride along…We went to the motel, to check on three of the pets that got 'the works' yesterday, and drove around Rubidoux and Fairmount Park. We visited one dog at the park. I also spent some time on the phone calling and texting people about motel rooms for tonight or a night in the near future. Tonight, we reserved four rooms that will be paid for with funds from our current fundraiser and I plan to go and visit them tomorrow. At the end of our travels, Wendy and I went to lunch. I dropped off leftover food to a gentleman sleeping by the CircleK and then I went home. Hoping for an uneventful night with the ever so loud fireworks that seem to have taken over these past few years... Bottled waters, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks, buffalo tendons, pork chew sticks, wet dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churu Bites and Inaba chicken fillets were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 7-04-2024
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#2140, #2141, #2142, #2143 & #2144 Get 'The Works' 7-03-2024

When I received a text at 7am telling me a puppy I was supposed to spay has Parvo now, I knew today was going to be a little extra stressful. Her companion didn't even bother to notify me but, thankfully, the person who was supposed to do the driving did. I immediately began scrambling to find another pet to put in her place. It was not too likely on such short notice, except one of the other dogs I was spaying lives with a couple more that need spayed/neutered. I texted the companion and he said he would bring both females. We already had the male scheduled for next week but could not get him in today, because he has already eaten….I arrived at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services spay/neuter clinic at 7:30am ad one of the pets was already there with his companion. I was very grateful to find him there and on time especially because the gentleman with the two dogs was nearly thirty minutes late. One of the dogs he brought in is 'semi feral' and has never really been out of the fields where she stays so he had a really tough time getting her to cooperate but we eventually got both females checked in. I made it home with just enough time to let me dog out and then go to a second location where two female cats were getting 'the works'. Their companion was on time and everything seemed to go smoothly. "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat petoverpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter"... Bottled waters, ARCO fuel cards, large bag of recyclables, Tiller Tugs leash, buffalo tendons, wetkitten food and a small bag of kitten food were shared.

#2140, #2141, #2142, #2143 & #2144 Get 'The Works' 7-03-2024
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Tuesday's Treasures 7-02-2024

I got up a little early to bake some cookies and still have time to make it to our storage units. I went out twice. The first time was to go across town and pick up supplies from storage. Once I got everything home, unloaded and then loaded what I needed today, I went back out for a second time. My first stop was in Rubidoux but when I got out of my vehicle I realized the dog was unattended. I thought her companion might be around the corner getting his carts so I decided to go back there on my way home. My next stop was at Fairmount Park. I visited with a couple of pets and provided supplies for each of them. From there I drove back through Rubidoux. I was approaching a light when I saw someone I had not seen in weeks. He had asked me to spay his dog and then he was nowhere to be found. As soon I saw him and the dog, I knew I needed to pull in to the parking lot near them. The companion has an ID now so we discussed spaying the dog again and them going to the motel after her surgery. I am hoping he follows through. When I left that location, I went back to where I first stopped today but I did not see the dog or the person who is usually with her. I turned down the next street to make my way back to the Mission Avenue and I noticed a little encampment near a field. I had seen it before but never saw people. I saw a couple and a dog so I put my window down and asked if they needed anything. Turns out, I neutered the dog a couple of years ago. They now have a cat that needs spayed so we will work on getting that done. I did not make any other stops after that. I did go back out to have lunch with my daughter but my 'daily travels' were done... Bottled waters, collapsible pet dish with leash clip, chicken jerky treats, wet kitten food, wet cat food, wet dog food, small bag of kitten food, small bag of adult dog food, small bag of small bites dog food, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Bites, Inaba chicken fillets, Inaba chicken stew, Inaba twins for cats, small harness/leash set, cat toys, kabob chew sticks, buffalo tendons and bully sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 7-02-2024
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Lori Rich receives the Animal Welfare Hero Award from the American Red Cross Southern California Region

Lori Rich receives the Animal Welfare Hero Award from the American Red Cross Southern California Region
Lori Rich receives the Animal Welfare Hero Award from the American Red Cross Southern California Region
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