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 were originally expecting rain today so I did not make any plans until I woke up to check out the weather. When I saw that there was not going to be rain this morning, I texted Wendy Kelly to tell her I would be going out and that she was welcome to join me. She wanted to ride along so we arranged a meeting place for me to pick her up. We drove through Rubidoux and Fairmount Park but did not see anyone with pets so we continued on to Grand Terrace. We only made two stops there and they were both in the same area. First, we met with three pets and then we went up the street a bit and met with a couple other people and three more. I had considered going back to the park but decided to save it for tomorrow or Monday. I dropped Wendy off at her car and then went home. My daughter was coming over around noon and I wanted to be there when she arrived... Waters, handmade pet jackets, Max and Neo leash, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, wet puppy food, 30 pound bag of Canidae dog food, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Bites, Inaba Fun Bites, Yak cheese sticks, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.
I started my day on the Eastside in the parking lot of the Path of Life Community Shelter. I visited with five dogs and provided each of them with supplies. When I left that location, I drove around for a bit. I went up and down Iowa and Blaine as well as Hunter Park but did not find anyone with pets. I needed to go to storage to pick up a few things so I drove up University and stopped on Victoria. I visited one more dog there and provided him with supplies. From there, I headed to our storage units where I loaded up dog food, waters and some of the things Inaba gave us recently. My final stop was the post office. I had baked goods for the postal workers and I wanted to check our box. There was nothing there for us today but the workers seemed happy to get homemade baked goods... Waters, small bag of senior dog food, small bag of small bites dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, wet dog food, Inaba Chur Bites, Inaba Fun Bites, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, chicken jerky treats and squeaky tennis ball were shared.
It was chilly and cloudy today but I was grateful that the rain gave us a break. My first stop was at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley where I checked on a dog that received 'the works' yesterday. We had a visit and I provided him and his companion with supplies. From there I drove to Veteran's Memorial Park. I was able to visit with 'Nugget' and his companion and provide them with supplies. My next stop was by chance on Mission Blvd. in Rubidoux. I was actually driving toward Fairmount Park when I noticed someone I knew sitting in front of a store with her dog. I drove around the block to find a place to park and then got out for a visit. I also provided them with supplies. I was going to visit one more dog in Jurupa Valley but the car she stays in with her companion was not where I usually see them so I drove over to our PO Box. There were two donation packages waiting for us so I grabbed them and then rushed home for a conference call before going to lunch with one of my oldest and dearest friends who I actually grew up with in New York. The only downfall is that, after lunch, I discovered one of my tires was going flat. I drove to the nearest tire store and they were able to remove a very l;arge screw and patch the tire... Waters, cracker packs, soup, canned pasta, cookies, beef sticks, cereal bar, handmade pet jackets, Max and Neo fleece blanket, doggie waste bags, small bag of senior dog food, small bag of adult dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, Yak cheese, tiller tug squeaky toy, Yak cheese stick, bully stick, chicken jerky treats and plush squeaky toy were shared
The clinic at Riverside County Animal Services was closed to us for surgeries but we had four pets scheduled for 'the works' at the Mary S. Robert's spay/neuter clinic.. There were three female cats and one male dog. Everyone confirmed but at 8am I received a call saying one of the cats had eaten and would not be coming in. I said it was ok as long as we told the clinic but the person never responded and never showed up. Next was the companion with the other two female cats. I texted when I arrived but go not response so I tried calling. The phone went straight to voicemail which meant it was not turned on. This just left one dog. I had not met him, before this morning. He is a senior that has had a few seizures so he was considered high risk. I approved all the extra charges and his companion signed the waiver. I left before he was actually checked in but told them to call if there were problems or they needed approval for anything else. It was very disappointing to waste three hard to get appointments but I had no control over any of that and hope for a better turnout on the 29th. Both clinics will be closed on the 22nd so we won't be doing any spay/neuter surgeries next week. "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, medium collar and leash set and handmade pet jackets were shared.
Yesterday, I received a phone call from someone needing dog food. The last time I tried to meet with her, she was a no show. I asked her to please call me this morning at 8am to arrange a place and time to get together. She never contacted me. I did meet up with someone who was originally supposed to meet with me yesterday but could not make it. She is going to drive someone to the clinic tomorrow and I wanted to give her an ARCO fuel card as well as supplies for her cats and dogs. We met at a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. She brought her three dogs and I was able to fit each one with a handmade jacket. From there I drove through Rubidoux and a location in Jurupa Valley. I did not find anyone I was looking for so I drove out to Jurupa and Van Buren to speak to a gentleman who needs his dog cared for when he goes in the hospital. I did not have much time, because I had to get to a dental appointment but I still wanted to touch base and I did not have a working phone number for him. He was on the phone discussing an accident, when I arrived. I could not stay long enough for him to finish the call but I did fit his dog with a jacket while I gave him treats and a bully stick. When I left them, I drove to the dentist and did not return home until lunch time... Waters, ARCO fuel card for Wednesday transport, handmade pet jackets, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba Juicy Bites, Inaba chicken stew for cats, Inaba chicken broth for cats, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, NUBZ chews. Kong squeaky ball, cat toys and bully sticks were shared.