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 morning I went to the Eastside and stopped on Massachusetts Avenue where I visited with three pets and distributed supplies for more. I drove through Hunter Park, up Atlantic Avenue, Chicago, Iowa and Spruce but could not find anyone with pets. I decided to drive through Fairmount Park and I saw someone parked there with her four pets so I pulled into a parking lot...Unfortunately, that visit turned ugly when someone else who was there accused me of taking his photo, posting photos of him and turning him in to code enforcement. I of course did none of those things and tried to explain but it got ugly fast. He started using foul language and name calling and I got sucked into it. Before I knew it, I was being just as rude back. I am sorry that I brought myself down to his level. It just gets so frustrating when I am on the streets day after day, seven days a week trying to help the pets and then get accused of ridiculous things I have never done. I know better than to get sucked into that kind of nonsense but sometimes it just gets the best of me. The funny thing is that this person accusing me doesn't even have pets! I tried to explain that I have zero interest in people's photos and especially those who don't even own a pet. The person I was there visiting has known me for a few years and tried to reason with him as well but he made up his mind that I am a liar and a horrible human who wants to get people in trouble. I feel sorry for him. He is so paranoid and disillusioned. I will try not to bring myself down to his level again. It is not a good look on me when I do what I did today. When I left the park, I drove to the Post Office where our PO Box is in Jurupa Valley. I met with the companion of the group of Chihuahua's we just spayed and neutered, so I could give them supplies. The dog that had to have part of his leg amputated was not ready for release yet which meant I did not get to visit with him...Nestle Pure Life waters, Benadryl caplets, toilet tissue, small leash, pet wipes, small bag of dog food, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural and other pet treats, bully slices, squeaky pet toy, bacon flavored dental sticks, kabob chew sticks, wet puppy food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba tuna for pets, doggie waste bags, cat toys, wet dog food and chicken jerky treats for dogs were shared.
I drove out to an area of Jurupa Valley this morning in order to bring supplies but nobody was awake so I continued on to the area around Arlington and Van Buren. I caught up with one of the pets and companions I was looking for but not the other. I visited and distributed supplies, before heading back across town to an encampment in Rubidoux. Once again, I only connected with one pet and his companion but was unable to locate the others so I drove towards the Jurupa Valley Motel6. Nobody was outside the motel with dogs but I was able to find one around the corner. I distributed more supplies, visited and then headed to one last encampment in Jurupa Valley. It is where two dogs stay with their companion. One of them is actually being surrendered to a rescue on Thursday. After seeing her this morning, I am so grateful. She was covered in flies and had fly tags on her ears. I called her companion and asked her to please go back there and put some antibiotic ointment on the sores. I have left Flys Off but I believe it was gone. I did not have anymore and even if I did, I would not have put it on her with open sores. This heat really makes the fly situation worse so I just added more fly repellant to our Amazon Wish List...This afternoon, I went and got my second Covid Vaccine. If I am feeling ok, I will do my usual travels tomorrow but if not, I will rest. Time will tell. So far. So good….Nestle Pure Life waters, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural and other pet treats, bully slices, squeaky pet toy, bacon flavored dental sticks, wet dog food and chicken jerky treats for dogs were shared.
In addition to visiting some very cute pets today, we were also able to provide 'the works' for two more…..I did not have enough time to get to everyone I wanted to on the Eastside yesterday so I went back today. This time I visited pets at Hunter Park and on a side street off of University Avenue. When I was done visiting and distributing supplies, I headed to the post office to pick up a couple of donation packages that were delivered there yesterday and this morning. "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"...Nestle Pure Life waters, dog bed, small bag of cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural and other pet treats, kabob chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, bully slices, small squeaky tennis ball and chicken jerky treats for dogs were shared.
I spent half of my time at Fairmount Park this morning where I visited with and distributed supplies for five pets. I spent the other half on Massachusetts Avenue near the Access Center and pallet houses. While I was there, I visited with and distributed supplies for five more pets. I had just enough time left to run home and give my dogs a potty break, before heading across town to meet Christine Langdon at our storage units. She picked up our monthly donation from the Star Milling Company and I had to meet her so we could get it unloaded. I also grabbed a few supplies to take with me, before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, grape Pedialyte, Jones Natural and other pet treats, kabob chew sticks, squeaky plush dog toys, small leash, Tiller Tugs leash, large dog collar, doggie waste bags with leash clip, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, bully stick and bully slices were shared.
I spent the first part of my morning at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I visited the pets that received 'the works' yesterday, the two that need extra surgery and will go back tomorrow and then others that just happened to be there. I wanted to visit a few more but I had to get home in order to take my two dogs to Van Buren Animal Hospital for blood work, nail trims and anal gland expression. I will try to get back to the motel this week end and visit rooms with pets that I did not have time for today. I was able to get rescue for the dog 'Roxy' I have been trying to help. I was actually contacted by the rescue which made things so much less stressful. It was from a rescuer I have respected for many years and she has Dawgsquad Animal Rescue. I was also fortunate enough to have people willing to transport if the care takers are unable. All of this should come together by the end of the week and I am so very grateful. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO gift cards, Taco Bell gift card, Burger King gift card, Jones Natural Chews, kabob chew sticks, pigs ears, bacon flavored dental sticks, wet kitten food, small bag of kitten food, cat toy, dog toys, collapsible pet dish, stainless steel pet dish, doggie waste bags, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats and Inaba tuna fillets for cats were shared.