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
My morning began at 7am with the Riverside Sunrise Rotary Club. They are holding their meeting via Zoom and I was asked to join them. They are a wonderful group of people who have been supporting our work for many years and had a check to present to us. I was attending for that reason and to give newcomers a brief history of what we have been doing for nearly nine years. It was a great way to start the day... At approximately 8am, I left home. My goal was to stop at Fairmount Park and then head over to Massachusetts on the Eastside. I accomplished those tasks, drove out to our PO Box and then made a brief stop to check on the dogs and to check in with my daughter who spent the night last night. I had a personal appointment at 11am so I went back out around 10:30 in order to get there on time. My phone has been ringing all day. There was a call from a woman who found a dog she believed belonged to one of the homeless we serve. I knew right away what dog it was but was not sure how to reach her companion. The woman said she would stay in touch. Another call was from an AC Officer who told me she had to impound ‘Kawasaki’ for ten days. Some people were watching her and they fell asleep. She got lose and went after another dog. All wound up being ok but because it was reported, she had to be impounded. The AC Officer felt bad as did I but there was nothing either one of us could do. If the dog was not dog aggressive, I could have quarantined her here but that just wasn’t possible. She gets released on the 25th. Thankfully, the other calls weren’t anything urgent. Sometimes things get a bit too stressful and I am relieved when the bad news doesn’t ruin any good that has taken place. Nestle Pure Life waters, All Day RTA Bus Pass, dog beds, canned ravioli, cookie packs, cracker packs, drink flavor packets, candy canes, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky dog treats, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, peanut butter dog treats, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks bully slices and squeaky tennis ball were shared.
I am not sure what is up with the wind lately. We have always had those wild Santa Ana’s here in Southern California but they have seemed especially bad this past year. Thankfully, I did not need to go to any of the river bottom outlets today so I was able to avoid dealing with the sand and dirt blowing around. I did need to go to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley so I could check on the three dogs that received ‘the works’ yesterday. That is where I headed first. I dropped some homemade baked goods off for the office and housekeeping staff and then I checked on the dogs. I also visited with two others that were in a room there. When I left the motel, I drove to the post office where our PO Boxes are. I dropped of more homemade baked goods to the staff there, picked up our mail and made my way to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I was there to pay the invoices from yesterday and to meet someone whose dogs needed well checks. I paid the invoices but the well check pets had not arrived. I waited a few minutes and then left. I received a text about an hour later saying they finally got there. I was already home by this time so I gave the clinic permission to charge our card for their services. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein shakes, dog bed, Max and Neo dog collars, Max and Neo Leash, small dog leash, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky dog treats, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, peanut butter to be used to help get a dog to eat his meds, Vienna sausages to be used for the same reason, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully slices were shared.
Two female dogs and one male dog received 'the works' today. The female dog came from the first litter of a dog named 'Krismis'. Last week, she received 'the works' and now one of her babies did too. Unfortunately, this was not before she already had a litter of her own but thankfully it was her last. The papa is a dog that was impounded once by Animal Control and let out without being neutered. Thankfully, he will not be fathering anymore litters as he is one of the three at the clinic. We are not always fortunate enough to get these pets in before they have litters or help make them but we are grateful whenever we are able to stop the breeding whether it was intentional or 'by accident'. "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". Thank You again to AnimalVictory.org and Actors and Others for Animals for your financial assistance in making this happen.
I spent most of my morning outside the Motel 6 in Jurupa Valley and then made one stop in Rubidoux. That still gave me time to run a personal errand, check our PO Box and make it home before the dogs needed their potty break. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, protein bars, beef sticks, cookie packs, cracker packs, candy canes, wet dog food, collapsible pet dish, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky for pets, kabob chew sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks, cows ear and pet toys from AnimalVictory.org were shared.
First thing this morning, I was on The Eastside dropping off a few things to my daughter. When I left her place, I took a drive through the Stater Brothers parking lot on Iowa. I saw a few tents set up near the Jack in the Box and I was trying to find a couple of pets and their companions. I have been unsuccessful in locating them for at least a month. I don't know anywhere else to look so I keep trying. When I left there, I drove over to Massachusetts Avenue and parked near the pallet houses and Access Center. I only had about an hour, because I had to get home to take a call from a Kaiser. I was trying to set up a few medical appointments and I did not want to be on the streets when they called. While on Massachusetts, I visited with four pets. I was hoping to see others but most were still sleeping. It I snice that some of the people who were in tents are inside the pallet houses but it makes it so much more difficult to get together. They tend to stay inside and I cannot go where they are. Even so, I was thankful for the four I did see before heading home. I waited at home for a good hour but no call from Kaiser. It was then time to drop some home-made food and baked goods at a friend's house and then meet with Christine Langdon at our storage units. She went to Star Milling and picked up 400 pounds of dog food and 170 pounds of cat food. (Thank You Christine). I went to storage to get everything unloaded and to give some supplies to a local church. While I was there, Kaiser finally called but I was unable to talk. Thankfully, they called me later and I was able to take care of getting approvals for the medical concerns I have. Nothing is serious but I do need to be seen and have been trying for over a month. We finally got the ball rolling today. I also had an opportunity to catch up on the two that we sent to rescue yesterday as well as a couple that went to rescue and got adopted. Nestle Pure Life waters, glucosamine, Flys off, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, wet dog good, doggie waste bags and leash clip, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky for pets, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and pet toys were shared.