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
Today was a busier than usual Sunday. I started out by arriving at the Pet Rescue Food Bank a little before 8am. We loaded 480 pounds of dry dog food into the back seat of my vehicle. There were 20 bundles of 6-4-pound bags. I drove home from there, in order to put the dogs out for a few minutes and to load a few supplies in the rear hatch. Afterwards, I drove out to Riverside Self Storage to unload all of the dog food and to meet someone from Calvary Church. I had a few things to give to the church and one of their volunteers was kind enough to pick them up. After leaving storage, I drove out to meet the woman who rescued five kittens from behind a local CircleK. She was at a friend's home and had all of the kittens in a wire kennel that was sitting in the shade. I brought her supplies for the kittens including an enclosed soft play yard. This way she has two places for the kittens to roam. (I also want to share that someone was kind enough to pay for a motel room for a few nights so the kittens and their temporary foster can get out of the heat.) When I left the kittens, I drove out to Don Lorenzi Park hoping to find the couple I met last week end but nobody was there. I continued on to Cypress Avenue where I found 'Kawsaki' and her companion. I stayed there for a bit, distributed supplies and then drove out near the old Walgreen's to meet with 'Tito' and his companion. I recently connected them with someone from City Net and I was interested to see how that went as well as visit the puppy. By the time we were done, I needed to get home so that is where I headed. Nestle Pure Life waters, soft side play yard for pets, cookie packs, peanut butter, wrapped pastries, body wipes, wet puppy food, small bag of puppy food, plush squeaky pet toys, squeaky pet toy, Tiller Tugs squealy pet toy, wet dog food, wet kitten food, KMR powder, cat toys, large jug of kitty litter, Jones Natural Chews, chicken jerky treats, large bones for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Jones Natural Chews, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bacon flavored dental sticks were shared.
I spent my morning at two different places in Jurupa Valley. The first was at one of the river bottom outlets where I visited with three while distributing supplies for them and others. My second stop was at Rancho Jurupa Park. A family of four with two dogs and two kittens is staying there. I went to visit and distribute supplies. My final stop was at our PO Box, I received an email yesterday about a donation that was on its way so I went to see if it had arrived. It had not so I will check back next week. Nestle Pure Life waters, cookie packs, rice krispy treats, body wipes, toilet tissue, wet dog food, cat harness with leash, dry pet shampoo, wet cat food, wet kitten food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, cat toys, chicken jerky treats, large bones for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Jones Natural Chews, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.
We had someone working in the yard today so I did not want to be gone too long. However, I needed to go to Fairmount Park, the car wash (where I had not been in months), Riverside Self Storage and the Post Office to pick up an order I placed on Chewy.com order. I spent about forty-five minutes at the park where I visited six dogs and shared supplies. I was hoping to see a few others but nobody else showed. From there I drove out to the car wash which is just a couple miles from our storage units. At storage, I filled my vehicle with pet food, pet treats, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo and cases of water. I will need to go back on Sunday to drop off an order of dry food from the Pet Rescue Food Bank in Loma Linda but I could not wait until then to get the items I grabbed today. When I left storage, I drove out to the Post Office where my Chewy order was waiting. We needed a few things that nobody had been donating so I bought some with funds donated to be used where needed. I returned home a little more than two hours from the time I left the house so it felt like a fairly productive morning, even though I did not visit as many pets as I would have liked to. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks were shared.
I was contacted by someone at the Department of Animal Services yesterday regarding a homeless gentleman with four cats. His encampment has to be evacuated and the cats need to receive 'the works'. I agreed to meet the companion at 7:30 this morning to set things up and agree to pay for their services. I sat there for thirty minutes and the gentleman never showed up. I had already been out early this morning to do some grocery shopping so this was my second trip out. I was frustrated to have wasted my fuel and my time but still thankful I said yes when asked for help. My third trip of the morning was out to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I went to check on the two dogs that had their 'spay day' yesterday and to discuss some information about the HOT (Homeless Outreach Team) for Riverside County. I spoke to Deputy Ramirez this morning and started the process of connecting someone in need with the people who can provide the services. This woman has four King Cavaliers and people were being rather nasty about that yesterday. They wondered why we were helping her. She may have purebred dogs but she has been homeless for the past few months and is definitely in need of assistance. People can be so quick to judge, when they don't know the circumstances. I do not divulge personal information provided to me as it is private and not for social media but I did want to address the misconception that someone with potentially expensive dogs is being deceitful. She was far from it…While at the motel I also visited 'Munch'. I had not seen her since Feeding Pets Of The Homeless paid to have teeth and a bullet fragment removed from her mouth. We used funds from our 'Summer On The Streets 2021' online fundraiser to give her and her companion a two-night rest. In addition to the dogs in the first two rooms, I visited three others and one that was in front of the motel. All received treats and needed supplies. Nestle Pure Life waters, Arco gift cards, MacDonald's gift card, Taco Bell gift card, plush squeaky toy, chicken broth, peanut butter, chicken jerky treats, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company wet kitten food, cat milk, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, small bag of dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, cow's ear and bully slices were shared.
Two female dogs, one male dog and three female kittens were scheduled for 'the works' today. The companion of the male dog confirmed last night but was a no show today. The two female dogs arrived on time. One is a senior so the companion was concerned but after a talk with the vet she had both dogs checked in for surgery. The kittens are a 'Pay It Forward' for Room 8 Memorial Cat Foundation and we hope to help with a couple more, in the near future. I also received a call this morning from the Homeless Outreach person at Riverside County Animal Services. She was in the river bottom with a gentleman that has four cats. They all need 'the works'. She is arranging for them to get surgery tomorrow so I will be back at Animal Services at that time to meet the kitties and the companion….For now, 2 female dogs and 3 female kittens will not be adding to pet overpopulation in the homeless community or our community at large. "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."