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
It is Monday which usually means a trip to the Eastside. Today was no different. I hopped on the freeway and headed out to Blaine Street. One of the pets we have been providing services for has a companion who says he is a Veteran. I know he has been struggling so I called a Veteran's Outreach program to see if they might be able to assist him. The person I spoke to on the phone said he would go out there this morning. He actually showed up a few minutes after I arrived. He came with another person from his office. I did not find out until today that the companion never did active duty but was in the reserves for six years. I am not sure what kind of assistance will or won't be offered but I did what I could to facilitate the meeting in hopes that something good might come from it. When I left, the three gentlemen were still talking and I headed over to Hunter Park. There were no homeless there with pets so I made my way to Massachusetts Avenue. Four people with pets came out for a visit and/or for needed supplies. I also made arrangements for some pets that need vaccinations given. There should be three meeting me at the clinic tomorrow if all goes as planned. As far as Spay/Neuter Wednesday, we had to make different arrangements due to the clinic not having a Veterinarian that day. I was able to reschedule three of the five for Van Buren Animal Hospital that day. We will take care of the micro chips and vaccinations another day when we can get the pets to the clinic where those services are less expensive. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, puppy pads, pet jacket and Zippy Paws pet toys were shared.
I spent my morning at two different locations. The first was on the Eastside off of University Avenue. I needed to speak to the companion of the dogs there, in order to come up with a new plan for providing two of his dogs with ‘the works’ and getting the third up to date on vaccinations. The other was at a river bottom outlet by Rubidoux. I was hoping to check on a couple of dogs we spayed/neutered last week but they were further down the river bottom. I had no way to reach them without walking down a steep rocky hill and then continuing on a path that goes past people I do not know. I will keep checking back. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, hygiene products, first aid products, over the counter meds, body wipes, wet dog food, doggie booties, small bag of dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, bacon flavored dental chews and Zippy Paws pet toys were shared.
I received a Facebook message this morning in regards to a stray I posted yesterday. The gentleman claimed it was his dog. We communicated for awhile until I was able to be sure he was the rightful owner. I was unable to reach any of the homeless people caring for the dog and did not feel comfortable sending a stranger to their encampment. I asked the gentleman if he would meet me on a nearby street and follow me. He understood my concerns and agreed. The dog was not where she was yesterday but she was across the field with another homeless person. Someone walked over to where they were and got her to over to where we were waiting. The two were very happy to be reunited and I was thankful to be a part of that. I also met a new cat while at this location and made arrangements to provide him with 'the works'. Our plans had to be moved to the following week due to a change initiated by the clinic but we have it set up. I am also putting a couple of people in motel rooms Wednesday night as a thank you for caring for the stray and keeping her safe. When I left there, I drove out to Shamel Park but there were not homeless there with pets and I could not find any in the Magnolia Center area. I need to speak to a couple of the pet companions so I will be looking for them again over the next few days. My final stop was at our storage units. I had to grab a few supplies for my daily travels. I was also looking for supplies that a friend needed for a homeless gentleman she is trying to help. Once I got everything loaded, I went to our PO Box and then home. I cut the day a little short and was only out for a couple of hours, so I could spend time with my daughter and get some baking done. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet cat food, small bag of cat food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba Churus for cats, cat toy, bacon flavored dental chews and cat harness with leash were shared.
I got on the freeway this morning and headed out to the Eastside. My first stop was on Blaine Street near where I exited the freeway and my next stop was a mile or so down the road on Blaine. I also drove around the Stater Brothers parking lot for a bit but nobody with pets was out there. My next stop was by the homeless shelter at the 'pallet houses'. I am not sure what everyone else was up to but I only visited with one dog. His companion is the person who gave me the sympathy card. From there I went to Fairmount Park but was too late to catch those who show up for the 'oatmeal lady' so I kept driving until I got to Rubidoux. I was there to visit little 'Spud' but also met a new dog. She showed up a couple of nights ago and they wanted me to scan her for a microchip. She did not have one and I did not see a spay scar or tattoo either. The people at the homeless encampment were going to walk up and down the street to ask some of the neighbors in houses there if anyone was missing a dog. I will be checking back with them. I also took photos and posted a video clip in hopes that might help. If no owner is found, I will help the woman caring for the dog. We are not sure if the dog was dumped or got out of a yard but will do due diligence. My final stop was the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I made a quick detour to our PO Box on the way. I was going to drop off a card and cookies for a staff member I consider to be my friend. She is leaving the clinic and moving out of California. I went there to say good bye. She was not there so I left the items for her and then went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, bully sticks, bacon flavored dental chews and doggie waste bags with leash clip were shared.
We did not have any pets recuperating at the Motel 6 this morning but I still drove over there to visit a couple of dogs that are staying there. I missed them, when I stopped the other day so I was happy to see them. I believe the feeling was mutual. When I left there, I took a detour on my way to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. When I ran an early morning errand, I had spotted 'Kawasaki' and her companion at a location they often spend the night. I did not stop, because it was barely 7am and I know how that doggie likes her sleep. However, it was now close to 10am so I thought I would take my chances. She was awake so I spent some time with her. My final stop was the clinic. I needed to pay a few invoices and I was meeting a dog for a 'well check'. About an hour later, all was done and I headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, cookie packs, tuna packs, cracker packs, hemp pet chews, wet dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, collapsible pet dish, bully slices, bully sticks, bacon flavored dental chews and pet toys were shared.