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 had two cats at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic today. I was not sure that was going to work out so I was not prepared to go in. I did give consent for payment so the cats will get what they need. My first stop of the day was at Fairmount Park, I visited with five pets and distributed supplies. From there, I drove to Massachusetts Avenue. It looks so different with everyone off of the street. I noticed they are putting up iron fencing on one side which will prohibit anyone from coming back and putting up a tent. I did visit with a couple of pets while in the area. From there, I headed over to my Rabbi's house. Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashanah which begin our New Year. I had done some baking for her and her husband and wanted to drop it off. After doing the drop off, I ran a couple of personal errands and then headed over to the MSRPAC Spay/neuter Clinic. I picked up paperwork from yesterday's surgeries and was going to pay for the two cats we have there today but they had not input the information yet so we will do it later. I did not have time to look for more people with pets so I drove to our PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, small bags of dog food, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, stainless steel pet dish and Inaba juicy bites for cats were shared.
My day began like it did yesterday. I was at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic by 7am. Thursdays are not our usual spay/neuter days but that did not stop us when three cats needed those services. Once we had the cats checked in, I went home for a bit and then back out to do the things I had planned to, before I found out we had cats going to the clinic. When I left the clinic, I went back home for a bit and then headed over to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. We had reserved rooms for a few pets and their companions, thanks to our recent 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. I was there to visit the pets. One of them is named 'Dude'. We had him groomed yesterday at Michele's Friends Pet Salon. We put him in a room so he could stay clean for a day. He smelled great and his fur was very soft. He is always handsome but it was nice to make him more comfortable too. When I was done at the motel, I headed back to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I needed to pay for yesterday's surgeries and meet someone whose pet needed vaccinations and flea/tick treated. I had just purchased the dog's RCAS license tag for him and his fur sister. I gave their companions the tags and I also met one other person there so she could pick up her dog's license tag too…. "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, pet eye wash, dog collars including one from Max and Neo, small trolley run, pet pajamas, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and squeaky pet toys were shared.
I can't recall how long it has been since we had a spay/neuter day with no dogs but today was one of those days. We were expecting anywhere from four to six cats and even that did not go as planned. Our actual number turned out to be three but that is three that will not be multiplying in the future. "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".
Our ASK Foundation Grant for 2020 was $1500.00. Those funds are not given directly to us but when we go to license dogs at Riverside County Animal Services the license fees are deducted from that amount. As of the end of August, we had depleted all funds for this year so we are now paying for the 1/3 year city/county tags. Last week, I dropped off paperwork at RCAS to Cecilia Olivares. She handles our monthly licensing. (I thank her for her hard work on our part.) This morning, my first stop of the day was to meet her and pick up the completed paperwork and tags. The cost was $135.00. When I left there, I drove over to an area I hoped to find 'Kawasaki'. I did not see her so I went to another spot she can sometimes be found with her companion. They were not there but a dog named 'Roxy' was there with her companions. They recently sold their vehicle and are now on foot for a few weeks until they can purchase another. The dog is not happy about it but she was pleased to get treats. From there, I went back to the first place I had looked and this time I did find what I was hoping to. I visited there and then began driving to other locations. I put quite a few miles on my vehicle but did not have any luck finding any homeless with pets. Well, I found a few but one woman will not allow her two dogs to be spayed so we do not speak and the other was still asleep in her vehicle along with both of her dogs. It is always discouraging when I make the effort to seek out people with pets but are not able to for a variety of reasons. I just have to be thankful for the two I did come across. Nestle Pure Life waters, doggie waste bags, pet booties, Jones Natural Chews, chicken jerky treats for dogs, wet dog food and bully slices were shared.
My first stop this morning was in a parking lot on the Eastside for a visit with 'Solo'. When I left there, I drove over to the pods by the homeless shelter. It is still a bit surreal to see Massachusetts free of tents and the homeless who were living in them. I learned where a some of the people were moved, visited with three pets and spoke to one of the City Net staff, while I was there. When I left the pods, I drove over to Hunter Hobby Park to meet with three of my favorite pets that live indoors but come to visit. I spent some time with them, took care of some persona; business, stopped at our PO Box and called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, body wipes, toilet tissue, flavored drink packets, cookie packs, cracker packs, tuna snack pack, fruit roll ups, doggie bow tie, puppy pads, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, bag of dry dog food, wet cat food, Inaba fish and chicken treats for cats, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and a dog toys were shared.