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
The Santa Ana winds were relentless, today. They aggravated my allergies big time and seemed to cause havoc all over Riverside and Jurupa Valley. My first stop was at a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. I visited with four pets there and distributed supplies for a few others too. My second stop was near the go kart track on Market Street. I used to pull over to the shoulder by the Market Street bridge but there is not much room there these days so I have people meet me by the track. I thought the person I was meeting was going to bring his dog but he didn't. I gave him supplies for the dog and his cats and then headed to Fairmount Park. There was an event there so I could not actually pull in anywhere to park. I did not want turn around and go back to a different location in Jurupa Valley so I decided to go to our storage units again. I needed to pick up more pet food, look for holiday sweaters/jackets and grab a couple more cases of waters. On my way to storage, I stopped at Trader Joe's and bought a few items. We used to live much closer and I went there often but now I just go if I am over in that part of town. I was in and out in about twenty minutes, loaded a few things at our storage units and started driving home. I planned to make a stop at our PO Box on the way. However, I was on Jurupa Avenue literally five minutes from my home when I Saw there was a road block on Van Buren. I could see there was another terrible accident by the bridge and there was no way to get by. I had to drive a bit further, do a u-turn and then drive all the way around the city to get back to Jurupa Valley. Nearly 40 minutes later, I was finally at the PO Box. I stopped there briefly went to one more store and then headed home. I used nearly a quarter tank of fuel and put far too many miles on my vehicle for only visiting four pets but that's just the way things went! Tomorrow morning, I have to go to Kaiser for bloodwork and then I am not sure what the rest of the day will hold. I have some ideas but it all depends on how much time I have and who is available to meet... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, holiday pet sweater, holiday pet jackets, Inaba Churus pops for cats, wet cat food, wet kitten food, 2 small bags of dog food, 2-17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 2-20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, Inaba tuna fillets, Inaba chicken fillets, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and plush squeaky pet toy were shared.
I never made it to Fairmount Park or anywhere else I planned to go today, because I spent all of my time on the Eastside. I parked on Massachusetts Avenue so I could visit with and distribute supplies for those staying in the Path of Life Community Shelter and those in tents on the street there. By the time I was done, I had visited with1 kitten and 10 dogs. Some of the pets need spay/neuter and/or vaccinations so I made tentative appointments with people to do that. All of them got supplies and the dogs that had not received holiday sweaters or jackets were given one. I had a persona; appointment at 11am which meant I had to get home, give my dogs a potty break and then drive across town so I could make it on time. I was able to do that and even had time to make a quick stop at our PO Box. Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, mac and cheese cups, holiday pet sweaters, holiday pet jackets, Max and Neo and other fleece blankets, Inaba Churus pops for cats, wet cat food, Mother & Baby wet cat food, wet kitten food, 3 small bags of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets, Inaba chicken fillets, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and plush squeaky pet toy were shared.
Most of my morning was spent at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I checked on the three dogs that received 'the works' yesterday and visited with others, including two dogs I had not met prior to today. Each of the pets left with a new jacket and whatever supplies they needed. When I left the motel, I drove home to pick up two very large bags filled with donated Halloween toys. I had not planned to go back to my storage units this soon but these bags were taking up too much room in my shed so it was a must. I dropped off the bags, picked up a couple bags of pet food and drove back to Jurupa Valley to check our PO Box and get fuel. By the time that was done it nearly noon and I called it a day... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, small rug, pet jackets, pet sweater, fleece blanket, small collar/leash set, Inaba Churus for dogs, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and plush squeaky pet toy were shared.
The Santa Ana winds were blowing like crazy and my day was a bit crazy too. It started with a very early morning call asking me if the husband of a woman whose dog I scheduled could bring the dog instead. I said yes. That was supposed to be my first pet for today. I was ready and waiting for them at 7:45am as agreed upon. When I contacted them to let them know what my vehicle looked like, I was told that theirs did not start and the gentleman was taking the bus. That never works out well and today was no exception, especially since he got on the wrong one. First, he told me he would be there by 8:45. I told him I would have to leave, feed my own dogs, give them a potty break and come back a second time. That is what I did. That is when he told me he was not on the right bus and would be there by 9:15. I had to be at the Mary S. Robert's Pet Adoption Center spay/neuter clinic at 9:15 so I told him I would have to meet him afterwards. He texted at 9:30 to say he finally arrived. I was at the clinic checking in two puppies for 'the works' and three other pets that were getting a variety of tests and services. I finally got out of there at 10:15am and drove back to Riverside County Animal Services for a third time. We got the dog checked in, I called and arranged to have someone staying near the motel help him get his dog in the afternoon and I provided an Arco fuel card to help. That was the third one I gave out today. After I left that location, I received text messages from the clinic about some issues with one of the puppies as well as with one of the 'well check' dogs. I approved payment for most of what they wanted done. Hoping for some Grants or Donations to come in soon so we can keep getting these pets what they need. "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"... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, Arco Fuel cards, pet jackets, Max and Neo fleece, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, Mother and Baby wet cat food, Inaba Twins for dogs, medium martingale collar and plush squealy pet toy were shared.
I had planned to go to our storage units this morning to receive and unload a pallet of water from Niagara Bottling Company. The plant was running late so I left for a bit. I wanted to confirm two of the spay appointments for tomorrow. The companion did not have a phone which meant I had to drive out to Fairmount Park to speak to her in person. Her van was broken down and she doesn't think she will have I repaired by tomorrow. I gave the dogs some treats and then left to go back to the storage units. I don't want to fill the appointments I made for her, incase she gets the van running but I also know that means they may get wasted. I will have to wait and see. I had also planned to drive out to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to meet one of the pets that will receive 'the works' tomorrow and to bring supplies to another. I called the person with the spay appointment and she confirmed. I told her I might or might not be at the motel later but would definitely meet tomorrow morning. I tried calling the other companion multiple times and I texted too but was unable to make contact. By the time I was done unloading waters, it was already after 11am and I was quite a distance from the motel. I decided to just call it a day. The biggest accomplishment of the day did not involve pets directly but it definitely benefits them. Seven months ago, Niagara Bottling Company donated an entire pallet of waters. At that time Steve Miller drove to their plant in Ontario along with Dawn and Doug Cummings. They picked up, delivered and helped to unload it all. We were getting very low on waters so I emailed the company to ask if they would make another donation. They said yes and today Steve Miller and Dawn Cummings drove to Ontario again and repeated what they did a few months ago. I might not have been able to visit many pets today but those waters will help keep so many people and pets hydrated so the day was not wasted... Chicken jerky treats, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.