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
I spent half of the morning at Fairmount Park and the other half up and down Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside. I visited pets, distributed supplies, made a grooming appointment for a couple of dogs for next Thursday and gave a dog her RCAS license tag. That tag was from a Grant by the ASK Foundation. After a couple of hours, I drove home to give my dogs their morning break, stopped at the MSRPAC Clinic to take care of invoices and then met a couple of people at our storage units. One was a friend there to return an item she borrowed and to pick up something I had for her. The other was Christine Langdon. She went out to Perris and picked up our monthly donation of pet food and then delivered it to us. Thanks Again Christine! Nestle Pure waters, body wipes, Repel, collapsible pet dish, puppy pads, small bag kitten food, wet kitten food, Inaba tuna/chicken fillets for cats, Inaba churu for cats, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, simply cesar chicken dog food, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, peanut butter chew sticks, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.
On my way to the Motel6 this morning, I stopped to visit 'Jake' the kitten and give his companion a few supplies. When we were done, I went across the street where I visited with the two dogs that were in a room there. They were at the clinic yesterday and one was recuperating from his neuter surgery. As I was leaving the motel, I spotted 'Midnight' and her companion so I did a u-turn and went back for a visit. From there, it was a stop at our PO Box to pick up eye drops sent from Mutts In Need. While at the Post Office I checked my emails and found one from Nestle Pure Waters. They had extra waters to donate, if we could do a pick up tomorrow. Unfortunately, I cannot schedule something like with short notice so I had to decline. My final stop was at the MSRPAC Clinic. I was there to pay the invoices from yesterday as well as those for the pets coming in for a variety of things today. Those included flea treatments, flea/tick treatments, first vaccinations, strongid and an office visit. They were shorthanded and my paperwork is usually time consuming so I was unable to take care of the payments in person. We have to do catch up now and then but it always works out. Nestle Pure waters, cloth masks, disposable masks, $15.00 Taco Bell gift card, $15.00 Burger King gift card, crackers, cup of noodles, fruit snacks, collapsible pet dish, ceramic cat bowls, wet cat food, small bag of dry cat food, wet kitten food, cat toys, Frontline for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Temptations cat treats, Inaba churu for cats, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, large bag of puppy food, wet dog food, dog toys, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, peanut butter chew sticks, cows ears, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.
At my last stop yesterday, I ran into the companion of our #900. He now has another dog as well and asked if we would provide her with 'the works'. I had a female opening for today so I took down all of his information, scheduled a well check for #900 and made a motel reservation for after surgery. Not only did they not show up but they did not bother to text or call either and I was unable to reach them by phone. I was also supposed to get a male cat neutered but the people trying to trap him were unable. That left us with just two dogs. Both are Seniors. One needed 'the works' and the other needed a 'well check' to update vaccinations and flea/tick treat. Thankfully, they did show up so the morning was not wasted. I am hoping for more considerate people and better luck next week but Grateful for the two we were able to provide services for this morning. "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".
My first stop of the day was in Rubidoux where I visited with two pets and distributed supplies. From there I drove through Fairmount Park and the parking lot of the downtown Salvation Army but there were no people with pets at either place. I still had a little time before I was scheduled to meet someone at the MSRPAC Clinic. I decided to take a drive and look for 'Kawasaki'. I never made it that far, because when I was going through Magnolia Center, I saw a few people I knew and they had their pets with them. I stopped and found out one of them needed 'the works' so we agreed to do that tomorrow. There was another dog there that they said was left tied to a tree. I checked him for a microchip but he did not have one. I told the guy caring for him that if I see the dog on any lost and found pages, he will need to surrender it. For now, the dog is safe and seems to be enjoying the people he is around. Even though the dog was left tied to a tree, we can't be sure someone is not missing it which is why I try to share photos of all new dogs that show up unexpectedly. When I left that location, I went to the Clinic, updated appointments for tomorrow and then headed home. My daughter came over for lunch and a visit which is something I always look forward to. Nestle Pure Life, body wipes, crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, wet dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, dog collar, tennis balls, Zippy Paws and other pet toys, chicken jerky treats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I arrived at Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside around 8:45am. It was already hot and is expected to hit triple digits this afternoon. I stopped at three different areas and walked from tent to tent as well as by the pods. I visited with and/or distributed supplies to a dozen pets. When I had visited everyone, I was there to see, I ran a personal errand, before driving to the Department of Animal Services to pick up a few tags and the paperwork I had left last week. We have finally used up nearly all of this year's Grant from the ASK Foundation and will be needing to begin paying for all of the licenses through the end of the year. My final stop was our PO Box and then I headed home. Nestle Pure Life, body wipes, Zippy Paws collapsible pet bowl, wet dog food, dog collar, squeaky tennis balls, chicken jerky treats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, bully slices, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.