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 our first spay/neuter day of the month and it was a busy one. Even though the person trying to trap three cats in her area was unsuccessful we still had 9 pets show up for their appointments. We had 2 female dogs, 2 male dogs, 3 female cats (one of which was in a trap) and 2 male cats (one of which was in a trap). One of the pet companions just lost everything to a fire that someone deliberately set at her 'camp'. I may be asking for donated items when I find out exactly what she needs but she will be in a motel tonight and tomorrow so that will help for the next couple of days. In addition to the 3 motel rooms we reserved for the companions of the pets, we also reserved three more that are being paid for by our 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. It is going to be a very expensive week but so worth it when we know that nine more pets 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". Large fleece blanket, ARCO fuel card, Burger King gift card, Zippy Paws and other pet toys, dry kitten food, wet kitten food, wet cat food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, large bag of puppy food, puppy pads as well as Max and Neo and other dog collars were shared.
I had to make two trips this morning. The first was at 6:30am, when I went to our storage units to drop off donated items and pick up supplies. My second trip started in Jurupa Valley at the Motel6. I delivered supplies and paid for a couple of rooms with funds collected from our 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. Four pets will be getting out of the heat for a night thanks to the fundraiser and we plan to do this for many more. When I left the motel, I drove through Rubidoux and made one stop. The person and pet I stopped for had been staying indoors with a family member for a few weeks so we were unable to visit for a while. From there I drove through Fairmount Park, the parking lot of the Salvation Army and a few other places downtown. I was unable to find anyone else with pets so I ran a personal errand, stopped at our PO Box and then called it a day. Nestlé Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, body wipes, socks, cracker packs, cookie packs, bug repellent, wet kitten food, dry kitten food, Inaba Churu for cats, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky, dog collar, kabob chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, 2 small bag of dog food from and a Zippy Paws pet toy were shared.
I spent my morning on the Eastside. I went back to Massachusetts Avenue and visited with some of the pets I did not have an opportunity to visit on Friday. A few people were still sleeping in their tents and in the pods but I did have an opportunity to spoil the ten that were out and about. Nestlé Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, body wipes, socks, cracker packs, cookie packs, cup of noodles, canned peaches, slim jims, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky, small leash, bully sticks, kabob chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, peanut butter, tennis ball, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company and pet toys were shared.
I had an 8:30 appointment to meet someone in the parking lot at RCAS this morning. She is supposed to be getting a puppy, two kittens and two feral cats spayed and neutered this week. She needed a hard carrier for one of the kittens so I told her I would let her borrow one of mine and bring her some supplies. When I arrived, there was someone in the parking lot with a dog and we started talking. Her dog is chipped but needs neutered, vaccinations updated and license renewed. At one point, I asked if I could give her dog treats. I wound up staying there for forty-five minutes but my appointment never showed. From there I drove to the Arlington/Van Buren area where I visited 'Kawasaki' at one location and 'Angel' at another. I had to pick up a few things from storage and stopped at Smart and Final on the way, in order to buy a few baking supplies. When I got what I needed from storage, I still had a little time before I needed to get home so I stopped at Low Park and the parking lot of the Marcy Branch Library to visit with some people and a dog named 'Duke'. By the time I was done there, it was already 90 degrees outside and time to head home. Nestlé Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, Benadryl caplets, cracker packs, cookie packs, cup of noodles, canned ravioli, slim jims, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs,chicken jerky, bully sticks, bully slices, tennis ball, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company and pet toys were shared.
We started a new month today with triple digits again. Thankfully, I was back home when it was in the 90's. It still felt so hot standing outside in the sun, especially with my mask on. My first stop was in Jurupa Valley where I visited with two pets and picked up a carrier I had let someone borrow. From there, I drove across the street to the Motel6. I knew someone who was staying there with her dogs and I scheduled a visit. While we were doing that, she asked me if I knew another woman who has two dogs. I said I did but had not seen her in months. Turned out, she was in a room so I had an opportunity to visit with her pets as well. When I left the motel, I hopped on the freeway and headed to Hunter Park which is on the Eastside. I told two people I would meet them there this morning and they showed. One has two dogs and the other has three and a few cats. I did not visit with any of the cats but did spend time with the dogs. I just had one more stop to make before calling it a day and that was to our PO Box. We received a large box filled with a variety of people and pet supplies that were ordered off of our Amazon Wish List. I will share a photo post of that tomorrow. Nestlé Pure Life waters, cracker packs, cookie packs, cup of noodles, canned ravioli, slim jims, doggie waste bags, wet dog food, simply cesar chicken dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna and chicken fillets for cats, Inaba Churu for cats, chicken jerky, bully sticks, kabobs, tennis ball, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company as well as Zippy Paws and other squeaky pet toys were shared.