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 started the morning around Arlington and Van Buren in Riverside. As I was driving on Van Buren, I spotted 'Kawasaki' and her companion standing at a light waiting to cross the street. I put down the window and asked where they were going. I was told Burger King. That was one block away so I said I would meet them there. I had a $15.00 gift card and gave it to them so they could get something to eat. The dog gobbled her cheeseburger and I was thankful we could do that for her. I know her companion was grateful to get something to eat as well. When I left that location, I drove to the parking lot of a nearby Stater Brothers. I thought I was going to meet someone with her pet at the bus stop there. I waited for a few minutes but they did not show so I texted about meeting another day and drove to the Magnolia Center area. As luck would have it, 'Duke' and his companion were walking towards me so I pulled into the closest parking lot for a visit. I had made arrangements to meet a few people at 10am so that was my next stop. It was at another of the river bottom outlets. I used to meet groups of people and pets there every so often but it has been awhile. Sadly, only one of the people showed up with her pet. I visited with them and when nobody else showed I left, about fifteen minutes later. My final stop was in the Rubidoux/Jurupa Valley area. It is close to somewhere I used to stop near the Rialto border. I visited with two dogs and three cats while giving them needed supplies. Nestle Pure Life waters, Burger King Gift Card, toilet tissue, body wipes, cookie packs, Werther caramel packs, drink flavor packets, tuna packets, cracker packs, chicken salad snack box, Halloween pet costumes, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, wet cat food, Inaba Churu for cats, hemp pet chews, Max and Neo dog collar chicken jerky treats for dogs, cow's ears, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and pet toys were shared.
The first stop of the day was at one of the river bottom outlets. I had arranged to bring supplies to the companion of a couple of dogs at that location. One of them came for a visit and I visited another that was nearby. When I left there, I drove over to Hunter Hobby Park on the Eastside. I visited with two more pets there and we had fun trying costumes on the dogs. My next stop was a few miles away on University where I met with 'Solo' and his companion. I did not visit anymore pets after that but I did drive out to our storage units to pick up a few supplies. I made one final stop at our PO Box after that and then I headed home. Large bag of recyclables, Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, body wipes, cookie packs, tuna packets, cracker packs, chicken salad snack box, stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, Halloween pet costumes, pet ear rinse, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, wet cat food, Inaba Churu for cats, hemp pet chews, chicken jerky treats for dogs, cow's ears, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and pet toys were shared.
I made two stops today and visited with six pets. The first was at Fairmount Park where I was hoping to find 'Scamp' and did. The second was on the Eastside in front of the pods on Massachusetts Avenue. Some of the people who were placed at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley are now in the pods. The motel only allows 28 day stays and then the person has to leave for a few days and come back. Those I saw today said their 28 days were up and they are waiting to see if City Net will be putting them back there. I am not sure how all of this is going to work out so I will stick with my daily travels and do my best to provide the pets with needed supplies. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, hemp pet chews, small bags of dry dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, cow's ears, collapsible pet dish, stainless steel pet dish, dog collar, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, pet toys and pet Halloween costumes were shared.
We did not have any spay/neuter recipients spending the night at the motel but I still drove over there. I needed to pick something up from the office and I was hoping that some of the pets I visit might be out and about. What I went to pick up was not there and only two pets were available for visits. I spent a bit of time with those two and then I drove through Rubidoux. The people and pets that were at one location there were all forced to move and I did not have any luck finding them so I took a drive to the area around Arlington and Van Buren. I ran into one pet over there and spent some time with her and one of her companion’s. After we were done, it was close to the time I agreed to meet a gentleman at the MSRPAC Clinic. His dog is staying in the kennels at the homeless shelter and needed her vaccinations updated. We took care of that and provided a flea/tick treatment as well. I paid the invoice for that dog and for the two cats that received ‘the works’ yesterday. I had hoped to make it over to our storage units but ran out of time so I just headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet cat food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, hemp pet chews, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I thought October was going to get off to a good start with spaying and neutering. Four cats and one dog were scheduled for 'the works' today and then we had two more scheduled for Thursday and two more for Friday. Everything changed when the person with the dog failed to show up for a third time. We were supposed to be helping her spay/neuter a total of nine kittens and cats that live around her in the river bottom. It was impossible to do them all at once so we came up with a plan that would have had her dog and all of the cats done by next week. Even though she stood me up two other times, she made it seem like this time would be different as she had rides. She stopped texting me back a couple of days ago and then chose not to show today. Her dog is now 10 months old. He has had no vaccinations and is unaltered. The cats were supposed to start coming in today along with him and they would have had a motel room for couple of nights so some of the cats would have gotten to start recuperating indoors. I am sad and frustrated that I gave someone a third opportunity to waste my time. I did it for the animals but unfortunately they will not be getting what they need now….I am thankful for the person who did show with her two cats. It meant my trip out this morning was not a total waste of my time. I have no problem waking up early and doing what I have to do to make it to the clinic. I do have a problem with those who are given multiple chances to get assistance for their pets and then act irresponsibly. My apologies for the small rant but I just need to share and move past it. "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".