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
At 8am, I was at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services trying to take care of yesterday's invoices, pickup paperwork and get a couple of dogs licensed. They were very busy, short staffed and had a few new people working. I spoke to the person in charge of the clinic and we may have devised a plan so things go more smoothly for us in the future. In the meantime, he will call me when the invoices are ready for payment and to let me know when I can pick up all of the paperwork for myself and those I am assisting. When I left DAS, I made a stop at home to give my dogs a potty break and then headed over to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. Thanks to 'Summer On The Streets 2022' online fundraiser, we were able to reserve five rooms. We gave seven pets and their companions some relief from the heat. Not everyone was awake while I was there but I did visit with three of the seven we had in rooms and two others that happened to be there. I ran a personal errand when I left that location and then went to Cheesecake Factory to meet a childhood friend and a visitor she has from Italy. Waters from Niagara, chicken jerky treats for dogs, wet dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, plush squeaky dog toys, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
At the end of the morning, we had 8 cats checked in for spay/neuter appointments. This month, we provided 'the works' for 40 pets. I am pretty sure it is the largest number we have ever done in one month and that is partially due to my working with three separate places to make it happen…..We scheduled 'the works' for 10 pets today at the three different facilities. Three of those pets were dogs and the others were kittens/cats. We start out at Van Buren Animal Hospital, go to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services Spay/Neuter Clinic and end at Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center Spay/Neuter Clinic, after I get done running home to give my dogs a potty break. As of 6:00 last night, I still had not heard back from a woman with 3 dogs and another with a cat so I substituted four cats in their places. At 6:30am, I received a text that a woman who was desperate to get her female cat spayed, was not going to be able to make it. She has a job and they called her in early. I suggested she have someone else bring the cat but that did not work.. Because five of the cats being spayed/neutered today are being brought in by one person, the cancelation meant she would now be able to get them all done at two places instead of three but it left me with an unused appointment. The gentleman bringing three cats was only able to get two of them and I was unable to fill his empty appointment. I spend so much time making these arrangements, because I am trying to keep from booking appointments weeks in advance but it seems as if something always comes up. Today, I am grateful for those we were able to get done! The only items shared today were ARCO fuel cards."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."
We had three pets scheduled for 'the works' at Van Buren Animal Hospital today. There was one female dog, one male dog and a male cat that did not make it last week. Both of the dogs made it but the cat was a no-show again. When I left Van Buren Animal Hospital, I went home for a bit to give my dogs a potty break and make a couple of calls that I needed to be at my desk for. About forty minutes later, I went back out. This time I drove through Fairmount Park looking for a woman who said we could provide her dog with 'the works' this week. She was supposed to contact me Friday afternoon to confirm but she never did so I was hoping to ask if she changed her mind or just didn't get around to texting/calling. I know there are a number of people that have been around her who will not give permission for their pets to be spayed/neutered. I am wondering if one of them talker her out of it like they have so many others. It did not matter though, because I could not find her. I continued driving to the downtown Salvation Army. A couple of people were there for a shower and they had their pets with them. I parked, visited and distributed supplies. From there I drove across town to our storage units to get more water, pet treats and dog food. I made one final stop at our PO Box and called it a day as far as being on the streets was concerned. There are always hours of work to do, once I get home. Some of that was trying to coordinate tomorrow's spay/neuter appointments as well as reserve motel rooms as part of our 'Summer On The Streets 2022' online fundraiser. "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, chicken jerky treats for dogs, wet dog food, medium leash, 2 small bags of dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, squeaky tennis ball, plush squeaky dog toy, small Kong squeaky tennis ball, medium collar and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I spent my usual time on the streets today but only visited with six pets. My first stop was at the Path of Life Ministries Community Access Shelter. Nobody was outside with their pets so I started driving to Hunter Park. While I was still on Massachusetts Avenue, I spotted two puppies and their companion sitting in the shade in front of a building. I pulled over, parked and spent some time visiting. I also distributed a few supplies. I went from there to Hunter Park but did not find anyone with pets so I continued driving until I reached Reid Park. A couple of people were there with their pets so I visited and distributed supplies there too. Not far from the park is an area where some of the homeless used to park their vehicles. None were parked at that location but a few were parked one street over. I drove to that street, visited with a dog I had not seen in a bit, passed a gentleman whose dog received 'the works' last week and met a gentleman with three cats that are now scheduled for 'the works' on Wednesday. I distributed supplies for the one dog, kittens and cat. I tried to wake someone who was parked with his two dogs but I was unsuccessful so I called it a day. Is topped to get fuel, went home for a bit, checked our PO Box and then met someone for lunch. The afternoon was spent updating social media, finalizing some of the spay/neuter appointments for the week, answering calls, replying to texts and replying to emails. Waters from Niagara, beef/cheese sticks, small stainless steel pet dish, wet puppy food, kitty bowl, wet kitten food, wet Mother/Baby cat food, wet cat food, Inaba chicken stew for cats, Inaba Churu bites for cats, Inaba Churu ropes for cats, small bag of kitten food, small bag of cat food, individual bags of dog treats, chicken jerky treats for dogs, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, squeaky tennis ball, squeaky dog toy, rope toy, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
My first stop of the day was off of Market Street near the go kart track. I met with one dog and his companion. We visited and I distributed supplies. When I left that location, I drove to a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley but nobody was there with their pets so I continued driving to Mission Avenue and Crestmore. I parked near the bridge, met with a couple of the pets that live down there and distributed supplies. In order to go to my next stop, I needed to turn around near the dog park. While I was doing that, I came upon a gentleman with a dog I thought I knew. As it turned out, we had met briefly a long time ago but the dog was not the one I thought he was. I parked for a few minutes. I was given permission for the dog to have treats and a bully stick, as long as his companion was the one giving them. I had no problem with that. I also left something for pet skin care. I had a personal errand I wanted to run that was out near Eastvale. I decided to make a slight detour to visit a family with pets and distribute supplies. I headed home after my errand and almost immediately scheduled a couple of dogs for 'the works' this Tuesday. I doubt we will have as many pets as we had last week but I will do my best to accommodate those who need appointments. Waters from Niagara, body wipes, toilet tissue, Cool Pet Pad, pet wipes, Inaba Churu bites for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, individual bags of dog treats, chicken jerky treats for dogs, wet dog food, wet cat food, Inaba chicken stew for cats, 3–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, STAT skin and wound care spray for pets, squeaky tennis ball and bully sticks were shared.