Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - August 2020


Monday On The Move 8-31-2020

I spent my time on the Eastside this morning on various sections of Massachusetts Avenue. I met a new dog, saw a couple I have not seen in a while and visited with old friends. I only visited with six, because I took a call from one of the City Net workers. I planned on stopping for a few more but I needed to speak to the worker and did not want to do that while I was on the streets. I got in my vehicle, put the call on Bluetooth and drove while we spoke. When we were done with our conversation, I ran a couple of personal errands, stopped at our PO Box and then headed home. I was supposed to meet up with Christine Ramirez for an outdoor lunch date but something came up and we had to reschedule for the end of the week or next Monday. It has been nearly seven months since she rode along and volunteered but we did finally meet for lunch last month and decided we would try to do so once a month until we can finally ride together again. I have been fortunate enough to stay healthy so far through this Pandemic, but I have really missed time spent with family and friends. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, wet dog food, Jones Natural chews, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and a Zippy Paws pet toy were shared.

Monday On The Move 8-31-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 8-30-2020

I made two stops today and both of them were around the area of Arlington and Van Buren. While I was out, I distributed needed supplies and spoke to people who have not been given a one night motel stay yet. Thanks to our ‘Summer On The Streets 2020’ online fundraiser, we still have funds for more rooms and I was able to reserve six more. Ten pets and their companions will be sleeping in rooms this Wednesday. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, cracker packs, cookie packs, tuna packets, chicken salad with crackers, candy, large bag of dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Jones Natural chews, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, Zippy Paws pet toy and Inaba chicken fillets for dogs were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 8-30-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 8-29-2020

My first stop of the day was at one of the river bottom outlets. When I left there, I drove through Fairmount Park but did not see anyone with pets. I was supposed to meet with someone else around 9:15 or so this morning but I arrived a little early and neither he nor the pets seemed to be awake. I texted and waited a few minutes but did not get an immediate response. I did get a request from someone who needed me to do them a favor so I did that and then made a second trip to Fairmount Park. I visited with four pets and their companions and then took a drive through the Magnolia Center area. I did not find anyone I was looking for there so I drove out to our PO Box. After that I called it a day so I could go home and meet my daughter who was coming over for lunch. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural chews, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Zippy Paws pet toy and Inaba chicken fillets for dogs were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 8-29-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 8-28-2020

I had planned to meet someone at Fairmount Park this morning. I waited for a bit but I guess he was arriving about the same I was leaving for Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside so we made a plan for tomorrow. That means going back over to the Eastside again but this will be at a different location. My weekly schedule is pretty consistent but every now and then it has to be altered to fit the needs of those we serve. When I left the Eastside, I headed across town to our storage units. While I was on my way, I saw a couple walking their dog up Magnolia Avenue. We have provided services for them in the past but I don’t seem them very often. I pulled into a nearby parking lot and got out for a visit. After the visit, I went to the storage facility, loaded supplies in my vehicle and then made one last stop at our PO Box before calling it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, Repel but repellent, collapsible pet bowl, leash, Jones Natural chews, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and Inaba chicken fillets for dogs were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 8-28-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 8-26-2020

In addition to the rooms we reserved at the Motel6 for pets that received surgery, we also had rooms for other pets. Those rooms were made possible by our 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. Six pets and their companions got relief from the heat and had a safe place to sleep, because of the kindness and generosity of our supporters. We will be giving this gift to others, next Wednesday. I had an opportunity to visit some of the pets that were there recuperating and some that were there because of the fundraiser. When I left the motel, I stopped at our PO Box, picked up a few packages and then went to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I was supposed to meet a couple and their dog so the pup could get flea/tick treated and have his vaccinations updated but they were no shows. Another dog did show for a nail trim and tick/treated. I paid all of the invoices from yesterday and caught up on well check payments from the past couple of weeks. Another expensive day but it is always worth it. Nestle Pure Life waters, Arco gift cards, Mobil Gift Card, Taco Bell gift card, cookie packs, cracker packs, tuna packets, tuna/chicken salad snack packs, slim jims, body wipes, collars, leashes, large bags of dog food including 20 pound bag from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural chews, chicken jerky treats for dogs, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and Inaba chicken fillets for dogs were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 8-26-2020
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#1336,#1337,#1338,#1339,#1340 & #1341 Get 'The Works' 8-26-2020

A call came in a little after 6am. It was from a woman who was going to be doing a favor for someone and driving their kitten to the clinic. She had a room at the motel and someone smashed her windows and punctured all of her tires. She has two small dogs of her own but thankfully was not in the vehicle as she believes she knows who sent the person who did this and the police have been notified. This woman is always trying to assist others with rides. The fuel is always taken care of by the companion of the pet going to the clinic or by us. Clearly, she could not drive the kitten to the clinic and we are going to try to help her with the damages that were done. Even though we did not have one kitten today, we still had 4 dogs and 2 cats. The cats are a 'pay it forward' and were not on our schedule for today but we are happy to be able to help. "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".

#1336,#1337,#1338,#1339,#1340 & #1341 Get 'The Works' 8-26-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 8-25-2020

I ran an errand early this morning and made a detour to visit with 'Kawasaki' on my way home. When I went out for a second time, I made my first stop in Jurupa Valley. From there I went to Fairmount Park where I stopped for another visit. I drove by the Salvation Army and through the downtown area but did not find anyone with pets. I proceeded to head over to the Magnolia Center area of Riverside where I made two more stops. When I was done visiting and giving out supplies, I made a trip to our PO Box and then headed home. I had a Zoom meeting with the Jurupa Valley Rotary where I was given an opportunity to share information about Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira. I have done some video chats a few times where I was interviewed but they were done one on one. This was a different format but I think it went ok. I am a very talkative person and I love discussing my charity but I am not a fan of being an actual 'speaker'. It has always been a little uncomfortable when I have done so in rooms full of people or when camera crews followed me/us around to do stories but I will always do my best to agree to situations where I can share about the work I/we do. Nestle Pure Life waters, cloth face masks, toilet tissue, cracker packs, cookie packs, tuna packets, tuna combos, cup of noodles, body wipes, doggie waste bags, chicken jerky treats for dogs, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba Churu for cats, wet kitten food, dry kitten food and wet dog food were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 8-25-2020
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Monday On The Move 8-24-2020

Most of the homeless on Massachusetts Avenue are still out there in their tents. I was told that some are going to be put in motels, some got housing vouchers and some are getting housing. The people in the actual homeless shelter and pods are still there but a few of them told me that they are getting housing in the near future. I am not sure what this is going to look like as things start progressing but I am happy for those who will no longer be living on the streets, in pods or in the shelter. I am not sure how I will be doing what I do for them once things get rolling but I will be sure to stay available to those who need assistance. We usually try to help anyone going indoors for the first few months as that is always a big adjustment. This new program seems like they may be doing more than anything we have seen in the past. I guess time will tell. The only real disadvantage to those who do move indoors is that they will have no incentive to spay and neuter their pets but that is something I have no control over. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, doggie waste bags, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural chews, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, cows ears, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, flea and tick meds, simply cesar chicken for dogs and wet dog food were shared.

Monday On The Move 8-24-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 8-23-2020

I don't usually go to the Eastside on the weekends but I did visit one location today. I did not go to Hunter Park or Massachusetts Avenue near the homeless shelter but I was in that part of town. I was there, because of text messages I received yesterday about some dogs that had wandered into the area. One of them appeared to be injured and had ticks on her as well. There is word that the owners live nearby but those people were not home. I went today, in order to scan for microchips as that seemed like the best way to get them back home. Unfortunately, neither dog was spayed/neutered or micro chipped. The finder will be keeping in contact with me and if the owners cannot be found or do not want the dogs back, we will eventually be looking for rescue. When I left that location, I drove through Downtown Riverside as well as the area near the old Pine Center. I did not find anyone with pets so I proceeded on to the area around Arlington and Van Buren. I was unable to find one of the pets and her companion but I did find a couple others. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, wire kennel, socks, body wipes, cracker packs, cookie packets, tuna packets, tuna combos, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural chews, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, collapsible pet bowls, flea and tick meds, and wet dog food were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 8-23-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 8-22-2020

I tried to make my first stop at a location in Rubidoux but they were still sleeping so I drove to another area of Rubidoux and met up with someone else to give her supplies for her dogs and cats. From there I drove to a river bottom outlet where I gave a gentleman his 3-year RCAS license renewal letter. One of the AC Officers was kind enough to bring a vet tech there so the dog finally got his vaccinations caught up. The last time he was vaccinated was 2014 and his last license expired in 2015. Needless to say, this was long overdue. My next stop was Fairmount Park where I visited with a couple of cats and their canine brother. I spent more time driving around the East Side at Hunter Park and then on University Avenue. I ended by driving downtown but I did not see anyone else with pets so I drove out to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley and then called it a day. My daughter wanted to have lunch with me and since it was too hot to sit outdoors, I invited her over and offered to make us something to eat. I didn't really need to get home early to meet her but I decided to get out of the heat and cut the day short anyway. I am glad I did, because she spent the day keeping us company. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, body wipes, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural chews, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba salmon treats for cats, cow's ears, large bag of dog food and wet dog food were shared.

Saturday'a Smiles 8-22-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 8-21-2020

I left early this morning to try and beat some of the heat and to make time to stop at Fairmount Park on my way to Massachusetts Avenue. There is usually a group waiting for a woman who brings hot oatmeal but nobody I did not see anyone on the benches and proceeded towards the homeless shelter. As I was driving up Third Street, I noticed a dog with its head out the window and there was another dog in the car as well. They were the color and the breeds of dogs I had discussed with someone on the phone yesterday. We were connected after one of the companions made a Facebook post about a third dog she had. That dog was impounded. She felt it best that a good home be found, because he needs lots of exercise and hated being in the car. I made a post on my personal page after we spoke. I figure it was no coincidence that we randomly met today. I am not sure what made me put my window down and speak to the people when we were both driving but now I think it happened for a reason. We both pulled over and I had an opportunity to visit. While we were doing that, 'Scamp' and his companion passed by on their way to the park/ I told them I would meet up after I went to Massachusetts Avenue. When I got to that area, there were police, code enforcement and people from the City Net Homeless Outreach Team there. Everyone in a tent was getting an evacuation notice. As of September 9th, the street will be closed to all of the homeless who have basically been living there. I am not sure where they will all go but I am told that some will be offered resources. I have no idea how any of this will work out but I will be looking into it further as the time for them to 'evacuate the area' is closer. I only visited four dogs on that street, because I wanted to get back to the park. I was able to do that and have my visit with 'Scamp'. When I left the park, I stopped at Elliott's for Pets and then in front of an abandoned building where there were a few homeless with pets. I spent some time with them, drove to our storage units for supplies, stopped at Smart and Final and then made my last stop at our PO Box, before calling it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, Repel bug repellent, socks, body wipes, tuna packets, cracker packs, cookie packs, slim jims, fruit roll ups, cup of noodles, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural chews, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, bully slices, cow's ears, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, doggie waste bags with leash clip, flea and tick treatments, collapsible pet dishes and a tennis ball were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 8-21-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 8-20-2020

Today, I stopped at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. The plan was to visit pets that received 'the works' yesterday as well as some of the pets that were there thanks to our 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. One of the dogs that had surgery yesterday did not need a motel room. Unfortunately, the other was in a room with someone who wasn't answering the door. She finally texted later and told me she is a heavy sleeper. I told her that I had said when I would be there and she needed to be awake but instead I made three unsuccessful trips to her door. We got everything settled but I could have done without the drama. I always tell people what time I will be stopping by and it is very frustrating when they don't keep their commitment to allow me a few minutes to check on the pets. We usually license dogs but if someone decides it is not important enough to meet with me then we don't license their pet. They get two days in the room so it is far from unreasonable to expect them to give me a few minutes so I can make sure the pet is recuperating properly. I wasn't able to visit with a few of the people we put in room because of the fundraiser, because most still seemed to be asleep. I did visit with two and the cats that had surgery, before leaving the property. I ran a personal errand and drove around the Magnolia Center area for a bit. I could not find the dog I had passed when I was running the errand but I did find another. I gave him and the person caring for him a few supplies and then I went to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I had to pay the invoices for yesterday and for a dog coming in to get a well check. By the time I was done at the clinic, I had just enough time to go to our PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, body wipes, tuna packets, cracker packs, cookie packs, slim jims, fruit roll ups, cup of noodles, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural chews, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet kitten food, Inaba tuna for cats, Inaba salmon treats for cats, wet dog food, collapsible pet dish as well as Zippy Paws and other pet toys were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 8-20-2020
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#1331,#1332,#1333,#1334 and #1335 Get 'The Works' 8-19-2020

Today is Spay/Neuter day but I had agreed to meet someone at 6:30am so I did that on my way. The person I was meeting has a dog that is going to get 'the works' next week. She was in need of supplies and could not really wait that long so we made it happen this morning. We had a pretty full schedule for spaying and neutering. It included three dogs and four cats. All four cats arrived on time but one was sick and had to be re-scheduled. Two of the dogs were on time but the third had a change of heart. We had been speaking for over a month and had confirmed everything a couple of days ago but for some reason, the companion got cold feet today. She said she needed more time to think about it. I guess someone got in her head and made her think the dog would get fat and would not be the same great dog he is. I tried to tell her that just isn't true and if she had reservations, she had plenty of time to discuss them with me when it was not the day of surgery, In the end it is her dog and there was nothing I could do. Once again, someone is misinformed and that caused someone else to miss out on an opportunity to get their pet to the clinic. Because she waited until the last minute those on my waiting list were unable to take advantage of the cancellation. When all was said and done 1 male dog, 1 female dog, 2 female cats and 1 male cat received 'the works'. That is something to be thankful for. "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". Nestle Pure Life waters, disposable face masks, Arco gift card, Mobil gift card, Taco Bell gift card, tuna packets, cracker packs, cookie packs, slim jims, body wipes, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural chews, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, dog collar, stainless steel pet dish and a Zippy Paws pet toy were shared.

#1331,#1332,#1333,#1334 and #1335 Get 'The Works' 8-19-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 8-18-2020

When I left the house this morning, I only planned on being out for about 90 minutes in order to make it to a dental appointment. I headed out to Jurupa Valley to meet a dog that is scheduled for 'the works' tomorrow. I met with him and his companions as well as 'BamBam', 'Jake' and their companion. Afterwards, I drove across the street to the Motel6 and left a bag of baked goods for Lupe Alcala and her staff. My next stop was Fairmount Park. I wanted to remind a couple of people that there were motel rooms reserved for them. I was only able to find one of the people but she had all three pets with her so I stuck around for a visit. As I was leaving, a got notification from Found Animals Pet Registry and learned that one of the many dogs we provided 'the works' for had been impounded in San Bernardino. I made a couple of calls to people who I am hoping can track down his companion. When I left that location, I was headed home to put my dogs out for a few minutes and then get to my dental appointment but while on my way, I received a call that we had to cancel. That threw a wrench in today's plans but I decided to use the extra time to look for a specific brand of vegetable enchiladas. I was unsuccessful at the first couple of places and while in route to the next, I stopped for a visit with 'Kawasaki'. I never did find what I was looking for but I am thankful for the seven pets I spent time with today. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural chews, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food, Inaba Churu for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats and a large bag of dog food were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 8-18-2020
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Monday On The Move 8-17-2020

It was already in the high 80's by 8:30 this morning and for some reason it was a bit humid as well. I got stuck behind a train that wasn't moving but after driving a few miles out of the way, I was finally able to make it to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside. I parked at the far end closest to Kansas to visit with and give out supplies to a few dogs and then I drove up halfway up the street and parked again to do the same. I did not see many of the pets and would think they were still in the kennel, the pods or their tents but I did spend time with twelve of them. A few years ago, all of the trees lining Massachusetts were cut down in an attempt to keep the homeless from gathering in the shade. Now, there are even more tents but nobody is protected from the sun. I just don't know how they do it. We will be putting a few people and pets in rooms on Wednesday and started a list for the following week. We will continue doing this until the money runs out which will most likely happen next month. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural chews, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food and a small bag of dog food were shared.

Monday On The Move 8-17-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 8-16-2020

My dog 'Stella' hasn't been well for a few days and after losing 'Sox' last month it was extra worrisome. This morning, she finally ate something and kept it down. It was definitely a relief. Before making any stops today, I went to get fuel. After I did that, I drove over to the parking lot of RCAS to see if a particular dog was there with his companion. They have a vehicle and I have seen them parked in the shade there. Unfortunately, they were not today. We are supposed to neuter the dog on Wednesday but I have had no luck reaching his companion. Just hoping that changes soon and that the appointment doesn't go to waste. ….I was asked to meet someone at the Motel 6 this morning and bring supplies. That was my first stop. While I was there, I ran into someone else I knew and she had a room with a kitten named 'Jake' and a dog named 'Bam Bam'. We visited for a bit and I gave them a bag of supplies as well. I was going to head across town to our storage units and check out the Magnolia Center area but I never made it. While on my way, I saw a vehicle parked in an empty field and I knew that two pets and their companion were inside. I wasn't sure if they were awake, but when I pulled in one of the dogs came running over. His companion and the other dog followed soon after so I spent some time there visiting and gave them a few supplies. When I left that location, I drove to another area of Jurupa Valley where there is a homeless encampment at the far end of a large field. I could see people were there but it was already getting hot and I Just did not feel like taking the long walk to where they were especially because I was not sure if anyone was there and/or awake. I wound up running a couple of personal errands and then I called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, tuna packs, cookie packs, cracker packs, slim jims, cup of noodles, chicken jerky treats for dogs, doggie waste bags, Jones Natural chews, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food, Inaba Churu for cats, wet kitten food, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Zippy Paws pet toys, a harness and a small bag of dog food were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 8-16-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 8-15-2020

I wasn't sure what I was going to be doing today, being my dog 'Stella' still isn't feeling well. I had committed to meeting someone this morning but I did not plan on doing much more than that. I did go to Fairmount Park to drop off the supplies I was asked for. I decided to drive towards Van Buren Animal Hospital to check on any people with pets that might be at a few locations before stopping to check on my dog's bloodwork. There was nobody in the downtown spots I looked at or Low Park but I did find 'Kawasaki' in the Arlington/VanBuren area. I drove around looking for a couple of other pets that I visit near there was nobody in sight so I stopped at the vet's office. My dog's bloodwork came back normal but her appetite is not. She received a couple of injections yesterday and I gave her part of an anti-nausea pill too but nothing seemed to help. She ate a little bit yesterday afternoon when my daughter was visiting but threw it up soon after. She took a couple of bites of food this morning but she threw that up too. The doctor seems to think she will be ok in a couple of days so I am keeping an eye on her. If not, she will have to go back for another look. I felt a little bad leaving home today but she was napping and still wagging her tail at me so I figured a couple of hours would be ok. I will decide what to do tomorrow, when I see how she does for the rest of the day and then again when she wakes up in the morning. Nestle Pure Life waters,toilet tissue, tuna packs, cookie packs, cracker packs, cup of noodles, chicken jerky treats, kitty litter, Jones Natural chews, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food, Inaba tuna fillets for cats and a small bag of dog food were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 8-15-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 8-14-2020

I had an 8am appointment at Van Buren Animal Hospital. My personal dogs 'Sammy' and 'Stella' needed their nails trimmed and their anal glands expressed. I was originally supposed to go last Friday but a nail in my tire prevented it and now I am thankful. My dogs eat twice a day but 'Stella' had not eaten since Wednesday afternoon. She took a couple of treats yesterday morning and then stopped taking those too. She skips a meal now and then but never more than one and always loves treats. After losing 15-year-old 'Sox' last month I have been more concerned about the other dogs as they are both around 13 years of age. When we went to the Van Buren Animal Hospital, 'Stella' had some blood work done and received a couple of injections as well as meds to take home. We have to wait for the blood work results, before knowing if she needs anything else. Needless to say, the morning was stressful. When we returned from the vet's office, I out the dogs in the house and then I drove to the Eastside and spent some time on Massachusetts Avenue. I was supposed to meet a new kitty and then planned to go up and down the street looking for other pets to visit. I had an opportunity to visit and pass out needed supplies for nine pets but I did not stay as long as I usually do, because I wanted to get home and make sure 'Stella' was doing ok. I made one quick stop to our PO Box and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, chicken jerky, Jones Natural chews, kabob chew sticks, tennis ball, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet kitten food, wet dog food, Inaba Churu for cats KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement) were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 8-14-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 8-13-2020

I spent part of the morning at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. Three of the dogs and both of the feral cats were not. I was able to visit one of the dogs that was neutered yesterday and a couple of the pets we had put in rooms thanks to our 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. Not all were awake and I like to let people rest when we gift them with a room so I was not able to visit all of the pets. When I left the motel, I went to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic to pay the invoices from yesterday. I was expecting two or three well checks to be there but they were all no shows. My next stop was PO Box and then home. I got some work done and then went to meet an old friend for lunch on the patio of a nearby restaurant. It was a bit warm but we were able to stay out long enough to catch up and miss the highest temps of the day. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, body wipes, cracker packs, cookie packs, tuna, sardines, Arco gift cards, Mobil gift cards, Burger King gift cards, Vetericyn wound care spray, chicken jerky, Jones Natural chews, kabob chew sticks, Zippy Paws and other pet toys, cat harness with leash, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food, Inaba Churu for cats and Inaba tuna fillets for cats were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 8-13-2020
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#1325 to #1330 Get 'The Works' 8-12-2020

We had 2 male dogs, 2 female dogs, 1 female cat and 1 male cat on the schedule for the spay/neuter clinic today. Early this morning, I received a text from the woman who had the two cats. She said her friends did not show up with carriers today so she would need to reschedule. Someone who is trapping cats at a Jurupa Valley location for us had gotten two males so we still wound up with the number of pets we were expecting but it did mess up the actual schedule. Spay and neuter appointments are hard to come by and females have the longest waits. When people cancel the day of or are no shows it is so unfair to those waiting their turn. I don't understand why somebody who made arrangements weeks ago waited until the day of her appointment to secure the carriers. She is supposed to have two more cats done next week as well and now I have to question whether or not to keep those appointments for her. So much work goes into getting everything to fall into place but even when I think it has, I realize there are no guarantees. I continue to try and be grateful for as many as I can get done, because those 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".

#1325 to #1330 Get 'The Works' 8-12-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 8-11-2020

My first stop of the day was at one of the river bottom outlets. When a gentleman surrendered a dog that he found, he was promised some pizza. I do not have time to order and deliver pizzas so I brought him enough cash to get himself a couple. I don't usually give people money but I have done this for him before so I knew it would be put to good use. When I left that location, I went to Fairmount Park where I visited with two dogs and two cats, before heading over to the Salvation Army where I visited with two more. I did not know I would see them there but their companion had not left yet after taking a shower. When I left there, I went to the PO Box, the tire store and then home. I wasn't home long, before I had to head back out to meet a few people at our storage units. Two were meeting me to deliver supplies and one was there to pick some up. A big thank you to both Christine Langdon and Ilene Stein for the deliveries. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, Money for Pizza, body wipes, wet dog food, chicken jerky, cows ears, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba tuna fillet for cats, wet cat food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and a Zippy Paws pet toy were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 8-11-2020
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Monday On The Move 8-10-2020

At 6:30am I ran out to the store to pick up a few items so I could do more baking this week. At 8am, I was at a local tire shop so they could put on the tire they special ordered for me last Friday. I have had a nail in the sidewall of a rear back tire and the tire needed replaced. These tires are over $300.00 each so I never like having to replace one but it had to be done. I have noticed a slow leakage of air for the past month or so but did not see anything in the tire when we put air in it. When I had it serviced last week, they found the nail. After the tire was replaced, I went to the Eastside and parked in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue. I had enough time to visit with ten of the pets that were out there and hope to get to the others on Friday. When I left that location, I went home to pack some baked goods in need of shipping. I also put together a container of assorted cookies for the postal workers. They are always thankful for my cookies and banana chocolate chip bread. When I was finished at the post office, I made one last stop to run a personal errand and then I headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, body wipes, collapsible pet bowl, plastic 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, simply cesar chicken dog food, chicken jerky, cows ears, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and Inaba chicken fillets for dogs were shared.

Monday On The Move 8-10-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 8-9-2020

On my way to what was going to be my first stop this morning, I made a detour when I recognized a van in a parking lot. I had met the dog and his companion a couple of weeks back and the dog needs neutered. The woman gave me her phone number but it seems I put her name in my phone but prematurely shredded the paper with her number. This is why I ask people to call me. Sometimes I just have too much going on or do something crazy like that which messes up any chance of setting up appointments. When I left that location, I went to a river bottom outlet I had not been to in a very long time. I knew the people I was meeting but had not met their pets. My next stop was for a dog and her companion in a parking lot of a business that closed down. My final stop was for two dogs and their companions in the parking lot of a strip mall where most of the businesses were closed today. I had planned on running over to our storage units and checking to see if anyone with pets were at the parks on that side of town, but I ran out of time. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, toilet tissue, cracker packs, cookie packs, slim jims, tuna salad packets, body wipes, Vetericyn wound care spray for pets, dog collar, dog leash, collapsible pet bowl, plastic pet bowl, bug/fly repellent, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, Zippy Paws pet toys and Pet safety Vests, , chicken jerky, cows ears, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and wet dog food were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 8-9-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 8-8-2020

I made my first stop out in Jurupa Valley. I visited with two dogs and shared supplies for them and their feline siblings. My next stop was at one of the river bottom entrances. Unfortunately, one of the people I was there to meet wasn't around. The other did not bring either of his two dogs with him so I just left supplies and then headed over to Hunter Park. I went to the park to meet with the companion of two dogs who helped me and a local rescue get some dogs to safety. The rescue gave me fifty dollars to purchase fuel cards for the companion. I delivered the cards and visited her dogs. My final stop was at another location in Jurupa Valley. I dropped off supplies and visited with another dog there, before calling it a day. I was looking forward to getting home, because my daughter was coming over to have lunch and keep the dogs and I company. Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, cookie packs, slim jims, tuna salad packets, chicken salad combos, body wipes, bug/fly repellent, 2-20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Zippy Paws and other pet toys, chicken jerky, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, kitty litter and wet dog food were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 8-8-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 8-7-2020

I had an appointment to get my vehicle serviced this morning so I drove to the Eastside a little earlier than usual and did not have as much time as I normally do to stay there. I was fortunate to find six pets with companions who were awake and let me visit with their fur babies. Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, cookie packs, cashew snack packs, slim jims, tuna salad packets, chicken salad combos, body wipes, Vetericyn wound care spray, Benadryl caplets, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Zippy Paws and other pet toys, chicken jerky, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and we t dog food were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 8-7-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 8-6-2020

I spent the first part of the morning at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I checked on five of the pets that were spayed and neutered yesterday. I also visited with one that was there thanks to our 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. When I left the motel, I drove to the post office. I shipped some baked goods out this week and one of the boxes that was just going to Los Angeles did not make it, even though the boxes shipped to other states did. They are looking into it but even if the box turns up now, the baked goods will be too old to enjoy. My final stop was at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I paid for all 9 pets that received 'the works' yesterday. Even with pledges and a volume discount, the bill was still around $1,000 and that is separate from the costs of the 2-night motel stays where the pets begin to recuperate. The clinic costs were not that bad considering how many pets underwent surgery but it was still an expensive week. I will take an expensive week over a week of no-shows anytime! Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, cookie packs, cashew snack packs, slim jims, tuna salad packets, chicken salad combos, body wipes, pet eye drops, dog bed, squeaky pet toys, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba churu for cats, doggie waste bags with leash clip, Zippy Paws pet safety vest, leash and puppy pads were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 8-6-2020
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#1316 to #1324 Get 'The Works' 8-5-2020

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.

#1316 to #1324 Get 'The Works' 8-5-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 8-4-2020

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.

Tuesday's Treasures 8-4-2020
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Monday On The Move 8-3-2020

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.

Monday On The Move 8-3-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 8-2-2020

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.

Sunday On The Streets 8-2-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 8-1-2020

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.

Saturday's Smiles 8-1-2020
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