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Journal - September 2020


#1364, #1365 and #1366 Get 'The Works' 9-30-2020

September was a fairly busy month for us at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. What made it different from other busy months is ratio of cats and dogs we had done. Counting today's surgeries, we provided 'the works for 25 pets. Of those twenty-five, 5 were dogs and 20 were cats. Things have slowed down on the streets with the dog population and that is partially due to the programs that are moving the homeless off the streets and to other temporary living situations until actual housing can be found. Those with pets seem less worried about the spaying and neutering while they are indoors. I would also like to think that we have spayed and neutered so many that the numbers are finally decreasing. As far as the cats are concerned, they seem to be multiplying everywhere and we are doing our best to help when possible. We spayed/neutered 2 male dogs, 3 female dogs, 13 male cats and 7 female cats during the month of September. It will be interesting to see how October goes. "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".

#1364, #1365 and #1366 Get 'The Works' 9-30-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 9-29-2020

My first stop of the day was at Fairmount Park. I was going to one of the river bottom outlets to make sure a plan we had in place went smoothly but there was nowhere to park. While I was at the park, I got a text letting me know everything went well….My main concern this morning was getting a small dog out of the river bottom. The plan is for Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira to provide ‘the works’ tomorrow and then have a volunteer from Mutts In Need pick her up from the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic at the end of the day. Trying to figure out how she would get to the clinic was the difficult part but we were fortunate to get assistance from Nicole Onstad. We are helping her with spay/neuter services for a few cats and two are going to the clinic tomorrow. She was kind enough to pick up ‘Kiki’ this morning and keep the dog with her until then. We will not have to go searching for her early Wednesday morning or worry that she has eaten. It is such a relief knowing we will definitely have the dog ready for surgery and rescue. Nicole made it worry free for me and I am so Grateful for that. This dog is so sweet and she was left on her own too often in the river bottom. It was just too dangerous. I am thankful we got permission to take her so she can begin a new journey….When I left the park, I went to the Eastside and drove up Massachusetts Avenue. I am still having a hard time getting used to the street being clear of the homeless and their pets but I know it is a good thing. While I was driving up the street, I spotted ‘Tikki’ being walked by his companion so I pulled over for a visit. As I was driving away from them, I noticed another dog being walked by her companion. I asked if we could visit and when she said ‘yes’, I pulled over for them. While we were trying on pet costumes and making sure ‘Peaches’ was getting her fill of jerky treats, two other dogs approached with their companions. It was ‘Queen’ and ‘Woofy’. All four of those dogs are still staying in the pods with their companions or in the kennel next to the homeless shelter. There was just one pet there I did not get to visit but I will do so on another day. Nestlé Pure Life waters, Inaba tuna for cats, Inaba chicken for dogs, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, simply cesar chicken dog food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and pet Halloween costumes were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 9-29-2020
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Monday On The Move 9-28-2020

I made four stops this morning. The first was at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I visited a couple of old friends and made a new one. I was hoping to visit with four others but everyone was still sleeping. My next stop was a river bottom outlet. I went to speak to someone about possibly spaying and/or finding rescue for a small dog that is there. I am concerned about it running loose in an area where the coyotes are known to roam. The dog has been with one gentleman for awhile but he doesn't make sure she is safe. I was given permission to take her so now I am working on a ride to the clinic this Wednesday. The rescue will send a transporter if I can get things scheduled on this end. My third stop was on the Eastside at Hunter Park and the fourth was on Massachusetts in front of the pods by the homeless shelter. When I was leaving the park, I ran into a woman who used to live on the streets in her car and then a motor home. I loved her little dog but had not seen hom since they moved to a more permenant setting. I was told the dog was not far away and asked if I would like to visit with him. My answer was yes so she picked him up and drove him to Massachusetts Avenue for the reunion. I left soon after as I did not have an opportunity to visit with any of the four or five pets that are staying in the kennel and the pods there. Nestle Pure Life waters, Benadryl caplets, body wipes, Inaba tuna for cats, Inaba chicken for dogs, Inaba juicy bites for cats, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and squeaky toys were shared.

Monday On The Move 9-28-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 9-27-2020

I made two trips out this morning. The first was to look for the companion of a dog that was impounded a couple of days ago and gotten out yesterday. I told her at that time that I would stop and see them today. I was hoping if I went early enough that I might catch them where they sleep. Once they get up and start moving about, it is much harder for me to find them. After our visit, I went home for a bit and then headed out to the area around Arlington and Van Buren. I did not find 'Kawasaki' at first but did run into someone I had not seen in a long time. I pulled in to a nearby parking lot for a visit and to get caught up on what's been happening for the gentleman and his dog. I was supposed to meet someone else in another part of Riverside at 10am but I still had a few minutes before I had to head that way so after we were done, I drove around the area for a bit. I did find 'Kawasaki' and her companion. I stayed with them until I needed to head over to the 10am meet. When I arrived there, I noticed there were no dogs. I needed one dog in particular to be present so we could try on a safety vest. He was just neutered and his companions felt it was best that he did not make the long walk to where we were meeting. I agreed and we decided to try again next week. I was going to make the drive and look around in one more area but changed my mind and called it a day. I went home for a bit and then met Christine Ramirez for lunch. She used to volunteer once a week and did so for a few years. Covid put a stop to that but we do try to catch up every month or so for a socially distanced lunch. I really miss going out to lunch and dinner more often with family and friends but I do what I can to stay as healthy as possible, especially as my 65th birthday approaches. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, body wipes, Pet Halloween costume, Inaba tuna for cats, Inaba chicken for dogs, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, simply cesar chicken dog food, stainless steel pet dish, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and squeaky toys were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 9-27-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 9-26-2020

I divided my morning between two locations. The first was at one of the river bottom outlets. I was contacted earlier in the week to bring supplies and to check a dog for microchip. The second was University Avenue on the Eastside. I was just going to meet with one pet and his companion but another showed up. I have a few Halloween costumes donated over the past year and I brought them with me. I was able to take them out at the second stop and there was something to fit each of the pets. They looked cute and it made me look forward to dressing up more. Before heading home, I stopped at our PO Box and drove around looking for someone who was supposed to get her dog out of impound yesterday. I was unable to find her and will look again tomorrow. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, body wipes, toilet tissue, fleece blankets, Pet Halloween costumes, doggie booties, collar, doggie bow tie, Inaba tuna for cats, Inaba chicken for dogs, Inaba juicy bites for cats, wet dog food, wet cat food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, small bag of cat food, stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, Company, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and squeaky toys were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 9-26-2020
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#1363 Gets 'The Works' and Today's Travels 9-25-2020

At 7am I arrived at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center Spay/Neuter Clinic. A cat that we had agreed to spay/neuter was finally trapped so I went to the clinic to make financial arrangements and to take a few photos. When I left the clinic, I went looking for a homeless woman whose dog was impounded yesterday. I was able to find her and made sure she knew where the dog was. From there, I went home to put my dogs out for a few minutes before making my second trip of the day. I drove to Fairmount Park for visits and distributing supplies and then I hopped on the freeway to go to Rubidoux where I had scheduled a meeting with a couple who has two dogs and three cats. I visited with one of the dogs and then gave them needed supplies. Someone from DAS called me in the midst of all of this. It was about the impounded dog a DAS AC Officer had contacted me about yesterday. I forgot that someone needs an appointment to get their dog out so I drove back to where I had seen the homeless woman earlier and let her know that I put her name on the list. She was waiting for a ride by someone who was also lending her money for the fees. I asked for a text or call, when the dog has been released. I had not heard anything by late afternoon so I checked the website. It said the dog was claimed by her owner. I am very grateful for that. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, toilet tissue, fleece blankets, Repel bug repellent, Inaba tuna for cats, Inaba chicken for dogs, Inaba juicy bites for cats, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, wet cat food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices and squeaky toys were shared.

#1363 Gets 'The Works' and Today's Travels 9-25-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 9-24-2020

We had a few pets in motel rooms, thanks to our ‘Summer On The Streets 2020’ online fundraiser and we also had a dog that was neutered yesterday there as well. I arrived at the motel around 8:45am. I saw someone outside with her pets and stopped there, before going to the room with the dog who had surgery. I had planned on visiting other rooms but nobody seemed to be awake by the time I had to leave for the clinic. My purpose for being at the clinic was to pay Wednesday’s invoices and to meet a couple of different people with their pets. One of the pets needed his one-year license tag. The other two just needed a visit. Their companion re-located to a different part of Riverside so we have not seen each other in a while. When they were on the Eastside, we were able to visit twice a week but that has not been possible. It was really nice seeing all three dogs. I always try to keep in touch with the people and pets I meet on the streets. It doesn’t always work out but it is nice when it does. Nestle Pure Life waters, Inaba tuna for cats, Inaba chicken for dogs, small bag of dog food, wet puppy food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, simply cesar chicken dog food and squeaky toys were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 9-24-2020
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#1360,#1361 and #1362 Get 'The Works' 9-23-2020

Last week was very busy for us at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. Over a three day period, we provided 'the works' for a total of eight cats. This week was not as productive but we did manage to provide those services for two cats and one dog. I always used to say that success will come when there is no longer a need for spaying and neutering on a weekly basis. I am not sure if the lower number of dogs we are doing is an indicator of progress or people not knowing where to look for help now that so many have been moved from where they had been staying. I do know that I am in this for the long and whether or not we have pets to spay and neuter every week, I will continue my daily travels until they are no longer needed. "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".

#1360,#1361 and #1362 Get 'The Works' 9-23-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 9-22-2020

It was another one of those days where I spent my usual amount of time on the streets but was unable to connect with the people and pets I had hoped to. I was scheduled to meet a couple and their pets at a Rubidoux location, first thing this morning. It is an area we have met multiple times before but they were not there. I tried to text but did not get a reply. After waiting about ten or fifteen minutes I left. They wound up texting me later and told me they could not find their phone so we are re-scheduling for later in the week. When I left there, I went to a second Rubidoux location but there was nobody at the tent. I continued on to Fairmount Park and then to the Salvation Army but did not find anyone with pets. I had a 10am appointment with a couple and their two dogs. We were to meet at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic so their dogs could get their vaccination updated as well as flea & tick treated. Thankfully, they showed and we were able to take care of their needs. I also paid for the two cats that received 'the works' last Friday. So, the day was not a total waste which is something I am thankful for. Some might say it is a good thing if I cannot find any homeless with pets. I would say that were true if the people and pets were no longer homeless but that is not the case. They are just scattered in different places now so I will continue being available to those in need. Nestle Pure Life waters, chicken jerky treats for dogs Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and squeaky pet toys were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 9-22-2020
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Monday On The Move 9-21-2020

My first stop this morning was at our storage units. I was meeting a representative of Inaba who was donating pet treats to us. When I left there, I began driving to different areas. I spent nearly three hours on the streets. I drove to seven locations before I came across any pets and even then, there were just two. I know there were at least eight more at the last place I stopped but everyone was still sleeping. Mondays and Fridays have typically been spent on Massachusetts Avenue up and down the street by the homeless shelter and pods. Because the new program moved all of the tent people to various locations, the only people left with pets are those in the shelter or the pods. I believe there are just four or five pets in there now. It used to be that there were so many pets that I could not get to them all in one morning which is partially why I went twice a week…..I am still trying to figure out how to make the best use of my time and haven't come up with an exact schedule yet. I will keep working on it and in the meantime will do what I can to seek out those needing assistance with their pets. Nestle Pure Life waters, doggie booties, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and Inaba Churus for cats were shared.

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Sunday On The Streets 9-20-2020

My first stop of the day was near VanBuren and Arlington for ‘Kawasaki’. She was just getting up and although she was not in the mood for talking or smiling, I did get plenty of tail wags and she was happy to eat her treats. My next stop was not far from there. I finally caught up with the people who are caring for ‘Angel’and was able to spend some time with her. She was excited to play with new toys and enjoyed the treats. I ran a personal errand when I left that location and the I headed toward the Magnolia Center area and Indiana Avenue where our storage units are. As I was driving down Arlington, I caught a glimpse of the companion of a pet named ‘Max’. I saw them recently for the first time in a long time. They were at the same bus stop across from their church. The bus pulled up at the same time I did but his companion said they would catch the next one so I could spoil the dog for a bit. When I left there, I went straight to storage. By the time I finished loading up supplies, I decided not to go and look for anyone else on the streets with pets. My vehicle was very full. I piled the supplies on top of the items I had stocked in there for today. It would have been difficult to pull out things that people might need. I drove directly home and spent the next half an hour unloading what I had just picked up and then re-stocking for tomorrow. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, body wipes, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Tiller Tugs tug toy, squeaky toys and a 20-pound bag pf dog food from the Star Milling Company were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 9-20-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 9-19-2020

I spent my morning at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I was unable to visit with the person who initially contacted me about the where abouts of a small group of homeless I had been providing services for but I did catch up with the others. I visited with people that were placed there by funding for the homeless which is supposed to be leading to housing at some point. For the past year or more, I had been visiting these pets and their companions while they lived in tents on Massachusetts and other places. I was thankful to see them in rooms with showers, beds and air conditioning. I will continue visiting while they stay there and possible even visit a few when they move indoors. I visited with people who were in rooms that they paid for and I visited with people who were on the property but not in rooms. Nestle Pure Life waters, small bags of puppy food, wet dog food, simply cesar chicken dog food, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, bully slices, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Jones Natural Chews, tuna fillets for cats, wet kitten food and a 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 9-19-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 9-18-2020

We had two cats at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic today. I was not sure that was going to work out so I was not prepared to go in. I did give consent for payment so the cats will get what they need. My first stop of the day was at Fairmount Park, I visited with five pets and distributed supplies. From there, I drove to Massachusetts Avenue. It looks so different with everyone off of the street. I noticed they are putting up iron fencing on one side which will prohibit anyone from coming back and putting up a tent. I did visit with a couple of pets while in the area. From there, I headed over to my Rabbi's house. Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashanah which begin our New Year. I had done some baking for her and her husband and wanted to drop it off. After doing the drop off, I ran a couple of personal errands and then headed over to the MSRPAC Spay/neuter Clinic. I picked up paperwork from yesterday's surgeries and was going to pay for the two cats we have there today but they had not input the information yet so we will do it later. I did not have time to look for more people with pets so I drove to our PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, small bags of dog food, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, stainless steel pet dish and Inaba juicy bites for cats were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 9-18-2020
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#1355,#1356 & #1357 Get 'The Works' &Today's Travels 9-17-2020

My day began like it did yesterday. I was at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic by 7am. Thursdays are not our usual spay/neuter days but that did not stop us when three cats needed those services. Once we had the cats checked in, I went home for a bit and then back out to do the things I had planned to, before I found out we had cats going to the clinic. When I left the clinic, I went back home for a bit and then headed over to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. We had reserved rooms for a few pets and their companions, thanks to our recent 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. I was there to visit the pets. One of them is named 'Dude'. We had him groomed yesterday at Michele's Friends Pet Salon. We put him in a room so he could stay clean for a day. He smelled great and his fur was very soft. He is always handsome but it was nice to make him more comfortable too. When I was done at the motel, I headed back to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I needed to pay for yesterday's surgeries and meet someone whose pet needed vaccinations and flea/tick treated. I had just purchased the dog's RCAS license tag for him and his fur sister. I gave their companions the tags and I also met one other person there so she could pick up her dog's license tag too…. "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, pet eye wash, dog collars including one from Max and Neo, small trolley run, pet pajamas, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and squeaky pet toys were shared.

#1355,#1356 & #1357 Get 'The Works' &Today's Travels 9-17-2020
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#1352, #1353 and #1354 Get 'The Works' 9-16-2020

I can't recall how long it has been since we had a spay/neuter day with no dogs but today was one of those days. We were expecting anywhere from four to six cats and even that did not go as planned. Our actual number turned out to be three but that is three that will not be multiplying in the future. "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".

#1352, #1353 and #1354 Get 'The Works' 9-16-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 9-15-2020

Our ASK Foundation Grant for 2020 was $1500.00. Those funds are not given directly to us but when we go to license dogs at Riverside County Animal Services the license fees are deducted from that amount. As of the end of August, we had depleted all funds for this year so we are now paying for the 1/3 year city/county tags. Last week, I dropped off paperwork at RCAS to Cecilia Olivares. She handles our monthly licensing. (I thank her for her hard work on our part.) This morning, my first stop of the day was to meet her and pick up the completed paperwork and tags. The cost was $135.00. When I left there, I drove over to an area I hoped to find 'Kawasaki'. I did not see her so I went to another spot she can sometimes be found with her companion. They were not there but a dog named 'Roxy' was there with her companions. They recently sold their vehicle and are now on foot for a few weeks until they can purchase another. The dog is not happy about it but she was pleased to get treats. From there, I went back to the first place I had looked and this time I did find what I was hoping to. I visited there and then began driving to other locations. I put quite a few miles on my vehicle but did not have any luck finding any homeless with pets. Well, I found a few but one woman will not allow her two dogs to be spayed so we do not speak and the other was still asleep in her vehicle along with both of her dogs. It is always discouraging when I make the effort to seek out people with pets but are not able to for a variety of reasons. I just have to be thankful for the two I did come across. Nestle Pure Life waters, doggie waste bags, pet booties, Jones Natural Chews, chicken jerky treats for dogs, wet dog food and bully slices were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 9-15-2020
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Monday On The Move 9-14-2020

My first stop this morning was in a parking lot on the Eastside for a visit with 'Solo'. When I left there, I drove over to the pods by the homeless shelter. It is still a bit surreal to see Massachusetts free of tents and the homeless who were living in them. I learned where a some of the people were moved, visited with three pets and spoke to one of the City Net staff, while I was there. When I left the pods, I drove over to Hunter Hobby Park to meet with three of my favorite pets that live indoors but come to visit. I spent some time with them, took care of some persona; business, stopped at our PO Box and called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, body wipes, toilet tissue, flavored drink packets, cookie packs, cracker packs, tuna snack pack, fruit roll ups, doggie bow tie, puppy pads, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, bag of dry dog food, wet cat food, Inaba fish and chicken treats for cats, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and a dog toys were shared.

Monday On The Move 9-14-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 9-13-2020

Things got off to a slow start today. I drove to the area around Van Buren and Arlington but was unable to find any of the three people and pets I was hoping to see. I was near the Wal-Mart and thought I would run in to see if they had stocked any of the filled pumpkin spice flavored baking truffles. I found some on WalMart.com but they were for pick up only and not in my area. I have been looking for them in the grocery stores with no luck and they are far too expensive to order online through Amazon and other places. I walked straight back to the display where there were baking supplies for everything pumpkin and found what I needed. These are very sweet and I miss the Nestlé pumpkin spice chips I used to buy but they still make a decent cookie filler. When I left the store, I headed towards Magnolia Center. I spotted a familiar dog and her companion sitting in the parking lot of a liquor store on Arlington. I did a u-turn and went back for a visit. I did a drive through different areas of Magnolia Center next but had no luck so I drove to Fairmount Park. I did not find who I was looking for there either but did have an opportunity to visit with five pets. My last stop was in Rubidoux. My main reason for going there had to do with a phone call I received last night about a dog that seemed to be severely injured or very sick. I suggested calling the general number for RPD or the Sheriff's department so they could dispatch animal control. I could not go back out and don't have funding for pets needing emergency medical care. When I arrived today, I was told the dog passed away soon after our phone conversation. I was both sad and relieved. While I was there, I visited with one more pet and then called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, doggie booties, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and a Zippy Paws dog toy were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 9-13-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 9-12-2020

Some days just aren't as productive as others, even when I am on the streets for the same amount of time as days that are filled with purpose. My first stop was at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I was asked to help find rescue for someone who has far too many dogs. There are puppies as well so this couple has a total of ten! A few years ago, I helped them with other dogs they had and we finally got them down to a manageable amount and spayed and neutered most of them. The couple is deaf so communication is difficult but it is clear they are starting to 'hoard' again. I cannot do anything if they will not relinquish but I was there to try. Unfortunately, as minds keep changing about doing so, nothing was done today. However, I was also asked to bring dog food for a dog belonging to someone else and I visited a couple of dogs that are still in a room with their companion which meant the trip was not a total waste of my time. The rest of the morning turned out to be just that….I drove through Fairmount Park, downtown Riverside, Magnolia Center and Shamel Park. I did not find anyone with pets. I thought about driving to one other area but decided against it, at the last minute. I made a stop for myself at the Ralph's on Magnolia where they have a fairly decent selection of frozen vegan and vegetarian items. I don't pass there often but do try to stop at least once or twice a month. When I left the store, I drove to our PO Box and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, toilet tissue, large stainless steel pet bowl, doggie booties, small bag of kitten food, cat toys, Inaba chicken treats for cats, Inaba fish treats for cats, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food, 20 pound bag pf dog food from the Star Milling Company, bully slices and a Zippy Paws dog toy were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 9-12-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 9-11-2020

My first stop of the day was at Fairmount Park. There is a woman who bring oatmeal on Friday mornings and I like to go to see if anyone is there with their pets. I visited with those that were in the park and then I headed over to the Eastside. I was told that Massachusetts Avenue was now empty. All of the tents were gone and the people and pets were either re-located or they went somewhere on their own. I have been going to that area for the past eight years. This past year was the worst I had ever seen it as far as the population and the crime. It will be interesting to see what the next steps will be for most of those who were there. My job is going to be much more difficult as they are scattered all over the city and not necessarily in areas I usually go. I may get off to a slow start but my hope is that everything begins to fall into place over the next couple of months and I can trade my present weekly routine to a new one. When I was done on the Eastside, I drove out to our PO Box and then went home for a bit. The 11th is our usual pick up day for the Star Milling Company. Christine Langdon is kind enough to pick up and deliver that food each month we I am so Grateful for. After she does the pick-up, she sends me a text and we meet at the storage units. That is what we did today. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, toilet tissue, small bag of cat food, cat toys, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 9-11-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 9-10-2020

We had a few people with pets at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. Some were there just for one night, thanks to our 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser and others were there because their pets were at the spay/neuter clinic yesterday. I did not visit with all of the pets we had in rooms, because some of the people were sleeping. I did have an opportunity to check on both dogs that were spayed. When I left the motel, I went to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic to pay the invoices from yesterday and to meet someone whose dogs needed well checks. From there I made a quick stop to our PO Box and called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, Mobil gift card, flavored drink packets, cookie packs, cracker packs, tuna snack packs, tuna packets, body wipes, wet dog food, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Jones Natural chews, stainless steel pet dish, leash, collar and pet toys were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 9-10-2020
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#1346,#1347,#1348,#1349,#1350 & #1352 Get 'The Works' 9-9-2020

We had five cats and two dogs at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic today. As it turned out, one of the cats was already altered. At the end of the day, only pets received 'the works'. We had three female cats, one male cat, one female dog and one male dog. We were also able to get a kitten into the adoption center which was something to be extra grateful for considering how full everyone is right now with such an overwhelming number of kittens and cats everywhere. This particular kitten was found in a McDonalds dumpster by a homeless woman. We are thankful she was at the right place at the right time to save her and we are also thankful for the woman who fostered her until we could get her placed. "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".

#1346,#1347,#1348,#1349,#1350 & #1352 Get 'The Works' 9-9-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 9-8-2020

I was contacted to meet someone in the parking lot of the DAS this morning. She needed a variety of pet supplies. We have been providing services for her and her pets for quite some time and she is usually on time. That was not the case this morning. She did not show up or answer and text messages or calls. I waited for about fifteen minutes and decided not to waste anymore of my time. I drove out to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley where I met with a kitty, a dog and their companions. After our visit, I headed to Rubidoux. A couple brought their two dogs for a visit and I made sure they had supplies for those pets as well as for their cats. When I left there, I drove to another location in Rubidoux where I visited with a little dog and his companion. When we were done, I drove home so I could pack some baked goods that needed shipped out today. When I left the Post Office, I was driving through a parking lot when I spotted a woman with her grown son and her dog. I thought they had left the area and was happy to stop for a visit. While I was there, I tried to call an outreach worker from City Net but had to leave a voicemail. I don't usually get too involved with the 'people' problems on the streets but I was hoping to get someone to help this woman. While I was doing that, a Sheriff pulled up and told them there was a complaint and that they had to move. I filled a bag with supplies and then I continued my drive home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, tuna snack packs, tuna packets, cookie packs, drink packets, cracker packs, toilet tissue, small bags of dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, simply cesar chicken dog food, bully slices, peanut butter chew sticks, kabob chew sticks, Jones Natural chews, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, small bag of cat food, wet cat food, Inaba Churu for cats, chicken jerky treats, dog collar, pet booties and pet toys were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 9-8-2020
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Monday On The Move 9-7-2020

As I was getting off of the freeway this morning on the Eastside, I noticed a homeless gentleman who is usually camped out on Massachusetts. He was flying a sign and his dog was with him. I had booties for the dog and told him I would drive back there when I was done near the homeless shelter. I made three different stops on Massachusetts so I could distribute supplies to people and pets on different sections of the block. The police were there as were many City Net staff. They are supposed to have everyone cleared out by Wednesday. I am not sure who I will see when I got back on Friday but I did ask people to let me know where they go when they get settled. For most it will be temporary and I am hoping to stay in touch until they get their permanent housing. There is no telling how long that will take as some have been on a waiting list for a year or more. When I left Massachusetts Avenue, I drove back over by the 60 freeway exit and parked in a nearby industrial area. I was able to give the dog a pair of booties as well as other needed supplies. I had planned to drive across town and go to a store near the Galleria. As I was driving the back streets, I spotted a familiar car in the Del Taco parking lot downtown on 14th street. I went around the block and turned in to park next to that car. I had not seen the dogs or their companions in a while so it was a nice surprise. By the time we were done, I lost interest in doing any type of and just went home. It was already 90 degrees when I ended my time on the streets today. I know it is never easy for the homeless when it is cold, but it is less difficult to get warm than it is to cool off. We may not have the normal four seasons here in Southern California but I for one am looking forward to whatever type of cooler Fall weather we may experience. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, small bags of dog food, wet dog food, simply cesar chicken dog food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Jones Natural chews, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky treats, dog collar, dog leash, dog harness, doggie waste bags with leash clip, pet booties and pet toys were shared.

Monday On The Move 9-7-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 9-6-2020

I was not sure how much time I would have to be on the streets today, because I had an early morning appointment out in Loma Linda at the Rescue Bank pick up location. It was already 86 degrees when I arrived at about 7:50am. This pick up was not for pet food or treats but it was for pets. There was a variety of toys, pet pajamas, large pet booties and a couple of large pet beds. I emptied my usual supplies from the back seat and filled it with boxes. I had not emptied the hatch but there was room for a box back there. The rest of what I loaded was not in bags or boxes. I just stuffed the items into anywhere I found the space. I had to go home and let the dogs out for a few minutes before driving across town to our storage units. After I left the house, I headed to storage but drove different streets to see if I could find any pets. I did not have large bags of pet food or collars and leashes with me but I had other supplies. I made sure to bring the insulated bag with the frozen and cold water bottles too. I did not find 'Kawasaki' and her companion at first but I did find them. I did not see any other people with pets in the area so I headed down Arlington Avenue. As I was passing a bus stop, I recognized a dog and his companion. They were on the streets for quite some time but have been housed for the last year or more. They had just left church and were waiting for the bus. I was thankful to have enough time to visit. The dog's name is 'Max' and he has always been such a sweetheart. When I got back in my vehicle, I noticed a gentleman with a dog across the parking lot. I knew the dog so I drove over to where they were for a visit and to share a few more supplies. I had planned on making one last stop in the Magnolia Center area. The people and pets I was looking for were not at the location I have been seeing them recently so I kept driving to our storage units. I unloaded most of the items I picked up earlier and then loaded waters and pet food. It was already 100 degrees by then. I did not plan on making any other stops at that point, because I still had to get everything home to do the unloading and re-loading there. I only visited three pets but it was definitely a busy morning. Nestle Pure Life waters, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, collapsible pet dish, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky treats, pet booties and pet toys were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 9-6-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 9-5-2020

I drove out to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley this morning so I could speak to someone who I thought was there. She had already left but I did speak to someone else before heading over to Fairmount Park. I brought supplies for pets that were there and then drove to Magnolia Center. I found one of the pets I was hoping to see and stopped for a visit. When I left there, I drove out to the area around Arlington and Van Buren. I found one of the four pets I was looking for there. I drove around a little bit longer after our visit but did not have any luck so I decided to go to our PO Box and call it a day. It was already approaching 100 degrees by the time I did that and I was thankful to get out of the heat. I wish I could have gotten the homeless with pets out of the heat too. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky treats and a tennis ball were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 9-5-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 9-4-2020

I was able to make it to Fairmount Park this morning around the same time as the woman who brings hot oatmeal to the homeless. As luck would have it, I finally had an opportunity to visit with 'Yohan' and 'Mazi. It had been a few weeks and I was thankful they were there. I also visited with 'Scamp'. When I left the park, I headed over to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside. City Net staff were all over the block trying to help more people get ready to leave the area by Monday. I was originally told the 9th but the goal is Monday now. I guess that will still give those unable to move quickly enough a little more time. I am going to do my best to stay in touch with as many of the people as possible, especially until they find permanent housing. Most of what is happening now will be temporary but will remove them from the streets. I am not sure how many will remain in the pods and in the homeless shelter but those are all things I will figure out as this process unfolds. When I left that location, I ran a personal errand and then went to RCAS to drop off some home baked cookies and paperwork for the August dogs that need licensed. After dropping those items off, I made one final stop at our PO Box and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, washable face mask, cracker packs, cookie packs, tuna packets, tuna snack packs, chicken salad snack packs, dog collar, dog leash, collapsible pet dish, wet dog food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky treats and Zippy Paws pet safety vest were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 9-4-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 9-3-2020

I spent a good part of the morning at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. We only had one pet there that was at the clinic yesterday. We had 6 pets and their companions spending the night, because of our 'Summer On The Streets 2020' online fundraiser. In addition to those pets, I happened to run into others that were actually at the motel on their own so I was able to visit with a total of ten. When I left the motel, I drove to the MSRPAC Clinic. Two people had contacted me about getting various services done for their dogs. Those services are part of what is called a 'well check'. One of the dogs needed flea and tick treated as well as a nail trim. The other needed his second set of puppy vaccines, flea and tick treated as well as de wormed. I took care of those charges when I paid the invoices from yesterday. The cost for the clinic was approximately $475.00. That is about half of what we have been spending but only because we did not have many pets this week. After all of the invoices were paid, I made one last stop at our PO Box and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, small bags of dog food, small bag of cat food, small bag of kitten food, wet cat food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Jones Natural Chews, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky treats and Zippy Paws pet toys were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 9-3-2020
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#1342,#1343,#1344 and #1345 Get 'The Works' 9-2-2020

August was a busy month for us both on the streets and at the spay/neuter clinic. We provided 26 pets with 'the works'. 14 of those pets were dogs. There were 7 females and 7 males. 12 of those pets were cats. There were 7 females and 5 males. Today was our first spay/neuter day for the month of September. Things did not go as planned but we did have 1 dog and 3 cats getting services. The only female was one of the kitties. It was not the day we hoped for but we are Grateful to have prevented 4 more pets from 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".

#1342,#1343,#1344 and #1345 Get 'The Works' 9-2-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 9-1-2020

I started my morning in Jurupa Valley. I met someone in the Denny's parking lot. From there, I drove across the street to the Motel6. I had to pay for a room I had promised to someone and I needed to speak to someone else about possibly transporting a kitten to the spay/neuter clinic tomorrow. I also visited her kitty. When I left the motel, I was headed down Mission Blvd. on my way to Fairmount Park. As I was driving, I spotted a gentleman and his dog walking. They were on their way to a nearby market so I did a u-turn and met them in the parking lot. I decided to check out another location in Rubidoux. I always try to drive by and see if they are in. Sometimes they are sleeping but today they were packing to move their tent and belongings to another location. I visited the pup, gave them both supplies and then drove through the park. I did not see anyone with pets there or at the Salvation Army so I headed to Magnolia Center. I saw a few of the homeless I know but none with pets. I had enough time to run a personal errand before stopping at our PO Box and calling it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, tuna snack packs, cookie packs, cracker packs, candy, slim jims, tuna packets, stainless steel pet dish, wet kitten food, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba Churu for cats, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, wet dog food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Jones Natural Chews, doggie bow tie and a Zippy Paws pet toy were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 9-1-2020
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