Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - September 2020


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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