Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - October 2020


Sunday On The Streets 10-11-2020

I started the morning around Arlington and Van Buren in Riverside. As I was driving on Van Buren, I spotted 'Kawasaki' and her companion standing at a light waiting to cross the street. I put down the window and asked where they were going. I was told Burger King. That was one block away so I said I would meet them there. I had a $15.00 gift card and gave it to them so they could get something to eat. The dog gobbled her cheeseburger and I was thankful we could do that for her. I know her companion was grateful to get something to eat as well. When I left that location, I drove to the parking lot of a nearby Stater Brothers. I thought I was going to meet someone with her pet at the bus stop there. I waited for a few minutes but they did not show so I texted about meeting another day and drove to the Magnolia Center area. As luck would have it, 'Duke' and his companion were walking towards me so I pulled into the closest parking lot for a visit. I had made arrangements to meet a few people at 10am so that was my next stop. It was at another of the river bottom outlets. I used to meet groups of people and pets there every so often but it has been awhile. Sadly, only one of the people showed up with her pet. I visited with them and when nobody else showed I left, about fifteen minutes later. My final stop was in the Rubidoux/Jurupa Valley area. It is close to somewhere I used to stop near the Rialto border. I visited with two dogs and three cats while giving them needed supplies. Nestle Pure Life waters, Burger King Gift Card, toilet tissue, body wipes, cookie packs, Werther caramel packs, drink flavor packets, tuna packets, cracker packs, chicken salad snack box, Halloween pet costumes, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, wet cat food, Inaba Churu for cats, hemp pet chews, Max and Neo dog collar chicken jerky treats for dogs, cow's ears, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and pet toys were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 10-11-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 10-10-2020

The first stop of the day was at one of the river bottom outlets. I had arranged to bring supplies to the companion of a couple of dogs at that location. One of them came for a visit and I visited another that was nearby. When I left there, I drove over to Hunter Hobby Park on the Eastside. I visited with two more pets there and we had fun trying costumes on the dogs. My next stop was a few miles away on University where I met with 'Solo' and his companion. I did not visit anymore pets after that but I did drive out to our storage units to pick up a few supplies. I made one final stop at our PO Box after that and then I headed home. Large bag of recyclables, Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, body wipes, cookie packs, tuna packets, cracker packs, chicken salad snack box, stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, Halloween pet costumes, pet ear rinse, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, wet cat food, Inaba Churu for cats, hemp pet chews, chicken jerky treats for dogs, cow's ears, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and pet toys were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 10-10-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 10-9-2020

I made two stops today and visited with six pets. The first was at Fairmount Park where I was hoping to find 'Scamp' and did. The second was on the Eastside in front of the pods on Massachusetts Avenue. Some of the people who were placed at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley are now in the pods. The motel only allows 28 day stays and then the person has to leave for a few days and come back. Those I saw today said their 28 days were up and they are waiting to see if City Net will be putting them back there. I am not sure how all of this is going to work out so I will stick with my daily travels and do my best to provide the pets with needed supplies. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, hemp pet chews, small bags of dry dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, cow's ears, collapsible pet dish, stainless steel pet dish, dog collar, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, pet toys and pet Halloween costumes were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 10-9-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 10-8-2020

We did not have any spay/neuter recipients spending the night at the motel but I still drove over there. I needed to pick something up from the office and I was hoping that some of the pets I visit might be out and about. What I went to pick up was not there and only two pets were available for visits. I spent a bit of time with those two and then I drove through Rubidoux. The people and pets that were at one location there were all forced to move and I did not have any luck finding them so I took a drive to the area around Arlington and Van Buren. I ran into one pet over there and spent some time with her and one of her companion’s. After we were done, it was close to the time I agreed to meet a gentleman at the MSRPAC Clinic. His dog is staying in the kennels at the homeless shelter and needed her vaccinations updated. We took care of that and provided a flea/tick treatment as well. I paid the invoice for that dog and for the two cats that received ‘the works’ yesterday. I had hoped to make it over to our storage units but ran out of time so I just headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet cat food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, hemp pet chews, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 10-8-2020
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#1367 and #1368 Get 'The Works' 10-7-2020

I thought October was going to get off to a good start with spaying and neutering. Four cats and one dog were scheduled for 'the works' today and then we had two more scheduled for Thursday and two more for Friday. Everything changed when the person with the dog failed to show up for a third time. We were supposed to be helping her spay/neuter a total of nine kittens and cats that live around her in the river bottom. It was impossible to do them all at once so we came up with a plan that would have had her dog and all of the cats done by next week. Even though she stood me up two other times, she made it seem like this time would be different as she had rides. She stopped texting me back a couple of days ago and then chose not to show today. Her dog is now 10 months old. He has had no vaccinations and is unaltered. The cats were supposed to start coming in today along with him and they would have had a motel room for couple of nights so some of the cats would have gotten to start recuperating indoors. I am sad and frustrated that I gave someone a third opportunity to waste my time. I did it for the animals but unfortunately they will not be getting what they need now….I am thankful for the person who did show with her two cats. It meant my trip out this morning was not a total waste of my time. I have no problem waking up early and doing what I have to do to make it to the clinic. I do have a problem with those who are given multiple chances to get assistance for their pets and then act irresponsibly. My apologies for the small rant but I just need to share and move past it. "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter".

#1367 and #1368 Get 'The Works' 10-7-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 10-6-2020

I had a couple of packages to ship out this morning. On my way to the Post Office I drove around for a bit and came across 'Little Bit' and her companion. They were just told to move from the place they had slept last night. I know how frustrated people get when there is nowhere for them to go that won't cause problems. However, I understand why businesses do not want the homeless hanging around and sleeping on their property. When I come across situations like I did today, I immediately start making phone calls to City Net Homeless Outreach. That is what I did today but without success. They will only help those in the City of Riverside. So, I suggested to the companion of the little dog that she keep walking with her stroller and belongings until she is in the city limits. She has been trying to get off the streets but has not been able to reach or get a call back from those who can actually help her. I hope thing begin to change today. I will keep a look out for them and try to help with their progress if that is at all possible. When I left that location, I went to the Post Office, Elliott's for Pets and the bank, before heading downtown. Nobody had pets at the Salvation Army but I did run into some familiar fur friends at Fairmount Park. After our visit, I drove to a couple locations in Rubidoux. I was unable to find any of the people and pets I was looking for so I called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, disinfectant spray, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, chicken jerky treats for dogs, kabob chew sticks and buddy peanut butter dog biscuits were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 10-6-2020
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Monday On The Move 10-5-2020

As I was leaving the house this morning, I received a call from a gentleman at the Path of Life Ministries Access Center Shelter. He was looking for help getting his dog's vaccinations updated so he could keep her in the kennel there and get her license renewed. I told him that I planned on heading over there and would meet with him. We met and made arrangements for him to bring the dog to the clinic this week. I also met with 'Tikki' and his companion. I was told that someone staying at the shelter tested positive for the Corona Virus and was shocked that they are allowing everyone to go out and carry on as usual. Not sure why they were not being quarantined but I will use extra caution when over there during the upcoming weeks. I have always been cautious but never met anyone that tested positive, even when Massachusetts Avenue was lined with tents that were full of the homeless and their pets. Things are still so up in the air. I was about to drive over to Hunter Hobby Park when I spotted 'Kristen' and her companion. I pulled over for a visit and then headed to the park. I did not find anyone with pets there, nor did I see anyone in the downtown area so I decided the three pets I stopped for would be it for today. Nestle Pure Life waters, kitten food, Hemp chews for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, small bag of dog food, pet toys, chicken jerky for dogs, wet dog food and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 10-5-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 10-4-2020

I was contacted by someone living in the river bottom about providing 'the works' for her dog and the nine kittens and cats that are staying down there. I have known this person for a few years and she has lived in a few different areas of Riverside. She needed supplies and we needed to come up with a plan to get all of the pets spayed/neutered as soon as possible. We met this morning. She did not have any of the pets with her but we made a plan to get them all taken care of and I also loaded her up with supplies. I was going to take a drive out to Jurupa Valley right after but so many people have still been asleep when I get there between 9 and 10 am and I thought it might be worth trying between 10 and 11 am. So, when I left that first stop, I ran into the grocery store and then brought my items home. I then went back out for a second time. Some of the homeless staying at the motel were outside walking their pets and others were in their rooms. I knocked on a few doors to see if I could visit with those that were not outside. I managed to catch some of them awake. An hour and a half later I went home, after visiting seven pets. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, bleach wipes, disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, kitty litter, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, dry kitten food, wet kitten food, Hemp chews for pets, dog booties, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, pet toys, chicken jerky for dogs, wet dog food, bully slices, cows ears and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 10-4-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 10-3-2020

My first stop of the day was to check a dog for a microchip. We decided to meet in the parking lot of Riverside County Animal Services. The dog was scheduled to go to a rescue but I wanted to make sure there was no chip. There was not and he was driven to rescue later in the morning. Before I exited the parking lot, I stopped to talk to a couple who was there with a dog I had not seen. They came up from the river bottom and I asked them if they needed anything. We visited for a bit. I gave the dog some treats and a bully slice and gave his companion a few supplies. My next stop was in the area around Arlington and Van Buren. I was looking for the companions of three different pets. I was only able to find one and that was 'Kawasaki'. From there I drove out to our storage units where I picked up a few things for the upcoming week. When I left there, I drove through Magnolia Center and spotted a dog I had not seen in a while. His companion was at the Laundromat but I gave a bag of pet supplies to the person who was caring for him. I did not stay too long, because the police showed up to check ID's, check backpacks and have the homeless move to another location. The store has been empty for quite some time but it now has new owners and they don't want people camping out on the property which is something I understand. They thought I was feeding the people and asked me not to do that. I explained that everything in my vehicle was for the pets and that I want to be sure they are taken care of. I did not have any people snacks with me which they could see. I still left as I did not want to interfere with what they were doing. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, Hemp chews for pets, dog booties, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, pet toys, chicken jerky for dogs, wet dog food, bully slices, bully stick and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 10-3-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 10-2-2020

I spent the first part of my morning visiting people with pets at Fairmount Park. When I left the park, I drove to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside where I visited with a couple more. I had planned to go to one more location but was unable to reach anyone via text so I used the extra time to run a couple of personal errands and then headed home. When I got home, my daughter texted and asked if she could come over for dinner tonight. We are meeting for lunch on Wednesday so I did not think I would see her before then. She works full time and stays pretty busy. I was thankful to know we will see each other twice in one week. I was unable to sleep much last night for a variety of reasons and I am a bit tired but anytime my children are able to visit is a good day. Just the thought of her company gave me a boost of energy. My children are grown but will always be my 'babies' which means I will always enjoy their company. Cooking or baking for them makes my heart happy too. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, Hemp chews for pets, dog booties, small bag of dry cat food, small bag of dry dog food, wet cat food, Inaba tuna and chicken fillets for cats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, doggie waste bags with leash clip, wet dog food, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 10-2-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 10-1-2020

Summer is over but the heat is not gone. We had enough funds to help two more pets and their companions get relief from our triple digit heat. Yesterday, we put those pets and their companions in motel rooms thanks to our recent 'Summer On The Streets 2020'online fundraiser. We may not have been able to do as much as we did in 2019 but we still made a difference. 46 pets and their companions were given a reprieve from the heat, a bed to sleep in and an opportunity to get cleaned up. Thanks Again to all who donated and made this possible. Depending on what the streets are like this winter, we may do one of our yearly fundraisers to get people with pets out of the cold and the rain…I did not visit the pets that we had in the motel last night, because I wanted to give them extra time to rest. I did visit another pet that was staying at the motel. I also had someone else meet me there for supplies and so I could visit with one of her pets. When I left the motel, I drove to RCAS where I turned in paperwork to license three dogs and update the licenses on two more. From there, I went to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I had scheduled a well check for a couple and their dog while I was there paying invoices from yesterday's surgeries. As soon as the dog was seen and invoices were all paid, I left for home. Nestle Pure Life waters, dog booties, dog toys, cat toys, wet cat food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba tuna and chicken fillets for cats, Inaba Churu for cats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 10-1-2020
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