Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - October 2020

2021: JAN - FEB - MAR - APR - MAY - JUN
2020: MAY - JUN - JUL - AUG - SEP - OCT - NOV - DEC

Saturday's Smiles 10-31-2020

I decided to do a little extra driving around today to make up for cutting tomorrow a little short. My children are taking me to lunch then so I did not plan on being out for more than an hour or two. Even with spending the extra time today, I only visited six pets. I started around Arlington and Van Buren. 'Kawasaki' was there and as I was leaving, 'Angel' and her owner showed up. I took a drive through Jurupa Valley next. I was looking for two dogs and their companions. I did see one but it was clear her companions were sleeping so I kept driving to the Riverside/Rubidoux area. While I was visiting 'Spud', a car pulled up and a woman mentioned me by name. I was not sure who she was at first but then her dog 'Bruno' jumped out the car window and I remembered. She got a terrier/chihuahua, since we last met and wondered if I might be able to provide him with 'the works'. We are trying to schedule a date for that. I was just going to go home after leaving there but I decided to make one more trip around a few areas of Jurupa Valley. I still could not find one of the pets I was looking for but the companion of the other who was sleeping earlier had woken up. I found a place to park and walked over to where they were. The three of us then went back to my vehicle. I filled a bag with needed supplies and when that was done, I headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, toilet tissue, body wipes, chicken jerky treats for dogs, hemp chews for pets, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet puppy food wet dog food, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Jones Natural chews, pet pajamas, pet jackets, bully slices, kabob chew sticks Tiller Tugs tug toy and Zippy Paws pet toys were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 10-31-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 10-30-2020

I was 'on the run' all morning. I started at Fairmount Park, drove over to the East Side on Massachusetts Avenue where I stopped to visit one dog and continued on to Blaine Street looking for a dog that is supposed to receive 'the works on Wednesday. I did not find her or her companions so I left. As I was leaving a call came in from someone else who I overlooked in the Jack In The Box parking lot. I drove to the first safe street where I could turn around and then went back for that dog. While visiting her, the person I was originally looking for showed up. She did not have the dog with her but we started making a plan for next week. Another couple showed up too and let me know what was happening with them and their dogs. While we were talking, a call came in from someone at the homeless shelter. She wanted to know if I would be coming by there. I told her I had already been but would go back if time allowed. I was waiting for a text to meet a couple of volunteers who went to pick up 78 cases of donated water from Nestle Pure/Arrowhead. I did have time so I went back to Massachusetts Avenue where I visited with and distributed supplies to four more pets. When we were done, I drove home to let my dogs out for their break and see if the power was back on. (It wasn't). After the dogs were in. I grabbed the gift bags I made up for the volunteers and headed over to Riverside Self Storage. I arrived before the volunteers did so I did a little organizing until they got there. We got all of the waters unloaded and I was home a little before noon. Thanks Again to Susan Rogers, Margie Lowrey and Margie's family for driving to Ontario and then delivering the waters to us. Water is such a necessity and we thank you Water on behalf of the homeless and their pets! Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, small dog collar, chicken jerky treats for dogs, hemp chews for pets, small bag of cat food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, peanut butter dog treats, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and a Zippy Paws safety vest were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 10-30-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 10-29-2020

I spent the first part of my morning at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I checked on the puppy that received 'the works' yesterday, visited a couple of dogs that were in a room with their companions and fed what I call the 'resident motel kitty'. When I left the motel, I drove to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. Nobody was scheduled for a well check so the only thing I needed to do was pay for yesterday's services. I took care of that invoice and then drove to our PO Box, before heading home. Later in the afternoon, I received a phone call from the new owner of the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. It is no longer a corporate facility so the discount code I was using does not work. I had left my card and some baked goods, earlier in the morning while planning to call him when I had a minute. He beat me to it and we worked out a set rate for the rooms we rent. They are still pricey but it is a rate that will not go up and down which makes it easier to budget. Nestle Pure Life waters, Burger King gift card, protein bars, tuna packets, cracker packs, slim jims, cookie packs, hemp chews for pets, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet puppy food, wet cat food, Inaba Chicken for pets, Inaba tuna for pets, pet jacket, Halloween pet costume and pet toys were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 10-29-2020
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#1375, #1376 and #1377 Get 'The Works' 10-28-2020

We had two dogs and two cats scheduled for 'the works' today. We were hoping for three dogs and two cats but were unable to make arrangements for a couple of dogs from the river bottom. I did confirm with two companions though so I have no idea what happened with the couple who were no shows with their dog. Not sure if they forgot, lost their ride or changed their minds. Their phone went straight to voicemail so all I could do was leave a message. I heard nothing back from them. When all was said and done one female cat, one male cat and a female dog got what they needed and that meant that the planning involved was worth it. A big Thank You to Lupe Alcala who drove the puppy to the clinic and then took her to the motel after surgery so she could spend a couple of nights there with her companion. "It Takes A Village"…… "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".

#1375, #1376 and #1377 Get 'The Works' 10-28-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 10-27-2020

I was horrified at some of what I saw this morning, while out searching for people with pets. I could not believe the number of enormous trees that had uprooted and tipped over. Some were just on property or other trees. I did not see them but was told that and some were on people's vehicles and homes. I could also see a sky filled with smoke off in the distance and it brought back all the uncomfortable feelings of when we were evacuated around this time last year. So much is happening around us and although it has been difficult to remain positive, I was surely feeling grateful for my own health and safety as well as for those I care about. I started today's travels hoping to find 'Kawasaki 'but all I found was hers and her companion's belongings. I drove all around where their things were but could not find them so I headed to Riverside Vacuum. We do not have carpet but I still use the vacuum from time to time on the living room rug and just to help pick up some of the dog hair. It was not working this morning when I plugged it in so I dropped it off on my way to Hunter Park. Even though the winds were not as bad as yesterday, they were strong enough to make me want to limit my time with those I was visiting. I made arrangements to meet a couple and their three dogs at the park. They are not homeless anymore but we meet whenever there is time and especially when there is a holiday or some reason they are dressed up or in costume. While I was at the park waiting for them, I spent time with a couple and their two dogs. I stayed for visits with all five pets but then had to take off when I was called to pick up my vacuum. Thankfully I did not have to replace it. Even though it is many years old, it does the job and it was not costly to fix which was a bonus. After I picked up the vacuum, I called it a day making just one more stop at the PO Box before going home. Nestlé Pure Life waters, pet pajamas, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba Churus for cats, peanut butter dog treats, kabob chew sticks, chicken jerky dog treats and wet dog food were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 10-27-2020
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Monday On The Move 10-26-2020

The winds were so strong this morning that it was causing havoc everywhere, including my home. It made a huge mess in our yard, toppled over and then broke one of the outdoor statues and blew construction materials at a speed that caused deep scratches all over my vehicle. It did not stop me from going out to do my 'daily travels' but it made it much more difficult to find the homeless with pets. I am sure I would have come across a few at some of the river bottom outlets but I could not take the dirt blowing in my face. That dirt was bad enough in other places so I opted limit where I parked and walked. I went to the Eastside and drove up Massachusetts Avenue first, but I did not see anyone so I continued over to Blaine. I had not heard back from the friend of the gentleman whose dog is getting 'the works' next week and I needed to try and figure out a plan. I found the dog and her companion but realized we could not count on the friend so I came up with another plan which I hope will work. When I left that location, I headed back towards Massachusetts Avenue for one more look. While on my way, I drove through a large parking lot that houses both Stater Brothers and a Jack In The Box. I Noticed people sleeping outside of the fast-food restaurant and then I saw a dog's head pop up. I turned around to park and walked over to introduce myself. The dog needs our services and I am hoping her companion will give us permission. I made the offer and that is all I can really do. When I made the second trip up Massachusetts, I spotted a dog I know with his companion. I went inside the Access Center and the shelter asking if I might be able to leave a message for the companion of a dog that needs groomed. I was told she was outside in the kennel so I moved my vehicle closer to there. I let the companion know that I scheduled a grooming appointment and I also visited with 'Dexter' as well as 'Tikki'. I had a repair technician scheduled to come to the house around 11am so after the last stop, I drove to our PO Box and then home. Nestlé Pure Life waters, Benadryl caplets, body wipes, doggie waste bags, hemp chews for pets, small bag of dog food, Halloween pet sweater, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, stainless steel pet dish, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, chicken jerky dog treats and Zippy Paws dog toys were shared.

Monday On The Move 10-26-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 10-25-2020

I was supposed to meet a couple and their pets at one of the river bottom outlets but when I arrived there was a car parked on the shoulder and no room for my vehicle. I called them and asked if we could meet near Fairmount Park and was told that would work. While I was waiting for them to arrive, I visited with a couple of other dogs that were there. The couple did not come together but the woman did and she brought one of their pets. I gave her supplies for their dogs and their cats and had a good time putting a Halloween pet costume on the need. Nestlé dog that came with her. When I left there, I headed to our storage units. On the way, I drove through Magnolia Center and Shamel Park but I did not find anyone with pets. I picked up what I needed from storage and then drove out to where I usually find 'Kawsaki' and on occasion, other pets as well. It was raining at this point and I was unable to locate anyone so I decided to just go home. As I was driving up Clay Street, I thought I saw someone I knew huddled in the doorway of a building. I did know her but she was not who I was looking for. However, I did see a gentleman holding a dog in the back of the CircleK so I pulled over to see if he/they needed anything. It turned out to be someone with a pet we had provided services for in the past. I gave them a few supplies and then drove towards my home. While I was doing that, I saw the woman I had been looking for when I mistakenly pulled in behind the CircleK. She was with her little dog and someone had stolen her phone and a bunch of her belongings yet again. This happens so often and I have tried to get help out there to her but nobody shows up. She was being told to leave where we were and the security guard was telling me she makes trouble by sleeping around there. I asked him if he ever thought about trying to make a phone call to get her help, rather than always run her off in a nasty way. I know it is bad for business, when the homeless congregate but this is one woman and one small dog. Surely, someone can make a call to help instead of making a call to the police. I told the security guard that I will always stop to make sure the pets are fed and have what they need, because they did not choose the lifestyle. Not sure anyone cares to hear that but I will keep saying it until we find better ways to assist those in need. Nestlé Pure Life waters, body wipes, toilet tissue, fleece blanket, doggie waste bags with leash clip, hemp chews for pets, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, small bag of cat food, pet jackets, Halloween pet costume, wet dog food, wet cat food, Jones Natural Chews, kabob chew sticks, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba Churus for cats, stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, chicken jerky dog treats and Zippy Paws dog toys were shared

Sunday On The Streets 10-25-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 10-24-2020

I have been trying to make arrangements for a couple of canine siblings to get 'the works'. I made that my first stop of the day. The puppies are only 10 months old and the male has already gotten another female pregnant. I want to get this brother and sister done before the brother gets the sister pregnant. I have been to this particular river bottom outlet four times now and still have no concrete plan in place to get them to the spay/neuter clinic. I was told the companion is willing but she does not have a phone and is a distance away where I meet the dogs. I was told she cannot walk to where I go which makes me wonder how she can care for them and the other two she has. I know there are other people in the bottom who will help her but if the dogs are not spayed/neutered it can become such a problem. I guess I just keep going back, until something definite is decided….When I left that location, I drove through Fairmount Park but did not stop. The people I visited who were there in their cars were given a 72-hour notice to leave or get towed so they were gone. I decided to go to the Eastside and drive through another park. I found who I was looking for as well as one of the couples who had been at Fairmount. We were able to put three of the dogs in Halloween pet costumes and the fourth in a pair of pet pj's. I am not sure the dogs liked it but I can say with certainty that their companions and I had fun. I had planned on making one more stop but the people did not reply when I sent a text. I did pull over to make a phone call to Michele's Friends Pet Salon and made appointments to have two dogs groomed on November the 4th. After that phone call, I made a quick stop at our PO Box and then went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, pet pajamas, Halloween pet costumes, wet dog food, peanut butter chew sticks, Jones Natural Chews, kabob chew sticks, cow's ears, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky dog treats and Zippy Paws dog toys were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 10-24-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 10-23-2020

The gates to the parking lots at Fairmount Park were closed but I was able to find a place on the street so I could visit ‘Scamp’. When I left the park, I drove to the Eastside and spend some time on Massachusetts Avenue. I visited with three pets that were walking with their companions and then I headed over to Blaine Street which was just a few blocks away. I received a call from an AC Officer about a gentleman with a puppy. She wanted to know if I would be able to provide services for them. She took a Vet tech out and gave the dog a rabies but she still needed spayed, micro chipped, flea/tick treated and a couple of other vaccinations. I said yes but I wanted to meet them which is what I did. We still have a few details to work out but I am hoping we can take care of the puppy’s needs on Wednesday. While I was over there, the companion of ‘CoCo’ and ‘Ulani’ came out to meet me and we were able to have a visit as well. It was definitely a morning filled with precious pups. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, fleece blanket, wet dog food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, cow’s ear’s, Jones Natural Chews, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky dog treats, Zippy Paws pet safety vest and dog toys were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 10-23-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 10-22-2020

It was in the 60's and there was moisture in the air, when I left home this morning. The cooler temps felt good but I was not thrilled with the damp and the drizzle. I made three stops in Jurupa Valley today. The first was to visit with 'Jake' and 'BamBam'. The second was at the Motel6 to check on the dogs that received 'the works' yesterday and the third was around the corner from the motel for a dog named 'Midnight'. When I left the motel, I drove over to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I needed to pay the invoices from yesterday and wait to see if anyone showed up to get well checks for their pets. I was told there might be one or two coming from the pallet shelter known as the 'pods' but that did not happen. I made a quick stop at our PO Box and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, snack size candy bars, body wipes, simply cesar chicken dog food, wet dog food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky dog treats and dog toys were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 10-22-2020
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#1371,#1372,#1373 and #1374 Get 'The Works 10-21-2020

We were unable to get a canine brother and sister to the clinic this morning but we still provided 'the works' for four pets. We had two cats-one male, one female and two dogs-one male, one female. We are certainly Grateful that these four will not be adding to pet overpopulation in the homeless community or our community at large. "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter".

#1371,#1372,#1373 and #1374 Get 'The Works 10-21-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 10-20-2020

I spent the first part of my morning in Jurupa Valley. I made one stop and then drove around the Motel6 and a few other areas in hopes of finding people with pets. I did not have any success so I drove to one of the river bottom outlets that is on the border of Riverside and Rubidoux. I was hoping to accomplish two things while I was there. I wanted to visit a couple of dogs I had not seen in months and I wanted to speak to the companion of a couple of other dogs needing 'the works'. I was very happy to catch up with the dogs I had not seen but I was unsuccessful in speaking to the companion of the others in need of spaying and neutering. I was told that we had permission to get the surgeries done but I did not have the companion's info that I need to set up the appointments and there was no plan in place to make that happen. I have been down there three times now, hoping to make the arrangements but it hasn't been possible. I will keep trying until it is. When I left that location, I drove through Fairmount Park, Downtown Riverside and Magnolia Center. I did not see anyone with pets so I headed to our PO Box and then home. Nestlé Pure Life waters, body wipes, feminine hygiene pads, Jones Natural treats, hemp chews for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, small bag of cat food, Inaba Churu treats for cats, chicken jerky for dogs, wet dog food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and dog leashes were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 10-20-2020
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Monday On The Move 10-19-2020

I was called by a Staff member of City Net about stopping at the pods on Massachusetts this morning. She said they had a lot of new pets there. When I arrived, I realized that they were all pets we have provided services for already. I still enjoyed visiting and dressing a few of them in pet costumes. There is one dog in particular that I have not seen for a couple of months. Her companion works and doesn't get off until 4am so he is usually sleeping when I stop by. His friends told me he had gone to the laundromat. There are quite a few within a couple mile radius of the homeless shelter and pods so I was not sure where to go. They told me where they thought he might have gone so I went there first. He was not there or at the next place I stopped but he was at the third. I was happy to catch up with his little dog. She is always such a sweetheart and I have missed her. When I left there, I stopped in a parking lot and made a call to someone who I did not have time to speak to yesterday. She has two dogs that she needs 'the works' for and we scheduled them for Wednesday. When I left the parking lot, I drove across town to our PO Box and then headed home. Nestlé Pure Life waters, Jones Natural treats, hemp chews for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, chicken jerky for dogs, wet dog food, doggie waste bags with leash clip, Halloween pet costumes, kabob chew sticks and cow's ears were shared.

Monday On The Move 10-19-2020
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Sunday On The Streets 10-18-2020

I made an early morning run to Lowes and then drove around Arlington and VanBuren for a bit looking for a few people with pets. I finally found 'Kawasaki' asleep on her dog bed across the street from Cash For Cans. They had not opened yet and there was a long line of cars (and bikes) waiting to go in. When I first arrived, she was sound asleep. It took me a few minutes to wake her. I did not see her companion at first and I wanted to be sure she was ok, being that I have never seen her sleep so soundly. As it turned out she was ok and not too sure she was thrilled with being woken up but seemed happy to eat a few jerky treats. My next stop was at one of the river bottom outlets. I thought I was meeting three companions and their pets but only two showed up and only one pet was with them. I gave them needed supplies and discussed updating vaccinations as well as an RCAS dog license. When I left there, I drove around Magnolia Center. I thought I might find 'Duke' and/or another dog named 'CeeLo' but I did not find either. I decided to go to our storage units and pick up a few things before taking one last drive around Magnolia Center. When I did not find anyone the second time, I just headed home. Nestlé Pure Life waters, body wipes, Jones Natural treats, hemp chews for pets, doggie booties, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky for dogs, wet dog food, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company and a Zippy Paws safety vest were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 10-18-2020
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Saturday's Smiles 10-17-2020

The other day, I stopped at a location looking for the companion of some dogs I had not seen in quite some time. I was able to find her. She was on her way to the DMV in order to order another ID card and her dogs were with a friend. I told her I would try to get back there Thursday or Saturday. I was unable to make it Thursday so I went this morning. She was not there and neither were her dogs. A friend of hers was there and she came up to talk to me. In addition to visiting the dogs I have missed, I was hoping to make appointments for a 10-month-old brother and sister that have yet to have vaccinations of or been spayed/neutered. One of those puppies was there and there was another dog that we spayed a year or so ago but I cannot do the scheduling without speaking to the owner. I will keep trying to make that happen. When I left there, I drove to Fairmount Park and visited a family of four, before heading downtown to meet a friend. He helped me figure out my Medicare needs and I had baked goods for him and his wife. We spoke for a bit and then I ran a few personal errands, stopped at our PO Box and headed home. Nestlé Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, feminine pads, body wipes, hemp chews for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, chicken jerky for dogs, wet dog food, wet cat food and pet toys were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 10-17-2020
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Friday's Furry Friends 10-16-2020

I received a call yesterday from a gentleman with a very small puppy that was sick. He wanted me to begin vaccinations but I explained that could not be done if puppy is not well. I told him I would being a carrier and pet bottles this morning. We agreed to meet at the tennis courts at Fairmount Park. I also told him that if he could get the puppy to the clinic that I would pay for an exam. I drove to the park and waited for him for thirty minutes. He was a no show. I tried calling and texting but he did not respond. I hope the puppy is ok but I am concerned being that he did not keep our appointment. While I was at the park, I had a visit with 'Scamp'. The park gates were closed but I was able to park next to one of them and walk over to the picnic tables. When I left the park, I ran a personal errand and then headed to the clinic where I was supposed to meet two different people with pets. Both were supposed to meet me at the clinic yesterday but did not. One is a puppy that we were going to have looked at to see if she was healthy enough to get spayed on Wednesday. The companion was a no show again. I tried texting and calling but got no response. I am now done trying to help them. However, the other dog did make it today. He was able to get his second set of vaccinations, second deworm as well as flea and tick treated. There was one more dog I was expecting to show with her companion. She did not need anything from the clinic but I was going to visit and give her supplies. Unfortunately, they did not show either. It seems like I am running into more and more people who are not keeping their commitments. It is disappointing and frustrating but has sadly become the norm. I try to focus on the ones that do show and do accept the help. They are the reason for my being out there every day. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, hemp chews for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, chicken jerky for dogs, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, collapsible pet dish, pet toys and a Zippy Paws safety vest were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 10-16-2020
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Thursday's Treasures 10-15-2020

I was contacted by someone in Jurupa Valley who was in need of pet food so I decided to meet her first thing this morning. When we were done, I drove over to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley to drop off a couple of 3-year dog license renewals. Their companions were sleeping but got up to meet me at the door. Unfortunately, I was not able to visit with the dogs. From there I drove out to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I had scheduled well checks for three pets. I also needed to pay the invoices for four pets that received well checks this past Tuesday and the two that received 'the works' yesterday. I had all the invoices paid within thirty minutes of arriving at the clinic but none of the three pets showed up. It was disappointing as I had planned on visiting as well as getting them what they needed but the companions were no shows. I tried to reach each via text or phone call but had no success with that either. Even though I was out for a few hours today, I only had an opportunity to visit with two pets. Hoping for a more productive day tomorrow. Nestle Pure Life waters, Halloween pet costume, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, chicken jerky for dogs, kabob chew sticks, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food and a 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 10-15-2020
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#1369 and #1370n Get 'The Works' 10-14-2020

It was a quiet day for us at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic today. We were hoping to have one female dog, two male dog and one female cat. We were not able to make arrangements for two of the dogs so we just had one male dog and the cat. "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".

#1369 and #1370n Get 'The Works' 10-14-2020
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Tuesday's Treasures 10-13-2020

I made a detour, on my way to Fairmount Park this morning. I stopped at a river bottom outlet where I used to visit a few people with pets. The area where I used to park is difficult to get in and out of so I have not been in quite some time. However, I have not seen a couple of dogs and their companion for months and I wanted to see if they were still at this location. I walked over to where I could holler down an area filled with tents. One of the companions I was looking for was there. She had a DMV appointment today for an ID so her dogs were somewhere else being watched. Three of her sister's dogs were there and they all ran up to visit. I had only met one of them before today but the other two warmed up quickly thanks to jerky treats. We discussed spaying and neutering the brother and sister pups and planned another visit when I could see 'Skylar' and 'Sammy'. I gave them a few supplies and then drove to the park. I did not stay too long at the park but did visit with two dogs there, before driving home. I had to pick up a package of baked goods to be shipped to Max and Neo Dog Gear and I also grabbed my ballot which was filled out and ready to bring to the ballot box at City Hall. After the post office, I went to the MSRPAC Clinic where I met with Lupe Alcala to have three kittens checked out and to meet with someone whose dog needed his vaccinations updated, nails trimmed and flea/tick treated. Two of the kittens began their vaccinations and will start a course of meds today. Little 'Lily', found alone in a field clinging to a bush, was too young and small for vacs but she did get de wormed. At .6 pounds she is a tiny thing but able to eat on her own. Beth Kohler with Puurfect Fit Cat Rescue was at the clinic and when I explained we needed help with the kitten, she reached out to a few people. I am happy to share that Marci McCrea said she would foster the kitten and will eventually help us find rescue. In the meantime, Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira agreed to cover vaccination costs, future spay and microchip costs as well as the cost to provide 'the works' for two pets belonging to whatever rescue 'Lily' eventually goes to. Now Lupe is free to focus on the other two in her care. 'Buddy' showed up late but did make it for his 'well check'. Once he was taken in for services, I left and drove straight to City Hall where my ballot went into an official ballot box. It was a busy morning for me personally as well as for my charity. Nestlé Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, body wipes, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba Churu for cats, hemp pet chews, chicken jerky treats for dogs, kabob chew sticks and pet toys were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 10-13-2020
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Monday On The Move 10-12-2020

I spent the first part of my morning baking cookies and then left to pick up something from the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. Some of the homeless who were put there with pets were no longer there. They had been in rooms due to a Grant and implemented with the help of City Net. I am not sure if the people are gone temporarily or if they will be going back. I never made it to the Eastside to try and find out but I will on Friday. While at the motel, I did visit with three pets before heading back home. I was there for a brief amount of time and then went back out to our storage units. I was meeting people there to pick up supplies I had for them and also to unload the pet food donation from Star Milling. I was happy to have the companion of 'CoCo' and 'Ulani' spend some time there so I was able to visit with the dogs. I used to see them once or twice a week when they were on the streets. They are staying with a friend for now so we just have to make more of an effort to get together. Christine Langdon showed up a little before noon with the pet food delivery (Thanks Christine) and the three of us unloaded it. We chatted for a few minutes and then each of us left. I went straight home from there. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog, wet dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba Churu for cats, hemp pet chews, Max and Neo dog collars and leashes, chicken jerky treats for dogs, cow's ears, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and pet toys were shared.

Monday On The Move 10-12-2020
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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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