Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - January 2021

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

Sunday On The Streets 1-31-2021

It was another one of those days where I put quite a few miles on my vehicle but did not visit with many pets. I started at Fairmount Park where I wanted to put the word out about a found dog that belongs to a homeless woman I have not seen. While there, I visited with a couple of pets and a few people. When I left that location, I went to one of the river bottom outlets, Avalon Park and Rubidoux but had no success in finding anyone with pets. When I drove out to Jurupa Valley, I did find one pet and her companion. After our visit, I drove around to other areas of Jurupa Valley but had no luck so I decided to cut the morning a little short and head home. At lunch time, I met a friend and long-time volunteer Christine Ramirez for an outdoor lunch. Afterwards, we came back to the house where she helped me assemble a storage box in our side yard. She also visited with 'Sammy' and 'Stella'. They were very happy to have the company and the attention. Nestle Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, face wipes, body wipes, fleece pet jacket, cot style dog bed, collar, pet rain jackets from Priceless Pet Rescue, pet wipes, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, wet dog food, dog toys, bully sticks and bully slices were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 1-31-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 1-30-2021

My first stop of the day was to visit ‘Kawasaki’. I had not seen her for nearly two weeks. She had been impounded for ten days and then the rain kept me busy elsewhere. I was hoping to put her and her companion in a room for a night, because their belongings were all soaking wet, but he does not have an ID and could not find anyone who does that he wants to stay in a room with. We will keep trying. When I left them, I drove out to Shamel Park. I found a few homeless there but none with pets so I continued driving towards the downtown area. I happened upon ‘Duke’ and his companion as I was turning on to Magnolia Avenue so I pulled into a parking lot for a visit. From there, I headed to a river bottom outlet near the Riverside, Rubidoux border. The people I wanted to see were actually up on the path and away from the water so I had no problem getting to them. When the water rises, they have to go up to dry land which is what they did. They have still been in the rain all week but I was unable to get to them so I offered them a room for Monday. Hopefully, it will give them all a chance to dry out. I made one last stop at our PO Box and then went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, $15.00 Burger King gift card, socks, knit gloves, toilet tissue, hand and toe warmers, face wipes, body wipes, cracker packs, cookie packs, protein bars, beef sticks, candy, fleece blanket, fleece pet jacket, cot style dog bed, collar, pet rain jackets from Priceless Pet Rescue, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, dog toys, bacon flavored dental sticks, bully sticks, bully slices and peanut butter chew sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 1-30-2021
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Friday's Furry Friends 1-29-2021

I am re-evaluating my trips to the Eastside on Mondays and Fridays. Ever since they cleared the tents on Massachusetts and either chased people away, put them in the pallet houses, shelter and motel rooms it has become much harder to make contact. I am still willing to go but not sure I am going to do it automatically anymore and today I made a decision not to. I need people to get in the habit of reaching out when they need supplies and then I will be happy to show up. I just don’t want to waste my time or fuel, if people are going to stay inside so I began my day at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley where we rented rooms for six pets and their companions. I did not visit with them all but I was thankful they were able to accept the gift. This was made possible by donations from AnimalVicotry.org and donations from our ‘Shelter From The Rain’ online fundraiser...It not only rained today but it hailed as well. Thankfully, I missed most of it while on my travels. I got rained on at the motel but when I made another stop at an encampment in Jurupa Valley, I managed to catch a break. My final stop was at our storage units. I went there to pick up supplies and my friend Melissa Brotton met me to donate a bunch of plastic bags we can use when giving out supplies. It began pouring while we were there but I spent most of my time in the units and avoided the downpour, until I was packing things in my vehicle. I was extra grateful to get back home after spending time outside with temperatures in the 40’s and so much rain. The week end rates are higher and we do not put people in rooms then, but I am hoping to do some again on Monday. That will allow some time to dry things out. When it is cold after a lot of rain, it takes so long for people’s clothes, blankets and belongings to dry out. The motel rooms help a little with that. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, leash, pet rain jacket from Priceless Pet Rescue, pet wipes, face wipes, body wipes, hand and toe warmers, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, cat toys, dog toys, bully stick, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 1-29-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 1-28-2021

I guess I had a 'senior moment' last night and forgot to post these so here they are a day late. ~ On Wednesday night, we were able to give three pets and their companions a motel room, thanks to AnimalVictory.org and our online fundraiser 'Shelter From The Rain'. We also had two pets spending the night as a result of them having a 'spay day' yesterday. That meant I had five pets to check on and visit this morning. I was able to do that and visit with two others as well. I also contacted more people to spend the night with their pets this evening. I have been reaching out to those with phones or those I am able to find on the streets, in order to make them the room offer. We will continue doing this through the rainy season, until the funds run out. When I left the motel, I drove over to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic so I could pay for the pets that received 'the works' yesterday. When that was done, I stopped at our PO Box and then called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters,7 Day RTA bus pass, McDonalds gift cards, Arco gift cards, Taco Bell gift cards, cookie packs, cracker packs, protein bars, fleece blanket form AnimalVictory.org, pet bed, dry pet shampoo, pet wipes, face wipes, body wipes, hand and toe warmers, puppy pads, collars, leashes, chicken jerky for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, small bag of dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, pet sweaters, peanut butter chew sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 1-28-2021
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#1410 and #1411 Get 'The Works' & 'Little Bit' 1-27-2021

Today is not going to be the last day we spay and neuter but sadly it may be the last day we are able to do that at the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. We have had six available Wednesday appointments at the clinic for quite some time and have been going on Wednesdays for many years. Starting in February, all of the 'volume' clients will be moved to Mondays which is not a good day for us for a multitude of reasons. I did plead my case, by trying to keep on the schedule for Wednesdays but it was not something they were willing to accommodate. There may be occasions when we can make it on a Monday but we will most likely just keep our Wednesdays and move to Van Buren Animal Hospital. Thankfully, they are willing to accommodate us. We cannot afford to do all of the microchips and vaccinations there so we may get some of that done at the clinic. However, most if not all of our surgeries will be at Van Buren Animal Hospital. We have been doing our spay/neuter surgeries at the MSRPAC Clinic, ever since the day they opened and we will miss our weekly visits. I am Grateful for the pets we provided 'the works' for at the clinic today and over the past 8+ years but sad that won't be continuing. "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".

#1410 and #1411 Get 'The Works' & 'Little Bit' 1-27-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 1-26-2021

I spent the morning at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I visited with all six of the pets that we put in rooms last night thanks to AnimalVictory.org and our ‘Shelter From The Rain’ online fundraiser. I also visited with two other pets that happened to be there. I was able to distribute needed supplies and accept the gratitude from those we reserved the rooms for. It was a great morning and the best part was that it did not rain again! Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, McDonalds gift cards, Taco Bell gift cards, face wipes, body wipes, fleece pet jackets from the Foster Army Animal Rescue sewing club, pet rain jackets from Priceless Pet Rescue, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, pet toys, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, bully stick and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 1-26-2021
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Monday On The Move 1-25-3031

When we received donations from AnimalVictory.org, it was to be used for a variety of purposes. The main objective at the time was to fill and distribute 'Love Boxes' aka 'Love Bags' which we did. Some of the funds were to go to our spay/neuter program. We were able to start doing that when we took care of 'the works' for a number of pets and we will do more in the future. The third use of the funds was to be used towards motel rooms. We could use the money for pet recuperation after surgery (which we have) and also for rainy/cold weather relief. We did not have an opportunity to use the money for that until now. Even though the rain is not constant, it has dropped enough water to make things difficult for many people and pets. The temperatures have been averaging between the 40's and the 60's this week which just causes extra issues to those we serve. This week, we will be putting people and pets in rooms and they will be paid for by AnimalVictory.org as well as our online fundraiser 'Shelter From The Rain'. We are grateful to provide this opportunity to a group who might otherwise find no relief from the elements….Today was spent looking for those who I have spoken to about rooms and to set up a few reservations that started today. I drove to a few areas on the Eastside where I was unable to locate any of the people with pets who are usually there. Even though I was unsuccessful at three or four locations, I was able to make contact at three others. I am hoping to go to the motel tomorrow morning and visit those who spent the night. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, face wipes, hand and toe warmers, one small collar, fleece pet jackets from the Foster Army Animal Rescue sewing club, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, wet dog food, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, pet toys, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, bully stick and kabob chew sticks were shared.

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Sunday On The Streets 1-24-2021

I spent the first part of my morning in my kitchen. I baked eight dozen cookies and put up a crock pot of vegetable barley soup. I left the house around 8:30am and the sun was on its way out. I was expecting heavy rainfall so it was a welcome surprise to be able to stay dry. It was only 43 degrees but I wasn't getting wet so it was fine. I had a couple of people I wanted to see on the Eastside. They are not on Massachusetts or Iowa so I figured I would not have time to look for them tomorrow. I went to see 'Solo' first and then drove a few blocks to where three other pets were. I had seen them Friday and their companion asked for dry food. I had some then but he did not want to carry anything else on his bike so I brought it to them today. When I left there, I drove to one of the freeway onramps and headed towards Shamel Park. The person I was looking for had not shown up yet today so I decided to make a quick trip to the grocery story and then home. Before I could do either, I found a little dog and her companion sitting behind one of the empty stores. I pulled in, visited and distributed needed supplies. I was still able to make time to stop at the store, before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, beef sticks, cracker packs, cookie packs, candy, body wipes, face wipes, 2 small leashes, one small collar, pet sweater, pet rain jacket from Priceless Pet Rescue, fleece pet jackets from the Foster Army Animal Rescue sewing club, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dry dog food, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, pet toys, squeaky tennis balls small and large, chicken jerky treats for dogs, peanut butter chew sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 1-24-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 1-23-2021

I was thankful that there was a break in the rain for most of my travels this morning. I started with a trip to an area of Jurupa Valley where I was told I would find a dog I was hoping to visit. I could not locate his companions ‘camp’ and the phone went straight to voicemail, when I tried to call. My next attempt was at one of the river bottom outlets. I parked and walked to the top of the hill closest to the encampment I wanted to visit. I always give a shout out when I arrive and the people walk up the hill with their dogs. My walking up and down the steep rocks is never an option for me. I called out one of the ladies name a couple of times and even heard a dog bark once but nobody came out. I am thinking they were sleeping while staying warm and dry inside their tents. My next stop was another river bottom outlet. I was able to visit with three pets there and distributed needed supplies. From there I went to Avalon Park and visited with three more while distributing more needed supplies. On my way to check our PO Box, I drove around a few areas of Jurupa Valley but I did not find anyone with pets and called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, protein bars, beef sticks, cracker packs, cookie packs, candy, body wipes, face wipes, pet sweater, pet rain jackets, fleece pet jackets from the Foster Army Animal Rescue sewing club, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, wet dog food, small bag of cat food Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba Churus for cats, pet toys, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 1-23-2021
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Friday's Furry Friends 1-22-2021

Most Friday mornings, I go to Fairmount Park and then continue over to the Eastside. That did not happen today. I was at the park for quite some time and as I was getting ready to leave, someone showed up with two dogs I had not seen in quite some time. I stayed long enough to have a nice visit and then I headed toward Massachusetts Avenue. While I was on my way there, I drove through part of the downtown area and spotted a dog named 'Honey Girl'. I had recently been contacted by someone who found her and was trying to reunite her with her companion. I suggested ways to get the word out to her companion and thankfully it worked. The dog was reunited. Today was the first time I saw her since then. At this point, I did not have time to go to the Eastside, because I had to go to Magnolia Center and stop at FAAR Thrift Store. They had donations of handmade fleece jackets, dry pet shampoo and pet wipes for us. Someone had also left a box of doggie rain coats there as well. Twelve helped load everything into my vehicle and I went straight to our storage units to unload most of it. By the time I was done, I had to return home. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, protein shakes, beef sticks, cracker packs, cookie packs, candy, body wipes, face wipes, Max and Neo collar, wet dog food, wet cat food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba Churus for cats, pet toys, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, bully sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, cows ears and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 1-22-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 1-21-2021

Thursday is normally the day I go to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley to check on the pets that receive ‘the works’ on Wednesday. Because nobody showed for their appointments this week, we did not have any pets at the motel. I still needed to make a trip there, to drop off supplies to someone who has a room. I spent some time with her and her pets and then drove around the corner to visit with another pet. I also drove through a few other areas of Jurupa Valley but had no luck so I went to our PO Box. When I left the post office, I drove around more areas of Jurupa Valley. Some of the places I might find people had trash trucks and Sheriff’s vehicles but no homeless in sight so I called it a day. There are a couple of people working at our house doing pavers and helping to set up an area for our desert tortoise that will be coming here at the end of the month. I went home to see how things were going, before I went to meet one of my oldest and dearest friends for an outdoor lunch. It is supposed to rain tomorrow and again over the next few days so I am not sure what things will be like on the streets but I will be going out daily to find out. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein shakes, beef sticks, cracker packs, cookie packs, candy, body wipes, face wipes, wet dog food, small bag of dry dog food, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba Churus for cats, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 1-21-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 1-19-2021

The wind seemed relentless this morning and at one point I was actually having trouble walking in it. Seemed like the pets were having difficulties too. That may be why I did much mire driving than visiting today. I started out at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley and surrounding areas but did not see anyone. I drove to Fairmount Park next and did find 'Queen' and her companion. When I left that location, I drove through Rubidoux and then hopped on the freeway going towards the exit for Motel6. I then continued on to an area behind a local gas station where I found 'Midnight' and her companion. As I was getting ready to leave, 'Luna' and her companion were crossing the street. I called them over and spent some time with them. The gusts of wind were so strong that I felt like I needed to move on so I drove toward our PO Box in Jurupa Valley. I thought I might still be able to visit with one or two more pets. When I went to the location that they were seen last, I found other homeless camped out there instead so I checked our PO Box and then went home. When my daughter moves, our desert tortoise 'Pokey' will need to leave where she has been for the past two years. She will be coming back to live with me but some work needs to be done in the yard, before that can happen. That work was started by someone today. If all goes as planned, it will be done by the week end and our tortoise of nearly 34 years will be back with us... Nestle Pure Life waters, protein shakes, fleece blanket, wet dog food, pet wipes, collapsible pet dish, stainless steel pet dish, harness, leashes including a leash from Max and Neo Dog Gear, pet toys, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, chicken jerky treats for dogs, bully slices, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 1-19-2021
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Monday In The Move 1-18-2021

Before I hit the streets this morning, I made s top on the Eastside to meet with my daughter. She is in the process of moving from the house she has been living in to an apartment and I had a few things to deliver. Where she lived and where she is moving is near the Access Center on Massachusetts. As soon as we were done, I drove straight there. I got there about thirty minutes later than I Normally do but many were still sleeping. I did have an opportunity to visit with five pets and distribute supplies to their companions. My next stop was on University to visit with ‘Solo’. It looks like the property owners are getting ready to put up fencing and kick out the homeless who have been staying there. I will do my best to keep in touch so we do not lose touch when that happens. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blankets from the donors at AnimalVictory.org, beef sticks, cookie packs, cracker packs, candy canes, orthopedic dog bed, 2-pet water dispensers from Chewy.com, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, chicken jerky treats for dogs, peanut butter treats for dogs, collapsible pet dishes, pet toys including one from the donors at AnimalVictory.org, kabob chew sticks and bacon flavored dental sticks were shared.

Monday In The Move 1-18-2021
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1-17-2021 All About Gratitude

This is 'Bonnie' and 'Shila'. The post is all about Gratitude…Although I spent my day 'Taking It To The Streets', I did not actually have an opportunity to visit with any pets. I started early this morning at the Rescue Bank in Loma Linda where I filled my vehicle with supplies. From there it was home to organize some of the items and then to our storage units to organize others….I may not have spent time with pets, but I do have a heart-warming photo and story to share….This is a long read, because I want our new supporters to get some history to the dogs in the photo……….First is the dog on the left. Her name is 'Bonnie'. She was living in the river bottom for a very long time and giving birth to many litters. She had an owner but she was pretty feral. At one point, her owner moved out of the bottom and left her. She wound up hanging around a gentleman named 'Tony'. He had two dogs at the time. One of them was 'Shila' (the dog on the right). In addition, there were many other dogs that would follow Tony around. 'Bonnie' just stayed a part of that pack. She would sleep in his tent but did not really allow anyone to touch her. 'Shila' once belonged to Tony's sister. At one point she had to move and was going to take the pregnant dog to the shelter. Tony asked to take her instead. When her puppies were about eight weeks old, we removed them so they could be adopted and we also provided 'Shila' with 'the works'. No more litters for her. 'Bonnie' was a different story. She was having litters twice a year. We were able to get rescue for her last two litters but we could not catch her to get her spayed. One day, she got injured and went into an Igloo dog house. 'Tony' contacted me and we decided that he should put a large cage next to the dog house and push her in. It worked and I was able to get some friends to take her to an Animal Hospital in Corona. She spent the next few weeks there. She was spayed and had surgery on her leg. She was eventually put back in the river bottom as she still did not want most people to come near her. As the next three years passed, she became more friendly but her care giver found out he had Cancer and needed to leave the bottom. He asked for rescue for his dog 'Shila'. We did not know what to do about 'Bonnie' and then the rescue we were working with said they would take her too. Nobody had ever been able to get a slip lead on her but we decided to give it a go. 'Mutts In Need' sent their volunteer Steve and he got her right away. She struggled so hard to get loose but Tony calmed her down and we finally got her into a crate. At this point, both dogs were on their way to the rescue in Newport Beach. It was bittersweet to say the least, because we knew how difficult it was for 'Tony' to let them go and for them to leave the only life they really knew….They stayed with the rescue for a few months and then we got our miracle. These nine-year-old dogs were adopted together!! It is so hard to get one senior adopted but to have the two go together was such a gift. We get updates every now and then. I share them with 'Tony' and like to share with our supporters. Our goal is to help the homeless stay with their pets but when that is not possible, we do our best to make sure they have a future filled with love. So many people helped to make that happen. I am sorry I am not listing all of your names, but you know who you are and are welcome to comment. "It Takes A Village".

1-17-2021 All About Gratitude
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Saturday's Smiles 1-16-2021

I started my day at one of the river bottom outlets behind an industrial center in Jurupa Valley. When I left that location, I headed over to Avalon Park and then over to another river bottom outlet off of Mission Avenue. Three stops and eight pets were all I was able to do. I distributed so many supplies that I called it a day. Normally, I would have gone home and restocked for tomorrow but I actually had to empty my vehicle instead. On Sunday morning at 8am, I need to be at the Rescue Food Bank in Loma Linda to pick up pet supplies. I paid for an entire pallet but cannot fit all of that in my vehicle, even if it is empty so I will pack in as much as possible. I will update on that situation tomorrow. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, paper towels, body wipes, beef sticks, cookie packs, cracker packs, drink flavor packets, candy canes, trolley run for dogs, dog bed, 2-20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, small bag of cat food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, Inaba Churus, chicken jerky dog treats, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, peanut butter dog treats, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and bully slices were shared.

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Friday's Furry Friends 1-15-2021

My morning began at 7am with the Riverside Sunrise Rotary Club. They are holding their meeting via Zoom and I was asked to join them. They are a wonderful group of people who have been supporting our work for many years and had a check to present to us. I was attending for that reason and to give newcomers a brief history of what we have been doing for nearly nine years. It was a great way to start the day... At approximately 8am, I left home. My goal was to stop at Fairmount Park and then head over to Massachusetts on the Eastside. I accomplished those tasks, drove out to our PO Box and then made a brief stop to check on the dogs and to check in with my daughter who spent the night last night. I had a personal appointment at 11am so I went back out around 10:30 in order to get there on time. My phone has been ringing all day. There was a call from a woman who found a dog she believed belonged to one of the homeless we serve. I knew right away what dog it was but was not sure how to reach her companion. The woman said she would stay in touch. Another call was from an AC Officer who told me she had to impound ‘Kawasaki’ for ten days. Some people were watching her and they fell asleep. She got lose and went after another dog. All wound up being ok but because it was reported, she had to be impounded. The AC Officer felt bad as did I but there was nothing either one of us could do. If the dog was not dog aggressive, I could have quarantined her here but that just wasn’t possible. She gets released on the 25th. Thankfully, the other calls weren’t anything urgent. Sometimes things get a bit too stressful and I am relieved when the bad news doesn’t ruin any good that has taken place. Nestle Pure Life waters, All Day RTA Bus Pass, dog beds, canned ravioli, cookie packs, cracker packs, drink flavor packets, candy canes, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky dog treats, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, peanut butter dog treats, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks bully slices and squeaky tennis ball were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 1-15-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 1-14-2021

I am not sure what is up with the wind lately. We have always had those wild Santa Ana’s here in Southern California but they have seemed especially bad this past year. Thankfully, I did not need to go to any of the river bottom outlets today so I was able to avoid dealing with the sand and dirt blowing around. I did need to go to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley so I could check on the three dogs that received ‘the works’ yesterday. That is where I headed first. I dropped some homemade baked goods off for the office and housekeeping staff and then I checked on the dogs. I also visited with two others that were in a room there. When I left the motel, I drove to the post office where our PO Boxes are. I dropped of more homemade baked goods to the staff there, picked up our mail and made my way to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I was there to pay the invoices from yesterday and to meet someone whose dogs needed well checks. I paid the invoices but the well check pets had not arrived. I waited a few minutes and then left. I received a text about an hour later saying they finally got there. I was already home by this time so I gave the clinic permission to charge our card for their services. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein shakes, dog bed, Max and Neo dog collars, Max and Neo Leash, small dog leash, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky dog treats, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, peanut butter to be used to help get a dog to eat his meds, Vienna sausages to be used for the same reason, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully slices were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 1-14-2021
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#1407,#1408 and #1409 Get 'The Works' 1-13-2021

Two female dogs and one male dog received 'the works' today. The female dog came from the first litter of a dog named 'Krismis'. Last week, she received 'the works' and now one of her babies did too. Unfortunately, this was not before she already had a litter of her own but thankfully it was her last. The papa is a dog that was impounded once by Animal Control and let out without being neutered. Thankfully, he will not be fathering anymore litters as he is one of the three at the clinic. We are not always fortunate enough to get these pets in before they have litters or help make them but we are grateful whenever we are able to stop the breeding whether it was intentional or 'by accident'. "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". Thank You again to AnimalVictory.org and Actors and Others for Animals for your financial assistance in making this happen.

#1407,#1408 and #1409 Get 'The Works' 1-13-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 1-12-2021

I spent most of my morning outside the Motel 6 in Jurupa Valley and then made one stop in Rubidoux. That still gave me time to run a personal errand, check our PO Box and make it home before the dogs needed their potty break. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, protein bars, beef sticks, cookie packs, cracker packs, candy canes, wet dog food, collapsible pet dish, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky for pets, kabob chew sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks, cows ear and pet toys from AnimalVictory.org were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 1-12-2021
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Monday On The Move 1-11-2021

First thing this morning, I was on The Eastside dropping off a few things to my daughter. When I left her place, I took a drive through the Stater Brothers parking lot on Iowa. I saw a few tents set up near the Jack in the Box and I was trying to find a couple of pets and their companions. I have been unsuccessful in locating them for at least a month. I don't know anywhere else to look so I keep trying. When I left there, I drove over to Massachusetts Avenue and parked near the pallet houses and Access Center. I only had about an hour, because I had to get home to take a call from a Kaiser. I was trying to set up a few medical appointments and I did not want to be on the streets when they called. While on Massachusetts, I visited with four pets. I was hoping to see others but most were still sleeping. It I snice that some of the people who were in tents are inside the pallet houses but it makes it so much more difficult to get together. They tend to stay inside and I cannot go where they are. Even so, I was thankful for the four I did see before heading home. I waited at home for a good hour but no call from Kaiser. It was then time to drop some home-made food and baked goods at a friend's house and then meet with Christine Langdon at our storage units. She went to Star Milling and picked up 400 pounds of dog food and 170 pounds of cat food. (Thank You Christine). I went to storage to get everything unloaded and to give some supplies to a local church. While I was there, Kaiser finally called but I was unable to talk. Thankfully, they called me later and I was able to take care of getting approvals for the medical concerns I have. Nothing is serious but I do need to be seen and have been trying for over a month. We finally got the ball rolling today. I also had an opportunity to catch up on the two that we sent to rescue yesterday as well as a couple that went to rescue and got adopted. Nestle Pure Life waters, glucosamine, Flys off, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, wet dog good, doggie waste bags and leash clip, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky for pets, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and pet toys were shared.

Monday On The Move 1-11-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 1-10-2021

I divided the morning between two different locations. My first stop of the day was at one of the river bottom outlets where I was asked to help find rescue for two dogs there. When I arrived, it wasn't clear if they still wanted to surrender both or just one but I made arrangements for two just in case. Later in the day, I found out that both dogs were relinquished and are now with Mutts In Need. When I left that location, I drove over to the Eastside. I had one-year RCAS license tags for two dogs and a three-year renewal receipt for another. I was thankful that they were there and everyone was awake. Nestle Pure Life waters, Subway gift card, body wipes, toilet tissue, chewable k9 glucosamine, Flys off, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, trolley run for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky for pets and bacon flavored dental sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 1-10-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 1-9-2021

It was another very windy day here in Riverside, California. The wind makes it so hard to go to certain areas that are mostly dirt as it seems impossible to breath. Being masked for COVID-19 does help but I still don't like being out in it. That being said, I committed to meeting people so I did go out anyway. I was supposed to make a couple of stops at two different river bottom outlets, first thing this morning. One of those needed to be canceled, because her dog was sick. I did get to the second and visited with a companion that brough one of her two dogs. From there I drove through Fairmount Park. I was unable to find anyone with pets so I drove out to Magnolia Center. I spotted 'Duke' and his companion walking up Jurupa Avenue. I could not stop where they were but we met further down the road. My next stop was out by Arlington and Van Buren and my last stop was made in Jurupa Valley. As I was leaving our PO Box I saw 'Little Bit' and her companion over by Walgreens so I made sure to visit before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, 'Love Bag' from AnimalVictory.org, disposable masks, canned ravioli, cracker packs, beef jerky beef sticks, cookie packs, candy, pet bed, Vetericyn wound care spray, Flys off, wet dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the STAR MILLING COMPANY Star Milling Company, trolley run for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky for pets, squeaky tennis balls, pet toys including toys from AnimalVictory.org, kabob chew sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks and cows ears were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 1-9-2021
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#1406 Gets 'The Works' and Today's Travels 1-8-2021

We normally only do spaying/neutering on Wednesdays but every now and then we make an exception when needed. This morning it was to help with a feral cat. I was at the clinic by 7am and done by 7:30. I made a quick stop at the grocery store and then went home. At 8:30am I was back out and heading to the Eastside. I made two stops. The first was at Hunter Park and the second was on Massachusetts between the Access Center and the pallet houses. I visited with and distributed supplies to five dogs at the park and one on Massachusetts. I needed to run a personal errand so I took care of that, went to our PO Box and called it a day. "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, two bags of recyclables, snacks, 'Love Bag' from AnimalVictory.org, dog bed, pet sweater, fleece pet jacket, leash, trolley run for dogs, stainless steel pet dish, wet and dry dog food including a 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky for pets, pet toys from AnimalVictory.org small squealy tennis balls, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.

#1406 Gets 'The Works' and Today's Travels 1-8-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 1-7-2021

We provided 'the works' for two pets yesterday. We also provided a two-night motel stay for the dog and her companion as well as a one-night stay for the cat and her companion. The cat has two canine siblings so all three got to stay in the warm and comfy room. When I arrived at the motel, I went straight to the dog's room. She was doing great. I fed her some treats, gave her and her companion some supplies and then went to visit two other dogs. These two dogs were not put in the motel by Taking It To The Streets but we have known them for a long time. I could not recall the last time I saw them so it was a very pleasant surprise running into them today. I think they were happy too! When I left the motel, I ran an errand and then headed to the MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic. I needed to pay the invoices from yesterday and was supposed to meet people with pets there. One had a kitten that needed help and the other had a dog. Unfortunately, neither bothered to show up or call. I made one last stop at our PO Box. I picked up donations that were sent there and then I went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, 'Love Bags' from AnimalVictory.org, Arco fuel cards, McDonalds gift cards, Taco Bell gift cards, K9 Glucosamine chewables, Hemp chewables, dog beds, cat litter, wet and dry cat food, wet and dry dog food, Inaba chicken fillets for pets, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky for pets, pet toys, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 1-7-2021
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#1404 and #1405 Get 'The Works' 1-6-2021

We had a few pets that needed spayed/neutered this week but only a couple of their companions actually took the time to make appointments and ultimately keep them. One female cat and one female dog received 'the works' today. We like to have more showing up every Wednesday but we are always grateful for any number that we are able to get done. We now have two more pets that 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".

#1404 and #1405 Get 'The Works' 1-6-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 1-5-2021

I made arrangements to meet someone at one of the river bottom outlets, this morning. It was going to be the first stop of the day and it was. When I arrived, I noticed there was a dog running around near where I parked. When I got out of my vehicle, I realized it was a dog named 'Chion'. His family has an encampment a couple of miles away so I was not sure why he was there or who he was with. It turned out that he had stayed at a friend's 'camp' but had gotten loose. When I pulled up, someone was trying to catch him but the dog would not let him or anyone else do so. I was able to and as I was giving him treats, I coaxed him down the hill away from Market Street. When I was sure I could do so, I attached his leash to a pole and asked someone to keep and eye on him. I then got back in my vehicle and drove to where his companion stays. She was sleeping but got up and told me she would get him. I then went back to where he was to tell the people that help for him should be arriving in a bit. I gave the dog a bully stick and some water and then visited with the dog I had gone there to meet as well as one other. When we were done, I left for Fairmount Park where I was fortunate to find three more of my furry friends. I spent some time there, drove out to our PO Box and headed home to meet someone for an estimate to do something outside our home. Nestle Pure Life waters, hand and toe warmers, stainless steel pet dish, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba Churus for cats, wet cat food, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, squeaky tennis ball and toys from AnimalVictory.org were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 1-5-2021
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Monday On The Move 1-4-2021

I went to the Eastside this morning but before going to any of my usual stops, I drove to the Post Office on Chicago Avenue. I was there when they opened and sent out thank you packages filled with my baked goods. Next, it was over to Massachusetts Avenue to visit pets that are staying in the pallet houses or the kennel outside the homeless shelter. When I left that location, I drove over to another location off of University Avenue. Sometimes there are three or four pets there but today there was just one. My last attempt at finding people with pets was over at Hunter Park. There were a few there but none that I knew so I went to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blankets and toys from AnimalVictory.org, hand warmers, beef sticks, beef jerky, protein bars, cookie packs, cracker packs, candy canes, Max and Neo collar, Max and Neo leash, pet wipes, Riverside County Animal Services dog license tag, pet sweaters, collapsible pet dish, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 1-4-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 1-3-2021

I had made plans to meet someone at one of the river bottom outlets this morning, so I could visit with a dog I have not seen in quite some time. As I was about to leave one stop to go there, he texted and said that we would have to reschedule. He tries to find work when possible and was asked to work today. I could not fault him for doing that. I was at Arlington and Van Buren when he texted. Because I did not need to back track for the canceled visit, I proceeded to drive out to the Magnolia Center area. I was looking for the companion of a dog named 'Duke', so I could give him the one-year license tag we recently purchased. The two of them were not in any of the usual places I looked but when I stopped to ask someone if he knew where they might be, I was told that he did. That location became my second stop. From there I drove over to Fairmount Park where I did not see anyone with pets. There is a freeway ramp outside one of the park entrances so I hopped on the freeway and drove out to Jurupa Valley. I drove through the parking lot of the Motel6 and ran into someone I usually see on the Eastside. She was visiting a friend who had a room and her dog was with her. I spent some time with them and then drove around the corner for a visit with 'Midnight' and her companion. I had about thirty minutes of free time before I needed to be home so I called it a day and just ran a personal errand. Nestle Pure Life waters, 'Love Box' aka 'Love Bag' from AnimalVictory.org, toilet tissue, hand warmers, knit gloves, canned ravioli, beef sticks, beef jerky, protein bars, cookie packs, cracker packs, candy canes, K-9 Glucosamine chews, hemp chews for dogs, Zippy Paws pet safety vest, pet toys, Riverside County Animal Services dog license tag, pet sweater, collapsible pet dish, doggie waste bags with leash clip, small dog leash, 20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 1-3-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 1-2-2021

I divided my time between two locations this morning and a total of twelve pets. The first was at Avalon Park where I visited with and distributed supplies to four dogs and two cats. The second was at a river bottom outlet at the Riverside/Rubidoux border. There were six dogs there. By the time we were done, I was running low on the supplies I usually carry with me so I called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, 'Love Boxes' aka 'Love Bags' from AnimalVictory.org, paper towels, toilet tissue, canned ravioli, beef sticks, beef jerky, protein bars, cookie packs, cracker packs, Riverside County Animal Services dog licenses, orthopedic pet bed, pet sweaters, doggie booties, stainless steel pet dish, Max and Neo dog collar, 20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 1-2-2021
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New Year's Day 1-1-2021

The winds were gusting most of the night and had not died down by the time I drove out to the Eastside this morning. Not sure if that had anything to do with why I had trouble finding people but I drove through Fairmount Park, Hunter Park, University and the Blaine/Iowa area with no luck. When I drove over to Massachusetts Avenue, I did not see anyone outside with their pets. I spoke to one of the security guys from City Net and asked him to tell a couple of people that I was pout front with license tags for their dogs. While I was waiting for them, a few others came out as well. I visited with a total of five. One of the companions asked me if I might be willing to drive over to where her daughter was with the two dogs she and her boyfriend have. I said I would and I happened to find them around the corner from where I had set out to look. That became my last stop of the day. Afterwards, I ran one quick personal errand and headed home... Nestle Pure Life waters, disposable face masks, 'Love Boxes' aka 'Love Bags' from AnimalVictory.org, paper towels, toilet tissue, pet wipes, beef sticks, beef jerky, protein bars, Max and Neo collar, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba chicken fillets for dogs, doggie waste bags with leash clip, kabob chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.

New Year's Day 1-1-2021
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