It is the last day of month and we had 10 pets receiving spay/neuter services. Our total for June is 38. That is one of the largest numbers we have ever done in a one-month period. Of those thirty-eight 17 were dogs and 21 were cats. 11 female dogs, 11 female cats, 6 male dogs and 10 male cats. We are so grateful to be able to provide these services for so many pets... As far as today goes, we had two female dogs, three female cats and five male cats received 'the works' today... That was not exactly the plan but that is what we did...We were supposed to spay/neuter three female dogs, two male cats and one female cat but that all changed overnight. When we showed up at Animal Services this morning, I was not sure what we were going to be doing but the final result turned out to be a good one... Very expensive, but such a success!... "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".
I made my first stop at a field in Jurupa Valley. One of the items I picked up from the Rescue Food Bank on Saturday was an XL pet cot and I knew just who to give it to. There are actually a few dogs I would like to give one too but 'REZ' was the dog I chose. He was a little hesitant to get on it at first but as soon as I gave him a bully stick, he made himself comfy and began chewing. I made arrangements to meet a few people and their pets for vaccination and flea/tick treatment but I had enough time to make a detour and stop to visit with 'Kawasaki'. She was perched on a pile of blankets in her new wagon and seemed quite content. From there, I went straight to the clinic. Only one person showed up but she had two dogs with her and each one received what they needed. I will try to get their licenses tomorrow. Nestle Pure Life waters, XL pet cot, body wipes, pet wipes, bleach wipes, wet dog food, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, stainless steel pet dish, small collar, small leash, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky dog treats, bully sticks, peanut butter flavored dental sticks and squeaky dog toys were shared.
This morning, I handed out papers with lists of the local cooling stations and started taking names for motel reservations on the 4th of July. We have nine so far and that was done within a couple of hours. I look forward to being able to give some relief from the heat and the noise. Thanks to our Supporters, we are able to offer this to the homeless with pets. The only requirement is that they must be spayed/neutered or have future appointments...Today, I drove around different areas of Eastside Riverside as well as the downtown area. There were eight places in all and I had luck in three of them. I visited people with pets by the Access Center/Pallet Houses on Massachusetts, a side street not too far from Reid Park and then at Fairmount Park. There were three pets at the first stop, three pets at the second and even though I only visited with two, there were six at the last stop. Nestle Pure Life waters, pet stroller, pet wipes, bleach wipes, wet dog food, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky dog treats, bully slices, bully sticks, kabob chew sticks and squeaky dog toys were shared.
I started going out a little later in the mornings, in order to catch more people awake. My schedule has been leaving the house between 9and 9:30 now and it has been working out ok until now. It is beginning to heat up and being that there is normally little to no shade where I go, it is more uncomfortable. That being said, there is no point in my going out if nobody is awake so I will make the best of it. I made three stops today. The first was in Rubidoux, the second was at Fairmount Park and the third was at another Rubidoux location. I had an opportunity to visit with seven dogs and provide a few supplies for a couple of tiny kittens. Nestle Pure Life waters, Benadryl caplets, pet wipes, bleach wipes, wet kitten food, wet puppy food, wet dog food, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky dog treats, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, cat toys and squeaky dog toys were shared.
At 8am, I arrived at the Rescue Food Bank in Loma Linda. I was there to pick up a variety of pet supplies and a few boxes of wet dog food. I drove straight to storage and then home where I stocked up for the pets I planned to see. However, I did not visit a single pet for the first ninety minutes of today's travels. All of the companions met me at the times and places we agreed on but a couple of the pets were not feeling well, a few were still at their encampment and three were with a friend as the companion was on her way to a job. I did deliver supplies for all of those pets but sadly did not get to spend time with them. I was trying to make a fourth stop to a family that is staying in a motor home. They were still sleeping when I arrived so I continued driving until I reached the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I had a harness for a dog there so I thought I would drop it off and see if anyone else with pets was around. 'Chance' received his harness and two other dogs got a visit and supplies. I had picked up a couple of small harnesses at the rescue bank this morning and gave one of them away as well. When I left the motel, I drove out near the Jurupa Valley Skat Park looking for some people and pets headed that way but their vehicle broke down and they did not make it. By this time, I needed to run by the post office and head home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, bleach wipes, wire kennel, harnesses, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for cats, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky dog treats, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and pet toys were shared.
Before I left the house this morning, I printed copies of the Community Action Partnership Cool Centers for Riverside County, I am carrying them with me, in hopes of helping some of the homeless find a place they can get out of the heat this summer. My plan was to go to Fairmount Park and then the Eastside but I never made it to my second destination, because I spent so much time with the eight pets at the park. I had a personal appointment to attend to so I ran a quick personal errand before taking care of that. Soon after I checked the PO Box and finally headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, travel water troths, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, cat toys, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Zippy Paws safety vest, Jones Natural and other dog treats, bacon flavored dental sticks, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.
Because we did not have any dogs recuperating from 'the works' this week, I did not need to stop at the motel. I still drove out to Jurupa Valley in order to stop at a couple of other locations. I found pets at two of them but none at the third so I decided to look for a pet that had been injured. She was over near Van Buren and Arlington so I just had to say hello to 'Kawasaki' too. As it turned out, the woman with the injured dog was there but the dog was with someone else. When I was visiting 'Kawasaki', I asked where her wagon was and found out it had been stolen. Her companion knew who took it but sometimes it is not a good idea to go after certain people. I needed a couple of things from storage and wanted to see if there were any wagons there. I have given away a few and it has been a very long time since one was donated. As luck would have it, there was one. After loading supplies into my vehicle, I put the wagon in and headed back to where 'Kawasaki' was. As soon as her companion put the blankets in and her on top, she rested her face on the side. She looked very content and I felt very grateful. I suggested that her companion use his marker to write our charity name and number on the sides. This way if it gets stolen again, I will have no problem stopping to get it back. Nestle Pure Life waters, squeaky dog toy, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural and other dog treats, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully slices were shared.
Our spay and neuter calendar is filled for the next few weeks and today we were expecting a mama cat and her litter of five as well as three of the eight kittens a cat named 'Cali' gave birth to a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, the companion of the cat with the five kittens was a 'no show'. Her phone was off so I could not reach her by calling or texting. Thankfully, I told Kimberlee with Foster Army Animal Rescue to bring all eight of the kittens we were supposed to get done over the next three weeks. I figured this would help the rescue as well as help us if our person did not show. I am so grateful now that we did that, because all eight kittens will now be spayed and neutered so they are ready for new home. Their mama will go back to her homeless companion this week. We provided 'the works' last week but waited for her to heal before she get reunited. She has been away from her companion since April and I am sure they are both looking forward to being together again. I can't thank FAAR and their foster family enough for the gift they gave to the homeless woman, my organization and the cat/kittens. "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".
On Tuesdays I usually drive through Fairmount Park and to the downtown Salvation Army. I did that today but was unable to find anyone with pets so I decided to go to the Eastside and check out Hunter Park. I had an opportunity to visit with two companions and their furry families as well as distribute supplies. I had scheduled a 10am meet up with a few people at the vaccination clinic. They did not all show up but one person did with her three dogs and another gentleman did with his one dog. All four were receiving updated vaccinations as well as flea/tick treatments. I did not have time to wait for them to have their turns but I did ok the payment for whatever services were provided. When I left the clinic, I had just enough time to run by the post office before I needed to be home. Nestle Pure Life waters, pet wipes, large pet collar, cat toy, Zippy Paws safety vest, squeaky dog toys, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for cats, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural and other dog treats, peanut butter chew stick, bacon flavored dental sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I arrived a little earlier than usual on the Eastside. I stopped on Massachusetts in front of the pallet houses. Only one pet was outside with her companion but I did visit with them and distribute supplies. When I left that location, I drove up a couple of side streets looking for 'Solo' and his companion but was unsuccessful so I continued on to Hunter Park. There were no people there with pets so I decided to run a personal errand. As I was approaching the store, I spotted a familiar furry face and her companion walking through the parking lot. I found a safe place to park so I could visit and distribute supplies to them too. When I was leaving, I received a phone call from someone who needs us to provide 'the works' to her two dogs and I think we found a date that works. I continued on to Fairmount Park, where I did not see anyone with pets. There is a freeway entrance right near there so I hopped on the freeway and headed out to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley where I visited with and distributed supplies for three more pets. When I left the motel, I had enough time left to check our PO Box before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, Large Bag of Recyclables, protein shakes, protein bars, doggie booties, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, Zippy Paws safety vest, squeaky dog toys, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, cat food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural and other dog treats, cows ears, bully slices, peanut butter chew stick, doggie waste bags and stainless-steel pet dish were shared.
My first order of business today was to meet Diana from Inaba. She had a donation to give us and we met at my storage units to unload it. While I was there, I also stocked my vehicle with needed supplies and then hit the streets. I stopped at VanBuren and Arlington where I visited with and distributed supplies for a puppy and a senior dog. I was looking for someone whose dog was recently attacked by another dog but I was unsuccessful. I finally reached her on the phone and I am hoping that Pets Of The Homeless can assist them with medical so we can provide the spay. When I was getting ready to leave that location, I was contacted by a couple who wanted to know if we could provide 'the works' for their kittens. I let them know that we are booked up for a few weeks but that there will most likely be room around the 14th in July. In the meantime, I offered to bring supplies, visit the kittens and their dogs. They were across town but I had time to make it over to where they were. They only had one dog with them but I was able to check out the kittens and give them supplies for all four pets. I headed home when we were done...Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, face wipes, body wipes, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, xl dog collar, plush squeaky dog toys, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet puppy food, cat toys, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural and other dog treats, wet dog food, bully slices, bacon flavored dental sticks, peanut butter chew stick and kabob chew sticks were shared.
My first stop of the day was at an encampment in Rubidoux. The companion of three was meeting there with her pets and I also visited one living at that location. We discussed which pet needed to get their last set of vaccinations, which needed their vaccinations renewed and which needed flea and tick treated. We plan on getting them done this Tuesday. When I left that location, I drove over near the Mission Street bridge. There is a place to park on the shoulder of the road so I am able to get out and walk a path towards some river bottom encampments. Some of the people were sleeping but one of the women brought her dog up for a visit. I loaded her with supplies that she can use for all of the dogs that stay in that area. My next stop was the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I thought I might visit 'Little Bear' one last time before they had to check out but they had already left. I was getting ready to leave myself and then I ran into the companion of a couple of dogs I had not seen in many months. I parked, filled a bag of supplies and then spent some time visiting them. As I was walking to my vehicle, I was stopped by someone else. She had her dog with her and needed supplies too. We visited briefly, I gave her supplies and then headed to the post office before making my way home...Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, face wipes, body wipes, pet wipes, small stainless steel pet dish, large stainless steel pet dish, hemp chews for dogs, k9 Glucosamine with Chondroitin, 2-20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural and other dog treats, wet dog food, wet puppy food, bully slices, bacon flavored dental sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I have a reoccurring appointment every Friday at 10:30am for the next six weeks which means my time will be cut short on those days. Even so, there is quite a bit that can be done in a couple of hours so it is still worth my time to hit the streets. This morning, I started with a couple of dogs at Fairmount Park and then headed to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside. There were medical and spay/neuter motor home vehicles there helping some of the pets. We take care of as many of those pets as possible but this was perfect for some that have been unable to get rides to the meet me at Animal Services or the clinic. I visited with three pets at that location and hung around while they got checked out and received services. None were spayed/neutered while I was there but I am hoping they got a few after I left. I needed to order some red t-shirts for myself and a Veteran who is always asking folks to wear red on Fridays. We do provide services to low-income Veterans so I thought wearing red on Fridays would be a nice idea. I got some black hats with red ink for our logo too. I will post pics when they come in. Before I made it to Progressive Graphics, I passed a familiar canine and her companion at the edge of the parking lot so I stopped for them before going to place my order. My final stop was at the Post Office where I went to inquire about a package that was supposedly delivered on Tuesday but seems to have disappeared. I did not get any news but did find a couple of gift card donations and a Grant check in our PO Box so that helped me go from frustrated to grateful...Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, face wipes, body wipes, pet wipes, Flys Off, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Jones Natural and other dog treats, wet dog food, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.
My main concern today was making sure 'Roxy' made it down to where she needed to go, check on the dogs that received 'the works' yesterday and see how 'Baby Boy' was doing since part of his leg was amputated. There were a few stressful moments getting 'Roxy' off the tether and into the truck but it all went well. Tracy Bowen was able to deliver her to the Animal Hospital DawgSquad Animal Rescue asked she be brought to. We will be covering whatever expenses she incurs there and will update as we learn more about her transition out of the elements…After the dog was on her way, I drove over to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I went to the room where a dog named 'Prowler' was supposed to be but nobody answered the door, the phone or a text message. I never herd anything from his companion which was definitely disappointing. People know I am coming and when they can't even be there for a five-minute visit, it is rude and something I don't appreciate…Next, I knocked on the door where a dog named 'Brenda' was with another dog I needed to check on. His name is 'Baby Boy' and he is the dog that needed part of his leg amputated. He got out of the medical treatment area yesterday so I was thankful to see that he is doing well. There were also a few other Chihuahua mixes in that room. Seven of them have been spayed/neutered by us but five of them still need the services. One step at a time...My last visit was to the room where 'Little Bear' was. She is the dog that had pyometra and needed a tumor removed, in addition to the spay. Her companion picked her up from Van Buren Animal Hospital right before I arrived and she seemed to be doing very well. She is a nine-year-old dog that nearly died but will hopefully live a long and healthy life now….My final stops of the day were at our PO Box where I was checking on a delivered package that seems to be lost and at Riverside Animal Services where I needed to take care of some unpaid invoices. It was already getting so warm outside so after that was done, I went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, Arco gift cards, McDonalds gift card, 2–17-pound bags of cat food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, Jones Natural and other dog treats, wet dog food and bully slices were shared.
Just got off the phone with Van Buren Animal Hospital. Not only did we help with the spay of a particular dog today but we also helped save her life. More about that in this commentary…Two female dogs, one male dog, three female cats and two male cats received 'the works' today. Seven of the pets were done at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services and the other at Van Buren Animal Hospital. I was unable to meet with the dog going to Van Buren Animal Hospital, because I was too busy with the seven pets at Animal Services but I have photos of her from yesterday and will be checking on her in a couple of days. She won't be at the motel tonight because I found out that she had a tumor as well as Pyometra. Had we not gotten her in when we did with the help of Pets Of The Homeless, she most likely would have died very soon. Reminded me of when we took 'Kawasaki' in a few years back. We are so very thankful...Bottom line is, it looks like we are having another $2,000.00+ week of expenses between our spay/neuter services and the motel rooms where some of the pets will recuperate. We got off to a slow start when we switched from Mary S. Roberts to Animal Services but we seem to be keeping pretty busy now. As long as we have the funds, we will continue providing these much-needed services. "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".
While on the Eastside yesterday I missed a few pets so I decided to go back this morning. On the way, I stopped at the Salvation Army in Downtown Riverside to visit with a dog I had not seen in a quite some time. As I was driving from there to Hunter Park, I received a call from a gentleman whose nine-year-old female had some growths on her and one of them had popped. He was concerned about the bleeding. He said the dog was not spayed but welcomed the idea of us helping with that. I told him to call Pets Of The Homeless and then agreed to meet him in the parking lot of Animal Services at 10:30am. In the meantime, I did make the stop at Hunter Park. Not only did I see the dogs I went there for but I also spent time with others. Two of those were dogs I had not met and one needs 'the works'. After I visited with most of the pets and distributed supplies, I headed across town to meet the gentleman with the nine-year-old dog in need of help. While I was with them, Pets Of The Homeless called back and approved a visit with Van Buren Animal Hospital. I set up an appointment for tomorrow so the dog can get medical attention, a rabies vaccine, a nail trim and spay. The companion was one of the most grateful people I have ever met. He said nobody has ever helped him like this. He had not been in a motel in a very long time as he has been living out of his van for nine years. When I told him that he and his dog would spend two nights there are her surgery/surgeries, he kept talking about how wonderful all of this was. I was reminded one more time why this work is important...Nestle Pure Life waters, Arco gift card, Benadryl caplets, Max and Neo leashes, Max and Neo collars, pet wipes, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, kitty litter, Jones Natural and other pet treats, bully slices, plush squeaky pet toy, peanut butter chew sticks, kabob chew sticks, wet dog food and chicken jerky treats for dogs were shared.
This morning I went to the Eastside and stopped on Massachusetts Avenue where I visited with three pets and distributed supplies for more. I drove through Hunter Park, up Atlantic Avenue, Chicago, Iowa and Spruce but could not find anyone with pets. I decided to drive through Fairmount Park and I saw someone parked there with her four pets so I pulled into a parking lot...Unfortunately, that visit turned ugly when someone else who was there accused me of taking his photo, posting photos of him and turning him in to code enforcement. I of course did none of those things and tried to explain but it got ugly fast. He started using foul language and name calling and I got sucked into it. Before I knew it, I was being just as rude back. I am sorry that I brought myself down to his level. It just gets so frustrating when I am on the streets day after day, seven days a week trying to help the pets and then get accused of ridiculous things I have never done. I know better than to get sucked into that kind of nonsense but sometimes it just gets the best of me. The funny thing is that this person accusing me doesn't even have pets! I tried to explain that I have zero interest in people's photos and especially those who don't even own a pet. The person I was there visiting has known me for a few years and tried to reason with him as well but he made up his mind that I am a liar and a horrible human who wants to get people in trouble. I feel sorry for him. He is so paranoid and disillusioned. I will try not to bring myself down to his level again. It is not a good look on me when I do what I did today. When I left the park, I drove to the Post Office where our PO Box is in Jurupa Valley. I met with the companion of the group of Chihuahua's we just spayed and neutered, so I could give them supplies. The dog that had to have part of his leg amputated was not ready for release yet which meant I did not get to visit with him...Nestle Pure Life waters, Benadryl caplets, toilet tissue, small leash, pet wipes, small bag of dog food, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural and other pet treats, bully slices, squeaky pet toy, bacon flavored dental sticks, kabob chew sticks, wet puppy food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba tuna for pets, doggie waste bags, cat toys, wet dog food and chicken jerky treats for dogs were shared.
I drove out to an area of Jurupa Valley this morning in order to bring supplies but nobody was awake so I continued on to the area around Arlington and Van Buren. I caught up with one of the pets and companions I was looking for but not the other. I visited and distributed supplies, before heading back across town to an encampment in Rubidoux. Once again, I only connected with one pet and his companion but was unable to locate the others so I drove towards the Jurupa Valley Motel6. Nobody was outside the motel with dogs but I was able to find one around the corner. I distributed more supplies, visited and then headed to one last encampment in Jurupa Valley. It is where two dogs stay with their companion. One of them is actually being surrendered to a rescue on Thursday. After seeing her this morning, I am so grateful. She was covered in flies and had fly tags on her ears. I called her companion and asked her to please go back there and put some antibiotic ointment on the sores. I have left Flys Off but I believe it was gone. I did not have anymore and even if I did, I would not have put it on her with open sores. This heat really makes the fly situation worse so I just added more fly repellant to our Amazon Wish List...This afternoon, I went and got my second Covid Vaccine. If I am feeling ok, I will do my usual travels tomorrow but if not, I will rest. Time will tell. So far. So good….Nestle Pure Life waters, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural and other pet treats, bully slices, squeaky pet toy, bacon flavored dental sticks, wet dog food and chicken jerky treats for dogs were shared.
In addition to visiting some very cute pets today, we were also able to provide 'the works' for two more…..I did not have enough time to get to everyone I wanted to on the Eastside yesterday so I went back today. This time I visited pets at Hunter Park and on a side street off of University Avenue. When I was done visiting and distributing supplies, I headed to the post office to pick up a couple of donation packages that were delivered there yesterday and this morning. "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, dog bed, small bag of cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural and other pet treats, kabob chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, bully slices, small squeaky tennis ball and chicken jerky treats for dogs were shared.
I spent half of my time at Fairmount Park this morning where I visited with and distributed supplies for five pets. I spent the other half on Massachusetts Avenue near the Access Center and pallet houses. While I was there, I visited with and distributed supplies for five more pets. I had just enough time left to run home and give my dogs a potty break, before heading across town to meet Christine Langdon at our storage units. She picked up our monthly donation from the Star Milling Company and I had to meet her so we could get it unloaded. I also grabbed a few supplies to take with me, before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, grape Pedialyte, Jones Natural and other pet treats, kabob chew sticks, squeaky plush dog toys, small leash, Tiller Tugs leash, large dog collar, doggie waste bags with leash clip, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, bully stick and bully slices were shared.
I spent the first part of my morning at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I visited the pets that received 'the works' yesterday, the two that need extra surgery and will go back tomorrow and then others that just happened to be there. I wanted to visit a few more but I had to get home in order to take my two dogs to Van Buren Animal Hospital for blood work, nail trims and anal gland expression. I will try to get back to the motel this week end and visit rooms with pets that I did not have time for today. I was able to get rescue for the dog 'Roxy' I have been trying to help. I was actually contacted by the rescue which made things so much less stressful. It was from a rescuer I have respected for many years and she has Dawgsquad Animal Rescue. I was also fortunate enough to have people willing to transport if the care takers are unable. All of this should come together by the end of the week and I am so very grateful. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO gift cards, Taco Bell gift card, Burger King gift card, Jones Natural Chews, kabob chew sticks, pigs ears, bacon flavored dental sticks, wet kitten food, small bag of kitten food, cat toy, dog toys, collapsible pet dish, stainless steel pet dish, doggie waste bags, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats and Inaba tuna fillets for cats were shared.
Between the services performed for us Riverside County Animal Services and the cost of motel rooms, this will be another expensive week for us. I won't know the total until the last two get what they need but it is surely more than what we usually spend which is the reason for adding the 'Donate' button to this post....We had eight dogs at the Animal Services today to get 'the works'. As the day progressed, we learned that one of them needed part of his leg amputated and another needed her eye removed. Because of that, we were actually only able to spay/neuter six of the eight. The other two will go back on Friday so they can get the additional surgeries as well as their spay and neuter surgeries….. Every pet we spay or neuter is a success for so many reasons but today seemed like a super successful day and this is why. I finally got to give the ashes of 'Angel' to her companion. He had been in the hospital for a couple of weeks but met this morning so he could get the bag containing her ashes and paw print…I gave the bag to her companion while I was beginning to get today's dogs checked in for 'the works'….I was expecting a gentleman from the river bottom to bring his two females. He had gotten a citation a few months back and we already took care of his male. The two females had recently given birth so we had to wait for them to wean the puppies. These dogs have been 'pumping out' litters for years but we were never given permission to spay and neuter. The citation from Animal Control forced the companion to do so and I can't begin to express my gratitude for that. The three dogs looked so worn out and why wouldn't they be after all they have been through. They will finally get to live out their lives without having to be money makers for the person who they trust to care for them…..The other six dogs that went in belong to a group I have been trying to assist for months. Circumstances kept preventing the spaying and neutering and I had almost given up, until I received a call saying they were ready. I am not sure exactly how many dogs this couple has but we started with six of them today...I was worried when they were not at the clinic at the agreed upon time and I called three times with no answer. On the fourth try, I was able to wake someone up and she got someone to help her get the dogs where they needed to be. Due to the lateness of everyone today, I was there until nine this morning and almost didn't make it on time to a personal commitment I had. Thankfully, it all worked out so all I have to do now is work on collecting funds to pay for the services they all received and for the motel rooms. "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".
Before I headed to Fairmount Park, I made a stop at a homeless encampment in Jurupa Valley. There is a dog there that spend all of her time on a short trolly run and is usually alone. She belonged to the son of the woman caring for the dog. He was supposed to come and get her months ago but he never did. The present care taker already has another large dog she is caring for and two is too much. I am really hoping to get the dog a rescue so she can get off the tether and into a loving home. She has never lived indoors so it will take some adjusting but I know it can be done, because I have seen it many times before...When I left that location, I made my way to the park where I visited with four pets and gave them needed supplies. I don't usually go out to the motel on Tuesdays but someone told me they were going to be there and asked if I might want to visit her pets so I spent a little time there too. I visited her pets, one other and distributed more supplies. My final stop was at the Post Office. There was a large box of donations waiting to be picked up and it was filled with items from our Amazon Wish List. That was a great way to end the morning...Nestle Pure Life, face wipes, body wipes, Flys Off, doggie waste bags with leash clip, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for cats, Max and Neo collar, Max and Neo leash, squeaky and squeaky plush pet toys, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky treats, wet dog food, pigs ears, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully stick were shared.
I spent the first part of the morning on Massachusetts Avenue. I went into the kennels next to the Access Center as well as the parking lot by the pods. When I left that location, I drove over to another location on the Eastside which was Hunter Park. I visited with pets and distributed supplies at both places. I still had some time to spare before needing to get home so I drove around Chicago, Iowa and Spruce but did not find anyone else with pets. I went to the nearest freeway entrance and headed home. I let the dogs out for a little break and then headed to the Post Office. I checked our PO Box, dropped off a couple dozen cookies for the postal employees and shipped a package to some cousins in San Diego. Nestle Pure Life waters, doggie waste bags, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky treats, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and peanut butter chew sticks were shared.
My first stop of the day was at a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley/ I had hoped to make a stop in Rubidoux next but nobody was at the encampment so I kept driving. My final stop was at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley for five more pets. I was able to distribute needed supplies to every pet I saw as well as for a few others that were not able to meet with their companions Nestle Pure Life, toilet tissue, body wipes, face wipes, pet wipes, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky treats, squeaky pet ball and toys, 2-20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, wet kitten food, dry kitten food, 2–17-pound bags of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Juicy Bites for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, Inaba Churus for cats, Max and Neo dog collars, Max and Neo leash, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.
A rather long read but part of it concerns events from yesterday….I started my day out in Jurupa Valley visiting a couple of pets and their companions. I had not seen them in years but the dogs had not changed. When I left that location, I went driving around an area where I was told I could find the male dog we neutered on Wednesday as well as the litter and the mama dog he impregnated. I drove through a few alleys with no luck but I did run into the couple who have quite a few Chihuahuas that need spayed and neutered. I met them a few months ago, when they were living on a property with a few other homeless people and their pets. We kept trying to spay and neuter the little dogs then but could not seem to make it work. If all goes as planned, six of those dogs will receive 'the works' this Wednesday. I made one final stop after leaving that group. I went looking for 'Kawasaki' and her companion around Arlington and Van Buren. I did find the dog but did not see him. I gave her lots of water and treats while I waited for him to return. After about fifteen minutes I had to go so I left a few things there and went on my way. I was not happy to see her alone and just hope he came back soon after I left. In addition to today's travels there are two more recipients of our spay/neuter program to report….I had received an email from Riverside County Animal Services regarding a homeless gentleman whose dog was impounded. He had been arrested and released but did not have funds to get his dog out of impound. We do not pay boarding, impound fees, fines or penalties but we do cover the spay/neuter, license, all vaccinations, flea/tick meds, pain meds and license. When we do that, it is usually enough to get the dog released if they have some money to put down and then agree to payment terms for the balance. All of that was worked out and then the gentleman told me he had another dog. She happened to be with him and I asked if he would allow us to go ahead and cover 'the works' for her too. He agreed so both dogs were able to get the services they needed. "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter". Nestlé Pure Life waters, pet wipes, stainless steel pet dish, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky treats, squeaky pet toys, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, wet puppy food, small bag of dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.
Even though I spent my usual time driving around today, it was a fairly uneventful morning. I drove to Fairmount Park but did not find any of the people with pets I was looking for. I then drove over to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside of Riverside and parked in front of the pallet houses. I walked around for awhile and tried to text a few people but I did not see anyone nor did anyone respond so I continued on to Hunter Park. While I was there, I visited with three pets and gave one of them their renewed Riverside County Animal Services license. When I left the park, I decided to look for 'Solo' and his companion in the area I have visited with them for the past month or so. The dog and his companion were sleeping but 'Solo' decided to get up for a bit. When he had enough, he took his ball and chew stick and laid back down. That was my cue to hit the road again. I needed to refill the water supply in my home shed so I drove out to Riverside Self Storage. I picked up a few cases more and grabbed other supplies. From there, I went to our PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet dog food, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky treats, plush squeaky pet toys, squealy tennis ball, kabob chew sticks and peanut butter chew sticks were shared.
On my first trip out this morning, I met with one of the Staff from Riverside County Animal Services to pick up yesterday's paperwork and to pay for two more dogs getting 'the works' tomorrow. So far, we spent over $1200.00 this week at Animal Services and the Motel6. We may have to spend a few hundred more depending on if the dogs getting done tomorrow are going to need boarding or will be able to go to the motel. We do not usually do motel rooms on the week end due to the high prices but if the dogs can't have surgery until tomorrow, they will need a clean and comfortable place to recuperate. I will know more tomorrow. After I took care of our financial obligations, I went home to give my dogs a morning break outside and then headed to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I checked on the two dogs that received 'the works' yesterday and I also visited with a couple others. I had time to spare afterwards so I drove out to Rubidoux but did not find the people and pets I was looking for. I made one final stop at our PO Box and then called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO gift cards, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Max and Neo dog collars, Max and Neo leash, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky treats, plush squeaky pet toys, Tiller Tugs tug toy, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.
As I was getting ready to give an over the phone payment to the Department of Animal Services for the dogs we brought in today, I received an email from a staff member there. A homeless gentleman was trying to get his dog out of impound. The dog was taken in when he was arrested a few days ago. I told them what we pay for which basically equates to 'the works'. The owner then has to pay the boarding, impound and any fines. I asked them to have the companion call me and that is when I found out he also has a female dog. I said that we would pay for her to get 'the works' and licensed if they could accommodate her when they did the male. He said yes and they could fit them both in so they are now scheduled for Friday. I have not met either but am more than willing to help. I will update once they are both released……During the month of May we provided spay/neuter services to 18 pets. They were evenly divided. 9 cats and 9 dogs. Of those dogs, four were female and five were male. Of those cats, six were female and three were male. We started this month off with two dogs. We had inquiries about assisting with more pets but two was what we actually wound up with. We had one female and one male. The male has fathered multiple litters but thankfully the last one will be his last. As soon as the mama stops nursing her puppies, we plan on giving her a 'spay day' as well. We also offered to spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinate the litter when they are ready. Each of the puppies is already spoken for and the hope is that the cycle of breeding ends here. "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".
I had planned on going to one of the river bottom outlets this morning but when I saw there was nowhere to park, I kept driving until I got to Fairmount Park. I visited with three pets there and gave them a few supplies. I drove through the parking lot of the Salvation Army in downtown Riverside next, but did not see anyone there with pets. I do not usually go to the Eastside on Tuesdays but I did today, in order to find a couple of people who said they wanted their pets spayed/neutered tomorrow. I was unable to find either of them but did run into someone I had not seen in awhile and her dogs were with her. I gave them treats and a bag of supplies before heading across town to meet someone whose puppy needed more vaccinations. I waited for forty-five minutes but she did not show. I went inside and paid for the services she needed, texted her instructions and then left. I had something I needed to take care of and just couldn't wait any longer. Nestle Pure Life waters, pet wipes, wet dog food, Inaba Juicy Bites for cats, Jones Natural and other dog treats, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.