Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - September 2021

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

Thursday's Treasures 9-30-2021

I spent the morning at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. The first part of that was helping to reconnect a cat we neutered yesterday with its actual owner. I normally check for microchips, anytime we are spaying/neutering a pet. I did not do that with one of the cat's yesterday. He had been hanging out with a feral colony for weeks and being fed by the person who was feeing them. When she told me he was not neutered I said we would do it, if she could catch him. She was able to get him in a carrier so he received 'the works'. When I looked over the bill, I noticed there was no microchip. I called and they told me he was already chipped. I asked what the number was and they said they did not write it down. I asked if they tried to contact the owners and they said they don't do that. When I saw him this morning, I scanned him and then called Home Again. The owner texted me within fifteen minutes. She said the reason he was chipped was because he had been previously impounded. She had an appointment to go back and get him neutered but he disappeared. The crazy thing is that she lives in Perris and he was found in Riverside on the Eastside! In any case, I suggested she make him an indoor cat as it clearly is not good for him to be left outdoors. Not sure if she will or not but he was reunited with her today. A big thank you to the homeless woman who helped facilitate this happening from finding him to the reunion. In addition to the cat, we now know is 'Benny', I visited with the kitten that was neutered yesterday and two of the dogs. One of the dogs and the cat were unavailable for a visit so I am hoping all is well. I also visited with one more dog on my way out of the parking lot. I drove directly to the post office to pick up a package that they did not seem to have yet and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, ARCO gift cards, pet wipes, squeaky pet toys, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba tuna for cats, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 9-30-2021
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#1543,#1544,#1545,#1546,#1547 and #1548 Get 'The Works' 9-29-2021

Our spay and neuter count for this week was 9 and 23 for the month. That is twenty-three pets that will not be adding to pet overpopulation in the homeless community or our community at large. Eleven of those pets were dogs and twelve were cats, We had 5 male dogs, 6 female dogs, 6 male cats and 6 female cats…..Today was the last spay/neuter day for September and we got off to a great start. Two male dogs, one female dog, two male cats and one female cat were scheduled for 'the works' today and they all showed up. One of those dogs belonged to a couple whose dog we were trying to neuter a few weeks ago but there was an emergency at the clinic that day and none of our four dogs were done. This couple was very unhappy and did not return the next day like the other three did and I was not expecting to see them again. I am pleased to say that changed. I received an apology and a request to try again and we made that happen today. "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."

#1543,#1544,#1545,#1546,#1547 and #1548 Get 'The Works' 9-29-2021
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#1540, #1541, & #1542 Get 'Spay Days' & Tuesday's Treasures 9-28-2021

This morning got off to a great start. I found out that two kittens were going to get spayed at Pedley Square Vet and that two more would be done next week. These are part of the bunch that was being fostered at the Jurupa Valley Motel6 and it is actually going to be a little cheaper than where I get the surgeries done. When I left the house, I ran an errand before heading over to Room8 Memorial Cat Foundation. I got to see little 'TicTac' and she looked great. (She is one of the two that will be spayed next week). I needed to drop off a few things to Gail and pick up a kitten that was going back to someone at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I am allergic to cats but I put my window down and placed the carrier in my back seat. I was pulling in to the parking lot and moved over to my right so I did not get hit by a car exiting the lot and I 'grazed' the curb. I did not think anything of it until my tire light came on and I saw the air was streaming out. I pulled in to the nearest space and watched it go flat. Someone was willing to help change the tire but I decided to just call AAA instead. I have not used them in years but this was definitely a time to use their services. The call said it was going to be close to two hours to get someone there but I was fortunate to have that time reduced to about fifteen minutes. A couple of the homeless people helped me get all of the supplies out of the back so we could get to the spare. The tow truck driver had the spare on pretty quickly and was on his way. He had three calls but decided to take care of mine first. I am so grateful that he did. I called the tire shop and asked them to order me a tire and told them I would drop my vehicle off within the hour. I first wanted to visit the dog that was spayed yesterday and see how another kitten was doing. I did not have time to get to any other pets but my tire had to be a priority. I was only a few miles from the tire shop so I dropped off my vehicle. I do not live far from there so I walked home and then walked back later to pick it up. The tires are so expensive. The price went up and even with a 20.00 discount it was $386.00. I was frustrated that I had to replace another one but thankful that everything got taken care of fairly easily and that nobody got hurt. "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, protein bars, Burger King gift card, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Juicy Bites for cats, wet dog food, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, wet cat food, wet kitten food, Stage1 KMR, were shared.

#1540, #1541, & #1542 Get 'Spay Days' & Tuesday's Treasures 9-28-2021
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Monday On The Move 9-27-2021

I had a 7:45am Ophthalmology appointment at Kaiser this morning so I was not sure what time I was going to be able to get over to the Eastside. Because I was actually done by 8:30am, I knew I would be able to make it there but not be able to get to as many locations as I would have liked to. I first had to drive home to give my own dogs a potty break and I had one stop to make on the way. A dog named 'Shelby' was being seen by Van Buren Animal Hospital thanks to Feeding Pets Of The Homeless. She was not previously spayed so I agreed to pay for the spay while they had her under anesthesia. The only issue was transportation for the pet. I offered to give the driver an ARCO gift to help with fuel. So, on my way home, I dropped one off with Shirley at Van Buren Animal Hospital so she could give it to the companion of the dog when they showed up. I went straight home from there and arrived a little before 9am. I gave my dogs their break, restocked my vehicle and headed to Reid Park on the Eastside. I visited with six pets there. We had just neutered two of them this past Wednesday and signed up one of them for this Wednesday. The other three were already spayed. One by us and two by someone else. I am always grateful to stop in areas where all of the pets are spayed and neutered. When I left the park, I made my way to the freeway and headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO gift cards, medium dog leash, 2-large stainless steel dog dishes, protein bars, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and bully slices were shared.

Monday On The Move 9-27-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 9-26-2021

I was supposed to meet someone first thing this morning, in order to give her a few things for her dog. The recent fire burned their belongings and I got a couple things from storage for them. When I woke up, I found that the companion had messaged me at 11pm, telling he she went to a friends on the Eastside. She said she really needed the items and asked if I would meet there but I said that was not happening. If my appointment at the Ophthalmologist is done in time, I will be in the part of town tomorrow but had no intention of making a trip over there today. So, my first stop was for 'Kawasaki'. It took me a few minutes to find her and her companion but I did. It also took a few minutes to wake her up but we did that too. Not sure she was thrilled about it but she had no problem eating a few handfuls of jerky treats and some bacon flavored dental sticks. My next stop was back over at the old Walgreen's on Arlington and Van Buren. I met 'Tito' and his companion there, before heading over to our storage units. I made arrangements to meet with 'Cali' and her companion at the Shamel Park which is not far from our storage units. We visited for a bit and then I made one last stop to pick up a few grocery items before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, snack bags with cookies, candy, protein bars and beef sticks, Inaba Churus for dogs, squeaky pet toy, wet puppy food, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully slices were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 9-26-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 9-25-2021

I started my morning by meeting someone in the parking lot of the Rubidoux Library. We are going to provide her puppy with 'the works' on Wednesday and I need to get her info as well as distribute a few supplies. When I left that location, I drove over to Pacific Avenue and stopped behind a motor home where a dog named 'EZ' and his companion are staying. She was not there but the back window was open so I was able to give him treats and a bully slice. Next stop was the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I was there to check on a dog that just had a large growth removed and to visit any other pets that might be there. I did not have time to visit with all but did spend time with six of them. From there I drove around the corner to visit with 'Midnight'. Her companion told me that they should be going into the homeless shelter or the pallet houses on Monday. That was such good news as he has been very ill for along time and needs to be off of the streets. His dog is the reason I met and became friends with Lupe Alcala so them not being out there is bittersweet but in the end I will be happy when they finally get real housing. While I was with them, I received a call from the companion of 'Skylar'. She needed an ARCO card so they could get a ride back to the river bottom tomorrow. I drove back to the motel and dropped it off, before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO gift card, snack bags with cookies, candy, protein bars and beef sticks, toilet tissue, body wipes, pet wipes, cat toy, wet kitten food, medium dog collar, medium dog leash, cat bowl, two large stainless still pet bowls, squeaky pet toy, wet puppy food, wet dog food, two small bags of dog food, chicken jerky treats, cows ears, large bone, kabob chew sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully slices were shared.

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Friday's Furry Friends 9-24-2021

I arrived at Fairmount Park at 8:30 this morning but the parking lot was not filled with the amount of people who are normally waiting for the woman who brings oatmeal. I was told she was there early today so she had come and gone before I got there. There were a few people in the parking lot. There was a gentleman who is not homeless but brings his dog to the park to hang out, a woman with a puppy I had never met before and a vehicle with a companion and pets I see frequently. I spent quite a bit of time there and then followed up on a text message to meet someone near the Adams Motorsports Park. I thought I was going to meet someone at the clinic to get her dog vaccinated and microchipped but she never called me so I had extra time to go wherever I was needed. I usually visit them on the weekends but since I was nearby, I made it there today. When I left that location, I drove to another river bottom outlet in Jurupa Valley but did not find anyone awake in that area. I tried calling and texting a few others but was unable to reach anyone so I drove over to our PO Box, picked up a donation and headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, body wipes, puppy pads, dog collar, small dog harness, collapsible pet bowl, small stainless steel pet dish, Doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, squeaky pet toy, wet puppy food, chicken jerky treats, wet dog food, peanut butter chew sticks, kabob chew sticks and bacon flavored dental sticks were shared.

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Thursday's Treasures 9-23-2021

Before I even headed out the door this morning, I received a call from the companions of one of the dog's that was neutered this past Monday. He said the dog's incision was infected and they were going back to Animal Services to have it checked out. When we met on Tuesday, he claimed neither dog received and e-collar so I gave him an inflatable for the dog that was licking. It seems he may not have blown it up and put it on so this infection is partially his fault. I spoke to Animal Services as well and they are trying to figure out how to handle this financially. Regardless of who covers what, the dog needs another surgery and I told them we would pay for boarding it there. I am not reserving another motel room for this family but I also want to be sure the dog begins to heal properly. I should find out more in time…My first stop of the day was at Van Buren Animal Hospital. Feeding Pets Of The Homeless agreed to an exam for a dog we provide services for. Her name is 'Skylar' and she has had a mass growing on one of her legs. Over the past few months, it has gotten worse so it was being looked at. I was told surgery was approved and the dog will be released tomorrow. Hoping to know more information on her by then. Even though the motel is more expensive on the week-end, we will be paying for two nights so she can begin recuperating somewhere other than the river bottom. When I left the vet's office, I drove to the parking lot of Animal Services and met someone from the river bottom on that side of town. This dog was having issues that needed looked at and she is not spayed. We called Feeding Pets Of The Homeless and they approved an exam. She will get that done-on Monday and we will be paying for her to be spayed while she is there. It is much more expensive at the vet's but we want to get it done asap and I did not have any openings on Wednesday. My final stop was the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I dropped off supplies, visited with little 'Hershey' and had a surprise visit with a dog named 'Bruno'. I also spoke to Lupe Alcala and she was going to go to the motel and pick up 'Gorda' so we could get her ears checked as well as her vaccinations updated. Nestle Pure Life waters, Arco gift card, kitty collar, collapsible pet bowls, wet kitten food, wet cat food, medium dog leash, anti-ant pet dish, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully slices were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 9-23-2021
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09-22-2021

Today was supposed to be a spay and neuter day but things did not go as planned. I was looking through old photos and found one of 'Yohan'. He was 8 weeks old the day we met. Someone was handing puppies to the homeless in the park. I tried to go after them and get them to stop but I was unsuccessful. It is now seven years later and I have had so much history with this dog. He is very special and I adore him. I thought I would share a smile on this not so productive day of mine…..The five kittens we had scheduled were so close to the minimum weight requirement that we had to reschedule them. We are hoping they are good to go next week. The senior cat was had scheduled did not make it, because the person who was transporting did not have a carrier. I was texted late last night about that but did not see the message until I was already sitting and waiting at Riverside County Animal Services. It was so disappointing to waste all of the appointments we have set up each Wednesday but it was out of my control. I did not have time to try and fill in the empty spots with other pets. I am just grateful we were able to provide 'the works' for two dogs earlier in the week so the entire week was not without any spays or neuters. I did not do any driving around because I had a mobile groomer coming and needed to be home for that. I normally do not do any driving on Wednesdays other than to and from the spay/neuter clinic but I also don't go without visiting at least one pet. The day got off to a frustrating start but I did not let it ruin my mood for the entire day. Just had to 'accept the things I could not change' and make the best of the situation.

09-22-2021
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#1538 and #1539 Get 'The Works' & Tuesday's Treasures 9-21-2021

Last Monday, I met a couple and their dogs at Reid Park. Neither dog was neutered so I explained our services and gave them my card. That Friday, I received a call that both dogs had been impounded. The reason is a long story but I was asked what kind of assistance we might be able to provide. We do not pay impound, boarding, late fees or fines but we do cover their neuters, microchips, licenses, flea and tick treatments and nail trims. I committed to paying the cost of those services and there was special grant that covered the rest. Yesterday, the dogs received 'the works' and we put them and their companions in a motel room for two nights. They were my first stop of the day. Both dogs were recuperating nicely but neither was given an e-collar and one was licking. I had an inflatable e-collar in my vehicle which I gave to them for the one that is licking. I did not have another that was large enough so they will go back to Animal Control to get another. While I was at the motel, I visited with some other pets that were there, distributed supplies and then headed over to the clinic so we could give a kitten his second set of vaccinations. When I was done there, I stopped at our PO Box where there was a monetary and a supply donation waiting for us. "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, Arco gift card, Taco Bell gift card, inflatable e-collar, wet kitten food, small bag of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky treats, bacon flavored dental sticks, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

#1538 and #1539 Get 'The Works' & Tuesday's Treasures 9-21-2021
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Monday On The Move 9-20-2021

I was contacted by someone who thought her puppy broke a tooth and needed to go to the vet. I was unable to meet with her over the week end but we scheduled a meeting by the Access Center for this morning. I arrived at 9am which was the time we agreed on. She was not there but there were other people there with pets so I spent time with them. I thought I might be visiting with one other dog as well but that did not happen. Her companion wanted me to give him a wake-up call and when I said that is not something I do for people he was frustrated. He said I needed to remember this was for the dogs. That was not the right thing to say to me, being that I have devoted the past 9and 1/2 years attending to so many pets. In any case, I was still willing to see the dog as that IS the reason I am out there but I was at that location for thirty minutes and her companion never showed. The woman never showed with her puppy either. I texted her and said I was not able to wait any longer and continued on to Hunter Park where I visited with four more pets. I had planned to go visit 'Solo' and then head to Reid Park but I changed my plans. I contacted the woman with the puppy and I drove over to Bobby Bonds to meet them. The puppy appeared to have lost one of its teeth but that is normal so I told her she did not need him seen by a vet. When I left the park, I drove back out to Jurupa Valley, checked our PO Box and shipped a package before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, small collar, wet dog food, squeaky tennis ball, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, chicken jerky treats, bacon flavored dental sticks, peanut butter chew and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 9-20-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 9-19-2021

I put close to 45 miles on my vehicle driving around Riverside today but only visited two dogs. I was originally supposed to meet tow people in the parking lot of Riverside Animal Services. One texted and told me she overslept and would not be able to make it. The other did not bother to call or text nor did she reply to a text I sent. That person actually wanted their dog to get 'the works' on Wednesday so it is too bad she did not show. When I left the parking lot, I drove up Van Buren until I came across 'Kawasaki' and her companion. After spending time with them, I drove behind the old Walgreens and hollered out back to where some people stay in the river bottom but nobody responded. I decided to head over to our storage units and pick up needed supplies. From there I drove through Shamel Park which was also pretty empty. I made a quick run into Elliott's for Pets but they did not have what I was looking for so I continued on to Rubidoux. The encampment I used to visit there is completely gone and I could not find anyone who knew where they went. I kept driving until I got near the Mission Street Bridge and then I parked so I could walk up a path to where some people are in the river bottom there. Only one person seemed to be awake and she came up the hill with a dog I had not met before. The other two women have four dogs between them but I did not have an opportunity to visit with any of them or one other dog that is down there. I was still hoping that I might be able to find other pets at Fairmount Park but I did not. By the time I had been driving around for a few hours and needed to call it a day. Hoping for a fuller day tomorrow. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, medium collar, medium leash, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, collapsible water dish, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, Vetericyn wound care spray, chicken jerky treats, bacon flavored dental sticks, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 9-19-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 9-18-2021

At 7am I was at Home Depot returning a recently for exchanging a recently purchased sweet pea shrub. Everything else that was done in the back planer box is thriving (including the darn weeds) but this one little shrub was not. On my way home to get it planted, I stopped at CircleK to pick up a newspaper. Kathy Martinez texted to tell me there was a small press release about Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira. When I was leaving the store with the newspaper, I saw a homeless woman with her dog. We provided 'the works' for that dog, two or three years ago. There was some type of argument that broke out between the gentleman who drove her there and the store clerk. I tried to calm him down and talk to the clerk about the woman but another gentleman pulled up in his vehicle and then the argument escalated. He was trying to defend me and the clerk but it just made matters worse. Thankfully, it did not turn into a physical altercation but it came very close. All of this and it was only 7:45am! When I left the store, I went home and got the new little shrub in the ground and hung out for a bit until it was time to go meet someone at Fairmount Park. I did not want to go back there today but this but this person was unable to meet yesterday so it was necessary. She has a stray dog and I needed to get it on social media one last time before I will provide services for her to keep it. While we were there, I met with a couple other people and their pets. One of the pets belongs to someone who is not homeless but we have become friends. Once he spotted me, his tail was wagging and that is enough to get treats from the 'dog lady'. I did some driving around in Jurupa Valley, after leaving the park. When I did not find anyone else with pets, I headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, STAT wound care spray, cat litter, small bag of dog food, small bag of puppy food, wet puppy food, wet kitten food, cat toy, wet cat food, chicken jerky treats, bacon flavored dental sticks, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 9-18-2021
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Friday's Furry Friends 9-17-2021

My first trip of the day was to the Riverside Department of Animal Services. There was a mix up with the information for one of the people who brought their dog in yesterday and I needed to correct it. I got it corrected and picked up the license tag as well. My second trip out was to Fairmount Park. Four pets were there with their companions. I visited, distributed supplies and then got on the 60-freeway heading west to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I went to the motel to drop off homemade cookies to one of the staff and to check on the three dogs we put in rooms. Two of those had spay/neuter surgeries and one had exploratory surgery. While I was there, I also had an opportunity to visit with a few other pets as well. I wound up staying there longer than I had intended and needed to get right home to deal with someone who was replacing some of the stepping stones on the side of the house. Right after I walked in the door, I received a call from someone at Animal Services. It had nothing to do with the recent dogs we had done but it did have to do with a couple of dogs I had just met this past Monday. Neither was neutered and although I offered our services and left my contact card, I did not get a call. Code enforcement was at the park where we met and it seems the two dogs and a snake, they had wound up being impounded. I am trying to work out something with the shelter so 'Taking It To The Streets' can help by paying for the usual services such as neuter, microchip, all vaccinations, flea and tick treatments, nail trims and licenses. I wish the couple had just given permission when we met but the most important thing is that they will get done. I will know earlier next week but for now I covered the expenses for the services I just mentioned. We would also provide a two night stay at the motel just as we would have if we had made the initial arrangements for their neuters. Nestle Pure Life waters, canned ravioli, fleece blankets, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, collapsible water dish, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, small kitten dishes, chicken jerky treats, bacon flavored dental sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, cows ears, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 9-17-2021
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#1536 & #1537 Get 'The Works' and Today's Travels 9-16-2021

Today is Yom Kippur which is the Day of Atonement in Judaism. It's a day of fasting and reflection. I would normally be spending it at the Synagogue but Covid changed those plans. With the High Holiday services being held online, I was not sure how little or how much I would be participating. I decided that whatever I did or did not do would have to be good enough this year. The one thing I was sure of was that I would spend the first couple hours of the morning 'Taking It To The Streets'. This was not my normal Thursday at all due to pets being rescheduled for spay/neuter surgeries due to an emergency they had at the shelter's clinic yesterday. We had two females and two males. That was yesterday and as I mentioned previously, things did not go as planned. We were fortunate enough to get three of the four pet companions to bring their pets back today. It was a struggle with transportation but it all worked out. As it turned out, one of the dog's was actually spayed already but they could not tell until she was opened up. We still had to pay for the exploratory surgery but that is fine. She is now vaccinated, micro chipped and licensed so I am grateful…. It took some extra ARCO cards and coordinating rides today but it got done. When I left Animal Services, I went home for a bit and then headed over to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to meet with Gail from Room8 Memorial Cat Foundation. She was meeting to pick up the kittens being fostered by the homeless woman at the motel. There were still six kittens there. We had her take all but one, while we wait to see if there is going to be a foster failure or not. We went from 5 kittens to 6 to 7 within a week. A very kind woman took two of the sickly ones so then there were 5 until another homeless gentleman handed a dehydrated kitten out of his car window to the person fostering at the motel. She then had 6….She now has the one…What a crazy few weeks this has been. This is not typically the work we do but if these babies all stay healthy and find loving homes, it will be worth it. "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter". Nestle Pure Life waters, Zone protein bars, candy, ARCO fuel cards, small leash, chicken jerky treats, Royal Canin Mama/Baby canned food, wet cat food, bacon flavored dental sticks, bully slices and an RTD All Day bus pass were shared.

#1536 & #1537 Get 'The Works' and Today's Travels 9-16-2021
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9-15-2021

These are the four dogs that were scheduled for 'the works' today. Two females and two males. Because they had an emergency at Animal Services, none of our dogs got spayed or neutered. When the people arrived to pick up their pets they were very upset to learn this. One of the companion's completely canceled everything and said he won't bring his dog back there. His was the dog in the bottom left photo. One of the people picked up their dog and went to the motel. One of the companions is going to wait and go to the motel tomorrow and Friday. They will bring their dogs back for surgery in tomorrow morning. We will just be giving one of them a third night so the dogs still have two nights to recuperate. The third dog went back to the pallet houses and will return to Animal Services in the morning. They will then get a motel room for Thursday and Friday. Now I just have to hope that the three who are still willing, are able to make it back to Animal Services tomorrow so we can finish what we started...I will most likely be there to find out for myself. ARCO gift cards, plush squeaky toys and a Max and Neo dog collar were shared.

9-15-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 9-14-2021

I drove through Fairmount Park on my way to the Salvation Army this morning but nobody with pets was at either place. I decided to head over to Hunter Park on the Eastside as I was only about ten minutes away from there. I found a few people with pets at that location so I hung around until it was time to head over to the clinic for the newest stray kitten being called 'TicTac'. I did make one quick stop at Elliott's for Pets on my way to the clinic. The kitten food being used for the six kittens is very pricey. All of it has been donated up until now but I bought more to be sure we do not run out. I good diet is vital for these babies. We were able to get the kitten snap tested, checked for ringworm (none) and then do the panleuk test. The snap test was negative but the other showed a faint trace so they want us to do another test next week to double check it and we will hopefully be able to give her the FVRCP vaccination at that time. They did not want to give it today as a precaution as we keep an eye on her. It was disappointing but nothing is final so we will get her back in next week and hope the news is good news. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, chicken jerky treats, Inaba churus for dogs, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, cat toy, bacon flavored dental sticks, peanut butter flavored dental chew sticks, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 9-14-2021
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Monday On The Move 9-13-2021

My first stop of the day was in front of the Riverside Access Center on the Eastside of Riverside. I visited with a couple of dogs that are staying in the kennels there and I distributed supplies. I also spoke to the gentleman who found the husky. It has been past holding time and nobody has come forward so she will receive 'the works' on Wednesday. When I left that location, I drove out to Reid Park which borders on Riverside and Colton. I visited with 'Ganja' and also met two dogs that were there with their companions. I saw them the other day but did not have time to strike up a conversation. Both dogs are male and neither are neutered. I explained the services we offer and gave the couple my contact card. They did not seem like they wanted to get the dogs neutered but it is always worth a try. Planting the seed often brings results at a later date and even if it doesn't, I know I made an effort. My next stop was at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I had hoped to get the newest kitten to the clinic today but that did not work so I just took some photos and made a short video clip. If all goes as planned, we will be at the clinic tomorrow and start getting care for the kitten. In the meantime, we are really hoping a foster/rescue comes through. My final stop was at the post office before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, plush squeaky toy, xl squeaky tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, Inaba churus for dogs, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, wet dog food, wet cat food, peanut butter flavored dental chew sticks, large bone and bully slices were shared.

Monday On The Move 9-13-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 9-12-2021

At 7:30 this morning, I went out to shop for my pumpkin spice flavored filled baking truffles. I did not have any luck with that but when I was on my way, I spotted the companion of 'Kawasaki' near Arlington and Van Buren. It was early, but I could not find them last week and decided to stop. The dog was fast asleep and even though she finally woke up, she was never quite ready for a visitor so I plan to look again a little later next week. I went back home for a bit and then made a second trip out. I drove to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to check on the kittens and to discuss the two that went to a different foster situation on Thursday. They were both losing weight and needed medical attention so we all agreed that it was best for them to go with a woman who offered to help. When I got to the motel, the person caring for the five remaining kittens had one in her arms. This one was very thin and its paws seemed a bit deformed. We discussed the importance of her keeping that one separated from the others and as well as the need for a foster to take the lone kitty. This area is inundated with kittens and it is so overwhelming. We are not equipped to care for them but then how do you leave a little baby alone to die? You don't. I have to believe we will figure something out. While at the motel I saw the resident kitty 'Gorda' as well as a couple of dogs, before heading to my final stop near Pacific and Mission in Rubidoux. I called it a day, after that. Nestle Pure Life waters, eye wipes for pets, plush squeaky toy, chicken jerky treats, Inaba churus for dogs, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, wet cat food, mama/baby wet kitten food, Inaba juicy bites for cats, peanut butter flavored dental chew sticks, cows ears and bully slices were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 9-12-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 9-11-2021

I was supposed to meet someone at Fairmount Park yesterday but she could not make it so we rescheduled for today. She found a puppy approximately two weeks ago and wants to keep it but know that it will go back to an owner, if we find one. We met this morning and I checked for a microchip but there was none. I wish people really understood the importance of microchipping their pets as soon as it is possible. It makes things so much easier to get a cat or dog returned. I gave the woman a few supplies and we discussed the wait for providing services. She understands and is not trying to keep a puppy that someone is missing but will keep this one if nobody comes forward. If she does, we will be sure to provide her with 'the works' and that includes a microchip. While I was visiting with them. A got a nudge on my leg and when I looked down, it was a little dog named 'Iggy'. It has probably been a year or so since I have spent time with him. They were in the river bottom and that area was too hard for me to navigate. The companion could not make it up the hill, because of issues with her knees so that kept us apart. It was so nice seeing his smiling face and knowing they are not down there anymore. They bought a used car and are staying in a motel for now. I went from the park to an industrial area in Jurupa Valley that is by one of the river bottom outlets. I me tup with a few people and a total of six pets. When I left there, I made a quick stop at the post office and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, cookie packs, beef sticks, candy, protein bars, drink flavor packets, small dog leashes, medium dog collar, squeaky pet toy, plush squeaky pet toy, small squeaky tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, Inaba churus for dogs, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, wet cat food, doggie waste bags with leash clip, two medium stainless steel pet bowls, large bone, peanut butter flavored dental chew sticks, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 9-11-2021
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Friday's Furry Friends 9-10-2021

When I arrived at Fairmount Park, I saw police vehicles, code enforcement vehicles, homeless outreach vehicles and others but only one person with pets. It seems the woman who brings the oatmeal on Friday mornings was not going to make it so the people who show up for that had already left or left when they realized she wasn't there. I did stop to visit with the two dogs that were there and then I continued over to the Eastside. I parked on Massachusetts and waited for a couple of people to come out but when they did not, I drove over by Marlborough and Atlanta. I was hoping 'Solo' might be around and he was. Redi Park in Colton is only a few miles from, that location so I drove there next. There were numerous vehicles with pets that I knew but I only had time to stop for one. That one had six small dogs that we provided 'the works' for a couple months ago. I was going to visit one or two others as well but I had to get home. I was there long enough to put the dogs out for a few minutes when Christine Langdon told me she was on her way to storage with our Monthly Donation from the Star Milling Company. I wanted to go to the post office but figured I would do that after we unloaded the 570pounds of pet food and that is what I did. It was already nearly 90 degrees by then so I was happy to go home to stay for the remainder of the day. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, toilet tissue, medium dog leash, squealy tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, Inaba churus for dogs, small bags of dog food, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 9-10-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 9-9-2021

My morning was spent at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I was there to check on the five pets that received 'the works' yesterday and to check on the 7 kittens as well as pay for another night for the couple fostering the kittens. I also visited with one of the dog's we put in a room last night. His companion and his canine sister spent the night in the room as a thank you for all the time and energy they spent helping to search for a dog named 'Stevie' that escaped from his new owners and ran into the river bottom. The other thing I was doing was meeting with one of our supporters who wanted to help with a couple of the kittens that don't seem to be thriving as much as the others. She came to the motel and left with those kittens. She will take the to her veterinarian and get them looked at. We will share more when we know more. When I left the motel, I went to our PO Box to pick up a donation someone made for us from our Chewy.com Wish List but the package was not there. Chewy was having issues today and after nearly an hour on hold I gave up and sent an email. Nestle Pure Life waters, Burger King gift cards, bleach wipes, wet cat food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, squeaky pet toys, Inaba tuna fillets for pets, wet puppy food, wet dog food, small bag of puppy food, cows ears and bully slices were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 9-9-2021
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#1531,#1532,#1533,#1534 and #1535 Get 'The Works' 9-8-2021

Two male kittens, three female dogs and one male dog were scheduled for 'the works' today. I was unable to confirm the appointments the companion of the four dogs so I was not sure what to expect this morning. To my surprise, he arrived thirty minutes early. He was unable to bring the male but he had the mama and two of her female puppies. He was very nervous about the spays. I explained that if she had a litter if nine puppies and made it through that just fine that she would do great today. I know he will feel better when he picks the dog up this afternoon. We penciled the male in for next Wednesday and hope that works out. The companion of the male kittens showed up and we were able tog et both of them checked in pretty quickly. I was out of there by 8:30am and went home for thirty minutes or so before going back out. The woman fostering the seven kittens needed the supplies I picked up yesterday but she also needed different kitten food (which was already donated0 and non clumping kitty litter (which I went to the store and bought). All the litter I had was clumping and it seems that is not a good idea for kittens so I replaced it with something else. I drove to the motel and dropped off all of the supplies and visited the kittens. They were all on the bed. Each one was doing its own thing. They were either sleeping, playing with toys, playing alone or playing with each other. They have had a few stomach issues so we hope the better-quality kitten food will help with that and we won't have to worry so much about them eating that clumping litter either. I will of course visit them again tomorrow, when I got to check on the pets that received 'the works' 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, ARCO gift cards, Burger King gift cards, cracker packs, protein bars, drink packets, beef sticks, stainless steel pet dish, six pack of paper towels, small fleece blankets, large fleece blankets, pet wipes, cat toys, non clumping kitty litter, wet mama/baby kitten food, wet cat food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 3 medium leashes, squeaky pet toys, plush squeaky pet toys, puppy pads and bully slices were shared.

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Tuesday's Treasures 9-7-2021

I received a call last week from someone with an injured dog. He was not neutered yet but I told her we would pay the neuter fees if Feeding Pets Of The Homeless covered the medical. The woman got an approval and everything was set up for the vet and the motel but she never showed for her appointment. Just hoping she and the dog are ok….When I made contact with the companion of four pets, she said was at the downtown Salvation Army this morning and asked if I could get a small bag of dog food to her. I had planned on driving to Fairmount and that was close by so I agreed to meet with her. After I left the Salvation Army, I drove through the park but did not see anyone with pets. I had scheduled someone else to meet at the vaccination clinic so I headed in that direction. I had a little time to spare so I drove to a local Big Lots. The homeless woman fostering the seven kittens said she needed small blankets and paper towels. The laundry at the motel is temporarily shut down and the kittens make a mess. I went shopping and bought those supplies as well as some much-needed kitty litter and a few more kitty toys. When I was done shopping, it was time to get over to the clinic. The puppy and her companion arrived close to the time we agreed on. He had busted out of his harness and she was using a slip lead for him. There were harnesses, collars and leashes for sale at the clinic. In addition, tohis vaccinations and flea/tick treatment, I made sure he got one of each. It was just about time for me to get home, when we left so I just made a quick trip to our PO Box and called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, toilet tissue, fleece blanket, cookie packs, cracker packs, protein bar, peanut butter, candy, flavored drink packets, candy, 2 small bags of dog food, wet puppy food, collapsible pet dish, wet dog food, chicken kabob chew sticks, harness, leash, collar, cat toy, Inaba tuna for pets, plush squeaky dog toys and bully slices were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 9-7-2021
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Monday On The Move 9-6-2021

Just like most Mondays, I spent the morning on the Eastside. I went over to Massachusetts and followed up on the gentleman who found the husky. He is staying in the pallet houses now so the dog is not sleeping outdoors, is being fed and has air conditioning to keep her comfortable. While I was there, I also visited with two other dogs. My next stop was Hunter Park where I visited with three more pets and then my final stop was over where 'Scamp' and 'Joey' stay. I don't go there often as I usually see them at Fairmount Park every Friday morning but they needed a few things. I was able to drop those items off and visit with the dogs, before heading back home. It was already getting hot outside and we were expecting triple digits once again. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, cookie packs, cracker packs, protein bar, peanut butter, candy, flavored drink packets, candy, pet wipes, 3 small bags of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from theStar Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, Inaba treats for dogs, kabob chew sticks, plush squeaky dog toys and bully slices were shared.

Monday On The Move 9-6-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 9-5-2021

I basically drove in a hug circle today and never visited any pets until my very last stop. Those pets all happen to be pretty special so it was great to see them but the rest of the morning was definitely frustrating as well as a huge waste of fuel. I normally would have started the day over near Arlington and Van Buren but today it was the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I received a text from someone who found a dog wearing a harness but no tags. I offered to drive out there to scan the dog for a chip and when I was literally two blocks away, I received a call that the owners had been found. That was great news but now I had to figure out which direction to go next. I drove up Mission towards Rubidoux and turned on Pacific. I was told that a dog I wanted to see and his companion were in a motor home parked on the corner there. I parked and hollered out the window as one of the windows was open in the motor home but nobody was inside. I then checked a field on 45th Street but nothing there either so I drove out to the old Walgreen's on VanBuren and Arlington. Nobody was there so I drove up and down a few nearby streets where I normally meet 'Kawasaki' but no sign of her or her companion. I did speak to someone near Cash For Cans that said he would let them know I was looking for them if he saw them. I drove by Don Lorenzi Park and a few side streets close to there but no sign of the little dog 'Billie' and her companions or 'Kawasaki'. Someone recently told me that they stayed at Shamel Park so I drove that direction, making a stop at Elliott's For Pets on the way. No sign of any people with pets at the park so I got on Magnolia Avenue and went through downtown Riverside to Fairmount Park. Nobody I knew was there. I did get a response to an earlier text from a family whose two kittens are getting 'the works' on Wednesday. They have a motor home and told me where I could go to meet them. More than two hours after leaving my house, I finally had an opportunity to visit pets and distribute supplies. They have two dogs that I really like so I was thankful to end the day with there. Nestle Pure Life waters, cookie packs, rice krispy treats, flavored drink packets, candy, wet kitten food, small bag kitten food, cat toys, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, Inaba treats for dogs, Inaba Foods Churus for cats, Jones Natural Chews, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clips and bully slices were shared.

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Saturday's Smiles 9-4-2021

I would first like to thank Gail Anderson with Room8 Memorial Pet Foundation. Not only did she agree to accept the litter of seven kittens when the time comes but she drove to the motel to get them started on their vaccinations and dewormed, when the foster/rescuer could not get a ride to her or the clinic. So many people are working hard to help these kittens have a hopeful future and I am very grateful for that……My morning began early as I was at our storage units a little before 7:30am. I loaded up supplies and then drove over to Melissa Brotton's house. I had some baked goods and dog treats for her. She had a donation for Taking It To The Streets. We chatted for a bit and then I drove back home. About an hour later, I headed over to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I had a few things for the litter of seven and I planned on driving to a couple of other areas as well. I made it to the motel and did everything I planned on but then I ran into a couple people I was not expecting to see. One had a dog with him. The other had a dog and four kitties. We had recently provided all five of those pets with 'the works'. When I was done visiting and distributing supplies, I continued on to our PO Box where I picked up a donation from one of our Wish Lists. Once I did that, I called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, kitty litter, kitty tent bed, wet kitten food, wet cat food, small bag kitten food, cat toys, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Foods treats for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, small bag of dog food and bully slices were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 9-4-2021
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Friday's Furry Friends 9-3-2021

I went directly to Fairmount Park this morning in order to distribute supplies and try to get more information on the missing dog that was found, caught and then lost again. I visited with and distributed supplies to four pets but spent the rest of my time trying to get more details on what the plan was for the owner and those searching. The owner of the missing dog drive down from Ventura and we continued our talk from last night. In addition to the people he spoke to in the river bottom and those we had a conference call with, I connected him to the companion of a couple of dogs we have known for many years. She helped in yesterday's search and spent today doing the same with. I was committed to be somewhere at 10am to pick up a donation and share some of my home-made baked goods. I had an 11am commitment as well so I was unable to help with the 'boots to the ground' work. I have been available by phone since late yesterday afternoon and am doing whatever I can remotely. It isn't much but the more eyes and ears on this the better the chances. The fact that this dog survived alone in the river bottom for over a week gives me hope that he will be ok until he is 'captured' again. This time, nobody will let the dog get away and we are all wishing for a safe reunion. Nestle Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, canned ravioli, body wipes, stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Jones Natural Chews, XL dog collar, Max and Neo leash, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, squeaky pet toys, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 9-3-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 9-2-2021

Thursday mornings are usually spent at the Jurupa Valley Motel6 and that is exactly where I was today. The first thing I did was go to visit what I thought was going to be six kittens. When I arrived, the pet playpen was outside the motel room and all the kittens were eating. The person caring for them told me to count and I thought maybe one had gotten away but no…. there was a seventh! It was in the same bush 'Percy' was in a few weeks ago. We do not know where this little one came from but it walked right out of the bushes and to the woman caring for the others. I was able to pet it with no issue and it had no problem being held. We were not expecting that but we are thankful! After visiting with and distributing supplies for the kittens, I visited with a couple of dogs that came running out of one of the rooms. I did not know they were there but was happy to see them. I also visited with the two dogs that belong to the couple fostering the kittens and then went to check on the dog that recently go neutered at Riverside County Animal Services on Tuesday. Before leaving the motel, I went to the back parking lot where the kitten fosters are feeding the resident kitty 'Gorda' and another named 'Smokey'. They also feed one more we call 'Mama Kitty'. She lives in the bushes in the front of the motel. All 3 received 'the works' back when Lupe Alcala was General Manager at the Motel. Nestle Pure Life waters, Taco Bell gift cards, Arco gift cards, 2 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, kitty litter, wet cat food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, small stainless steel pet dish, large stainless steel pet dosh, bully slices, kabob chew sticks, and a medium sized dog bone were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 9-2-2021
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#1526,#1527,#1528,#1529 and #1530 Get 'The Works' 9-1-2021

At the end of August we had provided 'the works' for 16 pets. There were 7 dogs and 9 cats. Three of the dogs were females and six of the cats were females. We had four male dogs and three male cats. Once upon a time, we provided services for very few cats but with the growing cat overpopulation problem, we are finding more and more needing our services. Some of the kittens/cats are remaining with their companions and others are found by the homeless and after they are spayed/neutered they usually go to rescues. Room 8 Memorial Cat Foundation has been our life saving force where that is concerned and they have taken in most of the kittens/cats we ask for help with...Today was a total 'feline' day. We were supposed to provide 'the works' and test four female kittens and two male kittens but one of the females was sick so we only did a total of five. All will eventually be put up for adoption through Room8. "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."

#1526,#1527,#1528,#1529 and #1530 Get 'The Works' 9-1-2021
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