I spoke to the companions of 'Cali' and 'Kawasaki' this morning and agreed to meet with each of them today. I had planned on visiting a few more people and their pets but phones were either not in service or people just weren't answering. I After visiting both dogs, I did drive around for awhile heading towards the west side and then to a few locations in Jurupa Valley but I did not have any luck. There were other people and pets I am sure I could have met with but I did not have enough time to drive all the way across town to do that so I just went home about thirty minutes earlier than I usually do. I have lunch plans with my daughter tomorrow so I am only going to go out for about ninety minutes but I am hoping to have success doing so over on the Eastside. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, body wipes, hand and toe warmers, fleece blanket, emergency disposable blankets, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, pet jacket, Inaba Churus for dogs, bully sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.
Yesterday, I received a call from a couple living in their car with a mama cat and four twelve-week-old kittens. They were interested in getting them all spayed and neutered as well as hoping I might be able to find a rescue for the babies. They said they were on the Eastside and even though that is not my typical area for a Saturday, I agreed to meet them between 9 and 9:30am….Early this morning, I received a call from someone needing assistance near the Access Center on Massachusetts so I decided to go there first. When it was time to head over to Hunter Park to meet the couple, I left. To my frustration, they were nowhere to be found. I made multiple phone calls to both of their phone numbers and I texted as well. No response. I decided to go back to Massachusetts and then a second trip to Hunter Park as well but I did not find anyone so I continued driving near Placentia Avenue and Reid Park. I had no luck at either place so I thought I would drive over to Fairmount Park. As I was going up Orange Street, I noticed a truck with quite a lot of things around it and a dog sitting next to it. I pulled in and spent some time with them. The dog is already spayed and microchipped but needs her vaccinations and license updated. The companion's phone is not on right now but when it is, I will try to help him get those things done. When I arrived at Fairmount Park, I did not see anyone I knew so I called someone staying at the Jurupa Valley Motel 6 to ask if it was ok to visit. I had not seen either of her pets for quite some time. I got on the freeway and drove out there before stopping at our PO Box and heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, Cup of Noodles, body wipes, hand and toe warmers, fleece blanket, emergency disposable blankets, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, pet jacket, Inaba Churus for cats, collapsible pet dish, small stainless steel pet dish, small Kong squeaky tennis ball, squeaky pet toys, Vetericyn wound care spray, Benadryl caplets, bully sticks, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.
I spent a couple early morning hours going over the list of items stolen from my vehicle and ordering replacements for as many as I could. I still have a few more things to purchase and will try to shop locally for those. Someone very kindly offered to donate a Home Again microchip scanner so that will save close to four hundred dollars. Even though I had two stolen, I can get by with one and that is what I will be doing in the future….When I did go out, I drove directly to Fairmount Park. The woman who brings the oatmeal on Friday's was not there today but I was still able to visit with five pets and distribute needed supplies. After leaving the park, I drove across town to our storage units and loaded cat food, dog food, waters and a few miscellaneous items. I had agreed to meet someone at the clinic to update her dog's vaccinations so that was my next destination. We were in and out of there in about forty-five minutes so I had time to make it to my PO Box and pick up a donation, before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Max and Neo dog collar, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, large bones and chicken jerky treats were shared.
October was not our busiest spay and neuter month but we did provide 'the works' for 19 pets. There were 6 dogs and 13 cats. The cats clearly outnumbered the dogs. We had 3 male dogs, 3 female dogs, 7 male cats and 6 female cats….I had an 8:30 appointment to pick up a pair of prescription sunglasses at the Riverside Eye Specialists so I went there first. Afterwards, I drove home to let the dogs out for a few minutes and then headed to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. As usual, I went there to check on the pets that were spayed and neutered yesterday. I was not in the best of moods after oping my vehicle at 7am to find I had been a victim of thieves. They took a large bag of pricey body wipes, two Universal microchip scanners, a folder full of dog license tags, the tray and all of its contents from the center console, my cash that was in the console to buy fountain drinks when at CircleK, pepper spray, legal pads, binders, my contact cards and case, lip glosses, pens, hair brush and a bunch of other items. Some of them must have been put in one of my insulated Trader Joe bags, because there was only one bag where I always have two. They left a few items of value, including gift cards. All of the pet food, jackets, collars and leashes were still there too. I could not make sense out of what was stolen but I do know that it was a horrible way to start the day…..In any case, I was able to check on one of the dog's that was spayed yesterday and visit with her 'brother' too. I knocked on the doors of the other two rooms we paid for but nobody was there. I did see someone I knew in the parking lot with her two dogs. I spent some time with them but I just wasn't in the right headspace for much visiting so I decided to call it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, 3 ARCO fuel cards, McDonald's gift cards, fleece blanket, pet jacket, wet cat food, collar, leashes, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.
At the end of the day, one female dog, one male dog and two male cats received 'the works'. We found out that the cat we brought in for neuter was already neutered by us but brought in by someone else. One of the female dogs had been previously spayed. The person with the dog said she thought the dog had gone into heat a short time after her owner passed away so we assumed she was not spayed. We assumed wrong………Riverside County Animal Services opens for spay/neuter appointments at 8am. I always ask the people we are providing services for to be there by 7:30am. That gives me time to take photos and record video clips. It also means that if they are running late, they still have time to make it by check in time. I was a little concerned this morning. I had three dogs and three cast scheduled but nobody began showing until 7:40am. I am never sure until the day of who will make it and I am always grateful when everyone shows up. That was the case today. The only issue we had was with one of the cats from a river bottom encampment. The woman bringing her cats and dog was driving the other cat too. When she went to pick up the cat that was scheduled, it was nowhere in sight. The companion has other cats so we just substituted for one of them. We had all six pets checked in within twenty minutes or so and I was out of there by 8:30am. I am thankful to the staff at RCAS for accommodating our changes and the disorganization that comes from working with the homeless. I do my best to make it all run smoothly but I only have so much control. Giving people a $10.00 ARCO card whether they drive the vehicle they are living in or get someone else to drive them, has proven to be a big help. It costs a little more each week but if it makes it possible for more people to show up with their pets then it is well 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."
I wasn't sure how everyone was going to be this morning, after yesterday's rain but it seems as if it did not hit as hard as we had expected so everyone I visited was ok. I started at the downtown Riverside Salvation Army. There was one person there with pets so I spent some time with them before heading back to ACE hardware on the Eastside. One of the keys they duplicated for me yesterday was not working properly and I needed it re-done. From there I drove up and down Massachusetts by the Access Center and the pallet houses but nobody was outside with their pets so I continued on to Fairmount Park. Unfortunately, nobody was there either so I drove to one of the river bottom outlets near the Mission Avenue bridge. I visited with two dogs there and distributed supplies for others too. My final stop to visit a pet was near Pacific and Mission. When we were done, I drove over to our PO Box and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, Cup of Noodles, body wipes, toilet tissue, drink packets, pet wipes, chicken jerky treats, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, kabob chew sticks, cows ears, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.
Heavy rains were expected late this morning so I was hoping to do what I had to do and avoid it. Thankfully, I was done around 11:30am and even though the air was chilly and damp, there was no rainfall yet….On Saturday, I met someone at Fairmount Park who asked if I would meet her on Massachusetts today. I said I would and we agreed at a time of 9:00am. I did not catch her name so I had no way to try and find her when she did not show up. The trip was not wasted though, because the companion of 'Jet' called me earlier and asked if we could meet there too. I had not seen them in awhile and was happy to do so. When I left there, I drove to other locations on the Eastside, starting with Placentia Avenue. Last week there were three vehicles over there with a total of five pets in them. One of those pets is scheduled for 'the works' on Wednesday and I wanted to give him an in-person reminder. Because nobody was there, I had to do the reminder on the phone…My next stop was at Reid Park for 'Rex' and then I continued over to Hunter Park. The woman and dogs at that location were still sleeping so I called the companion of 'Solo'. They were a couple of blocks away which meant I could visit…I needed to run into Ace Hardware on Kansas so I made a second trip to Massachusetts. There were two companions sitting outside the kennels with their pets so I parked in order to walk over to them. We visited, I distributed supplies and then went to Ace. I had a return package to drop off at UPS and another that needed shipped from the USPS so I continued on to Jurupa Valley in order to get that done and then headed home. My daughter was visiting today and I wanted to be sure to beat her there as well as the rain. Nestle Pure Life waters, Cup of Noodles, body wipes, pet wipes, pet jackets, chicken jerky treats, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, large Kong squeaky tennis ball, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
I was contacted by someone who has pets and knows of other pets that need 'the works'. I agreed to meet her today at one of the river bottom outlets at the end of Wilderness Avenue. I was almost ready to head to the next stop when we saw a huge amount of black smoke coming from down below. I immediately called the fire department and then we headed towards the smoke. The person I was with figured out whose place was on fire but we did not want to get too close. At this point, people were driving down the dead-end street, trying to figure out where the fire was. As soon as I heard the sirens, I decided to leave. I wanted to be sure we were not in the way and suggested that the others do the same. I only know one or two people in that area with phones and was unable to reach either until late this afternoon. I was told everyone was ok. My next stop was near Arlington and VanBuren. I caught up with 'Kawasaki' and met a new dog named 'Daisy'. The new dog is recently homeless with her companion. I gave them a few supplies. The companion requested a motel voucher but I told him we do not do that and discussed City Net with him. I did mention the fundraisers we do in the Winter and Summer to give people a break but that is just for one night and the next fundraiser for that is a couple months away. I had planned to go out to the LaSierra Motel6 but the fire took up extra time and then I went to help someone who was stuck at an ARCO station with her dog. They have been staying at the Days Inn through a program and I have not seen them since they got off the streets. I do not usually give fuel cards out unless someone needs help to get to and from the spay/neuter clinic but I made an exception this morning so they could get back to their room. I also visited a little senior dog named 'Billie' that was in the far end of the Food 4 Less parking lot. By the time I finished there, it was time to head home. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO gift card, protein bars, Cup of Noodles, cracker packs, nail polish, pet jackets, Max and Neo dog collar and leash, chicken jerky treats, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, collapsible pet dish, wet cat food, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, wet puppy food, pet toys, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, bacon flavored chew sticks, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
At 7:45am, I was at Kaiser's Vision Center picking up three pair of glasses with my new prescription lenses. The rain had become pretty light, by the time I left so I was grateful not to have to get drenched walking in from the very large parking lot. While there, I also ordered a second pair of reading glasses. The ones I have scattered around the house are from more than four years ago and are not doing me much good anymore. The older I get, the more important it is for me to keep up on these things so I don't have to struggle to read or see. When I left the vision center, I went home for a bit and then went out for today's travels. I started in Jurupa Valley at one of the river bottom outlets by an industrial center. There was only one person awake with a dog so I spent a little time with them. They had family giving them a ride so I took off when they did. I drove to Fairmount Park where I visited two pet and distributed supplies for them and a dog that was not present. When I left the park, I got on the 60 freeway and got off at Valley Way near the Motel6. I did not go to the motel but I did visit a family that was nearby and distributed a few supplies to them as well. Before going home, I made one last stop at our PO Box. Nestle Pure Life waters, chicken jerky treats, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for dogs, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and cows ears were shared.
The first part of my morning was spent at Fairmount Park. I visited with five pets that live with homeless companions and one housed dog that frequents the park with his companion. When I left the park, I made a stop at Trader Joe's on my way to storage. I used to live much closer and went there all the time but now I don't go unless I am in that part of town doing something else. I picked up a few things and then made it to my storage units. I filled my vehicle with waters and pet food and then drove over to Dutton Motors. I thought I could get refills for the wiper blades but it turns out you have to buy the entire piece now. I did not feel like spending that much money today so I will wait until they get a little worse. I was on my way home after that but did make one more stop at a store near my home looking for frozen vegetarian burritos and entrees. I enjoy cooking but if I am running short of time or just not in the mood, I know there is something that can be easily made. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, cracker packs, Cup of Noodles, extra small and small dog jackets, fleece blanket, medium dog leash, medium/large dog collar and leash from Max and Neo Dog Gear, chicken jerky treats, 20pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, cows ears and bully slices were shared.
Yesterday, I received a text from a gentleman who wanted assistance with a puppy. After he told me the story of how he got this puppy, I told him we needed to be sure nobody was looking for her first. He did not know who it was, but at 2am two or three weeks ago, someone dumped a cage in front of the animal shelter on Van Buren and drove away. The finder is homeless and was there charging his phone. He did not want to leave the dogs out there all night in the cage so he and a friend took them to where they stay. It still baffles me how anyone can dump animals but they do. If nobody comes forward, we will provide 'the works' for the puppy so she doesn't add to pet overpopulation. We made arrangements to meet this morning but not until after I went to check on the pets that were spayed/neutered on Wednesday. When I arrived at the Jurupa Valley Motel6, the cats that had received 'the works' yesterday were not there as the gentleman who brought them had already checked out. I was able to visit the two puppies that were spayed/neutered as well as a couple other furry friends that happened to be in the parking lot. When I left the motel, I drove over to where I was meeting the gentleman with the puppy and then went to the vaccination clinic to provide a couple of pets with needed services. One was there for his second DA2PPV and strongid. The other needed all of her vaccinations, flea &tick treated as well as microchipped. We took care of the cost for all of that. We gone done fairly quickly so I had time to stop at our PO Box before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, medium leashes, dog collar from Max and Neo Dog Gear, chicken jerky treats, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, plush squeaky pet toy, collapsible pet bowl, kabob chew sticks, large bone, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully slices were shared.
Wednesdays are spay/neuter days for 'Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira'. Our appointments were full for today and next week too but I can never be sure what will actually take place until check in time and the completion of pre-surgery exams. We were supposed to provide 'the works' for 3 female cats, 1 male cate, 1 female dog and 1 male dog. The puppies were re-scheduled from last week and both arrived on time today. One of the male cats scheduled was a no show, due to his companion having a sore throat. I did not find out until I was already at the clinic so I was unable to fill the spot with a pet on the waiting list. The three female cats belonged to two different people and neither of them were able to bring those. They are part of a large group in the river bottom so even though they could not make it, the people were able to get three other cats to take their place. We knew one was a male and suspected the other two were as well but could not be sure until their exams were completed. No matter how much planning is done on my part, nothing is certain until I go to the clinic and see who is there and with what pet(s). Thankfully, we are usually able to make the best of the situation, even when things don't go as planned! "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 received a text message asking if I had any pet jackets and if so would I be able to bring one to Fairmount Park this morning. I recently received a few jackets and agreed to meet. I was also contacted by the companion of a puppy that needs 'the works'. I scheduled him for the 27th but planned to meet with them today at the park. I did not see the companion of the puppy at the park so I texted her. She told me she was on the Eastside in the parking lot of the Rite Aid. I forgot to go by the bank yesterday and it happened to be right across the street from where she and the puppy were. I asked if it was ok to meet with them and she said it was so I did. While I was driving around the parking lot looking for them, I spotted 'Kristen' and her companion so I pulled over and spent some time with them first. The puppy was next and then I went to the bank. I was there for forty-five minutes and that did not give me much time to do anything else but drive out to our PO Box and then head home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, crackers, Cup of Noodles, body wipes, pet jacket, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba tuna for cats, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, dry puppy food, wet puppy food, pet toy, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
It was raining and chilly all morning. Even though the rain never came down all that hard, it tends to send people somewhere they can take cover. Often times that means I have trouble finding them. That was the case for the most part, today. I drove to the Eastside and stopped on Massachusetts Avenue. I walked around for a bit to see if anyone might come out of the shelter or the pallet houses but nobody did. I got back in my vehicle and headed over to Hunter Park. There was one person there with her two dogs but they appeared to be sleeping so I continued on to Reid Park. The one person there with a pet was sleeping as well so I drove a few blocks to Placentia Avenue. There was a car, a van and a truck parked on a side street and each on had pets so I pulled over and parked. None of the dogs seemed too thrilled with the rain but they hung out long enough to get treats and I was able to give supplies to their companions. When I left that location, I ran an errand and then made my way home. Not too long after, I went back out to run a couple more errands to meet Christine Ramirez for lunch. She has only volunteered with me one time since Covid hit and I miss her company. We try to get together every month or so for a lunch date. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, Cup of Noodles, chicken jerky treats, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, peanut butter bully slices and bully sticks were shared.
Yesterday, I contacted the companion of a dog named 'Cali' and we made arrangements to meet this morning. The plan was to stop and visit with her on my way to see 'Kawasaki' so when we were done, I went looking. I could not find her at any of the usual places she goes with her companion so I kept driving out to the west side of Riverside. A couple has been staying at the LaSierra Motel6 and I told them I would visit today. When I began this charity, I used to travel to that area all the time but when I stopped receiving calls for help, I stopped making the drive. I was happy to go to the motel today to see a couple of dogs and three kitties. When I left the motel, I pulled into the parking lot of the Food For Less near Harrison and California Avenues, in order to speak to a couple I had lost track of. On my way to the motel, I spotted their little dog by the make shift tents so I made sure to circle back there. I am still wanting to help their dog get 'the works' but they have no phone and no transportation so it has been difficult to arrange. I am not giving up but I can't say for sure if or when we can do it. I was going to go directly home after that visit but I decided to drive around one more time looking for 'Kawasaki'. I was unsuccessful the second time too so I will hope for better luck next week. That dog always makes my Sunday brighter! Nestle Pure Life waters, Cup of Noodles, chicken jerky treats, small bag of dog food, wet cat food, Kong squeaky tennis ball and other squeaky pet toys were shared.
Over the past few months, more and more of the long- term motel room renters have been put on a do not rent list. For the most part, I do not understand it with the people I deal with but I don't have a say. What that means is that I am not getting to visit a number of pets that I used to see on a regular basis. I either can't find them or they are staying a little too far from where I travel. One of the couples is now at the LaSierra Motel6 and I know City Net has put some of the homeless at a motel near there so I may have to change the routine of one of my days to fit them in, if they need anything…..As far as today went, I was not very productive although I did put in the effort. I drove out to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 and some of the surrounding areas but had no luck finding anyone with pets. I continued on to one of the river bottom outlets that is in an Industrial Center. That turned out to be the only place I was able to visit with pets. When I left there, I drove through Fairmount Park. There was a lot of activity there but I did not see anyone homeless with pets. I recently depleted my baking supplies so I decided to go to the store and pick up a few things, check our PO Box and head home. Nestle Pure Life waters, Cup of Noodles, chicken jerky treats, cows ears and kabob chew sticks were shared.
Yesterday, I made contact with a family that spent many years on the streets. They have been indoors for a few years but we still meet up so I can visit with some of their pets. When I told them I would be at Fairmount Park this morning, they told me they would go there too. I was able to visit with their three dogs and five others. One of the dogs I gave treats to is not neutered and his companion told me she is not going to have that done so he was the only pet not to receive supplies. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, Cup of Noodles, protein bars, 17pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, small packages of dog treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, wet dog food, peanut butter chew sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I was recently contacted by someone who told me that a guy he knows needed to get a puppy spayed. I told him to have the gentleman call me but I never heard anything. Because I did not have any pets recuperating in the motel today, I wasn't sure where I was going to go for my daily travels. I decided to go over to the Eastside and look for the person who called me about his friend's puppy. I did not find him but I did happen upon the gentleman with the puppy. I had finished visiting a couple of dogs down the street when I saw a van I thought might belong to the companion of the puppy. It did. Turns out, we neutered a small dog of his during the past year so he recognized me right away and was eager for the help. When I left those locations, I drove through Reid Park and Hunter Park but did not see anyone to stop for. I was going to call it a day but drove up Massachusetts. I saw a dog and her companion standing in the cul-de-sac so I pulled in and parked. While I was giving treats to the dog, I saw a woman walking with her small dog. When I was done with the first dog, I went over to visit the other. That dog turned out to be a dog I knew from a few months back. Unfortunately, they are on the streets again and hoping to get back in the pallet houses or actually get housing. That dog needed a few supplies and after I gave them to his companion, I headed back to Jurupa Valley to pick up a couple of donations at the Post Office before calling it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO gift cards, fleece blankets, pet jacket, wet cat food, wet kitten food, dry kitten food, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, wet puppy food, small bag of puppy food, small bags of dog food, bacon flavored dental sticks, kabob chew sticks and cows ears were shared.
We had two puppies, three kittens and a cat scheduled for 'the works' today. While I was in the parking lot greeting the first arrivals, I received a text telling me the puppies were not going to make it in. Their companion said they were having car troubles. I was disappointed, because we could have spayed/neutered more of the cats from the river bottom but there was nothing I could do about it as it was too late to try and round up any of the cats. I also received a call this morning that one of the kittens had ringworm so that one did not get any services. He turned out to be a she and needs to go to a full service vet for meds….So, today turned into a feline only day. There are three more cats that will not be adding to overpopulation in the homeless community or our community at large. "One by one we get them one, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter."
I drove around for awhile this morning, before I was actually able to make a stop for pets. I started on Fleetwood in Jurupa Valley and then over to Fairmount Park as well as the downtown Salvation Army but did not have any success. I had not checked on some dogs at one of the river bottom outlets for a couple of weeks and even though I normally go on the week end, I decided to go today. There are usually about six dogs at that location. There were only five and I visited with three of them. After the visit, I filled one of their carts with supplies and then got back on Mission Blvd. I considered going by the Jurupa Valley Motel6 but made a stop on Pacific Avenue instead. There is a motor home parked there with a dog I adore so I spent some time with him. My final stop was to ship a package at the post office. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, body wipes, toilet tissue, pet wipes, flea and tick comb for pets, STAT wound care spray, Vetericyn wound care spray, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, cows ears, large bones, bully stick, chicken jerky treats and other pet treats were shared.
Two weeks ago, we provided 'the works' for a dog named 'Rex'. His companion noticed that they did not have his correct first name on any of the paperwork. The mistake turned out to be mine from when I emailed the list of appointments for that day. Riverside Animal Services made the correction and then emailed me the new copies of the paperwork. My first stop of the day was going to be to deliver them. While in route to Reid Park, I spotted a furry friend I had not seen in quite some time. She was on the corner of Spruce and Orange. I went to the next block and circled back for a visit. They needed a few supplies so I gave them what I had before making my way to the park. When I drove through the park, I did not see anyone with pets and there was nobody parked a few blocks away off of Placentia. I called the companion of 'Rex' who told me he was on his way to the park so I went back and waited. From there I drove through Hunter Park but when I did not find anyone with pets, I continued on to Massachusetts Avenue and parked near the dog kennel. The Access Center was closed but the companion of 'Jacob' and 'Maggie' was there. She had just returned them to the kennel but took them back out so we could visit. As I was driving away, I noticed a dog running near a parked van. When I got closer, I realized it was 'Cookie' so I pulled over and parked. By the time we were done, I needed to run home, put the dogs out for a break and then head over to Riverside Self Storage. I was donating some supplies to Calvary Church, meeting Christine Langdon with our pet food for the month of October from Star Milling (Thanks Christine!) and meeting tow others to receive their donations. I did not visit with many pets but it was definitely a productive morning. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, Max and Neo Dog Gear leash, dog collar, plush squeaky toy, chicken jerky treats, dog bone, peanut butter bully slices, cows ears, bully stick wet dog food and a 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company were shared.
Yesterday, I received a text asking if I had any KMR (kitty replacement milk) for a couple of kittens that were found in the river bottom. The woman who was bottle feeding was just about out of the milk so I told her I would bring some first thing this morning. We have spayed/neutered multiple cats for her in the past and she has another that needs done. She actually wants to help catch a number of those living in her area of the river bottom so we can slow down the growing population. I told her that we will cover the costs for any she is able to help catch and transport to the spay/neuter clinic on our appointment days. I was very sad to learn that the two kittens she wanted the milk for had passed away during the night. I am grateful she gave them a fighting chance and I told her I have KMR on hand if she needs any in the future. I was supposed to meet someone else at that location too but that person did not bother to show up with their pet so I drove around until I found 'Kawasaki'. I had recently contacted two other people as well and planned on meeting up with them and their pets but I wasn't able to reach them. I had a few items to pick up so I can do some more baking and I decided to just do that and go home. I was hoping to have a more productive morning but thankful for the two I was able to visit. Both received supplies and I also sent some back to the river bottom for others we have spayed/neutered but did not make it up to see me. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, body wipes, soft pet carrier, cat harness with leash, pet wipes, wet dog food, wet cat food, cat toys, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for cats, chicken jerky treats and bacon flavored dental sticks were shared.
Because I was in the mood to bake some cookies and breads this morning, I did not head out until a little after 9am. That is late for me but being that the homeless tend to circulate a little later on a cooler morning I knew it would be fine. My first stop of the day was in an industrial area in Jurupa Valley which is also an outlet for some of the river bottom camps. I was hoping to get information about a little dog that was not returned to his companion. A couple had been watching him but then they left the location they were staying and nobody knows where they took the dog. I did not have any success finding him or getting new information but I did run into a woman with a dog I have known for years. We spayed her after she had her last litter. I don't see them often so it was a nice surprise when I was able to today. My next stop was at another river bottom outlet. I used to stop there all the time but most of the people with pets have moved to different parts of the river bottom and parking is usually impossible anyway. Nobody was parked in the one spot there is so I was finally able to make it. My main reason for stopping was to check on a cat named 'Cali'. A bobcat got her a few days ago and she was hurt badly. Feeding Pets of The Homeless called me to verify the companion's homelessness and then approved an exam. They also approved treatment, once the cat was seen and she will be picked up from Van Buren Animal Hospital on Monday. She is a strong cat and has lived her entire life in the river bottom. I have seen her chase off large dogs but the bobcat got the best of her. She is expected to recover and I am thankful. My final stop was in Fairmount Park. Once again, I did not find who I was looking for but did happen upon two of my favorited 'gentle giants'. I had planned on driving out to Colton but used the next half an hour to stop at the store and our PO Box before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, collapsible pet dish, pet wipes, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, Max and Neo dog leash, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, Inaba Churus for cats, wet kitten food, chicken jerky treats, cows ears, bully stick and kabob chew sticks were shared.
The rain was supposed to let up this morning but it didn't. It literally puts a 'damper' on things but I always go out anyway and do what I can. My first stop was at Fairmount Park. 'Scamp' and 'Joey' were the only two dogs at that location so I did not spend as much time there as I usually do but it did give me time to go to the Eastside. I went to Redi Park, where I visited with 'Rex' and then to Hunter Park' where I visited with 'CoCo' and 'Ulani'. I drove over to Massachusetts by the Access Center and the pallet houses but nobody was outside. I also drove around University Avenue but had no luck there either. I did see someone I knew but she was getting on a bus with her dog so I decided to run a couple of errands near Magnolia Center. When I pulled into the shopping center, I immediately noticed the woman and the dog that I had seen getting on the bus. I pulled into a parking spot so we could visit and so I could give them a few needed supplies. They had been staying in the pallet houses but went out of town and were gone too long for their bed to be held so they are literally on the streets. Their City Net case worker is off today, so there isn't much that can be done until Monday. They were soaking wet which made me sad but she said a friend was going to come and pick them up so they could dry off. After I ran into Rite Aid and Ralphs, I headed to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley and then went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, umbrella, large bag of recyclables, protein bars, canned ravioli, ARCO fuel card, fleece blanket, collapsible pet dish, pet wipes, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba churus for dogs, chicken jerky treats, peanut butter bully chew stick, cows ears, bully stick and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I spent this morning at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. The gentleman with the three cats left the motel before I arrived, even though I said I wanted to check on the cats. The only reason I gave them a room was to do that so I was disappointed they left before I arrived at 9am. I knew one of the dogs would not be around but she was not in need of a room so I was not worried about her. I did have someone meet me there with a puppy that needs rescue as soon as possible. I visited with one of the dogs that received 'the works' yesterday as well as a dog that I normally visit at a different location. That dog was with her companion getting ready to get on the bus. There was a motor home in the lot with a family we have helped out with their pets. I visited with the two dogs and two kittens before calling it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, soft pet carrier, puppy pads, disposable masks, wet puppy food, small bag of dry dog food, squeaky dog toy, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba tuna fillets for cats, wet kitten food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, cat toys, chicken jerky treats, Yak cheese stick, peanut butter bully slice and kabob chew sticks were shared.
We had six pets scheduled for 'the works' today. Two of those were dogs and the other four were cats. One of the cats turned out to be sick and was not neutered but we will bring him back at a later date. The gentleman bringing three cats said he was running a few minutes late and the woman bringing a cat and a friend's dog said she got stuck in traffic. The other dog was supposedly being carried from the river bottom and I was told they left around 7am to make it by 7:30am. The three cats showed up at about 7:45am, the woman carrying her puppy showed up around 8am (after going to Mary S. Roberts first by mistake) and the final two showed up a few minutes after 8am. The bottom line is that everyone made it which makes for a great start to my day. I brought some home baked cookies for the staff and hung around until the last two were getting checked in. I had a dentist appointment and still had to go home to put my own dogs out but I was able to get to both things and on time. The biggest 'snag' was that the gentleman with the three cats fed them all this morning, even though he was told not to feed them after 10 or 11 pm last night. Thankfully the clinic still took them in for surgery but said the pick-up time would have to be later than usual due to the surgery having to be done a little later. "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."
Two days ago, I received a call from someone who was requesting 'the works' for a puppy. I said I had room this week but would prefer to see him prior to the appointment so we met this morning in the parking lot of Riverside Animal Services. The person who had him said he came from an abusive situation and he was definitely showing signs of fearfulness but he looked fine physically so his appointment is set. When I left Animal Services, I drove across town to the Salvation Army and Fairmount Park. Nobody with pets was at either place but I did find people with pets at a nearby location in Jurupa Valley. My final stop was at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I needed to drop off supplies, visit with a couple of pets and get information on two other pets that will be receiving 'the works' tomorrow. When that was accomplished, I made a quick run to the post office, the grocery store and got to the house just in time to wave good bye to my daughter who had to go home and get changed for work. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, small dog leash, medium dog leash, small dog collar, wet puppy food, small bag of dry dog food, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, small stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, plush squeaky dog toy, pet wipes, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba tuna for cats, wet cat food, chicken jerky treats, dog bone and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I had a 7:45 optometry appointment at Kaiser this morning so I was not sure if I was going to be able to do any 'street work' today. My daughter came to the house to keep the dogs company and so I would not have to hurry home. I thought I was going to be waiting for my glasses to get made while I waited as that is what they always did at Lenscrafters but that is not how it works at Kaiser. The wait it 4 to 6 weeks so I was done much sooner than I anticipated. I left with my old glasses which are still fine for now. I will go back when all three pair of the new ones come in. When I left Kaiser, I drove home to say hello to my daughter, finished loading my vehicle with supplies and took the freeway to the Eastside of Riverside. I drove through Reid Park, a few side streets in Colton and then back through Reid Park. The second time I did the park drive, I spotted 'Solo' and his companion so I stopped. From there I headed over to Massachusetts Avenue and parked between 'The Place' and the pallet houses. I visited with two dogs and then drove back out to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley before calling it a day and going home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, body wipes, dry pet shampoo, pet wipes, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet cat food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, pigs' ears, large bones and a large Kong squeaky tennis ball were shared.
I did not have too much planned for today. I scheduled to meet someone with her small dog in the parking lot of Riverside Animal Services, hoped to visit with 'Kawasaki' and then wanted to find a couple that I lost track of soon after we met. I was told by City Net that they were at a certain location but they were not this morning and they were not at the park we originally met either. I was able to meet the woman in the parking lot of Animal Services and I did find 'Kawasaki' and her companion. After driving around for a bit, I contacted the companion of a dog named 'Cali' and asked where they were today. As it turned out, she was at her storage facility which was not far from where I was so they became my third and final stop. It was already heating up and I decided to call it a day. I have an Optometrist appointment tomorrow so I may not even make it back out on the streets until Tuesday but I will see how it goes. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, body wipes, toilet tissue, rolling pet carrier, fleece blanket, small dog bed, small dog collar, small dog leashes, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, collapsible pet dish, Inaba Churus for dogs, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks peanut butter chew sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks and bully sticks were shared.
I went to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 this morning in hopes of meeting someone who wants his dog to receive 'the works' but I was unable to connect with him. I did visit with someone who used to live on the streets and was in the motel due to a water pipe issue in her apartment. She had her dog with her and I always like visiting with furry friends from the past. I also visited with a couple of dogs and three kitties too. When I left the motel, I drove to a nearby location to find out if 'Midnight' and her companion had been moved into the homeless shelter, pallet houses or mote. They had not but are hoping it will happen on Tuesday. When I was finished there, I drove a few blocks to where someone has a motor home parked but she not there and the dog did not appear to be either. I decided to run an errand, stop at our PO Box and then head home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, body wipes, squeaky Kong tennis ball, cat collars, cat toys, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba tuna for cats, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
Today begins a new month and I look forward to all the good we are able to do. I spent the first part of my morning at Fairmount Park. I visited with a few dogs and distributed supplies to each of them. When I left the park, I drove to Magnolia Center and made a stop at Elliott's For Pets to purchase items for the charity and for my own dogs. My next stop was our storage units. I grabbed a few things and then headed back to Jurupa Valley, in order to pickup a Chewy donation at the Post Office. When I was done there, it was time to get home. Nestle Pure Life waters, protein bars, canned ravioli, squeaky tennis ball, Inaba Churus for dogs, small bag of dog food, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and peanut butter chew sticks were shared.