Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - November 2021

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

Thursday's Treasures 11-11-2021

We did not have any pets recuperating from spay/neuter surgery at the motel but I still drove out there to give one of the employees some home baked cookies. She is always so helpful and because she enjoys the cookies, it is a perfect way to thank her. While I was there, I stopped at one of the rooms to visit a dog and her companion, before driving to a parking lot across the street to meet two other dogs and their companion. From there I drove out to another location in Jurupa Valley to visit with a family and their four fur babies. I dropped off home baked cookies for the children and left a few supplies for the pets. When I was done, I went home to put my dogs out and then headed over to Riverside Self Storage, Christine Langdon was picking up and delivering our pet food donation from the Star Milling Company (thanks Christine) and I had three other people meeting there to drop off or pick up donations. Nestle Pure Life waters, home baked cookies, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, wet cat food, wet baby/mama kitty food, plush squeaky pet toys, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 11-11-2021
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Hump Day Happenings 11-10-2021

Wednesdays are typically our spay/neuter day. We had four dogs and two cats scheduled for 'the works' today. Unfortunately, that all changed yesterday afternoon. I received an email stating that Riverside Animal Services did not have a veterinarian available to do surgeries so we would need to re-schedule. We already have three scheduled for the 17th and they are closed on the 24th which means pushing some appointments to December 1st. It was inconvenient but there was nothing that could be done about it so I tried to reach all of the people who had make arrangements to bring their pets. I was unable to reach two of those people so I knew I would need to drive over to animal services and tell them in person. One of the people was out of cat and dog food so I told her to meet me there too and I would bring supplies. At 7:30am, one of the people I could not reach showed up. I gave them an Arco card to help with the fuel they wasted and a few supplies for the puppy. They agreed to come back next week. The other person I could not reach did not show up but did text so I made arrangements for next week for her as well. The person/people with the two dogs and three cats arrived a little late but made it and I was able to give them needed supplies so it all worked out. Our spay/neuter count will be very low this month but not for my lack of trying to help. Sometimes things come up and we just have to make the best of the situation. That is exactly what I did today. I was also able to get my nails done, meet a friend for lunch and then spend time with my daughter so it was a good day overall! Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, McDonald's gift card, fleece blanket, pet wipes, pet jackets, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, kitty litter, 17pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, wet baby/mama kitty food, bag of baby/mama kitty food, cat harness, cat toy, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, plush squeaky pet toys, rope pet toys, large pet beds, chicken jerky treats, bully slices, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Hump Day Happenings 11-10-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 11-9-2021

I had two appointments this morning at Kaiser which meant my time on the streets was going to depend on how long those appointments took. When I left Kaiser, I went home to grab waters for the streets and then headed out. I drove through Fairmount Park and over to the Salvation Army but did not find anyone with pets so I kept driving until I reached one of the river bottom outlets in Jurupa Valley that is in an industrial area. I visited with three pets there and then drove to another river bottom outlet near Crestmore and the Mission Avenue Bridge. I visited with two more pets, distributed needed supplies and continued on Mission looking for someone who is usually around Pacific Avenue. I did not see them and I was running out of time so I went to our PO Box, picked up a couple of donations that were there and headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, hand warmers, body wipes, toilet tissue, pet wipes, large pet jackets, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, large pet beds, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 11-9-2021
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Monday On The Move 11-8-2021

Last Friday while I was on the Eastside visiting pets on Massachusetts, I was asked for a dog jacket. The pet was not with his companion and I told him we would have to try the jackets on. I agreed to meet with him this morning. As soon as I pulled up to park, I saw a dog named 'Koda' and there was another dog named 'Bella Blue' in her companion's vehicle. I was with them for awhile but I did eventually get to the little dog needing the jacket and I am happy to say I had one that fit. When I left that location, I drove to Hunter Park and Redi Park but nobody with pets was at either place. I had a pet car seat that I wanted to give to someone living in her vehicle with two small dogs. I texted her as soon as I realized she was not at Hunter Park. I was on my way to a side street in Colton where there were people with pets. She knew them and agreed to meet me there. I spent the rest of my time with all of them. My next stop was our PO Box in Jurupa Valley. I never made it over there Friday or Saturday and there were quite a few packages waiting for us. One of the employees helped me take all of the items out of the boxes, because I did not have room in my vehicle for the number of boxes we received. Once that was done, everything fit easily inside and I was able to go home to unload and reload for tomorrow's travels. Nestle Pure Life waters, hand warmers, pet car seat, disposable emergency blankets, dry pet shampoo, pet wipes, Tiller Tugs leash, Tiller Tugs tug toys, pet jackets, pet bed, chicken jerky treats, squeaky plush dog toy, bully slices, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 11-8-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 11-7-2021

I made three trips this morning. The first was to the store to buy up a few groceries, The second was to the Rescue Food Bank in Loma Linda where I picked up a pallet of pet supplies. My vehicle was full, so I drove straight to our storage units to unload most of it, before going home. When I got home, I unloaded the rest and then re-stocked for today's travels. I was supposed to meet my first person and pet in the parking lot of the Department of Animal Services but when I texted to confirm, I was told the companion hurt her knee and couldn't make the walk. That freed me up to go visit 'Cali' in the parking lot of the bowling alley on Arlington. From there, I had to drive to one of the river bottom outlets off of Rubidoux Avenue and Old Ranch Road. I scheduled a meeting with a gentleman whose dog is going in for 'the works' on Wednesday. He did not know if she was previously micro-chipped and I wanted to know before surgery day. Someone else came up with her little dog so I had an opportunity to visit with them too. I distributed needed supplies and then go back on the road to search for 'Kawasaki' and her companion. I drove around all the different areas I usually find them but I had no luck so I just headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, hand warmers, body wipes, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, Tiller Tugs leash, Tiller Tugs tug toy, Zippy Paws safety vest, pet jackets, pet beds, large stainless steel pet dish, anti ant pet tray, chicken jerky treats, squeaky plush dog toy, bully slices, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 11-7-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 11-6-2021

I went out early this morning to get fuel and the fog was thicker than I have seen it in years. I decided it might be safer to leave a little later so I did not hit the streets until around 9am. I did not have any actually plans for today as nobody had specifically asked me to meet them so I decided to start on the Eastside and look for people I did not see yesterday. I started at Hunter Park where I visited with three dogs before driving to Reid Park. There was nobody there with pets but when I drove a little further up the street, I came upon the companion of two dogs. I stopped there for a visit and to distribute supplies. I wanted to drive out to visit some people and pets in Jurupa Valley afterwards but things changed….When I first left home this morning, I received a text about a dachshund. One of the homeless had her but was not sure what he was going to do with her. The only reason he took her was so the family that she was living with did not dump her somewhere. They made it clear that their one-year-old and this dog were not a good fit and they just needed to 'get rid' of the dog. They had no intentions of looking for rescue or taking her to a shelter and the homeless gentleman did not want her to get hurt. I went to meet him and the dog, on my way home. I sent a few text messages to someone and to two rescues I trust. One of them did not have a foster. The other said they would take her. We just needed a plan to get her to Orange County. A friend of the homeless gentleman has another friend with a vehicle. She just needed money for fuel. I had a Shell fuel card which I gave them as well as some food gift cards so they could get something to eat. I am so Grateful that thing worked out so well and so easily. It doesn't always go that way but I always make the effort. Nestle Pure Life waters, Shell fuel card, Burger King gift card, McDonald's gift card, Subway gift card, hand warmers, body wipes, fleece blankets, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, small dog collar, squeaky tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, squeaky plush dog toy, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 11-6-2021
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Friday's Furry Friends 11-5-2021

I spent the first part of the morning at Fairmount Park. I visited a couple of the 'regulars' and met a new puppy too. When I left the park, I drove over to the Eastside on Massachusetts. I was looking for someone who called me from there last Friday. We had a brief visit but I had somewhere else to be. I thought she was going to get a bed at the shelter but nobody has seen her so I guess she went somewhere else. She has no phone which means there is no way for me to stay in touch. Hoping she will reach out soon. Even though I did not find who I was looking for, I did visit with and distribute supplies for five dogs and their companions. When I was done on the Eastside, I had to get over to Magnolia Center to meet with Lisa Holloway. She had donations for us from Tiller Tugss and I had some baked good and a couple other things for her. From there, I drove out to the Michael's on Tyler. I have bought Chanukah items in that store before and I saw a couple of things online that I wanted to pick up there. The shipping is often times more expensive than the fuel so I made the trip. For some reason, the info online was wrong and they had lots of Christmas items but zero items for Chanukah. It was disappointing to say the least. I had planned to run one last errand but as I was driving, I saw a huge black cloud of smoke. From where I was, it looked like it was near our home. As I got closer, I could see it was not near our house but better safe than sorry. Nestle Pure Life waters, large fleece blanket, small dog bed, pet jackets, 2 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, Max and Neo dog collar, Max and Neo dog leash, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, pet wipes, large stainless-steel dish, squeaky plush dog toy, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 11-5-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 11-4-2021

I started my day at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I went there to check on the two cats and the dog that received 'the works' yesterday. When I was visiting the dog, there were two other dogs in the room. Turns out, we provided 'the works' for them awhile back. I visited with all of the pets and distributed supplies. When I was done, I decided to run some business and personal errands. When my vehicle was broken in to, they stole a tray from the console. I ordered a new one last week and it came in yesterday so I headed across town to pick it up. I needed new wipes blades too and took care of that as well. My next stop was our storage units where I picked up pet food and waters. Elliott's For Pets was next on my 'to do list' as was another nearby store. When I left the last location, I had just enough time to check our PO Box before going home. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, Cup of Noodles, large dog collar, Max and Neo dog leash, chicken jerky treat, kitty litter, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, pet wipes, cat toys, large stainless-steel dish, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 11-4-2021
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#1568, #1569 and #1570 Get 'The Works' 11-3-2021

We had two dogs and four cats scheduled for 'the works' today but that changed this morning. The two cats needed to be rescheduled and the ride for one of the dogs did not work out so she was rescheduled too. The people who did show up were more than thirty minutes late but we still got them in for their appointments. The dog was actually impounded a few days ago. Because the person picking up used an Ontario address, they did not require the Pitbull to be spayed or microchipped. She received vaccinations and was returned to owner. Thankfully, that person agreed to bring her back for the rest of her needed services. I felt sad for the dog as it seemed as if she thought she was getting turned back in but I am sure all will be fine once she is released this afternoon. The cats are brothers and they were driven here from Chino. It was a slow start for November but three more pets will not be adding to pet overpopulation in the homeless community or our community at large. "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter."

#1568, #1569 and #1570 Get 'The Works' 11-3-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 11-2-2021

I was asked to meet someone from one of the river bottom outlets, this morning. It is nearly impossible to park where I used to for past visits so we usually agree to meet near the go kart track off of Market Street. The person I meet has two dogs but she can usually only handle bringing one of them. 'Jasper' is a small boxer so she usually comes to visit but 'Ruckus' had a turn today. When I left that location, I went to meet someone at Fairmount Park. I gave her a few things for her dog and cats. The companion of a dog named 'Hoover' happened to show up while I was there. The two of them are not homeless but frequent the park and the little dog expects me to shower him with treats and a kabob chew stick just like I do for his friend 'Cody'. I was expecting calls from a few people who needed vaccinations updated for their pets so I was trying to keep busy until one or more of them contacted me. I ran a few errands around Magnolia Center but when I did not hear anything by 11am, I headed to the PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, toilet tissue, hand and toe warmers, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, bully sticks, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 11-2-2021
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Monday On The Move 11-1-2021

I was originally going to cut my morning a little short in order to go out for a birthday lunch with my daughter. Unfortunately, she did not feel well today so we had to postpone. No lunch date but I did have longer to spend on the streets. My first stop was on Massachusetts. I went to try and check on someone and to meet someone else needing supplies. I did not find the person I originally went there for but I did visit with four dogs. I was also asked if I might be able to check the microchip of a dog one of the homeless had. I was already planning on meeting six chihuahua's and their companion at Reid Park so I suggested the dog get brought there. Thankfully, I was able to check that dog with the newly donated microchip scanner. The dog was chipped and I found out that some people had found her in the Woodcrest area three or four weeks ago and never checked for a chip or an owner. They even shaved her which made her look like a different dog. The homeless woman said the dog was being left outside with three large dogs and she was concerned about her. She was hoping if the dog was chipped, she could go back to her person or family. The dog was chipped but the information the chip company had was outdated so she had to be brought to the shelter. The homeless woman is living in a crowded car with one dog already and this was too much for her. If her owner(s) do not come for her, I will do my best to network for rescue. She seemed very sweet and would probably make a nice addition someone's family. After spending time with the chi's, the 'stray' and one other dog, I headed across town to our PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, Cup of Noodles, ARCO fuel card, McDonald's gift card, hand and toe warmers, emergency disposable blankets, fleece doggie mat, 2 small bags of dog food, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, plush squeaky toy, bully sticks, bully slices, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Monday On The Move 11-1-2021
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