Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - November 2021

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Tuesday's Treasures 11-30-2021

I stopped at Fairmount Park, looking for someone whose dog is scheduled for ‘the works’ tomorrow. I could not find her but left messages with others in hopes that she gets the reminder. While at the park, I visited with and distributed supplies to three dogs, before heading over to the Salvation Army. The person I was looking for was not there either but I while I was talking to the companion of ‘CoCo’ and ‘Ulani’ I heard barking from a van in the parking lot. I walked over and saw five dogs we provided ‘the works’ for a few years back. I had not seen them in a long time so I walked over to the door where people wait for their showers and found their companion. He came out so I could visit, give them treats and supplies as well as fit each one with a sweater or jacket. That took awhile but their companion said he would take his turn as soon as his dogs had what they needed. When he went in, I visited with the two waiting for me and then drove across town to our storage units. I had just been there but needed more pet food and wanted to pick up a bag of Christmas Pet Toys. We have very few Christmas pet sweaters or jackets so I won’t be dressing many up this year but I think we have enough cat and dog toys to share. I went straight home from storage as my vehicle was very full. I now have things organized and ready to go for tomorrow and hope that everyone shows up (on time) for their spay/neuter appointments. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, pet bed, large hand warmers, small bag of dog food, wet puppy food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, pet jackets, pet sweaters, pet toys, Kong squeaky tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, bully slices, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 11-30-2021
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Monday On The Move 11-29-2021

My morning was spent on the Eastside and Colton. I started on Massachusetts by the Access Center and the pallet houses. My next stop was off of Marlborough. From there I went to a location in Colton and then over to Hunter Park. I visited with eight pets and distributed needed supplies. I was going to go over to our storage units and start looking through the Christmas toys and sweaters left over from last year but I ran out of time. I will try to make it over there on Wednesday after spay/neuter appointments are checked in. I did make one more stop at our PO Box but there was nothing there so I headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, fleece blanket, large hand warmers, Large Snack bags with a combination of these items; cup of noodles, chicken salad snack box, tuna salad snack box, cracker packs, protein bars, beef/cheese stick packs and fruit cups, pet beds, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Vetericyn wound care spray, chicken jerky treats, bully slices, bully sticks and pet toys were shared.

Monday On The Move 11-29-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 11-28-2021

As I have been sharing, we are having a small gathering at my home to celebrate the first night of Chanukah. I have been cooking and baking for a few days but all of the final touches have to be done today. I still wanted to do a little ‘Taking It To The Streets’ so I gave myself ninety minutes to do that. I scheduled the meeting of a new dog at 9am, another at 9:30 and then one at 10. When my nine o’clock did not show up by 9:20, I called and said they would need to meet me at my next stop. I knew they were on their way but I did not want to continue sitting in an empty parking lot waiting. They finally made it about 9:40 at my next stop. I wound up staying longer than I intended but I did make it to the next stop. I did not keep within my ninety-minute time frame but did manage to keep it a little under two hours so I was still able to accomplish everything I needed to do at home. I am very passionate about the work I do but nothing feels as good as spending time with those I love. Getting to cook and share a holiday meal with them is an added bonus. Nestle Pure Life waters, eye wipes, Large Snack bags with a combination of these items; cup of noodles, chicken salad snack box, tuna salad snack box, cracker packs, protein bars, beef/cheese stick packs and fruit cups, large dog collar, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks and bacon flavored dental chew sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 11-28-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 11-27-2021

Another busy morning that started out with my doing some baking, holiday cooking and then driving over to our storage units to replenish supplies. When I left storage, I drove over to Shamel Park but the companion and dog I was hoping to see were not there. We did touch base on the phone and will meet somewhere else tomorrow. I am only planning on being out for about 90 minutes on Sunday so I can get home and finish my preparation for our Chanukah dinner but I am supposed to meet up with three people and their pets so that amount of time should work. When I left Shamel, I drove out to a river bottom outlet in a Jurupa Valley industrial center. I knocked on a few car windows but people were still sleeping so I drove over to the Market Street bridge. There is really only room for one vehicle there now that they put the boulders close to the street but I was able to get in. I try most week ends but there is usually no room to park. I got out and walked down the trail until I got to an encampment where two of my favorite dogs are. (I know, I say they are all my favorites but that’s because they kind of are!). On the way back to my vehicle I called out to someone whose came is across the water. He finally came up and brought his dog. One of his cats followed as well. I had enough time to make another stop and as I was headed there, they were calling me on the phone. I told them I was not far from their location and continued on until I got to Crestmore and the Mission Avenue bridge. I visited and distributed supplies before making one final stop at our PO Box where I was fortunate enough to receive a monetary donation. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, toilet tissue, extra-large hand warmers, Large Snack bags with a combination of these items; cup of noodles, chicken salad snack box, tuna salad snack box, cracker packs, protein bars, beef/cheese stick packs and fruit cups, chicken jerky treats, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, large Kong squeaky tennis ball and other pet toys, bully sticks, Inaba Churus for cats and Inaba Churus for dogs were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 11-27-2021
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Friday's Furry Friends 11-26-2021

I normally go to Fairmount Park on Friday mornings but the woman who brings oatmeal to the homeless was not coming today so I drove straight to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside. I spent my morning there visiting people and pets that were either staying in the homeless shelter, the pallet houses or on the streets. There was a total of seven pets in all. They all received treats and most of them also received needed supplies. I was going to go over to one of the river bottom outlets near the Mission Street bridge right after, but I did not have the time. I still had a few groceries to buy for the cooking I am doing over the week end for Sunday night’s holiday dinner. I never even made it to the PO Box but will try to get there tomorrow. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, extra-large hand warmers, Large Snack bags with a combination of these items; cup of noodles, chicken salad snack box, tuna salad snack box, cracker packs, protein bars, beef/cheese stick packs and fruit cups, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, wet dog food, bully sticks, stainless steel pet dish, doggie waste bags, pet wipes, leashes, Max and Neo Dog Gear collars and Inaba Churus for dogs were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 11-26-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 11-25-2021

The winds have been gusting since yesterday and there are large power outages surrounding the area where we live. There is no telling when the power might gout so I started the broth for Sunday’s Chanukah dinner last night. We do not do a Thanksgiving dinner here but this morning, I spent the first couple of hours cooking some carrots and celery in the broth so I would be ready to make the matzah balls this afternoon. There are a few friends stopping by tomorrow to pick up soup and baked goods so I have been hoping for the power to stay on and allow me to do this for them. I have until Sunday to cook the rest of what I am making so I am ahead of schedule for now….My first stop of the day was to get fuel and bring some home-made cookies to the people working there. I continued over to Fairmount Park where I had planned to meet people but none were there yet. I did spot ‘Honey Girl’ and her companion by the National Guard building so I stopped for them. I drove to the Salvation Army but they were not doing anything until 10am so I headed over to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside. Someone needed dog food and I dropped of a large bag for her dogs. I then went back to Fairmount Park to meet someone who also happened to be going to visit the family I was visiting next. We left Fairmount and drove to Ranch Jurupa Regional Park where the family was staying. No power there or in the surrounding areas which was making it a tough day for them. They paid to rent a space so they could have an electrical hook up that they could not have. My wish is that their power comes back on soon but it was not looking promising. I am sure there are thousands of people unable to cook today, because of the outage., You would think that Southern California Edison would be better prepared being that we live in such a high wind area but this is a common occurrence. So thankful for our power and being able to do what I needed to today. Nestle Pure Life waters, Large Snack bags with a combination of these items; cup of noodles, chicken salad snack box, tuna salad snack box, cracker packs, protein bars, beef/cheese stick packs and fruit cups. Men’s and women’s socks, 3-20pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of cat food, wet kitten food, wet cat food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats for dogs, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 11-25-2021
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Hump Day Happenings 11-24-2021

I was told they were not doing any spay/neuter surgeries today so I had to start a list for December 1st. I still agreed to meet a few people in the parking lot of the Department of Animal Services so they could get supplies. While I was there, I noticed people bringing their pets for surgery but they were only pets on contract with animal services. I look forward to getting back to business next Wednesday. One of the three people showed up for supplies and I was finally able to give her dog the license I have been holding as well as supplies. Unfortunately, the other two people said they were unable to make it. It actually worked out ok, because I needed to go to the Motel6 to make a payment for two more night so ‘Yohan’ and family could stay a little longer. They originally had somewhere to go but that changed so I used the remainder of donated funds to cover their room through Friday morning. When I got home, I had enough time to give my dogs a potty break and get to an appointment. Later, I got some of my back patio area vacuumed, got the holiday decoration boxes out and did more food prep for Sunday night’s Chanukah dinner. It is so much easier to do a little bit at a time. That allows me to still hit the streets and cook/bake for my family and friends. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I will use the day to make my matzah ball soup. It takes all day and then there is the clean-up. I love cooking/baking and having company so it is all worth it. There will only be a few of us here so it will be a relaxing and enjoyable evening. Nestle Pure Life waters, Large Snack bags with a combination of these items; cup of noodles, chicken salad snack box, tuna salad snack box, cracker packs, protein bars, beef/cheese stick packs and fruit cups. Men’s and women’s socks, body wipes, hand warmers, large pet jacket, 20pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, rope toy, chicken jerky treats for dogs, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, bully stick and bully slices were shared.

Hump Day Happenings 11-24-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 11-23-2021

This time of the year, I find more and more homeless people calling me about puppies. Some are given to them; some they buy, some come from dogs they did not spay or neuter yet and some they find. None are ever vaccinated and I always get the calls when the puppies get sick. People tell me they have no money for vaccinations. I tell them that if the puppies are sick, they cannot be vaccinated anyway. I also wind up giving a lecture about why puppies are the worst idea for anyone homeless and that I am not a piggy bank to help every time they make poor decision. I usually feel a little bad for coming across so cold but the reason my charity is out there is to help people keep their pets. It is not intended to be used as an ATM for those who go and get a pet, they cannot afford to do anything for. This is not to say that we won’t help with puppies. We normally try to find out where the mom, dad and rest of the litter are so we can spay and neuter them all. We do that even if some have gone to homes. The idea is to stop the breeding with that litter. I try so hard to go out of my way to accommodate them but it has to be within reason. It never comes without my giving an opinion and a little bit of education. It is just so frustrating….So, now that my little rant is over, here is what today looked like. I spent most of my morning in a couple of different areas of Fairmount Park. I had made arrangements to meet ‘Onyx’ and her companion there in order to give them a pet stroller. I planned on meeting them first but while I was driving, I spotted ‘Honey Girl’ and had to go park to visit with her. I was also able to spend time with six other dogs at the park and share needed supplies with their companions. My final stop was the Salvation Army. I had spoken to the companion of ‘CoCo’ and ‘Ulani’ earlier and promised to head over there after I was done with the people and pets at Fairmount. I was able to go and meet them before heading to our PO Box and then home. My starts on Sunday which is very early this year. I started making preparations for the soup I will cook on Thursday and planned to decorate after coming home. They were good plans but when I got home, I found other things that needed done and the decorating did not happen. The holiday lasts for eight nights and the decorations usually come down the following day so I try to get them up the week before. I will be cutting it close this year but I will get it done in time for the family to enjoy. Nestle Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, socks, fruit cups, cracker packs, pet stroller, chicken jerky treats for dogs, Inaba Churus for dogs, large stainless steel pet dish, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 11-23-2021
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Monday On The Move 11-22-2021

Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside was my first stop of the day. I visited with a couple dogs, distributed supplies and then headed to Hunter Park. Nobody with pets was there so I kept going towards Reid Park. I had told a few people that there was a turkey and food give away there from 10 to 12 and even though it was not ten yet, I thought I would check it out. When I turned up Orange Street the traffic was t a stand still. There were hundreds of vehicles already lined up and there was no way to move forward even to pass the park. As soon as the car in front of my edged up a bit, I did a U-turn and headed back towards Main Street. I took that all the way to Placentia where I visited with three more pets and distributed supplies for them too. At the point I was on the opposite end of the park so I took my chances and went back to Orange Street. It was now after ten and there were very long lines going into three different areas for the food give away. I really couldn’t see if I knew anyone in the lines and even if I did, there was no way to get to them so I continued driving to Fairmount Park. Friday, I forgot to bring the small pet stroller I have for a puppy named ‘Onyx’. I went to ask her companion if she might want to meet me tomorrow and she said yes. The plan is to finally deliver it then. After leaving the park, I went back to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley where I picked up two donations before going home. Nestle Pure Life waters, fruit cups, socks, pet bed, pet wipes, chicken jerky treats for dogs, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 11-22-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 11-21-2021

The winds were pretty gusty this morning so I was hoping to limit my outdoor time today. Before I even left home, Michelle Satras stopped here on her way back to Nevada. I had a few presents for her and she had donations for me. We have not gotten to go out on the streets together since Covid but I am hoping that changes during one of her future visits. When she left, I drove out to our storage units to pick up pet food and waters. Shamel Park is not far from there so I went to visit ‘Cali’, before heading out to one of the river bottom outlets off of Wilderness Avenue. I made arrangements to meet a few people there but only a couple showed up. I distributed needed supplies, visited with the pets and then went looking for ‘Kawasaki’ and her companion. I was able to find them near VanBuren and Colorado. It was after 10:30am but they were both getting some shut eye in the sun. I was able to wake them and we spent some time together. When I left that location, I drove home to wait for my daughter to come visit. With the exception of my allergies not doing well in the wind, it was a good day. Nestle Pure Life waters, bug repellant, fruit cups, chicken jerky treats for dogs, 2–17-pound bags of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet cat food, wet kitten food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for cats, bacon dental sticks, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 11-21-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 11-20-2021

Most of my morning was spent in an industrial area at one of the Jurupa Valley river bottom outlets. I was there to meet someone with her two dogs. By the time I left, I had visited with eight and distributed supplies for those pets and a few more. When I left that location, I found my way to a freeway onramp and headed to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I was there to check on ‘Yohan’ and pay for another night’s stay. I told his companion that I had a little money left over and if I received more donations then I would pay for another night or as many nights as we collected funds for. Thankfully, we were given more donations and have the room paid up through Tuesday morning now. My next stop was to pick up a donation at our PO Box and then finally to make my way home. Nestle Pure Life waters, McDonald’s gift card, body wipes, hand warmers, fleece blankets, xlarge inflatable e-collar, pet bed, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, Zippy Paws safety vest, collapsible toy box to be used as a cat bed, small bag of cat food, wet cat food, pet jackets, pet sweaters, 3 small bag of dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, plush squeaky dog toys, cat toys, small and regular sized Kong squeaky tennis balls, large harness, Max and Neo dog collar, small and large leashes, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and bully slices were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 11-20-2021
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Friday's Furry Friends 11-19-2021

I spent most of the morning at Fairmount Park visiting with pets that were there while their companions received bowls of oatmeal from the woman who comes most Fridays. She will not be there next Friday but I will probably go anyway to see if anyone shows up needing supplies. I visited with eight pets today and distributed supplies for each of them. I had made arrangements to meet an old neighbor and dear friend in the parking lot of the Rite Aid on Magnolia so I went there next. When I lived across the street, I used to bring fresh baked goods that were sometimes still warm out of the oven. I miss doing that and decided to put together a bag for her and her husband as well as a little something for another family living next door to them. We did not have much time to catch up as I had to get home but I am hoping we get to go to lunch soon and do that then. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, hand warmers, fleece blankets, pet jackets, Benadryl caplets, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, plush squeaky pet toys, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 11-19-2021
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Thursday's Treasures 11-18-2021

When I was at the Jurupa Valley Motel6 this morning, I checked on the three dogs that received ‘the works’ yesterday. I was unable to check on the cats as they are in a motel in Corona with another program helping the homeless. Just as I was leaving the motel, I spotted ‘Yohan’, ‘Mazi’ and their companion. I had received a call yesterday that he had gotten attacked by another dog and that dog attacked his companion too. I told her to call Pets Of The Homeless and let me know what happened. I did not hear back from her but when I saw them today, she said she was unable to get ahold of anyone. I made a phone call from the parking lot and was eventually connected to a case worker. I put the call on speaker phone and the companion was able to do a verbal application. The emergency visit was approved and I called Van Buren Animal Hospital as soon as POH had confirmed the approval. They are swamped but agreed to squeeze ‘Yohan’ in. His companion did not have a ride so I gave her my last bus pass and an ARCO fuel card. I am hoping she can either get someone to drive her or be allowed on the bus. I told Shirley at Van Buren that they would have to wait until tomorrow so a ride could be worked out. This dog has been through so much including a horrible fire and his previous owner passing away. It was hard to see him in pain but I am hoping he feels better when he gets checked out. In the meantime, I gave his companion some wound care spray. His left ear is pretty torn up and he has a bite in his rear hip area. Please keep him in your thoughts. I may try to raise some funds to put them in a motel room again. They really don’t want to return to the river bottom. When I left the motel, I went to our PO Box, ran an errand and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, RTA bus pass, McDonalds Gift cards, Burger King Gift cards, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, small bag of dry puppy food, wet puppy food, 17pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Vetericyn wound care spray, collar. Leash, Inaba Churus for dogs, chicken jerky treats for dogs, plush squeaky pet toy, Zippy Paws safety vest and two sizes of Kong squealy tennis balls were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 11-18-2021
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#1571,#1572,#1573,#1574,#1575 & #1576 Get 'The Works' 11-17-2021

This month is going to find our spay/neuter numbers to be low. It is not because we don't have pets in need but because the clinic had an emergency closing last week and they are closed next week. That only gave us two Wednesdays for our surgeries. Even so, we were able to get 9 done between the 3rd and today so that is a good thing...Last week's spay and neuter surgeries had to be rescheduled for today, due to animal services not having a veterinarian that day. Two of the kittens wound up getting some type of skin issue so they are postponed until after they are seen by a full-service veterinarian. There was a puppy scheduled as well but sadly he was stolen. If his companion gets him back, we will provide him with the necessary services at a later date…. It is always difficult for the people not living in their vehicles to get a ride so I was not sure how many would actually show up today. One gentleman was so determined that he rode his bike and the dog walked/ran beside him. He has a ride to get to the motel and back to the river bottom but had no way this morning. I was so grateful for his commitment. The other two dogs arrived in vehicles as did the three cats. Everyone was given an ARCO fuel card to provide a little bit of relief from the expenses at the pump. "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."

#1571,#1572,#1573,#1574,#1575 & #1576 Get 'The Works' 11-17-2021
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Tuesday's Treasures 11-16-2021

My time is never wasted, as long as I have an opportunity to visit with at least one pet. That does not change the fact that I am much happier when the number is higher. Today was another one of those days when I did a lot of driving but did not catch up with many people and their pets. I started at Fairmount Park and then continued over to Reid Park. I did not see anyone with pets at either place. As I was exiting Reid Park and headed to a location a few blocks away, I spotted ‘Honey Girl’ and her companion on Orange Street. I had been looking for them for awhile so it was nice to run into them by chance. I found a place to park, spoiled her for a bit and distributed needed supplies. When I left that location, I drove to a street off of Placentia in Colton where I found one of my favorite gentle giants. I had just seen her a few days ago but she came running up like it had been so much longer than that. She always has a loving welcome and I am thankful to receive it. I was so close to the Access Center on the Eastside and decided to go there next. There was nobody outside with dogs. I still needed to drop off a return at a local FedEx office and check our PO Box, before getting home and meeting someone for an appointment. I would have loved to continue my pet search but I had burned up enough fuel and put enough miles on my vehicle for one day. Tomorrow is spay and neuter day. I had to reschedule some of the pets from last week when the animal services clinic had to close due to not having a veterinarian. We had four dogs and two kittens scheduled. The two kittens came down with some type of skin issue so we removed them for this week but all four dogs were asked to return. Nestle Pure Life waters, fleece blanket, body wipes, pet wipes, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, plush squeaky pet toy, squeaky Kong tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 11-16-2021
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Monday On The Move 11-15-2021

Monday mornings are usually spent on the Eastside and that is where I was today. My first stop was on Massachusetts by the Access Center and pallet houses. My second stop was at Hunter Park. When I was done at the second stop, I drove my very dirty vehicle to a car wash. It had been a couple of months and without a garage to park in, the dirt accumulates quickly. It is too hard to wash it in our driveway, because it gets water all over the windows of the house and sometimes on the neighbor’s windows too. I really miss my garage and having a vehicle that was not looking like mine does most of the time but there is not much I can do about that. I am just thankful when I do finally dish out the money for the wash and drive in something that doesn’t look like I was off roading in it. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet dog food, pet bed, squeaky pet toy, squeaky Kong tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, peanut butter chew sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 11-15-2021
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Sunday On The Streets 11-14-2021

After I finished baking cookies and cleaning up the mess, I drove over to our storage units to meet someone from Inaba. She beings me donations on behalf of the company and is kind enough to deliver those items directly to our storage. When I left that location, I headed over to the parking lot of Arlington Lanes. I was meeting one person to pick up donations and another to give donations as well as receive some. I was also meeting to companions with their pets. A couple of the dogs are going to receive ‘the works’ on December 1st and I wanted an introduction before then. My last order of business was to look for ‘Kawasaki’ and her companion. I normally visit them on Sundays but was unable to find them last week. It took some driving around but I did eventually wind up where they were. When we were done, I made a quick trip to pick up a few items, incase I need to do more baking this week and then I went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, small bag of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17-pound bags of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for cats, wet dog food, Zippy Paws safety vest, pet bed, bacon flavored dental sticks, pet wipes, chicken jerky treats, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 11-14-2021
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Saturday's Smiles 11-13-2021

I never made it over to Massachusetts on the Eastside yesterday so I planned on doing that today. Before going to that location, I had other stops to make. The first was at a river bottom outlet at an Industrial Center in Jurupa Valley. I had also planned on meeting people at Fairmount Park, Hunter Park, Redi Park and another area on the border of Colton but I had no luck. I did manage to find ‘Solo’ and his companion when I was leaving Hunter Park on my way to Massachusetts Avenue. When I finally made it there, I was able to speak to someone who called the other day after his dog had become very ill. It seems he got into something poisonous but was thankfully recuperating nicely, after an expensive trip to the vet. I had an opportunity to visit with a few other dogs at that location and distributed needed supplies. From there I ran one personal errand, picked up a couple of donations at our PO Box and headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, small bag of dog food, large stainless steel pet dish, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, plush squeaky pet toys, chicken jerky treats, bully slices and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 11-13-2021
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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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