Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - February 2022

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Monday On The Move 2-28-2022

Early this morning, I received a text from a woman with a photo of dog found at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. The front desk thought they remembered someone with him but did not know what room. I thought the dog looked familiar but was not sure. In the past, I had provided 'the works' for a male dog named 'Bambi' and he looked like that dog. I checked for a chip and he had one. I emailed Sgt. Sanders at the Department of Animal Services and then gave him a call with the chip number. It was the same dog but none of the phone numbers for the chip were current. AC Officer John Hergenreder picked him up and was kind enough to check the addresses on file but neither of them was up to date either. I proceeded to drive out to Massachusetts on the East Side and three other locations but I found nobody in their usual spots. I decided to continue driving to another location in Jurupa Valley where I knew there were people with pets. I only stopped for one pet, because a text came in from the motel. Someone I had looked for on the Eastside was there and in need of dog food. The gentleman just had surgery so when I drove there to give him supplies, I paid for one more night so he could recuperate. I also went back to the room I had visited earlier to check on the stray dog. There were two dogs there and I visited with them. When I left the motel, I headed to our PO Box and received a call from someone in tears. She said someone had broken into her motel room and her dog had gotten out. It turned out to be the dog I scanned and had picked up. I was concerned, because when I neutered the dog, he was un her son's name but we could not reach him and unfortunately the dog was impounded. Animal Services is working with the mother to see what can be done. I want to thank Sgt. Sanders and AC Officer Hegenreder for all of their help today. Nestle Pure Life waters, wet dog food, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, squeaky Kong tennis ball, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared

Monday On The Move 2-28-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 2-27-2022

My first stop of the day was at one of the river bottom outlets near Jurupa and Streeter. I had made arrangements to meet a few people there. Three of them showed up with their dogs. I had an opportunity to visit with them and distribute needed supplies. I was asked to meet someone else near the old Pine Center but nobody was there so I made a quick stop at the store and then headed toward Van Buren and Colorado. I did not find 'Kawasaki' there but was told where I could find them. In addition, the couple that was there had a puppy so I was able to discuss providing services for her. When I left that location, I drove to where 'Kawasaki' was. I was able to visit and distribute needed supplies before heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, McDonald's gift card, hand warmers, handmade pet jackets, pet wipes, large box of dog treats, 2 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, 2-20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, pet dish, pet bowl, squeaky pet toys, squeaky Kong tennis ball, plush squeaky toys, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, bully slices bacon flavored dental sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 2-27-2022
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Saturday's Smiles 2-26-2022

Yesterday, I received a text asking if I could meet a couple of people and their pets. I told them I was already on my way home but would meet this morning. We picked a time and place for this morning. When I arrived, only one of the dogs was there with her companion but they were able to get needed supplies and I was happy for the overdue visit. There was a field next to where we met and I noticed a German shepherd by what looked like someone sleeping. I called out to the owner and was surprised to find it was someone I had met a few weeks back over by the Jurupa Valley Spectrum. He was trying to make arrangements for the dog to get 'the works' but had no ID or transportation. At one point someone talked him out of it but then he realized it wasn't right and did not want her having any litters. I gave him another contact card and I am hoping he can find a ride and someone with an ID so we can reserve the motel room. In the meantime, I gave him a few things and then drove to the next location. I went to a river bottom outlet in a Jurupa Valley Industrial area. There was someone there with three pets. I visited with them and gave them a few things, before driving to the freeway so I could go to another Jurupa Valley location. I visited with and shared supplies with the four pets I was going there for and I also met a gentleman with six-month-old puppy. He actually had four other dogs in an RV he stays in but he said this dog is not happy in there with them. He gave her away once but the people brought her back. Apparently, they were not allowed to have pets in their apartment. I asked him if he would allow me to provide her with 'the works' and find a rescue. He said yes and agreed to hold on to her while we figured things out. He really liked her but wants her to be somewhere she is happy. It was kind and unselfish and I am doing whatever I can to make things happen. When I left that last location, I stopped to pick up some produce, checked the po box and called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, handmade pet jackets, individual bags of dog treats, led collar lights, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17 pound of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, cat toys, collapsible pet dish, pet bowl, rope toy, squeaky pet toys, squeaky Kong tennis ball, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 2-26-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends 2-25-2022

I spent the morning at Fairmount Park and the Jurupa Valley Motel6. There were three dogs at the park so I visited with them and distributed needed supplies. When I left there, I drove to the motel to check on four of the pets that received 'the works' yesterday. The fifth was able to go to a house so we did not have to reserve a room for her and her companions. One of the companions had already checked out of the motel. She is the one with the kitty we did. She told me he was recuperating nicely and that is what I needed to know. The three dogs I checked on were also recuperating nicely. When I left the motel, I got fuel, stopped at home for a short time and then drove to our storage units. I ran a couple of personal errands and the met with Ilene Stein for lunch. She is not only a volunteer for this charity but she is longtime friend who I am always happy to spend time with. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, McDonald's gift card, Taco Bell gift card, inflatable e-collar, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small leash, pet bowl, rope toy, plush squeaky pet toys, kabob chew stick, bully stick, Inaba Churus for dogs and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 2-25-2022
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#1621,#1622,#1623,#1624 & #1625 Get 'The Works' 2-24-2022

Today got off to a bit of a crazy start but when all was said and done five of the six pets that were re-scheduled from yesterday received services! My initial concern was because I was getting calls and messages from companions of pets and they made it sound as if they might not make it or were going to be late. I was not sure how many of the six were going to get 'the works'. When I arrived at the clinic, two of the companions were waiting in the parking lot. One of them with two dogs and the other with one. I got a text not too long after letting me know that another dog was on its way and would be there shortly. The companion of the only cat getting 'the works' was running late but I knew I would still be there by the time she showed. That left me waiting for one last dog. The person driving him and his companion had run out of gas and then could not find her friend with the dog. As I was about to leave the clinic, I received a text saying they were on their way. I explained I could wait a few more minutes but had to leave before 9am. They had not shown up by the time I had to leave so I told them where to go and to text when they got the dog checked in. I don't like leaving before all the scheduled pets are checked in but I had somewhere to be and needed to go. About an hour later, I received a call from Animal Services saying that last dog was not medically cleared for his neuter so we were not able to get him done. At the end of the day, one cat and four dogs received 'the works'. "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."

#1621,#1622,#1623,#1624 & #1625 Get 'The Works' 2-24-2022
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Tuesday's Treasures 2-22-2022

There were very light sprinkles on and off this morning but no real rain. That made going to one of the river bottom outlets much easier. I made that stop first. Two of the dogs were not at the location but four others were. I had an opportunity to visit and distribute needed supplies. My next stop was at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I went into the office to make reservations for the rooms we will need this week for the spay/neuter pets to begin their recuperating. I also went to a room where I visited some of their pets and did the same for two others that were in the parking lot. All received supplies. I drove from the motel to our PO Box and then home. Soon after, I received a call from someone who needed two dogs to receive 'the works'. One of the dog's I was originally supposed to provide that service for was too young. Another was with someone who could not get a ride tomorrow. There was a woman who needed three or four others done. She had asked for appointments but then pretty much 'ghosted' me. I still had two spots open for tomorrow due to all of the chaos and now the appointments are full. If everyone shows, we have five dogs and one cat scheduled. Looking forward to tomorrow and hoping they all make it. Nestle Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, rain ponchos, toilet tissue, hand warmers, pet wipes, handmade pet jackets from Tecla Samtoi, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, wet kitten food, wet cat food, squeaky dog toy, Kong squeaky tennis ball, individual bags of treats, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 2-22-2022
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Monday On The Move 2-21-2022

We were expecting rain today, but I was thankful not to run into any when I went to the Eastside and the outskirts of Riverside. I was contacted this morning about meeting someone at Hunter Park so I made that my first stop. I searched the surrounding area for someone else who is usually near that location but they were nowhere to be found. I continued on back to Massachusetts and spoke briefly to the security guard before heading to Reid Park and Colton. I visited with three dogs there and distributed needed supplies as I had at the first stop. I had an errand to run before a lunch date with my friend Sheri Cruz so I drove home for a few minutes to change, ran the errand and then met her for lunch. It has been so nice going to lunch with friends and catching up with each other. Starting to feel a little like it did prior to the Pandemic. Looking forward to more fun in the days ahead. Nestle Pure Life waters, rain poncho, socks, hand warmers, hand sanitizer, emergency blanket, pet wipes, handmade pet jackets from Tecla Samtoi, 2 small bags of dog food, leash, led collar lights, individual bags of treats, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Monday On The Move 2-21-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 2-20-2022

At 7am, I stopped to put fuel in my vehicle and headed out to Sprouts in Eastvale. When I returned home, I loaded supplies and then headed over to our storage units on Indiana in Riverside, I was there to re-stock needed supplies and to meet Tecla Samtoi. She has donated handmade pet jackets twice and was meeting me for a third time to do the same. From there, I headed over to Shamel Park. I had scheduled a meeting with two people there. One was to visit with a dog named 'Cali'. The other was to meet a homeless woman with a dog I helped arrange rescue for. The woman's mom passed away and she needed to rehome her mom's dog. Deity Animal Rescue was sending someone from the Los Angeles area to pick him up. I wanted to be there when it took place. I had not met the dog yet and this gave me an opportunity to do so. It also gave me an opportunity to hand deliver some of my baked goods. It wasn't much but it was my way of showing the rescue and the transporter how much I appreciate their assistance. Once the dog was on his way, I drove out to one of the river bottom locations where I met with a woman, her puppy and one of her cats. I had hoped to go looking for 'Kawasaki' too but I ran out of time and will have to catch up with them next week end. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, Taco Bell gift card, pet wipes, handmade pet jackets from Tecla Samtoi, small bag of dog food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, cat toys, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, plush squeaky dog toys, leash, collapsible pet dish, stainless steel pet dish, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, bully sticks, individual bags of treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 2-20-2022
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Saturday's Smiles 2-19-2022

My morning was spent divided between two locations in Jurupa Valley. One at a river bottom outlet in an industrial area and the other on the outskirts of Riverside off of Aqua Mansa. I visited with and distributed supplies for nine pets as well as distributing supplies for other pets that were not with their companions. When we were done, I drove to our PO Box, spent a little time at home and then my daughter and I enjoyed a movie for the first time in nearly three years. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, hand warmers, body wipes, hand sanitizer, pet wipes, 2 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, cat toys, Kong squeaky tennis ball, plush squeaky dog toys, collar, leash, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, bully sticks, individual bags of treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 2-19-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends 2-18-2022

I made my usual stop at Fairmount Park, this morning. There were only three dogs there so I had time to go other places. I was going to drive out to Bloomington but the companion did not answer her phone to confirm where she was. I wound up driving to Massachusetts on the Eastside. Most of the people are still gone from the pallet houses but there are still others there and more in the actual homeless shelter. I stopped to visit with a dog and her companion and was told about a pug in the kennels that had been left pretty much unattended for weeks. I went in to look and the poor dog had no food, very little water, no blanket and was sitting in his own excrement. I immediately took photos and a video and contacted a Sergeant at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. I don't know why the people who run the kennels do not keep a better on the care the pets receive in there. This is not the first time I have witnessed a similar situation. I was told I could take the dog but I was not about to risk the legal ramifications of that. I have rescues that will take the dog if he is impounded and the owner does not come. There is even a chance the owner would not be allowed to get him due to the condition of the kennel he was left in. This dog is so sweet and I know he can be easily adopted. I will keep my eye on the impound information and if he is not adopted when the hold is up, I will contact one of the rescues I trust. I will never look the other way when an animal is neglected or abused. When I left Massachusetts Avenue, I went home for a bit and then met my friend Janene Purdie for a long overdue lunch. It pained me to see that pug this morning so I was happy to be able to do something uplifting this afternoon. Family and friends always make my heart happy! Nestle Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, 2 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, fleece blanket, pet pj's/jacket, stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish, bully sticks, individual bags of treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 2-18-2022
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Thursday's Treasures 2-17-2022

The winds were blowing strong again this morning so I was grateful I would be spending most of my time with dogs in motel rooms. I visited all three rooms that had dogs recuperating from yesterday's spay day. There was a second dog in one of the rooms and I was able to visit with her too. When I left the motel, I went to two different locations in Jurupa Valley. Nobody was at the first but I did find a pet and his companion at the second. The dog did not like the wind so we kept the visit fairly short. When I left that location, I drove to the Post Office and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, snack bags with cracker packs, chicken salad combos, beef & cheese sticks and cookie packs, plush squeaky toy, bully sticks, individual bags of treats, Inaba Churus for dogs and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 2-17-2022
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#1618,#1619 and #1620 Get 'The Works' 2-16-2022

This morning got off to a rocky start. We had five confirmed appointments and one maybe. We were all scheduled to meet at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services Spay/Neuter Clinic at 7:30amin order to start check in at 8am. I sat there for half an hour, before the first pet showed. The next two arrived by 8:30am. One called me at 9:30 with a long story that I won't get into but I did reschedule for next week. The others did not bother to show, answer texts or answer calls. I never get used to the fact that some will just ignore their commitments to me and their pets. I also hate wasting my time and the appointments. That being said, three female dogs will not be adding to pet overpopulation in the homeless community or our community at large and that is something to be grateful for! ARCO fuel cards, McDonald's gift cards, collars, leashes and hand made pet jackets were shared. "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."

#1618,#1619 and #1620 Get 'The Works' 2-16-2022
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Tuesday's Treasures 2-15-2022

I was expecting rain today but was thankful that it only drizzled during my time on the streets. I started the morning in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley at one of the river bottom outlets. The person and pets I was looking for were not there but I did run into someone else. I spent time visiting and distributed supplies, before heading over to Fairmount Park and the Salvation Army. There was nobody with pets at either location so I continued driving to Colton. While there, I visited with and distributed supplies for three more pets. When we were done, I ran personal errands, stopped at our PO Box and headed home to finish coordinating the spays and neuters for tomorrow. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, pet wipes, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, individual packets of dog treats, chicken jerky treats, doggie waste bags with flash light leash clip, pet bowl, handmade pet jacket and kabab chew sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 2-15-2022
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Monday On The Move 2-14-2022

I spent all my time this morning at Hunter Park and another location on the Eastside. I visited with six pets at the park and one more at the other location. I met with some people I knew would be there with their pets and someone I had not seen in months drove there to meet me with hers. Each received needed supplies. I was not out for as long as I usually am, because I had plans to meet one of my oldest and dearest friends for lunch. Sometimes I have to cut things short for a bit of 'me time'. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, Subway gift card, Kong squeaky tennis ball, plush squeaky dog toy, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, individual packets of dog treats, chicken jerky treats, doggie waste bags with flash light leash clip, pet eye wipes, collapsible pet dish, pet bowl, handmade and other pet jackets, kabab chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 2-14-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 2-13-2022

I did more baking this morning, ran a couple of errands and then drove out to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I brought the supplies I was asked to bring and had an opportunity to visit with pets. I spent my time with three different furry families and their people. That included six dogs and two cats. I was going to visit with a few more cats but never made it happen. I also tried to reach the companion of a dog I have not seen in a while but she did not answer when I called. Hoping to see them soon. I was also asked to bring supplies for other pets but was unable to make it to those locations today. I told them I will plan on next Sunday and if they need something sooner they may have to come closer to wherever I am that day. Nestle Pure Life waters, cat bed, cat harness with leash, cat toys, plush squeaky dog toy, Inaba tuna fillet, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, individual packets of dog treats, chicken jerky treats, kabab chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 2-13-2022
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Saturday's Smiles 2-12-2022

I try to get to a certain Jurupa Valley location every Saturday. It is near one of the river bottom outlets in an industrial center. One of the people I usually meet was not there today. She called while I was but she was not in the area. I did not have time to drive out to where she was with her dogs so we will have to meet another day. I was able to meet with the companion of two dogs and three cats. Most were still at their encampment in the river bottom but she brought one of the dogs with her. After the dog had more than a few treats, I loaded them up with supplies and drove to my next stop. This time, I was going to an encampment near the Mission Avenue bridge. Two of the six dogs staying there were up on the trail so I made sure their bellies were filled with treats before filling a shopping cart with supplies for them and the others. I had something that needed returned to where it was purchased so I stopped at home to get the package and drop it off at a local UPS store, before checking our PO Box which is a couple blocks away. My final stop was over by Van Buren and Colorado Avenue. I had not seen Kawasaki in a couple of weeks. I knew I would not be seeing her tomorrow and thought I would try today. I was fortunate enough to find them. They were half asleep but got up for a bit so we could visit. At this point, I needed to get back home. I did not let the dogs out on my last trip there and it needed done. Not the most productive morning but I was thankful to spend a part of it with some special pets. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, hand warmers, toilet tissue, socks, tie out dog run, pet wipes, bacon flavored dental sticks, Inaba tuna fillet, led collar light, wet dog food, 2-20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17-pound bag of cat food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, individual packets of dog treats, chicken jerky treats and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 2-12-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends 2-11-2022

I was contacted this afternoon by the motel stating the companion of the mama dog and five puppies kept all of the dogs in one room (even though I paid for two) and he left dog urine and feces everywhere. Not only did I pay for two rooms but I gave them a package of puppy pads and was promised the room would be left as they found it. Now I am getting scolded for something that I tried so hard to prevent. I doubt I will be offering any further help to the owner of these dogs, because what he did was totally disrespectful. I am just grateful we were able to get all six are spayed and neutered. I hope the companion finds a way to finish all of their vaccinations, etc... As far as the rest of the day has gone... because I was up earlier than usual today so I baked a couple batches of cookies, before heading out. I spent the first part of the morning at Fairmount Park visiting with and distributing supplies to seven pets. From there, I drove out to Colton and did the same for three more. When we were done, I got on the freeway and headed home. After I put my dogs out for a few minutes, I ran personal errands and then headed over to our storage units. Christine Langdon was meeting to deliver the 570 pounds of cat/dog food from the Star Milling Company (thanks Christine) and Linda Noel was meeting to bring pet food donations from PAWS Corona. My friend and rescuer Brandy Knochel met to pick up some boxes and supplies. The rest of the day was spent answering emails, text messages, phone calls and updating our social media accounts. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, tie out dog run, wet dog food, 2 small bag of dog food, 20-pound bag pf dog food from the Star Milling Company, individual packets of dog treats, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and large bone were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 2-11-2022
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Thursday's Treasures 2-10-2022

I decided to do my morning in reverse and started out by running errands. I stopped at a Staters in Mira Loma and then headed over to Eastvale. I had no idea how strong the winds were, until I was outside Sprouts and was literally pushed through the parking lot. When I opened the door to load the bag, my vehicle actually moved a bit. From there I made a quick stop at Sees for some treats and then to our PO Box to pick up a donation. It was close to 10am, by the time I arrived at the Motel so I figured I would not have to wake anyone up. We had two motel rooms with people in them and three dogs in each room. One of the people had to go out for a bit so the mama and her five babies were all in one room. I managed to get a video clip but trying to get photos was nearly impossible. They are all either blurry or not great pics. That being said, all six seemed to be recuperating nicely. The companion wanted to check out today but I asked that they please spend the second night there. I already paid for it and his fur babies all need the rest. Sometimes it is hard for the homeless when they are away from where they stay. They have no way to get/make food and it can be pretty difficult with pets being indoors when they are used to the outdoors. My hope is that they took advantage of the second night. When I was leaving the motel, I noticed someone I know with two small dogs so I stopped for them. After our visit, I headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, hand warmers, body wipes, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, wet dog food, small bags of dog food, small bag of dog food, individual packets of dog treats, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully slices were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 2-10-2022
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Family of 6 Receives 'The Works' - Total to Date #1617 2-9-2022

I was recently contacted by a gentleman in the river bottom who needed help with providing 'the works' for a mama dog and her five puppies. I am only allowed to schedule six pets per week so I told him he would have to commit one hundred percent for me to get his dogs in today. They stay very close to Riverside County Animal Services so I was hoping that would be enough to make it happen. They were asked to meet me at 7:30am and they did. The mama was supposed to come with a collar and leash and the puppies in a large kennel. When the gentleman showed up with a friend, he had all six but none had on collars or leashes and none were in a kennel. He told me the kennel broke on the way over but he did not want to miss the appointment. We spent thirty minutes putting collars and leashes on each one so we could get them across the parking lot to the clinic. None had ever had a collar or a leash so they were putting up a struggle. Between that and the wind, I had concerns about getting them checked in safely. Somehow, we made it happen and at 8:30 all six were in the back kennels ready to get 'the works'. I am so grateful that they made it. There are five females and one male. I can only imagine how many litters were prevented today! While we were there, someone showed up with a dog she had found running up Limonite. I checked it for a chip and it had one so we got that dog turned in. I will keep an eye on the impound photo to make sure an owner comes and if not, I will call rescue. The dog is either pregnant or had a litter. I just wanted her to be safe and returned if possible. The person who found the dog is someone we helped in the past. I gave her a fuel card for getting the dog off the street. Two ARCO cards, a McDonalds gift card, puppy pads, 6 collars and 6 leashes, a small bag of dog food and wet puppy food. "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."

Family of 6 Receives 'The Works' - Total to Date #1617 2-9-2022
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Tuesday's Treasures 2-8-2022

Before I began visiting pets, I stopped at the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to drop off homemade cookies for one of the staff and for the housekeepers. When I got back into my vehicle and took off my mask, I felt one of my earrings come off. It is a small sterling hoop and with the exception of taking it off to put nicer ones on when I get dressed up, I have not taken off in years. I opened the door figuring it was on or under the sear, caught in my jacket or had fallen out before I closed the door but I had no luck. I pushed both front seats all the way forward and all the way back. I took everything out of the front and back but no earring. I believe it has to be in there somewhere but I took apart anything I could think if with no luck. I will save the remaining earring; in case it ever surfaces but it may just wind up being another lone earring in my jewelry box. When I gave up my search, I drove around the corner to look for 'Midnight'. Not only was she there, but she came running over to me. First time I have seen here do that in weeks. It was great to see her looking and feeling better. The freeway is around the corner from her spot so I got on it and drove out to Fairmount Park. I visited with and distributed supplies to seven pets there, before running a personal errand and heading home. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, hand warmers, body wipes, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, small bags of dog food, individual packets of dog treats, pet bed, Kong squeaky tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 2-8-2022
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Monday On The Move 2-7-2022

Today was the day the American Red Cross was preparing for the March 8th luncheon by sending people to interview me and meet some of the pets I visit. I had them meet me on the Eastside on Massachusetts by the pallet houses and homeless shelter. I had spoken to some people staying there and they agreed to bring their pets out. I also spoke to some people who live in their vehicles and offered them a fuel card if they would come as well. When I arrived at the location, I was told that everyone was evacuated to motel rooms after four of the pallet houses had burned. There were fire fighters there inspecting the aftermath but other than them, security and City Net staff, there was nobody else. I was so grateful that six people dove over with their pets and one person who happened to be around joined us as well. There was a total of eight dogs and one cat. All but the stray had been previously spayed and neutered and five of them were done by Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira. Kathy Martinez who plays a very important role of doing grant applications behind the scenes was able to come out so she was interviewed too. My daughter and Christine Ramirez are supposed to be interviewed separately as they could not make it this morning. We were fortunate to have a list of past and present volunteers willing to be interviewed if needed but the video clips will be short and there would not be enough time to get to all who were kind enough to say yes. We spent approximately 90 minutes or so at this location and once the gentlemen filming were done, we all left. I thought of so much I wish I said or done differently, after they left but I hope it was enough to explain what we do and how much this charity means to me. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, wet baby mama kitten food, wet kitten food, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, individual packets of dog treats, pet wipes, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, cat harness with leash, plush squeaky dog toy, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 2-7-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 2-6-2022

My daughter spent the night last night and we made plans to check out the 'Vegan Depot' at Fairmount Park this morning. I still had some time to do my daily travels. I contacted a couple who is staying at the Motel6 with their pets to ask if they needed anything. They did so I headed in that direction. The wind was blowing pretty hard so I already knew I would be limiting my time, regardless of what else I had to do. I thought I would check on 'Midnight' first and then go around the corner to the motel. I am not sure if she was at church or somewhere else with her companion but they were not in their usual spot so I continued on the motel. I visited with the five pets I was there for and distributed needed supplies, before making my way back home. Nestle Pure Life waters, small pet bed,kitty litter, wet baby mama kitten food, small bag of kitten food, wet kitten food, cat toys, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, individual packets of dog treats, plush squeaky dog toy, chicken jerky treats and bully sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 2-6-2022
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Saturday's Smiles 2-5-2022

I was contacted yesterday by the companion of a sick dog. He went to the vet and paid a few hundred dollars for tests and an exam but they found nothing wrong. They wanted to Feeding do x-rays but he did not have the money and left. I gave him the information for Pets Of The Homeless. They will reopen on Monday but I wanted to do a little something in the meantime. I had some digestive care dog food from when one of my dog's was sick. I kept it even after he passed and decided it might be a good idea for the gentleman to give it a try. His dog was not eating but I had a few different types he could try as well as a bag of freeze-dried chicken. The two of them are on the Eastside so I normally would not got back until Monday but the companion was literally put of money until next week. If by chance the dog decided to eat, he would not have been able to offer him anything. I said I would drive over there, after I made the two stops, I was scheduled to make this morning. One of those was by the Motor Sports Park on Market and the other was in Jurupa Valley in industrial center where there is a river bottom outlet. I made those stops first. I visited a total of five dogs and distributed supplies for them and their companions. After I left the second location, I drove to the Eastside to meet the sick dog and his companion. I just hope something I left sparks the dog's appetite and that he begins feeling better until his next trip to the vet. My final stop was at our PO Box. There was a package waiting but the line was very long and I decided to get the package when I go back next week. Nestle Pure Life waters, sleeping bag, toilet tissue, hand warmers, body wipes, snack bags with cookie packs, cracker packs and beef & cheese sticks, pet bowls, 3 small bags of dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, digestive health wet dog food, wet dog food, freeze dried chicken treats, individual packets of dog treats, pet wipes, squeaky pet toy, small Kong squeaky tennis balls, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 2-5-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends 2-4-2022

I spent the majority of my morning at Fairmount Park where I visited with six pets before heading over to the Eastside. While there, I stopped on Massachusetts and visited with two more. Supplies were distributed at both locations. When I left the Eastside, I got on the freeway and drove out to our storage units to pick up pet food, pet treats and waters. I headed home from there and unloaded most of what I picked up at storage. My second trip put was for 'fun'. I stopped at the PO Box, before meeting Christine Ramirez for an overdue outdoor lunch. We tried to go a couple of other times but the wind got the best of us. We were successful today! Nestle Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, snack bags with cookie packs, cracker packs and beef & cheese sticks, small bag of kitten food, wet kitten food, cat toy, 3 small bags of dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 2-4-2022
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Thursday's Treasures 2-3-2022

This past Sunday, someone with an ID said she would be happy to drive 'Kawasaki' and her companion to the motel on Wednesday night. The deal was that she would stay there as well for both nights. Yesterday, she checked in, emptied her vehicle and then went to pick up the dig and her companion. When she arrived, she was told they could not go because all of their things would not fit in the car and there was nobody to leave anything with. I did not find that out until today and was so very disappointed. I guess I need to give up on trying to make this sweet senior comfortable for any amount of time, because nothing I or anyone else tries seems to work. It makes me sad but I have spent a year or two trying to make it happen and never have. It is time for me to stop, because all I do is get sad and frustrated….On a happier note, I did visit with the four dogs that received 'the works' yesterday and all seem to be recuperating nicely. I also met two other dogs that need 'the works' and hope to get a phone call so they can be scheduled. There was one surprise visit as well. When I was walking behind the motel, a dog came running up to me. It was 'Solo'. He had spent the night there with his companion and his companion's sister. It was definitely a pleasant surprise. When I left the motel, I drove out to the Vons and Sprouts in Eastvale to pick up a few vegan and vegetarian items. Made one last stop at the post office and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, snack bags with cookie packs, cracker packs and beef & cheese sticks, medium dog collar, one medium dog leash, one small dog leash, plush squeaky dog toys, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 2-3-2022
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#1608,#1609,#1610 and #1611 Get 'The Works' 2-2-2022

We had last minute cancellation and a very unexpected no-show but were still able to provide four dogs with 'the works' today. Three male dogs and one female dog will not be adding to pet overpopulation in the homeless community or our community at large. Disposable face masks, Three ARCO fuel cards, three McDonald's gift cards, a leash` and a small bag of dog food were shared. "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.

#1608,#1609,#1610 and #1611 Get 'The Works' 2-2-2022
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Tuesday's Treasures 2-1-2022

As I was pulling out of my driveway this morning, a text came in from someone needing help with their pet. The help was medical. I suggested a phone all so I could talk on my blue tooth while I drove to my first stop. It turned out that the dog had not been spayed yet so we worked out a plan to do that tomorrow and then put a call in to Feeding Pets Of The Homeless if medical treatment was actually required. I parked at a river bottom outlet off of Mission Avenue. I was able to visit with two dogs and distribute supplies for them as well as a few others in the area. I continued on to Fairmount Park, the downtown Salvation Army and then to Reid Park on the Eastside where I was asked to bring dog food to someone I missed yesterday. I was supposed to meet someone at the vaccination clinic with her 5 cats but she never called. I was disappointed as we just spoke yesterday but it gave me tine to do more on the streets. When I arrived at Reid Park, he was not there I had time to drive a few extra blocks until I got to where they were parked in Colton. I visited with the two dogs there and distributed supplies, before heading to the freeway to go meet the dog I was called about earlier. As I was on my way, the companion texted me and told me that his mom was going to take over care of the dog and that would include her spay. At this point, I drove to one more location in Jurupa Valley where there was nobody around, to our PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, socks, hand warmers, body wipes, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, VETERICYN Vetericyn wound care spray, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, individual bags of dog treats, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and cheese & bacon chew sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 2-1-2022
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