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Journal - March 2022

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Thursday's Treasures 3-31-2022

March was not the busiest month for spaying and neutering but I still want to share what we did. There were a total of 14 pets. Of the 14, 12 were dogs. Six female and six male. 2 were cats. We had one female and one male....As for today...At 8am, I was at Van Buren Animal Hospital paying for the services ‘Cookie’ received. After I left there, I drove the paperwork to Riverside County Animal Services and got the dog a one-year license tag. I arrived home a little before 9am, gave my dogs an outdoor break and then headed to the Jurupa Valley Motel6. My first stop was to visit ‘Cookie’. When I arrived, her companion was the only one in the room so communication was very difficult. He did not know where his friend was and she was not answering my calls. In order to make things a little easier, I called the front desk and put my phone’s speaker on. He communicated in Spanish with the woman working the desk and now he knows he can go to the desk and ask for help if he needs to reach me. I also asked the Spanish speaking companion of one of the dog’s I spayed yesterday if she would go to his room with me and she did. I asked her to let him know a few things and she offered to help him too. She is leaving tomorrow but he has someone there today, until his friend returns. My last stop was at the room of the other dog I spayed yesterday. I spent so much time talking to them that I almost made myself late for an 11am appointment. Two little dogs that I adore came running over to me as I was leaving and it made me feel terrible that I could not stop and visit but I will look for them on Sunday. Thankfully, I made it to my appointment on time. When I left there, I was able to enjoy lunch with my friend Melissa Brotton. Overall, it was a great day! Nestle Pure Life waters, Snack bags filled with chicken salad snack packs, cracker packs, chips and cheese & beef sticks, Taco Bell gift cards, ARCO fuel cards, pet wipes, small bag of puppy food, small bag of dog food, wet puppy food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, small and medium stainless steel pet bowls and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 3-31-2022
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#1638 & #1639 Get 'The Works' and a Visit with 'Muffin' 3-30-2022

Before driving to meet people at Animal Services for their spay and neuter appointments, I went to the store to pick up goat milk and puppy food for 'Muffin'. The vet instructed us to do that, because 'Cookie' can't really nurse anymore. To be honest, I am not sure how much she could do it before the surgery. I was supposed to meet the person caring for the puppy at 7:30 when I was at the clinic but she never showed. I tried calling and texting for over an hour but got no response. The motel room is supposed to be in her name and she is supposed to do the driving so I was concerned but had to let that go for the time being. She did finally text me at 11am and apologized saying she had just woken up. I went back out to meet her. Better late than never!....We had three confirmed appointments today for three dogs and a possibility for cats as well. Even though three confirmed, only two showed up. One was a few minutes late and the other was nearly an hour late. When the companions showed up with the second dog, they were on foot. I asked them where they were walking from as I knew they were staying in the homeless shelter. They said they were supposed to get a ride and that they stayed at the Motel6 last night to be closer but the ride never showed. These kind people walked at least six miles to make it to their appointment. I could hardly be angry about their late arrival when they went through so much to keep their commitment. I was hoping I had bus passes to help them out but I have run out. I gave them an ARCO fuel card, in hopes of that helping them talk someone into driving the, later to pick up the dog and/or on Friday when they have to go back to the homeless shelter. "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."

#1638 & #1639 Get 'The Works' and a Visit with 'Muffin' 3-30-2022
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#1637 Get 'The Works' & More and Tuesday's Treasures 3-29-2022

My number one priority today was going to Van Buren Animal Hospital to have 'Cookie' and her baby checked out. My second order of business was to meet a couple of people and their three pets at the vaccination clinic. I was able to make it to the clinic in time to see that they each got what they needed. One companion brought her puppy and another brought her cat and dog. I was unable to stay until they were done but Taking It To the Streets with Lori and Shira covered all of the fees....Now back to earlier at Van Buren Animal Hospital... 'Muffin' the puppy is approximately 3 weeks old and weighs a mere two pounds. She is not going to be able to nurse any longer and the vet suggested goat's milk and wet puppy food. We are in need of Donation of Both. The mama had a very large mammary tumor which is what I already knew from looking at it on Sunday. Thankfully, Feeding Pets Of The Homeless is taking care of the cost to have it removed. I felt it was important to have a biopsy done so I gave my approval for that when they do the spay, microchip, vaccinations and anything else that might be needed. I usually do the microchip and vaccinations somewhere else where they are much cheaper but I wanted to make this as easy as possible on the little dog and on the people helping the owner. He does not speak English and I do not speak Spanish so we always need someone to translate. He does not have an ID or a vehicle so I had to find people I could give ARCO cards to who would be willing to drive. At the present time, I am talking to a few of his friends to possibly get a motel rented in their name. This is requiring the help of so many near and far but all that matters in the end is that another dog will be healthy and no longer adding to pet overpopulation in the homeless community or our community at large. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, wet puppy food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and squeaky pet toys were shared.

#1637 Get 'The Works' & More and Tuesday's Treasures 3-29-2022
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Monday On The Move 3-28-2022

I had two Ophthalmology appointments this morning and let people know last Friday that I would be taking the day off. However, I was out of both appointments by 9:30am and decided not to let the rest of the morning go to waste. I stopped at home to change and give my dogs a potty break, before heading out. It was very windy and the air was damp. We were expecting rain. There was no water coming down yet so I did my best to catch up with some people with pets. I was out for about ninety minutes but only found two pets to visit. The first was near a river bottom outlet by the Mission Avenue bridge and the other was at a location on the Eastside. In between those stops I tried somewhere off of Aqua Mansa in Jurupa Valley, Fleetwood Avenue in Jurupa Valley and Fairmount Park. I drove to some areas of the Eastside too. Those included Massachusetts Avenue, Hunter Park, Reid Park and Placentia Avenue. I was unable to reach anyone in person or by texting/calling at any of those locations. Being that I had no plans to go out at all, I suppose two pets was still a good use of my time. I got to spoil them a bit and they received needed supplies. Tomorrow's plans include meeting a mama and her puppy at Van Buren Animal Hospital. Afterwards, I will be meeting a couple of people and pets at the vaccination clinic. I probably won't have time to be 'hitting the streets' in my usual way but I will be taking care of necessary services. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, medium leash, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 3-28-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 3-27-2022

Yesterday, I made arrangements to meet with pets and their companions this morning in the parking lot of Riverside County Animal Services. Two of the pets, did not make it on time yesterday but were there when I arrived as was another companion and her two pets. The first dog has a huge tumor and a four-week-old puppy from a recent litter. She had others but they died. The gentleman does not speak English but brought a friend to translate. I called Feeding Pets Of The Homeless and left a message with the answering service, in order to get things started. The companion has no phone and his friend's phone doesn't work all the time so I wanted to be sure some information was provided, in the meantime. The mama dog is so tiny and the tumor is huge. I am hoping an office visit is approved so we can get the dog in for an assessment. If Pets Of The Homeless takes care of the tumor, we can do the spay and help them get into a motel room for a couple of nights.....The other person I met with used to have two cats and a dog. She has one dog and one cat now. She was in a motel for the past two years so our visits have been few and far between but we got together today. It was great visiting with her pets. When I left that location, I drove out to our storage units to pick up supplies. On my way to Elliott's For Pets, I stopped at Shamel Park and visited with the woman who had contacted me about her mom's dog 'Rusty', when her mom passed. We found a rescue for the dog at the time but I had not met the woman's cat. She had the cat with her at the park so I spent some time with them. My final stop was out on Colorado and Van Buren where I visited 'Kawasaki'. I distributed supplies at each of today's stops, while visiting the pets. I have an Ophthalmology appointment tomorrow and will need to take the day off so I was thankful to accomplish was got done today. ....Nestle Pure Life waters, Snack bags with chips, cracker packs, chicken salad combo packs, beef and cheese sticks, cookies and peanut butter, fleece blanket, handmade fleece pet jackets, small collar with matching leash, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Flys Off, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, cat toys, plush squeaky dog toy, small bags of dog food, small bag of cat food, wet dog food, wet puppy food, wet cat food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks and peanut butter dental sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 3-27-2022
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Saturday's Smiles 3-26-2022

If you are on our page reading posts or watching video clips, Please Continue to Share. What was posted earlier was only seen by 10 people again. The sharing needs to be daily for us to build the page back up. You don't need to comment that you 'shared' as we can see and appreciate every time it is done! Thank You in advance for the love and support!~This is a long read, being that I only visited three pets today but the morning was still a busy one......Before I started my day on the streets, I ran some errands and met a homeless gentleman with a two-month-old puppy. He had gotten her one set of vaccinations from the feed store but really did not know anything about her needing more or the rest of what she would need. I discussed the services we provide and offered them for his puppy. He did not indicate whether or not he would agree to spaying at a later date but I gave him something to think about and hope to hear from him when the next set of vaccinations are due. After that visit, I went home briefly and then made a second trip out,,,,,,My two main concerns for this morning were to take place at the Department of Animal Services. One was to meet the companion of 'Hannah' and pay any additional fees for her release. She is the dog that was turned in as a stray and then Taking It To The Streets was called when her companion found out where she was. We agreed to pay the spay, microchip, rabies, DA2PPV, Bordetella, nail trim, flea & tick treatment, additional meds and any boarding fees that came after her surgery. Another program paid the remainder of the fees. I had not met the dog until she was released today. She is such a good girl and the reuniting with her companion came with smiles and tail wags...While there, a text came in from someone I had not seen in nearly a year. He was not far away and offered to bring his dog to where I was. I told him I was waiting for someone to show up but would be happy to see them. I actually met this gentleman in the same parking lot some time ago. His dog needed medical attention and spayed. I connected him with people who could help with some of it and then we provided the rest. The dog is a senior and was not doing well when we met. She is like a brand-new dog now and it was great to see!...What did not happen is the meeting I had with a mama dog and the sole survivor of her last litter. I was contacted about a large tumor the mama dog has but was told the companion does not speak English. The agreement was that he would come with someone who could converse with me and figure out the next steps to take. I waited for twenty minutes but they never showed. While I was driving, I received a call from the person who was going to help me communicate with the companion. They had problems this morning and wanted to know if I could still meet. At this point, I said no but that I would go back to the same location tomorrow morning and try again. If all goes as planned, we will hopefully make that happen. In the meantime, I picked up a couple of packages at our PO Box that contained donations. Nice way to end the day....Nestle Pure Life waters, Benadryl caplets, LED collar light, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, Inaba Churus for dogs, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, collapsible pet bowls, plush squeaky dog toys, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks, bacon and cheese chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 3-26-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends 3-25-2022

I would like to mention that since Facebook implemented their newest changes, the people seeing these posts have dropped to almost nothing. Over 7,000 people following this page yet some of my most recent posts are being seen by less than 10 people. We really cannot afford to pay fees to 'boost' posts so my wish is that people who view it also share. This organization cannot keep going without support and if 20 or less people a day are seeing posts then our chances are very slim...........I started my morning at Fairmount Park. I visited with and distributed supplies for five of the eight dogs that were there. The three I did not visit or give supplies to are those whose companions will not allow us to spay/neuter. When I left the park, I drove over to Massachusetts on the Eastside. I won't be able to go there on Monday due to an ophthalmology appointment so I wanted to be sure I made it today. I visited with and distributed supplies for two dogs there and spoke to the companion of a third about providing her dog with 'the works'. My next stops were going to be Hunter Park and a nearby location but neither companion was at either place with their dogs so I decided to call it a day. I was having lunch with an old friend so this gave me plenty of time to get cleaned up and drive to meet her. Nestle Pure Life waters, 2 large bags of recyclables, Inaba Churus for dogs, 2 small bags of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, large stainless steel pet bowls, squeaky tennis ball, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 3-25-2022
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Thursday's Treasures 3-24-2022

I am just about over the cold I came down with this past Sunday which made everything seem like it was back to normal today. I divided my time between the Jurupa Valley Motel6 and a location another nearby location. While at the motel I distributed supplies and visited the kitty that received 'the works' yesterday, the 'resident kitty' as well as a couple of dogs. When I left there, I did the Chorus same for two more cats and two more dogs, before heading to our PO Box, the grocery store and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, McDonalds gift card, large snack bag with cracker packs, chips, beef & cheese stick combos and chicken salad snack packs, Can of KMR1, nursing bottle kit for kittens, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, cat toys, kitty litter, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 3-24-2022
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#1635 and #1636 Get 'The Works' 3-23-2022

Before I get into what happened with this morning's appointments, I want to share something that happened a few hours later. I had gone out to drop off some items at the Foster Army Animal Rescue Thrift Store, turn in the plates for my new lease so I could put my K9LADY plates on and do a little shopping. The shopping got cut short due to a phone call. (I was honestly relieved as it was warming up and I kind of wanted to just go home). The call was from a homeless gentleman whose dog was impounded. The Riverside County Department of Animal Services gave him my number and he was calling to find out what I could do to help. I explained what the charity would and would not pay for and asked if he was still at DAS. He was. I was only a few miles away so I agreed to meet him there. I paid for the spay, microchip, vaccinations, flea & tick treatment, meds and license. Another program covered the rest. My scheduled appointments did not work out earlier but I was still able to get 'the works' for another pet......Now I am turning back the clock to 7:30am....The plans for today's spay and neuters took a turn when people either failed to confirm, failed to show up or failed to keep their pet with them until their appointment. Some did not make final contact; there were no shows and then one person's cat got out for a second week in a row so we had to cancel last minute. Thankfully, we were still able to help one kitty. Her companion was dedicated enough to ride her bike all the way across town to make sure the cat received needed services. It is always disappointing when we are not filling our appointments, regardless of the reasons but grateful for each and every one we are able to assist. "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."

#1635 and #1636 Get 'The Works' 3-23-2022
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Tuesday's Treasures 3-22-2022

My cold is still wreaking havoc on my sinuses but I got some sleep and feel a better today. I told someone I would meet him and his furry family at the Salvation Army this morning so I decided to go ahead and keep that commitment. I wasn't sure how long I was going to stay out but I figured a little time was better than none. I was grateful for a warm day and sunshine but not happy about how windy it was. The wind always messes with my allergies and my breathing so being out in it with a cold did not seem like fun. I still have plenty of masks so I thought I would put one on whenever I had to get out of my vehicle. The Salvation Army was the first place I wore it and it did seem to help. The person I met there has one large dog and four small ones so I hung around long enough to make sure each got plenty of treats and some type of chew stick. I distributed a few supplies and then drove through Fairmount Park. I did not see anyone with pets so I continued to the freeway and headed to Jurupa Valley near the Motel6. I received text messages of a dog that was being tied to the outside of a car for hours at a time and also being left alone. The person texting has contacted animal services multiple times but nobody has called back yet so I went to take a look. I am pretty sure I Know the dog and that she belongs to a homeless gentleman in rehab but she was not in the parking lot when I arrived. I had planned on visiting with other pets that are in an RV there but they were sleeping. I still needed to pick up a couple of things from the grocery store and check the PO Box so I ended the day earlier than usual. I have a few things to tackle tomorrow so I am sure I need the rest. Nestle Pure Life waters, small squeaky tennis ball, Kong squeaky tennis ball, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, individual bags of treats, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 3-22-2022
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Monday On The Move 3-21-2022

I don't want this post to turn into a mask debate. I am simply stating my own experience so if it is not yours, please feel free to scroll past the remainder of the commentary....I did not sleep much last night and not feeling all that great. I continue testing negative for covid but I finally caught some type of 'bug'. After two years of going out on the streets daily without catching the flu and with no sinus issues (other than allergy type problems from cats or the wind), I slowly started removing my mask in public places while doing my best to keep social distancing. It has not even been two weeks but yesterday I experienced a sore throat, head ache and runny nose. Because I have been testing negative and have no fever, I am still going out daily but wearing my mask again. This is mainly because even though I know what it isn't, I am not sure what it is...My point in all of this is that I may be running a bit slower the next few days so please bear with me....I was out for close to two hours today. First, I spent time on Massachusetts near the homeless shelter and pallet houses. When I left there, I went looking for 'Solo' but he was where I normally visit so I continued over to Hunter Park. When I left the park, I went home for a bit and then ran a few errands before turning into a 'couch potato' for the rest of the day. Nestle Pure Life waters, small bag of puppy food, wet puppy food, small squeaky tennis ball, handmade pet jacket, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, individual bags of treats, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bacon flavored dental sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 3-21-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 3-20-2022

I was at our storage units by 7:30am. I needed to pick up a couple of things and I asked someone to meet me there at 8am. I wanted to visit her dog, give her some home-made cookies and I had a little something for her to give to my friend Brandy. She arrived a few minutes early and then I had to take off by 8:15, in order to make it to one of the river bottom outlets around 8:30. As soon as I was done at the second stop, I went home to unload my vehicle and then headed over to the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. I was supposed to meet someone at the motel and I had hoped to visit a few other people and pets in the area. Nobody answered at the motel, the people and pets in one of the motor homes were no longer parked on Valley Way and the second motor home with more people and pets in it seemed to still be sleeping. I basically wasted time and fuel driving out there which did not make me too happy but I did not want to call it a day yet. I continued driving over to Colorado and VanBuren where I was able to locate ‘Kawasaki’ and her companion. I had been unable to get out there two Sundays ago and could not find them last Sunday. I was thankful for today’s visit. With the amount of time and miles I used today, one would think I saw a larger group of pets but it just wasn’t the case. I am still grateful for the three I did have an opportunity to visit. Nestle Pure Life waters, small bag of puppy food, wet puppy food, small squeaky tennis ball, handmade pet jacket, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, individual bags of treats, chicken jerky treats, plush kabob chew sticks and bacon flavored dental sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 3-20-2022
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Saturday's Smiles 3-19-2022

I had plans to meet up with a gentleman and his dogs, this morning but he wound up getting work so that got rescheduled for Tuesday. The celebration of life/memorial service for Tony at Fairmount Park was at 11am. I decided to visit a few pets and then head over to the park. I went to a location in Jurupa Valley and then visited a couple of dogs near the train by the National Guard building on Market. I knew I was only going to be able to stay at the service for an hour or less and would not be there for the food but I did bring some of my home-made cookies. I have baked them for a few of the homeless in the past (Tony being one of them) and it was a way for me to contribute a little something. I arrived early enough to help with the set up. They had not even begun the service at 11:45 and I had to get home so I left. Melissa Brotton who I consider a friend and is also a volunteer for Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira has met Tony multiple times and she was kind enough to show up. I was thankful to see her there. A woman named Grace who I introduced to Tony for a show being put together on homelessness had kept in touch with Tony, ever since the filming began. Covid stopped production and the project never aired but I am hoping it does someday. Grace was sad that she could not be here to honor Tony’s memory but I asked her to send a few words if she would like someone to read them and she did. Tony knew so many people and spent many, many years in the river bottom. I was expecting more people to show up than what I saw but regardless of the numbers, those who were there truly cared about him. I will always miss our visits and everything he did for the dogs.........On my way home from the park, I spotted someone I had not seen in months. His little dog is named ‘Spud’. I really needed tog et home but had to stop for a quick visit to see how they were doing. The little guy was very happy to see me and I was glad we touched base. Nestle Pure Life waters, hand warmers, body wipes, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, individual bags of treats, chicken jerky treats, small squeaky tennis balls, plush squeaky dog toy, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 3-19-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends 3-18-2022

Early this morning, I ran out to get fuel and buy some fruits and veggies for my desert tortoise that just came out of hibernation. By 8am, I was on my way to Fairmount Park. There were only two dogs there so I only stayed for a short time and then headed over to the Eastside. I stopped on Massachusetts and was looking for 'Midnight' and her companion but I could not find them. Nobody seemed to know where they were so I started driving away, when I noticed a gentleman with. a stroller or cart that was filled with his belongings. His dog was sitting on top of everything so I did a u-turn and parked on the street. I never used to visit this dog, because I was not given permission to spay her but things changed. She was hit by some type of school bus and animal control took her in for help. When that happened, she was spayed and received all the usual services we provide. I gave them supplies and then headed to another location on the Eastside where 'Solo' was. I was going to continue driving but I had personal errands to attend to and needed to go home before doing them. I drove to the nearest freeway onramp and headed to my house and then went out a third time to attend to those things. I was unable to accomplish everything I wanted to so I added what did not get done to my 'to do' list and will save it for another day when I can free up some time. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, McDonald's gift card, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, Tiller Tugs tug toy, 2 dog collars, small leash, wet dog food, individual bags of treats, chicken jerky treats, wet puppy food and bully sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 3-18-2022
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Thursday's Treasures 3-17-2022

I went to the Jurupa Valley Motel 6 this morning, to check on two of the five pets that received 'the works' yesterday. I was supposed to check on three but one of the companions did not make it back to pick up her pet before the clinic closed so I had to cancel the room. Both of the dogs I visited were males and both were recuperating nicely. I am hoping to find rescue for the German Shepherd but I know the chances of that are pretty slim. While at the motel, I also visited two other dogs. I had planned on going to a room where there are both cats and dogs but the couple was not feeling well and canceled before I arrived. I never did go anywhere else, because I needed to run home and then make it to a personal appointment. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, McDonald's gift card, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, Tiller Tugs tug toy, 2 dog collars, small leash, wet dog food, individual bags of treats, chicken jerky treats, wet puppy food and bully sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 3-17-2022
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#1630, #1631,#1632,#1633 & #1634 Get 'The Works' 3-16-2022

When all was said and done, we provided 'the works' for 2 male dogs, 2 female dogs and 1 male cat today. It all seemed so complicated, as I tried to fill the schedule but it was pretty much a success by the time everything got sorted out this morning.....As of yesterday, we had three dogs and one cat on the spay/neuter schedule and the possibility of two other dogs. When I turned my phone on at 6am, there was a text from the companion of the cat telling me someone had let her out of the carrier. I was not sure if the cat would even be coming until thirty minutes later when she got her back. I received a text from one of the companions stating they were running late and then one from a friend of the people who 'might' want their two dogs done. Apparently, they decided to go ahead and do one of them and had actually come to Riverside. I did not have an actual appointment but I did have space so I agreed to do it, even though I was unhappy about them not giving permission for the second dog. In addition, they feel they need to relinquish him as they can't seem to find housing that will accept the large dog. As I was driving to Riverside County Animal Services, a call came in from a case worker at the Homeless Veterans Outreach program. The Veteran had just gotten housing the day before but he was sick and could not bring the dog. His case workers were going to drive him anyway so I asked if they could bring the dog without him. They called him and he said yes. They called me back to let me know and then met me at Animal Services. They were a few minutes late opening the clinic and there were quite a few people besides us who were waiting but I still managed to get out of there by 9am. We have three motel rooms reserved for some of the pets and their companions. The cat is going back to the river bottom with her companion and the Veteran's dog will be going to their new home. Overall. I would say it was a good day! I even had time to go to lunch with a friend. "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."

#1630, #1631,#1632,#1633 & #1634 Get 'The Works' 3-16-2022
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Tuesday's Treasures 3-15-2022

I was contacted yesterday by the companion of a few pets and she asked to bring pet supplies to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 today. There are three cats and two dogs. Their companion was not feeling great so I did not have an opportunity to visit with the pets. I normally don’t bring supplies to people if there is not a pet visit involved but I was already there and gave her what she asked for. When I left, I got on the freeway and headed to downtown Riverside. I went to the Salvation Army where there were two cats and a dog with their companion. She was getting ready to take a shower but we had time for a visit. When I left that location, I drove through Fairmount Park and headed out towards Rubidoux. I stopped near the Mission Avenue bridge at one of the river bottom outlets. There are a total of six dogs there but only two came up. I had an opportunity to give them treats and then I left supplies for all of the dogs and their companions. I had an appointment this afternoon and wanted to get some work done before that happened so I made one last stop at our PO Box and went home. Nestle Pure Life waters, pet car seat, toilet tissue, baby wipes, body wipes, small bag of dog food, 2-20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, kabob chew sticks, bacon and, bully sticks and a Max and Neo Dog Gear collar were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 3-15-2022
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Monday On The Move-'Two' Cute 3-14-2022

One of the people I was unable to connect with on Saturday was available this morning so we scheduled a time and place to meet. She brought one of her two dogs for a visit. We discussed a possible memorial service for Tony this Saturday and I distributed needed supplies. From there, I headed over to Massachusetts on the Eastside. I was expecting to meet with three people and their pets. One ran out of gas, one was late and one was unable to take his dog out of the kennel, because he had somewhere to go. I did not stick around to wait for the person who was late and continue driving to a side street near Reid Park. Nobody was there with pets but I received a call from the companion who was late and drove back to Massachusetts. When I left that location. I drove to a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. I only recognized one vehicle and it looked as if they might be sleeping so I left and made my way home. Christine Langdon was driving out to Star Milling in Perris this morning (thank you Christine!) and then meeting at our storage units on Indiana Avenue. I had enough time to let me dogs out for a few minutes and then stop at Animal Services to be sure arrangements were in place for the gentleman to pick up his dogs now that he has been released from the hospital. He texted me a photo after he got them out. I know all three were very happy to be reunited! Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, bacon and cheese chew sticks, bully sticks and a squeaky Kong tennis ball were shared.

Monday On The Move-'Two' Cute 3-14-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 3-13-2022

Because of the time change, I did not schedule my first meeting with someone until 10am. I normally do it for 9am but I thought I would bump it up an hour today in hopes of people being on time. The first stop was at one of the river bottom outlets on Wilderness Avenue. The couple was on time. I had just visited their dogs earlier in the week so they brought a cat with them this time. My next stop was supposed to be to meet a dog that needs ‘the works’. I texted and called the companion when nobody showed but I got no response. I used that time to drive all around the area looking for ‘Kawasaki’ and her companion. I looked in five or six different locations where I have seen them during prior visits but I had no luck. I did not need to be home for another hour so I drove out to Jurupa Valley. I had three 3-year dog license tags for dogs that had their vaccinations updated last week and a one-year license tag for the dog we provided ‘the works’ for this past week. When I arrived, all four dogs were there and their companions were ‘dog sitting’ two other dogs. All six were originally from the same family but we had all of them spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. After all of the dogs had their fill of treats and a kabob chew stick, I made one last stop at another location in Jurupa Valley and then headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, 3-3-year Riverside County Animal Services dog license tags and one for one-year, large snack bags with cracker packs, chicken salad snack packs and chips, 2-small bags of dog food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, wet kitten food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 3-13-2022
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Saturday's Smiles 3-12-2022

I was supposed to meet someone at a Jurupa Valley location at 9am. She is always on time so when she was not there I called her. She had forgotten about this morning so we will meet another day. I went straight to a road off of Aqua Monza where I knew I would find some people with pets and specifically the person with a dog named ‘Ganja’. I wanted to show him the video the American Red Cross made for the Heroes Awards Luncheon. I found him, another companion I had not seen in quite some time with her dog and then someone else who has six dogs. I spent the rest of my time with all eight of these pets. We visited and I distributed supplies. I normally would have stayed out for another hour, but my daughter and I made plans so I had to get home. Nestle Pure Life waters, Snack Chips, 2-small bags of dog food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, small Kong squeaky tennis balls, rope toy, handmade pet jacket, large bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 3-12-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends 3-11-2022

My morning got off to a not so pleasant start. I went to Fairmount Park as I usually do on Fridays. I noticed that they put new locked recyclable containers all over the place. The homeless and even some that are not, used to get bottles and cans to turn in but they will no longer be able to do that. I am interested to see how this works out.... I brought supplies to someone who did not have her dog with her and I visited with four dogs that were there. While I was visiting, two men got into a terrible altercation that had to be broken up. One was left bloodied and looked like he needed medical attention. I offered to call the police but was told they would not do anything. I could not be of anymore assistance so I left. I needed to get over to Massachusetts on the Eastside and went there next. I visited with one dog and gave her and her companion a few supplies. I then drove over to another Eastside location, Hunter Park, Reid Park and a street a few blocks from that park but nobody was there with pets. It is my daughter’s birthday and I was going to cut the day short to celebrate with her anyway so I headed home. I passed through Fairmount for a second time while on my way. I saw the injured gentleman was still sitting on the benches so when I did get to my house, I texted to see if he was ok. He did not reply but a call came in from his number. It was someone from the fire department. They said the gentleman needed to go to the hospital and asked if I could pick up the dogs. There was no way for me to make that happen but I did tell him that if they went to the shelter, I would cover the fees to get them out. We normally do not cover fees but if someone has to be taken to the hospital and there is nowhere else for their dogs to go, I make an exception. Just hoping everything turns out ok. Nestle Pure Life waters, pet car seat, large bag of recyclables, Snack Chips, body wipes, pet wipes, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

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Thursday's Treasures 3-10-2022

Yesterday, I received a call from Ernie who works with Veteran’s Outreach. We spoke about a Veteran that needed his dog to get vaccinated so the two could move into an apartment. I explained that is something we do as long as the dog is spayed but if she is not, then we will need to get that done as well. This afternoon, I received a call from the Veteran and we now have his dog set up for ‘the works’ on Wednesday.....Early this morning, I received a call from my friend Brandy telling me that one of the dog’s I have been providing services for is not doing well. She is a senior that is pretty much blind and has been having physical issues that began preventing her from any decent quality of life. One of the services we provide is taking care of the cost for any homeless companion or Veteran to take their pet to an Animal Hospital where they can sit with him/her and say good-bye. We take care of everything and make sure the companion gets a paw print and ashes if they so desire. It is never easy for anyone to say good bye and we do our best to make it a little less painful emotionally and to be sure money is not an issue when they are trying to make their decisions. I will share a photo of her later and if anyone wants to donate to help with the cost that is fine but it will be handled regardless....A couple hours after receiving that call, I went to check on the two dogs that were neutered yesterday and visited with six others. I distributed supplies to all of them. When I left the Jurupa Valley location and Motel6, I drove over to the Department of Animal Services to license four pets. One of those was a dog named ‘Patches’ and the other three are dogs belonging to his companion’s dad. When I left Animal Services, I checked our PO Box and headed home. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, McDonald’s Gift cards, small leash, tennis ball, pet jacket, chicken jerky treats, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 3-10-2022
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#1628 and #1629 Get Neutered & A Visit with Kaya 3-9-2022

We have been getting all of our pets spayed/neutered every Wednesday at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. There have been issues with them keeping Veterinarians on staff and we have had to reschedule a few times. Fortunately, they were able to give us notice last week and we were able to get two appointments at Van Buren Animal Hospital for this week. I am sorry we were not able to do all the animals that needed done but thankful for those we did. "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."

#1628 and #1629 Get Neutered & A Visit with Kaya 3-9-2022
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2022 American Red Cross Inland Empire Heroes Awards 3-8-2022

I rarely take a day off from the streets but there is a lot going on in my personal life and some of it is going to require that I take one or multiple days off. That being said, I was not on the streets today but it was actually to do something that came about due to my work Taking It To the Streets with Lori and Shira. I received the 2022 Inland Empire American Red Cross Animal Welfare Hero Award and there was a luncheon at the Mission Inn today. I ran some errands and then met up with my daughter so we could go together. My childhood friend Pamela Locatell attended. I was allowed a guest and chose Kathy Martinez. She sits on the board and does all of our grant writing, works to get some of our donations and helps with publicity now and then. They took many photos there and did a video that featured each of the eight people/organizations receiving awards. I was told that I will get a link to both of those things in the near future... Animal Services does not have a vet for tomorrow but we have two dogs scheduled to be neutered at Van Buren Animal Hospital so it will almost be back to normal!

2022 American Red Cross Inland Empire Heroes Awards 3-8-2022
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Monday On The Move 3-7-2022

I recently spoke to a few people about getting their pets vaccinations either started or up to date. The plan was for five of the pets to meet me at the clinic this morning to get that done. We were not able to meet until 10am so I made a trip to Massachusetts on the Eastside around 9am. While I was there, I visited with two dogs and their companions while distributing supplies to both. When I left there, I headed over to the clinic. On my way, I passed by the old Pine Center area and spotted a dog sleeping under a blanket on the sidewalk near the church. I pulled in to see if I recognized the dog and I did. I was not sure where her owner was so I stuck around for a few minutes giving the dog treats while I waited. When she showed up, I gave her supplies and the continued on to the clinic. Three of the five dogs needed all their vaccinations updated as well as flea/tick treated. The other two are getting neutered on Wednesday at Van Buren Animal Hospital. By them getting vaccinations, micro chips and flea/tick treated at the clinic, I was able to save a little money on the services. Once all five received everything they needed, I paid the $326.00, distributed a few supplies for the dogs and drove straight home. Nestle Pure Life waters, hand warmers, collapsible pet dish, handmade pet jacket, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, plush squeaky dog toy, squeaky Kong tennis ball, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 3-7-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 3-6-2022

I ran over to Eastvale early this morning so I could get a couple of errands in before hitting the streets. When I was done, I went home to give the dogs their potty break and then headed over to our storage units. I needed to stock my vehicle with large bags of pet food and cases of water. I was also meeting someone who was going to pick up a few things to bring to my friend Brandy Knochel. This person is the companion of 'CoCo' and 'Ulani' so I was able to visit with them too. My next stop was one that I spoke to someone about yesterday. I agreed to text or call him when I was leaving storage so he could meet me out in Jurupa Valley with his dog. We met and I visited with the dog as well as shared supplies for him and his feline siblings. My last stop was off of Aqua Monza in Jurupa Valley. I did not find the person and pet I was looking for but did stop to visit with another one of my favorite furry friends. When I left that location, I decided to call it a day and go home. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, 4 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for cats, individual packages of dog treats, chicken jerky treats, squeaky dog toy, Tiller Tugs tug toy, plush squeaky toy, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 3-6-2022
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Saturday's Smiles 3-5-2022

A couple of days ago, I was contacted to bring dog food to one of the river bottom outlets. Yesterday, I was contacted to do the same at another river bottom outlet. I only had one large bag in the shed here so I made arrangements to take care of the second request tomorrow, after I have time to get to our storage units. Today, I went to a location near the Mission Avenue bridge where I visited with four dogs of the six dogs there and distributed supplies for all of them. My next stop was going to be Fairmount Park but I did not see anyone with pets. Because I missed my Friday visit with 'Joey' and 'Scamp', I decided to head over to the Eastside. I had something I needed to take care of but had enough time for a visit with them first. When I left there, I got on the freeway and drove towards the Tyler Galleria. When I was finished, I stopped at our PO Box on my way home. Nestle Pure Life waters, knit gloves, hand warmers, toilet tissue, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, chicken jerky treats, Kong squeaky tennis balls, handmade dog jacket, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 3-5-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends Featuring Thursday's Treasures 3-4-2022

I took a day off today, in order to deal with a sprinkler issue at the house and to go to Dutton and make sure I understand a few of the features on the new lease….These photos are actually from yesterday. That is because when I was having lunch and getting ready to edit them, I received call from Dutton Motors. The vehicle I was waiting for had arrived. My current lease ran out in December but due to a lack of inventory I was on a list waiting for a new one. Once the call came in, I had to get over there within a couple of hours, before someone else showed up with interest. I had to unload everything from my old lease so I could turn it in for the new one. My son is in the business so I wanted him there as well. He drove straight from Downey where he works and met me. I did not get home until after 6pm and by the time we had dinner, I was done for the day. Here is what happened on Thursday's travels... While in route to Jurupa Valley, I received a text from the clinic at Animal Services letting me know they would not have a vet again for next week. So disappointing but nothing I can do about that. I called Van Buren Animal Hospital and they agreed to do 2 pets so there is a possibility Wednesday will not be wasted. We did not have any pets recuperating at the motel last night but I still went to that location and another nearby location to visit with others. I spent time with a total of 13 so it turned out to be a busier morning than anticipated. When I left there, I checked our PO Box and when I came outside there was a large shepherd running around. He followed me to my vehicle and I put down a bowl of water while I got my scanner and he took off. As soon as he did, another small dog ran over and joined him. They had on what looked like matching bandanas. I could not catch back up with them but I immediately called Sgt. Sanders at RCAS and he was going to send an Officer to look for them. I wish I could have done more but was thankful to have AC Officer John Hergenreder text me that he caught both dogs, before they crossed a very busy street. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, small leash, wet dog food, wet kitten food, wet cat food,17-pound bag of car food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of treats, cheese and bacon chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends Featuring Thursday's Treasures 3-4-2022
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03-03-2022

I took a day off today, in order to deal with a sprinkler issue at the house and to go to Dutton and make sure I understand a few of the features on the new lease….These photos are actually from yesterday. That is because when I was having lunch and getting ready to edit them, I received call from Dutton Motors. The vehicle I was waiting for had arrived. My current lease ran out in December but due to a lack of inventory I was on a list waiting for a new one. Once the call came in, I had to get over there within a couple of hours, before someone else showed up with interest. I had to unload everything from my old lease so I could turn it in for the new one. My son is in the business so I wanted him there as well. He drove straight from Downey where he works and met me. I did not get home until after 6pm and by the time we had dinner, I was done for the day. Here is what happened on Thursday's travels... While in route to Jurupa Valley, I received a text from the clinic at Animal Services letting me know they would not have a vet again for next week. So disappointing but nothing I can do about that. I called Van Buren Animal Hospital and they agreed to do 2 pets so there is a possibility Wednesday will not be wasted. We did not have any pets recuperating at the motel last night but I still went to that location and another nearby location to visit with others. I spent time with a total of 13 so it turned out to be a busier morning than anticipated. When I left there, I checked our PO Box and when I came outside there was a large shepherd running around. He followed me to my vehicle and I put down a bowl of water while I got my scanner and he took off. As soon as he did, another small dog ran over and joined him. They had on what looked like matching bandanas. I could not catch back up with them but I immediately called Sgt. Sanders at RCAS and he was going to send an Officer to look for them. I wish I could have done more but was thankful to have AC Officer John Hergenreder text me that he caught both dogs, before they crossed a very busy street. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, small leash, wet dog food, wet kitten food, wet cat food,17-pound bag of car food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of treats, cheese and bacon chew sticks, peanut butter chew sticks, kabob chew sticks, bully slices and bully sticks were shared.

03-03-2022
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#1626 and #1627 Get 'The Works' 3-2-2022

In February, we provided 'the works' for 18 pets. Seventeen of those were dogs and only one was a cat. That is rare but how things added up. The total of female dogs was 11, female cats was 0, male dogs 6 and male cats 1. Now we begin a new month and we got off to a slow start. Part of that had to do with people asking for appointments but then not confirming and a few of the pets simply weren't old enough yet. That being said, we did have one male dog and one female dog at the clinic this morning. The female dog is one a gentleman asked me to find a home for. The male is a dog I had picked up at the kennels at the Path of Life Ministries Community Shelter, after I found out the owner was not going there to take care of his pet. He was on 'owner hold' for ten days. Nobody came for him and there were no other inquiries besides mine. Whenever I have a dog impounded, I always follow up and offer to pull if it is not claimed. That was the case. Yesterday, the dog was assigned to Taking It To the Streets with Lori and Shira. Today, I had the paperwork for him (name is 'Roscoe') and the female puppy 'Billie' printed up with the information for Deity Animal Rescue. I was so fortunate to get them to agree to take in both of these animals and I know the next part of their journey will be filled with love and care. Thank You again Deity for all of your help! "One by one we get them done, because thew only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter."

#1626 and #1627 Get 'The Works' 3-2-2022
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Tuesday's Treasures 3-1-2022

I put a lot of miles on my vehicle today but just visited with five pets. I drove to Fairmount Park and the downtown Salvation Army with no luck. I did not see anyone on the Eastside yesterday so I headed back there. Nobody was at Reid Park but I did find three pets and their companions not far from there. When I left that location, I drove to Massachusetts. I was curious to find out if the person whose pug was confiscated ever showed back up. Someone said they saw him once but it is clear he was not too concerned about the dog. That worked out fine for the dog though. I did a rescue request for him and it was granted. Deity Rescue said they would take him so all I had to do was make the appointment for him to 'get the works' tomorrow. The rescue was already coming for another dog I was having done so this worked out great. While I was at Hulen Place, I found a gentleman I had been looking for the past week or two. I had no idea that he was now at the homeless shelter and his dog has a place to sleep in the kennels there. It might not have been the busiest day with pets but getting a new start for the pug and finding 'Midnight' and her companion made it a good day! Nestle Pure Life waters, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, wet puppy food, wet dog food, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, stainless steel pet dish, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 3-1-2022
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