At 7am, I was at the store picking up produce for our tortoise and for meals. At 8:00 something broke in the house and I had to run out to Lowe's to pick up a replacement part. At 9:15am, I headed out of here to visit some pets. My first stop was where I dropped off a tie out for a companion who has one of her three dogs chained. I wanted to see if the dog was off the chain. She wasn't. The woman wasn't feeling well but said she would try to get somebody to help her later. I am going to check back and if the dog is not removed then I will feel obligated to call Animal Control for a well check. I prefer not to as two of her dogs are not spayed/neutered yet either but I won't tolerate the continuation of any pet being treated in a neglectful or hurtful way. I am constantly trying to educate the pet owners. Most do better when they know better but not all fit that category. I hope this one does and changes things. While I was at that location, a woman rode by on a bike. She stays at an encampment on the other side of the hill from where I was. She mentioned that squirrels got into the food I had left recently and they needed more. When I was done with the first stop, I walked to my vehicle and drove closer to the other encampment. I visited with a couple of the dogs there and distributed supplies. I went to two other locations in the Jurupa Valley area but people were either still sleeping or not around so I decided to go to our PO Box and deal with the kitty litter situation that began yesterday. I was able to get the litter and another donation that was there. By the time I did that, I needed to get back home and see about repairing what I broke earlier in the morning. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, toilet tissue, Flys Off, pet wipes, medium dog collar,wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, individual bags of dog treats, peanut butter dental sticks, bully slices and chicken jerky treats were shared.
The morning did not go exactly as planned but it was still a good one. I arrived at Fairmount Park a little after 8am but the gates were all locked and the person who brings oatmeal was not there. I did see one person I knew in a nearby parking lot so I went to visit. When I left the park, I headed over to Massachusetts on the Eastside but made a little detour first. I knew I would not see 'Scamp' and 'Joey' for close to two weeks and wanted to try and catch up with them. Our visit was brief but I did see them. Afterwards, I drove to Massachusetts Avenue. I spotted 'Diamond' and her companion walking a few blocks away so I pulled over for them. When I did make it over to Massachusetts Avenue, I did not see any pets out front. I told one of the pet owner's I was going to check out Hunter Park and an area near there but that I would be back. Nobody was at either of those two locations so I went back rather quickly. I was able to visit with 'Midnight', before packing up to go across town to our storage units. Today was our first time receiving a water donation from Niagara Water. Steve Miller was going to do the pickup with Dawn and Dug Cummings. I went a little early to load supplies in my vehicle and sweep out the unit the waters were going in. While I was doing that, Gail Baker stopped and gave me some donated items she had collected from people. Soon after, the water arrived. It got unloaded fairly quickly due to the three of them doing the majority of the work. From storage, I got on the freeway and drove out to the Galleria. I had bought a couple of blouses at Macy's and they did not remove the theft device from one of them so I needed to have it removed. I did that and then headed out to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley. There was some drama over a few bags of kitty litter that arrived with no name on it and wondering if I had ordered it. I did not but was pretty sure one of our supporters did and finally talked them into letting me come back tomorrow and pick them up. By the time I was done at the post office it was past time to get home and give the dogs their potty break so I called it a day…I was not done, but I was done doing whatever was getting done on the streets. Emails, texts, phone calls and social media filled the remainder of the day, just like they always do. Nestle Pure Life waters, canned ravioli, cracker packs, beef & cheese stick packs, medium dog bed, fleece blanket, Vetericyn wound care spray, collapsible pet bowls, wet puppy food, wet dog food, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, individual bags of dog treats, rope toy, peanut butter dental sticks, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.
I spent my morning at the Jurupa Valley Motel 6. I visited the three puppies that got spayed/neutered yesterday, the litter of 4 kittens and a few other cats and dogs. I met a woman whose dog had puppies five months ago. She wants the mama and two puppies spayed/neutered and would like to rehome one of the puppies. I am planning to help her with both. Case of Nestle Pure Life waters, 2 cans of KMR-1, wet dog food, wet cat food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.
My apologies for such a long read but such was my day!~It was supposed to be a productive day but 'the universe' seemed to have other ideas. I had confirmed three puppies to get spayed/neutered at Van Buren Animal Hospital and two others to be done at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. Nothing went as originally planned. At 6:30am, I received a text that the three puppies would not make it. They did not have a ride in. I called someone who has been in a hurry to get her dog done. She was scheduled for next week but said she would be very happy to come in today. As I was driving to Van Buren Animal Hospital I received a call that the puppies would be coming in after all but would not arrive until 8am. I was not sure if we could get all three done, now that I had put a large dog on the schedule but I figured we could at least get to two of them. The person with the large dog said she would be there in ten minutes. That was at 7:35am. At 7:50am she texted again and said she actually could not make it. I was so frustrated but figured we could at least get to all three puppies. However, the puppies were now supposed to be really late and not arrive until 9am so I drove to Animal Services. I decided to be present for the two scheduled to get checked in and then I would go back to Van Buren Animal Hospital again.When I arrived, neither pet was there. I called and texted for thirty minutes. Nobody responded and nobody showed up. Two appointments wasted that could have been used by pets that had to wait until next week. Nothing I could do about it so I drove back to Van Buren Animal Hospital and waited for the puppies. They final arrived around 9:15am. My daughter had spent the night and was taking care of the dogs but my son was supposed to stop by to pick her up when he headed to his cabin in Big Bear. I wanted to see him so I left Van Buren Animal Hospital while Shirley was getting the puppies checked in. I went home for a bit, visited with my children and then went to the Galleria to return something and do a little shopping, before meeting a friend for lunch. I did not shop for as long as I wanted to but was looking forward to the lunch date. Unfortunately, just as I got a few blocks from where we were going to eat she emailed and said she was stuck at work. Not sure what was going on today but I do know I did everything I could and went far out of my way to get things done. This is just one more problem with not being able to schedule all 6 pets at one place for spay and neuter. I spent two hours driving back and forth between the clinic and the hospital when I could have just stayed put to figure things out. Hoping to get this settled soon and make Wednesday's a little more manageable. I have always had issues with no-shows and people being late but having to go out in the traffic and waste fuel get the job done is not a productive way to accomplish much. "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter'"
I had a busy morning planned and was thankful to get to everyone, do whatever I had to do and even make an unplanned stop. I was contacted to bring dog food to a group living near Crestmore and the Mission Avenue bridge. That was my first stop. I visited with one of the six dogs there and distributed supplies for the six others. While I was on my way to meet them, I saw a small encampment nearby. It did not take me too far out of my way so I drove as close to that location as I could. I knew two of the companions there. One has a dog named 'Spud'. The other used to have quite a few dogs and we provided 'the works' for all of them. She presently has three and two of them need to be spayed/neutered. I do not have any availability for a couple of weeks so I will look for her when there are openings and see if we can me thing happen. When we were done, I headed out to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to bring supplies for the litter of 4 kittens and to pay for another night in the motel. We raised about $500.00 and have spent $300.00 so far on the motel and supplies. I may need to try and raise more when they are ready for spay/neuter but we seem ok for now. The only thing we do not have is a scale to weigh them on and we could still use that. In addition to checking on the kittens, I also visited with two of the cats that the 'foster' has. I took photos and did my best to capture the babies in a video clip, before leaving for the Crown Ace Hardware. The hose on the side of the house where our tortoise is seems to have sprung a leak so I needed to pick up a new one. I did that, went to our PO Box and then went home. I edited photos, did my social media, answered emails, texts and calls and then had a counseling session from 2 to 3pm. Now I am just relaxing!Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, beef & cheese stick packs, toilet tissue,25 foot tie out for dogs, medium dog collar, medium stainless steel pet dish, 2 small kitten bowls, 4 small fleece blankets, Royal Canin mother baby cat food, wet cat food, puppy training pad, small bag of dog food, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, individual bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, chicken jerky chew treats, squealy pet toy, cat toys, squealy tennis ball and plush squeaky pet toy were shared.
I went out early this morning to pick up puppy pads and a couple more small cat bowls. I can't deliver them to the kittens until tomorrow but I needed to pick them up while I had time today. I went back out around 8:30am and headed over to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside. I stopped by the homeless shelter and visited with three dogs that were there. While I was visiting, I received a text asking me if I was going to be able to make it to another location on the Eastside. It seems someone needed to speak to me about getting medical attention for their pet. I was able to put a call into Feeding Pets Of The Homeless confirming the homeless status of the person needing help for her pet. The information was given to a case worker and if all goes well, the dog will get an exam approval. There was another pet at the same location so I spent time with each of them, distributed supplies and then drove back to Massachusetts Avenue. I had a message to pass along to someone there and I wanted to be sure he received it. I drove home after that and then went back out an hour later to check our PO Box and to pick up some small blankets for the litter of 4 kittens. Afterwards I went to meet my friend and Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira volunteer Christine Ramirez. We had to postpone a couple of lunch dates but finally made it work. Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, beef & cheese stick packs, pet jacket, medium pet bed, small bag of dog food, kabob chews ticks, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, doggie waste bags with bone leash clip, plush squeaky toys, wet dog food, large squeaky tennis ball, large stainless-steel dish, collapsible pet dish, large bone and bully sticks were shared.
I had planned to go to a river bottom outlet by the Mission Avenue bridge, but I could not reach anyone by phone and decided to go another day. I went to a Jurupa Valley river bottom outlet in an industrial area. I visited four dogs and a cat there as well as distributed supplies. Afterwards, I drove through Fairmount Park. There were a few things happening there but I did not see anyone with pets so I continued driving towards the Eastside. I went to where 'Scamp' and 'Joey' stay. I was not sure if they were at their spot but I took my chances. They were there so we were able to visit and I distributed a few supplies. I had enough time to stop at the store to pick up a few things and then I made my way home. Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, canned ravioli, beef & cheese stick packs, medium pet bed, small bag of dog food, kabob chews ticks, peanut butter dental sticks and bully sticks were shared.
I did not originally intend to do any charity work today because I had a 'couples shower' to attend. However, that changed when someone took in a litter of four, after their mama was no longer around to feed them. They are estimated to be about four weeks old so the person taking care of them needed supplies. Yesterday I went out and bought some of those and this morning I met at the motel to deliver them. Afterwards, I drove to the Rubidoux Library to meet one of the dog's that is scheduled for 'the works' this Wednesday. I decided that if I went out for about an hour, I would still have time to get cleaned up and drive to Fallbrook so I made it happen. Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, beef & cheese stick packs, Clorox wipes, clay kitty litter, litter boxes, litter scooper, nursing bottle kit, fleece pet rug, kabob chews ticks, peanut butter dental sticks, bully sticks, pet wipes, small collar, small leash, cat dancer toy, squeaky plush dog toy, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, Inaba Churus for dogs and small stainless steel pet dish were shared.
At 7am, I attended a Riverside Sunrise Rotary Club meeting via zoom. This club has supported the work of Taking It To The streets with Lori and Shira for many years. Whenever they make a monetary donation, we are invited to speak to the group. For the past two years I have done so via zoom. They are a wonderful group of people and I am grateful for their ongoing support. I was out of the meeting before 8am and headed over to Fairmount Park. There were five pets there. I was able to visit and distribute supplies to each of them. I had planned to run home and then head over to Kaiser for a doctor's appointment but I had just enough time to make it to Elliott's for Pets first. I called the woman fostering the four kittens at the mote and told her I would pick up whatever she needed. Because I had given her a few things, she did not need too much. I got everything she asked for except small fleece blankets. They did not have any so towels will have to do for now. I am going to Fallbrook tomorrow for a 'couples shower' and was not planning on doing any street work but I need to get the supplies to the motel. I will be going there first thing in the morning and dropping those off. I can go back Sunday and check on them again. Nestle Pure Life waters, body wipes, hand warmers, pet wipes, wet cat food, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, large squeaky tennis ball, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, plush squeaky dog toys, pet jacket, kabob chew stick and bully sticks were shared.
I went to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to check on three of the four pets that received 'the works' yesterday. While I was there, I visited with two more pets and distributed supplies for them and others. I had not paid my bill at the Department of Animal Services yet so I went there next, to see if they wanted to take a payment. They were pretty busy and said they would call later to settle the bill. I have plans on Saturday which means I will be going on Sunday to the locations I normally visit on Saturdays. Because I did not see 'Kawasaki' this past week end and knew I would not see her this one either, I drove a bit further so I could look for her. I was successful and spent the rest of my time with her and her companion, before heading to our PO Box and calling it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, Taco Bell gift card, ARCO fuel cards, medium dog bed, large snack bag with cracker, cookies, beef & cheese sticks and chips , chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet baby/mama kitten food, wet cat food, can of KMR2, Inaba Churus for cats, wet puppy food, small bag of puppy food, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, small and medium stainless steel pet bowls, collapsible pet bowl, kabob chew stick, peanut butter chew sticks and large bones were shared.
After getting a notification last night that one of my tires was very low in pressure, I had no idea how I was going to make things go smoothly today. I did notice there was a big screw in the low tire and was hoping it could just be repaired. My problem was that I was supposed to meet people for spay and neuter appointments at two different locations. One was for 7:30am and the other for 8:30am. The tire shop opened at 7:30 and although there was nobody there to do a repair, the one employee who opened was kind enough to fill the tire with air; He said that would work for me so I could do what I needed to and to bring the vehicle back a t9:30 for the repair. I drove to Animal Services but the dogs scheduled had not arrived yet. One of the two people scheduled at Van Buren Animal Hospital had arrived early so I drove to meet them. Only one of the two appointments showed but the dogs I was waiting for at Animal Services did show up and I went back. I left while they were getting checked in so I could go home, change and return to the tire shop. While I was doing that, a call came in from the couple with the puppy scheduled for Van Buren Animal Hospital. I did not have time to go all the way back there but did approve all of her services being done. After all of the craziness, the four pets scheduled made it for their appointments and I did not have to spend $350.00 on a new tire! It was a win everyone….A little later in the morning, I drove out to our storage units to pick up supplies, went to the cleaners to pick up the gown I was having hemmed for my son's wedding, ran a couple more errands and then met my Friend and amazing rescue human Brandy Knochel for lunch. Later in the day, my daughter came over and we watched shows on the DVR and had dinner. Turned out to be a pretty great day! "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."
The first few years I was 'Taking It To The Streets', I met a family with pets. Approximately seven years ago, they moved indoors but we still try to visit every few months. Yesterday, we made arrangements to meet this morning at the downtown Salvation Army. They did not have any of their cats with them but they did have their three small dogs. They get so excited when we see each other and I love spending time with them. When we were done, I headed over to Massachusetts on the Eastside. I was hoping to speak to someone who may want to relinquish a dog that he has to keep in a kennel all day as well as the companion of a puppy that is scheduled for 'the works' tomorrow. Neither was there so I continued driving. I drove through Fairmount Park and up through an industrial area of Jurupa Valley but did not find anyone (awake) with pets so I contacted someone staying at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I was not sure if I would have time to stop by their room on Thursday and wanted to know if they needed anything. They did so I got on the freeway and drove to the motel. I visited one of their dogs, their three cats and distributed supplies. before going to our PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, small stainless steel pet dish, kabob chew stick, tiny Kong squeaky tennis ball, large rope toy, plush squeaky pet toys and bully sticks were shared.
I normally go to the Eastside on Mondays. Because someone was sick this week end and we did not get to meet, I made arrangements to meet here by the go kart track off of Market first thing today. It is not the way I drive to the Eastside but I took a detour in order to make sure a couple of dogs had food and other supplies. When I arrived at the Eastside, I stopped on Massachusetts in order to look for the companion of a puppy that needs 'the works'. He was there and I was able to get his information and set things up for Wednesday. Nobody else was outside with pets so I drove over to Hunter Park. While I was there visiting with 'Fable' and 'Rocky', I received a call from the companion of 'Midnight'. He said he missed me when I was at the homeless shelter and wondered if I might be coming back. I said I would and I did. While I was there, I also had an opportunity to visit with 'Dixie and was thankful to see her eye had cleared up. I decided to cut the day a little bit short, in order to go home, change and meet a friend for lunch. I was on my way there, when the friend texted that she had to go to a meeting and would not be able to make it. It was too late to go back out anywhere so I called it a day. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, socks, medium sized pet bed, pet wipes, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, small bag of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus for dogs, wet dog food, kabob chew stick, tiny Kong squeaky tennis ball, peanut butter flavored chew stick and bully sticks were shared.
We recently received a large box of dog treats from Jones Natural Chews. We normally get one every month or so. When we do, I contact someone from one of my river bottom stops to ask if they can use them. There are a few people with dogs in the area and this gives them all treats for quite some time and it saves me from having to make a bunch of individual bags and pass them out. There are usually four or more people who bring their dogs up to meet me but today there were just two. They had a wagon which I filled with supplies for the dogs that were with them and some of the others. Sunday is the day of the week I generally look for 'Kawasaki' so I drove over to where I was hoping to find her. They were not off of Van Buren and Wells or any of the other locations I was searching for them. After about twenty minutes of driving around, I decided to call it quits. Fuel is so expensive and I had already put enough miles on my vehicle for one day. It certainly wasn't a busy day with pets but I was still able to provide a few of them with food and other items which is never a waste of time or fuel. Nestle Pure Life waters, cans of ravioli, toilet tissue, socks, large box of dog treats from Jones Natural Chews, chicken jerky treats, small bag of dog food, pet sweater, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, kabob chew stick, Tiller Tugs squeaky tug toy, tiny Kong squeaky tennis ball and two plush squeaky pet toys were shared.
I spent a couple of early morning hours baking a few batches of cookies for upcoming family events. (Baked one more batch after I got back home and may do another tomorrow.) I finally got everything cleaned up and got out of the house around 9am. I went to the nearest freeway onramp and headed over to the Eastside. Two of my favorite furry friends will no longer be at Fairmount Park Friday mornings. I can only go to their 'spot' on a Saturday or Sunday which has made it difficult, because I am already on the Eastside Mondays and Fridays. However, I will do my best to get there when possible so I don't go too long without seeing the pups. When I left their location, I drove over to Massachusetts. I was looking for a gentleman that has a puppy I met yesterday. I wanted to let him know I have an appointment set up for her to get 'the works' on Wednesday, if he can get a ride and find someone with ID for the motel. We have four pets scheduled for spay/neuter on Wednesday. Two at Riverside County Animal Services and two at Van Buren Animal Hospital. It is stressful having to divide the appointments between two places but I am hoping it goes as planned. My final stop of the day was at a Jurupa Valley river bottom outlet in an industrial area. I visited with five pets and distributed supplies, before making my way to our PO Box, Stater Brothers and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, cans of ravioli, double dog leash, chicken jerky treats, pet bed, small bag of dog food, pet sweater, wet dog food, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs, individual bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
I recently got sad news about two puppies. They are from the same litter but live with different companions in the same area of the river bottom. One puppy already received 'the works' but never came back for the second sets of parvo combos. The other was not neutered yet but his companions gave him the first two sets of the parvo combos. Both puppies were very sick but one appeared to be much worse than the other. This morning, I was contacted to find out if cremation was possible. It is a service provided to those who have us assist in the euthanizing or if the pet just passes on its own. Even though the one puppy was not neutered, they will get his ashes and paw print. I am not sure if they died from Parvo or if something came up from the dirt after the ground was bulldozed. Not the way anyone wants to start the day………..Because it is Friday, I made my first stop at Fairmount Park. A few people with pets were leaving when I pulled in. I guess the woman who brings the oatmeal took the day off due to it being Easter week-end but I still visited with the two dogs that stayed and distributed needed supplies. From there I drove to Massachusetts on the Eastside. Did not find who I was looking for but did meet a new puppy and hop to spay her next week. Next stop was Hunter Park where I spent time with one of my favorite little furry friends and distributed needed supplies. My final stop was not too far from there. A few people with vehicles are parked on the outskirts of a property and I was able to catch up with four pets that I have not seen recently. I was supposed to go to lunch with someone but her mom was ill so we had to cancel. I used the free time to run to the Galleria for a bit, before driving to our PO Box and then home. Nestle Pure Life waters, cans of ravioli, toilet tissue, bleach wipes, pet wipes, pet beds, wet puppy food, 3 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, plush squeaky toys, Inaba Churus for dogs, individual bags of dog treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
Today did not go the way I had hoped it would but after realizing I was not going to be able to visit any pets, I was reminded that it is still important I am 'out there'. I was unable to take a call that came in but when I was free, I returned it. The woman on the other end was very stressed out about her two dogs. One male and one female. They need 'the works'. I had not scheduled any pets for this coming Wednesday, so I was able to offer her two appointments. She was relieved and so appreciative…I might not have gotten anything accomplished while I was driving around town but I was able to provide assistance to someone who needed it. No matter what, there is never an entire day that is wasted……That being said, this morning wasted precious time and expensive fuel. I drove to three different locations but did not visit any pets. I did manage to get a couple of personal errands in so I am thankful for that much….It also seems I spoke too soon about how great everything went yesterday. I found out that one of the companions did not make it back to Van Buren Animal Hospital to pick up her dog. I gave her an ARCO fuel card for the person who was driving. He dropped her off at the motel but never came back to get her so she could get her dog. She wound up on a bus but did not make it in time before the vet closed. We paid for the dog to start recuperating at the motel and she wound up sleeping in a kennel at the vet's office. The companion was there at 8am to pick up the dog but by the time she got back to the motel, I had already come and gone so I did not get to check on the puppy. I did bring homemade cookies to the motel office so I am sure the staff was not sorry I went there…The other dog and her companion never made it to the motel at all. I spoke to her at 4pm yesterday when she was on her way to pick up the dog. I tried to text and call up until 9pm but go no response. I even tried texting and calling the friend who sent her to get help. She said she would try to reach her but I guess she didn't, because I could not get in touch with her again either. At 7am, another friend of hers texted and said she was sick and spent the night at her house. It would have been nice, if someone had just informed me last night so I did not sit and worry for so long but that was not my reality…Yesterday, Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, pet beds, hygiene packs, socks, small bag of puppy food, wet puppy food, small bag of dog food, medium collar and leash set, plush squeaky toy, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip and doggie waste bags with bone shaped leash clip were shared.
Today was one of those days when everything went as planned. We were fortunate to have Van Buren Animal Hospital give us two appointments for 'the works' Both were female dogs and arrived up on time! I was out of there by 8:20am and drove over to The Hanigan Company to pay an invoice for the new logo bags. From there I went home to put the dogs out for a bit and then headed out to our storage units to pick up a few more of the dog beds we just received from TNR Riverside, Bark Box and Greater Good Charities. There is a car wash not far from storage and my vehicle, that has to be parked outside daily, had not been washed since I got it on March 3rd. It was a treat to be able to see clearly out the windshield again! LOL. After the car wash, I stopped at a store to pick up a few supplies for my house and the charity. My final stop was our PO Box, before going back home. About an hour later, I walked a mile or so to a local Chinese restaurant where my friend Janene Purdie met me for lunch. She is going to dog sit for me in the near future so she drove us to my house and I gave her some instructions and a gift bag of baked goods. The day had a great start and seeing a friend for lunch made the middle of the day just as nice. These types of days give me an emotional rest so I can get ready for whatever comes next! "One by one we get them done, because the only way to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters is to spay and neuter."
I drove around for more than forty-five minutes before I found a pet to visit. There was nobody at the downtown Salvation Army, Fairmount Park or one of the river bottom outlets but I finally got lucky while driving through Rubidoux on my way to the Motel6 and another nearby location. I visited one pet at the first stop, four at the second and one at the third. I distributed needed supplies and right around the time I got done, I received a call for a dog needing 'the works'. We did two pets already this week at the Department of Animal Services but Van Buren Animal Hospital was kind enough to agree to two more. The cost is higher but I don't mind paying it when they are accommodating us and it saves me dividing the services between two places. It is going to be less organized for the next few months while I try to figure out if there is anywhere that will work with me and allow up to six animals per week. I do not ask for a discounted price so it isn't like anyone has to do anything for us that will cause them to lose money. I have quite a few personal things going on the next few weeks but I will do what I can when I can to make this work run as smoothly as possible. Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, Vetericyn wound care spray, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, wet cat food, wet kitten food, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Churus for cats, cat toys, Kong squeaky tennis ball, bully sticks and peanut butter dental sticks were shared.
It was a very busy day beginning at 7:30am at Riverside County Department of Animal Services Spay/Neuter Clinic. I met with a Veteran to provide both of his female cats with 'the works'. Our two weekly appointments are supposed to be on Wednesdays but they had to change us to Monday or Tuesday this week. I was just grateful to be able to keep the appointments. I left there a little after 8am and went home to give the dogs a potty break and feed our tortoise. I headed over the Massachusetts on the Eastside around 8:30am. I was supposed to meet with a woman who needed help with a dog exhibiting health problems but she did not show. I was still able to visit with three dogs and distribute supplies. From there I headed over to Hunter Park but did not find anyone with pets so I drove to a location where I usually visit 'Solo'. He was there and I spent some time with him. At this point, I needed to go back home and empty a few things from my vehicle so I could make room for some of the dog beds I put in storage yesterday. My third trip out was to meet with Christine Langdon. She was picking up and delivering our monthly donation of 570 pounds of pet food from the Star Milling Company, I was also supposed to meet two other people when I met her. Everyone showed up and we were able to take care of whatever needed taken care of. By this time, it was noon and I headed home. Thanks Again to Christine for doing the pick-up, delivery and unloading. Your help has been more valuable than I can say. "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." Nestle Pure Life waters, socks, medium pet beds, cat harness with leash, pet wipes, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, wet cat food, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, cat toys, Kong squeaky tennis ball, large bone, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.
I wasn't sure how much time I would have for visiting pets today, because my first priority was going to the Rescue Bank in Loma Linda and picking up a pallet of pet beds. I had no idea how I was going to get them all to our storage units and then Steve Miller contacted me with an offer to help. I was very happy to take him up on that. I filled my back seat with boxes and he put the remainder of the pallet in his vehicle. We drove to Riverside and stacked most of the boxes in one of the units. When I left the storage facility, I headed out to find 'Kawasaki' and her companion. They were not where I thought they would be but they were close by. I had been asked to meet someone at one of the river bottom outlets on Wilderness Avenue. I texted to let her know I would be able to make it if she still wanted me to show up. She did and I went there next. By the time we were done, I needed to get back home. It was not a day filled with many pets but I was able to fill some shelves with dog beds and visit a couple of pets so it was still a good day! Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel cards, socks, foot powder spray, pet beds, pet wipes, 17-pound bags of cat food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, cat toys and peanut butter dental sticks were shared.
It was an 'all girls' day today and I am happy to say that we are the reason each one of them received 'the works' over the years.....Last night, I received a text from someone needing food for his pets. I had a full day planned but told him I could meet if we did it on Market Street by the Go Kart track at 9am. He agreed to meet so I went there first. He was not there so I texted and called but got no response so I drove over to a river bottom outlet near the Mission Street Bridge. I visited with two of the dogs there and shared supplies for others as well. I was going to run over to the Eastside for 'Scamp' and 'Joey' but was unable to reach their companion so I drove through Fairmount Park. Nobody was there with pets. I continued on to a Jurupa Valley location in an industrial area where I meet people from that area of the river bottom. On my way, I stopped at the place I was supposed to meet someone at 9am. He was not there and once again; I could not reach him by text or call. I continued on to where there are some people with pets in their motor homes. I was able to check on one of the cats that just received 'the works' and I visited with four dogs there too. By the time I was done, I had to call it a day. I needed to check our PO Box and go to where I was getting my second covid booster. Nestle Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, pet wipes, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, Inaba Churus for dogs, squeaky dog toys, Kong squeaky tennis ball, bully sticks, and kabob chew sticks steel pet bowls were shared.
I started my morning at Fairmount Park. There were a few dogs there but only three that have been spayed/neutered so those are the pets I visited and shared supplies with. When I left the park, I drove over to Massachusetts on the Eastside. I did not find who I was looking for but did meet a new pet that has been previously neutered as well as a pet I have known for quite some time. Both received supplies, while I was there. I had not planned on going to our storage units until the week end but I needed a few things and decided to head that way. While I was traveling down Chicago Avenue, I saw a woman with a dog in a parking lot. I recognized both and turned in to visit them. I also distributed a few supplies there, before continuing on to our storage units. I loaded my vehicle, made a quick stop at the store for my tortoise's fruit and veggies, picked up a couple of packages at our PO Box and headed home jus tin time for the temperature to reach 90 degrees. Another hot Spring day in Southern California! Nestle Pure Life waters, large bag of recyclables, pet wipes, small bag of dog food, plush squealy toys, large leash, collapsible pet bowl, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, cat toys, Inaba Churus for dogs, bully sticks, and large stainless steel pet bowls were shared.
There was someone working at our house today but I was still able to get out for a couple of hours. It already felt like Summer, so I was grateful to have to cut things short. We did not have any pets recuperating from spay/neuter surgeries at the Jurupa Valley Motel6 but I still agreed to meet a couple of people there. I visited with and distributed supplies for six pets and then drove out to the Sprouts in Eastvale to purchase a few packages of vegan seitan cubes. It's a bit of a drive, but I can't find them anywhere else so I try to get out there every couple of weeks. On my way home from there, I stopped for fuel and to pick up something from our PO Box. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, cat toys, Inaba Churus for cats, Inaba Churus for dogs and large dog bones were shared.
This is our first week of only being able to spay/neuter two animals at the Department of Animal Services. There were many people asking for help but until we are able to book appointments at other places too, I have to make a decision as to which two will get the appointments. Next week I scheduled two female cats for a Veteran and today I had two female cats scheduled. With kitten season upon us, it is so important to get the females spayed so I opted to do them first....Everything was set to go and then I received a text at 6:30am that the companion of one of the cats did not have a ride. I could not get another pet to fill in on such short notice so I started texting people for transport. I was able to reach one of the homeless we serve who happens to stay close to where the cat was. I asked her if I gave her an ARCO fuel card if she would be able to give the woman and her cat a ride. Thankfully, she said yes! The companion of the other cat forgot what time she was supposed to be there but still made it so both cats got checked in to the clinic. Next week, they are closed on Wednesday but they offered me Monday or Tuesday so I am working on that. I am a bit overwhelmed with trying to figure out how I am going to be able to reach the numbers we are used to but I will take this one week at a time and do my best to help as many as possible. "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."
My first stop of the day was at the downtown Salvation Army. I did not find who I was looking for but did have an opportunity to visit with one of my favorite furry families of five. When I left that location, I drove through Fairmount Park and exited towards Market Street heading to Jurupa Valley. On my way, I saw someone flying a sign on the median and he had his dog with him. I had not seen her in months. I hollered out the window for him to meet me over at the park, I drove up the street so I could turn around and then met them. They met me and I was able to visit, discuss vaccination updates and distribute needed supplies. My final stop was at a river bottom outlet by a nearby industrial center. I wanted to speak to the companion of a cat that needs 'the works'. She still wants to do it so I am just hoping they get their vehicle running by tomorrow morning. I made one more stop at our PO Box and then went home for a bit. I went back out awhile later to meet with Councilmember Edwards and Mayor Dawson at City Hall. Nestle Pure Life waters, ARCO fuel card, portable water troth, 2 small bags of dog food, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, plush squeaky dog toys, squeaky dog toys, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
There was a change in plans again this morning. The gentleman with 8 dogs in the river bottom decided he did not want to meet with me. I was going to provide each with 'the works' and find rescue, as he stated he could not care for them all. The woman who translates and was going to drive him showed up but he refused. When I heard that, I called and left a message for one of the Sergeants at Animal Services and asked if there is any chance they might well checks. If need be, they could also confiscate them. I will share more about this, once I know more. I guess he is also annoyed that I want to check on 'Cookie; so often. I suppose he feels I don't trust him but being that he let the tumor get as bad as he did, it is a fair concern, even if he doesn't understand it...I did have an opportunity to visit with 'Muffin' and then I headed across town to the Eastside. I drove to Massachusetts and visited with three dogs there, before continuing on to Hunter Park for two more. I had some things I needed to handle at home so I cut the morning a little bit short but I accomplished all that I planned to. In addition, when I got home, I received a call from a Veteran in Loma Linda. Not homeless but in need of help getting 'the works' for his two cats. Now that I can only do 2 pets per week at Animal Services, I had to put him off until the 13th but we will get them done. Nestle Pure Life waters, puppy pads, medium collar, 20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, plush squeaky dog toys, squeaky dog toys, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
My first stop of the day was at the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to visit 'Cookie', before they checked out. Friday, her companion carried her all the way back to the river bottom to feed the dogs he is taking care of there. (I had no clue there were other dogs but when I found out, I knew I needed to see what could be done for them and planned on discussing that today.) In any case, he could not find a ride back to the motel and unfortunately, spent Friday night at his camp. I spoke to the woman who has the puppy and asked her if she would drive him back. She is the one who alerted me to the dog's health concerns in the first place and has been invaluable in helping me make things work. She also translates for us so I asked her to meet us at the motel to solidify future plans for 'Cookie'. I also got the details on the other dogs this man has down there. It is one of those situations where people have left the river bottom and not taken their dogs so he has stepped in. He said it is too difficult to care for them but did not know what to do. It is my understanding there are four females and four males. I said I would take photos, video clips, provide them with 'the works' and network them for rescue. Tomorrow morning, I am not going to the Eastside. I am supposed to meet some or all of these dogs. This seems like it could become a fairly urgent situation so I want to deal with it as soon as possible. I will be updating as soon as I begin meeting the dogs.....While I was at the motel, the resident kitty 'Gorda' came over to me so I fed her a couple of cans of food, before I left for another location. Yesterday, I missed some people at one of the river bottom outlets so I asked if they wanted to meet today. They did. I not only visited with and distributed supplies for those pets but met up with a few others too. It was a busy couple of hours to say the least. When we were done, I went home for a bit and then met my daughter at the movie theater. She came back to the house afterwards to hang out and have dinner so this turned out to be a great day! Nestle Pure Life waters, Tiller Tugs leash, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, wet cat food, wet kitten food, small bag of kitten food, cat toys, plush squeaky dog toys, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
I was asked to meet some people this morning at one of the river bottom outlets in a Jurupa Valley industrial area. I arrive don time but the people had a flat tire and could not meet. There happened to be others there with pets so I just visited with them and distributed supplies. I had not planned to go to the Eastside but because 'Scamp' and 'Joey' were not at Fairmount Park yesterday, I decided to make the drive. I visited with them, distributed supplies and then headed out to take care of some errands. I also needed to stop at our storage units to pick up supplies so I found the nearest freeway onramp and made a detour to that location first. My time on the streets ended at our PO Box. I had hoped to see 'Cookie' again but there were issues in making that happen so I will look in on her tomorrow before they check out. Nestle Pure Life waters, 2 rain ponchos, LED collar lights, 2 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, squeaky Kong tennis balls, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, small squeaky tennis ball, plush squeaky pet toys, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
I arrived at Fairmount Park around 8:15am. There was a small group of people there with a total of seven dogs. Some of the people will not spay/neuter and keep their distance but I did have an opportunity to visit and distribute supplies for five. I spoke to a couple of people about updating vaccinations and providing their pets with 'the works'. When I left the park, I drove to Massachusetts on the Eastside. Nobody was outside with their pets so I continued to Hunter Park. Unfortunately, there was nobody there either so I decided to make my way to the freeway to head home. While I was going up Iowa Avenue, I potted a dog named 'Bella' and her companion. I pulled into the nearest parking lot and waited for them to make it up to where I was. I thought they were still in a motel room but I was wrong. They have been back on the streets for about two months. This is just the first time I was seeing them. I will keep a look out from now on, when I am in that part of town. I was home long enough to get changed, go to our PO Box and then make it to a 11:30am appointment to get the grey out of my hair. Not sure what is happening yet tomorrow but will figure it out in the morning. Nestle Pure Life waters, Vetericyn wound care spray, small bag of dog food, 2–20-pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, collapsible pet bowls, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, individual bags of dog treats, squeaky Kong tennis balls, large bone bully sticks were shared.