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Journal - May 2022

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Saturday's Smiles 5-14-2022

I was contacted yesterday by some people who needed dog food so I out them first on the list for today's travels. I visited with three of the six dogs and distributed supplies for them and their companions. From there, I drove through Fairmount Park but did not see anyone with pets and circled back around near Crestmore and Mission. I wanted to check on three dogs there. One had been chained for far too long and I sent Animal Control to do a well check. The tie out I left was not what is required to tether a dog. It needs a trolley run and I am out of those. If nobody donates one, I will go ahead and place an order. This is a work in progress. My next stop was in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley at one of the river bottom outlets. I visited with three dogs there and distributed supplies for them and their companions. Temps were near 90 and I decided to run an errand for the charity, check the PO Box and call it a day. Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, toilet tissue, socks, large pet food container with locking lid, canine/equine fly repellant, Flys Off fly repellant, Inaba Twins, Inaba Churus for dogs, 2 small bags of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 5-14-2022
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Friday's Furry Friends 5-13-2022

I was out at 7am to run a couple of errands and then stopped home long enough to give the dogs a little outdoor break. I left the house in time to arrive at Fairmount Park a little after 8am. I visited with and distributed supplies for four of the dogs that were there. My next stop was Massachusetts on the Eastside. I visited with and brought supplies for one of the dog's that stays at the homeless shelter with her companion. I spent a little time driving around the area looking for the companion of a dog we recently provided 'the works' for. I had her one-year license tag and wanted to be sure she got it. They stay in their vehicle but nobody was in it. I eventually ran into one of the companions in a parking lot off of Third Street. I gave her the tag and supplies, before heading over to Hunter Park. I found both of the dogs I was hoping to see there so we visited and I distributed supplies. I was due to receive a phone call around 11am. I needed to be at my desk with a calendar and other information in order to take that call so I went home. I took care of that and some other business and then went to our PO Box on my way to meet Erin Gettis (the new Director of Riverside Animal Services) for a lunch meeting. My daughter came over later in the day and stayed for dinner. Bottled waters, small fleece blanket, large fleece blanket, 2 medium leashes, one small Max and Neo Dog Gear collar, flea comb, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Twins for dogs, 2 small bags of dog food, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 5-13-2022
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Thursday's Treasures 5-12-2022

I had an appointment this morning but still had time to make a stop at the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I checked on the dog that received 'the works' yesterday and visited the litter of four kittens and the kitties that belong to the foster. Afterwards, I made a quick stop at home, went to my appointment, PO Box and ran a couple of personal errands. Not the busiest day but I got everything done that needed doing. Bottled waters, medium dog bed, small fleece blanket, Inaba Churus for dogs, Royal Canin Mother Baby cat food, wet cat food, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, nursing bottle kit for kitties, can of KMR-1, chicken jerky treats and bully sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 5-12-2022
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#1659 Gets 'The Works' and Today's Travels 5-11-2022

I was running around town from 7am until after noon but accomplished what needed to be done. I ran an errand, before going to meet someone at the Riverside County Animal Services spay/neuter clinic. Only one of the two pets scheduled could make it today but I was thankful for that one. While I was checking him in, I got a one-year license tag for the male dog we neutered yesterday. As soon as we were done, I went home to throw in a load of laundry in the washer and put the dogs out for a few minutes, before leaving for the Jurupa Valley Motel6. While there, I checked on the dog that was recuperating from yesterday's neuter and I brought his one-year tag with me. I left supplies and then headed to a nearby location to visit with three dogs and distribute supplies for them and a couple of cats. Afterwards, I went back home, put the clothes in the dryer, gave the dogs another potty break and then went out for a third time. I needed to run a personal errand and then go to Riverside Self Storage where I was to meet someone picking up a few supplies from me and Christine Langdon with our Star Milling Donation. Everything went as planned which made today a success! "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." Bottled waters, ARCO fuel cards, fleece blanket, pet jacket, collapsible pet dish, doggie waste bags with leash clip, wet puppy food, small bag of puppy food, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks, squeaky tennis ball, dog rope toy, cat toys, and plush squeaky toys were shared.

#1659 Gets 'The Works' and Today's Travels 5-11-2022
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#1657 & #1658 Get 'The Works and Today's Travels 5-10-2022

My first trip out this morning was to Van Buren Animal Hospital. We had one female and one male dog scheduled for 'the works'. Both showed up and were on time which got the day off to a great start. One of the pet's companions is already in a motel through another organization so we just reserved one room with a two night stay for the other. When I left that location, I went home to put my dogs out for a morning break and then headed to a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. I was asked to bring supplies for a couple of people. I had what was needed for the two dogs and three cats so I met with one of the companions. Because I had been out of town for a few days, I needed to go pick up a few things at Sprouts and a couple other places. Instead of going out extra early tomorrow morning, I went to Eastvale today. With Tuesday being a spay/neuter day too now, it has caused me to make changes in how I do things. Once I get used to the two day spay/neuter routine, I can better plan what is most important. Starting in July, I may have a third place to spay and neuter but it may be too much if I try to schedule animals in two different places every Wednesday. For now, I am taking it one week at a time a doing what I can. I wasn't even sure if I was going to get any animals in this week due to a short week last week and then not doing business the entire time I was in San Diego for the wedding so I was thankful to get a few on the calendar. "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." Bottled waters, ARCO fuel cards, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus for cats, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, medium dog leash, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks and plush squeaky toys were shared.

#1657 & #1658 Get 'The Works and Today's Travels 5-10-2022
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Monday On The Move 5-09-2022

We returned from our trip last night and got our dogs back too. Everything was going great. I was sorry to see the week-end come to an end but it was also good to be home. One of the dog's had an upset stomach and woke me in the night to go out. She has never done that but she had also never been away from home so I attributed it to her being off of our daily routine. I got up a few times during the night but did not hear either dog and kept going back to sleep. I usually get up between 5am and 6am. At one point I glanced at my clock and it said 7:30am. I had so much to do today and I needed to get back on schedule. Waking up late was not what I wanted to do. When I went o put the dogs out, I found that one of them had a very rough night in about fifteen areas of my home office. The beds and blanket were clean so it just meant dealing with the floor. Needless to say, it was a 'crappy' way to start the day! (Pun intended). I did not have time to get to any of the work on my desk, I left the house around 8:45 and headed to Massachusetts on the Eastside. Nobody was outside the homeless shelter with pets but there was someone around the corner with his dog. All of his belongings were trashed by code enforcement so I gave him whatever I could to help and then headed to Hunter Park. I visited with a dog, distributed supplies and then drove out to Jurupa Valley. I was looking for someone at one of the river bottom outlets but they were not around so I spent time with two other dogs that were in the area. From there, I drove back home to check on the dogs and let them out for a few minutes. Afterwards, I went back out to do some grocery shopping for the house and the tortoise, stopped at the PO Box and got fuel. Tomorrow is spay/neuter time at Van Buren Animal Hospital so I got all of that coordinated too. Hoping to be more 'in the swing of things' by then! Bottled waters, hand warmers, fleece blanket, pet sweater, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, individual bags of dog treats, collapsible pet dish, small stainless steel pet dish, small dog leash, chicken jerky treats and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 5-09-2022
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#1655 & #1656 Get 'The Works' and Today's Travels 5-4-2022

My first trip out this morning was to the Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. We had one female and one male dog scheduled for 'the works' and licensing. Thankfully, they both showed and were either early or on time. It was a great way to start the day. Once I knew they were both getting checked in, I headed home, put the dogs out for a little break and then went back out. I needed to go to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to check on one of the dog's that got 'the works' yesterday and bring supplies for the litter of kittens. I stopped at the room where the kittens were and spent about thirty minutes with them. When I was done, I totally spaced out and never made it to the room with the recently spayed puppy! I guess my upcoming vacation from the streets has me a bit out of sorts. Thankfully, I was able to call and check on her as well as the dog that was neutered. Both seem to be recuperating nicely. I will miss my visits over the next four days but looking forward to spending time with family and celebrating with my son and new daughter in law. Bottled waters, ARCO fuel cards, medium pet bed, handmade pet jackets, case of wet kitten food, cat toys, Mother Baby cat bag of food, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, individual bags of dog treats, collapsible pet dish, large stainless steel pet dish, medium dog collar, pet rope and bully sticks were shared.

#1655 & #1656 Get 'The Works' and Today's Travels 5-4-2022
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#1653 & #1654 Get 'The Works' and Tuesdays Treasures

I had to change things around this week to accommodate the four pets that needed 'the works' and to get ready to take four days off and spend time celebrating my son's wedding. Because I have to divide our spay and neuter appointments between two or three places, I decided to divide the days up as well. I made two appointments for today at Van Buren Animal Hospital and two appointments tomorrow at the Riverside Department of Animal Services. At 7:45am, I was at Van Buren Animal Hospital. We had both dogs checked in by 8:15am. I went home for a few minutes and then went back out. I had been asked to bring pet supplies to someone at one of the river bottom outlets and I went there as soon as I was done getting fuel. In addition to that stop, I made a second stop at another river bottom outlet. I wanted to let someone know that I received a call about a family member of hers that had their dog impounded. While I was there, I visited with two of the dogs at that location and distributed supplies. My next stop was our PO Box. I picked up a couple of packages and a donation check, before making my way to Riverside Animal Services. I needed to get a one-year license for a dog I recently spayed. Even though I will be there tomorrow, it was easier to get it done today when I wasn't dealing with any other business. By the time I got the license tag, it was time for me to get home. Bottled waters, ARCO fuel cards, 3 medium pet beds, handmade pet jacket, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, 2 small bags of dog food, individual bags of dog treats, medium dog collar, large dog harness, plush squeaky pet toy, pet rope, bully sticks kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

#1653 & #1654 Get 'The Works' and Tuesdays Treasures
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Monday On The Move 5-2-2022

On my way to the Eastside this morning, I drove by the encampment where one of the dog's has been on a heavy chain. I have been there twice and seen this and gave the companion a tie out on my last visit. I stated again how important it was to get the dog off of the chain but I could see that the dog was still chained today. I did something that I really try to avoid and that was report to Animal Services for a well check. I am hoping they can either help her set it up or remove the dog but something has to change. I cannot tolerate that type of neglect/abuse. The dog is not spayed yet either and there is a second dog that needs neutered. It would be nice to provide each of them with 'the works' too but my immediate concern is the chain….It was not what I wanted to see first thing out but I am thankful I did and reached out for help. …When I reached the Eastside, I made two stops. One was on Massachusetts and the other at Hunter Park. I visited six pets and distributed supplies. After nearly seven years, I am taking a few days off for a family celebration and will not be on the streets this Thursday through Sunday. I am trying to get to as many people as I can before then….As far as our spay and neuter services went for April, here are the numbers….They are down a bit again. In April, we provided 'the works' for 13 pets. We had 8 dogs and 5 cats. Five of the dogs were female and three were male. Four of the cats were female and one was male. Part of decrease in numbers is due to our being limited to two pets per week at Riverside County Animal Control. We used to have six weekly available appointments through them so now we are having to try to get a couple of appointments at Van Buren Animal Hospital as well. That still limits us to four. The other reason is due to the fact that we had our usual number of no shows which really makes a difference if we only have four appointments to begin with. Bottled waters, 2 large bags of recyclables, Inaba Churus for dogs, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, large stainless steel pet dish, medium leash, plush squeaky pet toy, pet rope, handmade pet jacket, bully slices, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Monday On The Move 5-2-2022
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Sunday On The Streets 5-1-2022

On my way to meet someone at our storage units, I made a little detour. I had not seen a dog named 'Cali' and her companion for quite some time and we had spoken about trying to get together this morning. They have been in a motel on the west side but agreed to meet me in the parking lot of Arlington Lanes which is by their storage. I visited with them and then drove to our storage facility. Inaba has been donating to us for a few years and one of their representatives has been kind enough to meet me in Riverside. She has come to my home but it is easier to bring everything to storage so that is where we meet now. I am so grateful for the treats that are shared with us. When we were done, I drove out to Colorado and Van Buren to catch up with 'Kawasaki'. Her companion finally has an ID so I am looking forward to getting them a room, the next time we fundraise for that purpose. My final stop was the Jurupa Valley Motel6. I brought supplies for the litter of 4 kittens, paid the room fee for tonight and visited with a couple of dogs. I was hoping to catch up with the woman I met last week. She has a mama and puppies that need 'the works' and was looking for rescue for one of the puppies. My friend Brandy Knochel tagged a friend of hers and we now have rescue. I just need to make arrangements with the owner. Unfortunately, she was not there and did not answer the room phone or her cell. Hoping to make contact again in the near future. Nestle Pure Life waters, cracker packs, beef & cheese stick packs, cat collars, kitty litter, litter box, mother baby wet cat food, wet kitten food, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, Inaba Churus for dogs, peanut butter dental sticks, bacon flavored dental sticks, bully slices, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Sunday On The Streets 5-1-2022
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