Taking It To The Streets With Lori And Shira  

Journal - April 2023

2024: JAN - FEB - MAR - APR - MAY - JUN
2023: JAN - FEB - MAR - APR - MAY - JUN - JUL - AUG - SEP - OCT - NOV - DEC
2022: JAN - FEB - MAR - APR - MAY - JUN - JUL - AUG - SEP - OCT - NOV - DEC
2021: JAN - FEB - MAR - APR - MAY - JUN - JUL - AUG - SEP - OCT - NOV - DEC
2020: MAY - JUN - JUL - AUG - SEP - OCT - NOV - DEC

'Saturday's Smiles' 4-29-2023

Yesterday afternoon, I received a call from someone needing her dog neutered. I told her I would set up an appointment for Wednesday but that I wanted to meet the dog first. She was on the Eastside so I made arrangements to meet them at Hunter Park. When I arrived, I called her phone but got no answer so I sent a text. I did not get a response to that either. I waited a few minutes, called again and left a message. I never heard back from her. I am trying to avoid those. I did drive around the area for a bit, hoping they might have been running late but was not contacted. If I don't hear anything soon, I will have to cancel the appointment. A no show to meet is frustrating but a now show for an appointment means a wasted appointment. The only way I get to visit with Scamp and Joey is if I can make it to the Eastside on a week-end. That hasn't happened lately so I drove to their 'spot' today. They were there and happy for a visit. When I left that location I drove to Fairmount Park but the entire park was closed for an event so I continued to a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. Nobody seemed to be awake and I did not want to waste anymore time or fuel so I decided to call it a day... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, Inaba Churu Rolls, Inaba Churus, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and Repel bug repellant were shared.

'Saturday's Smiles' 4-29-2023
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Friday's Furry Friends 4-28-2023

I was told everyone was getting moved off of Massachusetts Avenue this Monday so I made sure to make it to the Eastside today. I was not able to visit with all of the pets there, but did spend time with about nine of them and distributed needed supplies. When I was leaving that location, I called the companion of a dog I had not seen in a couple of weeks. He told me where they were and I drove to that location. It was only around seventy degrees at this point but without shade, it felt warmer. I decided to head back to Jurupa Valley to check our PO Box and do some grocery shopping. Now that my tortoise is out of hibernation, I have to make more trips to the store so I can buy her produce. It is always a challenge to figure out what she will or won't eat from week to week. She has gotten more picky over the years but she is family so I do my best to please her... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, body wipes, hygiene products, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, Inaba Churu Rolls, Inaba Churus, bully slices, bully sticks, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and a squeaky Kong ball were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 4-28-2023
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4-27-2023

Without any pets recuperating from spays/neuters at the Jurupa Valley Motel6, I really didn't have anything planned for this morning. I reached out to a few people I had not seen for awhile but phones were either off or nobody answered. I decided to get some paperwork done, pay a couple of bills, get my vehicle a long overdue wash and pick up supplies at our storage units. While at the car wash, I was contacted by someone needing dog food. Because I had a personal appointment to get to at 11am, I was not sure if I could bring the food until Saturday but after I loaded my vehicle at storage, I realized I could make it happen. I spoke to the pet owner on the phone and we agreed to meet at the river bottom outlet closest to his encampment. I was able to visit the dog and distribute needed supplies. I went straight home from there to let out my dog and get to the appointment I had. I unloaded and reloaded supplies after I returned from there. Not the most productive day but my vehicle is temporarily clean, one dog is going to be able to eat today and I have supplies to get me through the week-end... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, body wipes, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba Churu Rolls, Inaba Churus, bully sticks, chicken jerky treats and Tiller Tugs leash were shared.

4-27-2023
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Midweek Travels 4-26-2023

Wednesdays have been our spay and neuter days for many years. This week both clinics we use were closed to use for surgeries which left me without a plan. In addition, I normally go to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 on Thursdays and visit pets recuperating from surgery but that is not going to be happening either. I am not one to sit around but I also had no idea where to go today and what pets I might come across. For over an hour, I wasted time and fuel with no success. I went to a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley, Fairmount Park, Reid Park and Hunter Park. I did not find anyone with pets at those locations. However, as I was leaving Hunter Park, I saw a familiar truck. I knew there were two dogs living in it with their companion. They were not outside the truck but I parked behind it and went to the passenger window. I was immediately greeted with wagging tails. They got out of the vehicle and we spent some time together. Before I left, I distributed needed supplies. At this point , I was already on the Eastside so I decided to drive around University Avenue and Bobby Bonds Park. I did not find anyone with pets and thought it best to stop looking. I was hoping to visit more pets but I did not want to waste anymore fuel or time. As I was headed back to Jurupa Valley, I turned into a parking lot off of Mission Avenue in Rubidoux and found a dog I had visited not too far from there this past Sunday. She began barking as soon as she saw me. I knew I had to stay for a few minutes so I did. I visited with her and spoke to her companion about going into sober living and getting off the streets. I hope she is strong enough to make that happen. I love visiting all of the pets but I also love seeing people get their lives together and move indoors with their pets. My final stop of the day was at our PO Box. We have not had donations for awhile and I have been spending too much on supplies so I think it is time I create a new Wish List. I will work on getting that done, before the week-end... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, body wipes, small bag of dog food, wet dog food, Inaba Churu Rolls, Inaba tuna fillets, Inaba Churus, bully sticks, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats, small and medium squeaky Kong balls were shared.

Midweek Travels 4-26-2023
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Tuesday's Treasures 4-25-2023

I wasn't sure if I was going to have time to do my 'daily travels today, because I had two different appointments scheduled at Kaiser. I was done with both of them around 10am. I still had not decided what I would be doing for the charity today but I did need to pick up some sprinkler heads and something else from Lowe's. I went there next and was back on the road before 10:30am. I took a chance that I might find people near the downtown area and I drove across town until I arrived at Fairmount Park. I had driven through a few different areas of the park, before I spotted a dog I thought I recognized. I pulled into the nearest parking lot and got out to look. As soon as I did, the dog came running in my direction and her companion was right behind her. There weren't any other people with pets around so I drove up the street to where there was a woman with three dogs. They live in their van and that van stopped running. They were in a dirt lot pretty close to the park and I was able to pull in where they were. By the time we were done, I needed to head home. I had already been gone for a few hours and I knew my dog was in need of a potty break. Wednesdays are normally spay and neuter days but both clinics said they would not be able to do surgeries for us this week so I haven't figured out what my day will look like. I am not used to taking a day off without a reason so I will have to wait and see what tomorrow brings... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, body wipes, small bag of dog food,20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, Inaba Churu Rolls, bully sticks, kabob chew sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 4-25-2023
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Monday On The Move 4-23-2023

I spent my morning on the Eastside going up and down Massachusetts Avenue. Every week, there are more and more people setting up tents there. Many come with pets but do not want them spayed or neutered. I was told that beginning May 1st, they will be providing motel vouchers and other resources in order to clear the street again. It was cleared years ago for quite some time but the shelters being full and housing being so hard to come by, there has been a gradual return. It is not quite as bad as it once was, being that there are iron fences lined on one side of the street but the other side is pretty full. I did not get to everyone but did visit with seven pets and distributed supplies to each of them. When I left that location, I got fuel, went home for an 11am zoom meeting and then began working on emails, texts, returning phone calls and social media... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, body wipes, fleece blanket, two small bags of dog food, wet dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churu Rolls, bully sticks, kabob chew sticks, plush squealy toy and chicken jerky treats were shared.

Monday On The Move 4-23-2023
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Saturday's Smiles 4-22-2023

Yesterday, I was contacted by the companion of three dogs and about seven cats. She was in need of pet food and wanted to know if we could meet today. I can't get close to the part of the river bottom they live in. She has a vehicle so she usually brings one or more of the pets and meets me on a side street in Grand Terrace. The companion of another dog needed supplies as well so I told him we could meet at the same location. The dogs from one family do not get along with the other dog so I just meet with them separately. While I was visiting with the first three, someone drove up with a dog that looked familiar but I could not recall her name. The gentleman stopped and it was definitely a dog we provided 'the works' for. She was all smiles until I walked over to the truck and then she got shy and sat on the floor by his feet. They did not need anything so I got back to the three dogs. I found out that in addition tot he cats, the woman is taking care of a litter of young kittens. Their mom was no longer feeding them so she was bottle feeding. I had two stages of canned milk replacement with me so I gave her both. Once she loaded the dogs back in her vehicle, I was able to visit with the other dog. She was patiently waiting and greeted me with a huge smile and a wagging tail. After our visit, I drove up Agua Mansa and then turned so I could check out Fleetwood. Many people park their RV's there and it is also one of the river bottom outlets. I did not see any pets or people out there so I continued driving to our PO Box. It was around 11:30am and the temperature was already 80+ degrees. I was happy to be going home... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, pet carrier, Max and Neo medium dog collar, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, Inaba Churu Pops, KMR Stage1, KMR Stage2, 24 pound bag of puppy food, 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 kitten food, wet cat food, bully sticks and a Tiller Tugs squeaky tug toy were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 4-22-2023
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Friday's Furry Friends 4-21-2023

I received a text early this morning. It was from a Criminology student at Cal Poly Pomona who was supposed to ride with me today. She said she woke up feeling sick and had to cancel. Right after that a text came in from someone I had not heard from in months and who is now housed. His dog is sick and he has no money for the vet. I told him I could not help and Pets Of The Homeless only helps if someone is actually homeless. His next text was an angry one about the fact I would not call Pets of The Homeless and ask for antibiotics. I explained that is not how it works. The pet owner has to call and must be homeless. I also told him I did not appreciate the attitude and not to contact me if he was going to act like that. He texted back that I had an attitude with him the last time we spoke. (No idea what he is talking about). He also told me all of the homeless people he speaks to say the same thing. If not taking crap off of people who expect me to pay for things my charity doesn't then I guess I have an attitude. Right as I was leaving the house, my dog threw up on the sofa so I cleaned that and ran out the door. As I was driving, the companion of the sick dog texted again. I did not pull over to read the messages but did do voice to text and say I would read messages when I got in this afternoon. Rather than listen to anymore complaining about my services, I decided to just delete them instead. I realize I am often the last hope someone has but there are many services we do not provide and I get tired of apologizing for that... When I got to the Eastside, I parked in the Access Center lot and walked up Massachusetts. I was looking for the gentleman with a dog that we checked for a chip on Monday. She had a tattoo so we knew she was spayed and she actually had a chip too. I told the gentleman caring for her that I would call the chip company later and see what I could find out. Someone actually gave this dog to him. He was not trying to steal it or hide it but when I went back today with a transporter to take her back to where she needed to go he was upset. He took great care of her and was attached so I understood. However, there were many people on the block that came up and started questioning me and asking why I took 'his' dog. One person acted like he didn't even believe what I was telling the, was true. I stayed for about an hour but at one point got sick of the accusations and left. I did manage to visit with eight pets and distribute supplies but I did not attempt to see anymore. I have never 'taken' a dog away from anyone but there is no way to convince anyone of that once they decide otherwise. The gentleman who was caring for the dog actually had a dog of his own. A couple of years ago, he had friends watching her and she got out of their yard. We had provided her with 'the works' but nobody ever called to say they found her. He thinks he knows where she might be and I told him I would ask animal control to help us get her back, once he was one hundred percent sure... In any case, I was glad to go back home and take a breather from everything. Going to do my best to make the rest of today a good one! Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, body wipes, Taco Bell gift card, Subway gift card, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, small bag of dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, large bone, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and plush squeaky toys were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 4-21-2023
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Thursday's Treasures 4-20-2023

Two of the pets that received 'the works' yesterday are spending two nights at the Jurupa Valley Motel6 so they can begin recuperating. The other four dogs and two cats were going to peoples homes. I stopped at the motel first to check on the two dogs that were there and to distribute needed supplies. I had planned on going to the house where the papa dog and three puppies were but the person caring for them had to run errands. She said they are all recuperating nicely so that was good to hear. I thought I was going to stop around Mission and Crestmore to bring dog food to someone but when I arrived I found that the entire encampment had been cleared out. I was just told a couple of days ago that I could find them there. I had no idea where to look so I continued driving to Fairmount Park. I spotted a vehicle with a dog and his companion so I pulled into the parking lot they were in. They were sleeping but needed dog food so they did not mind being woken up. The dog was especially happy for a visit, treats and his bully stick. I had to be back home around 11am to unlock the gate for someone which did not leave me much time to go too far so I hopped on the freeway and went to a location in Jurupa Valley where a family usually parks their motorhome. They were not there today and I could not reach them on the phone. At that point I decided to go to our PO Box and then call it a day... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, Burger King gift cards, small pet bed, pet backpack, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, Inaba Churu Pops, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and plush squeaky toys were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 4-20-2023
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#1920,21,22,23,24,25,26 & #1927 Get 'The Works' 4-19-2023

I was going non-stop this morning but when all was said and done we provided 'the works' for 4 female dogs, 2 male dogs and 2 male cats at two different facilities... We started at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services spay/neuter clinic where I was meeting two female dogs ant their companions. One of the companions was on time. The other was early but I found out from her friend that she went to the wrong place and her phone was off. I tried calling the clinic but got no answer so I texted one of the staff. Thankfully, she replied and had someone go out and tell the woman where she needed to go. By the time she got to me she was over half an hour late and stressed out. The dog was a bit dog aggressive which made matters even worse. At one point she said she just wanted to forget it but we had a talk and eventually got the dog checked in. This pitbull had a litter a few months ago and her companion did not want any more puppies so she was willing to see things through. When I left that location, I went home for about twenty minutes and then headed over the the Mary S. Roberts spay/neuter clinic. I was waiting for someone with three puppies and the papa dog as well as someone with two male cats that are brothers. To remind everyone about the dogs, we started the spaying and neutering last week with two mama dogs and three puppies from one of the litters. There had been six more in that litter but they were already given away. That left six female puppies, one male puppy from the other litter and the father of both litters. Today, we got the father in as well as two female puppies and one male puppy. We hope to do two more female puppies next week and the final two the week after. It was actually touch and go for a bit wit the papa dog, because he slipped out of his collar and started running. I am so grateful he did not leave the property and wind up on a busy street or in the river bottom. Once everyone's paperwork was turned in, I left to go to our storage facility and to run a couple of personal errands. That ended my time on the streets so all that was left was editing photos, social media, answering emails, answering calls, answering texts and staring to scheduling spay/neuter appointments for next week. Animal Services will not be open to us on the 26th but we do have six appointments at Mary S. Roberts and I believe they are almost filled. Now I just have to hope for some Grant money to come through so we can continue providing these services next month too. "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." Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, ARCO fuel cards, puppy training pads, doggie waste bags, collapsible pet dish, XL Martingale collar, fleece blankets, chicken jerky treats, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company,17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 24 pound bag of puppy food, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and plush squeaky toys were shared.

#1920,21,22,23,24,25,26 & #1927 Get 'The Works' 4-19-2023
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Tuesday's Treasures 4-18-2023

My first stop this morning was at the end of Tequesquite where I was meeting someone from the river bottom. While I was waiting, a police helicopter began circling over the area. Shortly after, a few units pulled up. I am not sure what was going on but it might have had something to do with the man they were trying to find at Riverside Community College. They were all standing around the storm drain by Ryan Bonominio Park and I know the suspect from RCC was in a storm drain. Right after I left, a fire truck arrived on the scene as well. As I was headed across town to check a dog for a microchip, I drove through the old Pine Center. I saw a dog I knew asleep in a big blanket in front of the church so I parked in the lot. One of the gentleman there gave me an update on a dog that just had surgery and I gave him my contact card for someone else who might need it. From there I drove to the property where I wanted to check a dog for a microchip and finalize arrangements for tomorrow's spay and neuter appointments. As I was leaving that location, I received information about a dog that was impounded yesterday. It is a dog we have provided services for but I told her companion that we do not pay impound fees, boarding fees or fines. I did ask him to look for some people I know there to find out if there is any type of discount he can get for her fees... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, fleece blanket, chicken jerky treats, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 4-18-2023
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Monday On The Move 4-17-2023

I was excited about my friend Christine Ramirez volunteering with me today but she got called in to work so I was on my own as usual. I drove to the Eastside and parked at the Access Center/Path of Life Community Shelter. I walked up and down Massachusetts visiting pets and distributing needed supplies. I made one new friend and checked a fairly new dog on the block for a microchip. She was already spayed and had a chip as well. As soon as I got home, I called Home Again. They told me it wasn't their chip and to call 24 Pet Watch which I did. They told me it was not their chip that it was a Home Again Chip so I made a second call to them. This person told me it was a Home Again chip but that it was not registered. I asked where it was implanted. They did not want to tell me at first but then said it was the Mary S. Robert's Pet Adoption Center so I called the clinic. Nobody answered so I left a voicemail and called the adoption center. I reached someone there and he looked up the number. It did match the dog I described so he said he would call the number on file and have them call me. Hoping for a good outcome... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, chicken jerky treats, small bags of dog food, 2 hand made pet jackets, Tiller Tugs squeaky tug, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, wet dog food , kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 4-17-2023
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Saturday's Smiles 4-15-2023

This morning, I went to the house of the woman who is caring for the mothers and puppies that belong to a homeless gentleman in the river bottom. The pitbull had a litter of seven and the husky had a litter of nine. Six of the huskies were given away, before I was contacted but we did neuter the three that were left. Right now, we are working on getting the six female puppies, one male puppy and the father of both litters neutered. He was originally a stray that became very busy impregnating many 'neighborhood' dogs. That should come to an end this week when we begin providing 'the works' for the puppy and for him. After I checked on the five dogs that received 'the works', met the puppies and the 'daddy dog', I drove across town to a river bottom outlet. While I was there, I met with four pets and distributed supplies for each of them. When we were done, I stopped to check out PO Box. I won't be on the streets tomorrow, because I will be visiting my children and granddaughter but I will be back out on Monday... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, chicken jerky treats, small bag of dog food, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, wet kitten food, wet cat food, cat dancer and other cat toys, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba Churu Rolls, wet dog food and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 4-15-2023
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Friday's Furry Friends 4-14-2023

I spent most of my morning on the Eastside with a few of the dogs on Massachusetts Avenue. I visited with and distributed supplies for ten pets but was unable to get to the others, because I had to get to an appointment at 11am. My friend Chritine Ramirez is supposed to volunteer with me on Monday so I am hoping to get to some of the others then... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, large bag of recyclables, Tiller Tugs leash, chicken jerky treats, small stainless steel pet dish, medium pet dish, small bags of dog food, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba Churu Rolls, wet dog food, bully sticks and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 4-14-2023
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Thursday's Treasures 4-13-2023

The two mama dogs and five puppies that were spayed and neutered yesterday went back to the house of the woman who is caring for them. My plan was to stop and check on them this morning and meet the seven remaining puppies that need spayed and neutered. It was raining when I left the house so I had no intention of visiting any other pets today. When I called the woman to tell her I was on my way, she did not answer or reply to a text so I drove to a place where I knew there was going to be a dog needing supplies. When I was done there I tried calling the woman again but I still did not have any luck so I took a drive through Fairmount Park. I did not find anyone with pets there and tried calling the woman one last time. She doesn't live far from the park and I thought I might still meet with her. This time she answered but had just woken up. I guess yesterday took a toll on her and she slept in. It was still raining and she did not have a garage or a covered patio which meant the dogs would get wet if she brought them outside. I won't have time tomorrow but will on Saturday so we agreed to meet then. When I was on my way home from the park, I spotted someone pushing a stroller that was overflowing with 'stuff' and then I noticed his little dog was sitting on top of the pile. I pulled over on Mission Avenue, stopped for a visit and distributed needed supplies. When we were done, I had enough time before my 11 am appointment to check out PO Box where I was very thankful to find a monetary donation... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, rain ponchos, fleece blankets, collapsible pet bowls, stainless steel pet dishes, large trash bags, small bags of dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churu Rolls, wet dog food, plush squeaky toy and kabob chew sticks were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 4-13-2023
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#1912,13,14,15,16,17,18 & #1919 Get 'The Works' 4-12-2023

This was one of the busiest days I have had in awhile. So much of it did not go as planned but when all was said and done two female dogs, three male puppies, two female kittens and one male kitten got 'the works'... The day began at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services spay/neuter clinic. I was there to meet a woman who has been caring for two female dogs that belong to a gentleman who lives int he river bottom. When she found out they were pregnant, she offered to let them stay with her so they would be indoors. One of the dogs had seven puppies in November and the other had nine in February. She said she found homes for six of them but was unable to afford spaying or neutering any of them, I told her we would start with the mamas and three of the male puppies born in November. She was late showing up with the mamas but we managed to get them both checked in to the animal services clinic by 8:30am. She had to drive back home to get the three puppies. They were going to another facility. I also ran home for a few minutes, before heading over to the Mary S Robert's spay and neuter clinic. I had someone waiting for me to get his puppy the remainder of vaccinations she needed after her spay. I was also meeting someone there with three female kittens as well as the woman bringing the puppies. When I arrived nobody was there yet. The woman with the cats, said one of the females took off so she was running late and the puppies managed to get loose while they were being loaded into a large crate. This meant all would be late or not make it at all. I had to drop something off at Riverside Temple Beth El so I drove out there while I was waiting. On my way back, I called the woman with the puppies. She had caught them all but the homeless gentleman never showed up to help her and she was overwhelmed. I told her that I would get some people to help, if she brought them to the clinic. She said it would take her twenty minutes and I told her I would wait. It actually took about forty five but she did show up and the people meeting me with the kittens helped out. The kittens were not exactly what I was expecting due to one of them taking off but she was replaced with a male kitten that needed 'the works' so we still had three kitties. At this point, it was around 11am. I still needed to drive over to our storage units and pick up supplies. As soon as all of the paperwork was turned in, I left. I told them I would be available by phone if needed. The day was both exhausting and energizing at the same time. I am just very grateful for what finally got accomplished. "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." ARCO fuel cards, wet kitten food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 24 pound bag of puppy food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, large leash and bully sticks were shared.

#1912,13,14,15,16,17,18 & #1919 Get 'The Works' 4-12-2023
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Tuesday's Treasures 4-11-2023

I spent most of my morning at Fairmount Park visiting nine pets and distributing supplies for each of them. My first visit was with a mother and son that have three dogs. When we were done, I spent time with another dog and his companion. My third visit was with two dogs living in a van with their companion and the last visit was with three dogs living in a van with their companion. I had planned on driving through the entire park to look for others with pets but I took care of some personal business instead. I may check the park again on Saturday, when I drive to a couple of nearby locations... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, small leash, Tiller Tugs leash, wet dog food, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 2 small bags of dog food, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 4-11-2023
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Monday On The Move 4-10-2023

I had an appointment this morning which shortened my time on the streets but it worked out just as well, because I was getting too frustrated to stay out there much longer. Whatever time I had, was spent on the Eastside near the Path of Life Community Shelter... On Saturday I met a dog and she had a home made chain link collar on her. Her companion cut it off and I gave her a collar and leash set. Her other companion took off what I gave the dog and put the metal links back on the dog. I explained how hot the metal would get in the heat and that there was no way to safely remove it without wire cutters but that did not seem to matter. The woman also stated that she was not willing to get the dog spayed. I was not happy to hear that but there was nothing more I could do. I also got upset when I found out that someone whose dog had a litter in the kennels at the Path of Life Community Shelter was giving away puppies that were probably only three or four weeks old. He was told that he could not keep them in the kennel and now there are a number of homeless walking around with puppies and some do not have the money to bottle feed. There are two more people in tents on Massachusetts with litters of puppies as well. In addition, a woman staying at the shelter has her male dog in the kennels but won't let me neuter him. On this one block alone there are so many selfish pet owners who won't do right by their pets, even when someone else offers to pay for it. No matter how hard I try and so many of my rescue friends do, this problem seems never-ending. I often wonder if the issue of pet overpopulation and euthanasia in our shelters will ever be a problem of the past. No matter how hopeless it feels, I will continue to do my part and I know many others who will too... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, puppy pads, pet dish, wet dog food, 24 pound bag of puppy food, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 4-10-2023
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Saturday's Smiles 4-8-2023

Yesterday, I was unable to get to all of the pets that were on Massachusetts Avenue. I went back this morning to try and catch up with those I missed. I still did not get to all of them but did visit with seven. I parked on three different areas of the street but did not get to the part that is closest to Chicago. I will be sure to do that when I return on Monday. I did meet one of the newer dogs on the block. Her companion was looking to vaccinate and microchip her but wasn't really wanting to spay. We had a long talk and he was willing to consider it. There are no guarantees but I was grateful he was willing to listen to what I had to say. There are four other dogs both in the kennels and in tents who have companions that will now allow spaying or neutering and plan to breed or continue breeding. I am trying to stay clear of them so I don't get into anymore verbal altercations. It isn't worth it when the other person is adamant about what they want. I will continue sharing the reasons why it is so important to spay and neuter, because for every person who says no, there are others who want to do the right thing. I did not make arrangements to meet anyone tomorrow, because I plan to visit with my children and granddaughter but I will be back out the following day... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, body wipes, pet dishes, wet dog food, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, medium collar and leash set, small bags of dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 4-8-2023
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Friday's Furry Friends 4-7-2023

We normally pick up our monthly pet food donation from the Star Milling Company around the 11of of each month. Due to my schedule and the schedule of the volunteer who drives to their facility we had to make it for today. We also had to make it for an earlier time than usual which only gave me an hour on the Eastside. I was able to visit with seven pets and distribute supplies but I was not able to get to many others, especially now that there are so many more tents on Massachusetts. I did let a couple of people know that I will make a trip back there tomorrow and try to get to those I missed today. When I left storage, I went home and made a few things for Passover so we could have lunch together. The rest of the day was spent writing thank-you notes, scheduling spay/neuter appointments, answering calls, texts and emails as well as updating our social media... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, large bag of recyclables, pet dishes, wet dog food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba Churu Rolls, small bags of dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Friday's Furry Friends 4-7-2023
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Thursday's Treasures 4-6-2023

After a dental appointment for a CT Scan this morning, my agenda included checking on the dog that received 'the work's yesterday, visiting a dog I had not seen in awhile and connecting with someone who has been 'fostering' a puppy' since September. This woman is living in her van with other dogs and cats, while she has been caring for the puppy that was brought to me by her friend. She was told multiple times that a home had been found but nothing ever materialized. Last night, I texted my friend at 'Mutts In Need' and she said she would take her in. This 4 and ½ month old girl is now going in one year and I am really hoping this works out during the next couple of days. While I was visiting with the dog needing rescue, I also visited with two of the dogs that belong to the woman who has been fostering. At one point, she and her son were living in a van with their six small dogs, the foster and a cat. The son got housing with his dad and three of the dogs went with them. I missed having an opportunity for a visit but grateful they are indoors. After all of the visits were done, I made one more stop at our PO Box and picked up a package donated by Lisa Holloway with Tiller Tugs... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, two large stainless steel pet dishes, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, wet cat food, wet kitten food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba Churu Rolls, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks and a plush squeaky toy were shared.

Thursday's Treasures 4-6-2023
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#1911 Gets 'The Works' and Today's Travels 4-5-2023

I received so many phone calls from people wanting to spay and neuter but only three confirmed their appointments and only one of them actually showed up. As disappointing as it was, I did not let it ruin my day. When I left the clinic, I drove to a nearby parking lot and met a couple of people with their pets. A gentleman with two cats needed food and harness/leash sets. I only had a harness big enough to fit one of his cats but I will try to get the other donated. I also distributed supplies for the dog. I had never met the cat but I did know the dog. The cat, the dog and the cat I did not visit with today were previously spayed. After our visit, I went home for a short time and then went back out to meet a good friend for lunch. I will be starting a new list for spaying and neutering next week and I am hoping for better results. I am still grateful for the dog we did get to today. He has already fathered multiple litters. "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." Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, Arco fuel card, medium cat harness with leash sets, wet dog food, wet cat food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Pops, small bag of dog food, chicken jerky treats and kabob chew stick were shared.

#1911 Gets 'The Works' and Today's Travels 4-5-2023
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Tuesday's Treasures 4-4-2023

This morning, I went to the Eastside to meet with three pets and their companions that I did not get to yesterday. I went to two different locations but neither were by the community shelter. I already planned on going back there this Friday.When I left the second location, I drove over to Fairmount Park to look for a gentleman with a dog that needs neutered and to meet with someone who needed cat harnesses. I was able to to catch up with each of them. I was hoping to get the dog scheduled tomorrow for his neuter but the companion has no transportation. Someone stole his phone so I am unable to communicate with him that way either. I will keep offering and if he ever gets the rides he needs, we will provide his dog with the services he needs. When I left the park, I went to our PO Box to pick up a donation package and then headed home... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, body wipes, hand and toe warmers, small and medium cat harness with leash sets, wet dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, Inaba Churu Pops, small bag of cat food, wet cat food, 2 small bags of dog food, chicken jerky treats, squeaky Kong ball, doggie waste bags with leash clip, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Tuesday's Treasures 4-4-2023
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Monday On The Move 4-3-2023

Saturday afternoon, my son and daughter in law welcomed their first child and my first grandchild into this world. Yesterday, I took the day off so I could drive to the hospital and meet my granddaughter. Over the past eleven years, I have rarely missed my daily travels. Bad weather, being ill or attending a family event have been the only times I have done so. That will most likely change now as I am hoping to visit my children and granddaughter every week or two. I will still continue to do spaying and neutering on Wednesdays and will keep try to keep my schedule very much like it is now but family is so important and always comes first... Today was a new day. I made my usual trip to the Eastside and parked on Massachusetts, I spent my time walking up and down the street visiting with the pets that were out there as well as distributing needed supplies. I did not get to everyone I had hoped to but will be back on Friday to catch up on anyone I missed... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, laser toy for pets, wet dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, chicken jerky treats, stainless steel pet dish, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Monday On The Move 4-3-2023
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Saturday's Smiles 4-1-2023

We received a donation that contained large bags of puppy food. I did not post a photo but there were about eight bags. The donor prefers to remain anonymous and the bags were dropped off to us at our storage units. This morning, I went to pick a couple of those bags in addition to Star Milling cat and dog food. I know a few people with puppies and contacted one of them to see if she would like a bag. She did and we met this morning at a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. Next, I was going to meet someone at Fairmount Park. Her family is no longer homeless but I met one of her dogs many years ago and she thought I might like to see her. I said I did and was on my way to the park when I spotted a couple of gentleman with dogs I recognized. I had to drive for a bit to turn around and go back. We had provided 'the works' for three of the four dogs and the fourth needed it done. His companion in incarcerated and the person who was caring for him said he would have a discussion about the dog getting neutered. As soon as we were done, I continued on to Fairmount Park which became my final stop of the day. I did run by our PO Box, because I was expecting a package but it was not there so I just went home... Waters from Niagara Bottling Company, wet dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, small bag of puppy food, small bag of dog food, 24 pound bag of puppy food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Rolls, Inaba Churu Pops, chicken jerky treats. Kong squeaky ball, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.

Saturday's Smiles 4-1-2023
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