We were originally expecting rain today so I did not make any plans until I woke up to check out the weather. When I saw that there was not going to be rain this morning, I texted Wendy Kelly to tell her I would be going out and that she was welcome to join me. She wanted to ride along so we arranged a meeting place for me to pick her up. We drove through Rubidoux and Fairmount Park but did not see anyone with pets so we continued on to Grand Terrace. We only made two stops there and they were both in the same area. First, we met with three pets and then we went up the street a bit and met with a couple other people and three more. I had considered going back to the park but decided to save it for tomorrow or Monday. I dropped Wendy off at her car and then went home. My daughter was coming over around noon and I wanted to be there when she arrived... Waters, handmade pet jackets, Max and Neo leash, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, wet puppy food, 30 pound bag of Canidae dog food, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Bites, Inaba Fun Bites, Yak cheese sticks, bully sticks and chicken jerky treats were shared.
I started my day on the Eastside in the parking lot of the Path of Life Community Shelter. I visited with five dogs and provided each of them with supplies. When I left that location, I drove around for a bit. I went up and down Iowa and Blaine as well as Hunter Park but did not find anyone with pets. I needed to go to storage to pick up a few things so I drove up University and stopped on Victoria. I visited one more dog there and provided him with supplies. From there, I headed to our storage units where I loaded up dog food, waters and some of the things Inaba gave us recently. My final stop was the post office. I had baked goods for the postal workers and I wanted to check our box. There was nothing there for us today but the workers seemed happy to get homemade baked goods... Waters, small bag of senior dog food, small bag of small bites dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, wet dog food, Inaba Chur Bites, Inaba Fun Bites, kabob chew sticks, bully sticks, chicken jerky treats and squeaky tennis ball were shared.
It was chilly and cloudy today but I was grateful that the rain gave us a break. My first stop was at the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley where I checked on a dog that received 'the works' yesterday. We had a visit and I provided him and his companion with supplies. From there I drove to Veteran's Memorial Park. I was able to visit with 'Nugget' and his companion and provide them with supplies. My next stop was by chance on Mission Blvd. in Rubidoux. I was actually driving toward Fairmount Park when I noticed someone I knew sitting in front of a store with her dog. I drove around the block to find a place to park and then got out for a visit. I also provided them with supplies. I was going to visit one more dog in Jurupa Valley but the car she stays in with her companion was not where I usually see them so I drove over to our PO Box. There were two donation packages waiting for us so I grabbed them and then rushed home for a conference call before going to lunch with one of my oldest and dearest friends who I actually grew up with in New York. The only downfall is that, after lunch, I discovered one of my tires was going flat. I drove to the nearest tire store and they were able to remove a very l;arge screw and patch the tire... Waters, cracker packs, soup, canned pasta, cookies, beef sticks, cereal bar, handmade pet jackets, Max and Neo fleece blanket, doggie waste bags, small bag of senior dog food, small bag of adult dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, Yak cheese, tiller tug squeaky toy, Yak cheese stick, bully stick, chicken jerky treats and plush squeaky toy were shared
The clinic at Riverside County Animal Services was closed to us for surgeries but we had four pets scheduled for 'the works' at the Mary S. Robert's spay/neuter clinic.. There were three female cats and one male dog. Everyone confirmed but at 8am I received a call saying one of the cats had eaten and would not be coming in. I said it was ok as long as we told the clinic but the person never responded and never showed up. Next was the companion with the other two female cats. I texted when I arrived but go not response so I tried calling. The phone went straight to voicemail which meant it was not turned on. This just left one dog. I had not met him, before this morning. He is a senior that has had a few seizures so he was considered high risk. I approved all the extra charges and his companion signed the waiver. I left before he was actually checked in but told them to call if there were problems or they needed approval for anything else. It was very disappointing to waste three hard to get appointments but I had no control over any of that and hope for a better turnout on the 29th. Both clinics will be closed on the 22nd so we won't be doing any spay/neuter surgeries next week. "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, medium collar and leash set and handmade pet jackets were shared.
Yesterday, I received a phone call from someone needing dog food. The last time I tried to meet with her, she was a no show. I asked her to please call me this morning at 8am to arrange a place and time to get together. She never contacted me. I did meet up with someone who was originally supposed to meet with me yesterday but could not make it. She is going to drive someone to the clinic tomorrow and I wanted to give her an ARCO fuel card as well as supplies for her cats and dogs. We met at a river bottom outlet in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. She brought her three dogs and I was able to fit each one with a handmade jacket. From there I drove through Rubidoux and a location in Jurupa Valley. I did not find anyone I was looking for so I drove out to Jurupa and Van Buren to speak to a gentleman who needs his dog cared for when he goes in the hospital. I did not have much time, because I had to get to a dental appointment but I still wanted to touch base and I did not have a working phone number for him. He was on the phone discussing an accident, when I arrived. I could not stay long enough for him to finish the call but I did fit his dog with a jacket while I gave him treats and a bully stick. When I left them, I drove to the dentist and did not return home until lunch time... Waters, ARCO fuel card for Wednesday transport, handmade pet jackets, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba Juicy Bites, Inaba chicken stew for cats, Inaba chicken broth for cats, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, NUBZ chews. Kong squeaky ball, cat toys and bully sticks were shared.
Yesterday, I took the day off to visit family but made arrangements to meet a couple of people today at one of the river bottom outlets in an industrial area of Jurupa Valley. I was planning on at least four pets to be there but one of the people did not show and the other just brought her puppy. I fit the dog with one of the handmade jackets, provided needed supplies and then drove over to Fairmount Park. While there, I talked to two different people. One has two dogs and the other has three. Sadly, the one with the three dogs had his vehicle stolen. Not only were they living in that vehicle but their belongings were inside. I could not replace all of the pet supplies and food that they lost but I did have enough to get them started. I was able to fit those three and two more with new handmade jackets as well as provide needed supplies. I was going to make one more stop but I knew they would need a large bag of dog food and I did not have anymore with me so I drove out to the post office. I shipped another package of baked goods to someone who does business for us and picked up bag with a donation. When I got home, I finalized the spay and neuter list for tomorrow. Riverside County Animal Services canceled our surgeries for three weeks and this week is the last of that. None of the clinics are open on the 22nd so I scheduled four for this week and will have somewhere between two and four the following week... Waters, handmade pet jackets, Max and Neo fleece blankets, small harness and leash set, small bag of small bites dog food for small dogs, wet puppy food, 2-20 pound bags of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba chicken stew for cats, Inaba chicken broth for cats, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, small, medium and large stainless steel pet bowls, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
It took me a little longer to get to my first stop today, because part Mission Blvd. was closed for the parade. I was able to take some back roads and got back on Rubidoux Blvd. without wasting too much time. I drove out to an encampment in Grand Terrace where I visited with five dogs and provided them with needed supplies. It was fun putting jackets on them too. When I left that location, I was going to drive through Fairmount Park but when I was on one of the side streets I saw a gentleman with a dog I had not seen in quite some time. I had trouble pulling over, because there were dogs in every yard on that street but I finally found a spot by an empty house. When the dog walked up to me I noticed she had no collar or leash and then her companion asked me if I had any. He said he was actually just thinking about me, because he did not have means to go get them for her. I just received a large pink collar and leash set which fit her perfectly. I gave her a new handmade jacket and a few other supplies before heading out to Alin Party Supply to pick up a couple of balloons for a visit with my granddaughter tomorrow. I have tried to give her one or more each time I see her, because she seems to like them even more than the books or toys I bring. I am looking forward to taking the day off tomorrow and enjoy being a grandma for a bit. Our video calls are great but nothing compares to in person! Waters, large blanket, handmade pet jackets, large collar and leash set, 30 pound bag of Canidae dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Bites, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, stainless steel pet dish, collapsible pet dish with clip and bully sticks were shared.
My first stop of the day was outside the Path of Life Community Shelter. There was only one person there with a dog and I told her I probably won't be driving over there two days a week anymore unless more people need supplies. I am still willing to go Mondays and Fridays but not if there are only one or two dogs. If that continues to be the case, then I will just go on Fridays. When I left that location, I drove through Hunter Park and then through the parking lot outside the Stater Brothers on Iowa. There was a van parked and I knew the person and dog inside but they were sleeping. I made a call to someone else and told him I would head that way to bring a jacket for his dog. As I was getting ready to exit the parking lot, I spotted a dog I had not seen in many weeks. He was there with one of his companions and another dog. I stopped to spend time with them and provide needed supplies. Afterwards, I drove to where I was supposed to meet 'Solo' and his companion but they were nowhere to be found. I made a couple of calls, texted and drove up and down the side streets with no luck. I was scheduled to meet Christine Langdon at our storage units at 11am. I had asked a couple of friends to meet me there at 10:30am so I could share sugar free baked good that I made for them. I would up getting to the units a little after 10am so I did some organizing while I waited. My friends showed up on time and then left before the pet food arrived. Unfortunately, Star milling only had 1 our of the 10 bags of cat food they normally provide so I may need to ask for cat food, if we run low. We are good for now! Waters, large blanket, handmade pet jackets, large collar and leash set, small dog collar, small leash, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, 30 pound bag of Canidae dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba tuna fillets, Inaba Churus, Inaba Churu Bites, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
The winds were gusting again this morning so the first stop was the most difficult. I met a couple of people from the river bottom in the parking lot of Riverside County Animal Services. I visited with both dogs and provided them with supplies. After I left, I realized I forgot to give one of the gentleman a new collar for his dog but will make sure she gets one next time. When I left that location, I drove out to the Jurupa Valley Motel6 to check on two of the pets that received 'the works' yesterday. I visited with both of them, provided them with supplies and met a new dog that was in the room with one of them. The companion of a dog that got neutered told me her mom was in the hospital and she was caring for her dog too. The dog seemed sad, when I first arrived but warmed up after a few treats. I was told she usually isn't nice to anyone so I was thankful she never started growling or tried to bite me. I don't usually have issues with any pets but every now and then I meet one that is not interested in my 'friendship'. LOL...Waters, handmade pet jackets, doggie waste bags with flashlight leash clip, small bag of small bites dog food, small bag of adult dog food, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, 30 pound bag of Canidae dog food, wet puppy food, wet dog food, Inaba Twins for dogs, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
The winds were gusting today so I was thankful I did not have to spend too much time outside. My original plan was to provide 'the works' two female cats and a female dog. However, because I did not need to spend money on a motel room for the family of the cats I decided to provide 'the works' for a male dog too. Everyone showed up within a half an hour of when they were scheduled to be there so things went smoothly. I stayed until everyone signed their paperwork and then left to take care of some personal errands. I had my phone on, incase I was needed to approve any extra services. The only issue I had was that one of the ARCO cards seemed to have fallen out of my jacket pocket and I never did find it. The fuel cards may only be for $10.00 or $15.00 but they have made a difference in some of the people getting rides to the clinic(s) so it was upsetting to lose one. When I was done taking care of a couple of things I needed to get done, I checked our PO Box and then headed home. "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 and a small leash were shared.
Today I was accompanied by my long time friend and volunteer Christien Ramirez. We drove around for quite some time and did not see anyone with pets. However, that changed when we got o Rubidoux. We made two different stops and visited two pets while providing them with needed supplies. From there, we drove out near the Motel6 in Jurupa Valley. Someone who is staying there had called to inquire about getting her female dog spayed. I told her I would meet her in front of the motel to discuss it. While we were talking, the dog was able to enjoy jerky treats and a bully stick. There was another family out there as well. There are a total of six dogs and one cat between them. We visited and they received needed supplies. When we were done at that stop, Christine and I went back to my house for a few minutes so my dog could get a potty break. We then drove to her car where she gave me a donation of pet supplies before going to lunch. She treated me to a belated birthday lunch which was a nice treat for me... Waters, had made pet jacket, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, Inaba tuna fillets, 30 pound bag of Canidae dog food, small bag of small bites dog food for small dogs, 17 pound bag of cat food from Star Milling Company, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba chicken stew for cats, Inaba chicken broth for cats, Inaba Fun Bites, chicken jerky treats, kabob chew sticks and bully sticks were shared.
My morning began on the Eastside. While I was driving up Kansas Avenue, I saw a dog I know being walked by her companion. I usually visit her in the parking lot of the Path of Life Community Shelter but I pulled over to see her so I would not have to wait for them to walk all the way over to the parking lot. When we were done, I went to the shelter's parking lot and visited with another dog there. Both received supplies. My next stop was to meet Tecla Samtoi who drove from Redlands to bring our first batch of hand made pet jackets. We planned to do this at Hunter Park. She arrived early and waited for me. I knew she made a few jackets but was not expecting as many as she had. We are so fortunate that people take the time to do that for us. I know it is a big help to the pets, when the weather cools down. From there, I drove out to the post office in Jurupa Valley. I had three boxes with baked goods that were being sent to thank a couple of places that support our work and another as a get well wish. CircleK is across the street from the post office and I needed to get fuel. I was also hoping to visit a dog that is often times in the parking lot with her companion. They were there and that dog was the first to receive one of the new jackets. I was hoping to have time to drive to one more location but I would have been late for a counseling appointment so I had to settle for the three pets I did have time for. My time is never wasted, as long as I attempt to be as productive as possible. It doesn't always turn out that way but I always make the effort... Waters, large blanket, had made pet jacket, doggie waste bags, large trash bag, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churus, Inaba chicken fillets, Inaba tuna fillets, 30 pound bag of Canidae dog food, chicken jerky treats, YAK cheese sticks and bully sticks were shared.
I had originally planned on visiting my granddaughter today and was going to take the day off from my daily travels. However, my son and his family were busy and a friend offered to take me out for a belated birthday lunch so I stayed in town. I only made two stops and both were in Jurupa Valley. One was to visit a dog living with his companion in their truck and the other was to visit a family staying in a motor home. Even though I was only put for about an hour, I still had an opportunity to spend time with a few cats and dog while distributing supplies for each of them... Waters, bag of senior dog food, Inaba chicken broth for cats, Inaba chicken stew for cats, Inaba Churu Bites, Inaba Fun Bites, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba tuna fillets, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, chicken jerky treats and bully sticks were shared.
After doing some early morning baking, I drove out to a homeless encampment around Grand Terrace. I visited with five pets and distributed supplies. When I left that location, I drove through Fairmount Park. I did not find one of the people I was looking for but did see others with pets. I visited a couple of dogs we have provided services for and met a kitten for the first time. Before leaving that location, I made sure everyone had needed supplies. I had planned on dropping off dog food for someone in Rubidoux, but she never called back so I continued on to our PO Box and then back home... Waters, large bag of recyclables, large trash bag, small bag of kitten food, small bag of small bites for small dogs, wet kitten food, wet puppy food, Inaba chicken broth for cats, Inaba chicken stew for cats, Inaba Churus, Inaba Twins for dogs, Inaba Churu Pops, Inaba tuna fillets, Inaba Juicy Bites, Inaba Fun Bites, wet dog food, chicken jerky treats, small stainless steel pet dish and bully sticks were shared.
I started the mornig on the East side in the parking lot of the Path of Life Community Shelter. I visited with two dogs there and distributed supplies. From there I went to Hunter Park to meet someone who texted me last night. I visited with her dog and distributed supplies. When I left that location, I drove up Iowa and third and then University. I did not meet up with anyone else until I got to Victoria and University. I had spoken to the companion of the dog that is usually there and told him I would stop by. I spent some time there and distributed supplies. I recently bought an extra large Kong squeaky ball for a dog I met a few weeks ago. He tears up the regular sized balls and usually plays with a softball. However, those don't squeak and he loves the squeak. I mentioned we needed the large balls on one of my posts but nobody donated any so I bought a couple. On my way to deliver one to him, I drove through Rubidoux but did not see anyone with pets. When I arrived at Veteran's Memorial Park in Jurupa Valley, I was able to give the extra large Kong ball to the dog I bought it for. He was so happy! Waters, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba churus bites, Inaba Twins for dogs, wet dog food, kabob chew sticks, chicken jerky treats, bully sticks, large bone, Kong squeaky ball and an extra large Kong squeaky ball were shared.
Two of the three dogs that received 'the works' yesterday were spending a couple of nights at the Motel6. The third dog went to a foster situation as a rescue was kind enough to take her in. I asked Wendy Kelly if she would like to keep me company this morning and she said yes. We picked a meeting place and then she rode with me. Our first stop was the motel. We visited/checked on the dogs and distributed supplies. From there we went to meet a family I see every now and then. They have been housed for nearly eight years but we stay in touch and I always enjoy visiting the pets. They did not bring any kitties with them but did bring their three dogs and we met at Fairmount Park. I had planned on going to Rubidoux to bring supplies to a dog there but decided to head over to our storage units instead. It has been getting chilly at night and I wanted to see if we had any pet jackets from last winter. There were a few Christmas sweaters but nothing else. I texted a woman who made us quite a few jackets last year and she is going to start making more. If people start sending us Christmas sweaters and jackets, I may begin passing them out sooner than I normally do but not this soon. It is always fund dressing the pets and giving them holiday toys, but we normally don't start doing that until after Thanksgiving. After loading supplies, we drove over to my PO Box and picked up donations. When we were done, Wendy left and I called it a day... Waters, Inaba Churus, Inaba Juicy Bites, Inaba fun bites, Inaba chicken stew for cats, Inaba chicken fillets, Inaba chicken broth for cats, small bag of senior dog food, wet dog food, 17 pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba Twins for dogs, kabob chew sticks, chicken jerky treats and bully sticks were shared.
During the month of October we provided 'the works' for 11 pets. There were 6 dogs and 5 cats. We had 4 female dogs, 4 female cats, 2 male dogs and 1 male cat. November was already going to be another month with low numbers but I was hoping we were going to get off to a good start with everyone showing up today. Unfortunately, that was not the case. My first two appointments were for 7:45am. Nobody was in the parking lot when I arrived so I made phone calls. I woke up the first person. He is the one who originally scheduled the appointment for his friend. He told me he could not find the companion of the dog he was supposed to bring in so that appointment was wasted. The other appointment was for a dog that was found about a month ago. She was posted everywhere but nobody came for her so a rescue was found. They were picking up after her spay surgery. I just confirmed this appointment yesterday with one of the people caring for the dog. However, I called at ten to eight and they still had not left their camp. They left soon after but were going to the wrong clinic. Thankfully, they arrived before 8:30am so we were able to get the dog checked in. From there I went home, gave my dog his morning break and then headed back out to the Mary S. Robert's spay/neuter clinic. I had two dogs scheduled there and both showed up on time. When I left the clinic, I went home for a bit, did some work on social media, answered emails, phone calls, text messages and went to lunch with my daughter in celebration of my birthday. I missed my son, daughter-in law and granddaughter (who turned 7 months old today) but hope to see them soon. "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, ARCO fuel cards, cracker packs, soup, canned pasta, beef sticks, cookies, tuna snack pack and Inaba fun bites were shared.