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    Posted March 19, 2014 by
    Riverside, California
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    Looking Out for Pets Living with the Homeless

    Large cities throughout the US are gathering places for the homeless. Services may be available for them to help deal with hunger and a safe place to sleep. What is most often not dealt with are the pets that so many homeless have with them. There is an amazing lady in Riverside, CA who has made it her mission to bring food and supplies to these pets as well as snacks for their homeless companions. Her name is Lori Rich and she calls her organization Taking it to the Streets with Lori and Shira.
    Two years ago Lori and her daughter Shira were driving through town and became aware of the fact that if the homeless didn't have adequate food to eat, then the pets were going hungry as well. Now, Lori's car is stocked up daily with dog and cat food, pet toys and leashes. She will stop and get hot food items to hand out the the pet's companions also.
    As important as the food and supplies are to the well being of the pets, getting these dogs and cats in for spay and neuter surgeries is of utmost importance. Lori and her organization work had to collect monetary donations to fund the surgeries at the local spay and neuter clinic. Doing everything possible to reduce the numbers of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens is a passion of the group. The more pets they can get in for this procedure it will dramatically reduce the stray and homeless pets on the streets that eventually end up in shelter facilities.
    Those close to Lori know she if filled with energy and zeal for the animals living on the streets in the community. She is a rare find when it comes to animal advocates. As more people become aware of her and her organization, there has been a growing following wanting to help her and help the animals.
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