In 2012 Lori, along with her then high school age daughter Shira, began to keep their vehicle filled with pet supplies to hand out to the pets living on the streets of Riverside, CA with their homeless companions. They would give out pet food, leashes, collars and water so the pets would be fed well and kept safe. In less than a year, they formed Taking It To The Streets with Lori and Shira as a 501(c)(3) so they could collect monetary donations to pay for the pets of the homeless spay/neuter surgery to make the dogs and cats healthier and, as importantly, to cut down on the overpopulation of unwanted pets in the community. As I write this, Lori is only about 30 pets away from having assisted 1,500 pets of the homeless receive lifesaving neuter surgery. This amounts to over a thousand happier and healthier street pets and for saving thousands of unwanted pets from being born to only face a life on the streets as a stray or face euthanasia is an overcrowded shelter awaiting adoption.
Lori has proven that in order to make a difference to those needing help, one must step out of their comfort zone to reach out to those in obvious need or to generously donate to a cause that is truly making a different to the homeless, their pets and to the community at large.
Lori is my hero in respect to showing that by putting yourself out there - on the street - and offering a helping hand, you can make an impact on the lives of pets and people who find themselves unhoused.
Submitted by Kathy Martinez
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