Feb 23 2016

Maisy and Paxton – Two Dogs Working to Create a More Humane Kansas City — and Beyond!

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I love going into the classrooms and teaching kids about compassion!

 

Hello! Welcome to our blog, Tails with Tales: Stories from Maisy and Paxton as they create a more humane Kansas City. I’m Maisy! I hope you’ll be patient with me, since this is my very first time doing anything like this!  Sometimes new things scare me, we’ll talk more about that later, but I’m really excited to be here and even more excited you are here!

I should probably start by telling you a little bit about myself. To start, if you didn’t already know, I’m a dog! My human mom thinks I’m about 2 years old and am what they call a “mix”.  I think there are probably a few different kinds of breeds in my genes but the most obvious seem to be Pit Bull and Black Mouth Cur.

Now most people hear “Pit Bull” and they think “OH NO! She must be mean and scary!” but honestly, I don’t think I have a mean hair on my body! It really hurts my feelings that some people out there think bad thoughts about me before they’ve even met me. It also doesn’t seem fair that there are some cities and towns that I can’t even live in just because of what I look like. People are starting to realize that we Pit Bulls aren’t BORN mean; some of us are just acting out because we’re afraid of people.  And we’re afraid of people because PEOPLE treated us in a mean way. Hopefully one day EVERYONE will realize that!

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I was pretty scared when my mom adopted me from the shelter. But now I am SO HAPPY!

 

Anyhow, I’ve been living with my human mom, Ashley, for about 8 months. Ashley found me in an Animal Shelter in Kansas and instantly fell in love with me! I am really happy she found me when she did! I was so hungry and skinny that you could see a lot of my bones through my skin and I was scared in that animal shelter. Even though they treated me with kindness there, I was really hoping for a nice warm bed and a family to call my own.

When my mom came for me, I instantly loved her too, but I was still pretty scared. She tried to take me out to her car, but those things scare me! I was so scared I wouldn’t even go near her car. I tried to lay as flat on the ground as I could so that nobody could even pick me up. Eventually a very nice man who worked at the animal shelter picked me up and gently placed me in the car. He was actually the man who found me running through the streets, alone and scared. He knew I didn’t like cars very much so he was extra careful with me.

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This is me with my brother Walter.

 

When I got home, I got to meet my new dog brother, Walter. He is a crazy little terrier mix but we got along great right from the beginning! We ran and ran all over the front yard when I first met him. That’s when my new mom noticed there was something different about one of my back legs. I don’t like to use my back leg because it doesn’t work very well and sometimes it hurts. Since I couldn’t tell my mom what happened to my leg, she took me to see the veterinarian. She x-rayed my leg and everyone realized why I was so scared of cars.  The x-rays showed that I had surgery done on my leg and my hip and that my leg still had some small fractures that were in the process of healing.  The veterinarian was sure I had been hit very badly by a car when I was about a year old. Because of my surgery, my leg doesn’t work like most other dogs, but that’s okay because I get around just fine. I race my brother all the time, and I still win!

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I just love walks and being outside!

 

The coolest thing about me is that I’m not just one of those dogs who lay around at home all day, waiting for my mom to come home from work. Nope, not me! I actually have a job of my very own! I get to go with my mom every day to work! She works for an animal shelter (sort of like the one she found me in) called Wayside Waifs. They take care of tons of animals that were homeless just like me! The people at Wayside Waifs work really hard, every single day, to care for me and help me find the perfect forever home.

This is Allison with Paxton!

This is Allison with Paxton!

My job here at Wayside Waifs is a really important one. I get go with my mom to teach kids about being safe around dogs, how to be responsible pet owners and some other cool classes too! My favorite class to help teach though is a class called No More Bullying!  When we teach this class, we get to go to a school and spend an ENTIRE WEEK there, getting to know the kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, and their awesome teachers. We talk all week about how to treat our people friends and animal friends with kindness. It’s really sad but often times people who hurt people, also hurt animals, and then people who hurt animals, also start hurting people! When I get to snuggle with the students in our classes (and also give them lots of kisses!) they start to understand that animals have feelings just like people do, and that it’s never okay to hurt another living creature. Sometimes I’m a little nervous when I first go into a classroom, there are so many new noises and new people who are so excited to see me, but when people treat me with kindness and compassion, I’m not so scared anymore!

 

I’m going to be writing more about my adventures here at Wayside Waifs and all the things we are doing with the young people in Kansas City with the help of my mom and our friends Allison and her dog (my buddy) Paxton! They work with us here at Wayside Waifs and Paxton gets to go to classrooms just like I do!

We really hope you will follow our blog and enjoy reading about all of the cool things we are doing!

 

To learn more about the No More Bullying! Curriculum, visit our website at www.waysidewaifs.org/nmb

 


Feb 2 2016

Meet Leonna

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Hello future furever family! My name is Leonna, and I am so happy you took the time to read a little more about me. I am a sweet brown and tan girl that is pretty shy when I first meet new people. I came to Wayside from a hoarding situation in November 2015, and though my time here as been great, I am ready for a family of my own! I would love it if that family would be with you. I know I said before that I am a shy lady, and I will need some time to adjust to my new surroundings. I would really appreciate a week or so in a room of my very own so I can adjust to my new home and life. Once I am comfortable you will see my sweet, loving, head butting side come out. My shyness is best explained by my felinelaity which is private investigator. Being a private investigator means that I am kitty that likes to observe before making any moves. I will be a sweet girl who will come out when feeling safe, but then will need my alone time as well. I will use my solitude to think of all the ways I can show you how much you mean to me. I would love the chance to show you all my great qualities in person, so please come on down. I will be the quiet girl who is purring your praises. Love, Leonna


Jan 19 2016

Miss Piggy and Kermit – A dynamic duo

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Hey there, we are Miss Piggy and Kermit! Miss Piggy is an adorable, Terrier, American Staffordshire, mix weighing about 53 pounds and I, Kermit, am a 7 pound Chihuahua mix. We know we seem a bit of an unusual pair – but we have always been together and have quite the bond.  We were transferred to Wayside Waifs when our last shelter ran out of space for us. We don’t mind because being at Wayside Waifs is where we have the best chance at finding a forever family who really loves us. Miss Piggy and I are a bonded pair and we must go home together!

We can be a little shy and uncomfortable in new surroundings so we’ll need you to help us adjust to my new home. Being with each other really helps us feel more confident and secure. We love getting active and playing together but we want you to join too! Let’s get out and explore the world on walks or romp around the backyard for a fun game of fetch.

We’ll benefit from basic obedience training to teach us what you expect from us in our new home but we’re super smart and will learn the ropes in no time. I’m eager to learn all the new things you have to teach me and you can get me extra motivated with some praise and positive encouragement! If an adorable and sweet pair of pups is what you need in your life then come by and meet us soon!

Please share our story and photos so we can find our forever home soon!

Woofs and tail wags,

Kermit and Miss Piggy


Jan 6 2016

I’m Harrison!

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I’m Harrison!

Hey there, I’m Harrison! I’m a super fluffy, 87-pound Saint Bernard Mix who’s looking for a family to love. Think it could be you?

I came here to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space for me. I don’t mind though because now I have the best chance at finding my fur-ever home! I’ll do fine in a home with other furry friends and children who are a bit older. I can get really excited when meeting new people but once I’ve warmed up I do well. It’ll just take time and patience for me to feel comfortable with my new people and new surroundings.

I have a moderate energy level so I won’t mind curling up next to you for a relaxing night in. I still love getting active though and will enjoy taking long walks and exploring the world with you. I’ll benefit from using a harness on walks to help me to learn to stick by your side. I’ll need a refresher course in obedience but I’m a smart guy and know I’ll catch on in no time. I already know commands like sit and come and I’m eager to learn even more! Get me extra motivated with praise or yummy treats.

If a handsome, lovable guy is what your family needs then come meet me soon at Wayside Waifs!

Woof Woof!
Harrison


Dec 11 2015

Luna and Donut Find Their Forever Families

Donut loves Hills Science DietLuna and Donut are two animals who, to no fault of their own, were homeless at young ages in their lives. Both animals needed medical attention, nourishment and love. Thankfully they made it to Wayside where all of their needs were taken care of. They became warm, strong animals and soon were both adopted!

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That is one purpose of Wayside Waifs – to find forever homes for thousands of abandoned, abused and homeless animals every year. Animals come to Wayside worn-down, broken and, sadly, unloved. Thanks to the generous support from donors, volunteers and staff, these animals’ lives are able to improve. They are treated medically. They are provided nutritious food from our friends at Science Diet. They live in foster homes when necessary. They receive socialization. And they are loved immensely until they are adopted into their forever homes! Wayside Waifs is proud to provide care for the helpless animals and, with the help of community partners like Science Diet, are able to do just that.

 To read more about Wayside’s programs and what we offer animals, visit: www.waysidewaifs.org

  For more information on Science Diet and how it helps the homeless animals, visit: www.hillspet.com

 


Nov 12 2015

Donut’s Journey: A Forever Home

Donut finds a forever family!

Donut finds a forever family!

Remember Donut? He came to Wayside as an 8 month old puppy in January of 2014 through our Shelter Transfer Program. This is a program where Wayside partners with 30+ shelters across the region and takes animals from shelters that have run out of space for their current animals. Many of these shelters are located in rural settings and don’t have the local population to support a robust pet adoption program.

When Donut came to us he was a pretty sick little guy and our veterinary team diagnosed him with roundworms and hookworms. Once he was nursed back to health, he was neutered and finally ready to find a forever loving home.

By transferring animals like Donut to an urban setting – like Kansas City – the chances of these animals getting adopted rises exponentially because the population is much larger. If Donut had not been transferred to Wayside, it is likely he would have been euthanized because his original shelter had run out of room.

We are thrilled to update you that he now has a forever home! His new family has wonderful things to say about him!

“Donut has a huge personality, he tilts his head to the side whenever we talk, he knows all kinds of tricks including how to army crawl, which started when he wanted his toy across the room and was too tired to get up and walk!! He loves chewing on bully sticks and spending time outside. Camping and hiking are two of his favorite activities. When going to his forever home, he was afraid of getting in water but has since loosened up and will even swim without touching for a little bit. He loves the dog park and gets so excited when his mom or dad says they’re going that you can see the excitement building up until he eventually lets out a big, long hound howl of joy. He especially loves his dog friends, and one mention of their names has his paws on the window trying to find them.”

One time when he left the dog park and his best friend Stella was still there, he stuck his head out the window and cried and wailed almost all the way home, so his mom and dad turned around to go back to the park. Donut and his family recently moved into a new home and he has learned to love his new backyard. He wasn’t sure what to do there where they first moved in but now he runs around and plays all day long. Donut is pretty unique and definitely a fun, great dog.

Congratulations to Donut and his new family!


Oct 20 2015

Luna’s Story : A Forever Family

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Luna finds a forever family!

 

Coming to Wayside as a young kitten, she had been living without food, water or love. Once at Wayside, Luna’s life began to change for the better. After being treated for intestinal parasites by the Wayside veterinary team, she was on the road to recovery and ready for a forever home.

Luna is a particular girl, who definitely loves being outside. As with most cats she likes to decide when she’s ready for human contact. She lived in our kitten nursery with her sister Squirt and after just one month she found a forever home! We are so happy for Luna and her family. Her complete circle of care was made possible by animal lovers just like you! Thank you for helping animals like Luna!

 


Oct 8 2015

Donut’s Journey to Finding a Forever Home

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He was just a puppy when he arrived at Wayside Waifs.

This is Donut. He came to Wayside as an 8 month old puppy in January of 2014 through our Shelter Transfer Program. This is a program where Wayside partners with 30+ shelters across the region and takes animals from shelters that have run out of space for their current animals. Many of these shelters are located in rural settings and don’t have the local population to support a robust pet adoption program.

When Donut came to us he was a pretty sick little guy and our veterinary team diagnosed him with roundworms and hookworms. Once he was nursed back to health, he was neutered and finally ready to find a forever loving home.

By transferring animals like Donut to an urban setting – like Kansas City – the chances of these animals getting adopted rises exponentially because the population is much larger. If Donut had not been transferred to Wayside, it is likely he would have been euthanized because his original shelter had run out of room.

Stay tuned to our blog for more of Donut’s journey to finding a forever home.


Sep 30 2015

Luna’s Journey to Finding a Forever Home

Scared and hungry, Luna came to Wayside Waifs in need of medical attention.

Scared and hungry, Luna came to Wayside Waifs in need of medical attention.

This is Luna. She came to Wayside Waifs from a well-meaning animal lover that did not have his animals spayed/neutered. After a time he ended up with too many animals to care for and was over the city limit for owned animals. That’s when several cats and kittens were brought to Wayside, including Luna.

She was only 2 1/2 months old, underweight and suffering from Coccidia (a parasite that when not treated, can cause damage to the lining of a cat’s intestines.) We were able to give her life-saving medications to treat the parasites and she also received standard vaccinations. Once she was well, she was spayed and received a microchip.

While at Wayside, she lived in our kitten nursery with her sister Squirt, receiving nutritious food, care and love from our staff and volunteers.

Stay tuned for more about Luna’s story…


Sep 28 2015

Dolly & Buddie: Friends for Life

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I’m Dolly!

Hello there, we are Dolly and Buddie! We are the sweetest, most loving dogs you’ll ever meet and we are looking for a new home together. It’s tough to find ourselves in this situation, living at a homeless shelter. We had a loving and happy home at one time and we never imagined that it would end. But then our owner was no longer able to take care of us. We understand that sometimes these things happen, but it’s been a confusing and stressful time for us. Luckily, we have each other, and that’s all that really matters. We are the very best of friends!

I, Dolly, am a beautiful, 92 pound, purebred Coonhound. I’m a little on the chunky side, and I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds. Buddie tells me it will help me feel better and live longer. So I hope you might be willing to help me too, by exercising with me and feeding me a nutritious diet. Buddie is so handsome! He’s a 73 pound Lab/Great Pyrenees mix. We’re both already housebroken and we know how to use a doggie door, but please be patient with us when we get home with you. We’ve lived in one home our whole lives, so all the recent change has been stressful for us.

We love spending time together and we are a perfect match in every way. We get along just splendidly and miss each other when we are apart. We love to go for walks and it’s easy for one person to walk both of us together. We also like to run and play in the park here at Wayside, and splash around in the kiddie pool. After all the play, it’s fun to curl up next to our favorite people and soak up lots of affection and petting. We both will lean into you to show our love. Adopting two dogs has lots of advantages. For one, you already know we are best friends. And we can keep each other company when you are away. We also promise to give you double the doggie love every single day.

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We’re looking for a home that is quiet and calm and peaceful. It might take us a little extra time to warm up than most dogs, but if you let us go at our own pace, once we bond with you, we will be your loyal companions for life. We need a home without kids under the age of at least 5 and we’d like to meet the whole family before we all go home together, please. Even though we had access to a fenced in backyard in our last home, we generally liked to stay indoors. Our owner said we were polite and well behaved in our home. In the yard, Buddie was able to climb the chain link fence, but when that was replaced with a privacy type of fence, he did just fine.

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Buddie is more social and outgoing than I am and I rely on him for comfort and direction. He’s my big brother and I wouldn’t change him for the world! Because of him, I understand unconditional love and what it means to be part of a family. Now we want to share that with you! We think that when you meet us, you’ll agree we are two precious and amazing dogs that will make the perfect addition to our new family!

Love, Dolly and Buddie

 


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