Feb 27 2015

Wayside Waif Alum Is Official Cuddler at Ronald McDonald House

Mr.Bean

Lots of dogs at Wayside Waifs are such good cuddlers, they could go professional. In fact, one of them has!

Mr. Bean, a 15-pound Cairn Terrier/West Highland mix, is an official member of the staff at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Kansas City. The Ronald McDonald House provides comfortable and convenient lodging to children who are battling illness and their families as they undergo medical treatment. Wayside Waifs placed Mr. Bean with The Ronald McDonald house to help provide comfort to children and their families.

Although Mr. Bean was only a year old when he joined the Ronald McDonald staff, he hit the ground running and tail wagging. He moved into one of two Ronald McDonald houses in Kansas City. Both houses are always packed, which is why they are opening a third one in mid-February!

As the official Director of Love and Compassion, he’s a champion snuggler, a fun play pal, and a sweet nap buddy. Children who miss their pets back home especially appreciate his presence.

Most dog owners will tell you how their dog just knows when they’re not feeling well and need a little extra love and support…and what a great consolation that support can be.  Mr. Bean definitely has that sixth sense, and always seems to know just what the kids need.

We’re very proud of Mr. Bean and the good work he does, but we can’t say we’re surprised. Wayside Waifs is full of dogs who have so much love, loyalty, and companionship to offer. And every week, we hear about Wayside Waif alums who are doing a great job of being someone’s best friend.

Contributing Writer: Stacey Donovan


Feb 15 2015

The Wayside Waifs FIV Program

fur ball galaFIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. And, just as the name suggests, felines that have this illness have compromised immune systems. But it is not as bad as it sounds. FIV cats can live quite a normal life and have a good quality of life for many years.

Signs of FIV

In its earliest stages, there are often few signs of FIV. However, as it progresses, FIV-positive cats may suffer from more illnesses than other felines. Other indicators of FIV include everything from frequent diarrhea and skin infections to gum inflammation and poor coat condition. If you suspect a cat may be suffering from FIV, it is important to have it consulted by veterinarian who can conduct blood work to determine a diagnosis.

How It Spreads

Although the virus typically manifests in outdoor cats, indoor cats can still be infected from deep bites. Unlike the immunodeficiency virus that affects humans primarily through sexual contact, FIV is only spread on rare instances through sexual contact. It should be noted, though, that it could sometimes pass from an infected mother to kitten during birth or feeding. Because the spreading of FIV can be fairly well controlled, many shelters like Wayside Waifs still adopt out FIV-positive cats to homes with other uninfected felines.

*Important Note: FIV is only transmittable cat to cat.*

Caring for FIV-positive Cats

Cats with FIV are immunosuppressed and will be more prone to secondary infections throughout their lifetime. Routine preventative care of all cats in the household and early recognition of secondary illnesses will be needed. Cats with FIV should get bi-annual examinations and annual bloodwork as recommended by the AAFP. Adopters should talk to their personal vet prior to adoption about what this means for their household (Adopters can discuss FIV vaccination of their personal cat with their personal vet). We recommend all adopters know the FIV/FELV status of their own cats prior to addition of the new cat. There is no cure for the illness, although there is research being done for various anti-viral therapies. FIV cats should remain an indoor only cat. How it spreads

 Wayside Waif’s FIV Cat Program

Wayside’s FIV-positive cats are always given a room when an appropriate one is available.  Typically, we try to house cats together when we can.  The reason for this? To help eliminate any chance of illness spreading to them.  While other cats can roam freely on the adoption floor, these cats can’t (unless they are the first ones out, after the floor has been sanitized).

The reason FIV cats are given a room is because we want their stay at WW to be as stress-free as possible. Since they can’t free roam at any given time, a room allows them to walk, play, stretch and be as relaxed as possible. We often house FIV cats together because they often are happier with a pal.

In 2014, we had 27 adoptable FIV-positive cats.  So far, in 2015 we have six (one was adopted a couple weekends ago).  Since the program started in 2011, we have had a total of 95.

About Our FIV Supervisor

Meet Bonnie. She has been working at Wayside Waifs since 2009.  She started out as a volunteer, but when a position in Feline Comfort Crew came up, she applied and got the job!  Soon, she became Supervisor, then Manager.  Now she is responsible for the care of all the cats and small mammals (guinea pigs, rabbits, etc…).  She also oversees the staff that cares for them, and has several volunteers that help in various roles.

She also oversees the Barn Cat Program, the ASPCA Meet Your Match program for cats, and TABBY (To Achieve the Best Behavior Yet) – a program where trained volunteers help cats in the holding areas to be prepared for the adoption floor (working with shy/fearful cats, over-stimulated cats, or cats desperate for attention).  Recently, Bonnie even received a specialized certificate in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute.

FIV Cat Spotlight

Chairman Meow has been at Wayside Waif’s since October of 2014, but has been in a shelter environment for over a year.  He was transferred to us from another shelter. Despite his name, Chairman Meow hasn’t always had the attention he deserves. Although we do our best to provide all the cats in our car with the attention they deserve, Chairman is in need of a forever home with a family who will provide him with the full-time affection he deserves. In fact, he is such a friendly cat that he will sometimes give you a nudge of encouragement to give him love.

Want to hear more? Learn more about Chairman Meow here – or better yet, pay him a visit!

FIV cats need special care. Think you can help one in need?

Your FIV-positive forever cat is just one visit away.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


Jan 13 2015

Meet Dollar

Meet Dollar

Hi there, I’m Dollar! I roll with the flow and try my best never to let anything get me down. I am a survivor and a lover and a simple dog who just wants to be part of a family. I get confused though, thinking back on my life and how it might have been different. Why has the love of a forever family been so elusive for me? I’m back at Wayside now, and this time around, I will finally find the home and family that I so deserve. I hope it’s with you. I hope we find each other and realize we were meant to be together all along. I believe there is a reason I’m here, and it is so that I can finally find you.

I am a handsome and fun, 4 year old, 78 pound, mostly housetrained, German Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier mix. My breeds are a wonderful combination of loyalty, devotion, strength, and smarts. I even had a DNA test done a couple years ago, so I guess I’m sort of official, even though some of my friends insist I look more like a big ol’ Black Lab! And in all honesty, I’m just a simple, sweet dog who is smart, affectionate, and happy, regardless of my breed and despite all the struggles I’ve had in my life. I just want to love and be loved. While I don’t like to dwell on my past, I think it’s important to share my full story with you, so here goes.

I first came to Wayside as a stray when I was just a 6 month old pup. There were some leads about who I belonged to, but I had already been passed around in my short life and no one seemed to want me, so I was put up for adoption. I did find a new home and things went ok for a while. But then my family life fell apart. There was a break up and I was caught in the middle. At just 2 years old, I found myself back out on the streets, alone and scared. I eventually made my way back to Wayside, where I spent about 5 months making friends and entertaining the volunteers. Then one day, I got adopted! I had a boy all my own and he loved me. Life was good…until he went away to college and the rest of the family didn’t really want me. Once again, I was the odd man out.

I was with that family for about a year and a half, but now I find myself back at Wayside yet again. I’ve been busy reuniting and catching up with all my old volunteer pals. I see that they feel sad for me, so I try to cheer them up, letting them know that I’m ok and that I’ll get through this! They just don’t realize that I’m here waiting for you, so I’m good. I know you’ll find me when the time is right. And I will appreciate you and feel grateful to you and make you feel special, every single day, for the rest of my life.

I hope you can be dedicated and committed to me. I’ve never had that in my life before, but it’s something I really need. I will need daily exercise, to keep me fit, happy, and healthy. I need to lose a few pounds, but that will be easy to do with you by my side, exercising with me and giving me nutritious meals. Please be patient, consistent, and understanding with me, as I get acclimated to my new life with you. Since I’m smart and treat motivated, training me is easy and I already know several commands. It makes me happy to make you happy, so the sky is truly the limit with what I can learn. In fact, I’ve been working out at the agility park here at Wayside, and I’m a natural. I also love my toys so much.

Since I’m a rough and tumble sort of dog, with strength that I don’t always fully realize, I think I’ll be happiest in a home without kids under the age of 5, please. And for now, I’d like to be your only animal. At some point in time, I might do just fine with other dogs, but for now, I want all of your attention and love. After a day of fun, I want nothing more than to cuddle and chill out with you. I’m super silly, sweet and affectionate. I hope you’ll give me the time to show you what a lover I can be!

Sure I’ve had a rough life and sometimes it just doesn’t seem fair. But I can handle it! I’m resilient and I have a fantastic, charming personality that never lets me down. Just when things look bleakest for me, someone steps in and makes a difference in my life. I’m so grateful and I’ve found that people are good way more often than bad. So I just need one more really good person (I’m thinking of you!) to do that for me…to make me family and promise to stick with me for the rest of my life. It happens for other dogs, why can’t it happen for me? No reason, no reason at all. I just have to continue to be patient until you find me. I hope it’s soon.

Love, Dollar

 

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Dec 4 2014

“Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks”: Chatting with Gabby Munoz, Canine Behavior Manager at Wayside Waifs

While I met with Gabby Muñoz the other day, two tiny Chihuahuas explored the office, having just been surrendered by their owners the day before. Gabby pointed out that they were curious and friendly, but nervous. Their ears were set back, and they were a little shaky.

Some dogs who come to Wayside Waifs are more than a little nervous. Abandonment, abuse, or neglect may leave them not knowing how to interact with humans or other animals. They may guard their food or overreact to unfamiliar stimuli, or shy away from contact altogether. Wayside Waifs hired Gabby as an expert to help the more troubled dogs trust again, behave more appropriately and become good pets.

All of Gabby’s work is based on scientific research, in keeping with her academic background. She earned her Masters in Biology with a Zoology concentration from Western Illinois University. She has also always been a “dog person,” and is the owner of two rescue cocker spaniels now.

Gabby told me about a Wayside alum named Frank, a yellow lab/Shepherd mix. His owners had used physical dominance and punishment to try to control him. In response, he had become aggressive, to the point that many shelters might have given up on him.

The staff started Frank’s rehabilitation simply by showering him with treats and positive reinforcement and then ignoring him when he wasn’t behaving. Positive reinforcement works much better than punishment in changing anybody’s behavior. After lots of work with Gabby and the other patient humans at Wayside Waifs, Frank’s behavior had turned around. He was ready to find a forever home, and he went home with a retired man in a successful adoption match.

Because I didn’t associate Labrador retrievers with fighting behavior, I asked Gabby if certain breeds are more aggressive than others. She told me that breeding did bring out certain personality traits, but that a dog’s experience plays a large part as well. Many American pit bull terriers, for instance, can be excellent pets. Wayside Waifs carefully assesses the behavior of all dogs that come to the shelter.

I had read before that owners need to assert their dominance as the “leader of the pack”- something I probably don’t do with my two rescue terriers. Gabby explained that this idea came from studying wolf behavior. But although dogs are related to wolves, they’ve evolved to behave quite differently. She said that they best owner-dog relationships are, like any relationship, based on “co-respect.”

Gabby assured me that my dogs could definitely learn more from obedience classes at Wayside Waifs, even though I’ve had them for a while. The shelter actually offers three levels of classes: one for puppies, one for dogs and an advanced course to help dogs obey even in the presence of distractions.

Although any dog can learn a lot, Gabby said, their basic temperament will not change. A shy dog can learn to interact with others, but may never be the life of the party. A boisterous pup can learn to calm down, but may never be a couch potato.

Dogs have their own personalities and quirks, just like people do, and they deserve to be loved for who they are. After all, they love us for who we are. And isn’t that what we all want?

-Stacey Donovan
Contributing Writer


Nov 24 2014

Your How-to for an “All-wags” Holiday Season

Give thanks and be safe!

With Thanksgiving just hours away, there is bound to be lots of cooking, eating and undoubtedly begging. But as the responsible pet owner that you are, think twice before giving your furry family member that turkey leg. What may seem like a harmless way to say thanks to your favorite companion, has all the ingredients for a visit to the pet emergency room. And that is something that nobody wants!

Keep it “all wags” at the holiday season with these helpful tips:

Dog-friendly Treats

Whether you want to get crafty and make your dog some paw-approved holiday treats or just want to say thanks  the old-fashioned way, practice caution as you indulge your pooch. An extra scoop of food or treat goes a long way in your dog’s book. A word of advice, though: don’t go to your dinner plate when you want to show some extra love. Stick with treats that you know are safe, avoiding common holiday offenders like cooked bones, chocolate, candy, and fat trimmings.

Skip the Mistletoe

If you are anything like us, you probably get plenty of sloppy, wet kisses on the face. That said, skip the mistletoe this year. With your pets’ cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health on the line, its worth it. The only cardiovascular irregularity you need in your household is your heart melting when your furry family members shower you in affection.

Lights, Tree, Tree Stand

Before everyone gathers around the tree, make sure you have considered a couple of things:

  1. Does your dog have a chewing problem or does your cat think stringed lights are a play toy? If so, consider foregoing them this year.
  2. Do you have a stable – and we mean cat-launching-at-the-tree or dogs-rough housing-in-the-pine-needles - stable tree stand?

If you have assessed these important decorating factors, then hang those ornaments already. Oh, and that brings us to one last consideration: ornaments. What makes for pretty decorations often makes for breakable and dangerous messes, so consider waiting to hang what the dad in the Christmas Carol would call the “Frag-gee-lee” ornaments until your pets are comfortable around the tree.

The holiday season is a busy time of the year, but just make sure you don’t neglect your furry friends’ safety needs as things get hectic.

-Contributing Writer Libby Hastert

 

 


Nov 10 2014

Finding Franklin: Just The Right Dog For Our Family

My husband and I have always been a two-dog household. Months before our child was born, one of our dogs developed severe spinal and nerve issues. During the first year of my daughter Vivi’s life, he was in a lot of pain and scared, and being around a newly crawling toddler was hard on him. Although we tried to keep them separated, once he bit her rather badly. He became paralyzed, and his health and quality of life continued to decline. It broke our hearts last February to say goodbye to him.

Our other dog was just as heartbroken. Even months later, she seemed lost without him, and I knew that for her sake, I needed to move on and consider a new companion for her. We wanted to rescue a larger dog, preferably an adult dog. Because Vivi had been bit in the past, and because she was so young and not very graceful or gentle, a very patient, tolerant dog was a must. I began the task of hunting for our new buddy.

I follow a lot of rescues on Facebook. So, at first we took it slow. I just kept an eye out on their pages. Looking at all of those faces would wear on me, though. It makes me so sad to see dogs awaiting the love that they deserve and not being able to save them all. With my daughter now in the mix, I had to be incredibly selective.

One Friday night, on the second page of Wayside Waifs’s adoptable dogs, I saw Franklin’s photo. He was a 4 year old German Shepherd mix, and I seriously immediately fell in love with him. Then I read the profile. Who writes those things?! They are good. Real good. His profile killed me. I yelled to my husband in the kitchen, ” I found him!!! I found him!!”

Franklin listing

The only breed that my husband wasn’t interested in was German Shepherd. Go figure. First I read him the profile, then showed him the photo. This dog sounded so sweet and so gentle. He had been shipped over from another shelter when space had run out, and had become depressed when he arrived at Wayside. In his profile they explained that he longed for human companionship.

My husband agreed that we could go meet him the next morning. I kid you not, I was so excited that I went to bed early so that I could just get to it already.

That morning, my hot mess family—two adults, one crazy dog, a toddler and a giant stroller—rolled on in through the doors at Wayside five minutes after they opened. “We want to meet Franklin!”

When we first did the walk-around through the kennels at Wayside and first saw him, he calmly lifted his head to look at us, then despairingly put his head back down to rest.

Wayside was amazing at the process of introduction. At first the humans of my family went to the meeting room. They brought Franklin in. I immediately hugged him and he patiently sat, letting me hug him. Then my toddler clumsily waddled over and slightly pulled his tail. No reaction. So, next she tried with the ears. She gave a really good tug. I scolded. Franklin licked her face in response.

Franklin and Suki

Next, our dog Suki met him. It wasn’t immediate love, but a solid, solid tolerance. It was clear, this guy was fitting in great. So home we went.

Franklin Going HomeHe seemed a little nervous that we’d disappear if he let us out of his sight. An hour later, after plenty of treats and snuggles, he settled in for a happy nap on the kitchen floor. Throughout the afternoon he would be used as a chair and a makeshift horse by the toddler. He didn’t flinch and again, only responded to this pestering with sweet dog kisses. At one point a tiny hand caressed his giant Shepard teeth with merely an eye-bat in response. I was in absolute shock at how gentle, tolerant and welcoming he was to all of the complete impositions on personal space.

Franklin in the nursery

In just a matter of days, we had him contently snuggled among us all on the couch and in the bed at night. Franklin and Suki now nap next to one another, walk closely to one another on a leash, and spend hours playing together. At the end of the day when we wind down reading to our baby to sleep in a dim room, Franklin is her pillow on the floor during story time.

Franklin, Tuesday, and Vivi

Franklin may have desperately craved human companionship, but everyone in this home needed and wanted him just as much. We comment often on how lucky we were to find him. Amazing, amazing dogs needing love sit in kennels waiting. I’m thankful every day that we found ours.Franklin & Mr. Schmidt


Contributing Writer and Wayside Adopter: Tuesday Schmidt

 


Oct 27 2014

Buy The Book and Help The Animals!

Pre-Order Flyer

Author W. Bruce Cameron is donating $ 2.00 to Wayside Waifs for every copy of his newest novel sold, and Rainy Day Books is matching the grant!  That’s $ 4.00 per copy, which is great, but the orders must be in by 6:30 PM October 28th.

 

Preorder a personalized copy of “The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man” now!

 

About the book:  Ruddy McCann’s only real friend in the world is his dog Jake, a basset-plus-something hound who really enjoys napping.  Ruddy is a bar bouncer and a repo man and life, while hardly glamorous, is pretty normal… until the day Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head.  A voice belonging (or so claims the voice) to a dead man named Alan.  Who was murdered.  And wants Ruddy to find the killers. 

 

“An appealing hero plus slick suspense and wry smiles: what more could you want?” – Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

 

“Suspenseful, action-packed, romantic, and above all, truly funny.  I loved it.”  — Nelson DeMille, bestselling author (The General’s Daughter, Wild Fire, The Lion’s Game, etc.) 

 

Nominated for the 2014 Kirkus award – Fiction

 

How to order the novel and see $ 4.00 donated to Wayside Waifs:  Follow the link below and scroll down so you can purchase the book and enter how you would like it personalized.  Or call Rainy Day!  (913) 384-3126

 

http://www.rainydaybooks.com/WBruceCameron

 

Please support this fund raiser and get a signed, personalized, first edition NY Times bestseller in the process!


Oct 24 2014

Halloween Pet Safety

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means it is time to talk pet safety. Whether you and your fur babies are gearing up for a full fledged trick-or-treat session in the neighborhood or you are spending the night inside, passing out candy, you need to take some precautions. In our first Halloween blog, we’ll discuss safety measures you need to make as you prepare for trick-or-treaters at home.

Important Safety Tips: Halloween Edition

1. Decorations – For many, Halloween is the unofficial start of the holiday season. This means that for the months ahead, there will be lots of decorations in and around the house. The key? Just make sure you keep you furry friend’s safety in mind as you string lights, carve pumpkins, and display baskets of maze. The main thing you will want to consider is making sure your dog or cat cannot chew on any exposed wires, pumpkins, or other potentially harmful decorations.

2. Candy – It wouldn’t be Halloween season without a big bowl of candy by the front door. And while it may sound redundant, dogs and “people food” don’t go well together. More specifically, chocolate. While dogs’ sensitivity to this delicious treat varies, its best to err on the side of caution. Skip the indigestion or visits to the pet emergency room altogether, and put the candy bowl out of their reach.

3. Safe Zone – Whether you have an outdoor pet or just like let them out occasionally, take extra caution on the night of and those leading up to Halloween. Everything from the increase in foot traffic to cruel Halloween pranks could give your pooch a scare. And let’s face it, scares are for people – not dogs!

Although it is smart to take extra safety measures as we approach Halloween, that does not mean your pet can’t get into the spirit of things. IN our next blog, you will find tips about how your pet can safely participate in upcoming Halloween events!

Thinking about adding a furry friend to your family.

If you are looking for a pooch that can accompany you through the upcoming holiday season, and for many to come, be sure to visit Wayside Waifs. You can also “meet” our Waifs on our website.


Oct 13 2014

Make a match at Wayside’s Mega Match-A-Thon Adoption Event

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Wayside Waifs was once again selected to participate in the Mega Match-a-thon Pet Adoption event sponsored by the ASPCA and presented by Subaru. Wayside was the only local shelter selected to participate in this national event. This weekend, October 17-19, all pet adoptions will be only $25!  Wayside will be closed this week and open for adoptions on Friday morning at 7 am. The shelter is full of adorable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens- all ready to find forever homes.

All pet adoptions include: current vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping and ID tags. These animals are happy, healthy and ready to find a new family. Wayside Waifs will be open extended hours for this Mega Match-a-thon event.

Find your purr-fect match this weekend!

Friday, October 17: 7am-7pm
Saturday, October 18: 7am-7pm
Sunday, October 19: 1pm -6pm

Check out the other fun activities going on during the event:

  • On Friday, from 11-2, Sebella’s Fire – Wood Fired Pizza – will be on our campus serving up their famous pizza for lunch. The are donating 10% back to Wayside!
  • Greg Sims, President and COO of Fido Friendly Magazine will be stopping through from his Get Your Licks on Route 66 tour. Spin the wheel between 2-6 pm for a chance to win fabulous prizes!
  • On Saturday, Detroit Coney will be on our campus from 11-2 serving their gourmet hot dogs and more.
  • Swiffer, also a national sponsor, will be giving away some of their new pet cleaning products and have coupons for adopters.

Bring the family and have fun while adoption your furry new friend! Plan your visit. Meet our Waifs.


Sep 27 2014

10 Things You Missed From the 2014 Strutt With Your Mutt

With approximately 1300 registered participants — dogs and dog owners — in attendance, this year’s 24th annual Strutt With Your Mutt was an absolute success. And it was all thanks to our dedicated supporters! But, in case you were not able to join this amazing event, we have highlighted some of the not-to-be-missed moments from this year’s extravaganza.

10 Must-see Moments:

This year’s Strutt With Your Mutt had lots of colorful characters in attendance. So, what did we see?

Puppies!!!

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Little Dogs

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BIG Dogs

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Spotted Dogs

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Spotted Dogs Dressed As Cows

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Dogs Dressed as Collie-flowers

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Dogs “Being Dogs” (Translation: Sniffing Butts)

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Dogs Traveling in Packs of Four

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Dogs…That Simply Don’t Travel

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Legacy Dogs!

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Find Your Own Forever Mutt to Strutt

If you are looking for a mutt to call your own, look no further than Wayside Waifs. Below is a complete list of our shelter hours. So, what are you waiting for? Your forever dog is just one visit away.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


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