Mar 19 2014

Fido’s Spring Checklist

spring checklist As the grass begins to turn green, snowbells blossom, and the sun sets later in the evening, you and Fido may find yourselves developing a case of spring fever. The good news? With the right precautions taken, you and your pooch will be ready to spring into warmer days with a seamless transition. Employing the tips below is easy, and you’re sure to have some fun along the way.

Spring To-dos:

Up the Exercise

When it’s cold outside, many owners and canine companions get less exercise. Not to worry, though. Although your pooch doesn’t need to get in beach-worthy shape, he or she does need to get conditioned for long days of fun in the sun. The key? Like any exercise regimen, you should ease your way into full-fledged workout mode. In no time walks around the block will turn into 5-mile trail hikes.

Wash The Paws

Beds of green grass are fun for pups to roll around in, but during the spring, be careful of potentially harmful chemicals, such as herbicides, that are used for the removal of  unwanted vegetation.

Flee & Protection

Rolling around in the grass is all good fun until somebody gets a bad case of fleas or ticks. The solution? Monthly flea and tick preventative medication is best practice; however, you’ll also want to give your dog a thorough comb-through if you go for a hike in a heavily wooded area. You can purchase these products at Whiskers & Wags, Wayside’s Boutique. All proceeds from sales in the store benefit the animals at the shelter!

Groom the Coat

Spring is a time for fresh starts, so be sure to send your pet for a day at the groomers, where he or she can get a fresh cut that keeps them cool and comfortable as the weather gets warmer outside. It also helps to get in the routine of brushing them at night.  This can not only help them relax but it keeps the tangles and dander to a minimum.  And, hey, it’s great quality time together. Need some more convincing? Think how cute your pooch will look with their new hairdo!

Learn More

Looking for a furry friend to take long strolls with on breezy spring evenings? Wayside Waifs of Kansas City is home to a number of adoptable dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home, so be sure to stop by the shelter today.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


Mar 6 2014

How to Transition Your Dog’s Food

dog foodUnlike their human counterparts, dogs do not need to eat a rainbow (yes, keep those skittles to yourself on family movie night). Although eating food with a balanced spectrum of nutrients is important, owners should aim to consistently provide a healthy meal for their canine companions. However, as dogs mature or develop food allergies or sensitivities, you may come to a point when you need to switch dog food. Don’t panic; follow these simple steps to avoid post-breakfast or dinnertime discomfort.

Know Your Addition

In just five days, you can seamlessly transition your dog’s food. It’s simple: All you have to do is know some basic calculations for you and Fido to be on your way to a healthy new start. Begin by adding 20% of the new food in with 80% of the old. From here, you will up the new food in 20% increments each day, while simultaneously lowering the old mix by 20%. Easy, right?

See the chart below for details.

  • Day 1 – 80% Original food + 20% New
  • Day 2 – 60% Original food + 40% New
  • Day 3 – 40% Original food + 60% New
  • Day 4 – 20% Original food + 80% New
  • Day 5 – 100% New

While these proportions help most dogs make an easy transition to their new food, it is not a foolproof plan. Because of this, there are some telltale signs of irritation you’ll want to watch for throughout this process.

Red Flags:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*If your dog is exhibiting any of these signs, stop administering new food and visit a veterinarian as soon as possible.

When it comes time to change your dog’s food, be sure to employ the following steps. And remember, there is no universal solution for all dogs. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to observe your dog for any unusual diet-related behavior as you make this transition.

Adopt Today

If you are looking to adopt a dog you can call your own, Wayside Waifs of Kansas City has a number of animals in need of permanent, loving homes.

 Adoption Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

 

Proudly serving the Greater Kansas City community. 


Feb 25 2014

Fight the Winter Blues With Pet Exercise

snow playIt’s cold outside. Let’s face it: We are all dragging a little bit – even the dogs. As a pet owner, it is important to remember that while we are able to get outside throughout gloomy winter days, dogs often remain pent up indoors. Sofa snuggles and afternoon snoozes are great, but too much time on the dog bed can have a lot of canines feeling blue. Don’t wait for sunnier, warmer days to exercise your pooch! There are a number of great winter exercises you and your favorite companion can enjoy.

Winter Exercises for the Pooch:

Snow Angels

One of the things that makes dogs such great animals is that they still enjoy all the things we did in our youth – playing in the snow is no exception. In fact, many of these furballs relish the opportunity to run their paws through fluffy, white powder. While it’s still winter, bundle up and take your snow angel (yes, we know you call your dog “angel,” “sweets,” and other heart-melting nicknames) out for some good, old-fashioned playtime in the snow.

snow dog

Extra Training

What better way to get your pooch ready for warm park days than some additional training classes? These classes are fun for everyone, as they allow pets to socialize with their canine peers, all while learning new tricks and skill sets. After some winter classes, your furry friend will be the star of all his or her warm-weather park dates.

Sensory Stimulation

Just as we require mental stimulation, dogs have keen senses that need to be challenged to stay sharp. When your dog’s nose cannot keep busy sniffing freshly cut grass or blooming flowers, a fun game of sniff-and-eat will combat the winter blues and boredom. Something as simple as an impromptu food-driven obstacle course will do the trick, keeping your dog’s mind stimulated and its belly full.

Learn More 

Are you looking for a furry friend to roll around with in the snow? Wayside Waifs of Kansas City is home to a number of adoptable dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home, so be sure to stop by the shelter today.

Adoption Center Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


Feb 3 2014

Quick Tips for Wintertime Potty Training

potty trainingPotty training your pup can be trying business. So, what do you do when you add snow or ice-laden ground to the picture? Although a wintery mix can complicate things, taking some basic measures can help ease this transition. At Wayside Waifs, we know a thing or two about potty training, and we are here to share some quick and simple tricks that should have your pooch potty trained before you can say “spring” and by the time the flowers are in full bloom.

Potty Training Pointers:

Create a Potty Zone.

When there is snow on the ground and you are trying to potty train your canine, be sure to clear off an area that facilitates your dog’s needs. The area does not have to be huge, but you will want to be certain it is large enough that your dog does not feel cramped.

Send Cues.

One of the most important parts of potty training is sending your pooch the right cues. You want potty time to be unlike any other time. So, when you grab your leash or head to the yard, be sure to get down to business. Saying commands like “Go potty,” or “Do your business,” just before tinkle time is a good start. A rule of thumb? Be firm and consistent with your commands, so your dog associates them with potty time.

Praise, Praise, Praise.

Once your pooch gets it right, going potty outside upon command, make sure to let them know they have done a great job. That’s right; after they finish their business, remind them how good their behavior is. Treats are another form of positive reinforcement; however, just remember to dish them out immediately after the proper behavior occurs.

Learn More

Looking for a canine companion? Wayside Waifs has a number of pooches that would love to find a permanent home. These pointers should get any pooch on the road to becoming house trained in a short matter of time.


Shelter Hours
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Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm 

 


Jan 26 2014

Help Us Find Lewis His Forever Home

Lewis At Wayside Waifs, we have over 300 animals in our care that need a home, and this week we would like to spotlight one. What makes this Waif so sweet? Well, just look at that smile. Lewis is a two-year-old Pit Bull-Terrier mix and he is about as amiable as they come. You can just see the hope in Lewis’ eyes. You see, Lewis was brought in from the streets with his sister, who was later picked up by their former owner. Lewis, however, was left behind and remains waiting for his forever home. So, ready to learn what makes Lewis so special?

Why We Love Lewis:

Hopeful

Despite Lewis’ devastating abandonment, he remains one of the most hopeful foster dogs in the shelter. Since Lewis knows what it was like to have a home, he has been eagerly waiting to find a new, permanent one with a loving family who will never leave him behind. His hopeful attitude is one of the many things that makes Lewis such a heartbreaker.

Good-natured

Lewis is one affable pup. He is also obedient, house-trained, and eager-to-please. The result is one happy-go-lucky pooch. And did we mention Lewis loves to go walking. His leash-side manner is excellent, so he looks forward to going on lots of walks with his future owners.

Family-friendly

Since Lewis came from a home, he knows what it is like to be part of the family and he just can’t wait to settle back in with a new, permanent one. Growing up with a sister, Lewis plays well with other dogs and would really enjoy having another live-in canine companion. Children are great, too; however, he prefers big kids who are over the age of five. Sometimes Lewis gets anxious around unexpected movement, so he needs a family who speaks softly to him and is conscientious of his occasional anxiety.

Visit Lewis Today

If this fun-loving dog seems like he would be a good fit for your family, pay him a visit. Lewis is hopeful he will be united for his forever owner soon, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring him home.


Shelter Hours: 

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm 

 

 


Jan 13 2014

Meet Miss Monroe

MonroeIf you are looking for the purrrfect cat companion, you must meet one of our star pets. Sometimes the sweetest of animals are overlooked, which is exactly what has happened to this adorable, little cat. Wayside Waifs is home to a number of adoring, adoptable pets, one of which is Miss Monroe. Although this black-haired feline doesn’t have the blonde tresses of Marilyn Monroe herself, she certainly packs a celebrity-caliber personality. If you want to learn more about our latest starlet who is available for adoption, you don’t have to make a trek to Hollywood.  Our very own animal shelter is proud to house Miss Monroe.

A Behind-the-scenes Look 

So, what do you need to know about Miss Monroe? Well, for starters she has A-list looks that kill. Monroe sports a full, black coat that is as soft and fluffy as it looks in pictures. However, what makes Monroe a true star are her twinkling eyes. Elizabeth Taylor may have had violet eyes, but Monroe has ones that are equally glamorous. Her golden stare is a reflection of her heart of gold. Monroe can be a bit standoffish and nippy with strangers, but it is only because –in true celebrity nature—she has strong ideas about who her forever owner should be. You see, she is looking for a true Hollywood ending…preferably one with a warm, loving home, a bowl of cat food, and some snuggles – at her discretion, of course.

Other things you need to know about Monroe? Well, given her posh personality, it should be no surprise to learn she is house trained. Monroe is also two years old, so she is the perfect companion for someone with more mature needs. Because Monroe has been with us for so long, her adoption fees have been waived.

If you would like to meet Miss Monroe, please contact Wayside Waifs – we provide red-carpet access for all interested parties.

To interact with Monroe, be sure to visit our animal shelter; Monroe looks forward to making your acquaintance.

 

Shelter Hours

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm 


Jan 8 2014

Help Our Foster Dogs in Need

 Although the holiday season has come and gone, the season of giving does not have to end. At Wayside Waifs, we have foster dogs that are in need of finding a “forever home.” If you have room in your heart and home this New Year, our adoptable foster dogs would love nothing more than to become a permanent resident in a stable, loving home. Think this sounds like a good fit? Meet a couple of our sweetest Waifs that are currently in foster care.

Harley

Harley

Meet Harley, our three-year-old, Shepard mix, currently in foster care. Sometimes pictures really do say it all. And, in this instance, that could not ring more true. Harley’s gentle eyes, genuine smile, and shiny fur coat are only a few of his many redeeming qualities. They always say, “dog is man’s best friend,” and in Harley’s case, the feeling is mutual.

Harley loves his people, car rides, and playing outside. Simply put: He is a lover. Because of his sunny disposition, he would love nothing more than to find a family he could forever call his own.  However, before adopting this sweet-natured pooch, it is important you know one thing about Harley. Left alone, Harley sometimes cries for human interaction, something that results from his separation anxiety condition. Because of this, Harley needs an adoption family who is loving and patient.

 

If you would like to learn more about Harley, please call (816) 986-4426.

HarrietHarriet

Our adoption dog Harriet has a personality that matches her adorable name. This nine-month-old American Bulldog is 100 percent sweet. Her angelic eyes really do say it all. Harriet loves to cuddle, play, and sometimes do a little unwanted chewing. Not to worry, though. Because of Harriet’s young age and desire to please her people, she is highly trainable. The secret to success in a permanent home? Patience.

Want to meet Harriet? For more information, call (816) 986-4426.

Adopt Now

These two Waifs are some of the sweetest pups you will ever meet. In fact, if either of them seem like a good match, they would love for nothing more than to make your home their “forever home.”

To learn more about our adoptable foster puppies, call (816) 986-4426.


Dec 28 2013

Ring in the New Year With a Waif in Need

Christmas has come and gone, but that does not mean the season of giving needs to come to an end. At Wayside Waifs, we have a number of animals available for adoption. Giving an animal the gift of a forever home is a great way to ring in the New Year and make a difference in the life of one of our Waifs in need of a home. To get you inspired, we would like to better acquaint you with a few of our adoptable dogs.

Adoptable Waifs:

athenaAthena

This six-month-old Alaskan Husky has a white and black coat that keeps her warm all winter long. Although she is a new addition to the Wayside Waifs family, she is eager to find a home of her own. Athena’s breed is celebrated for their sociable, mild-tempered, and sweet disposition that is complemented by cute and cuddly looks. If you are looking for an adaptable and generally kid-friendly doggy addition to your family, you have met your match. For more information about Athena, visit her online profile or give us a call today.

biggie smallsBiggie Smalls

Looks can be deceiving; so, do not let Biggie Smalls’ intimidating features send you astray. Underneath those broad, tan shoulders and wide-set eyes is a dog with a heart of gold. Biggie Smalls is a two-year-old, Terrier-American Staffordshire male dog, who is well-behaved and excited to get settled down again. His eagerness to please makes him highly trainable, something every pet owner can agree makes for a winning combination. If you are looking for a dog to cuddle at night or throw the tennis ball with during the day, Biggie Smalls is just the pooch for you.  For details about Biggie Smalls, visit his profile and watch his online video, or contact us now.

Greycie

Want a sweet, smart, and fun-loving pooch, who is ready to finally learn what it means to be part of a family? Greycie, our Greyhound greyciemix, who is almost two years old, is exactly these things. If you are willing to give Greycie the loving, stable home she deserves, she is sure to adapt and thrive in a permanent-home environment. Her requirements? Compassion and patience are virtues she seeks in her new owner or family. Because she has never had a real home, she will need some training and guidance about what it means to be a part of your home. Want to learn more about Greycie? Visit her online profile or stop by Wayside Waifs during our open hours of operation.

Learn More Today

The New Year represents new beginnings. What better way to do just that than adopt one of our Waifs in need? Athena, Greycie, and Biggie Smalls are just a few of our many animals available for adoption. This year, you can give the gift that keeps giving by showing an animal what it means to have a loving home. Not ready to adopt? Make a tax-deductible donation to help provide for their care

To learn how you can adopt one of our Waifs in need, contact us by calling (816) 761-8151.

 

 

 


Dec 19 2013

Grrr-eat Holiday Gifts for Your Canine Companion

holiday giftsYou made your holiday gift list, but have you checked it twice? Before you complete your holiday shopping, be sure to include something special for the four-legged friend on your gift list. Your furball has behaved all year, so be sure to reward him or her. At Wayside Waifs, we shopped around and have some grrr-eat holiday gift ideas for your canine friend.

Holiday Gifts for Your Best Friend:

Christmas PJs

As you gather around the Christmas tree and wait for Santa, be sure your pup has something snuggly to keep warm. No matter how your family is celebrating the holiday season, there are holiday PJs for everyone. Flannel, cotton, and fleece are all great materials that are sure to keep your dog warm. Hop online, or if you are up for a challenge, try making your pooch some homemade PJs. The great news? It’s in your dog’s DNA to unconditionally love whatever your create, so don’t let that stop you!

Stocking

If you are looking for a simple way to dress up your mantel over the holiday season, look no further than a dog stocking. A cute holiday stocking for your furry friend can complement your decor AND act as the perfect means for spoiling your family dog. When it comes to dog stocking stuffers, the options are plentiful. Squeaky toys make great gifts, and for just $5, you can purchase several toys from Whiskers and Wags, our in-store boutique that supports dogs in our care. Bones, chew toys, and dog accessories are other great stocking stuffers. As a rule of thumb, be sure to keep your dog’s stocking out of reach. We wouldn’t want your pooch to do anything to get on Santa’s naughty list.

Professional Grooming

Whether your pooch has a mane of high-maintenance tresses or could just use a fresh bath, a date at the groomers is a real treat. A day at the salon doesn’t have to be all nail polish and primping. A nice brushing, bath, or something more are all great ways to show the love to your canine, getting your pooch off to a great start for the New Year.

Give the Gift of Volunteering

Have a pooch of your own but want to really get in the holiday spirit? There are a number of dogs at Wayside Waifs who could benefit from your volunteer work. This holiday season, something as simple as your time could brighten the life of one of our on-site animals. At Wayside Waifs, there is something for everyone. Cat and dog socialization and fostering are both ways you can make a difference in the life of our animals.

To learn how you can get involved this holiday season, call (816) 761-8151 or contact us today.


Dec 18 2013

Paw-Lick’n Holiday Pet Treats

If you are looking for some paw-lickin’ holiday treats for your family pet, there is no need to head to the pet store. It only takes a few ingredients to make some of your own tail-waggin’ holiday treats. When it comes to pets, the little things can make a difference – holiday pet treats are no exception. So, next time you and your family pet are in the kitchen, be sure to try out one of these pet-friendly holiday treats. 

DIY Holiday Pet Treats:

For the Canine…

Dog Bark

If you have ever slipped your four-legged friend a morsel of cheese or let him or her lick your peanut butter-clad hands clean, you know how much pups love their people food.  This all-in-one treat is the real deal. With cheese, peanut butter, and bacon, what’s not to love? In less than forty minutes, your pooch could be enjoying some of their very own holiday Dog Bark.

Dog Nog

Add Dog Nog to the mix for some extra holiday cheer. Good news about this seasonal recipe? Your pooch doesn’t have to be 21 in dog years to enjoy it. Dog Nog is sure to keep your pup safely hydrated and happy. This holiday treat earned brownie points for its simplicity – something every pet owner can appreciate. By the time your pooch can say ”Dog Nog,” this delicious dog elixir will be ready to drink. All you need is baby food, low-fat, organic yogurt, eggs, water, and –for good measure—a banana slice.

For the Feline…

Tuna Crackers

If your kitten has behaved well all year, reward Santa’s little helper with something savory and nutritious. When you are leaving a special delight by the tree for the big man on the sleigh this year, prepare some goodies for your kitty, too. These tuna crackers are comprised of canned tuna, cornmeal, flour, and water. This holiday treat is cat-friendly and easy-to-make. In fact, these holiday treats are so simple to prepare that these kitty crackers can be enjoyed year round.

Cat Cakes

holiday gifts

Cats have always had a flair for the dramatic, which makes cat cakes the purr-fect treat for your kitten. This holiday season spoil your cat by preparing a truly fancy feast. The flour and tuna-filled cat cakes are delicious holiday gifts that your family feline can enjoy for days to come. For details about this one-of-a-kind holiday treat, reference the complete recipe.

At Wayside Waifs, we remain dedicated to helping you provide your family pets with quality care.  Want to shower your pup or cat with even more holiday love?

For more holiday treats, be sure to visit Whiskers & Wags, our pet boutique that helps support the rescue animals in our care.  


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