Jun 30 2010

Independence Day Is No Blast for Pets

It can be the worst weekend of the year for your pet – July 4th weekend.  Few of us are blessed to have pets who pay little attention to all of the booming, crackling and sizzling of fireworks.  Each year thousands of pets are separated from their owners after becoming so stressed from the noise of fireworks and subsequently run away from home.  Here are some recommendations to help you keep your pets safe and at home this 4th of July weekend.

1.  Don’t take your pet to the fireworks shows.  The large crowds, unfamiliar surroundings combined with the loud sounds of fireworks is simply too much for any pet.

2. Keep your pets indoors at home in a quiet room.  Some pets get so stressed they become out of control and destructive.  Remove any objects in a room that might harm your pet.  You can play soft music or turn on a television on to keep them company if you are not home.  Include their favorite toy or blanket for added comfort.

3.  Consider a babysitter for your pet if you are planning to be out enjoying the festivities.  Pets find comfort in having human companionship especially with someone they know and trust.  Being held and petted will help your pet deal with the stress.

4.  Never leave your pet outside unattended on the fourth even if you have a fence or a lead.  When animals become fearful and stressed-even those who would normally not jump a fence- can become unpredictable in their fear and try anything to get away.  Pets have choked themselves on leads and even hung themselves when they tried to jump a fence while attached to a lead.  Create a cool safe place for your pet in the home or garage area.

5.  Make sure your pet has the correct identification on their collar.  Now is a great time to make sure that your pets tags are current with your contact information.  Tags should include the pets name, your name and phone number.  If you can, also include the address.  Consider having your pet microchipped.  You can have this done for a small fee at Wayside Waifs and it is could mean being reunited with your pet sooner should your pet become lost.    

6.  If you are shooting off fireworks, take the proper precautions in making sure sparklers and other fireworks are completely cooled after burning.  Sparklers, for instance, can stay hot for hours after burning out and can not only burn your pets paws, but become lodged in between their feet.  Keep a bucket of water on a table to dump these types of fireworks in to prevent further burning. 

7.  Clean up the area where you have been shooting off fireworks.  Our pets are curious about debris and will go in close to smell anything.  These items are packed with poison even after they have been lit and sharp edges can cut their mouths, noses and pads of their feet.

8.  Finally, if your pet has a history of becoming seriously stressed by loud noises, like fireworks, consult with your veterinarian to see what options you may have to help with their stress.

Should you find a pet or your pet becomes separated from you, go to our website and file a lost/found pet report.  Make sure to include a photo, complete description of the pet and your contact information within the body of the posting. 

 
Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs


Jun 25 2010

Keeping Your Pets Cool This Summer

Summer heat has come early for us this year!  Our furry friends don’t always handle the heat well.   The heat effects dogs and cats the same way it impacts humans.  Dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems that humans do, such as overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. By taking some simple precautions, you can celebrate the season and keep your pets happy and healthy.

1. Keep pets inside.

2. Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle—heat exhaustion can be fatal. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace in no time.  During warm weather the temperature inside a car can rise to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.  Think about how hot it gets when you park your car and run into the store to grab something.  Even leaving the windows down is not enough.  You wouldn’t leave your children in the car- please don’t leave your pets!

3. Walk your dog in the morning when the heat and humidity are best.  

4. Don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt.  Their body temperature can rise quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn.

5. Get a long hair dog groomed for the summer.  Long haired breeds can be shaved to a one-inch coat.  Never shave down to the skin as this robs the dog of their protection from the sun.

6. Be sensitive to older and overweight animals in hot weather. Snub-nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos and shih tzus, as well as those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible. 

7. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. While you do want to protect pets that have light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears, ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

8. Avoid taking your pet to events where there are crowds, like concerts and fairs.  The loud noise combined with the heat can be extremely stressful and dangerous for our furry friends.  Trust me, your pet will thank you later.

If your dog or cat is exposed to high temperatures:
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1. Pay attention to signs of over-heating and heat stress.  Heavy panting, glazed eyes, increased pulse, staggering, throwing up, unsteady walking are all signs.  Also check our pets tongue- a deep red or purple tongues is another sign. 

2. If your pet is overheated, you must lower their body temperature immediately. 

3.  Take your pet to a shaded area and put cool, not cold, water all over their body to gradually lower their body temperature.

4.  Apply ice pack or cool towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest only.

5. Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. 

6. Finally, always visit and consult with your veterinarian.  This tips are only a recommendation, and you should always consult with your personal veterinarian about your pets health.
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Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 


Jun 22 2010

Bronco Loves Tail Waggin’ Fun!

HI!  I'm Bronco!

HI! I'm Bronco!

One year old, fun loving, energetic, housebroken, super sweet, super friendly, did I say full of energy (oh I did!) goofball of a guy – who loves everybody and everything – that’s me, Bronco.  I was brought to Wayside originally because a Good Samaritan found me wandering around all alone in her neighborhood, and she took me in. According to her, I was playful, loving and affectionate.  I love a lap to sit in, too – do you have one just for me?  She said I played well in her house with her other dogs, and she said that I only had a couple of accidents while there.  She said besides being so loving and so friendly, she wanted to call attention to how good looking I am! 

My perfect home would include a family that loves some activity and has time to spend with me. I have a perfect sit, look and down, and I am currently working on stay and come.  I’ve also been learning the ZEN game – ask a volunteer or an adoption counselor to show you.  At the off leash park, I love the baby pool, and my volunteer friends let me bob for hot dogs.  I am so eager to please; I’ll learn anything you take the time to teach me.  Honestly, I am still a big ole pup that needs exercise, some training, and a whole lotta love. I’d be willing to jog or run with you, or go to the off leash park, and take a longer walk or two because I have energy that I need to expend.  Hey, a daily game of fetch would be absolutely awesome, too – I’m good at it! 

Once I do get my exercise though, I am such a relaxed boy.  I love people (cuddling is a favorite pastime of mine) and other dogs (I play really nicely with other doggies at the off leash park!), and well, lying close to you with you petting and talking to me, it is like a little slice of heaven for me.  I spent a couple of hours outside recently with a volunteer, and I was just as cool as a cucumber, my belly in the grass, just watchin’ the world roll by.  My volunteer friends say they love my goofy looks, my sweetness, my enthusiasm for life, my frog legs when I’m lying in the grass, and the big ole smile I have on my face all the time! 

Please, if you are thinking about getting a dog, think about taking me home with you.  This shelter is just no place for a guy like me.  I’ve got a super abundance of love and devotion to give to you, and I can’t do that while I’m here, can I?  If you adopt me, I’ll be there always to make you laugh, and I’ll be your shoulder to lean on when you are sad.  That’s what best friends are for, right?  

I don’t have many visitors to the shelter ask to meet me.   I hear people ooh and ahh over some of the other dogs and how gorgeous they are.  I am too, darn it – many of the volunteers say I am dashingly handsome!  Plus, you won’t meet a sweeter guy at the shelter.  Please, come out, meet me and take me home with you, ok?   I will wait as patiently as possible for you to come for me.   You can check out my video online

Love from your soon to be…
New Best Friend,
Bronco


Jun 18 2010

Feline Frenzy at Wayside Waifs

Jelly is looking for her forever loving home!

Jelly is looking for her forever loving home!

Wayside Waifs has an abundance of adorable cats and kittens in need of good homes.  To help these sweeties find their forever families Wayside Waifs is fine tuning our Feline Fridays cat adoption promotion into a Feline Frenzy

Now through August, adopt a cat over 5-months-old and Wayside will waive the adoption fee.    Adopt a kitten for just $60 (half-price) and we’ll waive the adoption fee on the second kitten.  Another Feline Frenzy bonus-all cat adopters will receive a 15% discount on all kitty supplies and merchandise!  MEOWZA!  What an incredible deal! 

Wayside currently has more than 150 cats and kittens available for adoption and more than 200 waiting to come into the shelter. 

If you are thinking about adopting a kitty, we encourage you to bring your entire family to Wayside Waifs to meet all potential feline family members.  We know those cute adorable little kittens are tough to resist, but often adult cats are best for families with small children.  Experienced Wayside adoption counselors and our wonderful volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the entire adoption process, and help you find the purr-fect kitty for your family. 

Remember, being in the shelter can be pretty stressful on these sweet kitties.  Their true personalities will really start to emerge after you take the home.  It may take a few weeks for them to really get adjusted to their lives in their forever homes, so they will need your love and patience!

More than 4 million homeless cats end up in shelters every year in the United States.  By adopting a feline friend from Wayside Waifs, you will be saving a life.  How cool is that?

Need more reasons to adopt a kitty?  Consider these benefits of opening your home to a kitty:

-Cats are great for people who live in apartments and smaller homes… they don’t need a lot of space. 

-They are very clean creatures and even bathe themselves! 

-They also don’t need to be housebroken, using the litter box is second nature to them! 

-They are low-maintenance and independent too!  They don’t require daily walks, just about 15 minutes of daily playtime with you!  

-Cats will also help keep you healthy!  They can actually reduce your blood pressure and prevent hearth disease! 

To learn more about all of the friendly felines currently available for adoption at Wayside Waifs, please visit www.waysidewaifs.org

Posted by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs


Jun 15 2010

Rufus’ Way at Wayside Waifs

Ruffy's Family

Ruffy

This year at the Wayside Waifs Fur Ball, a new item was added to the live auction.  Each year, the drive leading up to Wayside Waif’s beautiful shelter will be named by the winner of the Name Waysides Drive auction item.  This first year, Wayside Waifs board member Vicky Whitney won naming rights!  From now until June 2011, our drive will be called Ruffy’s Way, after Rufus.  

Here’s is Rufus’ story. 

“Eight years ago,  we brought home a 2 year Maltese (Buddy) who had spent his short life in a puppy mill.  We had no clue as to what to expect, but we soon learned that Buddy had virtually no pet skills, didn’t know a thing about people or how to interact with them and was often scared of them, hated being on the ground or grass, had no idea what a treat or a toy was.  Trying to house train Buddy couldn’t have been more difficult.  

A month or so later, we brought Rufus home.  He also came from a puppy mill, but because he was still a puppy, he didn’t have all the inhibitions that Buddy had and he just charged through life like it was no big deal!  Rufus virtually house trained Buddy, taught him to use the doggy door and the ramp to get up on bed.  Rufus and Buddy were the best of friends and did everything together.  Whatever Buddy knows today, it is because he learned it from Rufus.  

Everyone who ever met Rufus loved him at first site.  That included my family and friends as well as strangers on the street.  He was very precocious and fun loving, excited to spend time with all who came to the house, loved watching out the window and keeping track of the neighbors with Buddy, constantly going to his toy box to drag out something to play with or cuddling up on my Mom’s lap everyday to take a nap.  Not only was he very smart, but almost intuitive …. Sometimes I’d swear that he knew what I was going to do or say before I knew it!   

When Rufus was only 3 years old, he started suffering from severe pain in his neck due to a degenerative nerve disease.  We worked with a neurologist to find a cure, but in a very short time, the pain became uncontrollable even with the all drugs the doctors could administer.   We were all at a loss after Rufus was gone from us, but I look at his picture every day and I feel blessed that we got to spend even those few short years together.”

Vicky Whitney

Wayside Waifs is very grateful to Vicky for her generous gift to purchase this item.  The unveiling of Rufus’ street sign was celebrated with a fabulous breakfast paw-ty of Vicky, her family and Wayside waifs staff, pictured above. Be sure to notice Ruffy’s Way sign and remember Rufus the next time you come visit, which we hope will be soon!

Written by Marla Svoboda
Director of Development at Wayside Waifs


Jun 10 2010

Who’s Your Daddy?


Do you REALLY know who Rover is? 

Ever wondered where your dog’s adorable markings came from? How about that high drive to chase a tennis ball, or that unique “voice” that only a proud pet parent could love? Your dog may not be able to tell you about mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, but Wayside Waifs can! Have your best friend DNA tested and learn more about what makes Rover tick – or should I say woof!   

We will perform a very simple blood test to collect our sample. The sample will be sent in for analysis which normally takes around three weeks. During your visit, we will provide you with a unique login so you can monitor your pet’s sample throughout the process. Once analysis is complete, you will receive a detailed ancestry report via email and a hard copy in the mail.   

Learning as much as you can about the breed make-up of your beloved canine companion, can help you to have an even more rewarding relationship with him. Better understanding your dog’s breed make-up can reveal very helpful information relating to training, behavior, predisposed medical issues, and as a proud pet owner you can use this new information to help provide the best future care for Rover.  

Your pet’s breed report will identify the significant, intermediate and minor breeds detected:*

  • Significant: at least 50% of your dog’s DNA matches this breed. You are likely to see physical and behavioral traits in your pet of the breeds detected.
  • Intermediate: at least 25% of your dog’s DNA matches this breed. You may see some physical and behavioral traits in your pet of the breeds detected.
  • Minor: at least 12.5% of your dog’s DNA matches this breed. However, it is unlikely that this breeds physical traits are visually represented unless some genes are dominant.

* Wisdom Panel Insights Dog DNA Test

In addition, your breed report will include a detailed description of the individual breeds identified in your pet’s DNA. With this information you can easily see the average height and weight of the breed, in addition to the shape of the ears, muzzle and tail. Also included are common behavioral traits – the report is very inclusive!   

Wonder no longer – get the answer to questions like “where did those ears come from,” “why is Rover so energetic,” and “who is your daddy!” Take advantage of this great service offered at Wayside Waifs, and know that in doing so you are also supporting Wayside’s mission to care for thousands of homeless pets in the Kansas City area every year.

Call Wayside Waifs vet clinic at 816-986-4453 to schedule an appointment today! The cost of the DNA test is $125.

Written by Courtney Thomas
Director of Operations at Wayside Waifs


Jun 8 2010

Jazzy June Events

Start working your costume now for the Delaware Dog Street Parade!
Start working your costume now for the Delaware Dog Street Parade!

Can you believe it’s already June?  Wayside Waifs is gearing up for another great month of events and fundraisers!  We hope you can join us at one, two or all of our June events!  Keep your eyes peeled for the Wayside mobile adoption unit!  We’re taking our waifs on the road this month for mobile adoption events all around the metro!

Wayside will get jazzy on Saturday, June 12th.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club in downtown Kansas City is hosting a charity brunch benefiting Wayside. For just $20, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, a complimentary breakfast cocktail and live jazz music by Lonnie McFadden and his special guest!  Our mobile adoption unit will be there, so guests can mingle with our waifs!  We hope to see you there! 

The very next weekend, Saturday June 19th, Wayside is heading to the River Market for the 3rd Annual Delaware Street Dog Parade, the shortest parade in history!  This is an event you and your dog don’t want to miss!  Most of the canine participants dress to impress and compete for great prizes and “barking” rights!  Registration is just $10 and all proceeds benefit Wayside Waifs.  Of course our mobile adoption until will be there… and our waifs will be prominently featured at this great event! 

On the 26th… we’re heading west… to Village West, to be exact.  Nebraska Furniture Mart has invited our waifs to a special adoption event!  We hope they’ll all find homes that day! 

Save the date for these wonderful Fall events:  

September 25:  20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt
October 3rd:  Bark at the K
October 9th:  Kicks for K-9’s

For information about any of these upcoming events please contact Ashlee Parker, Communications Manager, at 816-986-4417 or aparker@waysidewaifs.org


Jun 5 2010

Annie’s Story

Annie is looking for her forever family.

Annie is looking for her forever family.

Hello. My name is Annie, and I’m celebrating a milestone this month. I have now been at Wayside Waifs for a whole year. That’s longer than any other cat in the place, they tell me. I’m not sure what to think about that. My previous owners abandoned me when they moved away and for a while I was on my own. Then some nice neighbors let me stay at their house, but they had a dog who didn’t like me, so they brought me here to Wayside.  

For a while, I was really unhappy. I missed my family and I didn’t like being in a little kennel. I’m very particular about my space and I don’t usually like other cats messing with my stuff or getting in my space, and in that little kennel I was surrounded by other cats…way too close for comfort! The volunteers at Wayside really tried to be nice to me but I was so uncomfortable and unhappy that I just didn’t feel like dealing with them most of the time.   

Then they put me in my own hug room, and things changed. I could relax and didn’t have to worry about those other cats getting in my face. I’m much happier now. Due to being abandoned, though, I have some trust issues…I’m shy with strangers, but as long as they take a few minutes to talk to me and scratch my ears (I REALLY like that!), I’ll quickly realize that they’re okay and then I just want to climb into their lap and snuggle with them. Unfortunately, some people just barge into my room and try to pick me up or start petting me right off the bat and that scares me and I don’t respond well.  I love having visitors, but you just have to let me have a couple of minutes to get used to you first. Once I know you’re not going to scare me, I am your friend forever.  I love to sit in your lap and be petted. Sometimes I even like to put my head on your shoulder and give you a hug.  

I would love to have a nice family take me home, but so far it hasn’t happened. I’ve been here for a year, and I’ve seen a LOT of other cats come and go, but I’m still here. Some of the volunteers have tried really hard to find me a home, and they’ve helped me get used to coming out of my room and playing. I still don’t care too much for other cats, but I have made friends with a few.  I even let them come in and hang out in my hug room sometimes. The perfect family for me would be one in which I’m an only pet, and which has no small children (they scare me!!). I love to cuddle and sit with you, but I also like to play with my toys and I am perfectly fine left to my own devices if you need to go to work or some other human activity. I’m really a very nice cat, and if someone would take the time to get to know me I’m sure we would love each other furr-ever! 

Love,
Annie


Jun 3 2010

Summer Brings Feline Fridays to Wayside Waifs


Summer is here and that means it’s “kitten season” at Wayside Waifs.  Each June and July, Wayside Waifs is inundated with kittens… hundreds of them.  Right now, there are more than 100 cats at Wayside Waifs awaiting adoption, and more than 150 in foster care and waiting to come into the shelter.

To help all of these kitties find forever loving homes, Wayside Waifs is bringing back Feline Fridays.  Every Friday in June and July, Wayside Waifs is offering cat adoption specials.  You can adopt a kitten for $60!  The adoption fee for cats over five months old is just $15.  And the really cool part- if you adopt a second kitty, Wayside will waive the adoption fee!  Cats thrive in pairs, so this is a great deal for you and them!   

If you are thinking about adopting a kitty, we encourage you to bring your entire family to Wayside Waifs to meet all potential feline family members.  We know those cute adorable little kittens are tough to resist, but often adult cats are best for families with small children.  Experienced Wayside adoption counselors and our wonderful volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the entire adoption process, and help you find the purr-fect kitty for your family. 

Remember, being in the shelter can be pretty stressful on these sweet kitties.  Their true personalities will really start to emerge after you take the home.  It may take a few weeks for them to really get adjusted to their lives in their forever homes, so they will need your love and patience!

More than 4 million homeless cats end up in shelters every year in the United States.  By adopting a feline friend from Wayside Waifs, you will be saving a life.  How cool is that?

Need more reasons to adopt a kitty?  Consider these benefits of opening your home to a kitty:

-Cats are great for people who live in apartments and smaller homes… they don’t need a lot of space. 

-They are very clean creatures and even bathe themselves! 

-They also don’t need to be housebroken, using the litter box is second nature to them! 

-They are low-maintenance and independent too!  They don’t require daily walks, just about 15 minutes of daily playtime with you!  

-Cats will also help keep you healthy!  They can actually reduce your blood pressure and prevent hearth disease! 

Have you adopted a kitty from Wayside Waifs?  Share you story and inspire others to adopt!
Written by Ashlee Parker
Communications Manager at Wayside Waifs


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