Jul 29 2010

Meet Darcy!

Gorgeous, sensitive, shy, loving sweetheart of a girl – hi, my name is Darcy, and I’m a 6 year old German Shepherd/Australian Cattle dog searching for my forever home.   I came from a one owner family, and when I was surrendered, my Wayside pals recognized that I am not a dog who handled shelter life well at all.  So, lucky me,  Foster Mom (FM) to my rescue!  I’ve lived at FM’s for 6 weeks now, and she says I’m just the greatest girl in the world.  

I want to make a great first impression with you, so I will mention that I’m completely housebroken.  I haven’t had a single accident at FM’s house, and she says that sometimes she leaves me for up to 8 hours at a time – and she doesn’t even crate me – how perfect is that!  I don’t chew on her things, I don’t have accidents – let’s just all acknowledge right now that I’m the perfect indoor dog.  Speaking of that, FM says that I’m not that big of a fan of her back yard.  She has a 4 foot fence, and I’ve never jumped it – things are far too good here to ever want to go anywhere else.  FM says that I just prefer to be around her, so when she is inside, that is where I want to be too.  I like to keep an eye on her, ya know what I mean?  

We go on walks daily, and I enjoy my time out in the neighborhood.  FM says that I don’t need a huge amount of exercise, but I am always willing to do whatever she suggests – I’m up for anything.   FM has taught me how to run alongside her when she is biking.   How talented is that!   I get such a thrill from it (my new favorite thing to do in life), so I’m thinking that maybe I would be a good running partner for you? 

FM says that I can be quite frisky when I realize it is play time.  I can get so happy when I know we are about to do something really fun.  FM says that I’m so cute because I’ll turn my head and look toward my tail, then I turn my head the other way and look toward my tail, and pretty soon I’m just rockin’ back and forth, doing my own little dance of joy, and FM says she just stands there and laughs at me.   I love to hear the sound of my FM laughing at me – I know I’m making her happy! 

I love car rides, too.  FM says I like to stick my head out the window and feel the wind beneath my ears.  I’m smart too – FM says that I know sit and stay, and I enjoy getting all kinds of treats when they are offered up for a job well done.  FM says that I am a good watch dog – I hear everything, and if there is a knock at the door, I alert FM with a little bark that someone is there.  I’m quiet and respectful when she asks me to be, and if she trusts the visitors, I will do the same – because I respect my FM.

After a good night’s sleep, FM says that every morning I will jump up on the bed with her, and I know to be very, very quiet while she is still asleep.  I will just lie there and stare at her beautiful face until she decides to rise and shine.  As soon as FM’s eyes open, well I’m there for some major snuggles!  I will roll to one side, over on my back, tongue hanging out like a goofball, with a smile a mile wide, waiting for belly rubs and all the loving FM has to give me.  Sometimes I even crawl up onto her chest wanting some ear scratches and shoulder rubs.  Ahhh, it feels so good to be loved! 

FM thinks that the perfect home for me would be one with either a single person or a couple, and the lifestyle would be an easygoing one.  I do best taking things slowly at first when meeting new people, so you would have to have some patience with me.  I’m extra shy and unsure around men, but I can warm up to them nicely if given the opportunity.  I just don’t like to rush relationships – don’t you have a friend or two like that?  Once I do get to know you, I am an incredibly loving, loyal companion that only has eyes for you.  I am what you call a people dog.  I would probably do best in a home that doesn’t have young kids or other animals – only because I’ve never lived with any myself. 

So, my plea would be that all easygoing, friendly, loving people out there who want the perfect dog – please apply for me!  I really am quite the sweetheart, and I will make the right person the most wonderful of companions.  I will miss my FM, but I really need my own forever home – not just a temporary one.  Please think about me and whether I would be the right fit for you.  I plan to make the person who adopts me the best dog in the universe!  Truly, life is all about love and companionship, isn’t it?  I promise you all the love and devotion one dog can give. 

Love from Darcy

Jul 27 2010

Strutt To Save Lives

Strutt With Us!

Strutt With Us!

It’s time to register for the 20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt for Wayside Waifs.  In honor of the events 20th Anniversary, we are making some big changes to take Strutt to the next level. 

One of the most important changes is the addition of Dog Packs.  Dog Packs are teams of people that register and Strutt together.  It’s an awesome way to get your family, friends, neighbors, clients or co-workers involved in this great event.  You can show your team spirit by coming up with a clever team name, creating team shirts, wearing wacky hats or dressing your dogs in team bandanas. 

This year our goal is to raise a record $75,000 at Strutt With Your Mutt, but we can’t do it alone.  There is tremendous power in numbers, and by forming or joining a Dog Pack you can help Wayside Waifs continue our lifesaving mission.  If every member of your Dog Pack raised just $100, think of the difference we could make!  We know times are tough, but every $5 or $10 donation quickly adds up!

Every Dog Pack has an opportunity to win some great prizes for their fundraising efforts.  The winning team will also win a picnic in the Wayside Bark Park!  How cool is that?!? 

There will be something for everyone at Strutt With Your Mutt, including a 5K Fun Run, Kids Run, Cat Walk and 3K Strutt (a leisurely dog walk through Brookside).  There will also be a delicious pancake breakfast with Chris Cakes, and you can shop ‘til you drop in Vendor Village! 

Remember, every dollar raised at Strutt directly helps homeless animals.  Wayside Waifs receives no government funding and relies on people just like you to continue to help the animals.  Wayside is proud to be Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter.  We thank you for helping the animals and we can’t wait to see you and your Dog Pack at Strutt With Your Mutt on September 25th in Brookside.  

The 20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt is presented by Bayer Animal Health.  For more information and to create your dog pack, please visit www.waysidewaifs.org/strutt 

Written by Ashlee Parker
Communications Relations Manager at Wayside Waifs

Jul 24 2010

Charmaine is Looking for Her Forever Home!

Meet charming Charmaine! This gorgeous tortie was found hanging around a local thrift store. We think she was hoping somebody would think she was worthy of a new home, just like the treasures they had found that somebody else had previously discarded. Sadly, nobody opened their home to Charmaine, and she came here. Of course, we are happy to have her and happy to help her find a loving family of her own.

Charmaine has gorgeous tortie markings, and she is just about one of the friendliest cats you’ll ever meet. She seems to like everybody she comes into contact with, and she is content and happy to receive a scratch under the chin or behind the ears from you. Charmaine loves old movies, and she would be happy to snuggle on your lap while you watch one together. If that sounds ideal, come down to Wayside to meet Charmaine today!  

During Wayside Waifs Feline Frenzy promotion, Charmaine’s adoption fee is waived.  

Posted by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Jul 22 2010

Meet Josie!

Meet Josie! Josie was rescued by a family in St. Joseph, MO at none other than a chicken restaurant. Go figure, her favorite treats are chicken flavored. Though the family’s existing cat did not welcome her with open arms. They were sad to give her up, but now she is on her search for a loving, forever home.

Most days you can find Josie relaxing in the large cat window at Wayside Waifs, just enjoying a little sunbathing or taking a nap.  She loves to look out the window and watch the birds.  She will invite herself into your lap if you sit next to her and tell her how gorgous she looks.  If they gave out gold medals for purring she would definitely be the winner! 

Josie is completely litter box trained and previously got along well with older children. Of course, we would encourage Josie to meet all family members before going home. She tends to keep to herself when other cats are around and is only aggressive with them if they get in her face or invade her personal space, so another cat that wants to play with her a lot probably wouldn’t be a good match.  This is because she was bullied by other cats before coming to Wayside.  

If you want to open your heart and home to Josie, come down to Wayside to meet her today!  During Feline Frenzy, her adoption fee is waived. 

Posted by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Jul 16 2010

More Abused Animals Arrive at Wayside Waifs from Montana

Today Wayside Waifs received nearly half of the 90 animals seized by The Humane Society of the United States from an overcrowded shelter in Montana.  36 of the animals arrived at Wayside Waifs this morning.  Partnering with the HSUS and Fallon County Sheriff’s Department, 60 dogs and 30 cats were rescued from Eastern Montana Humane Society. The sheriff’s department served a seizure warrant for the animals held at EMHS Tuesday morning due to violations of the Montana animal cruelty code. 

“The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to the Fallon County Sheriff’s Department for upholding the cruelty laws and calling us in to rescue these animals,” said Adam Parascandola, director of Animal Cruelty for The HSUS. “These are highly adoptable dogs and cats which deserve to be living as cherished family pets.” 

When responders arrived they found large numbers of dogs and cats living in filthy, cramped pens and crates. Many of the animals were housed for long periods of time in unsafe and unsanitary enclosures. Some of the animals were suffering from skin and parasite infections. 

All of the animals were safely removed and transported to a nearby temporary shelter set up specifically for this rescue by The HSUS and United Animal Nations.   HSUS transported 40 of the animals to Wayside Waifs in a specially equipped 75-foot mobile sheltering vehicle where they will be available for adoption.  Wayside Waifs is an official Emergency Services Placement Partner of The HSUS.  The animals seized during this raid include a wide range of breeds including Collie-mixes, Lab-mixes and Newfoundland-mixes.  Wayside is also receiving many different breeds of cats.

This is only one of three deliveries of animals Wayside Waifs has received in the last week.  In total, Wayside has taken in over 100 abused animals this week found living in similar conditions.  Last year, Wayside Waifs took in over 6200 abandoned, abused and homeless animals.

You can check out more photos of the raid and of these animals arriving at Wayside Waifs on our Facebook page.

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Waysidew Waifs

Jul 14 2010

Feline Frenzy in Full Swing

Hundreds of cats and kittens are looking for their forever home!

Hundreds of cats and kittens are looking for their forever home!

We’re midway through our Feline Frenzy at Wayside Waifs and so far it’s been purr-fect!  So far over 222 kitties have found their furever homes since June 1st, but more than 150 cats and kittens are still available for adoption.  

There is still plenty of time to take advantage of our incredible Feline Frenzy adoption specials.  If you decide to adopt a cat over 5 months old we will waive the $75 adoption fee.  And if you prefer a kitten, we’ve reduced the adoption fee to just $60, and you can adopt a second kitten for FREE.  It doesn’t get any better than this!  This amazing adoption special is good through the end of August.  Meowza! 

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 Relations Manager at Wayside Waifs

Jul 9 2010

Protect Your Pet From Heartworm Disease

Protect Your Pet from Heartworm

Protect Your Pet from Heartworm

Heartworm disease – what a terrible sounding disease!  Worms, living in your heart!  As gross as this sounds, some people might think it’s some made up story, to scare little puppies who won’t listen to their mothers.  Alas, the sad fact is that this is indeed a real disease, just as creepy as the name sounds.  A real disease that can affect any and all dogs, regardless of age, breed, color, or living status (i.e. indoors vs. outdoors).  Nevertheless, as horrible as it sounds, this disease is quite preventable.   We have had a lot of rain this year and combined with the heat – makes for a prime breeding ground for mosquitos – which is how heartworms are transmitted to your pet.  Here is some information about heartworm disease in detail to help you as a dog owner (or cat owner) to help prevent you family friend from being possessed by creepy, heart dwelling wormies. 

Let’s start with the basics – what exactly are heartworms

Heartworms are exactly what they sound like – worms (a kind of roundworm, similar to the intestinal parasites) that live in the right side of the heart and the arteries of the lungs.  They can infect dogs and cats, although there are some differences between dog heartworm disease and cat heartworm disease.  The adults live in these areas and produce babies, called microfilaria.  The microfilaria circulate in the bloodstream.  

How does my pet get heartworms?              

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos.  When a mosquito bites an animal with microfilaria in their blood, the microfilaria are sucked up into the mosquito.  They then spend some time maturing within the mosquito to the infective form.  The next time that mosquito bites another cat or dog, the infective microfilaria enter the bloodstream through the bite wound.  After this they mature to adults and eventually end up in the right side of the heart and the lung vessels – this maturation process takes about 6 months. 

How do I know if my pet has heartworms?

This can be tricky, as in the early stages of heartworm disease, most pets are asymptomatic (meaning they do not have any clinical signs of the disease).  In dogs, the heartworms will eventually begin to affect the heart function – as they build up in the heart and vessels, the heart must work harder to pump blood.  Eventually, the heart will be unable to keep up, resulting in signs similar to heart failure.  Signs can include coughing, weakness, exercise intolerance, weight loss, and decreased appetite.  

In cats, they will not have as many adult worms (as they are not the natural host) – they typically may only have a few adult worms living in their heart and vessels.  These worms do not so much directly affect heart function as they do in dogs; however, they often result in a sort of allergic reaction to the worms that are present, causing inflammation in the lungs themselves and potentially throughout the rest of the body as well.  Clinical signs in cats can be somewhat non-specific but can include coughing, lethargy, vomiting, weight loss, breathing difficulties, and sudden death.  Heartworm disease in cats can often be misdiagnosed as asthma because of the similarity of clinical signs.

The best way to diagnose heartworm disease is through testing by your veterinarian.

What sort of tests will my vet do? 

Testing for heartworm disease is different for cats and dogs.  There are 2 different types available – antigen testing and antibody testing.  The antigen test looks for proteins in the blood from the female adult heartworm.  The antibody test looks for antibodies in the blood that are produced by the cat or dog against the heartworm.  Antigen testing is the most common test and is very reliable in dogs.  However, for cats, since they do not usually have very many worms (none of which may even be female), this is not always accurate.  If your veterinarian suspects that your cat has heartworm disease, they may need to run both the antigen and antibody test to detect the disease.

If your pet is heartworm positive, x-rays of the chest and ultrasound examination of the heart can help determine the severity of the disease and may help your veterinarian to choose the best treatment for your pet. 

How do you get rid of the heartworms?

  • Dogs: Treatment for heartworm disease is both risky and expensive.  It involves treatment with a drug that is injected into the large muscles of the lower back.  The treatment is usually given over 2 days, but can also be given slower if an animal is severely ill.  After treatment, the animal must remain calm (think couch potato), with short leash walks only for about a month while the adult worms die off.  Any sudden or vigorous exercise can put the animal at risk for clogs of the blood vessels caused by the dead or dying worms.  The injections can also cause severe muscle pain, so sometimes after treatment the animal may need to be put on pain medication for a short time afterwards.   Complications can include breathing problems, allergic reactions to the dying worms, and sudden death. 

Cost for heartworm treatment varies based on the size of the animal but can easily approach $500, if not more.

  • Cats:  Cats are more difficult as there are no products approved to treat heartworm infection in cats.  They also have severe allergic type reactions to the dying worms, which can cause even more health issues.  Cats can sometimes spontaneously clear the infection, but again, the dying worms can cause significant health problems.

How do I keep my pet from getting heartworms?

Preventative products are available for both dogs and cats.  They come in different forms, such as tasty tablets or topical products that are applied to the skin and absorbed.  The preventatives kill the microfilaria before they mature into adults.   Preventative products need to be given monthly, and depending on where you live, they may need to given year round (even in the winter!).  In Missouri it is recommended that you keep your pet on heartworm prevention year round.  Many heartworm preventatives also include deworming products so intestinal parasites are also controlled.  

Dogs should be tested by your veterinarian for heartworms before starting on preventative.   You can purchase your heartworm, flea and tick preventatives from Wayside Waifs.  We carry Interceptor, Frontline and Advantage Multi.  To order, call 816-986-5545. 

Written by Dr. Cynthia Moon
Veterinarian at Wayside Waifs

Jul 6 2010

Can’t Miss July Events

After you recover from your 4th of July celebrations, make plans to join Wayside Waifs at one of our upcoming July events to raise much-needed funds and awareness about our life-saving efforts! 

Coming this Saturday, July 10th… Diamonds for Dogs!  Yes, Diamonds and Dogs!  What more could a girl (or guy) ask for?  Karats Jewelry at the Deer Creek Shopping Center is hosting a fundraiser, and some of our puppies will be the models!  5% of Karats’ sales from this event will go directly to Wayside Waifs.  The event is from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday at Karats at 135th & Metcalf. 

Then on Sunday, July 11th, we’ll help Woof’s Play & Stay celebrate its 2nd Anniversary!  This Wild West Celebration will be fun for you and your four-legged friend.  Your best friend can take a dip in bone & paw shaped pools and  try out an agility course!  There will also be lots of free treats and prizes!  Image Arts will be on hand to take adorable pet photos… and you can check out some cool vendors!  The fun goes from 10 to 2 at Woof’s Play and Stay in Merriam. 

On July 13th head to On the Border at the Summitwoods Shopping Center in Lee’s Summit and 10% of your food and drink purchases will be donated to Wayside Waifs!  Enjoy some delicious fajitas, tacos or margaritas and you’ll be helping homeless animals at the same time!  Make sure you tell your server that you are dining out for Wayside Waifs. 

If you are heading to the Lilith Fair on July 15th make sure and stop by the ASPCA and Wayside Waifs booth!  We’ll be there promoting our life-saving mission with our friends from the ASPCA.  This year’s Lilith Fair lineup includes animal lover Sarah McLachlan and Heart!  

It’s also time to register for the 20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt on September 25th.  This year we’re going all out with a brand new 5K Fun Run, Kids Run and Cat Walk.  For full event details please visit www.waysidewaifs.org/strutt.  Get your friends, family and co-workers involved by Strutting together as a dog pack!  

Tail wags to Karats, Woof’s Play & Stay, On the Border, Lilith Fair and ASPCA for helping make all of our July events possible.

Written by Ashlee Parker
Communications Relations Manager at Wayside Waifs

Jul 3 2010

If You Have to Surrender a Pet…

Cody was surrendered to Wayside in May

Cody was surrendered to Wayside in May

Wayside Waifs is an amazing place. If you are reading this, I am sure you have seen our new, amazing dog adoption area. You know how much work we put in to taking care of and finding homes for the animals who come through our doors. You have met the amazing staff and dedicated volunteers who come in day in and day out to help care for and socialize the 300+ animals who currently call Wayside home. You know the good things we do. So, it may come as a surprise to hear me say the absolute best place for your companion animals is in a home. 

No matter how amazing we become, Wayside Waifs is a scary and stressful place for the animals. It is new and unusual and full of strange smells and sights and sounds the animals are not used to. Yes, most animals take to Wayside very quickly and have no problem while they are here. I am certain all of these animals would much rather be in a loving home. Bringing an animal to Wayside Waifs should be the last step in trying to find your companion a home. 

People often wonder why Wayside has so many big dogs and so few puppies or small dogs. The reason is simple—we have a much easier time finding homes for puppies and small dogs. Just like every one of you knows someone (or knows someone who knows someone) who would take in a Chihuahua or wants a puppy, many of you would have a harder time finding someone who would take in a three-year-old, 85 pound lab mix. It’s the same with us. The small dogs and puppies fly out of the shelter. The super friendly, loving, happy, playful labs and shepherds and mutts tend to spend more time with us.  

What can you do to help? Encourage everyone you know to adopt and not buy animals from Pet Stores or from a breeder. We always have “pure-breed” dogs and cats in the shelter. Visit our adoptions page and count how many “pure-breed” and “designer” dogs and cats we have available for adoption. We also will often see small mammals, rabbits, reptiles, birds and the like. 

Encourage everyone you know to spay and neuter their companions. We see “accidental” litters every day. A couple of great organizations to contact for help are Spay/Neuter Kansas City (http://snkc.net/) and No More Homeless Pets Kansas City (http://www.nmhpkc.org/).

If you have to find a new home for your companion animal, utilize free services like Petfinder (www.petfinder.com) or Craigslist (www.craigslist.com) before surrendering to Wayside. It will take a little more work on your part, but you will get to hand-pick the new family for your companion and Wayside will be able to better help the animals who have no other place to go. 

What should you do with an animal you find? If you can’t take care of the animal while looking for the human companion, utilize your local animal control. This is where the human will look for the lost animal. We do not have the ability to take in found animals without an appointment as we are limited on space and don’t euthanize the animals in our care to make room for new animals. If you want to hold on to the found animal while looking for the human who lost him/her, we will gladly set you up an appointment to utilize if you can’t find them or can’t find a new home for the animal. (If you have animals, get them micro-chipped so they can be reunited with you more quickly. If they have a microchip, please update the information to make sure they have your current phone number and address.) 

We want to be able to help as many animals as possible, but we also want to be able to help the people and the animals who need the most help. There are times when someone will not have the ability to find their companion a new home. In these cases, we would love to be able to always bring them in immediately, but sometimes we can not. We don’t like to say no to anyone, but there are times when it is necessary. You love the animals in your home and want to do what is best for them. We have over 300 animals in our “home” who we love and we have to do what is best for them. Sometimes, this means we have to so no. It’s nothing personal. If everyone did their part to help increase adoptions and to lower the number of animals in our community who need help, we will be able to really help the animals and the people who need it the most.


Written by Joe Hinkle
Manager of Behavior & Admissions at Wayside Waifs

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