Oct 29 2010

Meet Friend Bear!

Friend Bear came to Wayside Waifs in August with a group of cats that were seized from a hoarding situation. The cats were living in filthy conditions in a mobile home. The smell was horrific, the floor was calf-deep in trash and there was no running water. The cats were being fed Mountain Dew.  

Due to their neglect, many of the cats were scared when they arrived at Wayside. A lot of time and effort was spent by staff and volunteers to make them more comfortable in their new environment. Over time, Friend Bear has turned into a favorite of the volunteers. She is a year old and LOVES to play and have fun. She runs around the adoption area without a care in the world, chasing toys, playing with bits of string and just generally enjoying life to the fullest.  

She gets along great with other cats and loves to play with them. Friend Bear has a lot of energy, but she also enjoys being petted and will even climb into a lap if the mood strikes her. This silly, fun cat can provide hours of entertainment and, just as importantly, she is able to entertain herself for hours on end if necessary. So if you are looking for a cat who can be independent, but is also friendly and will be a good companion, then come by Wayside Waifs and visit Friend Bear…she’ll put a smile on your face, guaranteed!  Learn more about this sweetie and watch her video on the Wayside Waifs website!


Written by Chris Dauten
Volunteer at Wayside Waifs

Oct 27 2010

Woof Woof – I’m Lacy!

Back in July, a Montana shelter was raided, and over 30 dogs and cats were found living in absolutely deplorable conditions. A transport to Kansas City was quickly arranged, and all the animals were rushed to Wayside Waifs for help.  Hi, my name is Lacy, and I was one of those animals that had the good fortune to be rescued from the suffering and to be provided hope for a new and happy life.  

I was so shy and afraid when I first arrived in Kansas City.   I used to hide under my doggie bed in my kennel, and plenty of times people thought I had somehow gotten lost!  I hadn’t escaped, but I was trying to hide.  I just wanted to be invisible.  Everybody walking by and staring made me unhappy, and I kept worrying that the other shoe was going to drop, and life would turn ugly again. 

I’ll never be able to share all the details of my past life with you, and it really doesn’t matter.  I’m looking ahead to the bright future before me.  Thankfully, I’ve found a foster mom who loves me and wants only the best for me, and she and foster dad are trying to help me be the best dog I can be and get me ready for my forever home.  

I have learned to be a member of a dog pack now – my foster mom has two other dogs, a boy and a girl ages 7 and 3 ½ .  We love to play together in their fenced in back yard, and I watch them run around, I run after them, I chase them while they play fetch, we hunt for toads, and all in all, we are great pals.  We sleep together at night, and we hang together during the day while my foster parents are at work.  

While I will admit I really like my foster dad, I naturally seem to warm up to the female persuasion more quickly.  My foster dad and I are beginning to forge a strong and loving relationship.  We are playing together more, and I am learning to trust him and love him very much, too. 

I have adapted easily and well to the routine in my foster mom’s household.  She thinks that I don’t like to be confined – in essence, crates aren’t my favorite thing, so we don’t use one anymore.  She says I don’t really have any bad habits that would annoy you humans.  Oh, I tried a little digging in the back yard once, but my foster mom quickly put the kibosh on that fun.  I bark just a bit, but nothing excessive at all.  I once tried to climb her 4-foot fence, but she told me to get down, and I have sworn off that forever now, too.  I ride pretty well in a car – just a bit of whining at first, and then I relax and enjoy the time.  I like to take walks and play in the yard or just sit around and relax or cuddle.   Whatever you want is ok with me.  

My foster mom’s favorite thing about our time together is seeing me come out of my shell and blossom.  I have relaxed around her, my foster dad and the other dogs, and I have become comfortable enough to initiate play with everyone.  I am a kisser, and I mean, I really do love to give kisses to you once I know you and trust you – I love legs, arms, faces, and feet!  I am so very eager to please you, and all I want is to find a smile on your face when we are together. 

My foster mom thinks I would do best in a home with someone around a lot, someone that loves to give attention, and a family who is willing to let me warm up at my own pace – and just be gentle with me.   She thinks I would be happy with other dogs – and I agree!  They just shouldn’t be really hyper dogs.  Men just need to give me a chance too – give me some time to warm up to you and trust you. 

I’m as loving and sweet as any dog you’ll ever meet.  If you are someone who wants to help a dog who has had a hard time in her life, please think about adopting me.  It may take me a little while longer than some dogs to warm to you and to find my place in your world, but, once it has happened, you and I can both smile and know that we have found each other. 

My foster mom tells me every day that I am waiting for my perfect ‘forever after’ home.  I finally believe in myself enough to know that I deserve a good life, and my dream is that there is someone that reads my story and thinks I could be the dog for them.  I promise to do my best to keep that smile on your face every day.  I hope too that when you look at me, you will see that I am smiling back at you – with love and thanks for our bright future together.  You can read my complete profile and watch my video on the Wayside website

Love and Kisses from Lacy

Oct 21 2010

Meet Andromeda


Andromeda came to Wayside Waifs in June and it quickly became apparent to staff and volunteers that she had been treated badly before she arrived at our door. She would cower when anyone opened her kennel door and if you tried to touch her, she became defensive and swatted at you (though she rarely, if ever, let her claws out). Over time, a few volunteers spent a lot of time with her and, eventually, she began to trust them. Now, those of us with whom she has established trust are able pet her, pick her up and hold her, and her favorite thing – to pet her while she sits quietly in our laps.

Andromeda really is a sweet girl, and she likes to play, too. She has greatly improved overall during her time at Wayside and, while she is still wary of strangers, it only takes a small amount of time and patience before she trusts you. Once that trust is there, she is a loving and affectionate cat. Obviously, it is sometimes difficult for potential adopters to see her potential, but hopefully one day someone will come in to Wayside who understands that sometimes it takes a little bit of effort to forge a relationship that will result in a very rewarding pet and companion.

The perfect home for Andromeda would be one with no small children or other pets. While Andromeda seems to be ok with the other cats in the shelter most of the time, she can be very possessive of her people and sometimes gets upset when other cats approach while she is sitting on a lap.

So, if you are willing to be patient with her for a short time, and want a pet that will most likely form a very strong bond with you, please come see Andromeda at Wayside Waifs, and ask to speak with one of the volunteers who know her well.


Written by Chris Dauten
Volunteer at Wayside Waifs

Oct 19 2010

Are You Ready to Adopt?

When you start thinking about adding a pet to your family, it seems like all signs are pointing to ‘yes’. You see a car go by that has a dogs head sticking out of the window. You can’t get in enough cuddle time with your friends’ cat. Before you make googly eyes at the first available pet you see, stop and ask yourself if you are fully ready for the commitment, time and cost of a pet.

First, I know it’s hard to by pass puppies and kittens. They are so cute and small- what’s not to love? But you have to think, “Am I ready for the responsibility that comes with owning, not only a pet, but a young pet?” Owning a puppy or kitten is a lot like bringing a 2 year old toddler home. They don’t fully understand right from wrong yet. They don’t know not to chew on the carpet. They don’t know not to scratch on the couch. Everything is a learning experience for them. If you don’t have the time or patience to handle a toddler, you will probably have a hard time handling a puppy or kitten.

Are you in the right financial area of your life to afford a pet? You would think this would be the first thing people think of, but typically, it’s the last. Pets can be expensive- some more than others. You need to consider the cost of annual vet visits (and the possibility of an emergency vet visit), the cost of food, the accessories (leashes, collars, bowls, toys, etc) and, if you live in an apartment, the cost of having a pet in your home.

Do you have the time for a pet? If you go to work all day and then stay out all night you might want to reconsider if you have time. If you balance your life with kids in one hand, job in the other, and extracurricular activities are barely balancing on the tip of your nose then you should reconsider if you have time. And before you start thinking “well, I probably don’t have time for a dog, but a cat will do!” re-think! Yes, cats tend to take care of themselves but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy social interaction with their human. They’re not devoid of all feeling (c’mon, they hold grudges better than some humans, of course they have feelings).

If you’ve gone over all the details and have decided that you are ready to add an addition to your new home then head to your local shelter! There’s animals of all sorts (in the last year at Wayside we have had bearded dragons, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies, a pig and a chicken) to choose from. Every animal has their own personality, so take your time getting to know them. It’s a big decision adding a new addition to the family, and even a bigger decision having to choose one that will fit!

Lastly, have fun and take your time. You will be excited but don’t rush into a decision! This new addition will be apart of your life for quite some time to come so you want to make the best match you can. Don’t be afraid to adopt an older pet. Typically, shelters have more information on older pets and you also get to see their true temperaments instead of having to wait a few years for them to grow into one. Also, try and set up house before you pick up your new pet. The transition can be less scary and easier on them if everything is already in place! Are you still unsure if you are ready? Feel free to speak to one of Wayside Waifs adoption counselors. They are here to help and are more than willing to answer any questions you may have. Ready, set, adopt!

Written by Alyssa Willet
Adoptions Supervisor at Wayside Waifs

Oct 15 2010

Heart to Heart with Squeakers

If you Squeakers ask what he wants in life, he would say, “I just want to be a kitten.” Squeakers came to Wayside as a stray in September all by himself and was instantly a favorite.  With his sweet demeanor and funny personality the employees and volunteers here at Wayside knew he would get adopted quickly.

Finally, the day came when someone was interested in adopting him so; we thought he would have the home he deserved. But, something got in the way of this. It was a heart defect that gave him a life expectancy of six months to two years to live. This was not only heart breaking to the potential adopters but, also to all that fell in love with him at Wayside. 

This sad diagnosis was a lot to ask of someone who would surely fall in love him, since he would eventually pass away at young age. Plus, the medical bills, not just monitor his heart but, to diagnose the severity was beyond most peoples capabilities. The potential adopters realized that they couldn’t take the heart ache therefore the adoption fell through. 

So, there was a decision to make. What could be done for this little guy? Therefore, the Wayside staff decided a foster home would be a good start. He was sent into Wayside Waifs Foster Program with the thought that either we could find someone to give him a loving home or he can live out a normal life during the time he had left.

In his new foster home, he plays with the other cats in the household and loves to cuddle with the dogs. He gets to sleep on his foster mom’s pillow at night, purring her to sleep. Squeakers can now live a normal life and be loved as he truly deserves. So, knowing his wonderful personality, we now would like to give him a step up in the world. 

Adopting him out we all know is going to be difficult so, the doctors would like to send him to a specialist to find out how severe the heart issues is so that we can give a new adopter as much information as possible to care for him. This procedure is called an echo cardiogram. It would be the best way to find out what regimen he needs to be on to prolong his life as much as possible.  

To do this we need to find a way to pay for this procedure. So, the employees and volunteers teamed up and are having a bake sale to raise the funds. This will be at Wayside on October 23rd. Please help Squeakers get the life he deserves by coming up a purchasing some yummy goodies for your family. All proceeds will go to helping him through this process and finding him a loving forever home.  

Written by Kristin Sampson
Foster Care Coordinator at Wayside Waifs

Oct 13 2010

No “Tricks” This Halloween- Keeping Your Pets Safe

Thinking about what costume you don this Halloween?  Perhaps a member of the Dancing With The Stars  show or maybe just keep it simple and go with the hottest Hollywood couple ?  Halloween is always fun for the little goblins and witches in your house, but it can be a dangerous time of year for our furry friends.  While some things may seem like common sense, others are things we might not even think about! 

Here are some tips to keeping your furry family members safe!

1.  No treats!  Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous to dogs and cats.  Symptoms of ingesting significant amounts of chocolate may include: vomiting, hyperactivity, drinking excessive amounts of water, increased or frequent urination, and heart rate.  Your pet may also have seizures. 

Candies that contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs.  This sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression, lack of coordination and seizures.  Significant low blood sugar can also cause liver failure.

Watch those wrappers!  Ingesting the foil or cellophane wrappers can be a choking hazard or intestinal blockage.

2. Pumpkins and decorative corn can cause gastrointestinal upset and can even cause intestinal blockage.  Also watch carved pumpkins with lit candles inside!  Pets can easily knock over pumpkins and cause a fire.  Curious cats are especially at risk or getting burned by lit candles.  My curious calico actually burnt her whiskers when she got too curious about a lit candle.  Needless to say she now steers clear and we have taken to using reed diffusers instead of candles.   

3.  Keep all wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach from your pets.  If your pet chews the cords, they could have damage in the mouth or electrical shock.

4. Everyone loves to dress up for Halloween and it can be fun to get your pet a costume too.  Please don’t put your pet in a costume unless you know he or she loves it.  My poodle loves to wear clothes, but some pets find it extremely stressful.  Be mindful of how your pet is feeling.

If you do dress your pet in a costume, make sure it isn’t constricting their movements, hearing or ability to breathe, bark or meow.  I would also recommend trying on costumes prior to the big night, that way if  your pet is stressed, uncomfortable or allergic you know before the big night. 

Also check the costume for buttons, dangling accessories/accents or pieces that could be chewed off easily.  These all pose not only choking hazards but could also cause intestinal blockages. 

5. Not all dogs and cats are social and excessive knocks on the door, or doorbell can be stressful.  It is recommended that you put your pet in another room, away from trick or treating during peak hours.  The first year we had our toy poodle I thought it would be good to let her run around the house and see the kids when they came to the door.  I mean, she LOVES kids.  Unfortunately every time she heard the doorbell she went into a barking/attack mode.  To this day every time she hears a doorbell, even if it’s on the television, she goes berserk!  It was a big mistake to let her be around this commotion before she was ready.

Also be careful of opening the door- this is a prime opportunity for your pet to dart off or scare small children who are unaware you have a pet. 

6.  As always, make sure your pet has identification and is micro-chipped.  If your pet should escape or become lost this will increase the chances that you will be able to find them.

7.  Consider keeping your pet indoors.  Halloween is a prime time for pranksters who might taunt, injure or even take your pet. 

Halloween can be a fun time for the entire family, just be extra mindful of your furry family members and what tricks or treats they are enjoying!

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Oct 11 2010

Puppies Can’t Vote, But You Can

Prop B will improve conditions in Missouri Puppy Mills

Prop B will improve conditions in Missouri Puppy Mills

Wayside Waifs is in full support of The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, a measure that will appear on Missouri’s November 2nd Ballot.  It will improve the lives of dogs in commercial breeding operations in Missouri.  Specifically, the measure will require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each breeding dog under their care with the basics of humane animal care including:

  • Sufficient food and clean water;
  • Necessary veterinary care;
  • Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements;
  • Sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down, and fully extend their limbs;
  • Regular exercise; and
  • Adequate rest between breeding cycles.

The measure will limit the number of breeding dogs to 50 per facility, but does not apply to breeders with 10 or fewer intact female dogs. The 50 breeding dog limit will help ensure the operations do not become overcrowded or spiral out of control, but will still allow individual breeders to sell hundreds of puppies each year. The initiative does not affect individuals who raise hunting dogs, livestock facilities, or animal rescue and shelter operators that are not involved in commercial sale of puppies. The law will enable Missouri to join several other states that have enacted similar laws through their state legislatures.

To read the entire measure, please visit http://yesonpropb.com/about/read-act

Posted by Ashlee Parker
Wayside Waifs Communications Manager

Oct 6 2010

Hot Tails of Kansas City

Have you heard about Hot Tails of Kansas City?  It’s Wayside Waifs’ 2nd annual virtual fundraising campaign!  This year we have 11 wonderful feline & canine candidates, all competing for the highly coveted title of “Hottest Tail in Kansas City.”  You can vote for your favorite by visiting www.waysidewaifs.org/hottails.  Each vote is $1 and you are encouraged to vote in bundles of at least $10!  You can vote as many times as you’d like and every dollar raised will with support Wayside Waifs’ mission of saving abandoned, abused and homeless animals in Kansas City!

Let’s meet the Hot Tails Contestants!





Audrey is a pint-sized Pomeranian adopted by Mrs. Kansas 2010 Emily Kuhlman from a shelter in Kansas.  Audrey is very sweet and loving, and even has her own tiny tiara!



Banana Abby

Banana Abby



Banana Abby is a lovely Bassett Hound who was adopted from Wayside Waifs by the Solar Family!  She inspired Josh to start a pet photography branch of his business, named in her honor! 







Buddy is the animal companion of Rosana Biondo.  He’s got an adorable face and a fantastic underbite! 








Harley is another former Waif, adopted from Wayside last fall by the Low Family!  You’ve probably seen his dad Rob Low reporting for Fox 4 News!  The Lows fell in love with Harley’s happy tail and friendly personality! 



Hot Pocket

Hot Pocket



Hot Pocket is a current Waif. still in foster care fighting a bad skin condition.  She’s come along way from the hairless, frightened puppy who was abandoned in the Wayside parking lot in June.  Soon she’ll be ready for adoption!







Hubert is the oldest dog in the Hot Tails contest.  His parents are Mark and Valarie Topping, and he’s the love of their life.  They adopted Hubert from a shelter in San Diego.  He’s a frequent traveler, and always makes a special appearance at Royals Spring Training with Mark who works for the Royals organization.






Lizzy the Lab is sponsored by Guier Fence!  She’s a lovable girl who’s well-behaved and has that friendly lab-disposition.  Her dad works for Guier, a business that’s a strong supporter of Wayside Waifs.







Maude is the only feline competitor in Hot Tails this year, and she hopes all you cat lovers will vote for her!  She’s a former Waif who was adopted by Kristopher Dabner, a member of the Wayside Waifs Board of Directors.  Maude has a large feline & canine family at the Dabner household.  She’s a gorgeous Siamese-mix! 






Max was a Waif almost from birth.  His mother, Hope and his brothers & sisters were found nearly frozen to death.  They were rushed to Wayside Waifs for lifesaving care.  Max is now big & strong and is the pride and joy of his dad, Phil LeVota.




O'Connor Dogs



The O’Connor dogs, Harvey, Murphy, Louie & Seal are hoping to share the Hot Tails title.  They’re the animal companions of the lovely O’Connor girls, Tara, Madeline & Amy. 








Suzuki is the final dog in the Hot Tails contest.  He’s the spokesdog for Steve Tolbert Suzuki!  He loves working at the dealership and is eager to add the title of Hot Tails champion to his business cards!



Vote for you favorite at www.waysidewaifs.org/hottails

Written by: Ashlee Parker
Wayside Waifs Communications Manager

Oct 1 2010

Meet Rocket

Rocket is a sweet boy who needs his forever home

Rocket is a sweet boy who needs his forever home

Why?  Why hasn’t anyone decided to adopt me and give me my very own new family? I ask myself that question every single day.  Is it my looks?  Hey, I am such a handsome boy; even I can hardly stand to look at myself in the mirror.  I look, well, I think I look regal.  Am I just too handsome for you?  No, that couldn’t be it.  Everybody loves a handsome boy.

Is it my age?  I am just about to celebrate my FIRST birthday!  Who doesn’t love a dog that has already learned how to take care of his potty business outside, and who has already figured out that chewing up your slippers and hiding your socks is not proper doggie etiquette?  I’m young enough that you can teach me all sorts of new tricks, and we can have a long and happy life together.  No, my age can’t be it.

Is it my personality?  I am a sweet, funny, playful, happy go lucky, lovable guy, and I was lucky enough to find a foster family that thinks I’m amazing!  My foster mom (FM) says that I love to play with toys of all shapes and sizes, and when I’m not playin’ around, I am a really calm, laid back and quiet companion who loves to give puppy kisses to everyone I encounter.   Nope, it just can’t be my personality.

Could it be my compatibility with other animal friends?  My family says that I just love to play with other dogs – so much so that they think I really need to have a doggie friend to live with and love on.  I also have a feline friend, CAT, and I love her.  Yes, you heard me, I LOVE CAT!   So, nah, I don’t think this is why I haven’t been adopted.

Just what could it be?  Is it that I’m a little unsure of myself sometimes?  It’s true that I’m a bit more timid than your average dog, so I may need a little extra encouragement and patience as I learn the ways of the world.  Surely that wouldn’t be the reason why I don’t have a home yet.  I know this world is full of loving and caring humans, and my being a little timid and insecure really isn’t something that would make you not want me, is it? 

Well, ok, I guess I’m just all out of thoughts on why I haven’t been adopted yet.   I suppose the only real reason that makes any sense is that my perfect, forever family just hasn’t been able to find me yet.  I know you must be searching for me right now, and sometimes it just takes time.  FM tells me that the wait can seem endless, but it will all be worth it once you find me and take me home with you.

I promise to be your best friend and a loyal and loving companion to you for a lifetime.  I will continue to be a good boy at FM’s house, patiently dreaming about the day that you will come for me.  I hope it will be today.

Love from Rocket

Rocket is currently in a foster home.  Please call the Adoptions Department at 816-986-4426 to set up an appointment to meet him!

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