As we move into the holidays, we have much to be thankful for at Wayside Waifs. This year we were able to upgrade our 11-year-old kennels. There are no longer any animals at Wayside in a cage. The new state-of-the-art clear-front kennels are larger and more colorful. The unique design doesn’t allow dogs to see other dogs in front or beside them, so the barking is minimal and it is so much quieter. Our adopting families love it too because the animals are easier to see. The new kennels have been written up in national magazines and shelters across the country want to visit Wayside Waifs to see it for themselves. Our cats are pretty happy too. We renovated the entire cat adoption area and added a sun room. The kennels are divided into four areas: a place to sleep and play, to perch, to eat and a little privacy for you know what. We have special cat colonies with wonderful windows and a kitty den for our little ones. These changes have been a big hit with our volunteers.
Speaking of volunteers, this group continues to grow and we have an incredible group of passionate and dedicated men and women who bring their talent and skill to Wayside. It takes a lot of man/womanpower to rescue more than 5,000 animals a year. We couldn’t do it without them.
We also became a leader this Fall in educating the public on Proposition B in Missouri. We know first hand the results of irresponsible breeders because too many of these puppies and their mothers they end up at Wayside in horrible condition. But, thanks to all of you, we are here to take them in, and get them ready for their forever home.
I hope you and your family will visit us soon to see all that has changed and maybe do a little shopping in our new retail store Whiskers and Wags Outfitters. All the money benefits Wayside and we carry great gift items and everything you’ll need to take home a new waif.
How to care of a new pet is just one of the goals of our humane education program. Our trainers and their dogs met 27,000 students this year in classrooms all across the metro. The children were also taught important lessons is respecting others through our “No More Bullies” program.
As we wind up another year we are happy to announce a new community partnership. We are now an official training site for the K-9 unit of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.
Yes, it has been a year to remember, and you made it possible. I hope you and your family have a happy, healthy holiday, and may 2011 bring you much joy.
President, Wayside Waifs