Apr 26 2013

Give Love a “Chance”

Chance is looking for a forever home

Chance is looking for a forever home

**Click here to see Chance in action**
Hi there! My name is Chance, and I’m a 5 year old Pug/Beagle mix who came to Wayside as a stray. One look at my face and you’d think I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders – I look like I’m scowling, perplexed or just deep in thought. But truth be told, I’m a pretty happy, fun-loving little guy, although I can be a bit timid when you first meet me. Just give me some time to warm up and you’ll see what a spunky, friendly, affectionate dog that I really am! I love hanging out with my human friends here at Wayside, and I’m up for just about anything! I like going on walks (and I’m good on a leash), playing fetch or just cuddling up next to someone – especially if there is a belly rub involved!

While the folks here at Wayside have been so kind to me, shelter-life is stressful and I’m so ready to have a home to call my own. Since I have no history of living with young children, and because I can be somewhat shy or fearful at times, it would be best if my adoptive home did not have any children under the age of 5. Older kids would be fine although I should probably meet all members of my adoptive family. Also, some dogs kind of scare me, so if you have any dogs at home, you should probably bring them in to make sure we’re compatible. I’m so eager to become a beloved member of someone’s family. I know that I’ll be a loyal, loving companion – I just need a chance to prove that to someone. If you think that someone might be you, I hope you come to Wayside soon to meet me!

Apr 17 2013

The Increbible Izzy

izzyIzzy is a staff and volunteer favorite because she’s got such a darn cute face, loves to play by batting around small objects, and is the best lap sitter ever! She’s declawed so nobody needs to worry their nice things might get scratched, as this lovely tabby can’t possibly do that anymore. However, she doesn’t like you to touch her paws. The last time a human got near them, major surgery happened, so she doesn’t trust us humans around her paws anymore.

If you touch her paw, she’ll usually give you a warning somehow. She might shoot you a dirty look; flick her tail in annoyance, hiss, or swat. She might also nip you if you ignore her instructions to stop touching her paw. For that reason, we won’t send her to a home with children who may not be savvy at reading signals from animals when they’d like to be left alone.

When you meet this sweet kitty, she would like to sniff your hand for a few seconds just like dogs do with new people they encounter. She’d also be more comfortable if you speak softly and stand sideways, not looking directly into her eyes at first, as if you’re staring her down. Then reach out to pet her and she’ll soon be purring for you and enjoying the attention.

She loves petting more than anything in the world. She likes laps and attention, and will purr up a storm for you, then lick your nose to give you kitty kisses. She likes scratches under her chin, down her back, up her forehead, around her cheeks etc. She loves to sit on your lap and keep you company while you watch TV. She snuggles into the crook of your arm and falls asleep.

She doesn’t like other cats and we don’t know about her experience with dogs, so she needs a home where she can be the only pet. She’s been with us since last summer looking for the perfect family. Living so closely with so many other cats was stressing her out, so she’s now in a foster family where she has more personal space and less interaction with other animals. Her foster family has cats too, but Izzy has her own room and only interacts with the others when she chooses to.

She’ll hiss at them to stay away and might chase one off the couch if she’s already up there and settled in, but will share the couch if there’s enough space between and if everyone behaves themself. Unfortunately she hasn’t warmed up to them at all, so would really only be content in a home as the only pet. She’d be so happy with a whole house or apartment to explore without being afraid of other animals. Isn’t that reasonable?

Izzy’s weight had risen to an unhealthy number, so she’s been on a diet. She’s lost 3 pounds so far and needs to continue with that until she reaches her target weight. She will need an owner who’s willing to clean out the litter box every day, scooping the used bits. She uses her litter box faithfully if it’s kept clean for her. She also would benefit from having her ears cleaned regularly.

Her foster mother sums her up for potential adopters. “Izzy is a lady who knows what she wants. If she has a clean litter box, a home without other pets and kids, a few soft cushions and a sunny window, she’ll be a happy cat. When she’s happy, she plays often and makes you laugh with her silly antics. She makes you feel special showering you with love and affection. I’ll miss her terribly when she leaves, but I’ll be happy knowing she’ll have the home of her dreams. She’s been waiting so long for the perfect person or two. I hope her search ends soon and that you can meet this sweet and loving kitty. She’ll be waiting for you!”

Written by Michelle Cour
Photos by Catherine L. Sherman

Apr 1 2013

Meet Noah

Noah is looking for his forever home

Noah is looking for his forever home

Hi! I am Noah. Or, if you prefer, you can call me Handsome! The ladies around here swoon when I give them one of my stunning smiles. And the men are proud to be seen with me as we take our walks. I came to Wayside from another shelter after they ran out of room. I had originally been adopted and then returned by my owner for being too active. I guess they didn’t want a dog who likes to have fun and keep on top of things! I’m a 2 yr old Bulldog/Great Pyrenees mix. Yep! Wayside even did a DNA test. You are welcome to the results when you choose ME as your forever dog!

I am a staff favorite! And I love the people here who are trying so hard to find me the perfect home. It warms my heart. I really need a breed savvy owner who will understand how important it is to continue my training and mental exercises. It is also important to note how crucial daily exercise will be for me. Not just playing in the back yard, but really giving me a work out. I am smart as a whip and so willing and eager to learn new things. You’d be able to challenge yourself and me to see how much I can learn. I’m the perfect dog for fun activities like dock diving, Frisbee, hide and seek with cookies around the house and yard…there is no end! I could be one of those dogs who could appear with you on Letterman doing stupid pet tricks. But with me, they’d have to call it smart pet tricks! The sky’s the limit with me!

Above all, I am a people dog! I love love love my people and appreciate hanging with them much more than other dogs. In fact, I will do best in a home as the only dog. I just love being your one and only companion. We will bond so closely and I will be your loyal and loving friend for life. Yep, I’m looking for a forever home! No more of these shelters for me. Time to live in a home with a family dedicated to helping me become the dog I’m meant to be. I offer you my heart in return! And what a big heart it is! Please come in to Wayside to meet me. I may be a goofy doofus when we first meet but give me time and you’ll get an idea of my true character.

I look forward to seeing you very soon!

P.S. Watch my video to learn more about me!

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