Wayside Waifs is starting a new blog feature called Wordless Wednesdays. Each Wednesday, we will feature photos with a theme. Perhaps it will be volunteers, long-term waifs, or fun animal photos. Today’s blog post features adoption success photos you submitted to Wayside Waifs via social media. We love them so be sure to keep tagging us when you post!
In the last six weeks, Wayside Waifs has challenged Kansas City to help us find loving homes for hundreds of homeless dogs and cats in our community. Your adoptions are helping us qualify for grant funding to ensure our emergency shelter and rescue services continue to be available for animals that need them.
This past weekend, you answered the call once again through Adoptathon. Wayside would like to give a big thank you to 106.5 The Wolf and all the incredible Kansas Citians who came to out to adopt.
YOU can help Wayside Waifs in one more way simply by sharing your adoption success. Your entry in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Photo Contest could help Wayside Waifs win up to $5,000. If you adopted from us between June 1 and July 15 – you are eligible! It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Take a photo of your newly adopted pet
2. Go to www.aspca.org/100kphoto
3. Submit your photo and fill in the form. YOUR photo could help us save more lives!
Please don’t delay – the deadline to submit your photo is this Monday, July 15th at 10:59PM.
A panel of ASPCA judges will select 40 photo finalists to compete for prizes. Then, the public gets to cast the deciding votes between July 22nd and August 4th by liking and/or repinning their favorite photos on Pinterest. Likes count as one vote and re-pins count as two. Sixteen winners will be selected and grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be given to the adoptee’s alma mater. Plus, winning submitters will receive an ASPCA t-shirt and water bottle!
106.5 The Wolf and Wayside Waifs are proud to present the 2013 Summer Adoptathon on July 12-14. The event will feature live broadcasts all day Friday featuring some of Kansas City’s most listened to DJs – Roger Carson, Codie Allen, Wes Poe, and Shotgun Jaxson. This weekend only, all pet adoptions are just $25. Plus, fees will be waived on all additional pets adopted. All adoptable animals are spay/neutered, microchipped and current on vaccinations. It’s the “purr”fect time to find your furry friend.
- Friday, July 12: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Saturday, July 13: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Sunday, July 14: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
The Adoptathon is just one of Wayside Waifs’ anchor adoption events this summer to help the shelter compete in the 2013 ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Adoption Challenge. Our goal is to help 1,831 animals in our community find loving forever homes by the end of August.
The adoption fun begins this Friday at 6am! We hope to see a lot of The Wolf Pack fans participating.
From June 1 through August 31, Wayside Waifs is competing in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge. As Kansas City’s largest and most comprehensive no kill pet adoption campus, we set a goal to help find “fur”ever homes for 1,831 animals this summer. But we can’t do it alone!
What is the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge?
The goal of the challenge is simple – to increase pet adoptions across the country. Wayside was one of 50 shelters nationally and the only one in the Kansas City metro area chosen for this competition. More than $600,000 in prize grants are available with funds ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. In this contest – every animal wins!
How can Wayside win a grant?
When you adopt a pet from Wayside Waifs, it puts us closer to winning one of several major grants from the ASPCA. These grants will continue to fund life-saving medical care, rescue missions, animal behavior rehabilitation and ultimately help more animals find their forever homes this year.
Throughout the summer, visit our website to learn more about pet adoption specials.
Share the mission
Another way you can help Wayside win grant funding is by getting social with us. Just follow us on your favorite social media site(s) – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Pinterest. Please be sure to engage with us by sharing, liking, or retweeting our content. Your participation helps spread our mission to other perspective adopters.
Tell your friends why you love Wayside by using #WaysideWaifs in your social media posts. When you generate social media posts about the Challenge, please use #100KChallenge. When you share your adoption success stories, please use #100KSaved in your post. This will allow these posts to appear on the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Facebook and Twitter feeds and will also help us in the competition.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of abandoned, abused and homeless pets!
Summer is officially here. In case anyone forgot what it feels like, Mother Nature has already given us a few 90+ degree days. When we as adult humans get hot, our bodies remind us to take steps to cool ourselves off. Our furry friends however rely on us to make good decision regarding their health and well-being.
Here are a few recommendations ASPCA has come up with to help ensure your animals have fun and stay safe summer.
· Visit your vet. If your pet isn’t already taking heartworm medication, be sure to have them tested before starting them heartworm prevention medicine. Heartworm is spread by mosquitos putting your loved ones at an increased risk during summer months.
· Provide shade and plenty of H2O. It’s important that pets don’t over exercise. Pets get dehydrated quickly. If your animals are outside, make sure they have a shaded area to relax with plenty of refreshing water to rehydrate. In extreme heat, please keep them indoors.
· Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion. Warning signs for animals include: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, and/or collapsing. In extreme cases where body temperatures elevate to 104 degrees, your animal may experience seizures, bloody diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Animals with flat faces tend to have a hard time controlling their panting put them at an even greater risk for heat exhaustion. Remember to keep these pets, along with elderly, overweight, and/or those with health problems in air conditioned spaces.
· Just like your children, you should never leave your pet alone in a car. On a hot day, a parked car with the windows up turns into an oven. When the temperature outside reaches 90 degrees, your car interior will become 109 degrees in just ten short minutes. In fact, leaving pets in unattended vehicles in extreme weather is illegal in many states. If you spot an animal in such a situation, don’t hesitate to call building security, local police, or animal control for assistance.
· Does your dog know how to swim? If you aren’t sure, never leave your pet unattended around water. For dogs who love to swim, please remember to rinse off chlorine or salt from your pet’s fur. If swallowed, chlorine and other chemicals could also upset their stomachs.
· Have you checked the screens on your windows to make sure they are secure? If not, your cat may fall out of an open window and sustain serious injuries.
With the fourth of July just around the corner, we know many of you will be celebrating with outdoor festivities. Wayside Waifs wanted to share some tips for helping keep your furry friends safe this upcoming holiday.
· Never use products on your pets, such as sunscreen or insect repellent, not labeled specifically for use on animals. Products not specifically designed for animals may cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and/or lead to neurological problems.
· Did you know alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison your pets? They can make your animal weak, depressed, comatose, and even cause respiratory failure resulting in death. The best advice, never leave an alcoholic drink unattended.
· If barbequing, be sure to keep matches and lighter fluid out of reach. Matches may contain chlorates, which could cause difficulty breathing or kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid isn’t only an irritant to your pet’s skin but can also cause aspiration pneumonia or serious breathing problems if inhaled.
· Did you know food such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocados, grapes, raisins, salt, and yeast dough can be potentially toxic for your furry family members? Please do not feed your pets anything they do not normally eat. Any changes in their diet could give them severe indigestion and diarrhea.
· Never allow your pets to play with or wear glow jewelry. Although the fluid isn’t highly toxic, it can cause gastrointestinal irritation. The plastic container could also pose a choking hazard or intestinal blockage from swallowing.
· If using citronella candles or other bug repellant items, keep them out of reach. They may cause stomach irritation, problems for the central nervous system, or aspiration pneumonia in your furry friends.
· Never use fireworks around your beloved pets! Not only do they pose a risk for severe burns to curious animals, but they may also contain potentially toxic substances if ingested.
The best rule of thumb, leave your pets at home this July 4th. Booms from fireworks and large crowds may also scare your pets. Be sure to place them in a cool, quiet, and escape-proof section of your home.