Aug 17 2013

Shelters don’t save lives, people do!

Two clicks daily could help Wayside Waifs win $35,000


Now is the chance to have your voice heard in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. From August 15th through August 31st, you will be able to cast your vote daily on Facebook to help Wayside Waifs win the 2013 Community Engagement Award. The shelter with the most votes will win a $25,000 grant. Funds will be used to life saving services for abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in our community until they find their forever homes.

It’s as easy as this:

1)      Visit Wayside Waifs Facebook page daily and click on the “ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge VOTE tab located near the top of the page.

Vote 4 Wayside

2)      Cast your vote for Wayside Waifs. (Anyone 13+ with a Facebook page can vote up to once per day throughout the contest.)

 Voting Center

TU for Voting

3)      Once you have voted, tell your Facebook friends and ask them to vote too. Every vote counts so don’t be afraid to ask more than once for their assistance.


Thank you for putting us one step closer to winning this critical funding.


Fox 4 will award one local charity $10,000. Now through September 9th, you can cast your vote for your furry family member’s favorite charity – Wayside Waifs.

1)      Bookmark the Fox 4 contest page under your internet favorites and visit it daily.

2)      Login by creating a username or by using Facebook login. Then, click on the “Vote” tab.

Fox 4 Contest

3)      Click on “vote” dot below Wayside Waifs logo and Susan Hiland’s photo. Then, click on “Save Vote” at the top of the page.

Susan H.

4)      After your vote has been counted, tell your friends on Facebook or Twitter.

On behalf of the nearly 7,000 dogs and cats we serve annually, thank you! Your support will make a difference.




Aug 14 2013

Long-term Waifs – Cats waiting 30+ days for their purr-fect match


Aug 7 2013

Long-term Waifs – Dogs waiting 30+ days for their furever home


Aug 5 2013

HEARTWORM – What You Need to Know About This Disease

What Is Heartworm?
A heartworm is a parasitic worm that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected animal. Although it is not contagious, heartworm disease is spread from animal to animal through the bite of a mosquito. When an infected mosquito bites a susceptible animal, baby worms called “microfilariae” enter the new animal’s tissue and begin to migrate into the blood vessels. It can harm an animal’s arteries and vital organs. Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease.

Who is at risk?
Although heartworm is more common in dogs, cats can also be infected. Dogs over the age of six months are at the greatest risk. Outdoor cats in areas with high concentrations of mosquitoes may be at a greater risk for the disease. Heartworm can be especially life-threatening to kitten and older cats.


Did you know Wayside Waifs test all animals in our shelter for heartworm? Cody is an 8 year old Shepherd dog currently available for adoption at Wayside.

What are the symptoms?
Several hundred worms can live in a dog for five to seven years. Symptoms can include: labored breathing, coughing, vomiting, weight loss, and fatigue after only moderate exercise. Some dogs however may exhibit no symptoms at all until late stages of infection.

Since a cat is not a natural host for the heartworm, fewer and smaller worms survive. But those that do survive can cause severe health problems for cats. Symptoms can include: a persistent cough, breathing difficulties, depression, loss of appetite, weight loss, and sporadic vomiting.

How can I prevent heartworm?
Ask your veterinarian to test your pet for heartworm and discuss the best way to protect them. Vets can often prescribe safe and inexpensive medicine to prevent heartworm. For dogs, this often means giving them a pill once a month.

Treatment options
While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover. There is currently no effective treatment for heartworm disease in cats.

If you notice your furry family member exhibiting any of the general symptoms described above, be sure to contact your veterinarian right away.


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