Oct 28 2013

Meet the new Wayside President- Geoff Hall

Meet Geoff Hall

Meet Geoff Hall

Tails are wagging and cats are purring with excitement as Wayside Waifs welcomes new President, Geoff Hall.  With more than 20 years of leadership experience in the animal welfare community, Geoff brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to Wayside Waifs.

“I am honored to join the talented and passionate team at Wayside Waifs,” said Hall. “I am looking forward to enriching the lives of both people and animals.”

“Geoff’s passion for advancing the vision and mission of Wayside is clearly evident,” said Bill Scott, Chair Elect of Wayside.

For the past year and a half, Hall has served as Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Kansas City Zoo. In addition to his experience with the Kansas City Zoo, Geoff has served as General Curator of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Executive Vice President/General Curator of the Phoenix Zoo.

“We believe that under Geoff Hall’s leadership, Wayside Waifs will grow to a whole new level,” said Shannon Barks, Board Chair of Wayside. “We are delighted he will be joining our organization.”

A lifelong animal lover, Hall has two dogs, four cats (some of the dogs and cats were adopted from Wayside Waifs) and seven birds. Welcome to Wayside Waifs, Geoff! 

Written by Trish Stinger
Web & Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Oct 22 2013

Meet Helen

Helen is looking for her forever home!

Helen is looking for her forever home!

Hi there, I’m Helen! I’m a happy and friendly dog, and I’m so ready to finally settle down with my new family in my new home. My past year has been an overwhelming whirlwind of change and instability, so I’m excited to get into a routine and just start living a safe and normal life. That’s out there for me, right? I think I deserve it, so I sure hope Wayside is the place where I’ll finally find my new family and new life.

I am a 3 year old, 46 pound Pit Bull Terrier mix. I seem to be at least partially housetrained, because I know to go the bathroom as soon as I get outside, but please be patient with me when we first get home, as I learn my new routine with you. I promise I’ll do my best! I’m sure you’ve already noticed how beautiful I am! Well, I don’t mean to brag, but I assure you, you’ve never seen a coat of fur like mine. I have gorgeous light brown eyes and unique markings that make me a one of a kind type of dog. I had puppies at some point. I don’t really remember that time of my life much, but I hope they’re all happy and healthy and living wonderful lives now! I actually moved here to Kansas City from the Dallas, TX area, where I was in a high kill shelter. I was rescued by a group of people from Petsmart Charities, who move dogs to different shelters, in order to help them find new homes more easily. So I ended up here at Wayside. So far, so good. Now I just need you and then I’ll be set.

I’m curious, friendly, and energetic. I love to explore and follow my hound nose during walks. I do pretty well on my leash too. And I am the best cuddle partner ever! I’m a 46 pound lap dog, if you give me the chance! I like to put my front paws and face right in your lap and listen to you talk to me sweetly and tell me what a good girl I am. I was adopted to a nice woman for awhile, but things didn’t work out for me there. Oh, she loved me very much and had lots of great stuff to say about me. But she had a 1 year old nephew who spent lots of time with us and he didn’t know how to give me my space, so I snapped at him, to tell him to back off. He didn’t understand, of course, since he was still a baby, but it was the only way I knew how to communicate with him, so things just didn’t work out. I’d love a home without kids under the age of 12 please. And if I do live with older kids, I hope they can be respectful of me. Please bring the whole family to meet me before we all go home together, to make sure we’re a good fit for one another.

I’d also like a home as your only animal, please. I like to chase cats and other small, furry animals. And I’m rude and pushy with other dogs, never really sure when to back down, so I just don’t want to deal with them. I’ll be happiest as an only animal, but I promise to give you so much doggie love that you won’t miss not having another animal in your home. I hope you don’t mind…I’m just looking for a specific home, so that I don’t end up back at the shelter, that’s all.
Please come for me soon! I need a safe and stable place to finally call home. Having pups and moving across the country and being homeless is stressful and upsetting to a dog like me. I just want people around who I can be close to and show affection to every single day.

I’d love a daily walk and a soft spot to rest my head. The love of my very own family is an incredible dream that I’ve had for so long and I feel it’s about to come true now. I hope so!

Love, Helen


PS watch my video on Wayside’s website.

Oct 4 2013

Pet Tip — The Importance of Microchipping

It can happen to any pet owner: your furry friend decides to become a magician and demonstrate their new disappearing act. Each year, more than 5 million pets pull off this trick. But one simple step can protect your animal and give you peace of mind – microchip your pet! Wayside Waifs recommends microchipping as a permanent means of identification should your pet’s collar and tags break, fall off or become undreadable.

Dozens of lost pets find their way to Wayside Waifs each week. The first thing admissions counselors do is scan each pet for a microchip. Unfortunately, only 10% of those animals have a registered microchip, which makes it harder for Wayside to reunited lost pets with their owners quickly. “Microchipping significantly increased an animal’s chance of being reunited with its family,” said Dr. Alison Liu, Veterinarian at Wayside Waifs.

“One study showed that owners of almost ¾ of lost, microchipped animals were found due to the presence of their microchip.” If your pet is already microchipped, it is important to keep your contact information current in the microchip registry. If you move or your phone number changes, you will need to contact the microchip company to update your information; otherwise, the chip will be useless.

As part of Wayside’s commitment to partnering pets and community for life, every animal is microchipped before leaving the shelter with their forever families. Wayside also offers pet microchipping to the public for $25. To schedule an appointment, please call 816-986-4452.

Microchip Facts:

  • A microchip is a tiny transponder that is about the size of a grain of rice.
  • The microchip is inserted under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.
  • The microchip procedure can be done without sedation or anesthesia.
  • Each microchip contains a number specific to your animal and is connected to your name and contact information.
  • Microchips have played an instrumental role in identifying and returning pets with family during a natural disaster.


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