May 21 2014

Meet Raider

A Foster Story From Julie Poland

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In a home environment, he has been extremely well behaved.  He follows me around the house and gets up immediately, even if sleeping, just to see where I am going.  He’s been very sweet and gentle with my two kids and husband.

He never liked going back to his kennel at the shelter, and he initially did not like to go into his crate at home either. However, within a few days, he was running up the stairs with my other dogs at bedtime and happily going into his crate to wait for his treats. He sleeps all night in his crate and even lets us sleep in late on the weekends!

He was great with other dogs at the shelter and was in many playgroups with other canines, too.  His play was so appropriate that he was used as a test dog when new dogs arrived at Wayside Waifs to see if they were friendly with other dogs. He’s also been fantastic at my home with my two small dogs.  They are not playful and Raider will occasionally try to engage them in play, but he respectfully stops when they don’t respond to him.

We even had a litter of four foster puppies when we first brought Raider home, and he was so gentle when the puppies tried to play with him.

Raider is crate-trained and house-trained and is great about going outside to go potty.  He walks very well on a leash and only pulls when he sees squirrels and other dogs on leashes.  Raider is only two years old, so he does get into mischief like the young dog that he is. He is still learning what is appropriate to chew and what isn’t.  However, with supervision, he’s learning quickly and is great about dropping something he’s found in exchange for a treat.

My family is enjoying spending time with Raider and will be sad to see him go.  We think he would be happiest in a home with a fenced yard and another playful dog. He was adopted recently for about a week, and the family loved him and had wonderful things to say about him. Unfortunately, one of their dogs did not like Raider.  If the family tried to give attention to Raider the other dog would attack him.  They felt it would be best for Raider to go to a home with another dog who would accept him.  We hope his forever family finds him soon, so he can live the wonderful life he so deserves!


May 19 2014

Footprints on My Heart

adoptionAn Adoption Story: By Megan Pickard

I have always been an animal lover.  I believe animals teach us unconditional love, more so than any other life lesson. When the time came for me to find a volunteer position, there was no question it would be in the animal field. My family and I had adopted our dog from Wayside Waifs seven years ago, so my mother and I applied to become dog walkers. We took dogs from their kennels outside during the day, so they had a chance to run and socialize with humans beyond a glass door. But I wanted to do more to help animals in my community. So I applied to become a foster mom.

Foster moms bring animals out of the shelter when they need some extra TLC. Some animals are very sick, and some come from abusive homes, so they need to re-learn how to love. Others just don’t do well in the noisy environment of a shelter. I instantly fall in love with every animal that comes home with me, treating them like my own furry babies.

It isn’t easy to care for a sick or scared animal; but each day I care for them, I feel my confidence grow and my sense of purpose renew.

One of my favorite memories as a foster mom is taking my first litter of six lab puppies back to the shelter and meeting each family that came to adopt one. There is so much satisfaction knowing that you helped a family find their forever pet. However, not all experiences are pleasant. Last year, one of my foster kittens died in my care. Her body was taken back to Wayside Waifs, where an autopsy discovered an enlarged heart caused by a genetic disorder. I knew nothing I could have done would have prevented this and nothing I did could have caused it, but I still felt very sad. I took comfort knowing that I had given her the best last days any kitten could have had.

From this sadness, happiness was restored again. Since then, I have taken in seven puppies, many more extremely rambunctious kittens, and cats (one crazy pair climbed the Christmas tree and destroyed several ornaments – that’s when I knew they were well enough to go back to find their forever family).  I currently have an excitable 4-month-old puppy that was rescued from a dog-fighting ring.

What has my volunteer work taught me? My future plans include being a nurse, and I believe the special affection animals show us is teaching me how to be a compassionate nurse. I have taken in several dogs, rescued from abusive situations, which now bathe my face with kisses whenever I return home. The previously mentioned rambunctious cats came to my house extremely malnourished and ill and left with restored health. More than anything, these animals have taught me to love unconditionally, no matter what your past is, reminding me that each day is a gift that should be enjoyed to the fullest –especially if that day brings you Christmas trees to climb and ornaments to destroy!


May 2 2014

Costume Ins-purr-ration for the 2014 Fur Ball Gala

fur ball galaAs you may know, this year’s Wayside Waifs-sponsored Fur Ball Gala is centered around a fun baseball theme. Because our organization has some serious spunk, we like to celebrate and fundraise in true style. To get you warmed up and ready for the big night, we have comprised a short list of ideas from our very own Look Book.

Baseball Costumes That Will Make the Crowd Bark

Base 1 – Ease into this year’s A League of Their Own-inspired theme with a classic baseball T-hat combination. Keeping things casual with a timeless three-quarter-length baseball T is a sure way to blend in with the crowd. A comfy T paired with a baseball hat of your choosing – we’re partial to the Royals – is sure to earn you a round of applause.

Base 2 – Want to step up your costume game, while showing your favorite team in the league some love? Be royal at this year’s gala by sporting your favorite dark blue Royals jersey and fan swag. And if you’re root, root, rooting for another team, that’s okay, too. We welcome friendly rivalries.

Base 3 – For a non-traditional approach to this year’s theme, pay tribute to the hardworking men and women who distribute tasty beverages and savory finger foods throughout ball games.  Hotdogs. Cotton candy.  Lemonade. The options are limitless, and think how much fun – and treats — you can have as you get your costume together.

Base 4 – Cross home plate with a splash and go all out with a full-fledged baseball ensemble. Tube socks, cropped pants, a jersey, and a glove will have you looking like you’re on the roster. And, if you want to take your outfit to the next level, throw on an umpire’s mask and chest protector for good measure.

Tune In

On May 10th you can see the costumes firsthand at our annual Fur ball Gala, which will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center. And, if you cannot make it out for this year’s festivities, be sure to follow our social media feeds for live updates.

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Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

 


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