Feb 27 2015

Wayside Waif Alum Is Official Cuddler at Ronald McDonald House

Mr.Bean

Lots of dogs at Wayside Waifs are such good cuddlers, they could go professional. In fact, one of them has!

Mr. Bean, a 15-pound Cairn Terrier/West Highland mix, is an official member of the staff at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Kansas City. The Ronald McDonald House provides comfortable and convenient lodging to children who are battling illness and their families as they undergo medical treatment. Wayside Waifs placed Mr. Bean with The Ronald McDonald house to help provide comfort to children and their families.

Although Mr. Bean was only a year old when he joined the Ronald McDonald staff, he hit the ground running and tail wagging. He moved into one of two Ronald McDonald houses in Kansas City. Both houses are always packed, which is why they are opening a third one in mid-February!

As the official Director of Love and Compassion, he’s a champion snuggler, a fun play pal, and a sweet nap buddy. Children who miss their pets back home especially appreciate his presence.

Most dog owners will tell you how their dog just knows when they’re not feeling well and need a little extra love and support…and what a great consolation that support can be.  Mr. Bean definitely has that sixth sense, and always seems to know just what the kids need.

We’re very proud of Mr. Bean and the good work he does, but we can’t say we’re surprised. Wayside Waifs is full of dogs who have so much love, loyalty, and companionship to offer. And every week, we hear about Wayside Waif alums who are doing a great job of being someone’s best friend.

Contributing Writer: Stacey Donovan


Feb 15 2015

The Wayside Waifs FIV Program

fur ball galaFIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. And, just as the name suggests, felines that have this illness have compromised immune systems. But it is not as bad as it sounds. FIV cats can live quite a normal life and have a good quality of life for many years.

Signs of FIV

In its earliest stages, there are often few signs of FIV. However, as it progresses, FIV-positive cats may suffer from more illnesses than other felines. Other indicators of FIV include everything from frequent diarrhea and skin infections to gum inflammation and poor coat condition. If you suspect a cat may be suffering from FIV, it is important to have it consulted by veterinarian who can conduct blood work to determine a diagnosis.

How It Spreads

Although the virus typically manifests in outdoor cats, indoor cats can still be infected from deep bites. Unlike the immunodeficiency virus that affects humans primarily through sexual contact, FIV is only spread on rare instances through sexual contact. It should be noted, though, that it could sometimes pass from an infected mother to kitten during birth or feeding. Because the spreading of FIV can be fairly well controlled, many shelters like Wayside Waifs still adopt out FIV-positive cats to homes with other uninfected felines.

*Important Note: FIV is only transmittable cat to cat.*

Caring for FIV-positive Cats

Cats with FIV are immunosuppressed and will be more prone to secondary infections throughout their lifetime. Routine preventative care of all cats in the household and early recognition of secondary illnesses will be needed. Cats with FIV should get bi-annual examinations and annual bloodwork as recommended by the AAFP. Adopters should talk to their personal vet prior to adoption about what this means for their household (Adopters can discuss FIV vaccination of their personal cat with their personal vet). We recommend all adopters know the FIV/FELV status of their own cats prior to addition of the new cat. There is no cure for the illness, although there is research being done for various anti-viral therapies. FIV cats should remain an indoor only cat. How it spreads

 Wayside Waif’s FIV Cat Program

Wayside’s FIV-positive cats are always given a room when an appropriate one is available.  Typically, we try to house cats together when we can.  The reason for this? To help eliminate any chance of illness spreading to them.  While other cats can roam freely on the adoption floor, these cats can’t (unless they are the first ones out, after the floor has been sanitized).

The reason FIV cats are given a room is because we want their stay at WW to be as stress-free as possible. Since they can’t free roam at any given time, a room allows them to walk, play, stretch and be as relaxed as possible. We often house FIV cats together because they often are happier with a pal.

In 2014, we had 27 adoptable FIV-positive cats.  So far, in 2015 we have six (one was adopted a couple weekends ago).  Since the program started in 2011, we have had a total of 95.

About Our FIV Supervisor

Meet Bonnie. She has been working at Wayside Waifs since 2009.  She started out as a volunteer, but when a position in Feline Comfort Crew came up, she applied and got the job!  Soon, she became Supervisor, then Manager.  Now she is responsible for the care of all the cats and small mammals (guinea pigs, rabbits, etc…).  She also oversees the staff that cares for them, and has several volunteers that help in various roles.

She also oversees the Barn Cat Program, the ASPCA Meet Your Match program for cats, and TABBY (To Achieve the Best Behavior Yet) – a program where trained volunteers help cats in the holding areas to be prepared for the adoption floor (working with shy/fearful cats, over-stimulated cats, or cats desperate for attention).  Recently, Bonnie even received a specialized certificate in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute.

FIV Cat Spotlight

Chairman Meow has been at Wayside Waif’s since October of 2014, but has been in a shelter environment for over a year.  He was transferred to us from another shelter. Despite his name, Chairman Meow hasn’t always had the attention he deserves. Although we do our best to provide all the cats in our car with the attention they deserve, Chairman is in need of a forever home with a family who will provide him with the full-time affection he deserves. In fact, he is such a friendly cat that he will sometimes give you a nudge of encouragement to give him love.

Want to hear more? Learn more about Chairman Meow here – or better yet, pay him a visit!

FIV cats need special care. Think you can help one in need?

Your FIV-positive forever cat is just one visit away.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


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