Dec 15 2017

Canine Care: Department Highlight

Happy Holidays everyone! We like to highlight departments in our shelter, as there are so many people that are working “behind the scenes” to make Wayside Waifs what it is today. Previously, we showcased our Pet Memorial Services, and this month, we would like to showcase our Canine Care Technicians. They do such a wonderful job in overseeing the care of our canine companions, rehabilitating them towards getting adopted, and helping with after-hour duties as well.

Pictured above is Sarah, a Canine Care Technician with a former waif, Spice. Sarah has been with our company a little less than three years now, and she enjoys her time here! She does an excellent job in caring for our canine friends here, and excels in helping our shy and fearful and high energy dogs get ready for adoption. Thank you for all you do Sarah!

The CCT’s (Canine Care Technicians) as well as the Feline side of things, are the heart of our shelter. They are the people directly caring for our waifs, and see them everyday. They are helping them get ready for adoption, whether that be behaviorally or noticing medical issues. On top of that, they regularly clean up after our waifs to make our dog adoption and holding areas look really nice for visitors!

Elise is another CCT, and she has been here for eight years! Besides seeing the journey of all of the waifs, she enjoys working one-on-one with our behavior dogs. Those are dogs that need a little extra training or attention to help make them less stressed, or learn control. In fact, one of her favorite waifs right now is Shelby, pictured below. Shelby is a long-termer, and she was in our Peace Academy(high energy) for a while. She has a few restrictions, but is overall a sweetheart! Learn more about her here!

While taking care of our canine waifs is their main duty, the CCT’s perform a variety of odd jobs around the shelter. They take care of the laundry for the building, they help with adoption meet and greets and dog to dogs, they help with lost dogs, food pantry, and pet memorials during and after hours. They also handle our donation bin, and sort through things for each department. We are very thankful for our CCT’s! Below is CCT Jeff doing a move-over.

A move-over is what our CCT’s do when an animal is ready to be available for adoption. They are responsible for moving dogs over during the day and in the evening, after the Canine Care Manager Jess has done it in the morning. They are moving the dogs from our holding area to the adoption area, so they can be seen better!

Jeff has been with the department for a year, and he has enjoyed working with the volunteers the best. We have over 1200 volunteers at Wayside, and all of them go above and beyond to help  out around the shelter, canine care included! Here Jeff is taking care of our Puppy Nursery. This is where young puppies go if they are waiting to go to foster, or they are being held for an event. It is separate from other parts of the shelter for medical safety, and we had some cute Chihuahua puppies in there!

Another aspect of CCT’s is the Canine Isolation area. This is Kathi, and she has been with Wayside seventeen years! WOW! Kathi has pretty much worked in every department, but currently she works full-time in the ISO area. She is responsible for giving the dogs back there medicine, and giving dogs with ringworm lyme dips, pictured above. Hagrid is being a good sport and wearing his protective headgear!

The CCT’s in Isolation also work with the dogs to get daily exercise and TLC. When they are sick, they feel down, and can regress in shelter life. With the help of Kathi, and a few others, animals do not regress at all! They spend time working with them when they are on the mend, and they are equally as happy as healthy dogs! Kathi’s has many favorite things about working here, but currently, she enjoys the pace and style of Isolation. When there are less animals in the ward, she can work more individually with the ones in there, and she likes to help them get healthy as quickly as possible!

Others in the department, but not pictured, are Jess, our Canine Care/Behavior Manager, and Shea, Brittany, and Carolyn, other CCT’s. Thank you for all that you do, and we appreciate it!

Please visit us during our regular adoption hours as well!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.



Dec 13 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Shelby, Misty, and Merle!

This is Shelby, a gorgeous four-year-old Shepard mix. She was brought to Wayside after her last shelter ran out of space for her. She’s okay with that though, because she is ready to settle into her forever home! Shelby can be timid at first, as she wants to get to know you first. She can get very nervous around little kids, so she politely asks that she go to a home without children under the age of five. She takes a bit to really warm up and sometimes small children don’t understand that. She also needs to be the only dog in the home, just so she can be your main focus! She is very smart, as she already knows the commands sit, down, come, shake, and stay! She is food motivated, so give her some yummy treats and she will learn even more with you. She does very well on walks, and enjoys them too! While she does prefer a calm, quiet home, she is crate trained and housebroken, which is a bonus! Doesn’t Shelby sound awesome? Come meet her today!

Learn more about Shelby here.

Meet Misty, a 6 month old girl with a beautiful medium-length coat. She came to Wayside Waifs when her previous shelter was out of space. Since being here, Misty has made many friends among the staff, volunteers, and other cats! She has made so many feline friends, that she would love if her future home has one or will adopt another friend with her. She has the softest fur, and is known to be quite a lap cat. She is a sweetheart, and loves to be affectionate. She is still a young kitten, so she would love playtime as well as cuddle time! Do you have a nice window for her to do some bird-watching at your house? Or some mouse toys or wand toys? She would love all of that! Come meet her today!

You can learn more about Misty here.

Here is Merle, a handsome, Retriever/lab mix looking for a home. He was brought to Wayside Waifs after his last shelter ran out of space for him. Because of this, he is ready to move on to a different setting, like a forever home! Maybe that home can be with you! He is a friendly guy who is glad to meet any new person! Bring the whole family out, including furry friends, when you come say hi. He is a smart boy and loves to learn new things. He knows the command sit, but present him with a yummy treat and he is ready to learn more. He also enjoys going on walks and romping around. He is ready to meet his forever family, and hopefully that is you! Come meet him today.

You can learn more about Merle here.

You can visit all of our furry friends during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

Dec 8 2017

Preparing For the Holiday Season

It is going to happen, and we all know it; snowfall. Missouri winters are something to either look forward to or approach with extreme dread. We here at Wayside try to make the holiday season enjoyable for our waifs while they are in our care. We decorate the shelter, and invite volunteers and staff to participate in fun activities with our animals. We want to provide some helpful winter tips for bracing the cold, and preparing for the big holiday gathering!

1. Check your pets’ microchip information, and update their tags.

We know we always use this one, but it is important for owners to always keep tabs on their pets’ identification. Winter is a common season for people to lose their animals, and having correct phone numbers and chip information will allow them to be found easier and quicker.

2. Check under the hood of your car for cats!

If you park your car outside, chances are a cat sneaks under the hood at night for warmth. If you go to drive, always check by the tires, and any place you think a tiny animal can fit. Believe me, it is possible for them to find areas you might not think of.

3. Wipe their paws after going outside for any reason.

Now is the time of year when we salt the pavement, and other chemicals such as antifreeze, or de-icers are used. If an animal were to ingest these, it could bring on severe illness, or even crack their paws. Just doing a quick swipe with a towel does the trick!

4. Pay attention to your dog’s ability in the snow.

Some dogs, like Huskies, are able to withstand the cold for longer periods of time than others. That does not mean you have to skip their walks, but they might need to be shorter. Short hair, thin, elderly, or young pups are more susceptible to getting cold quicker.

5. Be prepared for any kind of emergency.

The cold weather can bring severe winter storms, including power outages, and snow-ins. It is best to stock up on emergency kit items so you can always be prepared. Having a first-aid kit handy is always a good thing too! Items like flashlights, candles, extra food, blankets, and water are some of the important things to have handy during those power outages.

Now we will share some holiday tips!

1. Choose your decorations wisely.

It is no secret that cats love shiny, crinkly, and colorful toys. Well, ornaments and decorations look exactly like a toy to them! Some dogs even enjoy playing with stockings or the tree. Pick essential decor so you will not be angry it is broken, but also plan accordingly so it is out of reach.

2. Make sure the holiday party food is out of reach.

Some of those festive feasts have perfectly good snacks for pets, but to be safe, keep them in a safe, out of reach place to avoid any accidents or illnesses. A little turkey, and unsalted potatoes is perfectly okay for a holiday dinner for canines and felines!

3. Keep everyone happy during your family gathering.

While hosting a big party, make sure your guests know if your animals are prone to sneaking out any doors.  We would not want a loose animal in the cold! Also, think about dedicating a safe room for your animals if they are wary of big crowds. Then you will not have to worry about them, and they will not be stressed!

4. Stay away from dangerous holiday plants.

Mistletoe and holly are fun items to decorate with, but your animal might think of it as a toy. Accidentally ingesting these plants can be very harmful to them. It can cause severe illness, so it is best to avoid using them altogether.

5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. 

When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

Come visit us this Saturday, during our Open House, and meet Santa Paws!

Please visit us during our regular adoption hours as well!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: CLOSED
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Dec 6 2017

Waif Wednesday!

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Martin, Clyde & Bonnie, and Davie!


Clyde(and Bonnie):



6 months
American Bulldog / Mix

Hi there, I’m Martin!  I’m a sweet and adorable pup, just searching for a home and family that I can call my very own.  At just 6 months old, I’m still a puppy, so everyone tells me I should have been adopted quickly.  But it’s taking me longer than most dogs to find my forever family.  Perhaps that’s because I’m sort of quirky and different.  I march to the beat of my own drummer.  And I need a special family who will like that about me and who will love me for who I am.

I’m a handsome, 35 pound American Bulldog mix.  I was transferred to Wayside from a rural rescue group when I was only a few months old, so I feel like I’ve spent way too much of my young life in a shelter.  Once I got settled in at Wayside, people started noticing that I wasn’t acting like most puppies.  I kept to myself and my bow legs looked sort of silly when I walked.  And then people wondered if I might be hearing or seeing impaired.  Well, I might not be perfect, but the docs tell me that my health is just fine.  Sure, I might not be just like other dogs, but once we bond and I get comfortable and relaxed with you, I will make a wonderful companion!

I’d love a quiet and calm home where I can feel safe and cozy.  I hope you will be patient and understanding with me.  I got along just great with the cats in my foster home, so that’s fine with me if you have one of those!  And I enjoy doggie playgroups at Wayside, where it’s fun to watch me run and play.  If you have another dog, I’d love to meet them before we go home together, to make sure we’re a good match for each other.  And I will need a home without kids under the age of at least 5 and preferably 10.  I can be protective of my food, so I’ll need a safe and peaceful place to eat my meals, away from people and other animals.  It’s not a big deal, but kids don’t always understand how to give me my space.

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming.  You know you’re different and you’re not sure how to fit in.  It all came together for me though when my foster mom helped me to understand that it’s OK to be different and unique.  So instead of trying to be like all the other dogs, I’ve decided to just be me.  I’m a character.  And I’m silly and sweet and sometimes awkward and quirky.  But I’ll love you in my own way and I’ll accept you just the way you are, too.  I can’t wait to share my life with you and finally be home.

Love, Martin

Adoption fee: $25

Clyde & Bonnie

8 months
Male & Female
Domestic Shorthair

**Bonnie and Clyde are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.**

Hello there.  I’m Clyde.  I’m a handsome young cat and ready for my real home.  I’ve been staying in foster with my sister, Bonnie.  People say we’re “special needs,” but I’m not really sure what that means, so I’ll just tell you about myself.

I’m a lovely white kitty, and I have a special need to be with people but not on people.  There’s such a thing as too close, and anyway Bonnie always claims the lap first.  I’m happy to sit nearby, get petted, and hang out with everybody else.  I like to watch the goings on and just might get sucked into a series with you.  Some things on TV are hard to resist.  If you want to talk, I’m a good listener.  You can tell me anything, and I’ll keep it to myself.  Bonnie might try to give you unwanted advice.

I also have a special need to run and play, with Bonnie or you.  People smile when they see me run.  They say I look like a white bunny.  I don’t see it, but that’s what they say.  I also like to play with toys like string toys, mice, red dots, and tunnels.  The possibilities are endless!

Something kind of personal you might want to know is if I use the litterbox.  I do, and I have a special need to keep it neat and tidy.  I also use my scratch pad and pole.  I’m a good kitty and an easy kitty.  I would love to sleep in your bed at your feet at night.  Bonnie wants to sleep at your head and may ease you off your pillow.  I won’t cause any trouble like that.

One thing I have noticed is that the other cats in the foster home have straight front legs and tails, while Bonnie’s and mine are crooked.  Life on straight legs doesn’t seem any more difficult than life on twisted legs.  We all do what we need to do, so I can’t imagine there is anything special there.  I guess you could ask the vets about me if you want to know more.

Anyway, if you are looking for a good companion who could also double as a white bunny, I’m your guy!  Oh, and Bonnie comes with me as a bonus, in case you need a lap warmer.


Adoption fee: $130


3 years
Labrador Retriever / Mix

Did you guys know that the name Davie has a Hebrew origin and means cherished and beloved? Yep. That’s me! All my friends at Wayside definitely would describe me as cherished and beloved, true to my namesake!

So, now that you know my name Davie let me tell you a bit more about myself. I’m a 3 year-old black lab mix that came from a hoarding situation in Texas. I can be timid sometimes, but I’m sure with trust, love and patience, I’ll be well on my way to being the most amazing companion I can be. I’m very food and toy motivated, and this will definitely help me and my new owner bond, and it will help me to learn ALL THE THINGS!

I love affection and attention. Once I warm up to you, I’m a very sweet and loveable guy, seriously, SO incredibly loveable! I definitely think I could be a snuggler extraordinaire. I’d also love to be your running, hiking, walking and outdoor adventure buddy. Exercise is much needed to keep my mind and body healthy! I have pretty good leash manners, and know with more practice they’ll be close to perfect.

There are a few things that I need in my new home to help me be amazing. Due to my timidness, it’d be best if I went to a home with children over the age of 5. Sometimes loud noises and new things are initimidating. Additionally, I need to be the only pet in your home, but I know that I have enough love and cuddles to give that you’ll be perfectly content with just me.

So, what do you say? Come on out to meet me, I’ll be waiting!

Adoption fee: $50

Holiday Open House this Saturday

Barking news! Wayside’s Annual Holiday Open House – presented by Bayer – is this Saturday, Dec. 9th! All pet adoptions will be only $50 for one day only! HO! HO! HO! There is more news to purr about – SANTA’S COMING! Bring your furry family members for a photo with Santa 10am-Noon!

Our pet adoption center opens at 10am. You can meet all of oru adoptable pets on our website.

Wayside Waifs will be closed on Friday, December 8 to purr-pare for this big event! 

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