Mar 30 2018

Volunteer Program Highlight: TABBY

A few months back, we featured volunteers doing numerous things around our campus, and we featured playgroups. We figured we’d highlight another wonderful aspect of volunteering with our feline friends; TABBY! TABBY is To Achieve Best Behavior Yet, and focuses on cats finding balance.  TABBY is mostly for cats waiting to be deemed available.  These are the cat that are shy/fearful, desparate for attention or are high energy.  Finding them a balance can reduce stress, and help them move to the adoption floor faster. Today, I met with TABBY volunteer Elizabeth to give me some insight into our cat behavior program.

Elizabeth is pictured above, and after each session, TABBY volunteers do a recap about how long it was, what transpired, etc. It helps present information to other TABBY volunteers, and the Feline Care Manager Bonnie as to who has been worked with or who has made any progress. As stated above, TABBY is mostly for cats waiting to be deemed available, meaning they are not quite adoption ready yet, but definitely can be! They just need that one-on-one time to really improve and gain socialization skills. Volunteers like Elizabeth work weekly with select kitties who need that extra attention, and we greatly appreciate it!

Briefly, we want to show you our current TABBY board. This board is able to help Bonnie communicate to volunteers on what cat needs what. Sometimes the cats only need talking to, and sometimes they need playtime and socialization. Each cat gets unlimited time to improve because everyone improves differently. We also participate in clicker and target training, to help mentally stimulate the cats. Really, each cat is a case by case basis, but this board is updated whenever anyone hits a certain stride.

We decided to work with Breanna first, and boy was she interesting. She hissed, growled, and did a little bit of everything besides interact with us. We quickly realized we needed to play with a barrier between us, and then we saw glimpses of the real Breanna. She is deemed high arousal, so stressful situations like shelter environment can be really hard on her. She did enjoy her cat dancer after a few minutes!

Pictured above is Layla, who is also labeled play with a barrier. She apparently lunges, but we didn’t see that behavior today. She enjoyed us talking to her and playing with her cat dancer, so she is well on her way to graduating! Bonnie determines when a cat will graduate TABBY, and at that point they usually go to the adoption floor. This is where you can see the progress they made, and how well they do in the shelter now. We’ve taken a few photos of some of our TABBY graduates, and would love to show you them so they can brag about how well they’ve done!

Dave is the black cat in the back, and this is his new best friend Vivi. Dave used to hide and cower, but now has blossomed with another cat. He greets people at the door now!

This is Titan Athena, and she was a tough case at first. She was more feral than all of our barn cats when she first was brought to Wayside. Now you can go visit her and as long as she solicits attention first, she will love to sit and chat with you! We’ll also provide a picture of her warning sign, and a video of her being sweet and lovable!

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Our last TABBY graduate is staff favorite Jammers. She was briefly on TABBY but quickly was graduated and moved to the floor. She still has her quirks, but she certainly is a sweetheart!

That was just a little insight of our TABBY program. Come meet some of our TABBY graduates 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.

 

 

 

 


Mar 22 2018

Barn Cat Program


We have barn cats among barn cats! We have five barn cats available for adoption and we figured it was a good time to discuss our barn cat program. Note: We’d like to state that we do not KNOWINGLY accept barn cats to our program. These are cats that have been deemed barn cats by our Feline Care Manager, and usually come in as strays. We only adopt out barn cats. If you are interested in one of our barn cats, at the end of the post we’ll provide a link to get more information about how to get on the waiting list.*

Some cats prefer the call of the wild and don’t envision their life on a warm lap, being pampered to 24 hours a day.  For this reason, Wayside Waifs has started our own Barn Cat Program.  This program is for cats that are not deemed adoptable but are healthy.  This would include cats that are feral (fearful and unsocial) or who are housesoilers/sprayers.  All cats will have bloodwork done and must be negative for Felv and FIV.

All cats will be altered and vaccinated before they leave as to help control the pet population. They will also receive flea/tick control. Adoption fees are waived for these cats.

Adopters must provide:

  • Safe and warm conditions/shelter
  • Fresh water and food daily
  • Provide medical care as needed

If you are interested in adopting a cat from our Barn Cat program, just inquire with our Adoptions Team when you arrive at Wayside Waifs. Wayside Waifs does not take in cats for the purpose of the program. Only cats already in our shelter that are not suited to a traditional home setting are deemed barn cats and placed in this program.  We also suggest you give staff your name and email so they can communicate with you on what kind of barn cat you’d like. We definitely have a waiting list, but we stay on top of it! We’d like to feature a few of our current barn cats we have:

 

Aspen is a semi-friendly barn cat.

Roberta is a normal feral barn cat.

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Breanna is a semi-friendly barn cat. We also have another barn cat who is not a fan of the spotlight, and declined an interview with us. They are looking for a non-traditional home, but a home nonetheless. Please inquire about them through email linked above. Thanks!

Written by Teryn J.

 

 

 


Mar 22 2018

Department Highlight: Adoptions

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 Behavior Team, and this time, we would like to showcase our Adoptions Team. They are the team that ensures our animals not only get adopted, but they screen adopters and provide tips to make sure the animal thrives in their home! Thank you for all that you guys do!

This is Cindy, and she has a two-part job description here at Wayside. She works reception primarily, and a few days in adoption. Our Customer Experience Manager Whitney is in charge of both Adoptions and Reception, so we figure we would feature both! Cindy provides a wonderful work ethic to both aspects of the shelter, and she is always ready to put our visitors/customers first. Reception is the first thing visitors see when coming to Wayside, and if they have any questions, they ask Cindy first! When asked, she mentioned she loves the full circle aspect of working the front desk. “When people first come in to adopt, they are so excited. Then when they opt for the adopter photo, they sit in front of me with their new pet. That’s so exciting for me, because it’s such a good feeling.” Thanks for all that you do Cindy!

Once you pass Reception, you see this open area full of desks. That is where our Adoption Center is, and where our Adoption Counselors are! Pictured above is Lizzie, one of our counselors. She was assisting an adopter, but this is where they complete all the paperwork to adopt. Our counselors, with the help of volunteers, greet customers, set up meet and greets, finalize any details, and take adopter photos. These people are the backbone of the organization, just because we are mainly an adoption campus. While it can get pretty busy, this team always get their job done with a smile on their face, and the customers notice! We asked Lizzie what her favorite part was, and she said it was the meet and greet aspect. “I love introducing our Wayside animals to potential adopters, because it’s like playing matchmaker.” Thanks Lizzie, you rock!

This is Sam, and she is one of our newest Adoption Counselors. Another really cool part of our campus is our retail store, Whiskers and Wags, just past adoptions. We have a Retail Store Coordinator Pam, but when she’s not in, our counselors will assist customers. We sell anything from collars, leashes, toys, and more! Please feel free to watch our video here. What is really nice about our store is the fact that the money goes right back to homeless pets. It has competitive pricing against any pet store in the area! Sam enjoys working with her team as well, but really enjoys the hands-on part of her job, such as dog introductions, meet and greets, and helping pets find their forever home. We thank you for your service Sam!

Pictured above is Candy, a Volunteer Adoptions Counselor. We only say volunteer because Candy has dedicated years of her time to help our adoptions team. She’s technically not an employee, but she may as well be, because she is here all the time. Here she is going over a list of dogs with our Canine Behavior Manager Jess, while getting added commentary from Monk the dog. Candy has been through many adoptions teams while being at Wayside, but she mentions this one being her favorite. “This team is ready to help each other out with no questions asked-they truly make it wonderful to be here everyday.” We love you Candy!

We caught another Adoption Counselor Tara reorganizing our feature board. It used to be a Waif Watcher board, where staff and volunteers could pick a Waif and tell everyone about them. We want to feature more animals though, so they reconstructed the board to be more inclusive. Tara has quickly become one of our veteran counselors, and she also fosters some of our shy and fearful dogs when she can. She loves working with adopters and her team to make sure an animal goes to a wonderful forever home. Thanks Tara!

Not pictured is Whitney, Pam, Megan, Daniel, and Lori, who are still equally appreciated and valued! Feel free to visit our adoptions team 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.


Mar 21 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Daytona, Chy, and Frittata!

“Daytona is my name and that might make you think of the beach!  The beach is for fun, and I just happen to be a girl who’s looking for a family that wants to have some fun!  I’ve got plenty of energy and I love people.  I was transferred to Wayside from another shelter and I’m betting that I’ll find my new family soon.  I see lots of people coming here who are looking for a new furry friend.  Since you stopped to read about me, maybe you’ll decide that we are meant for each other! When you meet me, you’ll notice that I’m very friendly and happy.  I’m interested in just about everything…especially treats!  You could use those to get my attention and teach me some basic obedience skills.  I’d love to learn some commands so that I can be the best pet ever.  You could also help me learn good leash skills because sometimes I pull hard.  I can’t help it…it’s an exciting world out there and I love exploring it.  I think it would be wonderful to explore it with you!  When we come home tired from our adventures, we can cuddle up for some resting and loving time.  I’m a big fan of that too!Do you have any other dogs?  I’m energetic and playful and like to be with dogs who aren’t rude or aggressive.  When you come to visit me, I’ll need to meet any other dogs in your home…just to make sure we all get along.  I’m sure we will.  I can’t wait to meet you and show you what a good girl I am.  Hopefully you’ll come soon and see for yourself what a good companion I’d be.  Just ask for Daytona, like the beach.  I’ll be waiting and wiggling!”

Learn more about Daytona here.

“Purrrleased to meet you! My name is Chy and I’m a darling nine-month-old kitty with gorgeous brown fur. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around has been very scary and while I’m not totally comfortable yet, I’m doing much better thanks to the kind and compassionate folks here. As I’m sure you guessed by my name, I’m quiet and reserved. I don’t like a lot of commotion. I’m looking for a home with kiddos over the age of 7. I don’t really enjoy being picked up and I need a family who will understand when I need my space. I need to have my own quiet area, like a spare bedroom, to help me adjust when I get home. In exchange I promise you I’ll be your life-long pal. Around here they tell me I’ve got a sweet purr. I love being pet on my head and I LOVE ear scratches. I also give excellent headbutts and I’m the best biscuit maker here! I love taking cat naps and I curl up into the cutest ball you’ll ever see. If you’re looking for a sweet, calm kitty to add to your family then look no further. I might just be the cat for you. Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Chy here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Hi there, I’m Frittata!  I’m such a good girl.  I’m playful and sweet and super fun!  I hope you will take the time to get to know me and let me show you what an all-around great dog and wonderful companion I can be.  All I need is someone to believe in me and give me my chance to shine. I’m an athletic and strong, 2 year old, 50 pound bundle of love with a silly smile and gentle eyes.   I am a beauty!  And I’m already fully housebroken.  I came to Wayside as a stray and then no one ever came for me.  Well, that’s their loss, because I am one fine dog!  I felt sort of stressed at the shelter though, so I’ve been able to relax and re-charge in a loving foster home.  It’s fantastic here and I’m not sure I want to leave, but Foster Mom tells me this is just a temporary stop on my journey.  She’s teaching me a lot about life and manners, so that I’ll be ready when you come for me.  I can’t wait for that day and I’m so very excited to get to know you! Life in my foster home is one happy and fun adventure!  Foster Mom loves me because of my delightful personality and also because I’m so well behaved.  I’m completely housebroken and I haven’t had any accidents at all.  Besides that, I can be trusted to roam free in the house even when no one is home.  I never cause any trouble or get into things that aren’t mine.  I’m happy and bouncy and goofy and fun.  I get along just great with everyone I’ve met and I’m a polite and friendly dog to spend time with.  My foster home is sometimes busy and loud, but that doesn’t bother me a bit.  I love to go for walks and run and play in the backyard.  I’m also smart and I know all sorts of commands that I can’t wait to show you.  Foster Mom stays patient and calm with me and she praises me when I’m a good girl, so I’ve quickly learned all the house rules and I love to make her happy by following them.  I will do the same for you! I live with other animals in my foster home and I’m proud to say that we all get along really well!  First off, there’s a cat.  He hissed at me the first day and I’ve left him alone ever since.  Then there’s an older, smaller dog who doesn’t really like to play, so I leave him alone too.  Lastly, there is a friendly dog about my age and size and we love to run and play and nap together.  We’re best of friends!  I also live with teenagers and they are pretty cool!  They’re so fun to hang out with.  I haven’t spent time around young kids under 5 or so and I might be too big and strong for some of them.  Why don’t you just plan to bring the whole family to meet me and we can see how we all get along. I hope you decide that I might be the perfect match for your family!  I’m adaptable and happy and I love to have a good time.  I don’t like being homeless though and I long for the day that I have a forever family to call my very own.  I want to make your life more fun just by having me as part of it.  Please, let me do that for you!”

Learn more about Frittata here.

You can meet all of our adoptable pets 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.


Mar 15 2018

Upcoming Events

We thought it would be a good idea just to share some of our upcoming events with our regular readers, and potential new readers! Wayside Waifs regularly hosts and participates in fundraising events with local celebrities, businesses, and other foundations to raise awareness for homeless pets. If you can make it out to any of these dates, please stop by our table and say hello!

3/24/18 Paws For A Cause Walk

16200 Antioch Road
Join Blue Valley West for the 2nd annual Paws for a Cause Walk on Saturday, March 24. Bring your dog and walk a 1.5-mile route! This event supports Wayside Waifs. All ages are welcomed; you are not required to bring a dog but they are more than welcomed. Registration is $12 per walker. Sign up before March 1 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. For questions about this event please reach out to Josh Miller at jdmillerkc@gmail.com.

Register: https://tinyurl.com/pawsforacause2018

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Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Address:
16200 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS 66085

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

3/30/18 Hambingo for Wayside

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Join us on Friday, March 30 for a fun night of Hamburger Mary’s Charity Drag Queen Bingo! This is not your typical BINGO with wild and raunchy humor from the Drag Queen host. Don’t miss out on the howlin’ good time!

$10 gets you 10 rounds of bingo all for a great cause! Prizes are available for winners from each round as well as a chance at 50/50 raffle. Space fills up quickly so please call today to reserve a table at 816-842-1919.

Proceeds from this event benefit abandoned, abused and homeless shelter animals at Wayside Waifs.

Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Address:
3700 Broadway St. #110
Kansas City, MO 64111

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

4/4/18 Clock Tower Bakery-Wayside Wednesdays

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Stop by Clock Tower Bakery for Wayside Wednesday – a portion of your sale comes back to us!

Clock Tower Bakery
7911 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66204

 

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Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Repeat on the first Wednesday of the month until 12/05/2018
Address:
7911 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66204

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

4/4/18 Chicken N Pickle-Wayside Wednesday

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Join Chicken N Pickle on the first Wednesday of the month for Wayside Wednesday from 4-7pm! 10% of food and beverage sales come back to Wayside! AND 20% of Chicken N Pickle dog merchandise also comes back to Wayside!  Adoptable waifs will be on-site from 5-7pm. 

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Address:
1761 Burlington St.
Kansas City, MO 64116

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

4/11/18 Kendra Scott Gives Back Party

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Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Address:
412 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO 64112

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

5/5/18 Cinco de Meow – Wayside’s Annual Fur Ball Gala

Overland Park Convention Center

Save the date for the 2018 Fur Ball Gala on Saturday, May 5 at the Overland Bark Convention Center! This year’s theme is “Cinco de Meow!” Join us as we cha-cha our way down a colorful street fair hopping to and from 18 open bars, lively auctions then rhumba our way to a Mexican feast. Top off the evening by dancing the night away! 100% of the proceeds from this event support the life-saving programs and services for animals in need at Wayside Waifs.

Secure your table sponsorship and tickets now! Contact Molly Moody at 816-986-4409 or mmoody@waysidewaifs.org.
View full event website:

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Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Address:
6000 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

Please feel free to check out our other events coming up here. You can also visit us 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.


Mar 14 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Vivi, Brewster, and Clif!

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Vivi. What’s yours? I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve heard people say I am one of the cutest and sweetest girls at Wayside. I have a beautiful round face, glowing copper eyes, and an adorable chunky little body. Black is very slimming, right? I love people. I’m a friendly girl who enjoys attention and affection. If you pet me, I will let you know how much I am loving it with my loud, soulful purr. My midnight-colored coat is like black velvet, so you will love petting me as much as I love having you do it! Right now at Wayside, I have a roommate, and we are getting along just fine. So if you have a friendly cat at home who needs a feline friend, I might be a good fit, as long as proper introductions are followed. There’s one more thing you should know about me: I am FIV-positive. It’s really no big deal. It just means that I need an indoors-only lifestyle, good food, and regular veterinary care. In return, I promise you a lifetime of cuteness and cuddles. Does that sound good to you?”

Learn more about Vivi here.

“Hey there! Thanks for reading about me. My name is Brewster and I’m a two-year-old fella looking for a family to love forever and ever. I’ve definitely moved around a bit and I’m looking for something stable and permanent. I know it won’t be long until I find a home of my very own. I’m a smart guy and I know “Sit”, “Down” and “Stay”. I love treats and toys and I know you and I can learn all sorts of treats and commands together. I aim to please and your praise will motivate me. I need a home with a tall fence and I can’t be left outside alone. I’m an athletic guy and I can easily scale a fence if left unattended. I’m confident and friendly and I can make friends pretty easily. I love getting belly rubs and giving kisses! I do pretty well on a leash and I’d love to release some energy by going on a walk or a run with you. After our adventure we can hang out and relax. I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you. I do ask that you bring the whole family, including four-legged friends to come meet me. I want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. I can’t wait to meet you. Come to Wayside and ask to say hi to Brewster!”

Learn more about Brewster here.

“Orange you glad you are reading about me? I sure am! Hi there, my name is Clif, and I’m a very handsome classic orange, or “red” tabby. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find the purrfect person or people for me. I’m a friendly, laid-back, mellow fellow. I enjoy being petted, and my favorite thing is to just roll around, purr and make air biscuits while you are talking to me. I really helps me concentrate on what you are saying as I hang on your every word. Wouldn’t you love to come home and tell me all about your day? When I had my Felineality test here, they told me I’m a Sidekick. That was no surprise to me. You see, my mission in life is to just hang out beside my favorite person or people, making them look and feel good. Think I could do that for you?”

Learn more about Clif here.

Feel free to visit all of our adoptable Waifs 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.


Mar 7 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: 

“Hey there! My name is Maddox and I’m a sweet fella looking for my forever home! I’m just over a year and a half old and I’m as sweet as can be! I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. It’s okay though! I know this is my last stop before I find a family to spend life with! I’m very friendly and I love people! I love giving kisses and getting belly rubs. I’m also pretty smart. I know “Sit” and I know that we can learn even more tricks and commands together. I can be a little jumpy when I’m excited so I’m looking for a family who is willing to put in the time and effort for training. I love spending time outside and I walk pretty well on a leash. I think it would be great to go for a run or a hike with you. After some exercise I’ll cuddle up right next to you. If you’ve got canine friends, I do ask that you bring them with you so I can meet them before going home. I just want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. If you’re looking for a sweet best friend to go through life with, look no further! I might just be the dog for you! I’ll be waiting!”

Learn more about Maddox here.

“Hello Friend, My name is Moxie! Life up until now, hasn’t been easy. You see, I was adopted from Wayside nearly 5 years ago as an adorable sweet little kitten. I loved my family so much, so when they decided to give me up I was completely heartbroken. Much to the dismay of the wonderful staff and volunteers at Wayside, I became visibly depressed, stopped eating, and really just gave up on life. Just when I thought I could no longer go on, one of the veterinarians decided to foster me. He scooped me up, hugged me close, and told me that everything would be all right. And you know what, he was right! He knew that somewhere in my deep sad eyes was a happy kitty that just needed some time and love to heal from my broken heart. I still miss my family, but his family taught me that love cures all, and I’m happy to be with them. As you can clearly see from my photos, I’m a darling brown and white tabby with a snuggly round face. I’m built for snuggles and cuddles, which I’m sure you’ll love during these cold winter months. I have free-roam of my foster families lower-level. I’ve found a safe hidey spot that I spend most of my time in. When my foster family comes down to see me, I happily leave my safe spot to follow them around and ask for attention. I’m a simple cat, that enjoys simple things. I am a bit independent, but I bond closely with my people and enjoy being near them. In my ideal home, I’d be the only cat. In my last home, there were three cats altogether. Sometimes we co-existed, but mostly we didn’t like sharing our things or the attention we got from our family. I’ll love you so much, you won’t ever need another kitty! I have met a friendly dog in my foster home. I gave him a good whap, and then went about my business. The dog was understanding, so we continued to live together just fine. I’ve also been around small children in my foster home. The little humans are very friendly, but they can also be fast and loud. I like getting pets from them, but will sometimes retreat to my hidey-hole for safety. My foster dad says I have wonderful house-manners! He loves that I use my litterbox so well, and that I keep my area nice and tidy. I love my foster family, but I’m ready to find a family of my very own. Someone(s) who will love me unconditionally. In return, I promise to be your very best friend for the rest of my days and love you with all that I am. I really hope you’ll call to meet me soon, I can’t wait to finally meet you!”

Learn more about Moxie here.

“Hi there. My name is Sissy and I am a 3 year old girl. My coat is all white, just like snow! I weigh about 46 pounds and am a pretty strong girl. I came to Wayside from another shelter when they ran out of room. The prior shelter thought I might be hard of hearing; the folks at Wayside are still trying to determine if that’s true. I am food and toy motivated and just a bundle of energy. I mostly know how to sit, but especially so if you have a treat in your hand! While I am full of energy, I also love to cuddle with people, enjoy snuggling on the couch and getting belly rubs. You should see my tail go when I am excited! I would love to meet you and anyone you have in your house, including your 4 legged children. It’d be pretty awesome if I could go home with you today! If you think I’m the right girl for you, please come see me today.”

Learn more about Sissy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs 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.

 


Mar 2 2018

Abby and Yuko: Long-Term Residents

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Andrea and Mac, and we have some good news. Of course if you follow our blog, you know Andrea was adopted shortly after the blog was released. Mac went to a foster home, and we are happy to report he is doing well and is learning a lot about what a home is like! This month, we are going to feature Abby and Yuko!

Abby has officially been at Wayside Waifs for 214 days. She originally came to us in July of 2017 from a transferring shelter. While we let her settle in, once we behavior tested her, we noticed she had some interesting quirks. Abby needed to work on impulse control and managing her excitement. She was very jumpy, not horribly mouthy, but displayed some mouthiness. She wasn’t sure of her harness going over her head, and she was very stressed here. We also noticed she wasn’t quite sure how to interact with dogs. Overall, she was still a very sweet and social girl, but we knew going forward we had to improve her skills a little bit before she would do well in a home. She was promptly put in our Peace Academy program and began training almost immediately.

After just a week, Abby had improved so much! She became PA available, so she could be seen by potential families. She does have a few restrictions of being no kids under five, and no dogs. Dog skills are something adopters could work on over time with the help of a trainer, but where her socialization is at with dogs at this time she will not be able to successfully live with another dog. She will need a home with NO KIDS 5 AND UNDER due to her energy level and strength. She will need an active home with adopters who are prepared to give her the exercise and play time that she will need to live successfully in a home. Just going for walks or being out in a yard will not be enough exercise for her. She is still working on her manners with impulse control and will need to continue working on that. She can get excited when she hears and/or sees another dog, so adopters will need to be aware of their surroundings when on walks, out in a fenced yard, windows she can see out of etc. She has a very good “sit” and “look” and both of those commands will be good for her when needing to redirect her focus. She is very affectionate and loves people. She will crawl into your lap and give kisses if you allow her to. She is food, toy, and praise motivated, so she is eager to continue her training. She will need to go home on an easy walk harness so adopters have control over her.

Abby is a dog that loves to go on field trips and car rides! Just a month later in September of 2017, she graduated from Peace Academy altogether. We were/are so proud of her! She made great progress with impulse control and overall excitability, so we threw a little party for her. In October, she ended up on a bite hold from an accidental tooth scrape, and was put on observation for 10 days. After her hold, we put her back on Peace Academy because she had so much pent up energy, and we wanted to work with her efficiently.

Ever since November, Abby was placed back on the adoption floor and been available. Our best guess as to why she is still here is the past behavior. She has improved immensely since she first came in, but she does require consistent continued training to keep up her progress. She has a small child restriction, and a no dogs restriction. However, she is fun, sweet, and generally a good time, so please consider her for either yourself or someone you know! She is going to tell you a little bit about herself as well!

**Abby is currently staying in a foster home. If you’d like to schedule a time to meet her, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. And she has a video! To watch, scroll through her pictures and click on the video link. Thanks!**

**Abby is eligible for a Slumber Paw-ty! Please see “Slumber Paw-ty Program” page under the “Adopt” tab for more details.**

“Hi there, I’m Abby! I’m a sweet, affectionate, and energetic dog with a delightful personality and a smile that brightens any room. Sure, I’m tired of being homeless. Shelter life can feel lonely at times and I wonder when it might be my turn to be chosen by a new family. But I never get discouraged by the circumstances I’ve been given. I’m trying my best to be patient. But just so you know, I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now! I’m an adorable, 2 ½ year old Lab/Pit Bull mix with the softest and shiniest black fur you’ve ever seen. I am a beauty! And I’m already housebroken, so I think that will make you happy. I’ve always tried my best to keep my kennel clean when staying at a shelter, but I’m one smart cookie and even after such a long time without a home, I remembered my house manners when I was chosen to spend time in a foster home. I didn’t have any accidents at all! Besides my smarts, I’m eager to please and I love to learn, so if you will stay positive and patient with me and if you praise me when I’m a good girl, I will quickly learn all the house rules. Anyway, I came to Wayside last summer as a transfer from a shelter in New Orleans when they didn’t have space for me. And I love it here, although what I’ll really love is a home and family of my very own. One day, Foster Mom showed up and took me home with her. That was the best day ever and the time I have spent in my foster home has been an incredible ride! My foster parents love me because I’m housebroken and overall well behaved. I make them laugh with my fun and playful antics. But the thing they love most about me is when I settle down and show off my sweet and snuggly side. I love to curl up on the couch as close as possible to Foster Dad, or even in his lap when I’m invited, and we take a nap together. I feel so relaxed and content in a real home and I dream of the day when this is my everyday life. Lots of things make me happy and you’ll never find me having a bad day. I’m a wizard at the game of fetch! I will play as long as you’re willing and I like to lean into you as I drop the toy off to you. I love my toys, especially rope toys, and I frequently carry them with me during my walks. I’ve got lots of energy and I’ll need daily exercise to keep me healthy and calm. I’d love a fenced yard to play in, but I will also need a daily walk or run. Sometimes I pull on my leash, so a harness works great for me. I’m part of the Wayside Running Program, where they say I am an excellent running partner who keeps fantastic focus and a perfect pace. If you’re looking for a little motivation to stay in shape, I can be that for you! After all that exercise though, there’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I love to curl up next to you on the couch with one of my toys and relax as you pet me or rub my belly. I’m friendly and social and affectionate, with a wonderful temperament and such a sweet smile. I was never socialized with other dogs and sometimes I’m reactive around them, so I will need to be your only dog. I’ll shower you with so much love and attention that I’ll be enough though. And because I’m energetic and strong and sometimes jumpy, I’ll need a home without kids under the age of at least 5. Please bring the whole family to meet me before we go home together, including kids and other dogs. I’ve been waiting so long and I just really want to make sure we’re a good match for each other. I’m flexible and adaptable and I should do just great with most active families. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you’re not sure what to do. I certainly never planned to be homeless for so long. But I refuse to let it get me down. So I’m making the most of my time at Wayside… learning manners, staying busy, and making lots of friends. And I’m waiting for you to give me the chance that no one else has. I know you’re out there. I hope you come for me soon.

Love, Abby”

Learn more about Abby here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This handsome boy is Yuko, who has been at the shelter for a total of 195 days. He originally came into Wayside as an owner surrender. His owner could no longer care for him, but he gave us some great information on him. Yuko has done well with children aged 1 and up, but we quickly noticed he stresses easily while adjusting to shelter life. We also noticed he doesn’t like anything going over his head, including hands, treats, and toys.

After getting used to being here, and interacting with volunteer, Yuko started showing us his quirks. Anything above his head makes him completely nervous, so his first reaction is to nip/bite. A few weeks after he came in, he was put on a 10 day observation hold. During his bite hold, you can interact with the kennel door acting as a barrier. We put him on our cat program TABBY, where volunteers work with stressed cats to help them come out of their shell. Turns out Yuko was good at “target,” which is teaching cats tricks like dogs, but it helps mental enrichment! Check out his tricks below:

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After his hold was released, we put a no kids under 7 restriction on him. While his previous home said he was okay with kids, he stresses easily, and children who go to pet his head could easily be nipped and become scared of him. In early October, he was put on another hold due to someone petting him on the head. We continued to practice “target” with him, so he wouldn’t get bored during this observation. Yuki has officially learned his name, and we’ve learned he likes things on his terms; he will let you know when he is done with pets and playtime, but will always accept treats!

At the end of October, Yuko was placed on yet another observation hold. We put signs and directives on their kennels and doors to try and prevent this, but it only goes so far. Yuko still got his target practice in, and continued to do well with that during his third hold. After he was released, we introduced him to another cat in the shelter, to see if this would be a good option for him. He did rather well with her, so we foster requested him.

Yuko has done well in his foster home since he went in November. He started to dislike the resident cats, but that means he gets his own floor to himself. He can sit, turn, and high-five! He has now been approved to be an indoor/outdoor cat. Be advised he is NOT a barn cat, but a cat that is friendly, but needs an outlet. He longs to be outside, so we suspect there is more to his story than what we know. We suspect the fact that he is in foster is affecting his limited visibility, and also his history and requirements. However, given the chance, Yuko would be a wonderful addition to someone’s home. He’d like to tell you a bit about himself too!

**Yuko is in foster care.  To schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. To watch his video, scroll through his pictures and click on the video link.**

“Hello, my name is Yuko….thanks for taking a moment to learn more about me!  As you can see, I’m a gorgeous 6.5-year old black cat with super soft fur. I was surrendered to Wayside because my family was moving and couldn’t take me along. I’m not going to lie — life has been difficult. You see, when people visit the shelter, they assume all cats want to be petted and hugged. But that wasn’t the case for me. Then, one day my Foster Mom and Dad took me home and gave me the space and time I needed to start figuring out my new life. Foster Mom quickly realized that although I was surrendered as an indoor/outdoor cat, I was not comfortable inside. Most things scared me. When I am scared or insecure, I tend to bite. So Foster Mom quickly started figuring out what I liked and what I didn’t. She began noticing how I like to be touched and when not to touch me. Now, I sit in her lap for long periods of time just purring away. She knows there are also times when I need to play and “get the crazies out.” Since I wasn’t comfortable with hands around my face, Foster Mom began daily training sessions with me.  Now I can sit, look, twirl, target and give you a high-five. When I’m relaxed and confident, I’m a real Super Kitty! I also have a great time playing independently with toy mice and ping-pong balls. After three months in my foster home, my friends realized I will need some outdoor time to keep me happy. Perhaps you live in a rural area and are looking for the perfect indoor-outdoor cat where I have a field to roam. I would also be content as a friendly barn cat where I can come and go as I please. You will have no mice on my watch. A city life is not out of the question, but I would prefer a screen porch or my very own catio!! A quiet, adult-only home would be sublime. I have lived with cats in the past, but right now I prefer to be separated from them. Foster Mom thinks this might change when I get some fresh air again. Foster Mom can tell you more about me and all the progress I’ve made. So if you’re looking for a forever companion who’s friendly and self-reliant, please call Wayside to set up a time to meet me. I can’t wait!

Love & purrs,

Yuko”

Learn more about Yuko here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

Please feel free to visit all of our adoptable pets during our adoption hours!

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  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


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