May 25 2018

Wayside Veterinarians

 

 

Here at Wayside Waifs, we appreciate every individual’s dedication and compassion they bring to our organization. This includes our wonderful veterinarians, Dr. Scott and Dr. Spangler. We decided to ask both of them a few questions so our readers could get to know them a little better!

1. What made you decide to be a veterinarian?

Dr. Scott: “I grew up in a pet friendly household. My family loves pets, and from early on I’ve always had an affection for animals. I excelled in science, and I just combined the two.”

Dr. Spangler: “Along with liking animals, I liked that it was challenging and involved problem solving. You do have to enjoy the day-t0-day that comes with working with animals.”

2. What kind of animals do you have personally?

Dr. Scott: “I have German Shepards and English Bulldogs, a Siamese cat, and two fish.”

Dr. Spangler: “One bird, two fish, two rats, two dogs, one cat, and one frog.”

3. Do you have a preference of animals you work with, such as dogs, cats, or small animals?

Dr. Scott: “I don’t really have a preference, I like all animals equally.”

Dr. Spangler: “I do actually like working with cats more, but like them all.”

4. How do you stay up to date in the field of veterinary medicine?

Dr. Scott: “I collaborate with the vets here and the vet students. I also read several journal articles. All of that combined with trial and error and clinical experience help me stay current.”

Dr. Spangler: “I use the same techniques as Dr. Scott, but I prefer to read journal and online articles mostly.”

5. What was your favorite thing to learn in school? Least favorite?

Dr. Scott: “Everyone was nice to learn because of the other students. We all had such wonderful teamwork, and we would help study with each other. My favorite subject might have been anatomy. My least favorite part was learning about time management. I woke up, studied, went to class, studied again, and went to bed. Time management was essential to succeed.”

Dr. Spangler: My favorite subject was Physiology, but my least favorite was Anatomy.”

6. Can you think of one medical case that you’ve encountered that has defined your career/that you will always remember?

Dr. Scott: “A six-year-old male neutered cat was going under sedation for a urinary catheter, and his owner was worried about sedation. She called me several times that day, and the last thing I said to her was ‘Trust me, everything will be fine.’ The cat died under anesthesia, and I felt terrible. Come to find out, during the necropsy we found out he had aggressive cancer and would’ve passed in a few months. While it was still sad, I was able to console the owner, and we became long-term friends after the fact. I’ll never forget this one.”

Dr. Spangler: “I performed my first FHO(see below) surgery on a dog, and I ended up adopting it. The second FHO surgery I performed resulted in me taking that dog home too. I still have both of those dogs so I won’t forget those surgeries and those outcomes.”

An FHO, or femoral head ostectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to restore pain-free mobility to a diseased or damaged hip, by removing the head and neck of the femur (the long leg bone or thighbone).

7. What is a common misconception people have about what you do?

Dr. Scott: “Everyone thinks we are in it for the money. Veterinarians don’t make what people assume, and we still have student loans too. We absolutely do what we do for the animals!”

Dr. Spangler: “Everyone talks about how great puppy breath is. It reminds them of something, or they just love the smell. I actually don’t like it that much, but everyone assumes we must love it.”

8. What made you decide to work in a shelter environment versus a private practice?

Dr. Scott: “I was recruited, and it basically chose me. I enjoy it too much to think about changing, and I thought so then too!”

Dr. Spangler: “I like the fast-paced environment shelters bring. There is always something knew, and I like the idea of finding them homes. That never gets old.”

9. How do you feel about euthanasia?

Dr. Scott: “It’s not something any of us want to do, but it is a necessary evil. I take their quality of life very seriously, so I feel comfortable performing them knowing I’m easing their suffering.”

Dr. Spangler: “We are ending their suffering, even though it is still very sad. I help animals move to the next stage of their life, while giving them the most comfortable relief of pain and discomfort. They are surrounded by people who care for them and have stood by them.”

10. Do you find it difficult separating your personal life from your professional life?

Dr. Scott: “I can separate personal from work, but not work from personal. Social media brings more ways of communication and to most everyone, I’m always a veterinarian answering questions.”

Dr. Spangler: “It kind of comes with the job. I get called in on my days off sometimes, or at least questions. When people find out what my job is, I immediately get questions and find out about their animals, and all of their past animals. It comes with the territory.”

We appreciate their efforts and dedication to our Waifs! Meet some of the animals they have treated during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 23 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Henry Brown, Alana, and Dayton!

“I’m Henry Brown. I made my way to Wayside all the way from Louisiana. Some wonderful folks brought me here when things got crowded in the shelter where I found myself down south. So now that I’m here I’d like to tell you about what a fun pal I am. Are you a hound lover? Well, if you are, you’ll love me! I’m so typical of the breed. I follow my nose. I talk a lot. And I’m smart and driven. I weigh about 67 pounds and my ears are so big they are measured in acreage! I’m pretty easy to handle on a leash. I’m fascinated by cars. I like to watch them drive by. I’m just a good boy lookin’ to find my place up north here. Can I be your faithful, loving dog?”

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

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Alana. What’s yours? I am a beautiful, sweet, shorthaired dark tortoiseshell girl with large, expressive golden eyes. I am sort of front-declawed, in that I just have just one claw left. I’m a talkative girl with a very cute little meow. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. Moving around can be scary, but I am so happy to be here at Wayside, where I will meet lots of new people and find the forever ones for me! At 8 years of age, I am right in my prime, well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to be a sweet, steady, loyal companion. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I am a Sidekick. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and my goal in life is to stick by the side of my favorite person or people, listening to their stories, laughing at their jokes, and making them feel loved. I would love to do that for you!”

Learn more about Alana here.

“Hi there, I’m Dayton!  I’m just a sweet and low-key fella and I want so much to be your dog.  I’ll make a terrific friend for you, I promise.  I’ll be the perfect exercise partner when you feel like getting in shape and I’ll happily sit quietly by your side if you just want to chill out.  I’m a loyal companion and I can’t wait to show you what a good dog I am. I’m a handsome, 2 ½ year old, 66 pound bundle of muscle and love.  And I think I might be already at least kennel trained, because I keep my area at Wayside very clean and I know to go to the bathroom as soon as I get outside.  I came here to Wayside as a transfer from the KC Pet Project.  I don’t mind moving around some though if it helps me find my forever family.  I’m patiently waiting for you, because I understand that this is just a temporary stop on my journey.  I know you’ll find me soon. I’m calm and mostly relaxed and such a sweetheart.  I love to go for walks and I am an expert on my leash, never pulling.  I’m just happy and proud to be outside with you enjoying the fresh air and I don’t even react when I see other dogs out walking.  I’ve also recently joined the Wayside Runners Group.  I’m an excellent running partner and I keep a nice pace and focus when I run.  I’m also affectionate and social and I love people.  I’m curious and I like to explore.  The perfect day for me will include a little exercise and a little cuddle time and as much time spent with you as possible.  I love my treats and I’m eager to make you happy, so training me will be a cinch.  I already know Sit, but I’d love to learn more, so please teach me! I’m not a crazy playful sort of pup, but I do get along with other dogs just fine and I enjoy their company.  I’ve been able to participate in doggie playgroups during my time at Wayside and I do really well interacting with my dog friends.  Even when paired with a dog that’s more playful than I am, I’m tolerant and I know how to communicate appropriately.  I stay relaxed and mellow.  I’d be happy to meet the whole family before we go home together, to make sure we’re all a good match for each other, if you’d like. I’m looking so forward to the day that you choose me to be a member of your family.  I’m picturing us proudly walking out to your car.  And then there will be the introductions to all the neighbors and our first walk in my new neighborhood.  That’s what I dream of.  I hope it happens soon.”

Learn more about Dayton here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 18 2018

Memorial Weekend Tips

Next weekend is Memorial weekend, and it’s time to go soak in the sun! We thought it would be helpful to provide some tips that can make the holiday weekend enjoyable for all of your family members!

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets.

This goes without saying, but sometimes the animals get so nervous and scared they might try to run off and find a safe place. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

2. Have safe and quality fun!

Barbequing is one of the best parts of Memorial Day, but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep all the food and drink away from your friends, even if they beg politely! Many barbecue-typical foods are toxic to animals.

3. Brush up on flea/tick treatment.

Ticks and fleas are more abundant than ever because of the mild winter we had. They will find a host environment in dogs and cats, and during a celebration it might go unnoticed. We also sell seresto collars which help battle unwanted visitors for up to eight months. They will help during that barbecue and high heated areas! They can be found at our retail store Whiskers & Wags.

4. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

5. Be careful around the pool.

Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.

6. Buckle up!

Of course most pets will love a car ride, but warmer weather can include different insects and allergens as well. Be careful of letting them stick their head out the window, as they are at risk for injuries and infections if anything lands on them. Technically a seatbelt or any safety harness would be best to travel with.

7. Be a little shady!

Be sure any outdoor dog or cat always has a comfortable place in the shade. Don’t tether a pet because shade locations will change during the day. Tethering also doesn’t allow an animal to move away from bees or other annoying insects.

 

8. Consider keeping them in a separate room.

With strangers coming to the door over the weekend, they might be on edge. By keeping them in a separate room, not only will they not escape, they will feel safer in the comfort of their home, not seeing scary objects!

 

9. Make the area secure.

Memorial Day is a high traffic holiday with so many people heading out for a cookout. When the kids are playing in the yard, please remind them to keep the gate closed at all times if the dog has access to a fenced-in area. This will ensure that your pet does not run into oncoming traffic or a busy street and get struck.

10. Always protect with sunscreen!

Never use a repellant intended for a human on a pet. Many of the chemicals that are in these products can easily harm your animal if they are ingested. There are special repellents and sun screens you can use on your pets. Make sure you read all information about these products before you try them out on the family dog.

Hopefully these tips find you and are useful. You can also visit our campus and meet some adoptable waifs!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 16 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Chomper, Travis, and Ryland!

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Chomper and I’m a five-year-old fella looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found as a stray. Being out on my own was scary but I’m happy to be somewhere comfortable and safe while I wait for my forever home. I know it won’t be long! I’m a friendly and excited guy. I’m curious too! So far I know “Sit” and I know with treats you and I can learn even more commands together! I can’t wait to show you how smart I am! I’m social and I make friends with just about anyone I meet. I get pretty excited when I see a leash. I know that means we’re going for a walk. There’s so much to see and smell! I’d love to go exploring with you! Let’s take a stroll around the neighborhood or go check out a park! I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you! I do request that you bring any canine friends to come meet me before going home. I just want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. If you’re looking for a pal to go through life with, look no further! I might just be the pup for you!”

Learn more about Chomper here.

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Travis, and I’m a gorgeous seal point Siamese boy with those trademark, slightly crossed sapphire eyes. I was found as a stray. Can you believe someone let a beautiful, sweet guy like me get away? To help me make the transition from life on the street, I stayed in a foster home for a few weeks. My foster family describes me a lovable, goofy guy who enjoys being petted and having his belly rubbed. They said I like to play with toys sometimes, but mostly, I just want to be around people. They gave me good grades for litter box use. Oh, and they let me have the occasional nip of catnip. I loved that, but I never acted crazy on it like some cats do. Here at Wayside, people have come to know me as a friendly guy who enjoys attention. Like many Siamese, I am talkative, but I don’t have a loud meow. I’m a smart, curious guy, and I am always checking out my surroundings. There is so much to see here in Cat Adoptions. My foster family said I am a cat who will “make someone very happy.” Maybe it will be you?”

Learn more about Travis here.

“Hi there, I’m Ryland!  I’m an active, playful, happy boy searching for a home and family to call my very own.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that before…at least not that I remember.  So I’m still learning and experiencing new things and I’m a work in progress, trying my best to figure out where I fit into this crazy world.  Sometimes I’m skittish of new things and sometimes I get so excited that I forget my manners.  But I’m smart and eager to learn, so I’m positive that with time, I will become an incredible companion and member of the family. I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 59 pound bundle of love and muscle.  And I seem to be at least partially housebroken or crate trained, because I keep my kennel clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a stray after a kind stranger found me wandering alone along the highway in Grandview, MO.  I was happy to be safe, but I also felt confused and sort of afraid, especially of men.  So I got busy, enrolling in all the programs Wayside has to offer.  Some of the volunteers worked with me on my confidence while others taught me manners and focus.  It all started to come together for me and now I’m ready for you! I’m strong and athletic and I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I love to go for walks and I do really well on my leash, especially when I use my harness.  I’m curious and social and playful and I never pass up a good game of fetch.  Please stay patient and calm with me and help me learn the rules and boundaries, so that I can figure out what you expect from me.  You can see my wheels turning as I think about and evaluate new things.  I already know several commands, but I’d love to learn more, so teach me!  My friends at Wayside have been using NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) training, which teaches me that I need to work to get what I want, like sitting for a treat.  That’s been very effective for me and I hope to continue my training with you. I think I’ll fit in just fine with most active families.  I enjoy playing with all different kinds of dogs.  I’m patient, tolerant, friendly, and polite with them.  In fact, I frequently get to participate in doggie playgroups at Wayside.  If you have another dog that’s looking for a buddy, I might be the perfect match for you.  Since I can be jumpy and mouthy when I get excited, I might do best without kids under the age of 5 or so.  I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone.  You can bring the family to meet me, if you’d like, and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I’m a sweetheart and I have such a zest for life!  I’m happy and I enjoy attention and I appreciate each day.  I just need someone to share all of that with.  I hope it’s you!  I can’t wait to get out of the shelter and get settled into my new home and my new life with you.  I’m ready!”

Learn more about Ryland here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 11 2018

Long-Term Residents: Edna and Jammers

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 Jenny and Simone, and we have good news to share! Both Jenny and Simone found their forever homes! This month, we are going to feature Edna and Jammers.

Edna is this gorgeous girl who has been with us for 295 days. She came to us from another shelter back in July of 2017, and has been with us since. She came into Wayside Waifs very shy and fearful, and was immediately put into our Canine Isolation unit for her eyes. She was put on ointment that reduced her infection, and eventually was released into our regular holding area. There, she was behaviorally tested, but we quickly noticed she was not pleased to be here.

Our behavior team put Edna on Confidence College, so she could get extra volunteer and staff interaction. She would not approach people and never solicit attention. The vet staff could not weigh her because she was too scared. We immediately put her for a foster request, because shelter life was hard on her. She went to her first foster home in September for a couple weeks. Each day, there were tiny achievements that would make her more comfortable around people. We learned she was partially house trained, she liked her crate, loves to be around people, and just needs time to warm up.

During her time in foster, we also noticed she resource guards from other dogs, so she does have a restriction with canines. She still is very timid and nervous, so she can’t go to a home with children under five, and we recommend a home with children over ten. She will do best with an experienced owner who will be patient while she learns how to live in a home. In October, she was sent on a slumber party, as a family was very interested in her. She did not thrive as well as she did in the foster home, so she was ultimately sent back to Confidence College.

In November, we briefly put her on Trazadone for anxiety, and not too long after, she was put in her second and current foster home. We learned new things about her, including how she must go home with another playful dog, no kids whatsoever, and she needs a fenced-in yard and monitored outside, because she can be an escape artist. She is thriving wonderfully at her foster mom’s house, and is available from foster.

What has kept Edna in our care is a lieu of things. She is available from foster, so she is only seen on the website and social media. She is a black lab, which can sometimes be a preference choice. She is shy and fearful, and will likely be nervous in a new home at first. She also must go home with a dog, a fence, and supervision when outdoors, while not going home with children. She is not a first time dog for families, but a dog who needs a nurturing home that will give her what she needs. We’ll let Edna tell you about herself as well.

Hi, I am Edna!  I am a beautiful 38 pound, one year old girl.  I have a beautiful black coat and shimmery black eyes.

“I came to Wayside via a transfer from the ASPCA that rescued me from a hoarding situation.  Not a very nice life for a young pup.  When I got here, I was so scared – I wouldn’t let anyone get close – they couldn’t even weigh me!  Then my Foster Mom came along.  Being in a real home has changed my life!  I have come a long way with the help of my friends at Wayside and I am ready for my forever home. Let me tell you about myself – see if I might be just what you are looking for.  I am a very sweet girl that enjoys being with my family. Please give me time to adjust when we first get home – I might be scared – but, once I learn to trust and love you, I will want to stay close to you when you are home.  I love to stretch out on my back for a good belly rub and snuggle with you and will be happy just laying by your side.   If you’ve got room on the bed for me and invite me, count on me jumpin’ up and joining you at night! I spent so long being nervous and scared, I am just now starting to explore.  I am very curious about my environment and love to track down all sorts of smells and noises.  I am also starting to play with toys – I like Nylabones and hard rubber toys best – gives me something good to chew on.  I like to carry a toy around the house with me – then it’s always with me when I am ready to play! I need a home with a fenced yard, as I get a little spooked when I go on walks outside the home. I don’t mind putting my harness and leash on and starting out, but once I encounter something or someone I don’t know, I get anxious and want to go home.  I hope you will work with me on this.  I know I can get better, like I have with other things, it will just take time. I am partially housetrained and will go on the potty pad when Foster Mom is gone or at night.  I do well in a crate and am happy to stay in there if you are going to be gone for a while, but when you are home I like to be out and about.  At night, I sleep in Foster Mom’s room and enjoy being on the bed with her. In my foster home, there is another dog and I love playing with her, running in the back yard and romping in the house.  I can get overwhelmed when other dogs come over and then I will go to my safe place. I will do best if there is a confident dog in my new home that can help me continue to grow and learn what is acceptable. Usually, I am shy, but sometimes, I like to get spunky – I have a bounce in my step and just let loose and have fun!  I think that as we bond, those happy, fun days will become more and more frequent.  I am looking forward to it! I would love for you to come meet me, if you think I might be the girl for you!”

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

This beautiful girl is Jammers, and she has been here for 119 days. She was owner surrendered in January for behavior reasons involving cats and children. Her previous owner was very helpful by giving us information about her attitude, behavior, and preferences. We put a no kids under seven years of age and no cats restriction on her. We also were able to behaviorally assess her, and found that she was a Leader of the Band, meaning she is super confident in new situations.

She was briefly put into our TABBY program so she could adjust to shelter life, but she quickly graduated. She can be a little sensitive to startling noises, but that can be expected. Her medical exam went well, and she was cleared for adoption. We learned from staff and volunteer interactions that she liked short petting sessions, and wanted to free roam. She then got upgraded to a no kids under ten restriction, as her play style can be intense.

In the meantime, Jammers had made several new friends making her a staff and volunteer favorite. She even participated in the Tournament of Tails, making it to the finals and winning second place! During that time, she received more visitors than usual, and got stressed out to the max. After an incident with a staff member, she was moved to holding and then inevitably sent to foster. She was in foster for about two or three weeks, and due to a family emergency, had to be sent back.

She is now back in a room, and adjusting to being back in the shelter. Things that are keeping her here could include her kid and cat restriction, and her ability to get agitated and react. She has a typical Tortie attitude. She prefers to make the first move, and then she will enjoy your company. She loves paper bags and ripple rugs, and hiding. She is looking for an understanding owner who will comply with her demands(uh, needs) and enjoy her company when she wants them to. Jammers would like to say a few things!

“Hello Friend! My full name is Jammers, but many staff and volunteers call me “Jam Jam”, “Jammy”, “Jam-boroni”, you get the idea. I’m a fun kitty looking for a family of my very own. I have beautiful honey eyes and a unique tortoiseshell colored coat. At only 6 years old, I have a lot of spunk in my step too! I originally came to Wayside as a kitten back in 2012. I was so scared and I felt so very alone. Wayside took me in and showered me with love, they made me feel like everything was going to be okay. They were right of course, because my dear family adopted me soon after. After living with my family for 5 years, they had to bring me back to Wayside. They had young children in the home that were much too rambunctious around me. I would occasionally tell them to stop being rambunctious the way that cats do, and it became a stressful situation for all involved. I don’t blame my family for bringing me back to Wayside, but I do miss them dearly. It’s hard not being with them anymore, but I’m learning to get back on my feet. Everyone welcomed me back with open arms at Wayside, and it’s been nice seeing all my old friends again. I thought, like last time, that I’d find my new family quickly. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. Maybe because I’m not a cute kitten anymore… but I feel like I’m still adorable as an adult too! The staff could tell I was becoming stressed waiting for my family, so they pulled a few strings and found a foster home for me. My foster mom said it was love at first sight. She swooped me up in her arms, and whispered those familiar words I heard nearly five years ago “Jammers, don’t worry, everything is going to be alright.” I sighed relief and trusted she was right as she drove me to my foster home. Being in my foster home has been so much fun! My foster mom gave me my very own room and plays with me every day. It has been an adjustment, being in a new home. I’m still figuring her out, and she’s still learning new things about me. One thing she thought was interesting about me, is that I immediately loved foster dad! I love sitting on his lap, purring the day away. Don’t get me wrong, I love her too, but me and foster dad… we just clicked. She says I’ll do best in a home that gives me my own room for a week. I may seem confident, but I can get overwhelmed pretty quickly, so I prefer having my own safe space. I also need a home without young kids. I can get swipy at times when I’m frustrated or nervous, so I’d really like someone that understands cat body language. I swish my tail when I’m upset, so just keep an eye out for my tail flicks. I’m just looking for someone who will love me for me. I’ve been bounced around a lot in my short life, so I’m ready to finally settle down. I really hope I get to meet you soon. My new person. I already love you, and I can’t wait to be with you forever. I envision our life together, simple and fun. I often daydream about all the things we’ll do together – chatting about your day, playing with wand toys, snuggling on your lap. It’s a wonderful dream… a dream that’s almost close enough to grasp. Call to meet me today; I’m waiting anxiously for you!”

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

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 10 2018

Social Media Plug

We thought it was a good time to show some Waif alums that have fun social media accounts. We have many staff, volunteers, and adopters share their channels with us, and we think they are so fun. We’d figure we would feature a few so you can see some wonderful updates, and maybe even follow them too!

1. Lottie (@lottiecat2016) Instagram

2. Patrick (@tripodpatrick) Instagram

3. Vincent R. Van Freeman (@vinnywinks) Instagram


4. Sherry (@SplashofSherry) Twitter

5. Chesterton (@Chesterton The Cat) Facebook

6. Penelope & Molly (@catsofkansascity) Instagram

7. Rylee (@rylee_thebraveaussie) Instagram

8. Sunny (@sheepdogs.doing.things) Instagram

9. Samson (@samson_the_westie) Instagram

10. Lucy (@www.LucySrLovebug) Facebook

What a wonderful cat and dog social media presence our waifs have! Are you looking for a muse for an Instagram account? Come out and adopt today!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


May 9 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Luke, Sunny Oak, and Brutus!

“Hi there, I’m Luke!  I’m a sweet and curious guy and I’d love to be your dog.  It’s really all I’ve ever wanted and I promise I’ll try my best to be the best dog you’ve ever had, if you’ll just give me a chance. I’m a handsome and soft, 3 ½ year old, 54 pound sweetheart.  And I’m already housebroken, although please be patient when we first get home, since I’ve been living in a shelter for a while and it’s hard to stay in a routine here.  I was transferred to Wayside from Clinton, MO when they were short on space.  I’ve settled in quickly here and I’m busy making lots of new friends.  I can be a little shy and timid when I first meet new people, but once I get comfortable with you, I’m an affectionate, friendly, fun dog who loves to be by your side. I’m playful and happy and I love to go for walks.  I’m also an excellent running partner and I’ve joined the Wayside Runners Group, which I love.  I hope to get daily exercise in my new home and I’d love a fenced in yard too.  I like to sniff and explore my surroundings and check everything out.  Sometimes I get so excited for my walks that I pull a little on my leash.  You can always use a harness for me so that I stay close to your side.  Once I’m comfortable in my environment, I like to play with toys.  I know all sorts of commands, including Sit, Come, Shake, and Slow, which is used when I pull on my leash.  I can’t wait to show you how smart I am! I might be happiest without kids under the age of 5 or so, since I can be timid at first.  I did well with older kids, ages 9 to teenager, in a previous home.  If you want, feel free to bring the whole family to meet me and we can make sure we’re all a good fit for one another.  I’m generally polite and friendly with other dogs.  But I do need a home without cats, please.  I hope you think I might be the perfect match for your family!  I’m so ready to settle down and just be part of a family.  I can’t wait!”

Learn more about Luke here.

“Welllll, hello there! My name is Sunny Oak and I am a GORGEOUS, fluffy, cuddly tuxedo cat. Let me tell you all about myself so that you can get to know me! I was originally adopted from Wayside when I was a cute and tiny kitten. Then, life happened and I found myself back at Wayside. I was  a little stressed at the shelter, and than my foster mom came and brought me home! I have been the puuuuurrrrfect houseguest (get it!?!?!). I’m incredibly calm, snuggly and a great companion. I LOVE to cuddle. Like, seriously LOVE. TO. CUDDLE. I’ll crawl right into your lap while your reading or watching a movie. Being pet under my chin is another one of my favorite things! I even really like to rest my head on your hand so that you have optimal chin scratching opportunities. I have an incredibly beautiful, super soft black and white coat, so, not to boast, but I’m pretty great to pet. I also love to play with wand toys! They’re my favorite! Although, I think I might like cuddling a little more. Seeking out sunny spots in the house and lounging in the sun or the window is something else I really enjoy. I really like to watch the birds and squirrels from the window! I live with a dog in my foster home and while I wouldn’t exactly say I’m eager to be her BFF, I happily coexist with her and sometimes you can even catch us looking out the window together. So, what do you say? Need an easy going feline fluff ball in your life? If so, I’m definitely your girl!”

Learn more about Sunny Oak here.

“Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Brutus and I’m a sweet two-year-old guy with beautiful black fur. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. Being the new pup in town is a little scary but everyone here is so nice and they tell me it won’t be long until I find my forever home. I can be a little scared and timid in new situations. I would do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I’m hoping to find a family who will be patient and understanding as I gain confidence. After I’ve become comfortable with my surroundings we can work on basic obedience training. I don’t know any tricks or commands yet but I’d love to learn. I do request that I meet any kiddos or canines 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, low-key fella to go through life with, look no further! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Brutus here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


May 2 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Loki, Wally, and Nero!

“Hi I’m Loki! I’m a 37-pound, guy who was brought here when my last shelter ran out of space for me. It’s okay though! I know this will be my last stop before my peeps find me and I’m on my way to my fur-ever home. I hope that home is yours! I’m a friendly guy who will do grr-eat in a home with children or other furry friends. I love making friends, whether they have two legs or four. I also love to learn and I’m eager to learn all the exciting things you have to teach me. I already know sit but I’d like to add more to my list. I’m super motivated when you reward me with fun toys to play with. Getting active is important for humans and dogs and doing it together will make it even more fun! I have PAWSOME leash manners so we can explore the world on walks together. When we aren’t on the go, we can chill out with each other and enjoy a night full of belly rubs and cuddles. I’m already dreaming of the day you come in to meet me. I hope you’ll be my happily ever after!”

Learn more about Loki here.

“Thanks for reading about me! My name is Wally, and I’m a beautiful brown and white longhaired boy with an adorable little beauty mark on my nose. Oh, and I have the cutest meow! I love to chat, so if you come to Wayside and meet me, you will probably get a chance to hear it. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I’m so happy to be here, where I am certain to find the forever person or people for me! I love attention, and I especially enjoy playing! I have lots of energy, you see. I sure hope my new family will play with me! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Personal Assistant. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and I crave the company of people. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be right there, by your side, ready to lend a fluffy paw. You will wonder how you ever got along without me!”

Learn more about Wally here.

“Hi there, I’m Nero!  I really want to stay humble and grounded, but I also want you to realize what a true gem of a dog I am.  So that’s my dilemma.  I decided to ask some of my volunteer friends what they think of me and their love for me came shining through.  So here goes….I’m smart, appreciative, easy to train, happy, friendly, social, and I have so much potential that the sky is truly the limit with me.  I am just an all-around great…and humble…dog! I’m a handsome, 2 year old, 56 pound beauty with stunning brown eyes.  And I think I’m at least kennel trained, because I keep my area clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from Louisiana.  While I felt happy to be here, I also had trouble focusing and I was feeling sort of stressed about my life and uncertain about my future.  I was jumpy and mouthy, trying to get attention the only way I knew how.  So I joined Wayside’s Peace Academy for high energy dogs that lack manners.  I began working with a specific group of volunteers who understood my stress and knew how to help me.  That’s when my delightful personality, intelligence, eagerness to please, and quiet energy became so apparent.  I welcomed my chance to shine and I aced it!  And now, I’m never looking back. I’m still a work in progress, but I’ve come so far so fast.  I love to go for walks and I have excellent leash skills.  I’m learning how to heel and I like to check in with you from time to time just to know you’re happy too.  Sometimes I get extra excited and I tug at my leash, but I’m easy to redirect.  I’m really good at listening to you and I want so very much to make you happy, so as long as I can figure out what that means, I’m all over it.  More than anything, I love getting attention from you. That makes me feel special and loved.  I know all sorts of commands that I can’t wait to show you.  And when my puppy behavior gets me riled up, it’s amazing to watch my mind work as I mostly make good choices to calm down, knowing what you expect from me.  I’m so happy when you’re proud of me! I hope I get adopted by an active family that wants to include me in everything.  I want to hang out with you and go on adventures together and cuddle with you in the evening as we unwind from a fun-filled day.  I know we can’t always be together, but that’s just what I wish for.  And if you have a few toys for me to play with, that would be great too!  I will need to meet the whole family before we all go home together.  My play style might be a little too much for young kids and some other dogs, so let’s just make sure we’re all a good match for each other from the start. I just want to belong to a family who will love me and believe in me.  If you are willing to put in a little work up front to teach me everything you want me to know, then I promise to do my part to be the best companion ever.  We’ll have a lifetime full of good times and happy memories.  I can’t wait!”

Learn more about Nero here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


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