Sep 26 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please meet our Waifs of the Week: Belle, Monica, and Caz! These three beauties are ready to go home with their forever families!

 

Hi there! I’m happy to see you. I’m Belle!

I have to admit, I don’t really relish shelter life. Wayside is nice and everything, but I would prefer to be in a quiet, comfy home with some humans I can bond with and love.  It might take a little bit to get to know me, but once you do, you’ll see how I’m just a loveable, normal dog. I’m a little unsure here. I’ve met some dogs that I like but others I don’t connect with. It’s somewhat confusing so please bring your dog family out to meet me. I hope we can make it work!

I’m nervous in the shelter but as soon as I hit the exit, I’m a different girl. I love being outside where I can shake my cares away. I relish a brisk walk and sniffs around town. I’m looking for someone I can relate to and understands me, my timid soul and adventurous spirt! Is that you?

Come get to know me better! Ask for me by name.

Lots of love, Belle

 

Hello there! My name is Monica, and I am a 1 and a half-year-old gal looking for my furever family, and I think that could be you! I have long, white whiskers and the prettiest green eyes that you will ever lay your eyes on!

I am what my friends here at Wayside like to call Leader of the Band. I am the type of cat who likes to adventure and have fun! I absolutely love love love to play! Feather wands are my favorite, and they are also a great stress reliever for me! This will be a great way to help me warm up in my new home.

Don’t let my adventurous side fool you. I am also a big fan of affection! Pets, hugs, whatever your heart desires, I will appreciate and return! A combination of fun and love is exactly what I am looking for, and I hope that involves you!

I will need some time to warm up to you and my new house, so it would be best if for the first week or so I had my own room! Change can be scary at first for anyone, but I will be sure to make myself right at home once I get comfortable.

I am so excited for our future together, and I know I will love you so much! I will prefer not to share my love for you, so a house with no kids or dogs will be the best fit for me. If you are looking for a confident, fun cat, I’m your girl. Please come visit me at Wayside! I cannot wait to meet my furever family!

Love, Monica

 

Hi, I’m Caz! I’m a handsome, Pit Bull Terrier mix who’s looking for a place to call my own. I was brought to Wayside when my last rescue ran out of space for me. It’s okay though! I’m making lots of friends while I wait for my family to find me. I can’t wait to get home and chill out with my peeps!

The people here say I’m a big goof ball, whatever that means. I LOVE my toys especially the ones that squeak! I like to play by myself so you won’t have to worry about me staying busy when you’re not there. I’d much rather you be there, though! I love to get out and exercise by taking walks and do well on my leash. I also love keeping my brain sharp by learning new thing!

I’m a sweet guy with so much love to give. I hope you’ll come by soon so I can show you! Hope to see you soon!

Love, Caz

 

You can visit 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

 


Sep 20 2018

Long-Term Residents

For those of you who are not quite sure what a long-term resident is, it is an animal who has been in our shelter for 30 days or longer patiently waiting to meet their forever families. We are glad to say that our last edition of long-term residents, Charlie and Ryland, are incredibly happy in their new homes! This month, we have quite a few animals who have well surpassed the 30 day mark and are still dreaming of their future families to come sweep them off of their feet. It is our mission to find all of these amazing animals a place they can finally call home next to the people they love.

Our long-term residents this week are Budrow, Noelle, Cora, Mattie, and the bonded pair of rabbits, Spike and Spot!

 

Meet this handsome fellow named Budrow. He is almost 2-years-old and has the goofiest personality once he warms up to you! He is a fun dog who loves to play, but more importantly, he is ready to give you all of his unconditional love! He cannot wait to finally meet his forever family!

Learn more about Budrow here.

 

Meet this beautiful baby named Noelle. She is 10-years-old but still has plenty of life to live and love to give! This playful girl absolutely loves to be outside and explore all that life has to offer her. She is ready to find that special someone(s) to cuddle up next to when she’s done playing and give them the sweetest kisses!

Learn more about Noelle here.

 

Meet this green-eyed beauty named Cora. She is a 1-year-old independent cuddle bug once she gets comfortable and likes to be the one to initiate affection. If she’s not on your lap, she will be either right by your side, looking out the window, or partying with all of her favorite toys! This social kitty is ready to find her permanent home!

Learn more about Cora here.

 

Meet this confident cutie named Mattie. She is almost 5 years old and full of adventure and spunk! She loves to play and be the leader of the band, but is still the best at giving and receiving affection! She is more than ready to find her purrfect match.

Learn more about Mattie here.

 

 

Meet this bonded pair of spunky bunnies: Spike and Spot! This adorable pair of rabbits needs to be adopted together, so if you are looking for double the fun and double the cuddles, these are your guys! They are ready to hop into their family’s life and stay there!

Learn more about Spike and Spot on our website.

 

You can visit 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 Cierra H.


Sep 19 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please meet our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Jackson, Opal, and Jesse! These three are more than ready to meet their furever families!

Hey everyone! I’m Jackson!

I’m a big, happy lab/pittie mix looking for my people. I came to Wayside from another shelter down in Clinton. This place is fine, but I’d rather be hanging out with my permanent crew!

I’m just a good buddy trying to find my place in the world. I would make such a great family dog. I’m a big guy (about 70 pounds) and while I could use some training, I’m not hard to handle.  I’m easy to walk. I think kids are fun. Toys are a blast. Fetch is the best! I like other dogs and I’m just an all-around easy going reasonable guy. Never mind my handsome looks.

I look forward to meeting you at Wayside! Ask for me when you get here. I’d love to be your dog.

High five, Jackson

 

Hi I’m Opal, get it? Cuz I’m pretty like a gem! What’s your name?

I’m a pretty 1 year old calico with one of the cutest noses you’ve ever seen and gorgeous eyes. I’m very level-headed but I’ll be your secret admirer, give me little time and I’ll shower you with purrs, head-butts and plenty of lap time! In the meantime you may not see me a whole lot but I’m always thinking of you. In my previous home I lived with other cats, and did well.

Want to know more? Wayside’s wonderful adoption counselors can give you lots of good information about me! Or if it sounds like we’ll be best pals you should come in and meet me!

Love, Opal

 

Hey there, I’m Jesse!

I was once alone, out roaming the streets, but then some nice people found me and brought me to Wayside.  I am a happy gal here, they are so friendly and made me very comfortable while I wait for my forever hero.

I have beautiful markings on my fur, stunning eyes that will melt your heart and a personality to match.  I am 60 pounds of awesomeness.  I enjoy people petting me, talking nice walks with my harness so I focus well on my handler.

If you happen to have some of those things called tennis balls, I REALLY love those a lot!!  I hope you can throw some for me out in OUR backyard.  I would also enjoy learning more commands!  I already know the SIT one, but am ready to learn many more things.

If I sound like a great match, please come meet me.  Bring the whole family, canines too, so we can make sure we all get along well.

I will be here waiting for you with wagging tail and pretty smile!

Love, Jesse

 

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

 


Sep 13 2018

National Peanut Day

What a better way to start off National Peanut Day than to whip up some tasty peanut butter treats in the kitchen for our furry, four-legged friends! I don’t know about you, but my dog is the biggest peanut butter fanatic, and surprisingly my cat doesn’t turn it away either. Whether it is straight out of the jar or baked inside of a delicious treat, they are sure to sniff it out and inhale it in one bite.

Besides its irresistible taste to canines, peanut butter is healthy and safe for your pets to eat. It contains healthy fats, vitamin B and E, and niacin, and is also an excellent source of protein according to akc.org. They say the unsalted peanut butter is the healthiest option for dogs. You do however want to make sure it does NOT contain xylitol, which is a sugar substitute found in some peanut butter that is extremely toxic to dogs.

Make sure to give peanut butter to your pets in moderation because we would not want them to get too overweight. But, of course, every good dog deserves a nice treat!

Here are some recipes that your pets will be sure to love!

 

Yogurt Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Dog Treats

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Yield: 30 servings

 

Ingredients:

32 oz. plain yogurt

3 tbsp. peanut butter

1 large banana

1 tbsp. honey

 

Instructions:

1. Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until creamy.

2. Pour mixture into a silicone mold or an ice cube tray.

3. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

4. Pop out of molds and serve to your furry friend. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in freezer.

For more information about the recipe, click here.

 

Apple Peanut Butter Dog-nuts

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 servings

 

Ingredients:

Dognut

3 tbsp. vegetable oil

½ cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp. honey

1 tsp. baking powder

2 cups whole wheat flour

 

Drizzle

2 tbsp smooth peanut butter

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. The donuts will stick slightly but can be removed with a skewer. If you don’t want to mess with that, lightly flour the donut pan with the whole wheat flour. Tap off any excess. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add in the vegetable oil, peanut butter, apple sauce and honey. Stir with a spatula until the peanut butter is incorporated. It will look slightly broken because of all of the applesauce.

3. Add in the whole wheat flour and baking powder and stir until combined.

4. Place the batter into a disposable piping bag or large storage bag. Cut the tip or corner of the bag.

5. Pipe the batter into the donut pans. Don’t overfill your pans.

6. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes or until done. The edges will be slightly golden and the donuts will feel firm when you press down on them.

7. Remove from the oven and place them on a paper towel. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

8. Let cool completely and prepare your peanut butter drizzle using the next two instructions.

9. Place the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in a sandwich bag and microwave for 20 seconds. This will slightly soften the peanut butter so it’s easier to pipe. Cut a very small hole into the sandwich bag.

10. Move your hand back and forth over top of each dognut using even pressure. Remove any extra peanut butter hanging in the center of your dognut with the skewer or your finger will work too. The drizzle will not harden, so it can be a little messy depending on how you store them.

For more information about this recipe, click here.

 

Pumpkin Peanut Butter No-Bake Dog Balls

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 0

Yield: 30 servings

 

Ingredients:

½ cup peanut butter, natural organic

1 cup pumpkin, organic (no pie filling)

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 tbsp. honey

2 ½ cups oats

 

Instructions:

1. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet; set aside.

2. In a bowl, add peanut butter, pumpkin, cinnamon, and honey; mix until incorporated. Add the oats; mix well. If the consistency seems too wet, add a pinch more oats.

3. Grab a chunk of the batter and roll into balls (golf ball size) and place on prepared baking sheet. Do the same until no more batter remains.

4. Place the baking sheet in the fridge to let the balls harden a bit, then store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks or place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

For more information about this recipe, click here.

If you are looking for that special little one to spoil, please visit us at Wayside 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 Cierra H.


Sep 12 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please take a moment to let us introduce to you our Waifs of the Week! Baron, Coconut, and Noelle are patiently waiting to be united with their forever families!

 

Hi there!  I am Baron, a 2-year-old happy-go-lucky pup who is more than excited to find my forever home! As you can tell, I am all smiles with charming brown eyes. If they haven’t stolen your heart yet through my picture, just wait until you come meet me in person!

I came to Wayside because my last shelter did not have enough room for us all. That did not discourage me because I know being here will connect me with the family of my dreams…you!

I am super friendly and will greet you with lots of love! I am very smart, too! I already know sit, down, and shake. I would love for us to continue working together to help me learn more things once we set out on our own!

I am a very cheerful and optimistic dog, and with this, I don’t want to let a minute pass without living life to the fullest. I have a lot of energy. I love to go on walks and runs and play like no one is watching! But because I am so energetic, I wouldn’t want to accidentally hurt any children under 5, so I would do best in a home with no kids.

I hope we have the same outlook on life—optimistic, active, and fun! If so, I am sure I would fit in your family perfectly! I am so looking forward to meeting you. Please come visit me, so we can begin making fun memories together! Bring the rest of the family, including other dogs, too!

Love, Baron

 

Thanks for reading about me! My name is Coconut. I’m a gorgeous, dark-colored tortoiseshell kitty. They call torties like me, with lots of dark brown and black in my fur, chocolate torties. It’s a perfect description of me, because I am very sweet. I have large, soulful green eyes that you’ll never get tired of gazing into, I hope!

Here at Wayside, I have become known as a sweet, affectionate cat who enjoys attention and being petted. I will reward your efforts with some soft, gentle headbutts. I also enjoy snuggling up in a nice lap. So if you have one of those, that would be great!

I have a cute little meow and enjoy talking sometimes, but I love to listen, too. I also love to play. What’s my favorite toy? A feather wand! I sure hope my new people will play with me!

Do I sound like the girl for you?

Love, Coconut

 

Hi I’m Noelle!

Yeah, I know I’m no spring chicken, but I’ve still got plenty of life to live and lots of love to give! My eyes may not see as well as they used to, but they still sparkle and shine, and I’ve got a beautiful smile to match. And I don’t just walk, I prance! I just love being outside and going on walks to explore the big wide world.

And who says older dogs aren’t playful? I am enamored with toys and like to toss them in the air and play a little game of fetch with myself. When I’m done with that, I want to snuggle up close and give lots of cuddles and kisses and then maybe take a nap on a nice fluffy dog bed.

How’s does that sound? Do you think you might be the one who can give me the love I’m longing for? Please come meet me soon.

Check out my video on our website!

Hugs and kisses, Noelle

 

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

Sep 5 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please meet our Waifs of the Week: Boone, Pepper Ann, and Tobias! These three amazing animals are ready to finally meet their fur-ever families!

 

Hey There, I’m Boone!

Have you ever heard that song..I ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog???  Well that is so not true. I am way more than a hound dog.  I am a loving friend.  I was transferred to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space for me…I am a little on the larger side.  That is ok though because I know my forever family will come find me soon here.

At 4 years old I am way past the puppy stage, but they say hounds are always puppies at heart.  I am 50 pounds of brown-eyed adorableness!  I don’t really know any commands yet but would love to learn with some yummy treats.  I walk pretty well on a leash, but at times my nose may lead me off the beaten path.

If you would like a cuddle buddy who also enjoys the great outdoors, please come meet me.  Bring the whole family (canines too) to ensure we all get along well.

Hope to see you real soon!

Your Friend, Boone

 

Hey there! Thanks for wanting to know more about me, you won’t regret it! Well, my name is Pepper Ann, and I am 5 years old with baby green eyes and the softest fur. I came to Wayside as a transfer, but I am excited to be here because I know being at Wayside will let me cross paths with you!

My friends here at Wayside like to call me the Leader of the Band. This means I like to rule the house. I am very brave and always put off my ray of confidence, but don’t let this fool you because I am still a sucker for affection! I will keep you warm with hugs and your heart filled with purrs. Toys don’t intrigue me too much, but we can make up for that with more love and adventure!

As long as I can get time to do both of my favorite things, I think we will be a perfect match! Please come visit me at Wayside where I’m sure we will get along great!

Hugs and purrs, Pepper Ann

 

Hi there, I’m Tobias!  I’m sweet and playful and goofy and so very friendly.  I can’t wait to be your best friend.  I’m an adorable, 2 year old, 52 pound bundle of love, with a bright smile and soft, shiny fur.  I came to Wayside as a stray.  It was so nice to feel safe and cared for, but everything at the shelter was new and strange to me.  I was feeling a little shy and unsure, when my one of the vet techs picked me up and carried me into the exam room for vaccinations and whatnot.  Afterwards, I looked at her and gave her the sweetest kiss.  That’s the sort of dog I am and I love to make people smile.  I’m fortunate that I’m social and I make new friends easy, so I’m getting along just great at Wayside!  But what I really want is a forever home.

I’m an easy dog to love, because I’m so much fun.  I love to play with toys and throw them in the air and chase after them.  It’s quite entertaining to watch me play.  I also love tasty treats, which helps in my training.  I’m smart and I love to learn, so please teach me!  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me and I’ll be all over it.  I love to go for walks and I do just great on my leash, always staying right by your side.  I’d be happy to help keep you motivated to stay in shape by being your walking partner.  You might notice that I have sort of a strange gait when I walk or run.  The Wayside docs gave me a thorough check up and everything looked good.  I’m not in any pain and it doesn’t bother me or slow me down at all, so I hope you won’t pass me by just because I’m a little different.   Anyway, after my daily exercise, there’s no place I’d rather be than by your side just hanging out and enjoying the day.  I’m affectionate and social and I love to soak up all the attention you’ll give me.

Sometimes I get to be the helper dog during Wayside training sessions.  It’s a special privilege and I get chosen because I’m patient and tolerant and I love everyone I come in contact with.  I don’t even mind when they practice putting the harness on and then taking it off multiple times.  I just like the attention!  I’m curious about and playful with other dogs.  I’ve been practicing my doggy social skills and learning to listen when they correct me.  If you have another dog, I’d love to meet them before we go home together, just to make sure we get along great.

I can’t wait to meet you and hopefully share my life with you!  I’m such a good boy and you’re the only thing that’s missing from my life.  Hope to see you soon!

Love, Tobias

 

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

Sep 4 2018

National Piano Month

You may not know that September is National Piano Month. Either way, you may be wondering what pianos have to do with your dog(s)! What if I told you pianos have the power to help calm down your pet when they are experiencing fear or when something triggers their anxiety?

Whether they are staying in a kennel, have a fear of thunderstorms or fireworks, suffer from separation anxiety, or simply have too much commotion going on around them, all you have to do is put on our good ole’ friends, Bach or Beethoven. This will help to put them more at ease and hopefully lullaby your baby right to sleep.

Music has been proven to affect the moods and behaviors of humans, so animal behaviorists decided to see if it works for animals as well. A study was conducted at the Canine Behaviour Centre in the School of Psychology at the Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland. The team was curious to see what types of auditory stimulation would have the largest impact on reducing the stress levels of dogs inside of shelters. Animals can get very overwhelmed in a shelter environment because many are scared to be in a new, unknown place with many new faces and sounds.

During this study, the dogs were exposed to five types of auditory stimulation: human conversation, classical music, heavy metal, pop music, and a control. Throughout the course of five days, the dogs’ behaviors were examined by professionals in order to determine which stimulation was most effective.

This study showed that classical music had the largest effect on dogs who are experiencing a large amount of stress or anxiety. The dogs spent more of their time resting in their kennels while it was being played, and the amount of barking was also reduced dramatically compared to the other stimulations. Overall, the study showed that classical music has a very calming effect on animals, just like it does with humans.

This tactic is not subject to only animals in shelters, but also the new additions to the family that you take home or those you already have there waiting for you. If you adopt an animal from a shelter, again, your house is going to be very new to them, and they will need time to adjust.

We know that animals cannot talk back to us to tell us how they feel, but they always hear you when you are talking to them, and that is something they love very much. If you can tell that something is making them anxious, play some classical music at a low volume or bust out some piano skills yourself, and just try to comfort them as much as you can. Spending the day inside on a rainy day cuddling with your best friend and listening to some Mozart does not sound like such a bad idea.

If you are looking to find a furry companion to help bring your stress levels down, please visit us at Wayside 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 Cierra H.


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