Oct 31 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please join us in welcoming our handsome Waifs of the Week: Gabe, William Willow and Simba! These three boys are ready to steal your hearts and hold on to them forever!

 

Hey, hey, hey!  Gabe here!  I’m a goofy and energetic boy who’s looking for a family who likes to have fun!  I’ve got a beautiful chocolate coat and the most gorgeous golden eyes you’ll ever see.

I am a super smart guy who loves to learn and picks up on things very quickly.  I’m so hoping to find a household that will continue my training and give me lots of mental stimulation and exercise.  Are you a runner?  Well, you’re in luck, ‘cause I’m a happy, bouncy, enthusiastic running partner!  I also love to romp and play with toys.  Just think of all the good times we could have together!

I crave attention from people and will seek out pets and scratches.  I’ve got so much love to give, that I really think I’d be best as the only dog in the home.  But if you’ve already got other canine kids, we would definitely need to meet each other first just to make sure we’re good fit.

So what are you waiting for?  Come on down to Wayside to meet me.  I can’t wait to get this party started!

Lots of love, Gabe

 

Hello there! My name is William Willow! You might be thinking… why does this cat have two first names?! Well, I like to think my name makes me unique. William is my purr-fessional name, and it would likely be the one I’d put on resumes and a Linked-in account. Willow is my fun kitty party name, the one I’d use on my Insta or Twitter accounts. Cats have a HUGE following online now, and I’m just trying to get my paw in the door for the fame that will inevitably follow once my new family comes in to adopt me and creates a @williamwillow Social Media Page. I bet no other cats have that name yet! Who wouldn’t want to follow me? I mean, I’m the coolest cat in town! I have the most gorgeous green blue eyes, luxurious brown tabby fur, and an adorably cute purr-sonality.

I came to Wayside in a transfer from another shelter. I’ll be honest, I was pretty scared. Being put into a carrier, then moved into a van, and then driven hours and hours to get to another shelter… I didn’t know what to think. When I went into my new kennel in the shelter, I hid behind blankets and closed my eyes to the world. The staff and volunteers were so kind, but I just couldn’t break away from my fear. That’s when my foster mom came in to meet me. I’ll never forget that day. She picked me up, held me close, and told me that everything was going to be okay. I decided to trust her, and every day has been an adventure since! Her family tells me every day that I’m handsome, worthwhile, and loveable, and that makes me feel so good inside. I’m still a little nervous about new people and things, but I’m bravely exploring and learning more about myself every day!

My foster mom love that I’m such a clean and well-behaved kitty! I feel it’s the least I could do in exchange for all the love she gives me. I always make sure to potty neatly in my box, and I groom myself until my fur is soft and pet-worthy. I’ve recently started sleeping in bed with her, and I love that. I lay at the foot of the bed, out of the way, but close to her. I’ve found that I enjoy playing, especially with a red dot! I haven’t caught it yet… but I know one day, I will! Once I’m played out, I’m happy just snoozing and laying close to the family. My favorite is when my mom sits on the couch, then I can rub my head into her neck and give her a hug. She loves my hugs, and I love giving them.

I love my foster family, and I’m so lucky they took me in. They’ve taught me so much about myself. I will always hold a place in my heart for them and I’ll miss them dearly when I’m adopted, but I’m ready to find my family. It almost seems too good to be true… a person of my very own. I promise to be your very best friend for the rest of my life. I just know if meet me, you’ll fall in love with me… 2 names and all. Please call to meet me soon, I’m anxiously waiting to hear from you!

Whisker kisses and chin hugs – William Willow

 

Hey there!  Simba’s my name, and finding my new peeps is my game!  I came to Wayside as a stray, so it feels so good to be safe and warm here at the shelter.  But what I’m really longing for is a home of my very own.

I’m a handsome, friendly fella who enjoys being with people and will seek out physical contact.  One of the volunteers here calls me “the sweetest angel” because I am very patient and tolerant when they practice their harnessing skills on me during training.  (Not a very masculine nickname, but at least I know they like me!)  Speaking of training, I hope you’ll keep on teaching me new things.  I’m a smart boy who likes treats, so it won’t take me long to learn exactly what you expect of me.

I’m also a super fun dude who just loves to play.  Do you have toys at your house? Oooh that would be so great if we could play some fetch or tug together!  I’ve got a pretty rough and tumble play style, so if you like to wrestle, I might just be the guy for you.  Or maybe you’ve got another dog at home that needs a playmate.  Why don’t you bring them down to Wayside to see if we’re a good match?  In the meantime, I’ll be watching for you!

Love, Simba

 

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

Oct 24 2018

Waif Wednesday

Wednesday has arrived, so let’s give a big welcome to our Waifs of the Week: Addey, Butterfinger and Jill! All three of these wonderful souls will make the best additions to their forever families!

 

Hi! I’m a wiggly, waggly little cutie pie named Addey.. I’m gentle and friendly and probably the sweetest thing to ever walk on four paws. I came to Wayside as a stray, so I’m really looking forward to finding my very own family to love!

Speaking of love, I’ve got lots of it to give! One of my very favorite things in the whole world is giving kisses! I’m so affectionate and adore the attention of people. Wouldn’t you love to snuggle up with me on the couch and watch a movie or maybe scratch my bottom while I smother you with smooches? I promise you’ll never be lonely as long as I’m around. And when company comes over, I’m a perfect little lady that greets them at the door but keeps my paws on the floor. You won’t have to worry about me jumping up on anyone.

When I’m not cuddling, one of my other favorite things is going for walks! You should see how happy I get when I see my leash! I prance and dance and twirl in anticipation of going outside with you. I’m great on a leash too – I might pull just a little bit at first, but then I will settle down and stay right by your side. I also think it would be tons of fun to run and romp around in a fenced in yard. I just get so excited to be outside in the fresh air!

Oh I almost forgot to tell you – I’m completely housebroken! Isn’t that great? I’m also super smart – I picked up the “sit” command in about five seconds flat, so I won’t have any problems learning all the house rules and what you expect of me. I hope you’ll be patient though, because sometimes I like to survey new situations from my own safe spot (like a crate), but it doesn’t take long for me to warm up and join right in.

What do you say? Do I sound like your kind of girl? Why don’t you load up the family – including any kids and dogs – and head on down to Wayside to meet me. I’ll be watching for you!

Wags and kisses, Addey

 

Pleased to meet you! Thanks for reading about me! My name is Butterfinger and I can be just as sweet as my name suggests. I’m almost two and I’ve got gorgeous black and white fur. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. Moving around has been a little scary but everyone here is so nice and they tell me it won’t be long until I find my forever family.

Around here, they call me a Sidekick. That means I’m a brave kitty in new situations and I’ll always be around to help you, no matter what you need. I think I’d be especially great at helping you make dinner or clean up around the house.

You should also know I LOVE to play. I’m curious and interested in new things so a wand toy to pounce on would be super fun! It’s also a nice way for us to bond! I also like to do my own thing sometimes. I’ll let you know when I’ve had enough.

I would do best in a home with kiddos over the age of 5. Sometimes I can play a little hard but also small kiddos may not be able to read my signals that say I’m done playing.

I can’t help but dream of having my very own home to pounce around in. I’d also love a window to watch birds from. Seems like a simple request, huh? I thought so too!

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me today!

Love, Butterfinger

 

Hi there!  My name’s Jill and I am so glad you stopped to read about me.  I was found wandering the streets all alone.  What a scary time that was!  I’m happy to be safe and fed here in the shelter, but what I really want is to meet my fur-ever family.

I’m a fun and friendly gal, and I love to play with toys.  I’m super smart too.  Since I’ve never had anyone to give me the attention I need, the nice folks here at Wayside are teaching me how to keep my paws on the floor, even when I get excited.  It’s so fun to learn, and I’m really hoping my new peeps will keep working with me on my training.

I walk great on a leash – relaxed and bouncy.  Wouldn’t you love to go exploring with me or walk me around the neighborhood?  Sometimes I just like things my own way so I might be good as an only dog, but I’m also working on my doggie manners.  If you’ve got canine kids at home, please be sure to bring them with you to see how we get along together.

Life can be tough when you’re all alone, but I try not to let it get me down.  If you’re looking for a happy, energetic girl, then please come meet me soon.  I can’t wait to start my new adventure with you!

Love, Jill

 

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

Oct 23 2018

Halloween Tips and Tricks

It is spooky season, and miniature pirates and ballerinas will be knocking on your door next week in search of sugar! Halloween is an exciting night for everyone on the block – Kids who dress up in their favorite costumes and get free candy, and parents and neighbors who get the joy of seeing the excitement Halloween brings to the little ones’ faces. However, there are members of the family who may not enjoy Halloween as much as you think, and those are our furry ones with four legs.

Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind as Halloween creeps up on us to help keep your pet(s) comfortable and safe on Halloween night:

  1. No matter how cute they are, do not give them any candy.

Common Halloween candies are made of chocolate or contain xylitol, which is found in sugar-free candies, and can be very toxic to pets. Please keep the candy bowls and buckets out of reach of your animals to ensure they do not ingest any of these toxic ingredients. Make sure to pass the word along to your generous children in case they want to share some of their candy with their best friends.

  1. We love oohing and awing over their adorable costumes, but they may not love them so much.

This will depend on how well you know your pet. If you know your pet will not mind running around in the world’s cutest costume, feel free to dress them up on Halloween night, but never leave them unsupervised in their costumes. Also, give them a day or two to get used to their costume before the big night.

If you can tell your pet is not a big fan of their costume, do not force them to wear it. If is causes enough stress to an animal, they will not hesitate to chew their way out, which can cause choking hazards for your pet. Make sure the costume does not interfere with their ability to see, walk, breathe or eat.

  1. Speaking of stress, some quiet time for your pets might be ideal.

With the doorbell constantly ringing and strangers in unusual costumes coming up to the door, this may cause extreme stress on your pet and make them uneasy. Consider putting your pet in a separate room for a little alone time, or swap out a thunder shirt for a costume to help them become more relaxed.

If you are out in the neighborhood trick or treating for part of the evening, it might be a good idea to turn your porch light off to avoid strangers coming up to your house and disturbing your pet when you are not home. Anything to help put your pet at ease on this busy night will help them feel better, and more importantly, keep them safe.

  1. Keep your pets in mind when setting up spooky Halloween decorations.

Both indoor and outdoor decorations can be inevitable during Halloween, but make sure they are out of reach from your fur babies. Decorations like jack-o-lanterns, spider webs, and decorative corn can be harmful for pets and put them in unsafe situations. You do not want your pet to digest these items as they can cause choking or have trouble digesting them.

Also, decorations with lighting, like candles or glow sticks, can be very dangerous. A candle inside a jack-o-lantern can be cause a fire if knocked over, and glow sticks can cause irritation if ingested. The liquid inside glow sticks is not toxic, but it can result in excessive drooling and vomiting in pets. Consider battery-powered lights, but make sure the cords are tucked away and out of reach as well as with other electric decorations.

  1. Lastly, update all tags and microchip information.

Halloween can be a very busy night in the neighborhood and can cause a lot of stress to our animals. In order to be safe than sorry, call or look online to ensure all information is updated for your pet’s microchip. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with updated tags in case the unfortunate happens, and they get loose. You should always monitor your pets outside on Halloween night to make sure they don’t try to escape the stress or get teased by children or teenagers who are out trick or treating.

With these tips and tricks in mind, your pet should have a safe and comfortable Halloween night. We hope everyone in the family has a fun and safe night and makes many happy memories!

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.


Oct 18 2018

Long-Term Residents: Cats

It is time to shine the spotlight on some of our best cats this week! A long-term resident is an animal who has been in our care for more than 30 days or longer and has not crossed paths with their purr-fect match(s) quite yet! Our long-term residents are Mattie, Strider and a bonded pair of kittens, Peach and Orange!

 

Presenting to you the one and only Mattie! She is a beautiful girl who is almost 5 years old who is currently in our foster program living the best life. She loves it there, but no doubt she is ready to settle down in a permanent home with her forever family!

Mattie has been a part of the Wayside family for 160 days, and we have watched her come so far in the amount of time she has been with us. When she first came to us, she was a little unsure of people. She only allowed short interactions – a quick belly rub or lap visit here and there – and would let our staff know when she had had enough with a hiss or swat. She did not like being forced into affection, which is why it took some time for her to come around.

Now, over five months later, she is doing better than we could ever imagine in her foster home! She is the best lap kitty throughout the day and the best cuddle buddy at night! She cannot get enough of playing, especially with her favorite jingly balls or a wand toy.

Overall, Mattie is an incredibly friendly, affectionate gal who is not asking much of an adopter. She is great company and will always be there for you when you need her the most. She cannot wait to go home with the people she will love with all her heart!

 

Next on our list is the handsome Strider! This boy is 5 years old and ready for the many remarkable years to come with his new family! He is currently in a foster home as well, learning everyday how to be the best cat he can be. He has been with us for 116 days, and he has made big strides over the past three to four months.

When he first came to Wayside, the new shelter environment loaded him with tons of stress. He was unsure of what to do or how to act, and it took many visits with him to earn his trust. He would get very upset when he did not want the company of people or when they were moving too fast with him. With the immense care that our team had for Strider, we were able to slowly build up that trust to a point where he would allow us to pet him.

He has been in his foster home going on three months now and has made a complete 180 degree turn! It took him quite some time to get comfortable, but now, he is a super affectionate boy who greets his foster mom with hourly lap visits and cuddles. He sure puts you under a love spell with his purr when he does. When he is not in your face asking for attention, he is playing his heart out!

It is time for him to find his forever home! He will need a patient adopter who will let him get comfortable in his new home with his new family, but trust us, it will be well worth the wait.

 

Are you looking for double the cuteness and fun? Look no further! Peach and Orange are a special bonded pair waiting for the right one(s) to come along and take them home. This adorable duo are best friends and need to be adopted together.

Peach is a 4-month-old kitten who is starting to break out of his shell big time! He came to us 63 days ago as a very timid kitty in a scary, giant new place. He spent some time in a foster home where he was starting to learn what being a kitten is all about! At first, he spent a lot of time hiding under the bed, but now he is getting braver by the day! He loves to play with his laser toy and catch mice. He will need an adopter who will give him time to see his spunky and affectionate side, but he will be sure to come around in no time.

His best friend, Orange, has been with us for about the same length of time, 60 days. She is the more outgoing and playful of the two! She really helps bring out this side in Peach, and the two are bound for greatness together!

 

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.


Oct 17 2018

Waif Wednesday

Another week has passed, and we have a new group of Waifs of the Week: Andretti, Vivienne and Bailey! These sweet babies have waited for this special moment where they are one step closer to finding their forever families! Let’s give them a round of a-paws!

 

Hi there! Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Andretti, and I’m a gorgeous four-year-old fella looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found wandering alone as a stray. I’m thankful to be somewhere that’s warm and safe. I know it won’t be long until I meet the people I’ll spend forever with.

My friends here have described me as affectionate and curious. I love people! I can be a little shy when I first meet someone, but with a little patience, I’ll warm up quickly.

I would love to meet your kiddos and other pups before going home. Bring them by, and let’s get to know each other!

Love, Andretti

 

Thanks for reading about me! My name is Vivienne, and I’ve heard people say I’m one of the prettiest girls at Wayside, with my vivid orange, black and white calico coat. It really brings out my gorgeous green eyes.

I’m an affectionate kitty who enjoys being pet, especially on my head, cheeks and chin. Ahhh … that feels amaaaaazing! I will let you know how much I’m enjoying it with my soft purr and some gentle headbutts.

I like to play, too. One of my favorite toys is a laser pointer. It’s so exciting to chase the red dot. I’ve been known to indulge in a little catnip on occasion, too. That’s fun!

When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I’m a Sidekick. That means I’m moderately brave in new situations, and my mission in life is to stick by my favorite person or people, making them look and feel good. I’d love to do that for you!

Love, Vivienne

 

Hi, Everyone!

I’m Bailey the Beagle!!!  I’m a sweet, friendly gal, six years young which, if you ask me, is the perfect age!  I mean, puppies are great and all, but they’re a lot of work!!  See, I already have lots of the work done for you!!  Even though I’m not a puppy anymore, I’m still very active.  I like to run (I’m training for the Waif Runners’ program here at Wayside.) and I looooove to play in the dog park and get in the pool!!!

I also know a few commands like “sit” and “stay”, but I’d really like to continue my training and learn some more with my new family.  I sure love treats so if you throw a few my way I’ll be sure to learn more new things quickly!   I’m crate trained, too!  I’m a very social girl; I like meeting new people and I usually like other dogs too!  I get to play with other dogs in Play Groups here at Wayside, and I think that’s really fun!  Not as fun as the pool, mind you, but still really fun!!!

What do you think?  Are you ready to come meet me?!?!?  I hope so, cause as cool as Wayside is, I’d really like to find my people and have a home of my own.

Hugs and Kisses, Bailey

 

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

Oct 10 2018

Waif Wednesday

Wednesday is the favorite day of the week for these Waifs! Our Waifs of the Week are Rusty Rose, Brian and Tinman! They are all ready to make their families the happiest people on Earth, and we are ready to see how happy you make them in return!

 

Hi there!  My name’s Rusty.  I’m a fun and happy gal who’s always ready to play!  Wouldn’t you love to be my new playmate?

I’m a friendly girl, and I will seek out your affection and attention.  Like I said, I love to play – especially with toys! I seem to like other dogs too, but I definitely would want to meet any other canine kids before going home with them.  Sometimes I just get so excited, it’s hard to contain myself!  I’m really hoping to find a family that will take the time to train and teach me all there is to know.  I am so eager to learn, and I promise to be a good girl once I know what’s expected of me.

Did you know I’m really good on a leash? I’m a great runner and would love to help you get in shape.  What do you say?  Please come on down to Wayside to meet me, so we can start our new adventures together!

Wiggles and wags, Rusty

 

Hello there! I’m an adorable little kitten! I am a bundle of fun in a small package and I am so ready for a new family to call my own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do we love to play! I will need some work on training but we will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster I will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help me stay well rounded. Give me some fun and interactive toys in the mix and we will have the time of our lives! I think I should also tell you that I love to cuddle. Curl up with me and I will purr to show you just how happy I am; cuddles are my favorite! If you are looking for a new buddy to bring you smiles and cheer, come on out to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet me!

 

Hi, wonderful people, my name is Tinman!

I was recently transferred to Wayside after my last place ran out of room and also discovered I have those things called heartworms.  The nice people here said they would help me get rid of those so I can live happily ever after!

I am 43 pounds of bouncy, handsome hound/retriever.  I am super wiggly and friendly.  I am just 1 year old and I have not been taught any commands yet, but I am so ready to learn some.  I walk great on a leash and don’t pull much at all.  I enjoy nice strolls around while sniffing the grass and looking for squirrels.

If my stunning good looks and charming personality traits caught your eye, please come meet me.  Bring the whole family, dogs too, so we can make sure we all vibe well.

Hope to see you real soon.

Love and tail wags, Tinman

 

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs this weekend at KC Mega Match, Kansas City’s largest adoption event, during our special hours!

  • Friday, Oct. 12: 10am-7pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: 10am-7pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 14: Noon-6pm

Oct 9 2018

KC Mega Match

BARKING NEWS! It’s that time of year again where we will witness hundreds of people and pets strutting out of Kansas City shelters with the biggest smiles across their faces! Want to know why? Kansas City’s biggest adoption event is back and only days away!

The one and only KC Mega Match, sponsored by Petco Foundation, will be from Friday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 14, at these four organizations: Wayside Waifs, KC Pet Project, Great Plains SPCA and a new participant this year, the Lawrence Humane Society.

The goal is to find 1,000 pets permanent and loving homes! To help unite these animals with their forever families, adoption rates will only be $25!!! $25 for a lifetime full of unconditional love and laughter? This is an offer you cannot pass up!

We cannot wait to see tails wagging and cats purring as they follow their humans out of the shelter for the journeys they’ve all been waiting for!

If you are looking to adopt a pet who will change your life for the better, visit kcmegamatch.org to learn more about this pawsome event! And don’t forget to clear a spot in your schedule this weekend to meet your forever companion(s)!

The hours of operation are:

  • Friday, Oct. 12: 10am-7pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: 10am-7pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 14: Noon-6pm

Written by Cierra H.


Oct 3 2018

Waif Wednesday

Introducing to you our pawsome Waifs of the Week: Layla, Baby and Rambo! These three are patiently waiting to cross paths with the family of their dreams here at Wayside!

 

Hello there!  My name is Layla.  I am looking for a new home and a new family to love! I came to Wayside as a stray.  I don’t understand why my family never came to get me, but I am ready to shake it off and find my people to lavish with my love!  I am told I am velvety soft, and the folks here think I just might be housebroken.  I love to play with toys – I can play fetch for hours, and I love to play with squeaky toys.  I toss them up and catch them!  I get along with other dogs and enjoy play groups here at the shelter.  I also know how to sit, lay down, and target on command.  I am a smart girl, if I do say so myself!  I am nervous with new people, but once I get to know you I will be a most loving and loyal companion.

If I sound like the dog for you, please come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet Layla!

 

Hello there! I’m an adorable little kitten! I am a bundle of fun in a small package and I am so ready for a new family to call my own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do we love to play! I will need some work on training but we will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster I will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help me stay well rounded. Give me some fun and interactive toys in the mix and we will have the time of our lives! I think I should also tell you that I love to cuddle. Curl up with me and I will purr to show you just how happy I am; cuddles are my favorite! If you are looking for a new buddy to bring you smiles and cheer, come on out to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet me!

 

Hello there, my name is Rambo!

I sure am glad you are checking out my profile pic!  I just recently came to Wayside with a couple of my friends (Lovey and Ladybug), so we are all playing together in Rover’s Romp & Run currently.  You can’t miss us…we are in the middle of the adoption floor, wagging our tails and lounging in our baby pools.

I am a bigger fella at 70 pounds, but I wouldn’t mind laying next to you on the couch and watching some TV.  I would really LOVE to go for long walks and maybe even some runs with you.  I went on a waif run here and was told I did GREAT!  I already know the command SIT but would love to learn more things with you.  I get a little excited on leash, but a harness can help me with that.  I also seem house (well kennel) trained here as well.

If I sound like the one for you, please come meet me soon and bring the whole family (dogs too).

Can’t wait to meet you, I will be here with tail wagging!

Love, Rambo

 

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

Oct 2 2018

National Bullying Prevention Month

October has finally arrived, and it is a great time to honor and teach about a very important issue that affects the lives of many every day. Something that everyone should know, if they don’t already, is that October is National Bullying Prevention Month!

Many animals come to Wayside Waifs who are in desperate need of our care, and we do all that we can to help give those animals a chance at a better life. Some of these animals have unfortunately not seen the brightest days, and that is the case for many children experiencing bullying as well.

Bullying is universal, and our animal shelter strongly advocates for both our two-legged and four-legged friends who have been bullied. We want to help teach our community about the violence that goes on in all aspects of life, whether that is with animals, at home, in school or out in the real world.

“People, abused by people, often abuse animals. People who abuse animals often also abuse people. And so the cycle goes,” (No More Bullying!, waysidewaifs.org). So what better way to teach the younger generations about bullying than through a fun, interactive and new perspective.

Our Humane Education department has a program called No More Bullying! where they visit elementary schools, both local and national, to teach third, fourth and fifth graders about bullying and violence prevention. It is an integration of both human and animal perspectives and emphasizes how important it is to treat all aspects of life with love and respect. Through this program, Wayside Waifs hopes to teach others how to create a respectful and safe environment and inspire change.

Our Humane Educators are in schools for a total of five days, teaching 60 minute lessons at a time. During each lesson, students learn about five core values: responsibility, compassion, being humane, self-control and integrity. They receive journals that encourage them to think deeply about these values and how they can improve on them throughout their daily routines. Students also learn about how these values correlate with properly caring for animals.

One of the students’ favorite parts about No More Bullying! is the company of companion animals. There are about 10 animals used on daily basis that go to schools with our educators and help assist with the curriculum. With an animal present in the classroom while the No More Bullying! materials are being taught, students are more engaged because it presents the idea of “no more bullying,” something they have heard a thousand times, from a different and exciting perspective.

Our companion animals and Humane Educators bring enthusiasm to the classroom, and students absolutely love when they get to visit with animals. It is a great way for kids to learn about bullying prevention, and have fun while doing it!

To learn more about our No More Bullying! program, please visit our website.

Written by Cierra H.


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