Nov 14 2018

Waif Wednesday

On Wednesdays, we like to highlight some amazing animals ready for their forever homes. This week, our special Waifs of the Week are Dozer, Rootbeer and Beau! Please take the time to get to know more about these three boys to help them find their forever families.


Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Dozer and I’m a handsome fella with gorgeous brown eyes and brindle-patterned fur. I’m about six years old and I think that’s a perfect age. I’m no longer a pesky puppy but I’ve still got plenty of pep in my step!

I originally came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. Being the new pup in town has been a little scary but everyone here is so nice. I just know it won’t take long to find my forever family!

Let’s get to the interesting stuff, shall we? My friends here describe me as a “calm and well-mannered boy”. I’m smart too! I know “Sit” and if you throw a few treats my way, I know we can learn even more things together! I’m friendly and I like to meet new people. I’ll greet with kisses and tail wags. I also do pretty well on a leash. Let’s go check out a park or a trail together! There’s so much to see and smell!

Before going home, I’d like to meet your resident canines. I just want to make sure we’re a good fit for each other.

If you’re looking for a life-long best friend, look no further! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me. I’ll be waiting!

Love, Dozer


Thanks for clicking on my mug! My name is Rootbeer. I’m not sure why, but it’s probably because I am sweet and have such pretty brownish eyes. I’m a white kitty with large black spots, sort of like a miniature Holstein cow. But I don’t moo! Oh, and I have just about the cutest, pinkest little nose you’ve ever seen.

I came to Wayside as a stray. I can’t put into human words what my life was like on the streets, but I am pretty shy. When I first got here, I hardly wanted to interact with humans at all. In fact, they were talking about making me a barn cat. But you know what? Wayside’s wonderful staff and volunteers spent a lot of time with me, and I started to realize how much I enjoy receiving attention and affection from humans. In fact, I start purring the moment you touch me. I discovered I really love being petted, especially on my head. Ahhh … that feels like heaven!

Because I am a quiet, shy kitty, it might take just a little time to get to know me. But I am so worth it! I promise you my heart, my love, my loyalty and best friendship for life. Does that sound good to you?

Love, Rootbeer


Woof! Hi there! My name is Beau, and what can I say? I’m pretty handsome right?  I’m a charming 1 year-old fella looking for my fur-ever home. Everyone here at Wayside is so nice but I know I’m ready to find my family soon!

I am a very energetic and goofy boy! I need a home that will let me warm up to them so that I can love them forever! I love playing with toys, and I love games like fetch and tug-of-war! I’m a friendly boy and I’m toy and treat motivated which is great because it will make training even easier! I already know the command “sit” and “shake” and “stay”  but I’d love to learn some more tricks and commands with you.

Think I could be your new best pal? Come into Wayside and ask to meet me today! I do request that you bring the whole family, including canine friends, to meet me. I want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other.

I can’t wait to meet you.



You can visit all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoptions hours:

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

Nov 13 2018

Winter is arriving early: Tips for keeping your pet safe and warm

Dropping temperatures and snowflakes are already making their debut this early in November, so let’s beat the cold and take early precautions in keeping your pets safe this winter! It is easy for people to throw on big, fluffy coats and a pair of gloves to keep us warm, but animals need a little bit more protection from the winter weather. Here are some tips to help keep your pet safe and cozy during this frigid time of year:

1. Keep your pets inside. Limit your pet’s outside time for bathroom breaks when temperatures start to tumble. If it’s too cold for you, it’s definitely too cold for your pet. If your pet is normally stays outside, move them to a sheltered garage or heated dog house, away from the wind.

2. Outdoor cats have been known to find refuge underneath the hoods of cars. When the car starts, the cat could become injured or even killed by moving parts of the engine. If you have an outdoor cat, open up the hood or honk the horn before starting the car to give the cat a chance to escape.

3. Keep your dog on a leash in the winter weather. Pets can lose their scent in the snow and ice and find refuge in unfamiliar places. This is also a good opportunity to check your dog or cat’s id tag to make sure they have the most current contact information in case your pet becomes lost or stolen. We also recommend mircrochipping your pet. More pets are lost during the winter than any other time of the year.

4. When getting your pet groomed, don’t have their hair shaved down to the skin – a longer coat will provide more warmth and protects them from the brutally cold weather. If you give your dog a bath, make sure to completely dry them before taking them outside. For short-haired breeds, put them in a warm sweater with a high collar that gives the pet coverage from the base of their tail to the belly.

5. Make sure to keep a dry towel near the door when you bring in your dogs from being outside. Thoroughly dry their paws, legs and belly. They can pick up bits of salt, antifreeze and other lethal chemicals from being outside. It can also be painful for the animal to have clumps of ice tangled in their fur or lodged in between the pads of their feet, which can cause a dog’s paws to bleed. This is also a good opportunity to give them some extra love and praise them for good outdoor behavior.

6. Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. The vehicle can act as a refrigerator, keeping the cold inside and causing your pet to freeze to death.

7. If your pet spends a lot of time playing outside, increase his food supply. Make sure to include extra protein to help keep his fur in great shape.

8. Coolant and antifreeze are lethal for cats and dogs. If you have any spills in your garage or driveway, make sure to clean them thoroughly and right away. Stay away from products that use ethylene glycol. If your pet should ingest any of these products, contact your veterinarian immediately.

9. Rock salt is also dangerous for pets. Invest in a pet-safe ice melt like Soft Paws, which is available for sale at Wayside Waifs.

10. Give your pet a warm place to sleep. Make sure beds are located away from doors and drafts. Warm blankets or a large pillow are great.

With all of these tips combined, your pet should be safe and comfortable during these next four or five months. Winter is off to an early start, and we hope everyone, two-legged and four-legged, has a safe winter and stays warm – don’t forget to snuggle with your furry friends!

 Written by Cierra H.

Nov 12 2018

10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet


November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! We’re celebrating all month long here at Wayside Waifs by promoting and loving on the senior animals in our care, but nothing beats a home with a family.

Here are our top ten reasons why you should stop by the shelter today to adopt a senior pet:

1. Older Pets Need Homes:

Many older pets have previously been in homes and were once loved by someone. Because of this, they can have a hard time in shelters. Senior pets make loyal and loving companions.

2. No Surprises:

When you adopt a senior pet, what you see is what you get. Shelters are good at making sure adopters are aware of any behavioral or medical issues that a pet may have.

3. Old Pets Are Calmer:

Looking for a couch potato, or a buddy to watch Netflix with? Older pets can know some basic commands and tend to be calmer than younger animals. Older pets are often well behaved and calm and do well in most households. These older pets don’t need as much play time as younger animals would.

4. Senior Pets are Less Destructive:

It’s no secret that puppies and kitties can turn your house upside down, but senior pets are less likely to be destructive. Many senior pets are less energetic, and are calmer, so they are more trust worthy with your belongings.

5. Older Pets are Usually Housebroken:

Pets are amazing. But nobody likes cleaning up after puppy spills. Nobody. That’s why adopting a senior pet can be such an amazing experience! Not only are these animals well behaved, but they’re usually housebroken too, which means you don’t have to put the effort into training them and cleaning up after them. However new environments can be scary for some pets so remember to allow for a transitional period when going from the shelter into a home.

6. Senior Pets Still Have Lots of Love to Give:

Senior Pets may be a bit older, and come with more experience than younger pets do, but they still have tons of life in them and lots of love to give! Many older pets still enjoy playing and cuddling, and they need a home and a family to do all of that with!

7. Senior Pets Stay in Shelters Longer:

All the young kittens and puppies are always the first to go home from a shelter. It’s often the older pets that stay at shelters for hundreds of days, and while shelter staff and volunteers love the animals, and make sure they’re all well taken care of, it is in a home where pets truly belong.

8. Older Pets Make Instant Companions:

While any animal needs some time to adjust to a new environment, younger pets usually require a lot of training and possibly behavioral work. This is usually not the case with older pets who have spent time in homes before and are ready for their new families.

9. Senior Pets Make Great Companions for Older Folks:

Older pets make purr-fect companions for quieter or smaller households that older folks may have. Older pets are also more relaxing and require less behavioral work than younger animals do.

10. Be a Hero to a Pet in Need:

By adopting a senior pet, you. can guarantee that this pet will live out their golden days happy and healthily. They won’t have to spend any more time in a shelter, wondering what their future has in store, and instead they get to spend their forever with you! It doesn’t get better than that.

We have several older pets at Wayside Waifs right now that would love to become a part of your family!


Nov 7 2018

Waif Wednesday

Here is another group of well-deserving, amazing Waifs ready to find their forever homes! Our Waifs of the Week are Knyla, Curry and KC! Happy Wednesday everyone!


Hi! Thank you so much for wanting to get to know more about me. I already cannot wait to meet you! Well, let’s get to the good stuff! My name is Knyla, and I am 6 years old and full of life! I have gorgeous green eyes waiting to make you fall in love with me!

I am very thankful to be at Wayside with amazing staff and volunteers, but I sure can’t wait to finally settle down with my forever family!

As you can tell, I am quite adorable and round! I am hoping to find an adopter who will help me maintain a good diet and give me plenty of exercise to help me maintain a healthy weight. If you whip out one of those feather wands, I can play for days!

I’m a sweet, friendly girl, but don’t get me wrong, everyone loves a little time to pamper themselves. My friends here at Wayside call me a sidekick. All in all, this just means I am plain, good company!

If you are in need of a steady companion to enjoy life with, look no further! You know where you can find me. I would love it sooo much if you paid me a visit because I know this will be the start of something amazing!

Love, Knyla


Hi there. My name is Curry and I am an awesome dog looking for a forever home. I am mostly tan in color, but have a white chest and white paws. I also have some beautiful golden eyes. I weigh about 40 pounds. I am a friendly fellow, but may be a little timid at first. However, I usually warm up pretty quickly and will give you kisses if you like. I’m a great leash walker who is usually chill and mellow on walks. I love my food and my treats and already know how to “sit”. I bet that I could learn some new commands as well, especially if you train me with some yummy treats.

Interested in meeting me? Come on up to Wayside and visit me. I can’t wait to meet my new family and see what my future holds!

Love and kisses, Curry


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!


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

Nov 6 2018

Introducing Pat: the Lap Cat

Pat was once a scared and anxious girl who hid every chance she could get. But now, she is a playful, sweet cat who makes herself at home on your lap. Our staff and volunteers at Wayside could not be more proud of her, and she continues to put a smile on our faces everyday.

Pat came to us in mid-July as a stray. After living outside on the street with probably little to no human interaction and struggling to survive, she was very unsure of how to react when she came to our shelter. She avoided all contact with humans and other cats for quite some time, hiding away in the cat fort our staff and volunteers built for her. We wanted to make this transition as smooth and comfortable for Pat as possible, so we could give her the care she needed. It was a big adjustment for her, but with love and time, she has finally learned how to be a cat.

We seen so much potential in her, and with that, we were not going to give up on her. With sweet talking, slow movements and gentle petting with a wand, Pat’s mistrust for humans slowly began to diminish. She was starting to come around on her own terms, and we did not want to force her to do something that could potentially erase all of the progress she had made. She would start to initiate head butts and rubbings against the wand – she was not quite ready to do this with humans, but she was showing signs of affection, which is something that she had never shown before. She was starting to gain curiosity but was still skittish when hearing loud noises or meeting new people.

Only staff and certain volunteers were able to interact with Pat, working on two major things: desensitization to human touch and meeting new people. Every day over the course of three months, they were in Pat’s room socializing with her, giving her breaks if she was telling them she had had enough. Baby steps were very important in helping Pat during this frightening time, but she was well worth the wait.

It was a stressful yet rewarding three months, and Pat is now ready for her forever home!

She is described as a quirky, sweet and fun cat who loves laying on your lap. She always wants to be right by your side and will now seek out people for affection. She is incredibly playful and will play until the sun comes up. Her favorite toys, the wand and ping pong balls, help her to relax and have fun. She is still not fond of being picked up, but this is something that will come with time and trust.

She will need a patient adopter who will understand that moving into a new place after she just got used to one will be scary. All of the progress she has made has been amazing, and we want Pat to be in a home with an understanding, patient and loving adopter(s) who will continue to work with her on being the best cat she can be. At Wayside, she has gotten braver and gained more confidence by the day, and everyone here is extremely proud of her. We cannot wait to see the happiness she will bring to her family’s life, and the joy they will give her in return. She has worked so hard for this moment, and she deserves every bit of it.

Please, if Pat’s story has touched your heart in any way, don’t hesitate to come meet her. She is the sweetest cat who is looking for a family to call her own. This could be that start of something truly amazing.

“I’ll be waiting for you. Here is an air hug in the meantime!” -Pat

You can visit Pat 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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