Nov 29 2018

Long-Term Residents: Budrow and Noelle

A long-term resident at Wayside is an animal who has been in our care for more than 30 days and hasn’t quite met their forever family yet. Some animals have well surpassed the 30 day mark and are ready to blossom in their new home next to the people they love. We like to shine the spotlight on some animals who we know will make their families very happy someday.

Our two long-term resident dogs this month are the one… The only… Budrow and Noelle!


Budrow has been a part of our Wayside family for 204 days in counting. He is almost 2 years old with a lifetime of love ahead of hime! He is a goofy, loving, energetic boy ready to bring loads of happiness to the lives of his forever family!

When he first came to us in May, he was significantly fearful of people. He is still working on warming up to people with proper introductions, but we have seen a great change in him since he first arrived. He absolutely adores his Waif Watcher Candy and loves going on field trips with her outside of the shelter.

Budrow has a lot of energy and is very playful! He is quite the character when he is prancing around and playing with his toys. When he is playing, sometimes he gets too excited and you might have to redirect his behavior to a calmer state. He makes sure to always put a smile on our staff and volunteers’ faces everyday with his silly, funny antics!

Since he can still be leery of strangers, it is important that his adopter give him some time to warm up to them and his new house. It is because of this and his high energy level that for now, it is not ideal for him to go home with any children under 5 or other dogs. Adopters are encouraged to continue slowly socializing Budrow with humans and dogs so he can overcome his fears.

He is a great dog with a lot of potential, and we know his forever family will be coming his way soon, hopefully before the holidays! If you or anyone you think you could be a perfect match for Budrow, or his story has touched your heart in any way, please do not hesitate to come meet him! He would love that very much.

Learn more about Budrow by watching his video!

“If you are looking for a fun and goofy dog who will give you unconditional love, please come visit me at Wayside Waifs!” -Budrow



Noelle has been a part of our family for 152 days in counting. She is 10 and a half years young and capable of so much more love to give. She is full of adventure and play, loves to go on walks and is a friendly, relaxed girl.

She arrived at Wayside in late June, and she was anxious of her new surroundings. She was very friendly with people, but you could tell she has gone through a lot in her lifetime. She never let any of that get her down and always has a smile on her face!

Social. Affectionate. Frisky. Cuddly. These are all wonderful qualities her foster mom had to say about Noelle. She gets to go visit news or radio stations with our staff because she is such a happy, sweet girl. Everyone loves her!

She is still working on mastering potty training, but that is something every dog learns with time and consistency. She may get stiff here and there with her arthritis, but that doesn’t stop her from being the playful, fun girl she is at heart! She prefers to be the only dog in the house because she just won’t be able to get enough of her human!

Please help us in finding her forever home, whether that be with you or someone you know. She is more than ready to find her forever family! When you visit her at Wayside, be prepared to fall in love.

Learn more about Noelle through watching her video!

“It doesn’t take much to make me happy. All I want in life is to be your dog.” -Noelle


You can meet Budrow, Noelle and all other 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.

Nov 28 2018

Waif Wednesday

It is Waif Wednesday, and these three incredible animals are ready to share their stories with you to help find their forever homes! Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Sparkles, Knox and Mama!


Hello there, my name is Sparkles!

I am a 1 year old girl here at Wayside looking for my furever home. I have lots of energy to play with you all day! I love attention and making new friends. I am very treat motivated and already know “sit” , “wait” and just learned a wonderful new Command “Out” which is like a drop it or leave it command.  I am VERY smart and willing to learn from you!

I get excited to go on leash walks but have done well learning my skills.  I am not hard to handle and re-direct and focus well on the person on the other end of the leash.

When you come and meet me, be sure to bring the whole family including children and canine friends, to ensure we are a perfect fit.

Ask a Wayside staff member to meet me today!

Love and tail wags, Sparkles


Hi there, I’m Knox!  I’m such a sweet boy!  I love to soak up all the attention you give me and I promise to make you feel relaxed and peaceful when you hear my steady purr.  I’m fun, friendly, and playful, yet quiet and unassuming and chilled.  I’m the perfect combination of everything you’re looking for in a kitty.  And I can’t wait to be all yours!

I’m a handsome, 10 year old, 11 pound, green-eyed fella with velvety soft gray fur.  My chiseled face turns heads, but my sweet personality wins hearts.  I came to Wayside last summer as a lonely stray. I was so thankful to be safe and cared for, but I had painful issues with my teeth and inflammation of my mouth.  It’s called ‘Stomatitis’ and the treatment for it is removal of the teeth.  I know that sounds scary, but I feel so much better now!  It’s remarkable how all-consuming pain can be and my whole outlook on life changed when the pain went away.  Not having teeth hasn’t bothered me one bit!  And the best part is that I’ve been able to relax and recuperate from my surgery in a loving foster home.  My foster mom was just what I needed and I have never felt better in my whole life than I do right now.

Foster Mom says having me around is a joy.  I’m a sweet, gentle guy who enjoys attention and affection. I love it when Foster Mom pets me and lets me cuddle with her.  I can be just a little shy when I first meet new people, so I hide and check them out from a distance.  But then I quickly warm up, if you speak softly to me and stay gentle and patient.  Before you know it, I’m your best buddy and constant companion.  I’m very well behaved in the house and I’m fully trained at using my litter box.  Like many cats who have spent time on the streets, I am FIV-positive. It’s no big deal; it just means that my immune system is somewhat compromised, so it’s extra important that I have an indoors-only lifestyle, good food, and regular veterinary care.  I hope you don’t mind providing that for me!  I promise to pay you back in an abundance of love.

I know I’m listed as a senior cat, but let me assure you; I have so much more life to live and love to give.  In some ways, I feel like my life is just beginning!  I’m safe, I’m getting excellent care, I’m living in the foster home of my dreams, and I know that any day you’re going to walk through that door and become my forever family.  That will be the best day of all!  Please, I need you and I’m waiting for you now.

Love, Knox


Hi there, my name is Mama!

I just traveled here from out of state when my last place needed more room.  That is good news though because the nice people here are going to help me find a wonderful family to love.

When I first got here, I was unsure about where I was and pretty shy.  It took me a few days to understand that all the staff and volunteers wanted to help me gain my confidence and started out low and slow on all their movements so I could get to know them at my own pace.  I have started to really open up and like pets and ear rubs, but please know it may take a few days for me to settle in.

I also have enjoyed meeting new dog friend here.  I like their company and we have fun together.  Another thing I have  just started doing is playing with toys!  I am pretty smart, I even go to the toy box and get my favorite toys out all by myself.

They did find out that I have those yucky things called Heartworms but they will be taking care of all that for me.  I will just need lots of couch cuddles, bed snuggles and slow walks while I am going through that process.  Then once that is done you can show me off all around town.

I sure hope you will come meet me soon, bring the whole family (dogs too).  I will be here watching for you with tail wagging, and my unique one ear up and one down.

Love, Mama


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 21 2018

Waif Wednesday

We hope everyone is preparing for a delicious and full-of-love Thanksgiving, but it’s not too late to add a well-deserving member to the family before the holiday begins! Here are three thankful Waifs who would love to spend the holidays (and the rest of their lives) beside their forever families. Our Waifs of the Week are: Otger, Ginger and Durango!

***Congrrrats to Durango for already finding his forever home this week!***


I know what you’re thinking… “Wow, who, WHO is this Hunk a Burnin’ Love?” Right??? Otger’s the name and smooshy-faced kisses are my game!!

If you’re looking for a couch potato, I can play that role but I’m not a 24-hour lounge fest. I need exercise! I need fun! I need to use my brain! I’m so super smart. I know sit, look, down and target and I’m eager to learn so much more.

I’m big and strong but if I get my exercise, I’m a dream. I’m fabulous on leash and love to stop and sniff with my big wide nose. Kids are cute but I often forget how big I am so I can’t go home with little ones.  I dont want to knock anyone over, you know!

I like other dogs but they don’t all love me—I’m a lot, after all! Bring them to Wayside and your pooch and I can decide if it’s a good fit.

To summarize, I need the following: Butt rubs. Toys. Walks and romps. Maybe a canine buddy? Love and understanding.

See you soon—Otger


Thanks for reading about me! My name is Ginger, and it suits me because I have lots of peppery red spots in my gorgeous calico coat. Oh, and I’m a sweet girl with just a little sass and spice!

I’m a friendly, confident kitty. When you first meet me, I will probably climb up on your lap. I might not stay there for long, though. You see, I am a curious girl, and there are just too many fascinating things to see and do! My favorite thing at Wayside is to hang out in the sunroom. There’s so much to see from the windows, like birds and squirrels. I sure hope my new home has a nice window I can watch the world from!

I absolutely adore giving and receiving attention, and I’m keeping my paws crossed for a special person or people to spend my days and nights with. I promise to bring plenty of warm, sweet spice to your life!

Love, Ginger


Hey there, my name is Durango!

I found myself on a transport vehicle and arrived here at Wayside a few days ago.  I am very happy to be here because the people are so nice and they tell me with my stunning looks I will find my hero soon!

I am 8 years old and full of life.  I weigh about 65 pounds and am a gentle soul.  I am calm, mild mannered and easy to walk on a leash…I mean that is pretty awesome right!!

I don’t know any commands but am not jumpy or anything so you can teach me some things like sit with those yummy treats and I will be forever grateful.  I am looking for my retirement villa and pampering, can you be the one to help me with that?  I sure hope so!

Please come meet and pet me soon.  Bring the whole family (dogs, too)

I will be right here waiting for you…

Love always, Durango


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 20 2018

Spoil the fur babies for Christmas! Learn more about Petco’s 2018 Black Friday deals

Have your fur babies been naughty or nice this year? Does it really matter? Once they give us those sweet, innocent eyes, game’s over! With Black Friday just a few days away, we thought you might like to learn about some of Petco’s amazing deals (with Pals Rewards membership) that you can’t pass up!

Overflow their stockings with fun toys. Stock up on your favorite brand of food. Oh, and we can’t forget about the delicious treats that fill their hearts and bellies with joy!

While you are out shopping, please keep in mind that there are some wonderful animals out there who won’t spend Christmas with their forever families this year. Our Waifs would love it so much if you would consider donating items off of our wish list to help light up their holiday here in the shelter!

A few examples of items our Waifs are always in need of are: blankets/towels, crates (all sizes), food (dry or canned), treats, peanut butter, toys, cat scratchers, kitty litter, puppy pads, paper towels and bedding for small animals. Visit our wish list to learn about other items that would help tremendously.

Now, for the moment you have all been waiting for… DEALS!



  • Buy one, get one 1/2 off
    • Dry- large bag
      • WholeEarth Farms
      • WholeHearted
    • Dry- small bag
      • Canidae
      • Eukanuba
      • Nitro Ultra
      • Solid Gold
      • Tiki
      • Wild Frontier
    • Canned
      • BLUE Life Protection Formula
      • WholeHearted


  • Buy one, get one FREE dog treats and chews
    • Better Belly
    • Crazy Dog Training Treats
    • Nylabone
    • Pet Botanics
    • Plato
    • Smart Bones
    • True Chews
    • WholeHearted
  • Greenies Dental Dog Treats
    • Candy canes
    • Holiday packs
    • 12 oz. bags
  • 50% off Dog Treat Bar


  • 50% off all You & Me dog beds
  • 40% off Harmony dog beds
  • 50% off You & Me crates


  • 40% off Nerf dog toys
  • 50% Holiday Tails Collection


  • 25% off thunder shirt claming vests
  • $14.99 potty pads
  • $50 reward dollars when you sign up for certain dog training classes



  •  50% off
    • Dry
      • Canidae
      • Instinct
      • Nutro
      • WholeHearted
    • Canned
      • BFF
      • Nutro
      • Soulistic
      • Tiki Cat
      • WholeHearted
  • $7 off Blue Wilderness cat food


  • Buy one, get one FREE cat treats
    • Applaws
    • Pet Greens Live Cat Grass
    • PureBites
    • Temptations


  • 50% off You & Me cat poufs


  •  $6.99 So Phresh
  • $5 off Fresh Step
  • $7.99 Arm & Hammer


  • 50% off cat furniture
    • You & Me
    • Vesper V-High


  • %50 off Aqueon aquarium and reptile starter kits
  • Buy one, get one FREE CareFresh small animal bedding

Visit Petco to view more deals for Black Friday 2018! We hope Santa brings your fur babies and our Waifs everything they wished for and more!

Written by Cierra H.

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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