Apr 17 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our absolutely amazing Waifs of the Week: Fluffy, Kenny, and Daisy Mae. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Maurie, found his forever family, so Daisy Mae is stepping up to the plate. These three cuties are so excited to find their families!


Hello there! My name is Fluffy. I am an adorable 8-year-old blue tuxedo cat with gorgeous golden eyes. I have a great personality, and I promise to be your very best friend! I came to Wayside when another shelter ran out of space. The staff here took amazing care of me, and the doctor checked me out. They found that I am FIV positive, which is really no big deal––it just means that my immune system is somewhat compromised. So, it’s important that I’m an indoor-only kitty and that I have regular vet checkups.

Right now, I’m living in a foster home. Man, life in my foster home is grand! My foster mom has a couple kiddos and big dogs that I love to hang out with. Foster mom says she loves how sweet and snuggly I am! I absolutely adore being pet and staying close, I really hope you’re looking for a cuddly cat like me. Now that I feel like I have a village of support, I feel so ready to find my forever family and home!

Contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426 and ask to meet me.

Love, Fluffy


Hi there, I’m Kenny! You’ve probably heard of me––I’m kind of famous around these parts. I’m a handsome, 2-year-old bundle of energy with a gorgeous coat and a lovable personality. I came to Wayside as a transfer from the SPCA in Louisiana when they were running short on space. I’m game for anything, so I was happy to relocate to the Midwest. I’m quite popular here and I’ve managed to get involved in everything Wayside has to offer. What I long for though is a home and family of my very own!

I’ve joined the Wayside Runner’s Program, where I’m a green list runner, meaning I’m focused, I keep a nice pace, and I make an overall great running partner. My friends here gave me a harness for walks, and now I’m pretty much a pro––I never pull! I will need daily exercise in my life to help me stay happy, healthy, and calm. And besides the physical activity that I crave, it’s important to me to be able to use my brain. Please give me jobs to do and teach me what you expect from me. The sky is the limit with what I can learn!

I’m also an affectionate dog who loves attention from you. I like to get my belly rubbed and I like to curl up next to you to give you sweet kisses and cuddle. I also enjoy playing with toys and I can entertain myself with them if you’re busy with other stuff. Bottom line: I’m a fun, goofy, adventurous little dog who finds joy in everything I do!

ome to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Kenny


Hi there, I’m Daisy Mae! I’m an adorable, 2-year-old sweetheart with beautiful fur and a bright smile. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space, and now it’s time for me to take the next step and find the people that I can call my family.

I am a loyal, affectionate, loving friend, once I get to know you. I’m shy and hesitant at first though and I just need a little extra time to know I can trust you. I’m looking for someone who can be patient and calm with me and gently praise me when I’m a good girl. I’m smart and I pick up on things quickly, so with a routine, I’ll feel settled in no time.

I’m a member of the Wayside Runner’s Group, so I’ll enjoy going for walks or runs with you! I prefer a quiet neighborhood or walking trails where I know what to expect, and I do pretty well on my leash. Noisy, high traffic areas make me nervous though and I’d love to have my very own fenced yard to relax and play in. I will need a home without other dogs, but I promise to show you so much love that I’ll be enough!

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Daisy Mae


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Apr 10 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our three awesome Waifs of the Week: Athena, Herb, and Hobbs. These three lovebugs can’t wait to find their people!


Hey there, I’m Athena! I’m a 10-month-old sweetie pie, and I can’t wait to find my forever family. I may still be a puppy, but I’m very mature, promise!

My favorite activity is exploring –– outside, inside, you name it. I don’t like being bored, and I’m very curious about the big, beautiful world around me. If you’re looking for a best friend, I’m your girl. I’m also super smart. I love working for treats, I’m housebroken, I’m a great eater, and I already know “sit” and “down.” How impressive is that?

While I’m a very social pup, I get along best with adult humans and other dogs. I’ve had some experience at dog parks, and let me tell you, I’m a pro. I’m great on a leash, even though sometimes I might pull when I get excited. I just want to have fun!

I do request that you bring the whole family to meet me before you bring me home. I just want to make sure we can all be friends!

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Athena


Hi there! My name is Herb, and it’s so nice to meet you!

I am a handsome 2-year-old guy with the softest, fluffiest fur you can imagine. I am proud of my fur, and I’ll sit happily on a lap while someone lovingly brushes it for me. Speaking of laps, I love them! I’m known around Wayside for being a sweet, loving lap cat. I’m a big fan of people, and I’d make a great sidekick for someone who is looking for a new best friend. I also enjoy watching birds and talking to them through the window, playing with wand toys, and eating treats. I’m a simple guy who enjoys the simple pleasures in life.

If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside and ask for me!

Love, Herb


Hi there, my name is Hobbs!

I came to wonderful Wayside a little while ago on a transfer when my last place needed more room. That’s OK, because I know I will find my family very soon here! The people are super kind and like to show off my MANY talents. Some of my talents include my handsome face, of course––I was born with that, though! I also know the commands “look,” “sit,” “down,” and “shake!”  They say that qualifies me as a very smart fella. I walk nicely on a leash, and I am motivated by both treats and toys, so I hope you have some of those in my new home.

I am 65 pounds of solid lovable hunk and can’t wait to meet you. I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me before you take me home. I just want to make sure we can all be buddies!

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love always and tail wags for days, Hobbs


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Apr 8 2019

How to Pet-Proof Your Plants

With spring finally here and summer on the horizon, our indoor and outdoor gardens are growing. Protecting our plants from our pets is one thing pet parents deal with regularly, but it’s also important to protect our pets from our plants. Not all plants are made equal when it comes to how safe they are for cats and dogs, so we’ve compiled some tips on how to keep your home green and pet-safe.

As a rule of thumb, do your own research on each individual plant you’re considering for your home. Ask the folks at Lowe’s or your favorite plant nursery if they carry any pet-safe plants, and when in doubt, a quick Google search should give you some peace of mind before purchasing. Your veterinarian should also be able to give you information about how to keep your home pet-friendly.

Popular plants toxic to cats and dogs include:

  • Asparagus fern
  • Aloe
  • Daffodil
  • Azalea
  • Tulip
  • Dumb cane
  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Sago palm
  • Certain herbs, like lavender and oregano
  • Certain succulents, like jade

It may be disheartening to learn that some of your favorite plants aren’t safe for cats and dogs, but a little extra time and research is worth the health and well-being of your furbabies. We’ve found some alternatives that are just as beautiful:

  • Boston, maidenhair, staghorn, and bird’s nest ferns
  • Air plants
  • African violet
  • Hibiscus
  • Spider plant
  • Prayer plant
  • Phalaenopsis orchid
  • Lace flower vine
  • Parlor palm
  • Certain herbs, like basil, sage, and thyme
  • Certain succulents, like hens and chicks, echeveria, and rosettes

As an added bonus, many of these alternatives are relatively low-maintenance plants, some only requiring low to medium light and weekly watering.

Still, if you must plant fairy rings of daffodils, or if you can’t let go of the healing powers of raw aloe, remember to closely monitor your pets around these plants. If possible, find locations for toxic plants that are inaccessible by your pets, giving special consideration to cat abilities.

The ASPCA keeps an index of the most-commonly reported plants toxic to pets. Common signs that a cat or dog has ingested a poisonous plant include difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drinking, and an irregular heart beat.

If you think your animal has ingested a poisonous plant or other toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Shelter Hours:

Tuesday-Friday Noon – 8 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM



Apr 3 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Harlow, Maurie, and Huckleberry. One of our original Waifs of the Week found his forever family, so Maurie is taking his place. These three cuties can’t wait to find their people!


Hi there, I’m Harlow! I’m friendly, social, smart, and full of fun. I’m a darling, almost 3-year-old sweetheart with the most expressive face. I first came to Wayside about a year ago as a transfer from another shelter. I can’t wait to be part of a family and go on adventures together and do all the fun stuff that families do!

I’m super sweet and I love people! And guess what? I’m already housebroken and crate trained! I love to play with my toys, and I never turn down a tasty treat, which I’m happy to sit for. I love to learn, so hope you’ll teach me lots of new things! I love other dogs and I have excellent doggie social skills. I’d love another playful dog in my life, but I’ll be happy as your only dog as well, as long as you spend lots of time with me! I love going for walks and I do awesome on my leash, so I will need daily exercise in my new home.

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Harlow


Hi there, I’m Maurie! As you can see from my photos and video, I’m a handsome, grey and white tabby with bright green eyes. I’m a big guy, but I’m working on slimming down with diet and lots of exercise.

I was surrendered to Wayside when my owner could no longer take care of me. I was so scared and confused with the big move, but luckily I’ve been able to live in a foster home while I wait for my new home. My foster mom says I’m social, playful, and when I’m in the mood for pets, I LOVE them! When I’m not in the mood for pets I like to look out the window and watch for birds. I like to lay in bed while my foster mom reads or works on the computer, so if you’re looking for a sidekick, I’m your guy!

I’m looking for a quiet home where I can relax and play and be loved forever. If that sounds good to you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

I also have a cool video!

Love, Maurie


Hi there, I’m Huckleberry! I’m a 1-year-old people-lover, and I cannot wait until the day that I have my very own family to love. I came to Wayside via the ASPCA after they rescued me. It feels so good to be safe, cared for, and loved!

Besides my stunning good looks, I’m friendly, social, athletic, and easy-going. I’d love to exercise, play, and act goofy with you, then curl up right next to you as we unwind for the day. I love treats, and I’m happy to sit for them.  I’m a typical lab––eager to please and motivated by treats––so I hope you will continue training me. I’m curious yet a little wary of toys. I walk great on a leash, and I’d love a daily walk with you through our neighborhood! I’m still learning about doggie social skills, so if you do have another dog, I’ll need to meet them before we go home together, just to make sure we’re a good match for each other.

It’s hard for a social dog like me to be homeless. I need a family of my very own to take care of. I want to make you smile every single day! I’ll be patiently waiting for you, so come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Huckleberry


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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



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