Mar 13 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our amazing Waifs of the Week: Tim, Miles, and Buster. These three guys can’t wait to find their forever families!


Hi peeps! Tim here! I’m a happy, friendly boy who loves to play, and I’m just waiting for my new playmate to come along and take me home.

My very favorite thing in the world is playing with toys! Fetch and tug are pretty hard to do by myself, though. Wouldn’t you love to join me? And since I’m so toy motivated, I should be pretty easy to train. I am really hoping for a family that will help me learn “sit” and “come.” You know what else? I love going for walks outside. Sometimes I can pull a little on my leash, but the nice folks here at Wayside say I’m pretty easy to handle. And I’m a social fella that they describe as “playfully wiggly.”

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

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Tim


Pleased to meet you! My name is Miles, and I’m a handsome buff and white shorthaired boy. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space.

I’m a confident, friendly boy. I enjoy being petted on my chin, neck, head and cheeks. However, I can get overstimulated. So I ask that you please go slowly with me, petting me a couple of times and then giving me a break. I love people and attention, but sometimes I’m just so happy to have human companionship, I get a little too excited about it. If you visit me and talk with me, I might give you a little kitty kiss on the hand. I like to play, too, especially with my toy mouse.

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

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Miles


Hey there, I’m Buster! I’m a sweet 4-year-old fella in search of my forever family. My friends here at Wayside say I’m one of the best leash-walkers they’ve ever met. Seriously! I love going on walks, so I’ve had lots of practice. I barely ever pull at all. I’m pretty smart, but I’m still working on commands. My friends are helping me with that, and I think some basic obedience training would be great for both of us. I’m very food motivated, so a few extra treats here and there wouldn’t hurt!

I like making friends, but sometimes I get a little nervous. I like pets and snuggles, but only on my own terms. Just give me some time to sniff you out, and I know we’ll be besties for life!

I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me before bringing me home. I just want to make sure we can all be buddies.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Buster


Mar 6 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! We’d like to introduce you to our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Bailey Bagel, Sampson, and Conner. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Jesse, went home, so Sampson is taking her place. These three love bugs are so ready to find their families!


Hi there, I’m Bailey Bagel! I’m a sweet one-year-old pup ready for my forever home! My friends say that I’m a great girl––super smart and sweet. I love to be in the middle of the fun and don’t miss a beat. I’ve had the chance to spend some time in a foster home where we’ve learned all sorts of awesome things about me!

I know “sit,” “down,” “drop it,” “hup” (for jumping up on things) and a few others. I would love to learn more and will pick up new commands quickly. I’m very happy to be active and playful with my foster family and then snooze on the couch for a few hours. I also like to watch TV and snuggle! And guess what? I’m also housebroken! I can play well with other dogs, but I also know how to entertain myself.

Come and meet me today!

Love, Bailey Bagel


Hi there, I’m Sampson! I’m a mellow three-year-old guy ready to find my forever home. My friends here call me a Personal Assistant. This means that I’ll always be by your side, ready to help you out with any tasks. I’ll read and watch TV with you, but my favorite activity is relaxing. Toys aren’t really my thing, but I do like an orderly household, so if they’re around, they’ll never leave my sight.

I’m affectionate and easy-going, so I’ll always let you know how much I love you. I’m a healthy guy, but I do have something called FIV. It’s no big deal––I can live a totally normal cat life! It’s just important that I only live inside and have regular vet check-ups, but that’s something you would do for any cat.

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

Love, Sampson


Hi there! My name’s Conner, and I’m so happy you stopped to read about me! I’m a friendly boy who just loves people so much. Do you like giving pets? Then, you’re in luck, ’cause I like getting them! I’m hoping to find a home that can give me lots of attention and exercise––I love, love, LOVE playing!

I think it would be so cool to go to training together. I like treats, and I’m super eager to learn commands like “sit,” “come,” and all kinds of other doggie manners. Would you like to take the time to teach me? In return, I promise I’ll love you with everything I’ve got!

Oooh I hope you come to meet me soon! And if you’ve got other pooches at home, be sure to bring them along too. I just want to make sure we all get along great.

Love, Conner


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

Feb 20 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our incredible Waifs of the Week: Carlie, Hamlet, and Beau. These three kiddos can’t wait to find their forever families!

 

Pleased to meet you! My name is Carlie and I’m sweet one-year-old gal looking for my forever home. Moving around and being the new pup in town is scary, but I’m keeping my head held high. I know it won’t be long until I find my forever home!

I’m a sweet girl and I love life! I don’t know any commands yet, but I’m hoping to find a family who will help me learn. I’m sure if you throw a few toys and treats my way we can learn in no time. I also like to explore, and I do pretty well on a leash. I’d love to check out the neighborhood or maybe a dog park!

If you’re looking for a sweet best friend to go through life with, look no further! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Carlie

 

Hamlet

Pleased to meet you! My name is Hamlet, like the lead character in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. That’s quite a moniker for a quiet, unassuming guy like me.

I’m pretty shy and timid at times, so if you come to Wayside to meet me, I might be hiding under my bed. Please don’t let that stop you from saying hello, though! If you speak to me softly and pet me gently, I will warm up pretty quickly. Before you know it, I will be purring and rubbing my handsome orange face against your hand! I will probably never be one of the bravest cats in the world, but I’m definitely one of the sweetest. Take me home, and I will reward you with a lifetime of love and loyalty.

I’ve never seen “Hamlet,” by the way. But I know my own play will have a happy ending, so come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Hamlet

 

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Hi! My name is Beau, and I’m a handsome fella ready for my forever home. I’m about two years old and I’ve got gorgeous black and white fur. Moving from shelter to shelter has been scary but everyone here is so nice. I know it won’t be long until I find my very own family.

My friends here say that I’m one of the friendliest dogs they’ve ever known! I’m also pretty smart. I know “sit,” and I’m eager to learn more commands and tricks. If you throw some treats my way, we’ll learn in no time! I’m a curious dude, and I like to meet new people. I do pretty well on a leash, and I love being outdoors. Maybe we could go for a stroll around the park together? Walks are my favorite!

I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me. I just want to make sure we’re a good match before we head home. I can’t wait to meet you so we can start our lives together!

Love, Beau

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

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!

 


Sep 5 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

 

Hey There, I’m Boone!

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

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

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

Hope to see you real soon!

Your Friend, Boone

 

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

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

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

Hugs and purrs, Pepper Ann

 

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

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

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

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

Love, Tobias

 

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

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

Jul 13 2018

Long-Term Residents: Charlie and Ryland

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Ellery and Oreo, and we have some good news. Ellery has found her forever home! This month, we are going to feature Charlie and Ryland.

“Thank you for reading about me! My name is Charlie, and I’m a handsome, dapper black and white shorthaired boy with one of the cutest, pinkest noses you’ve ever seen! I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find my forever person or people. You might have noticed that I am 7 years old. That is just barely middle age for a cat! In fact, I am right in my prime—well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to focus my time, attention and affection on you! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Secret Admirer! That means that I tend to be a little shy and timid in new situations. However, I am a people-oriented cat and need to be around people. I am keeping my paws crossed for a gentle, patient adopter who will give me time and space to get acclimated to my new surroundings. In return, I promise to fill your home and heart with beauty, purrs and love.”

Learn more about Charlie here.

“Hi there, I’m Ryland!  I’m an active, playful, happy boy searching for a home and family to call my very own.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that before…at least not that I remember.  So I’m still learning and experiencing new things and I’m a work in progress, trying my best to figure out where I fit into this crazy world.  Sometimes I’m skittish of new things and sometimes I get so excited that I forget my manners.  But I’m smart and eager to learn, so I’m positive that with time, I will become an incredible companion and member of the family. I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 59 pound bundle of love and muscle.  And I seem to be at least partially housebroken or crate trained, because I keep my kennel clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a stray after a kind stranger found me wandering alone along the highway in Grandview, MO.  I was happy to be safe, but I also felt confused and sort of afraid, especially of men.  So I got busy, enrolling in all the programs Wayside has to offer.  Some of the volunteers worked with me on my confidence while others taught me manners and focus.  It all started to come together for me and now I’m ready for you! I’m strong and athletic and I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I love to go for walks and I do really well on my leash, especially when I use my harness.  I’m curious and social and playful and I never pass up a good game of fetch.  Please stay patient and calm with me and help me learn the rules and boundaries, so that I can figure out what you expect from me.  You can see my wheels turning as I think about and evaluate new things.  I already know several commands, but I’d love to learn more, so teach me!  My friends at Wayside have been using NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) training, which teaches me that I need to work to get what I want, like sitting for a treat.  That’s been very effective for me and I hope to continue my training with you. I think I’ll fit in just fine with most active families.  I enjoy playing with all different kinds of dogs.  I’m patient, tolerant, friendly, and polite with them.  In fact, I frequently get to participate in doggie playgroups at Wayside.  If you have another dog that’s looking for a buddy, I might be the perfect match for you.  Since I can be jumpy and mouthy when I get excited, I might do best without kids under the age of 5 or so.  I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone.  You can bring the family to meet me, if you’d like, and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I’m a sweetheart and I have such a zest for life!  I’m happy and I enjoy attention and I appreciate each day.  I just need someone to share all of that with.  I hope it’s you!  I can’t wait to get out of the shelter and get settled into my new home and my new life with you.  I’m ready!”

Learn more about Ryland here.

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 Teryn J.


Jul 11 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Leigh, Chardonnay, Starr!

“Hi there! I’m so happy you are reading about me! My name is Leigh. What’s yours? As you can see from my pictures, I am a beautiful, dainty, shorthaired orange tabby girl with expressive golden eyes. I came to Wayside, as young mom with kittens, from another shelter that was low on space. My kitten-rearing days are over, and now I am ready to enjoy life as someone’s baby! I’m a sweet girl with a nice purr. I may be just a little shy when you first meet me, but I warm up quicker than a summer day in Kansas City. I enjoy attention and affection. I will let you know how much I am loving it with my soft purr and some gentle headbutts. Doesn’t that sound heavenly? It sure does to me! I’m so thankful to be here at Wayside, but I’m really excited, and ready, for a home to call my very own.  Do you think it could be with you?”

Learn more about Leigh here.

“Well hello there. Thanks for clicking on my photo. My name is Chardonnay. As you can see, I’m a large dog with a brown coat with some speckles on my chest. I am 4 years old. I am an excellent walker on leash. I am friendly and enjoy human companionship. I’ve been known to crawl into a lap or two and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting petted on my head and a few belly rubs as well. I know how to “sit” and “come” but would love to learn some more commands. I also love toys and do a pretty good job of releasing them when asked to “drop it.” I’d love to be part of a family that likes adventures as much as they like lounging around. I’m a great running partner, and I can also see myself getting into a Netflix binge session.  I think I do a pretty good job of both. If you are interested in meeting me, please come see me today. I can’t wait to join my new family!”

Learn more about Chardonnay here.

“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!”

Learn more about Starr here.

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jul 6 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome the Waifs of the Week: Phish, Rosemary, and Zaiden!

“Hi there, I’m Phish!  I’m happy, playful and I like to stay busy.  I was so happy at first that I hurt my tail by wagging it so hard (they call that happy tail).  I just got that all fixed up though.  I am learning my manners and new commands here at the shelter so I know I will be able to show you what I have learned. I’m always ready for a lot of physical and mental stimulation!  I’m looking for a forever family who wants to play and hang out with me.  I hope that’s you! I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 40 pound energetic dog with shiny gray and white fur.  I’m already crate trained too.  I came to Wayside as a stray, after I was found by a nice person that works here.  I was VERY skinny when I was found but I am putting weight on now and feeling so much better. I still feel nervous sometimes when I meet new people,and can also be a little jumpy..I’m just excited to start my new journey. I’m young and active, so I will need daily exercise in my new home.  I love to go walking and I’ve been practicing my leash skills.  Sometimes I still feel a little anxious when getting leashed up, but with practice, I’ve become more comfortable each day.  A harness also works great for me during walks.  Since I can be jumpy at first, I will need a home without kids under the age of at least 10.  Why don’t you bring the whole family, canines included,  to meet me and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I can’t wait to meet you!”

Learn more about him here.

“Thanks for reading about me! My name is Rosemary, and I’m a beautiful, dainty tortoisehell girl with lots of lovely black and gold swirling through my soft fur. It really brings out my beautiful golden eyes, or so I have heard. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I was a young mother and did a terrific job raising my two wonderful kittens in a foster home. My babies have found their forever families. Now, it’s my turn to be somebody’s baby! My former foster mom says I have a cute personality and love to play, especially with pingpong balls. She said I am talkative and very tidy. So if you are looking for a good conversation buddy who is not messy, I just might be your girl. Here at Wayside, I’ve become known as a pretty, friendly girl with a nice purr who gives great headbutts. The Felineality assessors here say I am a Private Investigator. That means I tend to be timid in new situations, and I like to get to know people and feel comfortable with them instead of jumping in with all four paws. But hey, a little caution never hurt anyone, right? I’m hoping for a gentle, patient adopter who will give me time to warm up to my new home and family. Also, I need a home with no other cats and no kids under the age of 10. I promise to be the only feline you need. If you could use a little spice in your life, please hurry to Wayside and ask for me, Rosemary!”

Learn more about Rosemary here.

“Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Zaiden and I’m a four-year-old fella looking for my forever home. I’ve moved around a bit and I know that this is my last stop before I find people to share my love with. Let’s get to the important stuff. I’m a confident and interesting guy. I’d do best in a home without cats. I don’t care much for them. I also request that I meet any canines before going home. I want to make sure we all get along. In exchange for these requests, I promise I’ll be your best pal. I’ll always be there for you, no matter what life throws our way. I’m friendly with people. I love making new friends! I’d do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I’m a strong fella and I don’t want to accidentally hurt someone. I’m hoping to find a family who can give me plenty of physical and mental exercise. Throw a me a Kong toy with some peanut butter or let’s leash up and go for a walk together! I do well on a leash but sometimes I get a little jumpy. I’m excited to improve my leash skills with you! I’m part of the running program at Wayside and I’ve done well! If you’re looking for a running dog, I might just be the pup for you! I’m a husky, through and through. I’m looking for a family who is comfortable and knowledgeable about the kind of care huskies need. I sure can’t wait to meet you! Come to Wayside! I’ll be waiting!”

Learn more about him here.

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 27 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Besler, Emma, and Batman!

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Besler and I’m a spunky one-year-old looking for my forever home. Life hasn’t been easy for me so far. I’ve moved around a bit and I’m hoping to find a permanent, stable family. I’m a playful pup and I’m looking for a family who will be able to give me the mental and physical exercise I need to be happy and healthy. I’m a smart guy and I love learning new things. So far, I know “Sit” and “Shake”. I’d love to master new tricks and commands with you. My friends around here tell me that I do pretty well on a leash. I’ve actually joined the running program here at Wayside! I’d love to go exploring with you! I do request that you bring any canines to meet me before going home. Sometimes other dogs can scare me, so I might do well as the only dog as well. I sure can’t wait to find my forever family. I just know they’re out there. Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Besler here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Emma, and I’m an adorable, chunky little black and white shorthaired girl with the cutest beauty mark on my nose. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I’m so excited to be here, where I can meet you! I’m a sweet, affectionate, friendly girl with a nice purr. I give wonderful headbutts. Hey, it’s like I am petting you! Playing with toys is OK, but I really prefer attention and affection from people. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I am a Sidekick. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and I enjoy the company of people. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be by your side, keeping you company. You will never be lonely with me around!”

Learn more about Emma here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Batman and I’m a four-year-old fella looking for a forever home. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around and being the new pup in town has been scary but everyone here is so nice. I know it won’t be long until I find my own family. I’m a smart, energetic guy and I’m excited to learn all sorts of new things. So far I know “Sit”, “Down” and “Wait”. Sometimes I can be a little jumpy but I’m getting better with manners every single day. I’m a confident guy and I make friends with just about anyone I meet. New friends are the best! I also love toys. Tennis balls are my favorite. I could chase one around for hours. I bet we could learn fetch pretty quickly too! I do request that you bring the whole family, including canines, to meet me before we go home. I just want to make sure we’re a good fit for each other. I sure can’t wait to meet you! Come see me today!”

Learn more about Batman here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 22 2018

Cats, Kittens, and Felines, OH MY!

Kitten Season has arrived and Wayside Waifs is full with all kinds of adorable little ones waiting to begin a new adventure with a new family!

Kittens are sweet, cuddly, fun and….full of energy! You may have heard the expression “double the pleasure, double the fun.” Well, that applies to kittens. It is highly recommended to adopt kittens in pairs. “What? Why? Now there are two to care for. Wouldn’t that be twice as much work?” Actually, no. Having two kittens is very beneficial in many ways. The most beneficial part is that they will wear each other out! And, who doesn’t enjoy watching kittens chase, pounce and wrestle with each other, or share a toy together? It’s also nice to know they have company when left alone. 

“Do they have to be from the same litter?” No, although it is encouraged, since the kittens already know each other. If you do choose two kittens from separate litters, they do need to follow an introduction process in order for their interactions to be positive. You can find our article with proper introductions hereOtherwise, if they start off on the wrong paw, they might never be friends.  Sometimes kittens will adjust faster to another kitten they have never met, but there are times when it is very stressful. Remember, each of those kittens are adjusting to a new environment by coming into your home – new sights, sounds and smells.  Add to that, a strange kitten, and that can increase the amount of stress. Creating a positive association is key. Proper introductions does not guarantee a friendship, but there is a better chance of that happening rather than just letting them work it out themselves. 

This also applies to adult cats ( like one of our bonded pairs Wally and Bolt, pictured above). Cats may not be pack animals like dogs are, but they can enjoy each other’s company as well. Again, following proper introductions will be very beneficial and highly recommended. Some cats (or kittens) will want a snuggle buddy, or someone to wrestle with, or maybe they will just want to co-exist within the same home. 

“Should I adopt 2 cats or kittens of the same sex? Does age matter?” Not really.  What matters most is the personality and energy level of both cats. If you have an energetic and playful 8 year old, adding an energetic kitten might work. If one is laid back and the other is hyper, that might not be a perfect match.  

If you have friends or family with more than one cat, ask them what the pros and cons were for them and the cats.The following are quotes from people who want to weigh in on this topic.

“When our first cat was a kitten, she was lonely whenever we left for work or went away for the weekend. We adopted a 2nd cat around the same age. It took 3 weeks for them to adjust to each other, and they became good friends.  It was a great decision!”

“We adopted two sisters from the same litter. We didn’t know it at first, but it was the best decision ever. They were lifelong friends. When one of them passed away, her sister never left her side, and it was so endearing to see how wonderful their bond was.”

“I adopted a brother and a sister, and you’re never bored. I feel better leaving them alone for an 8 hour work day because they had each other. It’s nice to see them comfort each other when something scary happens, like storms or moving.”

Please check out all of our adoptable cats on our website here. We also have a special going on for cats. More info here.

Adoption hours:

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

Written by Bonnie Still, resident Cat Behavior Specialist, edited by Teryn J.


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