Aug 16 2017

Waif Wednesday

Thank you all for the wonderful support we had over the weekend of Mega Match. A grand total of 724 shelter pets found forever homes during the event presented by the Petco Foundation! This collaborative life-saving event with Wayside Waifs, KC Pet Project and Great Plains SPCA offered $35 pet adoptions this past weekend. Congratulations to all of the new families and furry friends – be sure to keep us updated on your life adventures together! Tail wags and purrs to the all of the staff, volunteer and supporters who worked tirelessly during this mega adoption event!

Back to business! It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Jack and Jill, Nugget, and Charlie.

This is Jack and Jill, a bonded pair of senior boxers. Jack is ten and Jill is six. They are looking for a place to call home. They were found wandering the streets of Belton until a nice police officer brought them to Wayside. They were very happy, because they knew they would find the best match here! If you are looking for big dogs with big hearts, I can’t think of a better duo. They are both calm and gentle souls who do very well on leash. They are the snuggle champions, and that’s their favorite thing to do! They want a calm, quiet home they can retire in. What more could you possibly need?! They are a dynamic duo with the sweetest souls around. Come down to Wayside and see if they are the right fit for you!

Learn more about Jack here and Jill here. They also have a video, which you can view here.

**Nugget is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This dashing young man is Nugget, and he is a one-year old old cat. He is a tuxedo cat, which means he is always ready for a formal outing with you!  Nugget was transferred here from Iowa after his shelter ran out of space. Making new friends in a new city is always hard, but he quickly charmed the new staff and volunteers at Wayside. Nugget became a favorite because of those paw-some cuddles he gives! Unfortunately, the longer he stayed in the shelter the more stressed he became. The staff and volunteers noticed he was slowly getting worse. That’s when his guardian angel came to rescue him, his wonderful foster mom! Nugget is enjoying a much needed break from the shelter, and getting all the cuddles he wants! His foster parents are showing him what it means to be loved. One of his best attributes is that he loves being carried around the house. Cuddling is a must, so his new family needs to be prepared for that! Some of his favorite things to do are play in cardboard boxes, watch the world outside, and talk to his foster family. There are a few things you should know though. He is not a fan of sharing, so he would like to be the only cat in the home. When he gets stressed, he has some loose stools, and grain-free seems to have helped him, so his diet should consist of grain-free food and treats. His tummy will be very thankful for this. If you are looking for a snuggle bug who wants attention like no other, contact the Adoptions team to get in touch with Mr. Nugget!

You can learn more about Nugget here. Nugget also has a video, which you can see here.

**Charlie is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This is Charlie, a two-year-old male Shepard mix. Charlie has unfortunately lived in a shelter his entire life.  So living in a real home with people that love him is all new to him. He is unsure and scared of a few things, and he sometimes prefers the company of dogs over people. So he realizes he’s not the dog for just anyone. He knows someone is out there waiting for him! He’s already housebroken and crate trained as well! He was transferred to Wayside after two years in another shelter. The people that had been caring for him loved him very much and they were sad to see him go to yet another shelter. But they knew that this was his chance to finally find his forever home. He’s been doing a great job learning how to fit in. Because of his nervousness, Charlie was sent to foster, which ended up being the best thing for him. His foster mom has prepared him for a home life instead of a shelter life. His foster mom is very patient with him, and sometimes he feels confused as to if he should give the love back. He does really well with being praised and receiving treats, so he has grown accustomed to that. He’s the perfect houseguest, as he is calm and quiet when someone is and isn’t home. When he has visitors, he barks at them for a bit and then runs and hides.  Maybe someday he’ll be ready to meet new people, but for now, Foster Mom doesn’t pressure him to do things he’s not ready for.  He’s learning how to walk on leash and he really enjoys going for walks. We’re still learning that someone is holding the end of the leash and he is not just free walking! He enjoys his fenced-in backyard, as he will run and play, but he also enjoys laying in the grass after a play session. Charlie’s ideal home is a calm and quiet one. There are other dogs in the home and he adores them! They have brought him so much confidence! He definitely needs a dog in the new home.  He would love a fenced-in yard, so no apartments for this guy! His story is very touching, and he deserves a wonderful first and final home. Could that be with you?

You can read more about Charlie here.

You can visit all of our adoptable pets, including our Waifs of the Week during our adoption hours:

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Aug 11 2017

FIV: Fabulous, Invincible, and Valuable

FIV(Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a complex retrovirus that causes immunodeficiency disease in domestic cats. In non-fancy jargon, basically the cat’s body is unable to properly protect the immune system. As a result of immunodeficiency, most infected cats do not show symptoms and have a normal life expectancy, but they are prone to developing other infections and certain types of cancer. We adopt out FIV positive cats, and I just want to showcase how great they are, by explaining their unique quality.

A retrovirus, such as FIV, is slow-moving and can lay dormant in the body for months and even years. That is why most infected cats do not show symptoms right away and live a normal life expectancy. Many people compare it to the human virus HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus.) Genetics may or may not play a role in if a cat is more susceptible in getting the virus. The average age is five years at the time of diagnosis, and the likelihood of infection increases with age.

FIV is mainly passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds, the kind that usually occur outdoors during aggressive fights and territorial disputes-the perfect reason to keep your cat inside. Another less common way is if the mother of a litter is FIV positive. She may pass that down to one or more of her kittens, which is where genetics comes into play. FIV is more common in males because of the more aggressive tendencies males get in terms of defending themselves in the outdoor territory, but female cats can get it as well. Cats who live indoors are the least likely to be infected. The most common cat that will get FIV is an un-altered, free-roaming, outdoor male cat who fights.

People cannot catch FIV, only from cat to cat. As mentioned above, symptoms take years to develop, but some of those are fever, weight loss,  anemia, dental disease, and sneezing, to name a few. If you think your cat has FIV, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get them tested. FIV infection is determined through a blood test, and sometimes they require another test be done later on for confirmation.

At this moment, there is no cure for FIV, but it is very manageable. There is a vaccine, but it does not protect all cats. Keeping your cat indoors is one of the most important things, so they don’t get sick, and they don’t infect others. By spaying and neutering your pet, the chances of getting the infection decrease. A vet might prescribe medicine to combat and secondary infections your cat may get. Monitoring your cat is really the most important way to stay one step ahead of this disease. If FIV continues to stay un-treated, the secondary infections they already develop can lead to life-threatening diseases/conditions.

As mentioned earlier, here at Wayside, we adopt out FIV cats because we believe they provide a unique quality to someone’s life, including ours! We have five FIV positive cats currently looking for their forever home. I figured I would take this opportunity to introduce them.

This handsome man is Blackbob. You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can watch here.

This dashing orange man is Jaws. You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can watch here.

This chatty dude is Captain. You can learn more about him here.


This little guy is Edison. You can learn more about him here.


This cuddly boy is Carter. You can learn more about him here.

These are all of our lovely FIV boys. I personally met all of them today, and they have two things in common; FIV and being complete love bugs! What is really nice is this sign is on the back of all of their kennel cards to explain to potential adopters what FIV is. 

Along with this note, our staff and volunteers are always so helpful if anyone has questions. I recommend giving any of these boys a try, they are all so sweet!

We are closed this week due to our Mega Match event during the weekend. I’ll post those hours below.

Monday-Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10:00-7:00

Saturday: 10:00-7:00

Sunday: 12:00-6:00

Written by Teryn


Aug 9 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week; Taylor, Merke, and Luck!

This is Taylor, a medium-sized two-year-old retriever mix. Taylor was brought to Wayside by a Louisiana transfer when they found her living in poor conditions. Thank goodness! Now that she is safe and comfortable, we can focus on finding her a family. Because of her past, she hasn’t seen much love and attention, so she’s really looking for someone to dote on her. She needs someone to teach her the ways of life. She’s motivated by food, so present a yummy treat and she is ready to learn! While she is sweet and loving, she is a bit unsure of herself, so she asks that you bring the whole family in to meet her, dogs included. She just wants to make sure you are the right fit! She is ready to prove to you that she is an amazing girl with a lot of love to give! Won’t you come out to Wayside and give her a chance?

You can learn more about Taylor here. Taylor also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Merke, a handsome five-year-old orange and white kitty. He’d like to describe himself as an orange tuxedo cat. Who says all tuxedos have to be black? Merke is declawed, and was surrendered to Wayside when his previous family had to move and couldn’t take him along. He came in with his sister Cedar, who has since been adopted. As long as proper introductions are followed, Merke should do well with another cat. The wonderful staff and volunteers can give you lots of good information about that. He has lived with kids in the past and did fine with them, but he is very sensitive to tail touches. His previous family had great things to say about him: “very good cat who likes to knead on you when you sleep and be played with a lot.” Here at Wayside, his favorite toy to play with is a feather wand. So much fun! Merke would love a family that will play with him! His Felinality is a Party Animal, meaning he’s a confident boy who loves hangout out! Think you can handle that?

Learn more about Merke here.

Lucky you! This is Luck, and he is a sweet two-year-old Beagle mix. He came to Wayside after his last shelter ran out of space for him, but not to worry. He is happy to be here! He’s ready to find his forever home! He’s a social guy who loves people. He is really energetic, so he asks that he goes home without children under the age of five. It is recommended he goes home without children under the age of ten, but that will depend on the child’s experience with dogs like him. He’s just really jumpy and excitable, and he does not want to hurt little ones! He is not easily motivated, so he needs a persistent owner to teach him Basic Obedience. Luck has lived with other dogs, and he did well with them. He does ask that you bring your dog to meet him so he can make sure you are a perfect match! He is a very sweet, loving boy, he just is really happy! His favorite activity is being with people, and I’ll bet he’ll make a great walking/running partner! Maybe it’s your lucky day, to come and meet Luck!

You can learn more about Luck here.

We are closed this week due to our big Mega Match event this weekend! I’ll post those hours here!

Our hours will be:

Monday-Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10:00-7:00

Saturday: 10:00-7:00

Sunday: 12:00-6:00

Written by Teryn


Aug 7 2017

Mega Match Alert!

There are some exciting times ahead! We are gearing up for our adoption event next week, and there are many animals ready to find their forever homes! In this post, I want to provide information about our event, as well as advertise some of our animals and give tips to potential adopters.

 

First, let me give you some event information. This year is a little different since we are doing it in August rather than October and it will be in conjunction with Great Plains SPCA and Kansas City Pet Project. The Petco Foundation is generously sponsoring the event. It’s a three-day event, and all animals available for adoption will be priced at thirty-five dollars. We are closed for adoptions the week of Mega Match beginning Monday, August Seventh, until Thursday, August Tenth. Our hours for the event are; Friday, August 11 – 10 am to 7 pm     Saturday, August 12 – 10 am – 7 pm Sunday, August 13– 12 – 6 pm. Our goal is to adopt out 170 animals over the course of the event.

 

Second, here are some tips  to help better your chances during our event.

 

  1. Get here early! Almost always there is a huge line outside the front doors by 10:00, so if you have a certain animal in mind, it might be wise to come and wait early.
  2. I would suggest having multiple dogs or cats in mind, because the line is first come first serve, so someone ahead of you could want the animal you do. If you aren’t picky and have multiple animals, it makes for a better outcome.
  3. Please be patient during this time, as we have limited staff and volunteers trying to go as fast as they can. Understand the process might take a couple hours depending on needs and situations.
  4. If you have a dog at home and are adopting a dog, our adoptions staff are willing to put a two-hour hold on a dog so you can go home and get yours for a dog-to-dog.
  5. Understand that this is a high-stress event; meaning animals, staff, volunteers, and members of the public are emotional during this time. We should try and remain calm so the animals don’t pick up on our stress.

Those are really the only tips you need for an event-everything else relies on time management.

 

Finally, I would like to show you some pictures of our very adoptable Waifs!

Pictures in order: Bert, Dutch, Beau, Buster, Everett, Jon, Nugget, and Marshmellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note we will have special hours the week of the KC Megamatch (Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13)

 

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: 10am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am-7pm

Sunday: 12pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

 


Aug 2 2017

Waif Wednesday!

Once again, it’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Marley, Jon, and Barney.

This is Marley, a handsome one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. His first trip to Wayside was when his old shelter ran out of space for him, but he came here and got adopted. He was recently returned because he ended up being a little too energetic for their needs, but that’s okay! He am ready to find his true forever home with you! Here are a few things to know about him! He does know the command sit, but he is ready to learn so much more. He is food and praise motivated, so you can break out a yummy treat, or just tell him how good of a boy he is. He does great on a leash, and has become an excellent walking companion. He’s active and playful, so he’ll need a home where he can get regular exercise and playtime. He does need to work on his Basic Obedience training, but he is ready to learn with a dedicated teacher! Another positive about him is that he is crate trained and completely housebroken! He’d like to think that is a great achievement. He did like the dog in his previous home, and he did all right with cats. He still asks that you bring in your dogs to meet him so we can make sure you are a good fit! If Marley seems like the perfect dog for you, come down to Wayside and meet him!

You can learn more about Marley here.

This is Jon, and he is a very handsome black and white tuxedo male, so he is always dressed to impress! He came to Wayside as a stray, and while the great big yonder was ok, he is ready for a person and home to call his own! He is a cat that needs lots of play time! He is a young, strong feline who needs an adult only home to keep up with his own version of ninja warrior!  Being here at Wayside, he found out that his felineality is sidekick, which fits him to a tee!  Being a sidekick means that he is looking for a partner who shares his need for playtime interaction and respect when he is ready for some time alone!  Words he would use to describe himself are intelligent, affectionate, independent, and energetic! He would love to show you his soul eyes in person, so please come on down!  Just ask for the Big Cat on Wayside Campus!

You can learn more about Jon here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Barney, a handsome two-year-old Labrador/Retriever mix. He originally came to Wayside from another local shelter that ran out of space for him, but that is all right, because he’s doing just fine! He is on the search for a forever home, and maybe that’s with you! He does enjoy his independence, but he also would love some relaxation time with you! He’s an energetic boy, and he would benefit from Basic Obedience training. He would also do best in an active home, but he’s heard he’s a great walking/running partner. Because he’s so energetic, it would be best if he went to a home with a high fence. He can make it over little ones; he’s just so playful! He’s also smart, but he would enjoy learning new things! He’s toy motivated, so break out those squeaky toys and he’s ready to go! He’s proud to say he’s crate trained and housebroken, and he think that’s pretty amazing! He also would love to be the only animal in the home, because he wants to be your only furry friend! The staff at Wayside said he could learn to do well with other dogs, but he needs practice first! He thinks when he learn Basic Obedience; he will start to do better! If Barney sounds like the one for you, come visit him today!

Learn more about Barney here.

 

You can meet our Waifs of the Week and all of our other pets during our adoption hours!

 

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

 


Aug 1 2017

Dutch: Long-Term Resident

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 I try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month, we focused on Bert and Marla, and I have good news. Marla found her forever home a week ago! This week, we are going to talk about Dutch and Rhett!

This handsome boy is Dutch, and he has been here for a grand total of one hundred and ten days. Dutch came to us in April as a stray, and he came in on a bite hold. A bite hold is a mandatory ten-day hold an animal has to be put on if they bite someone, and the length of time is determined because that’s when rabies could start showing symptoms if he had it. Thankfully, he was cleared medically and from his hold and he could start interacting with our staff. Behaviorally, we noticed he had a lot of energy, so we put him on Peace Academy.

Peace Academy is a program we have where our dogs that are super energetic can learn to harness their energy. We have trained staff and volunteers that work with the dogs daily, and each dog has their own training specific to their needs. Dutch’s program consisted of learning to “look” and “wait” because he is so energetic and can knock someone over. He also can get really mouthy and go over threshold, meaning he could bite just from being worked up. Some positive things were noted as well, like he already knew many commands and walked well on a harness.

Even though he is a big boy, sudden movements and noises can spook him. He recovers very quickly though! He also deals with restraint, but he will try and back out of it if he thinks he can beat you. When we tested him with dogs, he showed dominant and high-energy play style, so that was something else he needed to work on. On top of his behavior training, he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and was promptly treated. After that, he was made available!

As with any long-termer, he has become a staff favorite. Our Canine Care/Behavior Manager Jess Miller had many nice things to say about him.

 

“I LOVE HIM! He is such a big sweetheart, and he deserves a great home. He does need work and consistent behavior training, but if you stick with it he will thrive! He needs mental and physical stimulation otherwise he will get bored and start getting mouthy. Someone take a chance on him!”

 

A member of our Canine Care team also had nice things to say about Dutch. Sarah McGuire works with him whenever she can, and she enjoys his play style. She also compared him to Chance from Homeward Bound!

 

“Honestly, he’s like a big toddler. He doesn’t know how strong he is, so he will try and hug you but it ends up almost knocking you down. As long as someone is consistent with him, he will be a good boy!”

He has been available for a little over two months now, and he is thriving as much as he can here. He does have a few restrictions, such as he cannot go to a home with children under the age of five due to his excessive play and energy. He also needs an experienced owner, because he is a big, strong boy, and he needs someone who will stay committed to working with him on his behaviors. He is also obsessed with water so you can always have a pool buddy! Dutch would like to present his bio to you himself, so here you go!

 

“Hey there, I’m Dutch! I’m a handsome guy who’s looking for my fur-ever home. I’m a 1 year old American Pit Bull Terrier and I can’t wait to find my new peeps! I’m a fur-iendly guy who loves people but I’ll do best in a home without small children. Sometimes I can get really excited and wouldn’t want to knock anyone over! I’d love to meet all furry friends before heading home, too. I’m a strong guy with a big brain and I love to learn new things. I’m eager to learn the ropes in my new home. I’ll be extra motivated by praise and yummy treats! I love to get active and make sure I get plenty of exercise. Boys my size need to play! Walking on my easy walk harness and exploring the world is my favorite thing. I’m a sweet guy with a big heart and I’m ready to give you all of my love! Come by soon to see if we were meant to be!”

Love,

Dutch  

You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can view here

 

We were going to feature our Feline Friend Rhett, but Rhett recently got adopted, so congratulations! But here’s a picture of her anyway! 

You can visit Dutch and all of our other furry friends at Wayside Waifs. Here are our adoption hours;

 

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: Noon-8pm

Thursday: Noon-8pm

Friday: Noon-8pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Jul 26 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s that time again to meet our Waifs of the Week: Rory, Ringo, and Benji!

This is Rory, a gorgeous four-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. She’s the perfect combination of sweet and cuddly, and energetic and active! She’s a sweet girl who is already crate-trained and housebroken. She first came to Wayside about three years ago, and she spent some time in foster before getting adopted. That did not work out however, and she was transferred back here from another shelter. Life is meant to be savored and enjoyed, so she is making the most of it here! She’s definitely a staff and volunteer favorite, and some remember her from a few years ago. She is looking for that forever home with you though! She’s very well-behaved in a home and a fenced-in yard, and she loves car rides! She’s an active girl, and is a great walking/running partner. She loves her exercise, and she loves a buddy to go on runs with! She is a smart girl who is looking to learn even more things with you. She loves praise, so just tell her she is being a good girl and she will respond happily! While she does love her play sessions, she would love nothing more than to cool off with someone and end the day with a snuggle session. She loves attention, so her new home should give her plenty of Rory time so she can be happy! A perfect day for Rory would be to exercise, play, and end it with some cuddle time. That sounds so nice. Because Rory is energetic, she asks that she goes to a home without children under the age of five, because she does not want to hurt them! She also wants all the attention for herself, so she prefers to be the only animal in the home. More love to give! She is ready to meet you whenever you are, come out to Wayside and see this amazing girl!

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

Meet Ringo, a strapping young cat with no English accent. He’s five years old, and while he does not sing or play the drums, he makes up for it in making biscuits and purring! He’s a sweet, loving boy, and he has a beautiful pink nose that stands out for all the right reasons! He originally came to Wayside from another shelter as they were low on space. However, he is pleased to be here and he is ready to find that fur-ever home. He’s naturally curious, and his favorite pastime is exploring our sunroom here. That room is all windows, and they can watch birds out back, and most typically enjoy it! That being said, he would love a window in his future home that he can look out of. Are you looking for a mellow, sweet boy to bring music to your heart? He gets by with a little help from his friends!

Learn more about Ringo here. Ringo also has a video which you can view here.

Here’s Benji, an exquisite eight-year-old American Bulldog mix who was found as a stray by a good Samaritan. Luckily they brought her here to Wayside and gave her a second chance at life! She’s a sweet lady who is ready to retire in a forever home, potentially with you! She’s an older gal, so she would like a calm, quiet home to enjoy her days in. She does love to play, and squeaky toys are her favorite, but don’t worry, she is a gentle player! She’s also very smart, because she knows the commands sit, down, come, and stay already. She does love to learn though, so if you give her yummy treats and praise, she’s ready to go! While she does have little bursts of energy, her favorite thing to do is cuddling. She LOVES attention and belly rubs. If you’re looking for someone to spend some quality time with, who will always be there to listen, and who will be an all around grrr-eat companion, Benji is your girl. Come meet her today!

Learn more about Benji here.

You can meet all of our animals, including our Waifs of the Week, during our adoption hours;

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Jul 19 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Buster, Dolly, and Cheyanne!

**I’m eligible for a Slumber Paw-ty! Please see “Slumber Paw-ty Program” page under the “Adopt” tab for more details. Thanks!**

This is Buster, a photogenic three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. Buster was brought to Wayside after his last shelter ran out of space for him, but that’s okay! He is ready to find his forever home! He’s excited to meet his person or persons that will take him home, and maybe that’s you! Buster’s a real friendly guy, but he does have some minor requests. He would like to be in a household with children over the age of five, just because he worries his energy might be too much for the little ones. He also would like to be in a home without cats, if that’s alright. He would do best in an active home so he will never be bored! He loves playing and walking, and he’s ready to have fun with you and learn new things. He does pretty well on his leash, and is a great running partner. Is Buster the one for you? Come visit him today!

You can learn more about Buster here. He also has a video out, which you can view here.

Meet Dolly, a beautiful dilute Tortoiseshell cat who is a one-year-old. She’s not working nine to five, but she will always love you! She’s actually had a litter of kittens, even though she is very young herself. She came to Wayside with her litter in hopes of a better life, and she is ready to meet you! She might be bashful at first, but she is a sweet, loving girl. Our Feline-ality assessor deemed her a “Personal Assistant,” meaning she is ready to be by your side and help you with anything! She will be the most happy when she’s with you! Dolly is ready for her forever home, are you ready to meet Dolly?

Read more about Dolly here.

**Cheyanne is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet her, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This is sweet Cheyanne, a seven-year-old Shepard mix. If you’re looking for a dog to hang out with and talk to and cuddle with, then she might be your perfect companion. If you feel like snuggling, she’s the perfect size! Cheyanne came to Wayside when her last shelter ran out of space for her. She was really scared at first, which is why she was so thankful when her Foster Mom decided to take her in. Foster Mom calls her the perfect houseguest and says there is nothing at all to not like about her. She doesn’t cause any trouble at all. She hasn’t had any accidents, and while she does fine in a crate, her Foster Mom lets her free-roam and she does great! Cheyanne is very polite, and is such a good-natured girl. She’s just an all-around wonderful friend. She does fine on a leash and will go on walks, but she is more excited about being with you!  Her foster parents praise her whenever she is a good girl (practically all the time) so her confidence is building up as well.  She can be shy at first, so she asks that someone is patient while she gets used to her new home. She has lived with dogs similar to her personality, and has done well. She would rather hang out with people though! With her shy nature, she’d prefer a home with children over the age of five, just until her confidence builds up more. She would love to meet the whole family, including your dogs to make sure you guys are the right fit. She’s ready to meet you whenever you are ready to meet her! Come to Wayside to meet her today!

Learn more about Cheyanne here.

You can meet all of our furry friends, including our Waifs of the Week during our adoption hours;

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-8pm
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Jul 14 2017

Poe: Happy Tails

Being employed with Wayside Waifs is a very rewarding experience, and volunteers have the same feeling. Sometimes you get those special cases with cats or dogs and you cannot help but root for them. Poe is one of those cases. Pictured above is the day Poe came in, with a staff member assisting her with snuggles.

I work in our Admissions department, and I was working the day Poe came in our shelter back in February. She was an owner surrender who originally was found as a stray, and the surrender socialized her so she could be brought in for our adoption program. Below is a photo of Poe when she first came in.

I know what you are thinking. “Awe she is adorable with her stocky legs and big eyes! She must be a Munchkin cat!” Actually, Poe is a regular Domestic Shorthair, but her looks provided a different kind of answer. Every animal is required to have a blood test taken unless it has already been done recently. We drew Poe’s blood, and we noticed something different.

First, there was concern with potential neurological disorders. Our veteran foster Annie Hughes fostered her for a few days to test her vision, hearing, brain power, and litter box usage. The results were positive, as she could track and follow objects with her eyes, she listened well, had a very quirky personality, and she was going just outside of the litterbox, but that wasn’t a huge concern because she was only a kitten. At that point the relief vet decided to draw blood again, but this time, for thyroid issues. She tested positive for Hypothyroidism.

Hypo- or Hyper- thyroids can be in people and animals. Poe has Hypothyroidism, which is an under active thyroid. Hyperthyroidism is in turn an overactive thyroid. Hypo is where the thyroid gland is not producing enough of the hormone that effectively produces iodine. Without that, it can cause a number of symptoms, such as poor ability to tolerate cold, a feeling of tiredness, constipation, depression, and weight gain. Most people and animals with hypothyroidism symptoms and confirmed thyroxine deficiency are treated with a synthetic long-acting form of thyroxine, known as levothyroxine. Poe looks the way she does because her body is gaining more weight than it should be. With those results, she was put on levothyroxine and sent to foster again with our outstanding volunteer Annie Hughes.

After four doses of her medication, Poe transformed into a different kitty! According to her foster mom, “She runs, jumps, climbs, plays, takes toys to her lair, uses the litterbox every time, covers her poop, covers her uneaten food, communicates normally, grooms herself, solves problems, lounges around, gets picky about food, and expects me to do things her way.” Here are some pictures of her thriving in her foster home. 

 

 

 

 

 

Poe’s foster mom even included a video to showcase Poe’s funny walk. Because of her shape, she had a special kind of strut. You can watch the video here.

She continued to do well in her foster home, and they rechecked her thyroid levels on the twenty-first of March, and everything was back to normal. Poe’s body started to regain it’s normal shape and she started to grow more. Originally there was concern of a hernia that needed to be repaired, but they later dismissed that as her body filled out and she exhibited no pain. After tests confirmed there was no hernia, she was cleared for adoption. However, there was a twist. Her foster mom wanted to adopt her. The picture below was Poe’s ‘gotcha’ day with her new mom! Annie does a lot with our shelter. She fosters, she is in charge of our Waif Runner program, she works with our energetic dogs, and she assesses our cats’ personalities. She does a little bit of everything, and we are eternally grateful. She also fostered my current kitty, and is always happy to cat sit for me, which is amazing. Poe is a lucky girl, and so is Annie! Here are some pictures of Poe now, in her forever home!

 

 

Poe is thriving, and it is stories like this that makes what we do worthwhile. Please send us updates of your furry friend, we love seeing them in a home!

You can meet others like Poe during our adoption hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-8pm
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

We have a special going on until Sunday, learn more about that here.

Written by Teryn

 

 

 


Jul 12 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s that time again to meet our Waifs of the Week: Hershey, Nugget, and Mason!

This is Hershey, a beautiful five-year old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. Her last shelter ran out of space for her, so she was transferred here. But not to worry, she is ready to find her peeps! She’s enjoying her time here, but she is looking for a home to call her own. She can be nervous at first, so she politely asks that she goes to a home without small children under the age of five. She wants to be the queen of the castle, so she requests she is your only pet. She’s an excitable girl, and loves going on walks. She will probably need a harness because she is known to pull; the world is just so exciting! She’s ready to learn new things with you! With the motivation of treats, she is wanting to learn more basic obedience, but she already knows ‘come.’ Honestly, she would be the happiest by your side, whether it is on a walk or lounging around the house. Come get some Hershey kisses at Wayside!

**Nugget is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This dashing young man is Nugget, and he is an eleven month old cat. He is a tuxedo cat, which means he is always ready for a formal outing with you!  Nugget was transferred here from Iowa after his shelter ran out of space. Making new friends in a new city is always hard, but he quickly charmed the new staff and volunteers at Wayside. Nugget became a favorite because of those paw-some cuddles he gives! Unfortunately, the longer he stayed in the shelter the more stressed he became. The staff and volunteers noticed he was slowly getting worse. That’s when his guardian angel came to rescue him, his wonderful foster mom! Nugget is enjoying a much needed break from the shelter, and getting all the cuddles he wants! His foster parents are showing him what it means to be loved. One of his best attributes is that he loves being carried around the house. Cuddling is a must, so his new family needs to be prepared for that! Some of his favorite things to do are play in cardboard boxes, watch the world outside, and talk to his foster family. There are a few things you should know though. He is not a fan of sharing, so he would like to be the only cat in the home. When he gets stressed, he has some loose stools, and grain-free seems to have helped him, so his diet should consist of grain-free food and treats. His tummy will be very thankful for this. If you are looking for a snuggle bug who wants attention like no other, contact the Adoptions team to get in touch with Mr. Nugget!

This is Mason, a handsome two-year old Australian Cattle Dog mix. He was transferred here after his last shelter ran out of space for him, but that is okay! Mason is ready to find a family to call his own! He’s happy to be at Wayside while he waits for his new peeps! He’s an energetic boy, so he will do best in a home without small children under the age of five. He is ready to learn basic obedience with you, and he is a smart boy. As long as you have treats at the ready, he is ready to learn! As he is such an energetic boy, it is best that he will be walked on a harness because of potential pulling, but he does well with it! He is ready to go on walks and even runs with you if you are up for it. If you’re looking for a sweet, fun boy, Mason is the one for you. Come by Wayside to meet him today!

We are running a promotion this week! Learn more about it here.

You can visit our Waifs of the Week and all of our other furry friends during our adoption hours:

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


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