Feb 16 2018

Volunteer Highlight: Playgroups

A few months back, we featured volunteers doing numerous things around our campus, and we featured Candy Brown who is a volunteer adoptions counselor. We figured we’d highlight another wonderful aspect of volunteering with our canine friends; playgroups! Playgroups are a wonderful way for our dogs to get some exercise, have fun, make new friends, and enjoy a break from shelter life! While the videos and picture provided will only feature dogs, we’ll tell you a little bit about the volunteers who regularly run these fun play sessions.

As pictured above, playgroups can teach us a lot about how dogs behave around other dogs. We do testing to see how they get along when canines are first brought in, but playgroups can provide some more detailed information. Do they like other dogs? Do they LOVE other dogs? Do they perk up at the idea of having a playmate? Another aspect of learning during these sessions is we can see a play style. Does the dog play gentle or rough? Do they take corrections well? Dogs playing may look a little aggressive, but you can quickly tell the difference between rough play and aggressive play. Check out the link below:

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While you see a lot of teeth and jumping up, notice the body language. Tails are up, eyes are relaxed, body is relaxed. They take a few seconds of breathing breaks, which is a good sign they are having fun! Even tongues can show that it is nothing to worry about, such as if they are hanging off to the side of their mouths. They are having a howling good time! (Excuse the pun.) We do most of our playgroups in our Agility Park, and we have some fun obstacles for dogs if they want to try those out. Check out the movie below:

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You see one of the dogs jump over a pole! Notice how halfway through the video, they are touching, but they take a few seconds of still positions. They are taking a break, while seeing who is going to make the first move to play again. It is really fascinating that they communicate solely through looks and body languages. We do playgroups all year-round, during all of the seasons. Dogs seem to enjoy the summer playgroups, because we set up pools for them; the ultimate cool-down!

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Those dogs are really enjoying that pool! You might be wondering how we determine which dogs might benefit from playgroups. We keep a board in our dog area that keep track of every dog we’ve tried. We give them “yes,” “no,” or “re-try.” Some dogs don’t play well, and some do, and some might be having an off day, or just had surgery. Dogs are not allowed to play with recent stitches or certain illnesses or infections they may have, but liking other dogs is a must! Our volunteers bring whistles with them just in case a fight might break out, but those rarely happen! We sometimes have large playgroups with more than two dogs; and those can be a blast!

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The way they all stop and go immediately is so funny! We have a good amount of volunteers and staff who run playgroups, but here are some volunteer testimonies of how much this benefits both the dogs and humans:

“The dogs can forget they are homeless and enjoy playing with their dog friends for a few minutes.”

“Love seeing pure dog joy.”

“Seeing dogs who are so fearful come to life when they have a chance to play with other dogs.”

” I love seeing the dogs enjoy spending time making new friends and just learning how to have fun ‘being a dog.'”

” It’s a fantastic energy release for the dogs. 20 minutes of playtime is amazing exercise.”

“I love the bond we made with fellow volunteers.”

It’s not just great for the dogs, but most of these volunteers have become friends through Wayside and their volunteer programs! We couldn’t do this without them, and we appreciate all the dedication they have towards our Waifs. Thanks for giving our dogs a break and allowing them to make new friends!

Please feel free to visit us 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 J.


Feb 14 2018

Waif Wednesday

Happy Valentine’s Day, and welcome our Waifs of the Week! Maybe they’ll be your Valentine: Marie, Gunner, and Edna!

“Hi there, I’m Marie!  I’m an adorable dog with fur as soft as silk and an expressive face that’s sure to make you smile.  I am sweet and gentle and quiet.  I can’t wait to hang out with you on the couch and listen to you tell me about your day.  I will make a wonderful companion for you, if you’ll just invest some time up front with me.  You see, I’m timid and shy and strange things make me nervous.  So it will take me more time than most dogs to learn to trust you and relax with you.  I hope you think I’m worth it! I’m darling! I’m about 43 pounds and I think that’s the perfect size.  I was transferred to Wayside by a rescue group out of New Orleans.  The whole process of relocating felt sort of overwhelming to me though. And the shelter was big and noisy, yet I’ve never felt so alone.  I tried to make friends and fit in to my new life the best I could, but I was afraid to let people get too close to me.  I was even reluctant the day Foster Mom showed up.  But she whispered to me that everything would be ok and she made me feel safe.  She took me home and has been teaching me all about living as part of a real family.  I had no idea. Everything is new and strange and still scary to me, although I’m definitely making progress.  Foster Mom has enjoyed watching me come out of my shell, little by little, day by day.  I’ve been working on housebreaking and getting used to household noises and learning to enjoy getting petted.  Nothing happens overnight for me though, so I will need you to stay patient and calm with me.  Foster Mom praises me whenever I’m a good girl, so that I learn what she expects from me as my confidence builds.  I spent the first few days in my foster home under the dining room table, but now I like to lounge on the couch, even when no one is home and at night.  I feel safe there, so it’s my go to spot, although I’m still getting used to the noises of the TV.  I haven’t explored the rest of the house much at all.  I don’t bark or jump on people.  When we have visitors, I run and hide.  I love to go for walks and I do very well with my harness lead, but I get nervous when I meet new people along the way.  I’d love a daily walk with a quiet and predictable route through the neighborhood where I know what to expect. I can climb and jump fences, even really tall ones.  So at this point, I can’t be outside without my leash.  I’m ok with that though and I understand.  One time, I bolted out the front door when someone had it open, so now Foster Mom watches me very closely to keep me safe indoors.  This will be very important in my new home, because my fears would likely make me run if I got loose in my new home.  I live with a Yorkie in my foster home and we do just fine together.  We don’t play much, but we enjoy each other’s company and like to hang out together.  I’d love another dog in my new home that could teach me and show me the way.  But kids make me nervous, so I will need a home without kids under the age of at least 10.  I’m looking for a calm and quiet home without much commotion, so kids aren’t part of my plan anyway.  I will need to meet the whole family, including other dogs and all the kids, before we go home together. I want to be your couch buddy and just quietly hang out with you.  And I want to feel safe and know that you’re there for me, but that you will also give me space and let me be me.  I hope you’re looking for a sweet and gentle soul like me to share your life with.  I hope you need me as much as I need you.”

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

“Hello world! I’m Gunner, the handsome, 8 year old, gray kitty who’s looking for my furever home! About a month ago, Animal Control found me as a stray and brought me to Wayside. Since arriving, I have become more comfortable and found many new person friends who love me very much. They like to “ooo” and “ahhh” about my sleek gray coat and handsome eyes. In return, I allow them to talk and tell me about their days while I give them my input. Actually, I’m quite the talker and can hold up lengthy intellectual discussions over just about anything. They call me a Personal Assistant around here because I just love to socialize and be around people. Are you working on your laptop? Let me lend a paw! Tapping at your phone? I wanna join! What I’m really trying to say here is that I’d make a great, loyal companion. I love visitors and would love to have you swing by! Hope to see you soon!”

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


“Hi, I am Edna!  I am a beautiful 38 pound, one year old girl.  I have a beautiful black coat and shimmery black eyes. I came to Wayside via a transfer from the ASPCA that rescued me from a hoarding situation.  Not a very nice life for a young pup.  When I got here, I was so scared – I wouldn’t let anyone get close – they couldn’t even weigh me!  Then my Foster Mom came along.  Being in a real home has changed my life!  I have come a long way with the help of my friends at Wayside and I am ready for my forever home.  Let me tell you about myself – see if I might be just what you are looking for.  I am a very sweet girl that enjoys being with my family. Please give me time to adjust when we first get home – I might be scared – but, once I learn to trust and love you, I will want to stay close to you when you are home.  I love to stretch out on my back for a good belly rub and snuggle with you and will be happy just laying by your side.   If you’ve got room on the bed for me and invite me, count on me jumpin’ up and joining you at night! I spent so long being nervous and scared, I am just now starting to explore.  I am very curious about my environment and love to track down all sorts of smells and noises.  I am also starting to play with toys – I like Nylabones and hard rubber toys best – gives me something good to chew on.  I like to carry a toy around the house with me – then it’s always with me when I am ready to play! I need a home with a fenced yard, as I get a little spooked when I go on walks outside the home. I don’t mind putting my harness and leash on and starting out, but once I encounter something or someone I don’t know, I get anxious and want to go home.  I hope you will work with me on this.  I know I can get better, like I have with other things, it will just take time. I am partially housetrained and will go on the potty pad when Foster Mom is gone or at night.  I do well in a crate and am happy to stay in there if you are going to be gone for a while, but when you are home I like to be out and about.  At night, I sleep in Foster Mom’s room and enjoy being on the bed with her. In my foster home, there is another dog and I love playing with her, running in the back yard and romping in the house.  I can get overwhelmed when other dogs come over and then I will go to my safe place. I will do best if there is a confident dog in my new home that can help me continue to grow and learn what is acceptable. Usually, I am shy, but sometimes, I like to get spunky – I have a bounce in my step and just let loose and have fun!  I think that as we bond, those happy, fun days will become more and more frequent.  I am looking forward to it! I would love for you to come meet me, if you think I might be the girl for you!”

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

You can meet all of our adoptable animals 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 J.


Feb 9 2018

Department Highlight: Behavior Team

We like to highlight departments in our shelter, as there are so many people that are working “behind the scenes” to make Wayside Waifs what it is today. Previously, we showcased our Vet Clinic, and this time, we would like to showcase our Behavior Team. This small but important section of our organization is responsible for overseeing every dog’s temperament in the shelter. They test them, work with them, and are able to pinpoint certain behaviors to help match an animal with that perfect home.

This picture includes our entire behavior team. Jess is the Behavior Team Manager, and Ben and Brad are our Behavior Evaluators. Here they are meeting in our Admissions Department to go over an appointment. With dog surrenders, we do a behavior exam on intake before they are admitted into our facility. The dog should be able to eventually qualify for adoption, even if they need a little work now. The exams also help to pinpoint certain good and bad behaviors we can continue and change over time.

Brad is seeing if new dog Haley is treat motivated. Brad mentioned he enjoys working with all these dogs to work with different aspects of dog behavior. You see it all in a shelter, and you can see the wonderful turnaround they can make. During these exams, the team tests several different aspects, such as reactivity, motivations, restraint, and touch, to name a few. Haley is nervous as she is in a new place with new people for the first time, so our tests aren’t all that strict as they are more informative. We just want to get an idea of the dog’s personality, both in general and in a new situation.

Something we learned about Haley was that she is not so interested in treats as she is praise and toys. She enjoyed hanging out with all of us, and chasing after a tennis ball or two! You may be thinking that all the BE team does for a living is play with dogs, but that is far from the truth! Besides testing, they answer questions that have been submitted by the public, they oversee our Peace Academy(high-arousal) and Confidence College(shy and fearful) dogs, and they also teach classes that the public can attend!

Ben is having a cute moment with Haley after she got to know everyone. She will not be available yet, but she is well on her way! Ben is the veteran on this team, and is now teaching our classes and answering behavior questions. If you’re interested in either of those, please click here. Ben mentioned the benefits to meeting all of the adult dogs at Wayside. While some of them may not need any extra TLC, some do, and he enjoys seeing their progress to become “a normal dog.”

When asked, the manager of the team, Jess, mentioned her dual position. She is also our Canine Care Manager, so technically she is in charge of two different departments. “In my position, I’m able to communicate with my staff better. I can get our canine care techs involved in behavior, and vice versa. We all can learn about dog behavior that way, and there is never a dull moment!” We’d also like to mention that BE is looking for someone to join their team. If you’re interested, check this link out.

Here Ben is working with Brute, a Peace Academy dog, on ‘look’ and ‘sit.’ At Wayside Waifs, we believe in positive reinforcement training, and we also use whistles. Brute normally fixates on people’s hands, so learning ‘look’ was essential to his well-being. He can learn that he’ll still get a treat, and doesn’t have to necessarily fight for it. Brute has already made some wonderful improvements! He is actually from St. Croix, so he is an island dog at heart!

To sum it up, we wouldn’t be able to adopt out near as many animals as we do if it wasn’t for this behavior team. We can work with animals directly and get to the root of the problems, and we can get a vague idea of what they are like in a home. Thanks to Jess, Ben, and Brad! You make Wayside a better place! Keep up the good work!

You can visit us 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 J.

 


Feb 7 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Watson, Mackenzie, and Joely!

“Hi there, I’m Watson!  I’m a little confused about why I’m homeless, but I’m trying my best to figure it all out.  I’ve been through so much this past month, yet I am the sweetest, most forgiving, gentlest soul on earth.  And I’ve got lots of living to do, so I can’t wait to get started on my new life with you! I’m an adorable, 7 year old, 43 pound Retriever mix, with beautiful and soft red fur and a grey muzzle that makes me distinguished.  My eyes might look sort of sad, but they are filled with love for you.  I lived with one family my whole life until they decided they could no longer care for me.  They surrendered me to the KC Pet Project who in turn transferred me to Wayside.  It was such a confusing time and I felt so alone and afraid.  I was trembling in my kennel the day I met Foster Mom.  She happened to walk by me and when her eyes met mine, she stopped in her tracks and she knew what she had to do.  Yep, she took me home with her and she made sure I knew that someone cared.  That felt so good. I’m such a sweetheart!  Foster Mom loves my quirks and she understands my insecurities.  I’m mostly housebroken.  I know to go when I’m outside and I do just fine with a dog door or if I get out on a frequent and regular schedule.  But I can’t quite hold it for a full 9 hour day, so I hope you will be home with me more often or figure out a way to give me regular breaks throughout the day.  I don’t use a crate and being confined to one makes me feel frantic.  In fact, sometimes I feel anxious and worried when I’m alone and I’m afraid that you’re never coming home to me.  Foster Mom has other dogs that I hang out with and they comfort me when no one is around, so I haven’t had any problems at her house and haven’t bothered a thing even when no one is home.  Because the other dogs make me feel relaxed and content, I will need to go to a home that has another friendly dog. At night, I sleep in the bed or on a dog bed in the bedroom and I don’t make a peep.  I’m smart, I love my treats, and I already know several commands that I can’t wait to show you, but I’ll be happy to learn more if you want to teach me!  I’m affectionate and cuddly and I love to be by your side whenever possible, but not in a needy or clingy way.  I’m just really an all-around delightful companion. I love to run and play or just hang out and contemplate life in the fenced backyard.  I also love to go for walks.  I’m perfect on my leash, never pulling, but I don’t go to the bathroom while I’m on leash.  Sometimes car rides make me nervous because I’m not sure where we’re going, but once I realize we eventually end up at home, I can relax and have fun.  In my past, I’ve lived with cats and kids and other dogs and I do just fine with all of them.  I’m not overly playful with other dogs, but I like their company and I like to know they’re there.   I need a home with a fenced in yard, since I won’t go to the bathroom on leash, and I need to go home with another dog.  If you’d like, feel free to bring the whole family to meet me and we’ll see how we get along. Sometimes life feels confusing and you’re not sure where the journey is taking you.  I don’t always understand why things happen the way they do, but I keep the faith that there is a reason.  The reason I ended up here is so that I can find you and we can become family.  I think you’ll like my sweet and gentle approach to life.  I can’t wait to meet you!”

Learn more about Watson here.

“Purrrleased to meet you! My name is Mackenzie and I’m a two-year-old gal with gorgeous brown fur. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. While moving around can be scary, I know it won’t be long until I find a family of my very own. Around here they call me a Sidekick. That means I’m pretty brave and confident. I’ll also be your best pal! I’ll always be around to help you with the important tasks around the house. I’m also really friendly! I loooove to get ear scratches! If you stop petting me, I’ll actively seek out your hand for more! 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!”

Learn more about Mackenzie here.

“I’m Joely. I’m a 46-pound pointer mix here all the way from a shelter in rural Kansas.  It was getting a little crowded there so I was fine with being transferred to Wayside where I can now focus on the task at hand–finding you! I’m still young, but I already know “sit” and “down.”  I’m super motivated by food and especially toys, so I’ll pick up new skills quickly. How about if you and I take obedience classes together?  That would be so fun! I live life with enthusiasm! I relish walks and embark on them with vigor but I’m also a good snuggler. I enjoy playing with other dogs, so bring your dog family members out to meet me. Please ask for me when you come out to Wayside. Can I please be your dog?”

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

You can meet all of our adoptable waifs 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 J.


Jan 31 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: George, Merle, and Dave!

“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 George here.

“Hi, I’m Merle! I’m a handsome, Retriever/lab mix looking for a home. I was brought to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space for me. Needless to say, I’m so ready to move on from shelter life and get to my fur-ever home! Maybe that home can be with you! I’m a friendly guy who would love to meet you! Bring the whole family out, including furry friends, when you come say hi. I’m super smart and love to learn new things. I already know the command sit but I’m eager to learn even more from you, especially when you motivate me with yummy treats! We can also have fun together by exploring the world on walks or romping around the yard. I’m a happy, fun guy who can’t wait to meet my fur-ever peeps. Come by soon to see if I’m the one you’ve been looking for!”

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

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Dave, and I’m one of the sweetest kitties you will ever meet. I came to Wayside as a stray. When I first came to Wayside, I was very shy and a little afraid of people when I first would meet them. Fortunately, Wayside has a program where staff and volunteers work with shy and fearful cats, called TABBY, and I am a proud graduate of that program. In fact, in my time here at Wayside, I have earned a PhD in showing my affection. Seriously, I am the king of cuddling and lap sitting! I have my own room here at Wayside, and I love it when people drop in to see me. My favorite thing in the world is to just cuddle with visitors and listen while they talk to me. True to my Secret Admirer Felineality, even though I can be a little shy on the outside, inside, I have a heart full of love to give. Like many cats who have spent some time as a stray, I am FIV-positive. It’s not a big deal. It just means I need good food, regular vet visits and an indoors-only lifestyle. Once you see what a sweet boy I am, you will never want me to be far from you anyway. Because I’m a sensitive guy, I would be happiest in a calm, quiet home with a patient adopter who will allow me plenty of time to get comfortable in my new surroundings. In return, I will give you all the love, warm laps and paw biscuits you could ever ask for. Sound like a good deal to you?”

Learn more about Dave 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: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


Jan 24 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome the Waifs of the Week: Andy, Yuko, and Sam. 

“Hi there, my name is Andy and I am a 3 year old Shepherd Mix. I am a pretty strong dog and I love, love, love to jump. It’s one of my favorite activities. Sometimes I jump so high I can do a backward flip! I need a very active family and would do best with children over the age of 5. While I know a couple of commands (sit and down) I would benefit from some obedience and impulse control training. I like to be outside and would prefer a home where I can do lots of running. I like to explore and see all my surroundings. If you think I might be a good fit for you, please come visit me today. I can’t wait to meet you!”

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

“Hello!! My name is Yuko. Thanks for taking a moment to learn more about me. I’m a 6-year old, gorgeous, classic black shorthaired cat with super soft fur. I was surrendered to Wayside because my family was moving and couldn’t take me along. I’m not going to lie. Life has been difficult. You see, when people visit the shelter, they assume all cats want petting…. and that’s just silly. Certainly you have friends who are touchy-feely and others who never hug …. though they are still awesome people. Well, I belong in the “non-hugger” group. So let’s just say my first months at Wayside were really tough. Then one day, Foster Mom and Dad took me home and gave me the space and time I needed to start figuring out my new life. Foster Mom quickly realized that although I was surrendered as an indoor/outdoor cat, I was not comfortable inside. Most things scared me. When I’m scared or insecure, I tend to bite. So Foster Mom quickly started figuring out what I liked and what I didn’t. She learned how I like to be touched and when not to touch me. I now sit in her lap for long periods of time purring away, but she knows there are also times when I just need to play to get the crazies out.  Since I’m not comfortable with hands around my face, Foster Mom has training sessions with me daily.  I can sit, look, twirl, target and give you a high-five. I am spectacular. When I’m relaxed and confident, I’m a real Super Kitty. Well, a Super Kitty needs a Super Human, so we’re looking high and low for my perfect person. My person (or persons) must be cat savvy. I need someone who understands cat behaviors and truly enjoys working with independent kitties. I am looking for a quiet, adult-only home. Though I spent the first month in foster with other kitties, as I gained confidence, I started bullying them. So we think it’s best if I am an only kitty for now. Did I mention I love to play? I love toy mice, wands, balls, everything. My favorite toy is a terrycloth belt to a robe. Yep, that’s right. Foster Mom runs around dragging it, and I chase it – so much fun!! I also enjoy sitting in the window and watching the birds. Foster Mom thinks I am doing well and says it’s time to find my people. If I sound like your forever buddy, please call Wayside to set up a time to meet me.”

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

“Hi, I am Sam. Sam I am!  I have never had green eggs and ham! OK, enough of that!  I am a three year old retriever mix.  I am a good looking boy with a super cute face, a nice 48 pounds.  I am a smart boy and know commands like sit, look and target.  I would love to learn more and would benefit from additional obedience training. At first, if you come to meet me, I might be a bit standoffish.  It takes me a bit to learn to trust someone and know they will be there for me.  But, once I do, you will find that I will bond with you and will enjoy our snuggle and cuddle time! I have a little bit of time left on my heartworm treatment – once I finish, I will be able to run and play and that should help me be more mellow.  Right now I get a little amped up sometimes because of my heartworm restrictions. I think I would make a great running companion if you are looking for a good dog to run with. I am a great walker with my easy-walk harness. I would love to meet you!  Please bring the whole family.  I will do best with children over 5, as I can be a bit over-zealous sometimes.  I will be waiting for you!”

Learn more about Sam here.

Meet all of our adoptable Waifs 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 J.


Jan 19 2018

Fun Winter Activities

Anyone else excited about the above freezing temperatures? We all know winters in Missouri and Kansas can be brutal if they want to be, but what do we do about our furry friends? They still need regular exercise and mental stimulation, even with frigid temperatures. We thought we would provide some nice ideas for you and your pets to stay healthy in the winter!

1. A brisk morning walk.

I know that sounds awful, but doing a quick 5-10 minute walk gets the heart pumping and both of you will benefit from the fresh air, no matter how cold that may be. Of course, know your pet’s limits before going on these walks, and consider getting them booties or a sweater.

2. Old-fashioned game of fetch.

Yes, this can be played both indoors or outdoors. Grab your dog’s favorite toy, and toss the ball around for a good interval of time. Especially if space permits inside, this is a fun, safe way to stay warm on a chilly day.

3. Dog Stairs.

Oh yes, this is a thing. It’s kind of like the stairs workout at a gym, but at home, with your dog. Start by walking up and down the stairs, and then make it into a game of chase. Both of you will be burning some calories by the end of it!

4. Doga.

This is exactly what you think it is. Combining dogs and yoga, this is a relaxing activity you both can do together. Just some few basic stretches can bring your bonds closer together, and you can de-stress both yourself and your pup!

5. Squat Tease.

Get into a squat position with your dog’s favorite toy in hand. As you squat down, tap your dog with the toy. Then, as you rise, bring the toy above your head so that he jumps for it. While squats may not be a favorite, both of you will benefit from a quick session!

6. Make mealtime stimulating.

For cats, it’s a little harder to get them to stay active during the wintertime. Your cat can easily become overweight if all he does is eat a big meal and then go sleep all day. You can avoid this by hiding small portions of food around the house in bowls or in feeding toys. Feeding in this manner will also increase their daily physical activity and hone their hunting instinct!

7. Make treat time fun, too.

Play a game of hide and seek with a catnip toy or their favorite treats. When they get the toy give them a treat and start again. As they begin to understand the game you can make the toy more difficult to find. You’ll be surprised on how much fun this is!

8. Get some extra playtime.

Cat toys come in all shapes and sizes, and for a good reason. It is meant to entice your cat to get up and get moving! Their hunting instincts come alive, and they have a pretty good time! It’s also fun if you can get an interactive wand toy to join in with; your cat can enjoy your company.

9. Cat Obedience Training.

Believe it or not, cats can learn obedience. They can be clicker trained too! Just like dogs, cats can learn tricks like come, sit, fetch and stay too. Start with a treat that your cat loves and practice for 15 minutes a day. You may need to break up the treat in small pieces to control calories and limit weight gain. Once your cat performs the desired action you should reward them within 1-2 seconds so he will associate the treat with the command.

10. Make your home a cat adventure land.

We mean make your home interactive for your cat. Cat trees are always nice, because cats typically like being high up and exploring. Another positive is they are made out of material to entice your cat to scratch that, and not your furniture!

We know some of these are silly, but we can promise all of them are fun! You get to bond with your pet, and they get the needed exercise and stimulation they need during those brutal winter months. We’re curious to see how many of you are going to start doing doga!

Please visit our shelter 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 J.

 

 


Jan 17 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Leonora, Jenny, and Matilda!

“My name is Leonora, and I am so happy you are reading about me. I am a 12 year old girl with a beautiful calico coat. I was transferred to Wayside Waifs when my previous shelter was running low on space. That’s okay, though, I’m happy to be here because that means I get another chance at finding my forever family, and I’m certain they will find me here! Now, I know I may not be a young kitten, but don’t let that fool you – I do still like to play with my toys every now and then! Also, I’m a very relaxed girl. I don’t mind being brushed at all, and really enjoy attention. I love to purr, and would be so happy with a family that can give me a lot of pets! I have a lot of love to give and when you pass by my kennel at Wayside, I like to talk, too! I just like to remind people to stop by and say hello to me!  My friends at Wayside call me a Sidekick because I like to be around my people, but also like to do my own thing from time to time. Do you think I could be your furever sidekick? I hope to meet you soon!”

Check out Leonora here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Hi Folks! I’m Jenny! I’m a big lug of a tenderhearted  girl with so much to offer. I’m a 64-pound lab mix with a soft butterscotch-colored coat. I’ve had a bit of a ruff time. I originally came to Wayside from another shelter in Kansas City. I was adopted into what was supposed to be my furever home, but times got tough and they couldn’t keep me so I’m back here at Wayside. They’re taking great care of me here, but I just want to be back home living with a wonderful family. Even though I’m seven years old, I’ve still got plenty of energy and spunk. I’m active and relish a daily brisk walk. Big bonus is that I’m housetrained! That’s one thing you won’t get with a puppy! I’m also super smart and easy to train because I’m so treat motivated. I already know sit, shake and down and have almost mastered roll over! Your friends will be so impressed! I’m friendly, affectionate and enjoy people. I crave physical contact and would be a lap dog if I could. Oh, how I long to snuggle on the couch with my head in your lap. I love my humans, but I’m looking for a home without other canine friends. I will be a loyal and devoted pet and am ready to give you years of love and adoration. Can I be your dog?”

Check out Jenny here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Well, hello there…I’m Matilda! Thanks for taking time to learn more about me. As you can see from my photos and video, I’m a pretty, medium-sized, tan & red torbie girl. I transferred here from another shelter, and even though I haven’t been here all that long, I’ve really settled in to the routine here. I love all the attention and playtime I’ve been getting! My personality type is “Leader of the Band.” That means I’m an adventurous, confident girl. I’m very good at giving and receiving affection, and boy do I love to play with toys! You should know that I’ve tested FIV positive, but no worries. That just means I’ll need to have regular vet visits and good, nutritious food to make sure I stay healthy. And of course, I should be kept indoors where it’s safe. I’m currently residing in the “Meow Mansion” on the adoption floor at Wayside, so come on out and look me up.  Let’s spend some time getting to know each other. And who knows….we just might be a perfect match.”

Check out Matilda here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

You can meet all of our adoptable animals 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 J.


Jan 12 2018

Dogs and Cats: Fact or Fiction

We here at Wayside Waifs see many animals come through our doors everyday. After a while, you see certain animal stereotypes begin to fade, and we see who they really are. There can be small dogs who are ready to run, or cats that don’t land on their feet. We figured we would take the time to debunk a few of those rumors going around.

*We do not want to change your mind. If you’ve experienced any traumatic incidents, this will not pertain to you necessarily. This is more for people who have heard things about breeds, but not experienced it, and are not sure if they are comfortable around them. All we would like to do is educate!*

1. Pit Bulls are a dangerous breed.

There is a common misconception that there is only one Pit bull breed, but there are multiple. There is some truth in, “It’s all about how you raise them,” but not 100%. Pit Bulls have been tested by scientists, and they do not have the strongest dog bite. They also do not have locking jaws, nor are they the most likely breed to bite. We’ll leave with a statistic; In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. By comparison, in 2013, 31 people were killed in dog bite related fatalities.

2. Small dogs don’t require as much exercise.

Specifically Terriers like to run and chase, so they already contradict this myth. Don’t be fooled by the little fluff balls! There are the few that would rather sit with you, but most of the time, dogs enjoy going on a walk with you, or playtime. Definitely see what your dog would like, but get ready for walks!

3. Neutering your dog will negatively affect his personality.

If your dog has always been an outgoing, fun-loving, playful dog, neutering won’t change that all. If he is a little reactive with other dogs or roams the neighborhood, neutering may make him a bit gentler and more inclined to stay home.

4. Dogs who spend the day in the yard get plenty of exercise.

Dogs are pack animals — they are not good at running or playing when they are alone. Exercise is an important part of your dog’s health. It’s up to you to be sure he gets it.

5. Obedience training is only for problem dogs.

Yes, obedience training can help with some unacceptable behaviors, but wouldn’t it be better if those behaviors never had a chance to develop?  In addition, obedience training can strengthen the bond between you and your dog and help you enjoy each other’s company even more so!

6. Cats always land on their feet.

Cats are very agile, but also not perfect. They can land on their backs or head, or side. Especially if they are falling from a low-rise area, they are more susceptible to injury because they don’t have as much time to prepare. To keep yours safe, ensure that your windows screens are intact and free of holes, and make your shelves and tabletops unappealing platforms for people-watching.

7. Cats do not need regular vet check-ups; only when they are sick. 

Of course, cats have only one life. So it’s important to schedule regular veterinary visits to ensure your cat has a long, healthy and happy one. Going to the veterinarian shouldn’t only be for when your cat is sick. Your cat needs annual wellness check-ups, vaccines, dental exams and nutritional consultations… just like we do. Vaccinations are effective in keeping your cat clear of infection.

8. Calico and Tortie cats are mean, and more sassy than others. 

Remember that Calico refers to coloration, not a breed. With that in mind, a Calico cat’s personality will most likely be determined by breed and other factors, such as their experiences and environment, just like any other cat. A Tortie cat also has a rumor to have “Tortitude,” but really it can depend on breed tendencies, or past experiences.

9. Milk is good for cats.

One of the most common misconceptions about cats is that they should be given milk. The fact is that many cats are lactose-intolerant and giving them a warm saucer of milk will likely cause your cat to have terrible diarrhea. Cats only require milk from their mother while they are nursing. Once they are weaned, water should replace milk as their liquid nourishment. If you need to feed a tiny, orphaned kitty, always use specially prepared kitten formula from your veterinarian.

10. Pregnant women should not have a cat. 

Sadly, you often see classified ads offering “Free Cat, Baby on the Way.” The truth is that pregnant mothers can still love and enjoy their feline friends as long as they take precautions emptying the litter box. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease spread through cat feces and litter. It can cause serious neurologic diseases. While a woman is pregnant, it’s best to have someone else empty the litter box. Or, if that’s not possible, the pregnant owner should always use disposable latex gloves when changing the litter. It’s also smart to wash hands thoroughly after changing the litter as an extra precaution.

Once again, this is just an education post, and should not be used to change anyone’s mind, rather just provide some new information. We hope you enjoyed the debunking of myths!

You can always visit our adoptable animals 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 J.


Jan 10 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Rango, Milo, and Jerry!

“Hey there! ­­ My name is Rango and I would love to be your best friend. I’m a sweet three-year-old hound and I’m looking for a family to call my own. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. It’s totally okay though, I know it won’t be long until I find my forever home. My friends here say I’m pretty smart. I love treats and will sit, lay down and shake if you ask me to. I bet that with some time and extra treats we can learn more commands together! I learn new skills very quickly. Right now I am learning how to take a treat gently and I loooooove treats, so we can practice as much as we need to. I am quiet and independent so if you have something else to do I will be content to hang out. However, when you are ready to play or take a walk I will be ready to go! I do pretty well on a leash and I’d love to go exploring with you! I’d do best in a home without small kiddos (they can make me nervous) and I’d like to meet any other dogs in your home to be sure we can be friends! If you’re looking for a sweet fella to go through life with, I might just be the dog for you. I’ll be waiting for you!”

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

“Hey there. My name is Milo. Aren’t I the cutest orange kitty?! I’m just about a year old and I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around is scary but I know this is my last stop before I find a family of my own. I dream of spending my days roaming around my own house and cuddling with my own people. My friends here call me a Sidekick. That means once I’m comfortable, I’ll be your best pal! I’ll help with anything around the house, especially preparing my dinner! I hear that I give incredible head butts and I have a very nice purr. I would likely do best in a quiet, stress-free home. An environment with a lot of commotion or people will probably scare me. I’m a simple guy and I’m looking for a family to match. Could I be the kitty for you? Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Milo here.

“Howdy! My name is Jerry. I’m a five-year-old Lab Retriever mix looking for a family to call my own. I came to Wayside from another shelter. Starting over can be scary but I know this is my last stop before I find my forever home. I’m a sweet boy who likes attention. I would love to be able to run and play and go on adventures. I’ve done well as a running dog with some of Wayside’s volunteers. Maybe we can go explore the neighborhood together? I’m also pretty smart. I know “Come”, “Sit”, and “Stay”. I bet with some treats we can learn some more things together! I’m pretty serious about my food, so I’ll need a home where I’ve got a safe space to eat away from kiddos and other animals. I don’t want to accidentally hurt someone. Speaking of kiddos, I would do best in a home with children over the age of five. If you’re looking for a new best pal, I just might be the dog for you. I’ll be waiting for you at Wayside! Come on down and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Jerry here.

Meet all of our adoptable animals 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 J.


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