Apr 18 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Alexa, Ellery, and Sherry!

“Hi there! Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Alexa and I’m a sweet four-year-old gal looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found as a stray. Being out on my own sure was scary and I’m pretty happy to be somewhere warm and safe. Everyone here is so nice but I can’t help but dream of having my forever home. I can be a little timid when I first meet someone. I’m looking for a family who will give me the time and patience I need to sniff out a new situation. Because I’m a little shy I would do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I’m also looking for a family who will work with me on basic obedience training. Being a stray I haven’t had anyone around to help me learn things. I promise I’ll learn quickly! My friends around here tell me that I can be a little weary when I walk on a leash. As I gain confidence I promise I’ll work on being your best walking pal! If you’re looking for a sweet pal to go through life with, look no further! I sure can’t wait to meet you!”

Learn more about Alexa here.

“Hey guys! Thanks for reading about me! My name is Ellery and I’m a 2-year-old gal. I currently reside at Wayside Waifs, but would love to go to a more permanent home. On the feline-ality chart, I’m considered to be a Sidekick. This means I’m great company to keep. Although at first I can be scared and timid, so it will take some time warming up to you. You should know that I need to go to a home where it’s dog free and no kids under the age of 7. This is just precautionary, as I would like to avoid any and all accidents. I would prefer going to a home that is considerably quiet. So, if you’re looking for a cuddly cat to take on the journey of life with, then come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet with me today!”

Learn more about Ellery here.

“Hi everyone! My name is Sherry and I’m so excited you’re reading about me! I’m a beautiful one-year-old girl. I’ve been told my sleek coat is very form-fitting and flattering! I came to Wayside Waifs as a stray awhile back, and last month I came back as a stray once again from Grandview. The lovely animal control officer picked me up and dropped me off here, for shelter. I know my story seems sad, but I’m extremely grateful to the staff and volunteers here! I am ready to find my forever home though, and hopefully it’s you! One thing you should know about me is that I’m high energy. I’d benefit from an active home, where I will get regular exercise, walks, and mental stimulation. It is recommended I go to a home without children under the age of five, just because of my size, strength, and energy level. I already know the command ‘sit,’ but I’m ready to learn more! I enjoy food and toys, so presenting me with yummy treats or a toy will help me enjoy basic obedience training. I enjoy exploring my environment, and checking everything out. I can be playful, and have a tendency to be jumpy and mouthy. I will benefit from impulse control training! We’re still working on my leash skills, as I tend to pull hard. Right now, I’m using a harness and a slip lead, but I’m working hard to ensure I just need a harness! I need a confident owner for a confident girl like me! I do enjoy meeting new people, and giving kisses and hugs. I’ve met a few dogs here at Wayside, and they seem fun! I have a rough play style, and some dogs may not appreciate how I interact with them. We recommend you bring in your dogs to meet me, so we can make sure we can play together! Hopefully I sound like the one for you! I’m energetic, but if you like to run, I’d be a great partner for you. Come visit me at Wayside Waifs. I’ll be waiting!”

Learn more about Sherry here. Sherry also has a video, which you can see here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours! *NOTE OUR NEW ADOPTION HOURS STARTING THIS WEEK!*

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

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 13 2018

Long-Term Residents: Jenny and Simone

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 Abby and Yuko, and both are still very anxious to find their families! This month, we are going to feature Jenny and Simone!

This is Jenny, and she has been at the shelter collectively over a year now. She originally came to Wayside Waifs in March of 2017 from a local shelter when they ran out of space. Aside from having an upper respiratory infection, she seemed like a happy, sweet girl. She has some quirks, including her looks, but she has quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite. The one restriction Jenny has is no dogs, mainly because she has a very particular play style that most dogs aren’t into. Jenny actually got adopted between mid-June and mid-July of 2017, so her initial stay here was abrupt and without incident. It wasn’t until she was returned in November that her journey continued.

Her owner had fallen on hard times, and the best decision for all involved was to bring Jenny back to Wayside. From there we discovered that she was not going to be a good fit for other dogs, but that she was still the same sweet girl we got to know in the summer. She ended up getting a UTI, but quickly got re-adopted in February of 2018. She was returned a few days later because her adopter had no fence, and they have dogs that run in the yard. Some behavior notes include,”Jenny was friendly with people, outgoing, and active. She is food motivated and knows sit and shake. She will approach people in a friendly manner looking to play or for social contact. On leash she pulls hard when excited which may be constant.” She has been on one bite hold, but it was completely accidental, and she was jumping in the same vicinity as a volunteer’s hand.

Honestly, we anticipate the reason Jenny being here is mainly the dog restriction, her age, and her unique look. While we think she is beautiful, some may not appreciate her true inner and outer beauty, but we promise the friendship with her is amazing. So many volunteers and staff members love Jenny, and she has become quite the popular girl! She’s been featured on TV with our Communications Manager, so you’ll have a famous dog! We think Jenny can describe herself best, so please read her bio for a brief moment.

 

“Hi Folks! I’m Jenny! I’m 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—I have so many staff and volunteers who love me—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 spunk. I relish a daily walk but have to admit I’d probably rather be on the sofa with you. Big bonus is that I’m FULLY HOUSETRAINED! When I lived at home my adopters let me roam the house and I never got into anything thing I wasn’t supposed to. I’m also super smart and easy to train because I’m so treat motivated. I already know look, sit, shake, down and roll over! Your friends will be so impressed! I’m friendly, affectionate and enjoy people. I lived with two young girls and we did great. I crave physical contact, kisses and belly rubs! 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?

Love,

Jenny”

This girl is Simone, and she has been here 83 days. She first arrived at Wayside Waifs in January when her previous shelter ran out of space. When we evaluated her behaviorally, we discovered she was a Leader of the Band. That is a fun way of saying Simone is confident in who she is, and would likely transition well in a new home. She also LOVES to talk! We quickly learned that she likes things her way, and on her terms. She was briefly put on a bite hold after getting overstimulated from interacting with a volunteer. She is a smart girl who likes to let you know how she feels by talking to you and purring.

After her bite hold was released, we put a no kids under 12 restriction on her. We knew she liked things done her way, and we didn’t want anyone getting hurt by her accidentally. She briefly went to foster, and was not very nice to the foster’s dogs, so she also has a no dogs restriction. The main thing with Simone is that she doesn’t like to be cooped up, so her frustrations come out when she is being out back in her kennel. She has a lot of energy, so adequate playtime is a must in a home.  Once again, Simone was put on a bite hold because of being cooped up. She is feisty, but in the best ways possible!

Really the things that are keeping her here are mixed. She has had a few bite holds, which can add up on length of stay. She gets a little antsy when she is cooped up, so play is going to be more important and beneficial than lap and snuggle time. She has a really nice friend named Bolt at the shelter, and they balance each other out really well. She probably can go home to another cat, but it is extremely important that other cat can understand what Simone is about. She plays rough, and not all cats enjoy that. We hand out basic introduction information for cats, but having a cat that matches her style is extremely important for her. Simone has a way with words, so we’ll give the rest to her!

“Hi there! My name is Simone. What’s yours? As you can see from my photos, I’m a beautiful, shorthaired dark tortoiseshell girl with lots of rich, dark colors in my fur. They call us dark torties chocolate torties. It fits me, because I am very sweet. I also have stunning large, golden eyes. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and I’m so happy to be here, where I just know I will find my forever person or people. I’m an affectionate cat who loves to play. What’s my favorite toy? All of them! I sure hope my new people will play with me! When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I’m a Leader of the Band! That means I’m a confident cat who loves people very much. I’ll bet I would love you!

Love, Simone”

Learn more about Simone here.

Please come in and meet these wonderful girls, and all of our adoptable Waifs, during our adoption hours. Note the change in schedule because of our annual Adopt-A-Thon!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Thursday: CLOSED
  • Friday: 7am-7pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 11 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Tigger, Ginger, and Domino!

“The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is Tiggers are wonderful things! I’m a little less bouncy than the Tigger you’re thinking of, but I promise I’m just as cute and loyal. I’m here at Wayside waiting to find my furever family and maybe that could be you! I’m considered the Leader of the Band. That means that I’m always in and around the action. I’m confident and I always want to check out the adventure around me but I’m also super sweet and cuddly. I love being pet and scratched and I’ll repay you in purrs and head butts! I also love pouncing and chasing on different toys. When you come to visit me, you’ll see on my information card that I’m FIV positive. I hope you won’t let this stop you from taking me home, because with a healthy, indoor-only lifestyle, an FIV positive cat can have a long, happy life! I can’t wait to meet you! I know we’ll be the best of friends.”

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


“Hi there! My name is Ginger and I’m so glad that you stopped by to read more about me, and I think you will be too! I don’t want to brag but I’m told that I’m a beautiful American Blue Heeler mix with pretty spots and a foxy smile. And I’m told that I have the personality to match. I transferred to Wayside from another shelter. Moving around can be scary but I’m so excited to be here because rumor has it that you can find a really great family here at Wayside and that is just what I am looking for! You see, I’m a lovable, energetic girl who is looking for an active, affectionate family. Yep, that’s right, I said affectionate because I LOVE belly rubs. I’ll snuggle up next to you or roll over for some extra pets and love and I’ll have some nice kisses for you in return!! When we aren’t busy loving each other, I would love daily exercise. I could be a good running or walking buddy. Long walks around the neighborhood? Visits to the park? That all sounds great to me! I’m capable of keeping up with an active lifestyle and in fact, I would just love that! Another skill of mine is jumping! I have the ability to jump very high, and because of that, I’ll need a tall fence or to be monitored while I’m outside. Just in case I get the itch to test my jumping skills. I have met a few dogs here at wayside and I seemed to like them. I’m told I have good social skills, but I would still love to meet any future furry dog siblings. Please bring them to Wayside so we can make sure that we will be a great fit! I’m a smart girl who already knows multiple commands but I could benefit from some obedience training. I mean, who doesn’t like to learn new things and show off their skills? I know I would! Wow, they sure say a lot of nice things about you here! Really makes a girl feel good. What would make me feel even better is meeting you! I’ll be sure to show you how great you are too. Please come to Wayside soon so that we can meet and start our adventures together!”

Learn more about Ginger 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 Domino here.

You can meet all of our wonderful Waifs during our adoption hours! Please note the change this week as we gear up for our annual Adopt-A-Thon!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Thursday: CLOSED
  • Friday: 7am-7pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 4 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Brad, Romy, and Sheba!

Hi there everybody. My name’s Brad, and I am a handsome one-year-old boy! I originally came to Wayside Waifs as a stray, as a nice Good Samaritan rescued me from the streets! I’m extremely thankful to be here, because I’ve been able to hang out with people who have helped me progress in so many ways. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. After arriving at the shelter, the staff and volunteers noticed I was active, strong, and affectionate, but I was also rather excitable. I was put on Peace Academy to work on my behavior, and I have to say I’ve improved! I know the commands sit, come, stay/wait, shake, and down! I’d love to learn more with you, and I enjoy treats, toys, and attention. I use to be wary of strangers, but I’m learning that I can trust the people here, because they want to see me thrive! Because of my jumpy, and mouthy behavior, we do ask that I go to a home without children under the age of ten. I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone! I’m a smart, energetic guy who is looking for an active home where I can get regular exercise, training, and mental stimulation. I’ve met a few dogs here, and they seem okay, but we do ask that you bring in your dogs to meet me so we can make sure we are a good pair. I’ve been known to pull on a leash, but I enjoy walking and being with you and exploring! Thank you so much for reading about me. I truly believe I’ve made great strides while spending my time here. I’m ready to find that perfect home for me, and I hope it’s with you! Please ask for Brad when visiting Wayside, and you won’t be disappointed.”

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

“Hi! It’s nice to meet you! My name is Romy and I’m a five-year-old kitty with gorgeous brown and white fur. I came to Wayside from another shelter when they ran out of space. It’s okay though! Everyone here is so nice and I know it won’t be long until I find a family to love forever and ever. I think five is the perfect age. I’m independent enough that I can do my own thing but I’m also playful and affectionate. Toy mice are my favorite! I could chase one of those around for hours. Around here they call me an Executive. I’m a pretty important cat and I stay busy. Once we get home I’ll inspect everything to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. After I check things out I’ll probably take a little snooze. (Hey! Keeping the house in order is a tough job!) Don’t worry, I’ll always make time to cuddle up with you. If you’re looking for a best friend to go through life with, look no further! I might just be the cat for you! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Romy here.

Welcome, and thanks for stopping to read about me!  My name is Sheba, and I’m seven years old.  I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a “looker” with a big heart and a soulful face, as you can see from my picture.  Lots of people search for puppies and don’t know how wonderful us more mature dogs can be.  I have a lot of love and life left and would be honored to share it with you.  Well, let me tell you all about me…  I’m comfortable and confident with people and enjoy their attention. When I was transferred to Wayside from another shelter, I was pretty sad and anxious.  The good people here have helped me feel calmer and loved, and I’m really looking forward to finding my new forever family. If you’re looking for a big, sweet, spunky girl, that would be me!  I’m bouncy and playful, have plenty of energy and love my walks.  I can pull hard on my leash when I’m excited or see another dog, but I’ll settle down and be a good walking buddy after a bit.  It would be wonderful if you’re willing to help me learn better leash skills and some basic obedience skills.  I already know the sit command, and since I’m motivated by yummy treats, I’m sure I can learn more cool skills if you take the time to teach me.  I’d love to make you proud! When it comes to other dogs, let’s just say I have a strong personality.  I can be bossy and over-bearing with some dogs, and playful and friendly to others.  If you have other dogs in the home I’ll need to meet them when you come to see me.  Speaking of visiting me, I sure hope you’ll come soon.  It could be that we’re the perfect match, so why waste any more time?  Let’s get this party started!”

Learn more about Sheba 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.


Mar 30 2018

Volunteer Program Highlight: TABBY

A few months back, we featured volunteers doing numerous things around our campus, and we featured playgroups. We figured we’d highlight another wonderful aspect of volunteering with our feline friends; TABBY! TABBY is To Achieve Best Behavior Yet, and focuses on cats finding balance.  TABBY is mostly for cats waiting to be deemed available.  These are the cat that are shy/fearful, desparate for attention or are high energy.  Finding them a balance can reduce stress, and help them move to the adoption floor faster. Today, I met with TABBY volunteer Elizabeth to give me some insight into our cat behavior program.

Elizabeth is pictured above, and after each session, TABBY volunteers do a recap about how long it was, what transpired, etc. It helps present information to other TABBY volunteers, and the Feline Care Manager Bonnie as to who has been worked with or who has made any progress. As stated above, TABBY is mostly for cats waiting to be deemed available, meaning they are not quite adoption ready yet, but definitely can be! They just need that one-on-one time to really improve and gain socialization skills. Volunteers like Elizabeth work weekly with select kitties who need that extra attention, and we greatly appreciate it!

Briefly, we want to show you our current TABBY board. This board is able to help Bonnie communicate to volunteers on what cat needs what. Sometimes the cats only need talking to, and sometimes they need playtime and socialization. Each cat gets unlimited time to improve because everyone improves differently. We also participate in clicker and target training, to help mentally stimulate the cats. Really, each cat is a case by case basis, but this board is updated whenever anyone hits a certain stride.

We decided to work with Breanna first, and boy was she interesting. She hissed, growled, and did a little bit of everything besides interact with us. We quickly realized we needed to play with a barrier between us, and then we saw glimpses of the real Breanna. She is deemed high arousal, so stressful situations like shelter environment can be really hard on her. She did enjoy her cat dancer after a few minutes!

Pictured above is Layla, who is also labeled play with a barrier. She apparently lunges, but we didn’t see that behavior today. She enjoyed us talking to her and playing with her cat dancer, so she is well on her way to graduating! Bonnie determines when a cat will graduate TABBY, and at that point they usually go to the adoption floor. This is where you can see the progress they made, and how well they do in the shelter now. We’ve taken a few photos of some of our TABBY graduates, and would love to show you them so they can brag about how well they’ve done!

Dave is the black cat in the back, and this is his new best friend Vivi. Dave used to hide and cower, but now has blossomed with another cat. He greets people at the door now!

This is Titan Athena, and she was a tough case at first. She was more feral than all of our barn cats when she first was brought to Wayside. Now you can go visit her and as long as she solicits attention first, she will love to sit and chat with you! We’ll also provide a picture of her warning sign, and a video of her being sweet and lovable!

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Our last TABBY graduate is staff favorite Jammers. She was briefly on TABBY but quickly was graduated and moved to the floor. She still has her quirks, but she certainly is a sweetheart!

That was just a little insight of our TABBY program. Come meet some of our TABBY graduates 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.

 

 

 

 


Mar 22 2018

Barn Cat Program


We have barn cats among barn cats! We have five barn cats available for adoption and we figured it was a good time to discuss our barn cat program. Note: We’d like to state that we do not KNOWINGLY accept barn cats to our program. These are cats that have been deemed barn cats by our Feline Care Manager, and usually come in as strays. We only adopt out barn cats. If you are interested in one of our barn cats, at the end of the post we’ll provide a link to get more information about how to get on the waiting list.*

Some cats prefer the call of the wild and don’t envision their life on a warm lap, being pampered to 24 hours a day.  For this reason, Wayside Waifs has started our own Barn Cat Program.  This program is for cats that are not deemed adoptable but are healthy.  This would include cats that are feral (fearful and unsocial) or who are housesoilers/sprayers.  All cats will have bloodwork done and must be negative for Felv and FIV.

All cats will be altered and vaccinated before they leave as to help control the pet population. They will also receive flea/tick control. Adoption fees are waived for these cats.

Adopters must provide:

  • Safe and warm conditions/shelter
  • Fresh water and food daily
  • Provide medical care as needed

If you are interested in adopting a cat from our Barn Cat program, just inquire with our Adoptions Team when you arrive at Wayside Waifs. Wayside Waifs does not take in cats for the purpose of the program. Only cats already in our shelter that are not suited to a traditional home setting are deemed barn cats and placed in this program.  We also suggest you give staff your name and email so they can communicate with you on what kind of barn cat you’d like. We definitely have a waiting list, but we stay on top of it! We’d like to feature a few of our current barn cats we have:

 

Aspen is a semi-friendly barn cat.

Roberta is a normal feral barn cat.

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Breanna is a semi-friendly barn cat. We also have another barn cat who is not a fan of the spotlight, and declined an interview with us. They are looking for a non-traditional home, but a home nonetheless. Please inquire about them through email linked above. Thanks!

Written by Teryn J.

 

 

 


Mar 14 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Vivi, Brewster, and Clif!

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Vivi. What’s yours? I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve heard people say I am one of the cutest and sweetest girls at Wayside. I have a beautiful round face, glowing copper eyes, and an adorable chunky little body. Black is very slimming, right? I love people. I’m a friendly girl who enjoys attention and affection. If you pet me, I will let you know how much I am loving it with my loud, soulful purr. My midnight-colored coat is like black velvet, so you will love petting me as much as I love having you do it! Right now at Wayside, I have a roommate, and we are getting along just fine. So if you have a friendly cat at home who needs a feline friend, I might be a good fit, as long as proper introductions are followed. There’s one more thing you should know about me: I am FIV-positive. It’s really no big deal. It just means that I need an indoors-only lifestyle, good food, and regular veterinary care. In return, I promise you a lifetime of cuteness and cuddles. Does that sound good to you?”

Learn more about Vivi here.

“Hey there! Thanks for reading about me. My name is Brewster and I’m a two-year-old fella looking for a family to love forever and ever. I’ve definitely moved around a bit and I’m looking for something stable and permanent. I know it won’t be long until I find a home of my very own. I’m a smart guy and I know “Sit”, “Down” and “Stay”. I love treats and toys and I know you and I can learn all sorts of treats and commands together. I aim to please and your praise will motivate me. I need a home with a tall fence and I can’t be left outside alone. I’m an athletic guy and I can easily scale a fence if left unattended. I’m confident and friendly and I can make friends pretty easily. I love getting belly rubs and giving kisses! I do pretty well on a leash and I’d love to release some energy by going on a walk or a run with you. After our adventure we can hang out and relax. I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you. I do ask that you bring the whole family, including four-legged friends to come meet me. I want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. I can’t wait to meet you. Come to Wayside and ask to say hi to Brewster!”

Learn more about Brewster here.

“Orange you glad you are reading about me? I sure am! Hi there, my name is Clif, and I’m a very handsome classic orange, or “red” tabby. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find the purrfect person or people for me. I’m a friendly, laid-back, mellow fellow. I enjoy being petted, and my favorite thing is to just roll around, purr and make air biscuits while you are talking to me. I really helps me concentrate on what you are saying as I hang on your every word. Wouldn’t you love to come home and tell me all about your day? When I had my Felineality test here, they told me I’m a Sidekick. That was no surprise to me. You see, my mission in life is to just hang out beside my favorite person or people, making them look and feel good. Think I could do that for you?”

Learn more about Clif here.

Feel free to visit 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.


Feb 28 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Brutus, Jammers, and Red Boy!

“Hi everyone! The name’s Brutus, and I’m a two-year-old handsome boy! I was brought to Wayside Waifs as a stray, wondering the streets, until the wonderful animal control officer picked me up and brought me here. I couldn’t be more grateful for a warm place to sleep! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. Yes, I have wonderful brown markings and striking brown eyes. Let me tell you I am also extremely smart! I know the commands come, sit, shake, down, and stay. WOW! I love treats, toys, and praise, and I am ready to learn more with you. I’m a goofy and lovable guy who likes spending time with people. I get a little jumpy when playing, so having owners used to my play style and size will be essential. I’m a big boy, so I want you to feel comfortable walking me and hanging out with me. I ask that you walk me with a harness to be on the safe side! Based on some of my meetings with dogs here, we ask that I go to a home with no dogs, no cats, and no little furries running around. I know it’s a lot to ask, but I am a sizable guy and I don’t want to hurt anyone! I am a confident boy in new situations, so I would love to meet you! Thanks for reading about me. I’m a real sweet boy and I’m just looking for my peeps. Come out to Wayside and ask for Brutus; you will not be disappointed.”

Learn more about Brutus here.

“Hey you! Thanks for clicking on my photo! I’m Jammers and I am 5 years old. My old owners brought me to Wayside a little while ago because it just wasn’t the right time for them to have a pet. It’s been hard not having them around anymore, but I’m learning to get back on my feet. I enjoy playing, cuddling, but, most of all, socializing! They call me a Leader of the Band around here because I love meeting new people and making new friends. I am very friendly and sweet towards adults but I’m not quite sure about little humans just yet. They tend to be loud and handsy which can be a little overwhelming at times. I prefer a home with people over 10 years old and no other cats, I want to be the center of attention! In return for your cooperation, love, and treats I will be sure to give you lots of headbutts, kisses, and purrs! A pretty good trade off if you ask me. What’s not to love? I’ll do great in the litter box, I’ll happily greet your guests, and overall be an amazing companion. Hope to see you soon!”

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

“Who could resist a big dog named Red Boy?  I’m 59 pounds of sweetness and would love to meet you.  I may be a little shy at first but I warm up quickly and you’ll see how affectionate I am.  I soak up attention from people and have a lot of love to give right back!  That’s why I’m hoping to quit the shelter life and find a loving family ASAP! I’m a confident guy and will show you how I sit on command and come when called.  If you want to teach me more commands I’d be delighted, especially if you reward me with a yummy treat or two!  Would you like a companion to take walks with you?  I want to see everything there is to see on walks (it’s so exciting out there) and with your help to improve my leash skills, I can learn not to pull and become your perfect walking buddy.  And when we come home, we can settle in for a great belly rubbing session! I’ve met a couple dogs here at Wayside and have shown I’m pretty cool in that situation.  (Actually, I’m more interested in people!)  If you have other dogs at home, I hope you’ll bring them when you come to see me.  That way we can make sure we all get along! Do me a favor…come soon so we can see if we belong together.  I’m thinking it’ll be a win!”

Learn more about Red Boy here.

Please visit us and all of our 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.


Feb 23 2018

Cats Aren’t Jerks

We have all said it. We have all watched the videos. We have all laughed. Some of us have experienced it. Some have felt frustrated by it and some actually appreciate it. What is “it”?? Cats doing things that we feel they shouldn’t be doing. Cats being “jerks.”

Why do cats do these things other than to annoy or entertain us? Well, brace yourself for the answer. They aren’t being jerks. They are communicating to us. To their person. To their human that speaks a completely different language. It is up to US to figure out what they are trying to tell us, and to figure out the best way to stop the inappropriate behavior and meet their needs, in a positive manner.

Cats are jerks! Yes, it can be funny, especially when it isn’t your cat. If it is your cat, and you don’t understand the reason for their behavior, it can be a problem. If your cat’s behavior has changed all of a sudden, please take him/her to the vet to rule out any possible medical issue. Cats are masters at hiding pain or illness.

Cat knocking over items in the home? The cat is bored and wanting attention. Maybe the item seems to be like a toy, a vase with fluffy flowers, for example. That’s hard to resist! Your cat might benefit from more one on one time and a good round of playtime.

Cat keeps jumping up on the table or counter? What’s up there? If food is left there, that can be enticing to a cat. One of my cats used to chew holes in a bag of bread if we left it out on the counter. Simple solution: put it away in a cupboard or container that is cat-proof. If the cat gets up on the counter to look out a window, provide an alternative. His own stool, tower and reward him when he uses it. To deter cats from jumping up on the counter or table, try double sided tape on placemats or tinfoil or rubber mats with the bumpy side facing upwards.

Cat waking you up at night to be fed? Timed feeders are wonderful! Some of them have the option of recording your voice to call them. Some work by microchip in case you have more than one cat and want to ensure only one gets that specific food. You can try ignoring your cat, but be sure to have plenty of patience! Giving your cat a 15minute playtime with a wand toy to really get them moving can help. Do this before your bedtime. When playtime ends, feed your cat. A cat’s natural instinct is to hunt (play), eat its prey (catch the toy, then eat), groom and then sleep. This same advice can apply to cats that are vocal at night, too.

Does your cat prevent other pets or people from walking by them, usually in a hallway or on the stairs? I have one of those cats! She is being territorial, and will smack our dog if he tries to pass. Luckily it’s a light smack. We know her routine and can usually call her to us before any type of smack down begins. If this behavior occurs and prevents another cat from having access to a litterbox or bed or food, then there needs to be more of those in the home. Litterbox access is not a problem anyone wants to deal with. There should be one litterbox per cat in the home plus one more. Preferably in easy to access, stress free areas and located on each level of the home. They should be uncovered and away from the wall, enough so that the cat can exit from that area in 2 different directions. If food is the issue, feed them in separate areas.

Cats don’t mean to be jerks. It just happens to be the best way for them to communicate their needs to us. For more detailed information, be sure to check out our Behavior Library.

Always feel free to visit our campus during adoption hours!

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

Edited by Teryn J. Written by Bonnie Still, our resident Feline Care Manager and certified Cat Behavior Specialist.


Feb 21 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Big Buddy, Moses, and Jerry!

“Hi guys! My name is Big Buddy and I’m a 10-month-old fella. I came to Wayside Waifs from another shelter and I’m extremely grateful to be in good hands here! Even though I’m a young pup, I’m highly intelligent and know the command “Sit”. I could benefit from basic obedience training to add more commands to my skill set. I’m a huge lover of toys, so the more toys, the happier I’ll be. Since I love toys so much, they tend to become a distraction, but don’t worry, I’ll still give you all the attention you deserve! I’m very friendly towards humans and my fellow canine counterparts. If you already have any canine family members, I recommend you bring them in to meet me before taking me home. If you’re searching for a future best friend, look no further and come and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Big Buddy here.

“’Holy Moses!’ is what you might say when you first lay eyes on me. That’s because I’m one big beautiful kitty — a kitty who is waiting ever so patiently to find my new forever home. I’ve come to Wayside because my previous family could no longer care for me. I’m used to a home with kids and a small dog — but no big dogs please, they scare me. My feline-ality is Personal Assistant, so you’ll never have to worry about being lonely. I’ll be at your side while you get all your chores done, then hop up on your lap when it’s time to relax. I don’t like to brag, but I’m pretty darn popular with the volunteers and staff here at Wayside. You’ll hear words like “gentle,” “sweet,” and “affectionate” tossed around as they describe their interactions with me. Please know that my initial testing indicated that I’m FIV+. That just means I’ll need a good healthy diet, regular vet visits, and an indoors-only lifestyle. An adoption counselor can answer any questions you may have. If you’re ready for a special new addition to your family, let’s get the conversation started. I’ll be right here inside the “Purr Palace” eagerly awaiting your visit. Can’t wait to meet you.”

Learn more about Moses here.

“Howdy! My name is Jerry. I’m a five-year-old fella 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. He also has a video, which you can view here.

You can see 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.


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