Mar 7 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: 

“Hey there! My name is Maddox and I’m a sweet fella looking for my forever home! I’m just over a year and a half old and I’m as sweet as can be! I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. It’s okay though! I know this is my last stop before I find a family to spend life with! I’m very friendly and I love people! I love giving kisses and getting belly rubs. I’m also pretty smart. I know “Sit” and I know that we can learn even more tricks and commands together. I can be a little jumpy when I’m excited so I’m looking for a family who is willing to put in the time and effort for training. I love spending time outside and I walk pretty well on a leash. I think it would be great to go for a run or a hike with you. After some exercise I’ll cuddle up right next to you. If you’ve got canine friends, I do ask that you bring them with you so I can meet them before going home. I just want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. If you’re looking for a sweet best friend to go through life with, look no further! I might just be the dog for you! I’ll be waiting!”

Learn more about Maddox here.

“Hello Friend, My name is Moxie! Life up until now, hasn’t been easy. You see, I was adopted from Wayside nearly 5 years ago as an adorable sweet little kitten. I loved my family so much, so when they decided to give me up I was completely heartbroken. Much to the dismay of the wonderful staff and volunteers at Wayside, I became visibly depressed, stopped eating, and really just gave up on life. Just when I thought I could no longer go on, one of the veterinarians decided to foster me. He scooped me up, hugged me close, and told me that everything would be all right. And you know what, he was right! He knew that somewhere in my deep sad eyes was a happy kitty that just needed some time and love to heal from my broken heart. I still miss my family, but his family taught me that love cures all, and I’m happy to be with them. As you can clearly see from my photos, I’m a darling brown and white tabby with a snuggly round face. I’m built for snuggles and cuddles, which I’m sure you’ll love during these cold winter months. I have free-roam of my foster families lower-level. I’ve found a safe hidey spot that I spend most of my time in. When my foster family comes down to see me, I happily leave my safe spot to follow them around and ask for attention. I’m a simple cat, that enjoys simple things. I am a bit independent, but I bond closely with my people and enjoy being near them. In my ideal home, I’d be the only cat. In my last home, there were three cats altogether. Sometimes we co-existed, but mostly we didn’t like sharing our things or the attention we got from our family. I’ll love you so much, you won’t ever need another kitty! I have met a friendly dog in my foster home. I gave him a good whap, and then went about my business. The dog was understanding, so we continued to live together just fine. I’ve also been around small children in my foster home. The little humans are very friendly, but they can also be fast and loud. I like getting pets from them, but will sometimes retreat to my hidey-hole for safety. My foster dad says I have wonderful house-manners! He loves that I use my litterbox so well, and that I keep my area nice and tidy. I love my foster family, but I’m ready to find a family of my very own. Someone(s) who will love me unconditionally. In return, I promise to be your very best friend for the rest of my days and love you with all that I am. I really hope you’ll call to meet me soon, I can’t wait to finally meet you!”

Learn more about Moxie here.

“Hi there. My name is Sissy and I am a 3 year old girl. My coat is all white, just like snow! I weigh about 46 pounds and am a pretty strong girl. I came to Wayside from another shelter when they ran out of room. The prior shelter thought I might be hard of hearing; the folks at Wayside are still trying to determine if that’s true. I am food and toy motivated and just a bundle of energy. I mostly know how to sit, but especially so if you have a treat in your hand! While I am full of energy, I also love to cuddle with people, enjoy snuggling on the couch and getting belly rubs. You should see my tail go when I am excited! I would love to meet you and anyone you have in your house, including your 4 legged children. It’d be pretty awesome if I could go home with you today! If you think I’m the right girl for you, please come see me today.”

Learn more about Sissy 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 2 2018

Abby and Yuko: Long-Term Residents

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 Andrea and Mac, and we have some good news. Of course if you follow our blog, you know Andrea was adopted shortly after the blog was released. Mac went to a foster home, and we are happy to report he is doing well and is learning a lot about what a home is like! This month, we are going to feature Abby and Yuko!

Abby has officially been at Wayside Waifs for 214 days. She originally came to us in July of 2017 from a transferring shelter. While we let her settle in, once we behavior tested her, we noticed she had some interesting quirks. Abby needed to work on impulse control and managing her excitement. She was very jumpy, not horribly mouthy, but displayed some mouthiness. She wasn’t sure of her harness going over her head, and she was very stressed here. We also noticed she wasn’t quite sure how to interact with dogs. Overall, she was still a very sweet and social girl, but we knew going forward we had to improve her skills a little bit before she would do well in a home. She was promptly put in our Peace Academy program and began training almost immediately.

After just a week, Abby had improved so much! She became PA available, so she could be seen by potential families. She does have a few restrictions of being no kids under five, and no dogs. Dog skills are something adopters could work on over time with the help of a trainer, but where her socialization is at with dogs at this time she will not be able to successfully live with another dog. She will need a home with NO KIDS 5 AND UNDER due to her energy level and strength. She will need an active home with adopters who are prepared to give her the exercise and play time that she will need to live successfully in a home. Just going for walks or being out in a yard will not be enough exercise for her. She is still working on her manners with impulse control and will need to continue working on that. She can get excited when she hears and/or sees another dog, so adopters will need to be aware of their surroundings when on walks, out in a fenced yard, windows she can see out of etc. She has a very good “sit” and “look” and both of those commands will be good for her when needing to redirect her focus. She is very affectionate and loves people. She will crawl into your lap and give kisses if you allow her to. She is food, toy, and praise motivated, so she is eager to continue her training. She will need to go home on an easy walk harness so adopters have control over her.

Abby is a dog that loves to go on field trips and car rides! Just a month later in September of 2017, she graduated from Peace Academy altogether. We were/are so proud of her! She made great progress with impulse control and overall excitability, so we threw a little party for her. In October, she ended up on a bite hold from an accidental tooth scrape, and was put on observation for 10 days. After her hold, we put her back on Peace Academy because she had so much pent up energy, and we wanted to work with her efficiently.

Ever since November, Abby was placed back on the adoption floor and been available. Our best guess as to why she is still here is the past behavior. She has improved immensely since she first came in, but she does require consistent continued training to keep up her progress. She has a small child restriction, and a no dogs restriction. However, she is fun, sweet, and generally a good time, so please consider her for either yourself or someone you know! She is going to tell you a little bit about herself as well!

**Abby 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. And she has a video! To watch, scroll through her pictures and click on the video link. Thanks!**

**Abby is eligible for a Slumber Paw-ty! Please see “Slumber Paw-ty Program” page under the “Adopt” tab for more details.**

“Hi there, I’m Abby! I’m a sweet, affectionate, and energetic dog with a delightful personality and a smile that brightens any room. Sure, I’m tired of being homeless. Shelter life can feel lonely at times and I wonder when it might be my turn to be chosen by a new family. But I never get discouraged by the circumstances I’ve been given. I’m trying my best to be patient. But just so you know, I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now! I’m an adorable, 2 ½ year old Lab/Pit Bull mix with the softest and shiniest black fur you’ve ever seen. I am a beauty! And I’m already housebroken, so I think that will make you happy. I’ve always tried my best to keep my kennel clean when staying at a shelter, but I’m one smart cookie and even after such a long time without a home, I remembered my house manners when I was chosen to spend time in a foster home. I didn’t have any accidents at all! Besides my smarts, I’m eager to please and I love to learn, so if you will stay positive and patient with me and if you praise me when I’m a good girl, I will quickly learn all the house rules. Anyway, I came to Wayside last summer as a transfer from a shelter in New Orleans when they didn’t have space for me. And I love it here, although what I’ll really love is a home and family of my very own. One day, Foster Mom showed up and took me home with her. That was the best day ever and the time I have spent in my foster home has been an incredible ride! My foster parents love me because I’m housebroken and overall well behaved. I make them laugh with my fun and playful antics. But the thing they love most about me is when I settle down and show off my sweet and snuggly side. I love to curl up on the couch as close as possible to Foster Dad, or even in his lap when I’m invited, and we take a nap together. I feel so relaxed and content in a real home and I dream of the day when this is my everyday life. Lots of things make me happy and you’ll never find me having a bad day. I’m a wizard at the game of fetch! I will play as long as you’re willing and I like to lean into you as I drop the toy off to you. I love my toys, especially rope toys, and I frequently carry them with me during my walks. I’ve got lots of energy and I’ll need daily exercise to keep me healthy and calm. I’d love a fenced yard to play in, but I will also need a daily walk or run. Sometimes I pull on my leash, so a harness works great for me. I’m part of the Wayside Running Program, where they say I am an excellent running partner who keeps fantastic focus and a perfect pace. If you’re looking for a little motivation to stay in shape, I can be that for you! After all that exercise though, there’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I love to curl up next to you on the couch with one of my toys and relax as you pet me or rub my belly. I’m friendly and social and affectionate, with a wonderful temperament and such a sweet smile. I was never socialized with other dogs and sometimes I’m reactive around them, so I will need to be your only dog. I’ll shower you with so much love and attention that I’ll be enough though. And because I’m energetic and strong and sometimes jumpy, I’ll need a home without kids under the age of at least 5. Please bring the whole family to meet me before we go home together, including kids and other dogs. I’ve been waiting so long and I just really want to make sure we’re a good match for each other. I’m flexible and adaptable and I should do just great with most active families. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you’re not sure what to do. I certainly never planned to be homeless for so long. But I refuse to let it get me down. So I’m making the most of my time at Wayside… learning manners, staying busy, and making lots of friends. And I’m waiting for you to give me the chance that no one else has. I know you’re out there. I hope you come for me soon.

Love, Abby”

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

This handsome boy is Yuko, who has been at the shelter for a total of 195 days. He originally came into Wayside as an owner surrender. His owner could no longer care for him, but he gave us some great information on him. Yuko has done well with children aged 1 and up, but we quickly noticed he stresses easily while adjusting to shelter life. We also noticed he doesn’t like anything going over his head, including hands, treats, and toys.

After getting used to being here, and interacting with volunteer, Yuko started showing us his quirks. Anything above his head makes him completely nervous, so his first reaction is to nip/bite. A few weeks after he came in, he was put on a 10 day observation hold. During his bite hold, you can interact with the kennel door acting as a barrier. We put him on our cat program TABBY, where volunteers work with stressed cats to help them come out of their shell. Turns out Yuko was good at “target,” which is teaching cats tricks like dogs, but it helps mental enrichment! Check out his tricks below:


After his hold was released, we put a no kids under 7 restriction on him. While his previous home said he was okay with kids, he stresses easily, and children who go to pet his head could easily be nipped and become scared of him. In early October, he was put on another hold due to someone petting him on the head. We continued to practice “target” with him, so he wouldn’t get bored during this observation. Yuki has officially learned his name, and we’ve learned he likes things on his terms; he will let you know when he is done with pets and playtime, but will always accept treats!

At the end of October, Yuko was placed on yet another observation hold. We put signs and directives on their kennels and doors to try and prevent this, but it only goes so far. Yuko still got his target practice in, and continued to do well with that during his third hold. After he was released, we introduced him to another cat in the shelter, to see if this would be a good option for him. He did rather well with her, so we foster requested him.

Yuko has done well in his foster home since he went in November. He started to dislike the resident cats, but that means he gets his own floor to himself. He can sit, turn, and high-five! He has now been approved to be an indoor/outdoor cat. Be advised he is NOT a barn cat, but a cat that is friendly, but needs an outlet. He longs to be outside, so we suspect there is more to his story than what we know. We suspect the fact that he is in foster is affecting his limited visibility, and also his history and requirements. However, given the chance, Yuko would be a wonderful addition to someone’s home. He’d like to tell you a bit about himself too!

**Yuko is in foster care.  To schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. To watch his video, scroll through his pictures and click on the video link.**

“Hello, my name is Yuko….thanks for taking a moment to learn more about me!  As you can see, I’m a gorgeous 6.5-year old black 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 to be petted and hugged. But that wasn’t the case for me. Then, one day my 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 am scared or insecure, I tend to bite. So Foster Mom quickly started figuring out what I liked and what I didn’t. She began noticing how I like to be touched and when not to touch me. Now, I sit in her lap for long periods of time just purring away. She knows there are also times when I need to play and “get the crazies out.” Since I wasn’t comfortable with hands around my face, Foster Mom began daily training sessions with me.  Now I can sit, look, twirl, target and give you a high-five. When I’m relaxed and confident, I’m a real Super Kitty! I also have a great time playing independently with toy mice and ping-pong balls. After three months in my foster home, my friends realized I will need some outdoor time to keep me happy. Perhaps you live in a rural area and are looking for the perfect indoor-outdoor cat where I have a field to roam. I would also be content as a friendly barn cat where I can come and go as I please. You will have no mice on my watch. A city life is not out of the question, but I would prefer a screen porch or my very own catio!! A quiet, adult-only home would be sublime. I have lived with cats in the past, but right now I prefer to be separated from them. Foster Mom thinks this might change when I get some fresh air again. Foster Mom can tell you more about me and all the progress I’ve made. So if you’re looking for a forever companion who’s friendly and self-reliant, please call Wayside to set up a time to meet me. I can’t wait!

Love & purrs,


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

Please feel free to visit all of our adoptable pets 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 2 2018

Li and Nimbus: Long-Term Residents

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 Andrea and Mac, and we have some good news. Andrea has found her forever home! Mac is currently in foster, and we are hoping it will be a good break from the shelter! Now it is time to introduce our February long-termers: Li and Nimbus!

This is Li, and he has been at our shelter for 199 days. Li originally came to us in July, from another shelter. He had a different name, but we saw that he was friendly and social, who enjoys the company of people. At the time, he didn’t have any basic obedience training, but was extremely food motivated. We also saw that he enjoys the company of other dogs, and would probably enjoy having a canine companion in his forever home.

After he was neutered and put up for adoption, we noticed some other behaviors from Li. He was mouthy, jumpy, and had personal space issues. We quickly pulled him from the floor and put him in our Peace Academy program for high-arousal dogs. While he was in the program, we put him on a no kids under 10 years old restriction, because of the mouthiness. Shar Pei dogs are stubborn and independent, and they are quick to learn, but will test you as well. He truly needs an experienced owner who can consistently work with him on his behavior, but he has improved so much! He has officially learned ‘sit.’

Fast forward to November, and Li started medical procedures to improve his vision. His eyelids are turned in slightly, so we opened them up for him. They have been healing nicely, but he is still working towards healing. In December, he was put on a bite hold for his typical threshold, getting attention and over-aroused. He was re-tested and put as Peace Academy Available, working with volunteers who understand his behavior better.

In January, Li graduated from Peace Academy altogether! He has improved significantly and has learned to be patient and calm! He still enjoys meeting new people and playing with other dogs! He now knows ‘sit,’ ‘down,’ ‘look,’ and is working on ‘wait.’ Good boy Li! An ideal home for Li is an active home that understands and works on his behavior consistently, and if he gets enough exercise, those behaviors will slowly dissipate.

So all in all, Li is truly a good boy who is searching for that forever home! He asks that you bring in all dogs and kids to meet him before he goes home, just to make sure he is the right fit. We’ll let Li tell you a bit about himself as well.

“Hi there! My name is Li, and I am a two-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei. I came to Wayside from another shelter. It’s okay though, I know this is my last stop before I find my forever home. I’m a friendly guy who loves people and dogs. I would benefit from basic obedience training, but I love treats and will learn quickly! I’d do best with a family that understands my breed and in a home with kids over ten. I’m a strong boy, and I don’t want to accidentally knock someone over.

I’m looking for an active family who will give me enough exercise to let out some energy. I enjoy playing with my dog friends here at Wayside and I would likely do well having some at home. I do ask that you bring any four-legged family members to meet me so we can ensure everyone gets along.

If you’re looking for a fun boy to go through life with, look no further. I’ll be patiently waiting at Wayside to meet you!

See you soon,


This is Nimbus, and he has been at our shelter for 57 days. He was originally adopted out as a kitten in 2012, but returned recently in December. It was noted that Nimbus had to go to a home with no kids 10 years old or younger, and potentially no cats. He was very scared and nervous when he first got here, and wasn’t eating properly. We had to give him an appetite stimulant just to get him to eat. Nimbus would hide under towels and really didn’t want to be bothered.

When we assessed him behaviorally, we labeled him a Secret Admirer, and those are usually our shy guys. Over time he did improve with eating and seeking attention, but then he ended up being put on a bite hold. He got over-stimulated from someone petting him too long. He was released from his hold, and then he ended up getting sick with an upper respiratory infection. This poor guy couldn’t catch a break!

Nimbus was put in our TABBY program, which stands for To Achieve Best Behavior Yet. Since he was shy, volunteers start with socializing them outside of the kennel, and then they move in for one-on-ones. He was easily startled by noises, but wanted to have attention. Nimbus was still sick after all this time, but was made available as he was getting over it.

After noticing no serious improvement, we decided to enroll Nimbus in our foster program. This is when we saw a different side to Nimbus! His foster mom reported that he loves attention and has not hid one time! He loves pets and attention, but don’t touch his tummy! He likes to talk and is a purring machine. We also learning that he gets along with the resident cat, so his cat restriction is removed!

So with that, Nimbus became foster available, and must be adopted from his foster home. He is thriving in a home environment, as he is used to it. Nimbus has come a long way, from not wanting to eat and spend time with people, to actively seeking attention and eating normally! We are happy Nimbus is comfortable to show us his loving side. Nimbus would like to say a few words on his behalf.

**Nimbus is in foster care.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426.**

“Hello, I’m Nimbus. I came to Wayside  because my previous owner could no longer care for me.  It’s been pretty scary starting all over, but I’m so glad you wanted to read about me because I really want to find my new forever home soon.

As you can see,  I’m a handsome, medium-size black & white kitty. My personality type is “Secret Admirer.” That means I’m the quiet type who takes his time getting to know new people and surroundings. But once I trust you, I’m very sweet and affectionate.

My foster mom says I’m a wonderful kitty! She enjoys how cuddly I am and loves that I’m a talker. She thinks it’s funny how I stand on my back legs to get you to pet me more. There is another kitty in my foster home, too, and I get along just fine with him!

I love having my ears rubbed and my neck scratched. In return, I give great headbutts and kisses. They say I’m a regular “purr box” once I’m comfortable with you. I’ll just need you to be patient and understanding with me while I adjust to my new living arrangements.

If you’re looking for a loyal and loving companion, I could be your guy. Why not arrange for a visit and see if we click. And I won’t mind if you want to bring treats. Hope to see you soon….

Love & purrs,


You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs, including Li and Nimbus, 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.


Sep 1 2017

Falling for Fall

In less than a month, it will be Fall! Everyone looks forward to cooler weather, pretty scenery, and themed drinks. Our animals can enjoy the season as well, but there are certain things to watch out for. The following are tips on how to prepare for the season, which this year, is September 22 2017-December 21 2017.

1. Watch out for ticks.

Even though ticks are prevalent in the summer, they still are very active in the fall. If you do spot a tick, it is important to be careful when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol and pluck the parasite with tweezers, and make sure you’ve gotten the entire tick-leaving no parts behind.

2. Beware of rat poison, antifreeze, and other chemicals.

Ingesting antifreeze is lethal. Unfortunately both cats and dogs have been known to lick this up if any spills are is out and within reach. Make sure to check your car for leaks and make sure all bottles are stored far away from your pets. Be careful when it comes to mouse traps and rodenticides like rat and mouse poison. Direct ingestion can be deadly. If your pet does ingest any chemical, seek emergency care immediately. 

3. Watch out for mushrooms.

In some regions of the country, fall is just as wet as spring. That means more mushrooms will pop up in your yard depending on where you are. While most mushrooms are perfectly safe, there’s a small percentage that are highly toxic to our furry friends (and to us!). If you think your pet has ingested a mushroom, contact your vet immediately.

4. Let them grow out their fur coat.

If you have a dog that you shave during the summer, let him or her start growing their coat back in the fall. Just like you need your Fall/Winter coat they’ll needs theirs too. You can continue to groom them, but only for a trim and not a full-on haircut. You wouldn’t want them to get super cold outside!

5. Get your holiday plans in order.

As the holidays approach, most of us will get busier and possibly have to travel. Take time out and plan ahead so you can make the holidays easier on your pets. If you have a pet that has special needs or is wary of new people, be sure to tell your guests about your pet before they come over. Make sure your pets can’t escape through the main entrance of your home. This is especially important if you plan on having several guests in and out of the house this holiday season. It may be worth investing in a baby gate or creating some kind of barrier between the door and your pet. Especially if you have pet that’s known for bolting. If you are leaving out of town and will be boarding your pets, call months in advance as most vets and boarding places get booked up.

6. Be careful with holiday treats and decorations.

Aside from known hazards such as chocolate, cooked bones, raw bread dough, many fruits and vegetables can also be life threatening to pets. Many shiney new decorations look like really fun toys to your pets. Make sure decorations are out of reach because many of them contain toxic metals and can become choking hazards.
7. Keep school supplies out of reach.
Fall is back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. Although these items are considered not lethal to pets, their stomach might develop a blockage if ingested. Be sure your children keep their school supplies out of your pet’s reach.
8. Watch out for wildlife.
Autumn is the season when snakes are preparing for hibernation, increasing the possibility of bites to those unlucky pets who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet parents should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be lurking in their environment—and where those snakes are most likely to be found—so pets can be kept out of those areas.
These are just some of the many things you can watch out for during the fall season, but hopefully these helped you! You can always visit our campus 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 14 2017

10 Reasons to Strutt With Your Mutt!

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10 Reasons to Strutt! 
KC’s largest dog-friendly 3K/5K event
1. Form a team! Invite friends and family to join you on September 17. Start a new tradition!
2. Enter your dog into the Pet Costume Contest! Only $5 to enter. We will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place on stage!
3. Your registration fee ($35-$45) pays for an animal’s vaccinations.
4. You will get an updated 2017 Strutt event t-shirt! The shirt is blue and super soft.
5. All youth fundraising will be matched by a generous Wayside donor. Get creative in collecting for the waifs! Host a lemonade stand or ask a company to sponsor you.
6. Are you a runner? 5K participants will get a cool finisher’s medal!
7. Poppy’s Ice Cream truck will be giving free pup-cones at Strutt! Yum!
8. Be a Top Team! We’ve got awards for the Largest Team and Top Fundraising Team on Strutt day! Will you be a winner?
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9. Over 50 pet-related vendors in our Flealess Event Market – you’ll get tons of freebies and information on what our pet community has to offer! Be a vendor.
10. Earn fun prizes for your fundraising efforts! Check out our Prize Program here.
About Strutt
Strutt With Your Mutt is Sunday, September 17, 2017 in the Brookside neighborhood. We need your help to raise funds for the homeless pets at Wayside Waifs!
There are many ways you can help. Register your team today, fundraise and be a voice for the Waifs, and ask your friends and family to support you!
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Mar 30 2015

Reducing Urine Marking in Cats

The first step with any behavioral issue is to take your cat to the veterinarian for a full evaluation.  Cats are very stoic animals and will hide illness and injury.  Sometimes our only clue that something is physically wrong is a behavioral symptom.  Many behavioral modification programs can begin in conjunction with or shortly after your trip to the veterinarian.

Cats will spray for three reasons: marking territory, to help them feel secure, or because they are in conflict with another cat. Is your cat neutered/spayed? 90% of cats reduce spraying within 30 days of being neutered. Was your cat previously an outdoor cat? Are there other cats in the home? See also the article on Cats in Conflict. Are there any cats in your neighborhood that walk around?

Determine if you cat is spraying or urinating outside the box.  A cat who is urine marking will typically back up to a vertical surface.  You will see the tail held upright and quiver and the front paws may knead.  You will find a small amount of urine on the vertical surface and usually running down to the floor.  The areas a cat chooses to mark are typically common paths the cats are walking in the house, the perimeter of the home, or around windows and doors. A cat who is not using the litter box will leave a large puddle on a horizontal surface.

Your first step will be cleaning: Try using an enzyme based cleaner on the area.  If the area is carpet can you pull it back and #1 replace the pad #2 get to the wood underlay.  Once you get to the wood you need to get hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar and soak a rag or towel and place it directly on the affected area and place something heavy on top.  The hydrogen peroxide will pull the urine out of the wood.  You may need to change the rag or towel and reapply.  If you attempt this with a finished hardwood floor the stain may also come up if you aren’t careful about the timing so try vinegar. The vinegar mixture should be 1.5 cups warm water and .5 cups of white vinegar. You can also sprinkle baking soda on top of the area once it has dried to absorb any remaining smell. (You should not use vinegar on marble or stone.) You can actually see and smell the urine on the towel so it is quite remarkable! Don’t forget to clean the walls!  You can purchase a hand held black light to see the urine more clearly so you make sure it is completely gone from that area.  In cases of spraying even removing and cleaning behind base boards might be necessary.

Buy puppy pee pads and place those in areas where he sprays to reduce the chance you will need to clean again.  Remember the spray is going up the wall most likely so you may have to get painters tape and put the pee pad on vertically.  The next step will be to place a tall cat scratcher in front of the areas being sprayed and place either a food dish or a water bowl next to it.  Scratching is another (more acceptable to us humans) way to mark territory.  There should be a scratcher for each cat in your case.  Cats also do not like to pee where they eat or drink so adding the food and water to those areas might also help. It will also help to have multiple feedings and watering stations so they don’t have to feel uncomfortable about those resources. It may look silly for a few weeks but they needs to associate those areas with scratching, food, water and finally with playing.  The last portion will be to start playing with them in those areas to build confidence.  Remember that we are trying to break a habit here so it may be a few weeks of this setup.  If another incident occurs simply replace the pee pads.  We are hoping for a reduction of the behavior as they begin to feel more confident.  Only remove them after several weeks of no spraying in that area.

If you see the cat sniffing around in the areas that have previously been sprayed, interrupt the sniffing by distracting the cat with a toy or a treat.  Consider re-cleaning the area in case the smell remains.


If after trying these suggestions you are still experiencing undesirable behaviors in your cat, SUBMIT QUESTIONS by clicking the link under Ask A Trainer on the Behavior and Training page of our website.


Dec 4 2014

“Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks”: Chatting with Gabby Munoz, Canine Behavior Manager at Wayside Waifs

While I met with Gabby Muñoz the other day, two tiny Chihuahuas explored the office, having just been surrendered by their owners the day before. Gabby pointed out that they were curious and friendly, but nervous. Their ears were set back, and they were a little shaky.

Some dogs who come to Wayside Waifs are more than a little nervous. Abandonment, abuse, or neglect may leave them not knowing how to interact with humans or other animals. They may guard their food or overreact to unfamiliar stimuli, or shy away from contact altogether. Wayside Waifs hired Gabby as an expert to help the more troubled dogs trust again, behave more appropriately and become good pets.

All of Gabby’s work is based on scientific research, in keeping with her academic background. She earned her Masters in Biology with a Zoology concentration from Western Illinois University. She has also always been a “dog person,” and is the owner of two rescue cocker spaniels now.

Gabby told me about a Wayside alum named Frank, a yellow lab/Shepherd mix. His owners had used physical dominance and punishment to try to control him. In response, he had become aggressive, to the point that many shelters might have given up on him.

The staff started Frank’s rehabilitation simply by showering him with treats and positive reinforcement and then ignoring him when he wasn’t behaving. Positive reinforcement works much better than punishment in changing anybody’s behavior. After lots of work with Gabby and the other patient humans at Wayside Waifs, Frank’s behavior had turned around. He was ready to find a forever home, and he went home with a retired man in a successful adoption match.

Because I didn’t associate Labrador retrievers with fighting behavior, I asked Gabby if certain breeds are more aggressive than others. She told me that breeding did bring out certain personality traits, but that a dog’s experience plays a large part as well. Many American pit bull terriers, for instance, can be excellent pets. Wayside Waifs carefully assesses the behavior of all dogs that come to the shelter.

I had read before that owners need to assert their dominance as the “leader of the pack”- something I probably don’t do with my two rescue terriers. Gabby explained that this idea came from studying wolf behavior. But although dogs are related to wolves, they’ve evolved to behave quite differently. She said that they best owner-dog relationships are, like any relationship, based on “co-respect.”

Gabby assured me that my dogs could definitely learn more from obedience classes at Wayside Waifs, even though I’ve had them for a while. The shelter actually offers three levels of classes: one for puppies, one for dogs and an advanced course to help dogs obey even in the presence of distractions.

Although any dog can learn a lot, Gabby said, their basic temperament will not change. A shy dog can learn to interact with others, but may never be the life of the party. A boisterous pup can learn to calm down, but may never be a couch potato.

Dogs have their own personalities and quirks, just like people do, and they deserve to be loved for who they are. After all, they love us for who we are. And isn’t that what we all want?

-Stacey Donovan
Contributing Writer

Jul 14 2014

Meet Wayside’s First Canine Behavior Modification Specialist

Gabby Muñoz began her new position at Wayside Waifs in May. Along with overseeing Wayside’s behavior modification and enrichment programs, she also works with the most challenging dogs to make them adoptable. Gabby works with one of our Waifs

Gabby received her Master of Science degree in Biology, with Zoology concentration, from Western Illinois University. Before joining Wayside she served as head of dog training at Dog Pawz Day Care in New Orleans. Most recently, Gabby was a zoo keeper at the Kansas City Zoo. She has two adopted cocker spaniels, Wylie and Brando and has been a volunteer at Wayside since last May.

Gabby has created a new series of dog training classes at Wayside. Check out our website to learn more about these classes and to sign-up for upcoming sessions.

Written by: Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager
Wayside Waifs

Jan 20 2012

The Amazing Transformation of Izzy

The day Izzy was rescued

The day Izzy was rescued

Commitment…  Patience…  Unconditional love…  Acceptance…  Powerful words with serious meanings.   But, all must become a basic way of life for anyone who is considering adopting a puppy mill rescue.  Some puppy mill rescues may eventually become fairly “normal” dogs, but others’ spirits have been so battered and broken that they will never truly recover, leaving them with permanent physical and/or psychological scars that will affect them for the rest of their lives.  Some will come with medical issues due to lack of proper nutrition, veterinary care and sanitary housing, while others will be plagued with psychological issues, most commonly an intense fear; both of people and of new situations.  And, due to their endless confinement, all will have a lack of understanding of the appropriate protocol for elimination.  Many will get better, but far more will not.  At least not completely.  But, now, thanks to the rescue efforts of Wayside Waifs, many puppy mill rescues are being given a second chance at life in a home where they will know love unlike anything they could ever imagine. 

 It was November 3, 2009 when 21 frightened and horribly neglected dogs were rescued by Wayside Waifs from their previous lives of pain and misery at a puppy mill in Camden County, MO.   As I watched them being impounded that day, I found that my heart was especially touched by two emaciated poodles; one gray and one cream colored.  It brought tears to my eyes to see their dirty matted fur, their incredibly long toenails, their filthy, rotten teeth, the wounds on their bodies from having to fight for their food, their swollen and stretched out mammary glands, and their wasted and worn out bodied from years of over-breeding.   And, more heart-wrenching still was seeing the dreadful fear in their eyes as they stood trembling at the uncertainty of their fate.  No matter how gentle the touch or how softly and kindly the words “It’s going to be OK” were spoken to them, they still could not comprehend that they were safe and that they were now beginning their journey to a life that would be filled with goodness.  In their frightened little minds, the past had proven to them that only bad things ever happened, so how could this scary new world be anything but a continuation of their previous life in hell?  Fortunately for them, time was on their side, and each would be allowed to adjust to their new-found freedom at his or her own rate.  Over the next couple of weeks I would often visit with my two little favorites; the gray and cream colored poodles, along with several others too.  I would spend some time just being with them every day, trying to help with their socialization, always telling myself that they would all be going to wonderful, loving homes, and that I would have to let them go, because the two dogs I already had at home were enough. Eventually, each of the rescues began their migration from the holding side of the building over to the adoption side, and one by one they started leaving Wayside, to a new and better way of life. 

It was one day in late November when I went to visit with one of the poodles that I found she had a new “roommate”, because her previous little buddy had recently been adopted.  Who was this pitiful looking schnoodle, and how in the world did I miss seeing her before now!!!?  “Darma”, as she was named by the staff, was cowering in the corner, pressing hard against the wall, trying to get as far away from me as she possibly could.  I reached out to let her sniff my hand, but coming from a place where no human contact had likely ever been kind, she had no intention whatsoever of coming anywhere near me.  But, Whispers, the cream-colored poodle, would now readily approach me, so I just continued to visit and snuggle with her, allowing Darma to skeptically look on from the security of her corner.  She looked so sad and lonely huddled there in the corner, but in all honesty, it was the sorrowful, pleading look in her eyes which, in the end, totally captivated me.  Regardless of everything I had told myself about not needing another dog, I really knew from the very first moment I saw her that she would eventually be coming home with me.  And, thanks to Wayside, I have come to discover a reciprocal love from an adorable puppy mill rescue who has come to mean the world to me.

So, I read as much as I could about adopting a puppy mill rescue, and after purchasing a couple of baby gates and placing a dog crate with the door left open in every room of the house, (so she would always have a safe haven close by), I thought I was well-prepared to bring home the newest member of my family.  I quickly learned, however, that nothing I had read had fully prepared me for life with a puppy mill rescue.  On the day of her adoption I went to her kennel, slowly opened the door, and gently lifted her out, at which point she immediately began to fight to get away from me.  So, I clutched her tightly to my chest, and just sat down on the floor with her and spoke to her in a calm, soothing voice, and once she relaxed and ceased to tremble I felt we were ready to go home.  I placed her in a travel crate, knowing that the car ride home would be particularly frightening for her, and that confinement while in the car would be the best option.  Nearly everything she would encounter now would be completely new to her, and for her, every one of those things would be absolutely terrifying.  It was heartbreaking to see the almost constant fear that she was suffering, but I was certain that, over time, she would eventually overcome those fears.  There would be progress.  It would be slow, but there would be progress.  Dedication…  Commitment…  Patience…  Unconditional love…  Acceptance: Progress… 

I immediately found that she didn’t actually need a crate in every room.  The only crate she ever would flee to was the one that she sleeps in every night.  Every “first” for her was incredibly difficult, and many of her fears of those “firsts” remained fears throughout the “seconds”, “thirds”, “fourths” and beyond.  The first time I put a leash on her she flopped around like a fish out of water, but it didn’t take her very long to adjust, and now she walks on leash really well.  Progress…

Her reaction to every new experience was to bolt, not really knowing where she was bolting to, or if the path that she was choosing was safe to take or not.  Everything she experienced initially sent her scurrying; the vacuum, television, doorbell, dishwasher…  She no longer runs to hide from any of those things, although she does still prefer to keep her distance from the vacuum.  Progress…  Rain, snow, walking on the grass, or just being outside, were all horribly frightening to her at first, but now she loves to go out in the back yard, as long as I go out there with her.  Progress…  Once-in-awhile she still will have an accident in the house, but that is rare, so in that regard she is getting better.  Progress…  She has even learned what “go potty” means, and knows to eliminate at that prompting.  But, if I take her outside and she doesn’t actually need to go at the time, she will still squat when I say “go potty” and then come running over to me to receive her snuggles and praise.  She’s no dummy!  And, as terrifying as the first few baths were for her, she really doesn’t mind bathing now at all.  I found that giving her treats while bathing her provided her with something she desired to such an extent that she would willingly tolerate a bath, if she had to, in order to receive those treats.  Now, every time I even just pull back the shower curtain, she comes running into the bathroom and puts her paws up on the side of the tub – just in case it happens to be her bath/treat time.  Progress… 

Izzy today

Izzy today

I am fortunate in that I can take Darma (now *Izzy) to work with me every day.  Her comfort zone is under my desk, and although that is where she stays all day, except for when we go out for a walk, I still feel it is better for her than being at home, alone in her crate all day.  *So, how did Darma come to be known as Izzy?  When Izzy first came home with me, she still had her puppy mill look – a skinny, frightened pooch with dirty matted fur.  So, I thought that this “not quite beautiful on the outside yet” little girl needed a beautiful name, so I named her Isabella.  So, I groom, and I try to get her to the “beautiful” look, but after every bathing and grooming she immediately shakes her body and rolls around on the ground, only to rise up looking terribly scruffy and completely unkempt.  So, I decided that shortening her name to Izzy was more fitting to her crazy and cute, yet messy and disheveled look.

Nothing makes me happier now than to see her running at full speed around the back yard, sometimes chasing after my other schnoodle, and sometimes just running for the sheer pleasure of being able to run free.  Progress…  She is my constant companion, and in the comfort of her home, her eyes are bright, her stubby little tail is constantly wagging and she runs and plays like any “normal” dog.  Progress…  But still, whenever she encounters other people, or faces new situations, she reverts back to being that scared and distant recluse that made her way into my heart back on that cold November day. 

Oftentimes, when she is sitting on my lap, I will look into her soulful and hurt-filled eyes, and wonder of the fear that is behind them, and the painful memories that time can never erase.  It infuriates me that she, and so many like her, have been forced to endure a life filled with horrible torture and unspeakable pain, all so that some selfish, greedy breeders can make a buck.  Yes, hundreds have been saved, but sadly, thousands remain imprisoned, daily suffering a fate that is far worse than death.  We can’t give up on them.  Wayside Waifs will not give up on them.  One by one by one we will do our best to offer these survivors the life that they deserve.  And, to all of the other Izzys out there – We will not forget you.  We will not abandon you.  We will not stop fighting for justice for you.  We will not.  WE. WILL. NOT.  Progress…


Written by Karen Brown
Lead Development Associate at Wayside Waifs

Jan 10 2011

Keeping Your Waifs Safe & Warm This Winter

Until now, let’s face it- we have been spoiled!  But finally “old man winter” has delivered a wintery blast and its time for humans to dig out their snow boots and ice scrapers.  It’s also time to think about keeping our pets safe during these snowy arctic cold days.  Here are some tips to keeping your pets safe.

1.  Keep your pets inside.  Limit your pets outside time for bathroom breaks when temperatures start to tumble.  If its too cold for you, it’s defintely too cold for your pet.  If your pet is normally outside, move them to a sheltered garage or heated dog house, away from the wind.     

2. Outdoor cats have been known to find refuge underneath the hoods of cars.  When the car is started, the cat could become injured or even killed by moving parts of the engine.  If you have an outdoor cat, honk the horn before starting the car to give the cat a chance to escape.

3.  Keep your dog on a leash in the winter weather.  Pets can lose their scent in the snow and ice and find refuge in unfamiliar places.  This is also a good opportunity to check your dog or cats id tag to make sure they have the most current contact information in case your pet becomes lost or stolen.  We also recommend mircrochipping your pet.  More dogs are lost during the winter than any other time of the year.

4.  When getting your pet groomed, don’t have them shaved down to the skin.  A longer coat provides more warmth.  Bathing your dog?  Be sure to completely dry them before taking them out for a walk.  For short-haired breeds, put them in a warm sweater with a high collar that gives the pet coverage from the base of their tail to the belly.  

5.  Make sure to keep a dry towel near the door when you bring in your dogs from being outside.  Thoroughly dry their paws, legs and belly.  They can pick up bits of salt, antifreeze and other lethal chemicals from being outside.  It can also be painful for the animal to have shards of ice in their fur.   A dogs paws can actually bleed from encrusted ice.  This is also a good opportunity to give them some extra love and praise them for good outdoor behavior.

6.  Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle.  The vehicle can act as a refridgerator, keeping the cold inside and causing your pet to freeze to death. 

7.  If your pet spends a lot of time playing outside, increase his food supply.  Make sure to include extra protein to help keep his fur in great shape.

8.  Coolant and antifreeze are lethal for cats and dogs.  If you have any spills in your garage or driveway make sure to clean them thoroughly.  Stay away from product s that use ethylene glycol.  If your pet should ingest any of these products, call your veterinarian immediately.

9.  Rock salt is also dangerous for pets.  “Safe Paw” is pet safe ice melt is available for sale at Wayside Waifs and is safe for pets.  Wayside sells “Safe Paw” for about $3 less than most retail stores.   

10.  Give your pet a warm place to sleep.  Make sure beds are located away from doors and drafts.  Warm blankets or a large pillow is great. 

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

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