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?



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!

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  • Tuesday: CLOSED
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  • Friday: 7am-7pm
  • 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!


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.

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  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
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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!

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  • 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!

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  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
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Edited by Teryn J. Written by Bonnie Still, our resident Feline Care Manager and certified Cat Behavior Specialist.

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.


Jan 12 2018

Dogs and Cats: Fact or Fiction

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

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

1. Pit Bulls are a dangerous breed.

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

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

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

3. Neutering your dog will negatively affect his personality.

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

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

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

5. Obedience training is only for problem dogs.

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

6. Cats always land on their feet.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Milk is good for cats.

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

10. Pregnant women should not have a cat. 

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

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

You can always visit our adoptable animals during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.

Jan 5 2018

Andrea and Mac: 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 Vega and Goldie, and we have some good news. Both Vega and Goldie have found their forever home! We are so happy for them! Now it is time to introduce our January long-termers: Andrea and Mac! Update: Andrea was adopted Wednesday night, but we are including her anyway as it was her turn!

This is Andrea, and she is a two-year-old Siamese mix. She has been here for a total of seventy days. She originally came to us in late October as a stray from Belton. She was very scared and nervous, causing staff to give her a couple days of extra de-stressing so she can fully understand where she is. Once she calmed down, we began to see the real Andrea; a sweet, shy, lovable cat!

We learned that she is very sweet and social when she wants to be. She likes to initiate the first contact, as she can be very independent. Our Felinality assessors dubbed her a Secret Admirer, so we would say she fits that bill. She can get over-stimulated, and she may give a warning nip or swat to let you know she is done. We always recommend watching for tail flicks and her walking away as a sign she is getting over-stimulated. She also enjoys talking with you, so get ready to chat with her.

She spent a brief amount of time in foster, so we could see exactly what kind of behavior she has. What we learned is that she LOVES treats, and enjoys either playing with you or by herself. She prefers short petting sessions, but may surprise with you with a long one. While she is independent, she enjoys being around people like a social butterfly! Andrea needs a calm, quiet home with no children under ten, due to her nippy behavior. She is warming up to the idea of being a lap cat, but that is a work in progress currently!

Andrea’s finicky behavior has probably caused her adoption to be delayed a little. She needs a person who understands she needs time and patience so she can adjust to a new environment. She will not be your cuddly lap cat at first; she would prefer to be your companion and then gradually work her way up. Once you get to know her, you will understand how Andrea has quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite! We’ll let her speak for herself!

“Hello….My name is Andrea, and I’m a “secret admirer.” That’s what they call my personality type. It means I’m on the reserved side….taking my time to get to know new people and adjust to new surroundings. It’s hard to believe a beautiful, baby blue-eyed Siamese like me came to Wayside as a stray, isn’t it? But as a result, I’ve had to deal with a few trust issues. According to my foster person and the folks here at Wayside, though, I’ve come a long way and continue to progress very well. I’ve become quite the playful girl….running and pouncing on my favorite mouse toy, and chasing my tail just for fun. I’m also a big talker. If you’ll talk back, we can have quite a conversation. I’m not a finicky eater at all, and boy do I love treats! Although I’m not a huge fan of petting yet, as long as you’re giving me treats, I’ll cooperate. Without the treats, though…. Let’s just say I’ll give you a little swat to let you know when I’ve reached my limit, which sometimes doesn’t take very long. I really liked being around my foster person. I followed her from room to room and would lie down near wherever she was working. Sometimes I’d snooze in her lap while she watched TV….all relaxed-like without any petting. I also liked to jump up on the bed or couch whenever she was there. She would just let me lie there and be quite content without trying to pet me. She really understood me. I can still be pretty skittish when it comes to strangers — maybe even running and hiding. Because of my fearfulness, the folks here say I’ll do best in a calm, quiet home with no children or teens. Oh and one more thing:  my initial testing for FIV was positive. If you’re a cat savvy person you’ll know that’s not a big deal. It just means I should have regular vet care and be fed a good diet — and of course, be kept inside. The staff here at Wayside say I have the potential to become an affectionate and loyal family member; and my foster person will attest that I have steadily moved in that direction. I’ll just need a forever home with plenty of love, patience and understanding. Oh, and treats! Hmmm…do you think that could be your home? If so, let’s get together and chat about it. And don’t forget to check out my video. Looking forward to meeting you….”

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

This is Mac and he is a one-year-old Shepard mix. Mac has been here for a whopping one-hundred and eighty-three days! Mac came in as a transfer from another local shelter in early July of 2017. Based on his first behavior exam, we knew he loved meeting people and is very affectionate. He has a rough style of play, so only certain dogs would be a good fit for him. What helps is he is food, praise, and toy motivated, so he is a very eager boy!

After a few weeks, Mac got comfortable with shelter life, and he started getting a little mouthy and jumpy. He was quickly re-evaluated and put into our Peace Academy, a program for super energetic dogs. We have regular staff and volunteers who work specifically with our PA dogs, and basically it teaches them patience and basic obedience, and being able to harness their energy. Mac has made some great improvements!

We learned that Mac will need regular exercise, playtime, and mental stimulation. Because of his high energy, it is recommended he go home without children under the age of ten, and a hard limit of children under five. We do not want him to accidentally hurt anyone. An experienced handler that has dealt with this behavior before is probably the best home life for Mac. Strongly recommend no apartments as they can be restricting on his play and exercise time. Since his time in PA, he las learned “sit,” and “look,” so he is improving and making great strides!

Mac’s excitable nature and big size has probably been the reason he is still at Wayside Waifs. He has made great improvement while staying here, and many PA volunteers enjoy working with him! He does have a harness for walks, but he is an easy walker and harnesses up easy enough. With more training and consistent handling, Mac can be the best dog he can be. Are you up for the challenge? We will let Mac tell you a little bit about himself.

“Hi, I’m Mac! I’m a handsome, shepherd mix who’s looking for a place to call my own. I was brought to Wayside when my last rescue ran out of space for me. It’s okay though! I’m making lots of friends while I wait for my family to find me. I can’t wait to get home and be with my people! I’m a sweet and affectionate guy who loves people. I’d love to meet the whole family, including children and other furry friends, when you come say hi! I’m very social and love to play or go on walks for exercise. I also love to learn new things and keep my brain sharp! I’ll learn the ropes in no time especially when you motivate me with yummy treats, fun toys, or praise! I’m an awesome dude who will make the best companion. I hope you’ll come by soon so I can show you! Hope to see you soon!”

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

You can 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.



Dec 27 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Dixie, Andrea, and Hamilton!

Hi there! My name is Dixie. I am about three years old and as sweet as they come! I am a super playful, Shepherd/Boxer mix with big, beautiful eyes that truly sparkle! One is brown and the other is almost entirely bright blue. I recently was transferred to Wayside from another shelter that had run out of space, and from the first day of arriving here, everyone has told me that this is the place where I’ll find the fur-ever family I’ve been looking for. And let me tell you what a relief it is to hear such a thing because I can be quite shy and fearful in unfamiliar places so I really hope to find my fur-ever family soon! One of my favorite things to do is play with other dogs! I have lots of puppy energy and love to play bow to entice other dogs into romping around with me. Since I am still young, I haven’t really had the chance to learn how to properly behave (all I want to do is play!) so I do need some help on my doggy socialization skills. If you already have canine friends at home, that’s great! And it would be ideal if they are higher energy like me and willing to tolerate my style of play. Since I’m still a young girl, I will also most likely need basic obedience and house training. I may also need more time to adjust to my new home compared to other pups, but with patience, consistency, and a strict routine, I should be able to blossom into the well-behaved lady I know I can be. I do already know how to sit and I am very treat motivated and want nothing more than to please you so I just know that I can learn even more! And I hope that we will have lots of fun along the way! At the previous shelter, I was adopted for a small period of time. When my new family first took me home, they may not have realized how scared I initially was. I’m not sure why I was so frightened, but when they would let me roam free in their fenced in yard, out of fear, my instinct was to escape. After a few times of doing so, I guess it was more than they could handle and I was returned. Because of this, it’s probably a good idea that at my new home, I’m on a leash whenever I’m outdoors until I’m better acclimated to my new environment and able to roam free without supervision. I also want to learn how to come when I’m called so if I do find myself on the other side of the fence or wandering too far away, I’ll know to come right back to you when you tell me to! I can’t wait to find my fur-ever family, and once I do, the great folks here at Wayside recommend that I get ample time to adjust to my new home and surroundings. During this time, it’s best that I don’t meet a lot of new people or go on any field trips outside of the home. When the time is right and I am ready to meet new people, I’ll need low and slow, positive introduction to strangers. Also, due to my fearfulness, the staff feels it would be best if I went to a home without kids under 10 years of age. This isn’t to say that I can never be around young kids eventually; I just need to socialize and become more comfortable with adults first. To see for yourself how sweet I truly am, come on out to Wayside to meet me. Be sure to bring the whole family with you, including any four-legged friends to make sure that we all get along! My bags are packed and I’m oh so ready to go home with you and start our lives together!

Learn more about Dixie here.

Hello….My name is Andrea, and I’m a “secret admirer.” That’s what they call my personality type. It means I’m on the reserved side….taking my time to get to know new people and adjust to new surroundings. It’s hard to believe a beautiful, blue-eyed Siamese like me came to Wayside as a stray. But as a result, I’m dealing with a few trust issues. According to my foster person, though, I am progressing very well. Already I’ve become quite the playful girl….running and pouncing on my favorite mouse toy, and chasing my tail just for fun. I’m also a big talker. If you’ll talk back, we can have quite a conversation. I’m not a finicky eater at all, and boy do I love treats! Although I’m not a big fan of petting yet, as long as you’re giving me treats, I’ll cooperate. Without the treats, though, it’s on my terms. I’ll give you a little swat to let you know when I’ve reached my limit, which doesn’t take very long. I really like being around my foster person. I follow her from room to room and lie down near wherever she’s working. Sometimes I like to snooze in her lap while she watches TV….all relaxed-like without any petting. I also like to jump up on the bed or couch whenever she’s there. She just lets me lie there and be quite content without trying to pet me. We’ve come to a good understanding that way. I’m still pretty skittish when it comes to strangers. In fact, I’ll run and hide from them. Because of my fearfulness, the folks here say I’ll do best in a calm, quiet home with no children or teens. Oh and one more thing:  my initial testing for FIV was positive. If you’re a cat savvy person you’ll know that’s not a big deal. It just means I should have regular vet care and be fed a good diet. The staff here at Wayside believe I have the potential to become an affectionate and loyal family member; and my foster person will attest that I’m steadily moving in that direction. I’ll just need a forever home with plenty of love, patience and understanding. Oh, and treats! Hmmm…do you think that could be your home? If so, let’s get together and chat about it. Looking forward to meeting you….

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

Act my age???  Not gonna happen!  I’m Hamilton, a pure-bred American Bulldog. While I may be 8 years old, I’m still like a puppy.  I’m 69 pounds of energy and eagerness.  I came to Wayside when my owners had a change in circumstances and couldn’t keep me.  I was sad and confused, but I just know that the people here are going to help me find my new home.  Could it be yours? I’m a confident guy, with my adorable big head and soft black ears.  I sure enjoy attention and am motivated by treats and toys. I’m crate trained and know how to “sit.”  I hope you’ll give me some basic obedience training so I can learn more cool things.  With my amount of energy, I’m going to need people who will give me plenty of exercise.  If you have a yard, it should have a fence at least 6 feet tall…or better yet, I’d just love to go on walks with you.  I’ll do best with a harness, until I learn not to pull on my leash. Because of my size, I should go to a home with no small kids under the age of 5.  I could knock them down without even meaning to do it!  Also, I do not get along with cats.  I’m interested in dogs, but I need to work on my manners with them.  I can get pretty rough and not all dogs appreciate my enthusiasm!  It’d be wonderful if you bring all the members of your family when you come to meet me, just to make sure we all get along. I hope you’ll come soon and see me in person.  I’m so loveable that I have a feeling you’ll decide that we’re a perfect match.  Ask for Hamilton!

Learn more about Hamilton here.

Meet 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-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

Dec 23 2017

Department Highlight: Admissions

Happy Holidays everyone! We like to highlight departments in our shelter, as there are so many people that are working “behind the scenes” to make Wayside Waifs what it is today. Previously, we showcased our Canine Care Technicians, and this time, we would like to showcase our Admissions Department. They do such a wonderful job in overseeing the care of our animals when they first come in, and work directly with the public, local animal controls, and shelters to get as many animals in a safe environment, and well on their way to a forever home.

Pictured above is the Admissions Manager Elizabeth, who has worked at Wayside Waifs for seven+ years. She oversees how the majority of our animals get brought to our campus. As some might know, we receive animals from places like Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and sometimes New York! We will do anything we can to help others out, and we also partner with local shelters like Great Plains SPCA, Kansas City Pet Project, and Spay and Neuter Kansas City. She manages the three person team, and is a good reason as to why we have so many resources involved in rescuing any animal we can!

Pictured above is the recent transfer of a few dogs from Kansas City Pet Project. When animals first get to Wayside, they get a brief physical examination, a behavior exam, updated or first vaccines depending on their history, a name if they need one, a microchip scan, and then a kennel or run. The transferred animals and owner surrenders will usually have names, but we will name stray animals ourselves. They get a few days to get assimilated to shelter life, and then staff and volunteers begin working with them, whether it be socialization or TLC.

Admissions’ first priority is to make sure the animal is safe, wherever it may end up. They strive to help people and animals alike, as much as Wayside can. Elizabeth mentions this as part of her favorite thing about working in this department. “People are extremely grateful that we can help. As a limited admissions facility, we are unable to accept every animal that comes through those doors, but we do as much as we can, to be a no-kill shelter. It is rewarding knowing I have made decisions to save many animals over the years, because every little bit helps.”

Pictured above is Ashley, who has worked at Wayside a little over six months. She has previous experience in other shelters, and truly enjoys working with animals! She is an Admissions Counselor, who works directly with Elizabeth and the public to save as many animals as we can. When asked what her favorite part of working in this department was, she knew the answer immediately. “I enjoy seeing the entire journey of the animal. When they come in malnourished or scared, and then one or two months late, I see them happy and healthy, and getting adopted. It is rewarding to be part of a compassionate team when we all have the same mission.”

Pictured in the cover photo, and above, is Brad, who is the newest Admissions Counselor/Behavior Team Member. He has been with us for a few months now, and his position is unique. He works with Elizabeth in picking animals to transfer in, and assist with said transfers. He also assists with the behavior team in assessing the dogs over six months of age that come through our facility. We do behavior tests to see a dog’s temperament, and see if they need any training or extra love while in our care. When asked, Brad mentions how his position is beneficial in Admissions as well. “I have the benefit of bringing animals in to start their journey, and then work with the dogs firsthand to continue their journey. I get to meet every dog, and see their personality shine after a week or a month. It makes my work in Admissions all the more rewarding, because I can bring animals in knowing what lengths we go to.”

Without our Admissions team, our shelter would not be like it is today. We are limited admissions because of our no-kill status, and we are proud to be that! We only take in what our building can hold, even if we want to accept more. It is not an easy job to tell people no, but Elizabeth, Ashley, and Brad are those decision-makers for us, and we could not appreciate them more! Thank you for all that you do!

Happy Holidays everyone! Consider visiting us during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.

Dec 8 2017

Preparing For the Holiday Season

It is going to happen, and we all know it; snowfall. Missouri winters are something to either look forward to or approach with extreme dread. We here at Wayside try to make the holiday season enjoyable for our waifs while they are in our care. We decorate the shelter, and invite volunteers and staff to participate in fun activities with our animals. We want to provide some helpful winter tips for bracing the cold, and preparing for the big holiday gathering!

1. Check your pets’ microchip information, and update their tags.

We know we always use this one, but it is important for owners to always keep tabs on their pets’ identification. Winter is a common season for people to lose their animals, and having correct phone numbers and chip information will allow them to be found easier and quicker.

2. Check under the hood of your car for cats!

If you park your car outside, chances are a cat sneaks under the hood at night for warmth. If you go to drive, always check by the tires, and any place you think a tiny animal can fit. Believe me, it is possible for them to find areas you might not think of.

3. Wipe their paws after going outside for any reason.

Now is the time of year when we salt the pavement, and other chemicals such as antifreeze, or de-icers are used. If an animal were to ingest these, it could bring on severe illness, or even crack their paws. Just doing a quick swipe with a towel does the trick!

4. Pay attention to your dog’s ability in the snow.

Some dogs, like Huskies, are able to withstand the cold for longer periods of time than others. That does not mean you have to skip their walks, but they might need to be shorter. Short hair, thin, elderly, or young pups are more susceptible to getting cold quicker.

5. Be prepared for any kind of emergency.

The cold weather can bring severe winter storms, including power outages, and snow-ins. It is best to stock up on emergency kit items so you can always be prepared. Having a first-aid kit handy is always a good thing too! Items like flashlights, candles, extra food, blankets, and water are some of the important things to have handy during those power outages.

Now we will share some holiday tips!

1. Choose your decorations wisely.

It is no secret that cats love shiny, crinkly, and colorful toys. Well, ornaments and decorations look exactly like a toy to them! Some dogs even enjoy playing with stockings or the tree. Pick essential decor so you will not be angry it is broken, but also plan accordingly so it is out of reach.

2. Make sure the holiday party food is out of reach.

Some of those festive feasts have perfectly good snacks for pets, but to be safe, keep them in a safe, out of reach place to avoid any accidents or illnesses. A little turkey, and unsalted potatoes is perfectly okay for a holiday dinner for canines and felines!

3. Keep everyone happy during your family gathering.

While hosting a big party, make sure your guests know if your animals are prone to sneaking out any doors.  We would not want a loose animal in the cold! Also, think about dedicating a safe room for your animals if they are wary of big crowds. Then you will not have to worry about them, and they will not be stressed!

4. Stay away from dangerous holiday plants.

Mistletoe and holly are fun items to decorate with, but your animal might think of it as a toy. Accidentally ingesting these plants can be very harmful to them. It can cause severe illness, so it is best to avoid using them altogether.

5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. 

When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

Come visit us this Saturday, during our Open House, and meet Santa Paws!

Please visit us during our regular adoption hours as well!

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

Written by Teryn J.


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