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,

Li”

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,

Nimbus”

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.

 


Nov 17 2017

The Importance of Play in Cats

Contrary to the adorable picture above, playtime is not just for kittens! Adult cats enjoy and benefit from playtime as well. Even senior cats like to get in on the fun! This blog post is meant to educate our readers on the importance of play in cats, and how it can answer many questions you may have about your cat’s behavior!

When kittens first start to play, they are very young, and they learn social skills, and mimic hunting behavior. The next time your cat is playing, pay attention. Does your cat wiggle its butt before pouncing on a toy? Cats do this to steady themselves before they pounce on their prey (or toy). Are your cat’s eyes dilated or constricted?  Before they pounce, their pupils might be dilated. This is to take in a larger surrounding area and it means they’re excited. Once they have caught their prey (toy), their pupils might be more constricted to focus on the one object. What do they do with the toy? Toss it in the air, carry it around, paw at it, scoot it across the floor to chase it around more, or hold and kick it. They might not want to share their prey/toy with others, including their human! Some toys are so valuable, and if you interrupt your cat, they might swat at you or growl.  Let them have their prize!

It’s all about the hunt. The best way to play with your cat is to mimic a cat’s hunting sequence. Following this sequence fulfills their need to hunt. Starting with a wand toy, move it around to entice them. Move it around the way bugs or birds flit around, or a snake slowly moves around objects. Lead your cat around furniture, through a tunnel, up and over the sofa, etc… Some cats prefer slow movements and others prefer fast movements. See what your cat prefers most! Mix it up a little even; allow your cat to catch the toy often, otherwise they might become frustrated and lose interest.

Some cats will play for a few minutes, others will continue to play for 20 minutes or more. Once you have an idea of how long your cat usually will play, slow the movements down during the last 5 minutes of the play session, and then completely stop all movement (in other words, the cat has killed its prey). Once it’s “dead”, cats often leave the toy alone. Give your cat a few treats, or feed your cat its meal immediately afterwards. This makes the cat feel fulfilled, in that they have hunted, caught, killed and is now eating their prey. Their natural instincts should take over, and after a good meal, they will likely groom themselves and then take a nice, long nap.

Cats tend to play more often in the early morning and early evening. That is because cats are crepuscular; meaning, they tend to be more alert and playful during twilight hours. Because cats are both a predator and a prey animal, this is the best time of day to hunt, but also to be on the move to avoid their own predators.  This is often the reason guardians are woken up by their cat running around around the house or asking to be fed at this time of day. Providing mental and physical enrichment can help to alleviate any stress a cat might be experiencing. A fulfilled and tired cat is a good cat! If you are experiencing behavioral issues with your cat, please consult with your veterinarian first.

Types of Play:

  • Individual play – leave cat toys lying around; rotate toys weekly or as needed so they don’t become bored; kongs with treats or some canned food inside; strategically place toys as if they are hiding (keeps cat busy when you are out)

  • Team Play (person & cat) – increases the bond between human and cat, as it is a positive experience; for cats that are very exhuberant and are high energy, it provides safe distance so the cat doesn’t grab or bite anything except the toy; wand toys should never be left out unsupervised since cats could ingest the wire, string or feathers; depending on cat’s energy level, play session should last 10-20 mins. per session; some cats need several pay sessions throughout the day.  Cats at Wayside Waifs highly recommend Da Bird, the Cat Dancer or the Cat Charmer wand toy.

  • Playing with another cat (or dog!) – some cats love to have a buddy of their own to play, chase, and wrestle with.

The following is a video where Mercury, a shy and fearful cat, is using play to reduce stress and build trust with people. Mercury came in two days ago, and was untouchable. Now look at Mercury! It truly shows how important play is in helping cats relax, and enjoy their time at the shelter, and more importantly, in their homes! Click on the link here to enjoy!

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So, don’t just leave toys out for your cat to play with, but take the time to play WITH your cat. They will love you for it!

Meet some of our fun feline friends, and canines, during our adoption hours!

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

Edited by Teryn J. Written by guest Bonnie Still-Wayside Waifs’ Feline Care Manager, and certified Cat Behavioralist.


Nov 10 2017

Thanksgiving Treats and Tips

It’s that time of year when we travel to our family member’s house, and have what is the most exhausting and delicious feast of the year. Thanksgiving is coming up, and we here at Wayside thought it would be nice to send out a friendly reminder of what you can, and cannot feed your pets. We also thought we would include fun dog and cat friendly recipes that are fun to make, and they have fun eating them!

  1. Turkey-Turkey can be a wonderful lean protein to share with your pet. You will just want to be sure to remove any excess skin or fat, stick with white meat, and make sure there are no bones.
  2. Potatoes-Potatoes are a great, filling vegetable to share with your pet. However even though the potatoes themselves are not harmful to pets, be aware of additional ingredients used to make mashed potatoes. Cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravies are no-no’s in a pet’s diet.
  3. Cranberry Sauce-Cranberry sauce is just fine for pets but watch the amount of sugar in it, or have no sugar at all to be safe. It is probably best to only provide a small helping to your pet’s plate.
  4. Macaroni and Cheese-If you know your pet’s stomach handles dairy alright, macaroni and cheese is a safe leftover to share. If you are unsure though, it may be best to just give plain macaroni. Cats often develop lactose intolerance when they become adults.
  5. Green Beans-Plain green beans are a wonderful treat for pets. Fresh vegetables are a great addition to any diet. If the green beans are included in a green bean casserole though, be conscious of the other ingredients in it.
  6. Corn-Loose corn is fine, but avoid corn on the cob.
  7. Homemade Rolls-Rolls fall to the ground during the annual food fight and are nibbled up by your kitty? Never fear. As long as they don’t have a lot of butter on them, they are safe for your pets to enjoy. 

Sweet Potatoes-Sweet potatoes are starchy root vegetables that provide plenty of nutritional benefits for our canine companions.

There are also some fun receipts you can try to make Thanksgiving a little more pet friendly, besides just human treats! PetPlan has several fun recipes that you can try, both for dogs and cats! Pumpkin smoothies, sweet potato cookies, sorbet, oh my! EntirelyPets also features fun, simple recipes such as Muttballs, Puppy Meatloaf, and Catnip Cookies!

Finally, just as a reminder, please always keep your pets’ tags and information updated, because more company means more doors opening and closing. If you are going out of town, and have to board your animal, make sure to book in advance, as holidays are times when facilities fill up quicker. Continue taking the dogs on walks if they have a heavier meal, and put in some extra playtime with those kitties to work off those extra calories! Try your best to ignore the stare they will give you from below the table-the above treats and recipes should help you out! Be wary of counter surfing, as the aroma may overwhelm your pet. Immediately throw out scraps and bones you will not use and keep it out of reach from pets. Sometimes they get a little curious, and go dumpster diving!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoy your time with your family, pets included! Keep an eye out for Black Friday, as we might have a special going on. In the meantime, consider meeting some of our 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.


Nov 8 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Wanda, Myrtle, and Altair!

This is Wanda, a beautiful four year old Beagle mix. She was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs from her previous shelter after they ran out of space for her. Not to worry, because she is so looking forward to finding her forever home, and that home just might be yours! Wanda is a happy, energetic girl, so she will do best in a home that can play and go on regular walks and runs! She is quickly becoming a staff and volunteer favorite because of how expressive she is. She is also super friendly and affectionate, so you get the best of both worlds. She has not learned any basic obedience yet, but she is ready to! She is treat motivated, so present her with yummy treats and she will know basic commands in no time! She has met other dogs at Wayside, and she did okay. She can try and lead the playing and socializing, so she may need a dog that matches her play style. If you have any other dogs at home, it would be great if you could bring them along to meet her, to make sure they are a good pair!  In fact, bring the whole family so they can all get acquainted. She is ready to go home, and she hopes it is with you!

You can learn more about Wanda here.

Please welcome Myrtle, a gorgeous ten year old Domestic Shorthair mix. Myrtle is experienced in life, and is a sweet and cuddly cat. She was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs after her previous shelter ran out of space for her. That is just fine, because she is ready to find her forever home, and maybe that is with you! Her Felinality rating is Party Animal, in other words, she is the life of the party! She loves to be around people, and seeks out attention and love! She enjoys your company best, but she also loves to play with any cat toy. Honestly, it is the best of both worlds if she can play with you! When coming to Wayside to visit Myrtle, she is in Kitty City, with her friend Pringles! Front and center, you will not be able to miss her!

Learn more about Myrtle here.

Meet Altair, a handsome, seven year old Australian Shepherd mix looking for a place to call his own. He was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs after his previous shelter ran out of space for him. That is okay though, because he has quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite here, and is enjoying his time before he finds his forever home! He was quickly adopted out, but brought back because they did not have a safe yard for him to romp in. They did provide some wonderful information on Altair though! He is an easy-going and social guy. His favorite thing is to hang out with humans of any kind. He loves long walks, and is an excellent walker with his leash! He enjoys staying fit after all! He is also really smart, so he is ready to learn new things with you. He is treat motivated, so present him with yummy treats and he will be trained in no time. After a play session, he would love to cool down with snuggle time. Honestly, Altair is a lovable guy with a big heart. When you visit Wayside, ask for the sweet Altair, and you will not be disappointed!

Learn more about Altair here.

You can meet all of our adoptable pets, including our Waifs of the Week, during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Nov 1 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Perdita, Miss Hemingway, and Ginger!

Meet Perdita, a beautiful three year old Terrier mix. She is forty pounds of pure love! She is very excitable and friendly, but she may come on a little strong! She is just ready to meet all the people. We should also mention she has a very active tail-meaning she is excited and loves to show her enthusiasm. She originally came to Wayside as a stray, so she is eager to learn what it is like to be in a home. Perdita will do best in a home that has children over the age of five, and that has no other canine companions. She is ready to learn basic obedience with you, and is a smart girl! She can be a little anxious in new environments based on her past, so having a calm home at first will be a huge benefit. She loves to be a cuddle bug! She will even lean on you and sit by you, just to be close! If you think you would be a great match, please come see her today.

You can learn more about her here.

This is Miss Hemingway, a gorgeous orange tabby that is two years old. She was originally brought to Wayside as a stray, but she is more than okay with that because she is able to find her forever home here! She loves to be around people, and will reward you with head-butts. She is a purr machine, just because she wants you to know how happy she is. She is also very confident and loves to explore. Miss Hemingway has become a master of free-roaming in our sunroom. She loves to bird-watch, and is extremely playful. She enjoys wand toys and fake mice as well! One of her special quirks is that both of her front paws have and extra toe-meaning extra love to give! She is ready to find her family, and maybe that is with you!

You can learn more about her here.

Here is Ginger, a stunning Labrador Retriever mix and almost a year old. She is roughly 30 pounds full of energy and love. She already knows sit and come, but is ready to learn more from her new family! Because Ginger is pretty active, she asks that she goes to a home without children under the age of 5. She does not want to accidentally knock anyone down! She also would prefer a home without cats and other small animals. Ginger has met dogs before, but she asks that you bring in any and all dogs you have so she can see if they are a perfect fit! She is basically a star athlete, as she can jump a five foot fence. That being said, she will need supervision outside and will need physical and mental stimulation. She is not a huge fan of the crate, so she would prefer not to use one. She is super obsessed with squirrels, as she likes to watch them intently and stare at them when she spots one. It sure is fun to be outside! There is so much to see. Ginger is ready to meet you, are you ready to meet her?

You can learn more about her here.

You can 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.

 


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