Feb 25 2014

Fight the Winter Blues With Pet Exercise

snow playIt’s cold outside. Let’s face it: We are all dragging a little bit – even the dogs. As a pet owner, it is important to remember that while we are able to get outside throughout gloomy winter days, dogs often remain pent up indoors. Sofa snuggles and afternoon snoozes are great, but too much time on the dog bed can have a lot of canines feeling blue. Don’t wait for sunnier, warmer days to exercise your pooch! There are a number of great winter exercises you and your favorite companion can enjoy.

Winter Exercises for the Pooch:

Snow Angels

One of the things that makes dogs such great animals is that they still enjoy all the things we did in our youth – playing in the snow is no exception. In fact, many of these furballs relish the opportunity to run their paws through fluffy, white powder. While it’s still winter, bundle up and take your snow angel (yes, we know you call your dog “angel,” “sweets,” and other heart-melting nicknames) out for some good, old-fashioned playtime in the snow.

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Extra Training

What better way to get your pooch ready for warm park days than some additional training classes? These classes are fun for everyone, as they allow pets to socialize with their canine peers, all while learning new tricks and skill sets. After some winter classes, your furry friend will be the star of all his or her warm-weather park dates.

Sensory Stimulation

Just as we require mental stimulation, dogs have keen senses that need to be challenged to stay sharp. When your dog’s nose cannot keep busy sniffing freshly cut grass or blooming flowers, a fun game of sniff-and-eat will combat the winter blues and boredom. Something as simple as an impromptu food-driven obstacle course will do the trick, keeping your dog’s mind stimulated and its belly full.

Learn More 

Are you looking for a furry friend to roll around with in the snow? Wayside Waifs of Kansas City is home to a number of adoptable dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home, so be sure to stop by the shelter today.

Adoption Center Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


Dec 19 2013

Grrr-eat Holiday Gifts for Your Canine Companion

holiday giftsYou made your holiday gift list, but have you checked it twice? Before you complete your holiday shopping, be sure to include something special for the four-legged friend on your gift list. Your furball has behaved all year, so be sure to reward him or her. At Wayside Waifs, we shopped around and have some grrr-eat holiday gift ideas for your canine friend.

Holiday Gifts for Your Best Friend:

Christmas PJs

As you gather around the Christmas tree and wait for Santa, be sure your pup has something snuggly to keep warm. No matter how your family is celebrating the holiday season, there are holiday PJs for everyone. Flannel, cotton, and fleece are all great materials that are sure to keep your dog warm. Hop online, or if you are up for a challenge, try making your pooch some homemade PJs. The great news? It’s in your dog’s DNA to unconditionally love whatever your create, so don’t let that stop you!

Stocking

If you are looking for a simple way to dress up your mantel over the holiday season, look no further than a dog stocking. A cute holiday stocking for your furry friend can complement your decor AND act as the perfect means for spoiling your family dog. When it comes to dog stocking stuffers, the options are plentiful. Squeaky toys make great gifts, and for just $5, you can purchase several toys from Whiskers and Wags, our in-store boutique that supports dogs in our care. Bones, chew toys, and dog accessories are other great stocking stuffers. As a rule of thumb, be sure to keep your dog’s stocking out of reach. We wouldn’t want your pooch to do anything to get on Santa’s naughty list.

Professional Grooming

Whether your pooch has a mane of high-maintenance tresses or could just use a fresh bath, a date at the groomers is a real treat. A day at the salon doesn’t have to be all nail polish and primping. A nice brushing, bath, or something more are all great ways to show the love to your canine, getting your pooch off to a great start for the New Year.

Give the Gift of Volunteering

Have a pooch of your own but want to really get in the holiday spirit? There are a number of dogs at Wayside Waifs who could benefit from your volunteer work. This holiday season, something as simple as your time could brighten the life of one of our on-site animals. At Wayside Waifs, there is something for everyone. Cat and dog socialization and fostering are both ways you can make a difference in the life of our animals.

To learn how you can get involved this holiday season, call (816) 761-8151 or contact us today.


Dec 18 2013

Paw-Lick’n Holiday Pet Treats

If you are looking for some paw-lickin’ holiday treats for your family pet, there is no need to head to the pet store. It only takes a few ingredients to make some of your own tail-waggin’ holiday treats. When it comes to pets, the little things can make a difference – holiday pet treats are no exception. So, next time you and your family pet are in the kitchen, be sure to try out one of these pet-friendly holiday treats. 

DIY Holiday Pet Treats:

For the Canine…

Dog Bark

If you have ever slipped your four-legged friend a morsel of cheese or let him or her lick your peanut butter-clad hands clean, you know how much pups love their people food.  This all-in-one treat is the real deal. With cheese, peanut butter, and bacon, what’s not to love? In less than forty minutes, your pooch could be enjoying some of their very own holiday Dog Bark.

Dog Nog

Add Dog Nog to the mix for some extra holiday cheer. Good news about this seasonal recipe? Your pooch doesn’t have to be 21 in dog years to enjoy it. Dog Nog is sure to keep your pup safely hydrated and happy. This holiday treat earned brownie points for its simplicity – something every pet owner can appreciate. By the time your pooch can say ”Dog Nog,” this delicious dog elixir will be ready to drink. All you need is baby food, low-fat, organic yogurt, eggs, water, and –for good measure—a banana slice.

For the Feline…

Tuna Crackers

If your kitten has behaved well all year, reward Santa’s little helper with something savory and nutritious. When you are leaving a special delight by the tree for the big man on the sleigh this year, prepare some goodies for your kitty, too. These tuna crackers are comprised of canned tuna, cornmeal, flour, and water. This holiday treat is cat-friendly and easy-to-make. In fact, these holiday treats are so simple to prepare that these kitty crackers can be enjoyed year round.

Cat Cakes

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Cats have always had a flair for the dramatic, which makes cat cakes the purr-fect treat for your kitten. This holiday season spoil your cat by preparing a truly fancy feast. The flour and tuna-filled cat cakes are delicious holiday gifts that your family feline can enjoy for days to come. For details about this one-of-a-kind holiday treat, reference the complete recipe.

At Wayside Waifs, we remain dedicated to helping you provide your family pets with quality care.  Want to shower your pup or cat with even more holiday love?

For more holiday treats, be sure to visit Whiskers & Wags, our pet boutique that helps support the rescue animals in our care.  


Oct 4 2013

Pet Tip — The Importance of Microchipping

It can happen to any pet owner: your furry friend decides to become a magician and demonstrate their new disappearing act. Each year, more than 5 million pets pull off this trick. But one simple step can protect your animal and give you peace of mind – microchip your pet! Wayside Waifs recommends microchipping as a permanent means of identification should your pet’s collar and tags break, fall off or become undreadable.

Dozens of lost pets find their way to Wayside Waifs each week. The first thing admissions counselors do is scan each pet for a microchip. Unfortunately, only 10% of those animals have a registered microchip, which makes it harder for Wayside to reunited lost pets with their owners quickly. “Microchipping significantly increased an animal’s chance of being reunited with its family,” said Dr. Alison Liu, Veterinarian at Wayside Waifs.

“One study showed that owners of almost ¾ of lost, microchipped animals were found due to the presence of their microchip.” If your pet is already microchipped, it is important to keep your contact information current in the microchip registry. If you move or your phone number changes, you will need to contact the microchip company to update your information; otherwise, the chip will be useless.

As part of Wayside’s commitment to partnering pets and community for life, every animal is microchipped before leaving the shelter with their forever families. Wayside also offers pet microchipping to the public for $25. To schedule an appointment, please call 816-986-4452.

Microchip Facts:

  • A microchip is a tiny transponder that is about the size of a grain of rice.
  • The microchip is inserted under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.
  • The microchip procedure can be done without sedation or anesthesia.
  • Each microchip contains a number specific to your animal and is connected to your name and contact information.
  • Microchips have played an instrumental role in identifying and returning pets with family during a natural disaster.

 


Jul 5 2013

Beat the Heat

 

 

Photo by: Nomadic Lass (courtsey of Flickr Creative Commons)

Summer is officially here. In case anyone forgot what it feels like, Mother Nature has already given us a few 90+ degree days. When we as adult humans get hot, our bodies remind us to take steps to cool ourselves off. Our furry friends however rely on us to make good decision regarding their health and well-being.

Here are a few recommendations ASPCA has come up with to help ensure your animals have fun and stay safe summer.

·         Visit your vet. If your pet isn’t already taking heartworm medication, be sure to have them tested before starting them heartworm prevention medicine. Heartworm is spread by mosquitos putting your loved ones at an increased risk during summer months.

·         Provide shade and plenty of H2O. It’s important that pets don’t over exercise. Pets get dehydrated quickly. If your animals are outside, make sure they have a shaded area to relax with plenty of refreshing water to rehydrate. In extreme heat, please keep them indoors.

·         Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion. Warning signs for animals include: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, and/or collapsing. In extreme cases where body temperatures elevate to 104 degrees, your animal may experience seizures, bloody diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Animals with flat faces tend to have a hard time controlling their panting put them at an even greater risk for heat exhaustion. Remember to keep these pets, along with elderly, overweight, and/or those with health problems in air conditioned spaces.

·         Just like your children, you should never leave your pet alone in a car. On a hot day, a parked car with the windows up turns into an oven. When the temperature outside reaches 90 degrees, your car interior will become 109 degrees in just ten short minutes. In fact, leaving pets in unattended vehicles in extreme weather is illegal in many states. If you spot an animal in such a situation, don’t hesitate to call building security, local police, or animal control for assistance.

·         Does your dog know how to swim? If you aren’t sure, never leave your pet unattended around water. For dogs who love to swim, please remember to rinse off chlorine or salt from your pet’s fur. If swallowed, chlorine and other chemicals could also upset their stomachs.

·         Have you checked the screens on your windows to make sure they are secure? If not, your cat may fall out of an open window and sustain serious injuries.

·         Keep your pets out yards that have been sprayed. The insecticides may be harmful if ingested by your furry friends.

 

 


Apr 26 2013

Give Love a “Chance”

Chance is looking for a forever home

Chance is looking for a forever home


**Click here to see Chance in action**
Hi there! My name is Chance, and I’m a 5 year old Pug/Beagle mix who came to Wayside as a stray. One look at my face and you’d think I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders – I look like I’m scowling, perplexed or just deep in thought. But truth be told, I’m a pretty happy, fun-loving little guy, although I can be a bit timid when you first meet me. Just give me some time to warm up and you’ll see what a spunky, friendly, affectionate dog that I really am! I love hanging out with my human friends here at Wayside, and I’m up for just about anything! I like going on walks (and I’m good on a leash), playing fetch or just cuddling up next to someone – especially if there is a belly rub involved!

While the folks here at Wayside have been so kind to me, shelter-life is stressful and I’m so ready to have a home to call my own. Since I have no history of living with young children, and because I can be somewhat shy or fearful at times, it would be best if my adoptive home did not have any children under the age of 5. Older kids would be fine although I should probably meet all members of my adoptive family. Also, some dogs kind of scare me, so if you have any dogs at home, you should probably bring them in to make sure we’re compatible. I’m so eager to become a beloved member of someone’s family. I know that I’ll be a loyal, loving companion – I just need a chance to prove that to someone. If you think that someone might be you, I hope you come to Wayside soon to meet me!


Nov 21 2012

Food Safety Tips for Your Fur-babies

There is nothing quite as wonderful as being surrounded by loved ones, the smell of delicious indulgences in the oven, and celebrating another year with holiday traditions. It is time to count your blessings and say thanks because Thanksgiving here.  As you start to purr-pare your favorite holiday dishes, don’t forget about the hazards that certain foods create for the furry members of your family. Take the necessary precautions to ensure a happy and healthy holiday for everyone this year, including your cats and dogs.

Here are a few tips to make for a Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy too:

Turkey Talk
As much as we humans love a big bird for the holidays, turkey contains L-Tryptophan which as you may already know induces sleep. Everyone enjoys a good nap after dinner, but due to the size of pets, turkey can cause lethargy and listlessness. If you do choose to indulge your pet, make sure to only share a treat sized portion of white meat and check that the meat is well-cooked to eliminate the possibility of salmonella. Also, be sure to take off the skin and not include gravy as these fatty foods can lead to pancreatitis.

No Bones About It
The real danger with turkey lies with the bones. Turkey bones can splinter which can cause intestinal obstructions, tears, or internal bleeding.

Refrain From Stuffing
What would Thanksgiving be without stuffing? When preparing this customary dish, consider making it without raisins, onions, or sage. Raisins can cause kidney failure while onions can lead to canine anemia. While sage adds an extra boost of flavor to your dish, it contains essential oils which can lead to gastrointestinal upset or central nervous system depression in pets, especially cats who are sensitive to the effects of essential oils. Also, don’t forget to check and see if the broth you are using contains onions; this sneaky culprit could also make your dog sick.

Chocolate Lovers Nightmare
Chocolate may not be your weakness, but it is definitely your dogs. Your pup’s heart and nervous system are negatively affected by chocolate which can lead to seizures or death. The darker the chocolate, the more deadly it is for Fido. Better to be safe than sorry so please keep this sweet treat out of reach not only around the holidays, but year round.

A few other foods to be cautious about include macadamia nuts, raw bread dough, avocados, raw eggs, and alcohol.

It is best to stick with your pet’s usual diet as not to cause an upset stomach that could lead to vomiting or diarrhea. If you want to give your pet an extra special Thanksgiving, you can mix a bit of sweet potato or green beans in with their usual dog food or give them a peanut butter filled Kong to enjoy while everyone is at the dinner table.

If by chance your pet happens to get into something they are not supposed to, try giving them a dollop of plain yogurt or cottage cheese to soothe an inflamed digestive tract. If your pet seems to be suffering from something more severe than an upset stomach though, it is important to have your vet’s number or the ASPCA pet poison control center number (888-426-4435) handy, just in case.

Be aware and be prepared this holiday season to ensure another great Thanksgiving for you and your family (Fido included).

Written by Danielle Sather, Marketing & Development Intern at Wayside Waifs


Aug 20 2012

Meet Lola!

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Hi, I’m Lola, a 2 year old Catahoula Leopard dog – sweet, calm, easy to walk, and a laid back love of a girl, who is lonely here at Wayside. I’m a gentle soul, and I can be a little shy and slow to warm up to you. I’m quiet a lot of the time. I’m also a little bit intimidated by other dogs barking and going crazy in their kennels. The noise here can sometimes be too much for a girl like me. I don’t like dogs going crazy on leash either, so I try to avoid them when I’m out walking the Wayside campus. I walk like a little dreamboat on leash by the way. Right by your side. Oh ok, maybe a little bit of weaving in front too, but, I’m slow and deliberate. I don’t need to have a wild time on a walk – I like to stop and smell an occasional rose, and I just like to take my time being close to you and enjoying life. Don’t get me wrong, though; I can go fast if you’d like, and it would probably be a better way to burn some calories. I guess you can say I will match your pace.

I also really like to have you pet me. We sat under a tree for awhile today – my new friend and I – and I loved every moment of that. She was brushing my fur, and I was loving the scratching and stroking and the way she was talking to me in a low but friendly way. I am a little shy and unsure of myself in my kennel. When you walk by, I can look scared. Well, you would be scared here, too! It is loud, dogs barking all the time, doors slamming, cleaning machines running, music and people talking and saying so many things that I don’t understand. Sometimes I come racing up to the door, though; usually because I’m scared of you, and I want to tell you that I’m nervous. Yes, you would think that I would be a little more self assured and confident, but I’m sorry, I’m just not. I’m trying though, and I hope that if you come to meet me, you will ask to take me on a walk away from the shelter. Maybe you will bring a brush and use it on my coat? I will lean into you and ask you to keep petting me, to keep loving me, to help me know how much you care.

Because of some of my behaviors and my shyness and nervousness in unfamiliar situations, Wayside has decided that I’d probably do best in a home without children. I do agree, and I hope that you have a calmer, more relaxed environment for me. I don’t know whether kids have teased me in my past or if their faster and more unpredictable movements just make me nervous, but I’m hoping that someone will fall in love with me that can offer me a home where I can feel safe and secure.

Please come to Wayside and find me and fall in love. My bags are packed, and I’m oh so ready to head home with you!

Love from Lola


Jan 20 2012

The Amazing Transformation of Izzy

The day Izzy was rescued

The day Izzy was rescued

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

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

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

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

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

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

Izzy today

Izzy today

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

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

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

 

Written by Karen Brown
Lead Development Associate at Wayside Waifs


Nov 28 2011

Find Grrr-eat Gifts at Whiskers & Wags!

Looking for the purr-fect gift for your kitty?  Does your dog crrr-ave toys that keep him busy?  Whiskers & Wags, Wayside’s Pet Boutique has grrr-eat gifts for your furry family members!  We just received several new holiday toy items in the store, as well as new leashes and collars!   Proceeds from all purchases benefit the animals at Wayside Waifs!

Check ‘em out!

A fun assortment of dog rope toys that will keep your pooch busy for hours! Price: $10 ea.


Naughty or Nice?  You decide!  Each ball has nice on one side and naughty on the other. So fun!  Price: $1 ea.


Colorful plush dog toys are tail waggin’ fun! Price: $5 ea.


For our feline friends these zany cat bouncers feature a fun mouse attached to a “springy” tree. They are guaranteed to be the cats meow!  Price: $5 ea.


These are sure to be a hit!  Handpainted ornaments feature different breeds of cats and dogs! Quantities are limited and new ones are coming in each week!  Price: $10

Shop Whiskers & Wags, located in the Harold & Marilyn Melcher Pet Adoption Center at Wayside Waifs!

Store Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday -Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.


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