Jul 6 2018

Heat Wave

Our summers are hot, muggy, and wet, while our winters are chilly, dry, and windy. Being in the midwest, you get a little bit of everything here, apart from tsunamis and hurricanes. You can learn a little more about weather in this metro area here. You can also view the weather monthly here. With the upcoming heat wave, we figured now would be a good time to provide tips for protecting your pet from those harmful rays, while giving suggestions for safe fun in the sun!

1. Visit the vet for an early spring or summer checkup.

My animals coincidently have their appointments in the summer, but it helps me out because I can see how bad allergies are and my dog always gets her yearly heart-worm test. These worms are spread from host to host through mosquito bites, and are more common in the summertime. It’s also recommended that you get monthly prevention if you are in an area that has a high mosquito rate. Your vet will have the prevention to purchase at their office.

2. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

3. Know the symptoms of heat stroke in your pets.

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse are all symptoms of heat stroke. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. You’ll want to watch out for these during our high heat and humidity days! Do not leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle, it can cause a fatality!

4. Be careful about grooming your pets.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

5. Check the pavement before you go on a walk.

Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so his paws don’t burn. You can still go on walks, but staying in shaded areas of grass is really the only way to go in the heat.

Now for some fun ideas in the sun that will be both entertaining and safe for you and your furry friend!

1. Kiddie Pools

It’s summertime, and some dogs love being in the water, so why not invest in a kiddie pool?! My dog is forty-five pounds of love, and on Sunday we usually get her pool out and she has the time of her life. Always supervise your animals near water, but it’s a cheap and fun way to stay cool outside! Our first picture above is a Waif here that is enjoying their kiddie pool!

2. Ice Treats

This is always fun to make, and you can do it at home! Instead of soda flavors or fruit, you can freeze peanut butter or dog treats and give it to your pet on a hot day. It gives them something to work on, and it tastes great to them as well! Some people even freeze their toys for some extra fun times. Just make sure all the food is dog/cat friendly. 

3. Anything you can throw or toss. 

Now is the time to break out that frisbee or rope. Keep in mind that during the heat of the day, you and your dog should be inside for safety reasons, but two or three throws wouldn’t hurt. You can even do this indoors if you have the access. That way they can get ample amount of playing time while still staying cool, and you as well!

4. Sprinkler toys

Once again, some dogs really enjoy the water, and sprinklers are a cheap entertainment option. There are sprinklers you can purchase for your yard, there are dog specific sprinklers, so many different kinds! If your dog isn’t a fan of the water, they may want to sit this one out, but sometimes the price is worth it!

There you have it! Hopefully these tips for surviving in the heat and enjoying the summertime with your furry friend! Always check the weather so you nor your pet will have to suffer in the heat! Follow the links above to check Kansas City weather patterns. From all of us here at Wayside Waifs, enjoy your summer, and have a safe Fourth of July!

Meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 29 2018

Fourth of July Safety Tips

It’s the time of year to celebrate Independence Day! It is an annual Federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and registering as a country, the United States of America. We typically celebrate with family, friends, fireworks, and good times. However, our furry friends don’t enjoy the holiday as much as we do, so we here at Wayside thought it would be helpful to provide tips on Fourth of July safety for our four-legged family members.

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets. 

This goes without saying, but sometimes the animals get so nervous and scared they might try to run off and find a safe place. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

2. Leave your pets at home.

To avoid something like a lost pet happening, and to ease your furry friends’ stress, consider leaving them at home for the celebration. Most pets do not want to be near fireworks when they are set off, and find the most comfort at home. Please do not lock them in the car either, because they could suffer from heat stroke and/or brain damage. Consider creating a safe place for them. A downstairs area without windows or doors where they can relax and be away from loud noises.

3. Don’t put insect repellant on your pet.

This also should go without saying, but if your family is having a get-together and you would like to take your pets before the fireworks show, do not put insect repellant or sunscreen on your pet. There are certain ingredients in both that are poisonous for animals, and will have effects like neurological disorders and lethargy.

4. Never leave alcoholic beverages unattended to where your pets could reach them.

Dogs and cats are naturally curious, and if a beer or cocktail is left on the ground, they might consider knocking it over and drinking it. If consumed, the animal can get intoxicated and very weak, and could even go into a coma. Put those drinks on coasters on a high-rise table so they are unable to reach it, and provide fresh water for them to drink instead.

5. Keep your pet on their normal diet.

This is the time of year when people are barbecuing more and more because the weather is nice. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea.

6. Play classical music.

Music can soothe an animal in times of stress, especially on the 4th of July. Having a CD playing on a loop can induce calmness and relaxation.

7. Don’t force your pet into a costume for the holiday. 

It may seem cute to dress them up in the red, white, and blue, but unless your dog (or even less likely, your cat) loves to play dress-up, don’t push the issue. If they have a medical condition, some sort of loose clothing is definitely acceptable. Also, if your animal shuts down during the fireworks, consider purchasing a thunder shirt, which can be found at our store Whiskers & Wags. They are proven to help make animals feel safe and secure, while keeping anxiety levels down.

8. Use a Crate

If your dog is used to a crate, allow them to utilize this area for a safe place to rest. Provide them with something they enjoy (bones, chew toys, kongs etc.) They can feel content and safe while you won’t have to worry about them as much. It’s a win-win!

9. Consider getting calming treats and Adaptil collars

Calming treats and Adaptil/anti-anxiety collars are both sold in our retail store Whiskers & Wags, and they have been helpful to ease stress for our animals here. The collar mimics the dogs’ natural pheromone that helps ease tension, and can help them relax during a fireworks display, as long as they are indoors. Calming treats will help do the same things, and will taste good as well!

10. Brush up on flea/tick treatment/ask your vet about anti-anxiety meds.

Ticks and fleas are more abundant than ever because of the mild winter we had. They will find a host environment in dogs and cats, and during a celebration it might go unnoticed. We also sell seresto collars which help battle unwanted visitors for up to eight months. They will help during that barbecue and high heated areas! They can be found at our retail store Whiskers & Wags. Does your dog really have bad anxiety? Ask your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medicine, because sometimes that is the best thing to do.

These are just some tips that help our furry friends, and you, prepare for the celebratory holiday! Enjoy, and be safe! Our retail store Whiskers & Wags is open during our adoption hours, provided below.

Adoption Hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 12:00-8:00
Wednesday: CLOSED for Holiday
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10pm-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 25 2018

10 Reasons To Strutt

We’re counting down the Top 10 Reasons To Strutt With Your Mutt! We’d love to see you there, as we think it’ll be a barking good time! Feel free to take a look at our 2018 Strutt video here.

1. Create a team! Start a new tradition with your friends and family!

Link: https://bit.ly/2JOLtXP

2. Youth fundraising will be matched! All kiddo’s put your thinking caps on to raise funds for the homeless pets!

Link: https://bit.ly/2I5CGL7 

3. Enter the Canine Costume Contest! Only $5 to enter and winners get prizes!

Link: https://bit.ly/2KlFtC5

4. Everyone gets a cool Strutt medal! 

Link: https://bit.ly/2KlFtC5

5. Strutt takes place in the beautiful Brookside neighborhood!

Link: https://bit.ly/2KlFtC5

6. Love running? Get offically timed on our certified 5K course!

Link: https://bit.ly/2KlFtC5

7. Everyone gets a 2018 Strutt t-shirt!

8. 50+ pet-related vendors in the Flealess Market at Strutt! Become a vendor!

Link: https://bit.ly/2tCPN1g

9. Celebrate your furry friend at Strutt!

Link: https://bit.ly/2KlFtC5

10. Strutt for a current waif! Check out Cleo’s story and become her Strutt sponsor today!

Link: https://bit.ly/2tDVyvT

Please feel free to visit us during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 22 2018

Cats, Kittens, and Felines, OH MY!

Kitten Season has arrived and Wayside Waifs is full with all kinds of adorable little ones waiting to begin a new adventure with a new family!

Kittens are sweet, cuddly, fun and….full of energy! You may have heard the expression “double the pleasure, double the fun.” Well, that applies to kittens. It is highly recommended to adopt kittens in pairs. “What? Why? Now there are two to care for. Wouldn’t that be twice as much work?” Actually, no. Having two kittens is very beneficial in many ways. The most beneficial part is that they will wear each other out! And, who doesn’t enjoy watching kittens chase, pounce and wrestle with each other, or share a toy together? It’s also nice to know they have company when left alone. 

“Do they have to be from the same litter?” No, although it is encouraged, since the kittens already know each other. If you do choose two kittens from separate litters, they do need to follow an introduction process in order for their interactions to be positive. You can find our article with proper introductions hereOtherwise, if they start off on the wrong paw, they might never be friends.  Sometimes kittens will adjust faster to another kitten they have never met, but there are times when it is very stressful. Remember, each of those kittens are adjusting to a new environment by coming into your home – new sights, sounds and smells.  Add to that, a strange kitten, and that can increase the amount of stress. Creating a positive association is key. Proper introductions does not guarantee a friendship, but there is a better chance of that happening rather than just letting them work it out themselves. 

This also applies to adult cats ( like one of our bonded pairs Wally and Bolt, pictured above). Cats may not be pack animals like dogs are, but they can enjoy each other’s company as well. Again, following proper introductions will be very beneficial and highly recommended. Some cats (or kittens) will want a snuggle buddy, or someone to wrestle with, or maybe they will just want to co-exist within the same home. 

“Should I adopt 2 cats or kittens of the same sex? Does age matter?” Not really.  What matters most is the personality and energy level of both cats. If you have an energetic and playful 8 year old, adding an energetic kitten might work. If one is laid back and the other is hyper, that might not be a perfect match.  

If you have friends or family with more than one cat, ask them what the pros and cons were for them and the cats.The following are quotes from people who want to weigh in on this topic.

“When our first cat was a kitten, she was lonely whenever we left for work or went away for the weekend. We adopted a 2nd cat around the same age. It took 3 weeks for them to adjust to each other, and they became good friends.  It was a great decision!”

“We adopted two sisters from the same litter. We didn’t know it at first, but it was the best decision ever. They were lifelong friends. When one of them passed away, her sister never left her side, and it was so endearing to see how wonderful their bond was.”

“I adopted a brother and a sister, and you’re never bored. I feel better leaving them alone for an 8 hour work day because they had each other. It’s nice to see them comfort each other when something scary happens, like storms or moving.”

Please check out all of our adoptable cats on our website here. We also have a special going on for cats. More info here.

Adoption hours:

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

Written by Bonnie Still, resident Cat Behavior Specialist, edited by Teryn J.


Jun 20 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Charlie, Tiger, and Sandy!

“Hello there, my name is Charlie and I am so happy that you clicked on my pictures. I sure am a handsome boy, aren’t I? I am one year old and weigh about 55 pounds. I’m a bundle of energy and am looking for a home that will help me release all that energy! I love people and I love other dogs — playing is my thing and I think that everybody who is here at Wayside is here to play with me. I also love getting pets and getting treats. I bet that with my love of treats, you can teach me so many things! My new family should have children over the age of five — sometimes I get so excited that I don’t realize how much bigger I am compared to little children. I’d also love to meet any 4 legged children that you have in your house. I’m anxious to see if we can get along. If you are looking for a friendly and spirited young dog, than I am your guy. Come see me today!”

Learn more about Charlie here.

“Hi there! My name is Tiger and I’m a sweet two-year-old fella looking for my forever home. I’m a dashing tabby cat with brown and black fur. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around has been a little scary but I just know this will be my last stop before I find my forever home. I’m a Private Investigator. That means I can be a little shy at first. I’m looking for a home who will be patient with me as I gain confidence and learn my surroundings. In exchange, I promise to be your life-long best friend. Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

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

“Hi there! Thank you so much for reading about me! My name is Sandy and I’m a two-year-old girl with beautiful yellow fur. I came to Wayside from another shelter when they ran out of space. Moving around can be scary but everyone here is so nice and made me feel at home. It’s great here but I can’t dream of having my own yard to run around in and my own couch to cuddle up on. Let’s get to the interesting stuff! I’m a happy girl with a lot of energy and excitement. I would likely do best in a house with kiddos over five but bring out the entire family to meet me to be sure! I sure do love treats and I already know “Sit”. I’d benefit from additional obedience training. I’m a smart girl and I promise it won’t take us long to master those skills. I do well on a leash and I’d love to go exploring with you. Maybe we could check out a park or we could go on a hike together. I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you.  If you are a runner, I’m a good running partner! If you’re looking for a sweet pal to go through life with, look no further. Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Sandy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 15 2018

History of Wayside

On June 5, 1940, a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, known as the Jackson County Animal Betterment Association, was incorporated in the State of Missouri. In 1944, it was revived with new leadership under the name of Wayside Waifs, Inc.

Fenby Webster was the lead contributor who helped to found Wayside Waifs. Her leadership and dedication is still seen throughout the shelter.

Through contributions, Wayside Waifs was able to purchase a 20-acre farm. The shelter was built in southeast Kansas City, Missouri in 1945 and remained until 1999 when a state-of-the-art facility was built adjacent to the original building. Additional acreage was acquired over the years, bringing the total acreage to 50 acres.

The Top of the World Pet Cemetery (now known as Wayside Waifs Pet Memorial Park) was founded in 1946. It was established to provide a convenience to people who wanted their pets put to rest in the peace and beauty of an established haven. More than 12,000 pets are interred on our three pet burial grounds making Wayside one of the largest pet cemeteries in the United States.

Wayside Waifs is a nonprofit humane society and animal shelter. It is not endowed or supported by local, state or federal funds, or national humane organizations. It is financially supported primarily from memberships, bequests, the pet cemetery, adoptions and gifts from the public, businesses and foundations.

During the 1951 flood, Wayside was on duty day and night. In May of 1957, the agency participated in rescue work following the Ruskin Heights and Martin City tornado. Wayside patrolled these areas, bringing in injured and homeless animals. And again in 1993 when floodwaters were rising, Wayside met the challenge and accepted hundreds of animals in need. In recent years, Wayside has also participated actively in raids of illegally operated “puppy mills.”

In December 2012, Wayside Waifs opened the doors of a newly expanded and renovated shelter veterinary clinic.  The 47,000 square foot building can shelter up to 800 animals. In 2011, Wayside cared for more than 6,500 abandoned, abused and homeless pets.  Wayside Waifs is a comprehensive animal welfare organization providing: animal rescue, shelter veterinary care, retail pet boutique, pet adoptions, off-leash dog park, humane education programs for more than 30,000 school children each year, volunteer opportunities, secure pet care for local domestic violence shelters and pet memorial services and cemetery.

Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest no kill pet adoption campus in Kansas City, placing approximately 5,400 animals each year. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City’s no kill community.

Have a story to share? Did you adopt, volunteer or just have a special memory? We want to hear about it! Share your story with us now! Please consider visiting us during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 6 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Jasper, Phiona, and Tuffy!

“Hi there, I’m Jasper!  I’m happy and friendly and playful and full of fun.  I love life and I never remember having a bad day.  I’d love more than anything to be able to share my zest for life with you!  I hope you come to meet me and realize that we were meant to be together. I’m a handsome, 1 ½ year old, 45 pound sweetheart of a dog.  I might possibly already be at least partially house trained, because I keep my kennel at Wayside clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  Please stay patient with me when we get home though, because it’s hard to keep up my routine here at the shelter.  I’ll try my best to follow all the rules in my new home.  Anyway, I came here to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter.  I love it here and I’ve already made all sorts of great new friends. I’m a typical hound in many ways.  I’m friendly and sweet and I love to explore the world with my nose.  I’m curious and I can be vocal when I have something to say.  I hope my hound voice is music to your ears and I hope you will keep me safe and secure when I’m outdoors, so that I don’t follow my nose into the next county before anyone even notices I’m gone.  I’d love a fenced in yard to tend to and explore.  I love tasty treats and I’m eager to please, so training me should be a cinch.  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me.  I get so excited when it’s time to go for a walk!  I pull just a bit on my leash, but a harness will work great for me if you want to keep me close to your side.  I’m young and energetic, so I will need daily exercise to keep me happy, healthy, and calm. I’m pretty adaptable and easy-going, so I should do just fine with most active families.  I love to be by your side and I hope you’re the sort of person who likes to have your dog as an active part of your life.  I love attention from you and I like to lean into you to show you how much you mean to me.  I like most other dogs just fine and I have good dog social skills.  I know how to make appropriate corrections to other dogs and I’m friendly and polite with them.  I’ve been participating in doggie playgroups here at Wayside.  It’s so much fun!  I do best with the low to medium activity level dogs.  I’d love to meet any other dogs you have before we go home together, so feel free to bring them out to Wayside if you like. I hope you need me in your life as much as I need you!  I can’t wait to be part of a family.  I’m here at the shelter with my bags packed and I’m ready to go home!”

Learn more about Jasper here

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Phiona, and I am one of the cutest, sweetest and most loving kitty cats you could ever hope to meet. As you can see from my photos, I have an unusual coat. I’m what you would call a dilute tortie, meaning my fur contains muted colors of blue/gray and apricot. I also have a white bib, boots and gloves like a tuxedo. So I am dressed for any occasion. I have very soft fur, which you will probably enjoy petting as much as I enjoy being loved on. I also have very soulful, expressive golden/green eyes. I have a very cute, quiet little meow. Sometimes it is practically silent. It will melt your heart, or so I have been told. I enjoy having a nice conversation, but what I’m really all about is giving and receiving love. When you meet me, once I feel comfortable with you, I will probably reach up and give you a hug. If you are sitting, I will probably curl up in your lap, if you don’t mind. When I came to Wayside, the vets here discovered that I had some dental issues. My teeth were hurting me a lot, so the doctors decided to pull them all. It’s wonderful not to be in so much pain. I do need to eat soft food for the rest of my life, though. You might have noticed that I am 8 years old. Some people think that is old, but it’s barely middle age for a cat. If you take good care of me, we can look forward to many happy, healthy years together. Are you looking for one of the loviest cats around? Please come to Wayside and ask for me, Phinona!”

Learn more about Phiona here.

“Hi there, I’m Tuffy!  I want to be your dog.  Please?  No one has ever given me a chance before, but I know what I’m capable of.  I know I will be the best companion ever, if someone will just believe in me.  I’m smart and friendly and so affectionate.  There’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I’m still under a year old, so I’m really just a pup in many ways.  And at 38 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size.  I can’t wait to curl up next to you on the couch as we unwind for the day.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from a rescue group where I had been staying for a while.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a real home before.  But just arriving at Wayside gave me so much hope!  I’ve been making friends and learning lots of new stuff.  So now I’m ready for you!  And believe me; the family that finally decides to adopt me will be mighty lucky indeed. I’m still learning all about life and where I fit in, so I’m a work in progress.  But I’ve come so far so fast, with just a little love and attention.  When I got to Wayside, I didn’t know how to walk on my leash at all and I was panicky and afraid to even try.  But with patience and time, I’m getting the hang of it.  I’m still a little skittish when I see others during my walk and sometimes I weave back and forth, but I walk fine and I don’t pull at all on my leash.  I like to check in with you to make sure you’re there.  Your encouragement gives me confidence and makes me feel content.  I hope to practice my leash skills with a daily walk through our neighborhood.  Once I know the routine, I’ll get more comfortable and confident.  I love to explore and check out my surroundings.  And after my exercise, there is nothing I want more than to snuggle with you.  I’ll even crawl up in your lap if you let me!  I just like to be as close as possible to show you how much you mean to me. I’m one smart cookie, so I hope you don’t mind taking the time to continue my training.  I love to make you happy and proud, so once I figure out exactly what that means, I’ll be all over it!  I can be sensitive, so please stay positive with me and praise me when I’m a good boy, so that I learn what you expect from me.  I’m generally relaxed and playful with other friendly dogs.  If you need a playmate for your current dog, I might be a good match for you. I have a delightful, loving personality and it feels natural for me to work my way right into your heart.  You’ll know what I mean when you come out to meet me.  I just want to belong and be a part of a real family.  That’s all.  I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now.”

Learn more about Tuffy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during the adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


May 30 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Jasper, Phiona, and Tuffy!

“Hi there, I’m Jasper!  I’m happy and friendly and playful and full of fun.  I love life and I never remember having a bad day.  I’d love more than anything to be able to share my zest for life with you!  I hope you come to meet me and realize that we were meant to be together. I’m a handsome, 1 ½ year old, 45 pound sweetheart of a dog.  I might possibly already be at least partially house trained, because I keep my kennel at Wayside clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  Please stay patient with me when we get home though, because it’s hard to keep up my routine here at the shelter.  I’ll try my best to follow all the rules in my new home.  Anyway, I came here to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter.  I love it here and I’ve already made all sorts of great new friends. I’m a typical hound in many ways.  I’m friendly and sweet and I love to explore the world with my nose.  I’m curious and I can be vocal when I have something to say.  I hope my hound voice is music to your ears and I hope you will keep me safe and secure when I’m outdoors, so that I don’t follow my nose into the next county before anyone even notices I’m gone.  I’d love a fenced in yard to tend to and explore.  I love tasty treats and I’m eager to please, so training me should be a cinch.  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me.  I get so excited when it’s time to go for a walk!  I pull just a bit on my leash, but a harness will work great for me if you want to keep me close to your side.  I’m young and energetic, so I will need daily exercise to keep me happy, healthy, and calm. I’m pretty adaptable and easy-going, so I should do just fine with most active families.  I love to be by your side and I hope you’re the sort of person who likes to have your dog as an active part of your life.  I love attention from you and I like to lean into you to show you how much you mean to me.  I like most other dogs just fine and I have good dog social skills.  I know how to make appropriate corrections to other dogs and I’m friendly and polite with them.  I’ve been participating in doggie playgroups here at Wayside.  It’s so much fun!  I do best with the low to medium activity level dogs.  I’d love to meet any other dogs you have before we go home together, so feel free to bring them out to Wayside if you like. I hope you need me in your life as much as I need you!  I can’t wait to be part of a family.  I’m here at the shelter with my bags packed and I’m ready to go home!”

Learn more about Jasper here

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Phiona, and I am one of the cutest, sweetest and most loving kitty cats you could ever hope to meet. As you can see from my photos, I have an unusual coat. I’m what you would call a dilute tortie, meaning my fur contains muted colors of blue/gray and apricot. I also have a white bib, boots and gloves like a tuxedo. So I am dressed for any occasion. I have very soft fur, which you will probably enjoy petting as much as I enjoy being loved on. I also have very soulful, expressive golden/green eyes. I have a very cute, quiet little meow. Sometimes it is practically silent. It will melt your heart, or so I have been told. I enjoy having a nice conversation, but what I’m really all about is giving and receiving love. When you meet me, once I feel comfortable with you, I will probably reach up and give you a hug. If you are sitting, I will probably curl up in your lap, if you don’t mind. When I came to Wayside, the vets here discovered that I had some dental issues. My teeth were hurting me a lot, so the doctors decided to pull them all. It’s wonderful not to be in so much pain. I do need to eat soft food for the rest of my life, though. You might have noticed that I am 8 years old. Some people think that is old, but it’s barely middle age for a cat. If you take good care of me, we can look forward to many happy, healthy years together. Are you looking for one of the loviest cats around? Please come to Wayside and ask for me, Phinona!”

Learn more about Phiona here.

“Hi there, I’m Tuffy!  I want to be your dog.  Please?  No one has ever given me a chance before, but I know what I’m capable of.  I know I will be the best companion ever, if someone will just believe in me.  I’m smart and friendly and so affectionate.  There’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I’m still under a year old, so I’m really just a pup in many ways.  And at 38 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size.  I can’t wait to curl up next to you on the couch as we unwind for the day.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from a rescue group where I had been staying for a while.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a real home before.  But just arriving at Wayside gave me so much hope!  I’ve been making friends and learning lots of new stuff.  So now I’m ready for you!  And believe me; the family that finally decides to adopt me will be mighty lucky indeed. I’m still learning all about life and where I fit in, so I’m a work in progress.  But I’ve come so far so fast, with just a little love and attention.  When I got to Wayside, I didn’t know how to walk on my leash at all and I was panicky and afraid to even try.  But with patience and time, I’m getting the hang of it.  I’m still a little skittish when I see others during my walk and sometimes I weave back and forth, but I walk fine and I don’t pull at all on my leash.  I like to check in with you to make sure you’re there.  Your encouragement gives me confidence and makes me feel content.  I hope to practice my leash skills with a daily walk through our neighborhood.  Once I know the routine, I’ll get more comfortable and confident.  I love to explore and check out my surroundings.  And after my exercise, there is nothing I want more than to snuggle with you.  I’ll even crawl up in your lap if you let me!  I just like to be as close as possible to show you how much you mean to me. I’m one smart cookie, so I hope you don’t mind taking the time to continue my training.  I love to make you happy and proud, so once I figure out exactly what that means, I’ll be all over it!  I can be sensitive, so please stay positive with me and praise me when I’m a good boy, so that I learn what you expect from me.  I’m generally relaxed and playful with other friendly dogs.  If you need a playmate for your current dog, I might be a good match for you. I have a delightful, loving personality and it feels natural for me to work my way right into your heart.  You’ll know what I mean when you come out to meet me.  I just want to belong and be a part of a real family.  That’s all.  I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now.”

Learn more about Tuffy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during the adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 27 2018

Prepping For Summer Break

Even though Spring is barely passing through, we can still look forward to summer right?! You loyal readers know we always try to provide fun and helpful tips to get you guys through major holidays and seasons. Let’s start this season off right, before it comes in June.

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets.

This goes without saying, but sometimes the animals get so nervous and scared they might try to run off and find a safe place. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

 

2. Brush up on flea/tick treatment.

Ticks and fleas are more abundant than ever because of the mild winter we had. They will find a host environment in dogs and cats, and during a celebration it might go unnoticed. We also sell seresto collars which help battle unwanted visitors for up to eight months. They will help during that barbecue and high heated areas! They can be found at our retail store Whiskers & Wags.

3. Be cautious of open/screen windows.

Warmer weather means we want to open up our windows! Just be cautious of how well your animal can handle that, as cats more than anything love to press against them and potentially go through. Adding screens are the best safety feature, but be cautious anyways.

4. Buckle up!

Of course most pets will love a car ride, but warmer weather can include different insects and allergens as well. Be careful of letting them stick their head out the window, as they are at risk for injuries and infections if anything lands on them. Technically a seatbelt or any safety harness would be best to travel with.

5. Landscaping and Yard work beware!

Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients may be dangerous if your pet ingests them. Always store these products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully.

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

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

7. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

8. Be careful about grooming your pets.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

9. Ice Treats

This is always fun to make, and you can do it at home! Instead of soda flavors or fruit, you can freeze peanut butter or dog treats and give it to your pet on a hot day. It gives them something to work on, and it tastes great to them as well! Some people even freeze their toys for some extra fun times. Just make sure all the food is dog/cat friendly. 

10. Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Summertime brings awesome weather—and an onslaught of bugs! Keep an eye out for those snakes, spiders, and anything that resurfaces during the warmer months. Your pet will thank you for it!

Please feel free to visit us during our adoption hours! Also, feel free to check out our brand new summer camp, Camp Wayside! More info here.

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

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 25 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Vincent, Charlie, and Miss Bailey! *Note, Vincent has already found a home, but we still wanted to include his name!

“Thank you for reading about me! My name is Charlie, and I’m a handsome, dapper black and white shorthaired boy with one of the cutest, pinkest noses you’ve ever seen! I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find my forever person or people. You might have noticed that I am 7 years old. That is just barely middle age for a cat! In fact, I am right in my prime—well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to focus my time, attention and affection on you! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Secret Admirer! That means that I tend to be a little shy and timid in new situations. However, I am a people-oriented cat and need to be around people. I am keeping my paws crossed for a gentle, patient adopter who will give me time and space to get acclimated to my new surroundings. In return, I promise to fill your home and heart with beauty, purrs and love.”

You can learn more about Charlie here.

“Hello there. My name is Miss Bailey and I am super excited that you clicked on my profile. I am a beautiful blonde who weighs about 50 pounds. I am two years old and super friendly. I don’t think I’ve met a stranger, either the 2 legged or 4 legged kind. It’s pretty awesome to be friends with everyone and every dog I meet. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of room; but I’m not worried, I know my furever family will find me here. I already know the commands “sit” and “come” and I would love to learn some more. I am motivated by treats; but I LOVE praise. Just sing my praises and I will wag my tail for you forever. I’m a happy girl who loves attention and I’ll show my love in lots of different ways. I will jump around for you, lean on you and even give you kisses. I might even roll over so you can give me an awesome belly rub. Do you think I might be the right dog for you? If so, please come see me right away. I can’t wait to meet you and start falling in love.”

You can learn more about Miss Bailey here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours:

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

Written by Teryn J.


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