Jun 29 2015

You’ve Got to be Kitten: Foster Families at Wayside Waifs

Ready to go home!

Summer at Wayside Waifs means hundreds of kittens, all looking for families to snuggle in with forever. Some overpopulated shelters transfer both nursing moms with kittens and kitten orphans to us. We also get strays, brought to the shelter by animal control or other people who happen to find them, and kittens surrendered by their owners.

Wayside Waifs couldn’t take care of all of these little fluffsters if it weren’t for their dedicated team of foster kitten owners. These very important volunteers take kittens into their own homes.

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A foster owner may have one kitten, or as many as eight siblings. In order to reduce disease, Wayside Waifs doesn’t mix litters. These kittens may be too young to be fixed and adopted. Some foster owners even take in newborns, who need to be bottle fed through the night! Others may be underweight or sick, and require regular medication.

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Many of the kittens haven’t had enough chances to socialize. Some of them may be shy at first, hiding in their boxes orcrates. Living with a foster owner means they get used to life with humans, and sometimes even other pets. Before long, even cautious little ones are romping around and showing affection.

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Foster care for kittens can be a lot of work. While it’s not hard to litter train them, as they get bigger and stronger, they also get more curious. However, foster owners will tell you that it’s very rewarding. With their playful natures, kittens provide a lot of entertainment, and as one volunteer says, “Nothing is better than snuggling a kitten.” They bring a whole lot of cuteness and catitude to everyone’s lives.

As kittens live with their foster owners, they become healthy, more confident, and ready to be placed into forever homes, where they’ll grow into adult cats and longtime friends. If you’re looking for one, right now is a great time to get one at Wayside Waifs!

Written by Stacey Donovan
Wayside Waifs Volunteer


Aug 18 2014

Penny’s Foster Experience

Hi, we are the Wand’s, Penny’s foster parents. We would like to tell you a little bit about this special girl.

Penny has come along way since we first brought her into our home. She was shuffled around from shelter to shelter throughout her young life, so she had no idea how to behave like a normal, functioning dog. She would constantly nip and jump to get our attention and could not settle down or self soothe. We just couldn’t get through to her so we talked to the vets and decided it would be best to put her on puppy Prozac. Since then she is more calm and takes direction better.

Penny’s Progress

She now sleeps through the night on the bed with us and is mostly housebroken. She plays well with the older, bigger dogs in the house. Every Tuesday she goes to doggy daycare to work on her socialization skills; we also go to the dog park! She does pull on her walks, so we use an easy-walk harness, which helps tremendously. She loves playing in the water, especially when it comes out of the hose. She’s also very interested in swimming, but she definitely needs a life jacket.

Her Care

We free feed Penny a high-protein, grain-free diet dog food. She enjoys treats, chew toys and Nyla bones. Her favorite toys are plush squeaky toys and old socks that I stuff empty water bottles in or tennis balls. Other than that, she loves getting affection from her humans, and being the center of attention is her favorite. Penny also loves to cuddle!  When my husband gets home from work, they have a routine where they cuddle on the bed. It’s so funny because she will follow him in there, jump up on the bed and wait for him patiently.

Although she has made a lot of progress, we are still working with her on not jumping on people and her new favorite thing, counter surfing on the kitchen counter. Penny is an adventerous spitit who loves car rides, but — be warned — will jump out the window if it is down too low. We also, have a hole in our fence that she likes to try to explore. She doesn’t go far, but she likes to visit the bloodhound in the other yard.

Help Penny Find Her Forever Home

Penny will make a great companion for a family that is willing to put in a little time and extra energy, giving her their unconditional love. Thanks for taking the time to read about our special Penny girl. We love her and know you will, too!

Sincerely,

The Wand’s


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