Oct 10 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Bridgette, Starla, and Ralphie! 

Meet Bridgette, a gorgeous two year old Catahoula Leopard dog. Bridgette was transferred to Wayside after her last shelter ran out of space for her. That is okay though, because she is searching for her forever home! Think that family could be you? She is super friendly, but she would do best in a home without small children. She just does not want to accidentally hurt anyone! She loves being active, and thinks walks are just amazing. She is also looking for someone to teach her the ropes of life! Keeping your body and mind in shape are equally important! If Bridgette seems like a good candidate, come visit her today.

You can learn more about Bridgette here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Starla, a petite nine month old Domestic Shorthair mix. She has gorgeous markings, and a wonderful, soft coat. She originally came to Wayside as a stray, wandering the streets. Because of her past, she is confident, brave, and friendly! While she was independent for so long, she is ready for an indoor lifestyle, complete with regular food and water, love, and attention! Is that not enough to persuade you? Her favorite toy is a feather wand, and she loves to play either by herself, or with people! That can be tons of fun for both of you! Does Starla sound like the one?

You can learn more about Starla here.

This is Ralphie, a handsome three year old American Staffordshire mix. He was graciously brought to Wayside by a Good Samaritan, who saw him running along the highway. Thank goodness! He is ready to find his people now! Ralphie is a sweet, loving boy, and believe it or not, he is a lap dog! Because of his past, he is a little wary of dogs, so he would prefer a home where he is your only dog. He loves walks, and he is actually a great running partner. He is ready to be trained by a new family, and he is toy and treat motivated, so he is eager to please! With his markings, you also will probably get compliments on how sweet and cute your dog is. Do you think Ralphie is your perfect match?

Learn more about Ralphie here.

You can meet our Waifs of the Week, and 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.


Sep 22 2017

Strutt With Your Mutt 2017

This past Sunday we had our 27th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt. All funds raised stay right here in Kansas City to benefit the animals in our care. From life-saving medical care, behavior training, safe shelter, nutritious food and love, Wayside has been committed to helping abandoned, abused and homeless pets get a second chance at life. You make that possible.

There is a 5K race and a 3K walk/run, where you and your furry friend can participate. We also have virtual sponsors of the event in case they do not want to participate in the races/cannot make it this year. There are vendors and some of our staff set up tents and there is even a pet costume contest! It was truly a great time, and it was for a wonderful cause too!

 

 

 

We have an entire album on Facebook here, we’re just showcasing a few! Please check it out!

We raised approximately $132,000 for our Waifs, and we could not be here without the support of our community, sponsors, and vendors. Thank you! This year, the event was presented by the Melcher Investment Company and Rob Sight Ford. Our sponsors included Bayer, AmeristarCares, Blue Pearl, 106.5 The Wolf, Ice Masters, Hill’s Science Diet, Ceva, Lee, Wayside Waifs Board Members, Companion Protect, KMBC 9 News, The Kansas City Star, and many more, found here. We also had several vendors participate, including Bently’s Pet Stuff, Pet Supplies Plus, Pete and Mac’s Pet Resort, Raising Cane’s, Pickleman’s, and many more here. We would not be here without their support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, thank you all for either participating, supporting, sponsoring, or being a vendor. We would not be where we are today without the support of the Kansas City community. We will see you all next year!

Come visit us during 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.

 


Sep 20 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Lady, Dolly, and Socks!

Meet Lady! She’s a sweet and curious girl! She is rather shy, but is ready to start a confident life with you. The little things in life make her the happiest and no one is more grateful for a simple routine day than Lady. Her life has not always been a bed of roses, but she is starting to smell the flowers! She is a stunning five year old Labrador Retriever mix. She is already crate trained, and partially housebroken. Lady originally came to Wayside as a transfer when her old shelter ran out of space for her. Shelter life was not very easy for her. Thankfully, her foster mom volunteered to house her while waiting to be adopted, so she could learn love in a home environment. She has thrived in foster, as her foster mom said she is a sweet soul. She is learning new things everyday and learning how to trust! Things like car rides and thunderstorms and even vacuums are scary to her. Her foster mom is with her through it all, and constantly reassures her when she is unsure, and she will need that in her permanent home. While she would rather be by your side than in a crate, she is still unsure of her surroundings so it will help her anxiety more if you leave for work. She does need to be supervised, but is learning constantly. She loves to play with toys and cuddle with her foster family. She sleeps well on her dog bed, hardly making a peep! She is so polite and sweet. She loves her daily walks, but is still learning how to walk with a leash and harness. She is enjoying playing in her foster family’s fenced in yard, and her confidence is growing! She enjoys the company of other dogs because they make her feel secure and confident. Having another furry friend will help her transition into a new home better! She has come so far from when she first arrived, so please consider Lady for your calm and quiet house!

Lady has a page which you can view here.

Meet Dolly, a beautiful dilute Tortoiseshell cat who is a one-year-old. She’s not working nine to five, but she will always love you! She’s actually had a litter of kittens, even though she is very young herself. She came to Wayside with her litter in hopes of a better life, and she is ready to meet you! She might be bashful at first, but she is a sweet, loving girl. Our Feline-ality assessor deemed her a “Personal Assistant,” meaning she is ready to be by your side and help you with anything! She will be the most happy when she’s with you! Dolly is ready for her forever home, are you ready to meet Dolly?

Read more about Dolly here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Socks, a sweet five year old Retriever and Shepard mix. He weighs in at roughly fifty pounds. He is a smiley guy, and gets so excited when people are around he can’t help but show his pearly whites! He is so happy to be looking for his forever home. Socks originally came to Wayside when he and his siblings were rescued from a hoarding situation. He is the second to go up for adoption, so he is really proud of that. He was very anxious and scared when he first got here, as was the majority of his siblings. He was enrolled in our Confidence College program to gain confidence. He did so well in the program that he is graduated and ready to find his peeps! He will still be shy and anxious in a new home, so he asks that you take your time with him and help him adjust to a new environment. His preference would be a calm, quiet home with older children-he is unsure of little ones. Socks understands he is asking for a lot, but he believes the right people are out there. Come meet him today!

Socks has a page which you can view here.

You can meet our Waifs of the Week and 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.


Sep 15 2017

An Interview With Candy Brown

In many aspects of shelter operation, we would not be where we are without our volunteers. Our staff members are very thankful for the active roles our volunteers take in caring for the animals in the shelter. We thought it would be nice to showcase one in particular and what she does here that better improves the mission we all have; save as many lives as we can! Let us introduce you to Candy Brown!

This is Candy, with her waif Bert! Bert has been at our shelter collectively a little over a year, so she spends as much time as she can with him! Candy herself has been with us seven, and almost eight years now! She started as a dog socializer, working her way up to working with our behavior dogs. She works primarily with our Peace Academy, which is high-energy dogs, but she also has worked with our Confidence College dogs as well. After that, she worked her way to meet and greets, dog to dogs, and eventually landed where she is today; an adoptions counselor/a member of our rescue team.

Candy is here Wednesday-Sunday when we are open for adoptions, and on Mondays and Tuesdays she works with our behavior dogs. She is here seven days a week, way beyond full-time! We appreciate Candy so much! She is a tad camera shy unless she is with a dog, (as pictured above) but she allowed me to shadow her for some pictures of what she does!

 

 

As pictured above, she goes through the adoption process with people and helps with animals visiting the vet clinic for the last time before they go home! Candy explained to me that she appreciates all the friendships she has made, both with the people she works with and volunteers that socialize dogs. She was working in the ER before she came to Wayside, and she quit her job so she could come here full-time. Talk about dedication! She also brought up that age doesn’t matter at Wayside. “You could be twenty, forty, or sixty, and the level or respect stays the same.”

Candy also brought up a very touching story about the dog Chetana. “This animal is from the ASPCA tri-state dog fighting bust and will need to be screened through the approved adoption process.” That was the note in our system. She was the sole survivor of six fighting dogs. She was worked with over a year here by Candy and a staff member consistently to build her up. While Chetana finally got adopted, she escaped from her new home and was lost for several days. The police notified the owners, who notified Wayside that she was found on the highway, deceased. Candy still gets teary-eyed telling the story, and she memorialized Chetana by getting a tattoo of her and placing a memorial stone at our Pet Memorial Gazebo.

 

After telling me the story, she said “She is the reason why I do what I do, day in and day out.” She also showed me how Chetana is featured on our No More Bullying curriculum.

You can hear the passion in Candy’s voice, and this place is her passion. She is very thankful that she is able to live her dream, and as long as she is physically able, she will continue to do so. Once again, all of us here really appreciate Candy’s dedication to our mission, and we hope she stays with us for a long time! She is very modest, but she is one of the many people that make this organization as great as it can be. Thank you for your service Candy!

You can visit us 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.


Sep 8 2017

Lottie: Happy Tails

Being employed with Wayside Waifs is a very rewarding experience, and volunteers have the same feeling. Sometimes you get those special cases with cats or dogs and you cannot help but root for them. Lottie is one of those cases. Pictured above is the day Lottie came in, with a staff member holding her for a picture and then receiving her shots.

Lottie’s intake name was Sassy, I’m assuming because she was very vocal! She was given updated flea, tick, and worm treatments along with appropriate vaccines. They were roughly two or three weeks old at this time. She had five other siblings who were rescued from a hoarding situation. Our vets examined them on intake and noticed they had ulcers on their tongues, meaning they were suspect for Calicivirus.

Calicivirus is a common respiratory disease in cats. If a cats unvaccinated, or living in poorly kept conditions, they are more susceptible to the disease. Lottie’s litter was unvaccinated and leaving in a hoarding situation, so it is no surprise they developed the disease. The infection can occur in a cat at any age, but the most common age for cats is a kitten six weeks or younger. There are vaccines for the prevention of calicivirus, but it hasn’t been proven to protect it from all cats. The symptoms are flu-like, so once you catch those you would take the animal to a vet and get a proper diagnosis, and get antibiotics to treat it.

Lottie and her siblings were placed in our foster care program with veteran foster mom Annie Hughes. Annie has housed several fosters, and her specialty is litters upon litters of kittens. Annie recalls that Lottie’s siblings “were one of the cutest litters I’ve ever fostered. Three calico girls, and three spotted ones. And they were all sweet and cute!”

Here’s one of Lottie on her own!(Or two)

 

After approximately a week of antibiotics, their tongue ulcers were healed and their upper respiratory symptoms were gone. They were placed on one more week’s worth of medicine just to be safe. After they were fully healed, it was time to wait to be of age and weight to be altered and put up for adoption!

As mentioned above, I had worked at Wayside during this time and fell in love with Lottie’s pictures. I spoke to Annie directly and she was very excited that I found a kitten I liked. Normally I was able to withstand the power of cuddly kittens, but she wore me down. She offered to set up a time to come meet the litter and see if she was truly the right fit. After the meeting, it was over. I definitely wanted to adopt her, and I did!

While most of the time she does her own thing, she does like to cuddle every now and then. Our vet is terrified of her and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has two older sisters-a dog Cleo and a cat Sahara. She enjoys playing with Cleo, but Sahara doesn’t necessarily enjoy Lottie. That’s still a work in progress! I can’t imagine life without her, and I know that if it wasn’t for Wayside, Lottie and her siblings would still be in that hoarding situation getting sicker and sicker. I’m happy to report she has a clean bill of health and is enjoying her eventful life so far at a year+ old. Thank you Wayside!

You can find your own buddy at Wayside 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


Aug 25 2017

Top Dog Classic With Drew Butera

This past Sunday was our Top Dog Classic with Drew Butera, one of the best back-up/starting catchers in Major League Baseball. Drew has always had a passion for animals, so he wanted to partner with Top Golf and Wayside Waifs to create a fun charity opportunity. What stood out was people would purchase a ticket and be assigned a local celebrity, and it could’ve been a present or past player. The night was filled with fun, good conversation, and it all went towards a good cause.

Butera has always loved animals, and has helped Wayside Waifs early on during his time here in Kansas City. He visited our facility, and has said great things about the work we do with our animals. During the Royals FanFest, Butera visited our booth daily to visit some of the dogs and puppies present, and to raise awareness for homeless animals. He also enjoys the sport of golf, so he decided to combine the two with a charity event he always wanted.

Here is our promo video we did.

Confirmed Celebrities included: Drew Butera, Danny Duffy, Travis Wood, Ian Kennedy, Nate Karns, Peter Moylan, Jason Hammel, Chris Young, Matt Strahm, Alex Gordon, Rusty Kuntz, Don Wakamatsu, Pedro Grifol, Dale Sveum, Mirke Jirschele, Doug Henry, Whit Merrifield and Seth Maness. What is really nice is that it seems the whole team wanted to support Drew and Wayside Waifs. It speaks volumes on how great the Kansas City Royals are, whether it be on the field or off.

Sunday night was our big night! The event was from seven p.m. to ten p.m. and it was a blast! Our guests had the opportunity to play golf with a local celebrities, and they had a chance to socialize with them and take photos. We also had raffles for prizes, including a cooking experience at Williams Sonoma, a Tivol diamond necklace, a signed Clayton Kershaw jersey and Mike Trout’s autographed cleats. Wow! We also had puppies on site during the event and they received plenty of love and attention!

Puppies pictured are Badger(Terrier Mix), and Trolley(Retriever Mix)

Drew Butera, Peter Moylan, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and Alex Gordon were among several players who couldn’t resist  posing with a puppy!

 

 

 

All of the puppies at the event are available for adoption now, but several people at the event called our facility in hopes of being the first ones ready to adopt! We appreciated the support and kindness from everyone at TopGolf, the Kansas City Royals, and the Murphy-Hoffman Company. The players were very gracious and took pictures and signed things for people throughout the night, never batting an eye or losing their smile. Everyone from Kansas City should be proud to know how gracious our team is! Most importantly, we raised awareness for our organization and our animals, which is what Drew wanted as well. Here are some extra cute pictures just for your viewing pleasure!

Here our team is setting up the bays and getting ready hours before the event!

Whit Merrifield can’t resist the cuteness of Badger!

Our foster coordinator Morgan cuddling with Sammy, a favorite at the event!

Jason Vargas stopped by to pose with Badger!

Nate Karns enjoys some cuddles from Badger.

And for you loyal blog readers, I’m posting my selfie I took with Moose and Egg, just so you can see pictures of Egg cuddling up!

Overall, it was a lovely event with lovely people, and Wayside Waifs and Drew raised money for homeless animals, and that is the most important thing to take away from this!

 

You can visit us 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

 


Aug 18 2017

Buster and Nugget: 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 I try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Dutch, and I have some good news. Dutch has found his forever home this past weekend. He’ll have his best friend Stew with him, and they have two acres to play on! Without further ado, please welcome August’s long-termers; Buster and Nugget!

This is Buster, and he is a three-year-old Australian Cattle dog mix. Buster came here in January from Louisiana SPCA, as they were running out of room. The SPCA is really good about providing medical treatments and vaccines before animals are transferred and Buster was one of those animals that had everything ready! When he had his behavior assessment done, we noticed he was very food motivated, and very eager about treats. He needed to work on impulse control because he would jump and try to latch onto your hand for those treats.

What was holding Buster back was his impulse control. He was a moderate puller on walks, but he is a very playful boy. He’s very confident and does seek out attention, but will happily play by himself as well. He gives affection with an open mouth, but not mouthy behavior necessarily. Once he was taught restraint, he did not fight it as much. Buster met a medium sized dog and was very excited at first, but went on to do his own thing. Our behavior team found that what he really needs work on is his energy.

“Must meet all family members, including dogs, before going home. He is a high energy guy and will need an active household that will give him plenty of mental stimulation and exercise. If left to get bored he may be destructive, so actually training him how to use his crate will be important. Recommend no kids under 5 due to his energy, strength and herding instincts.” Our behavior team member Taya put these notes in so volunteers could properly work with Buster.

He was then placed in our Waif Runners program, which is a wonderful group of volunteers who take our energetic dogs out for runs and see how they do. Buster was a little crazy at first, but he turned into an excellent running dog, and it helped him learn impulse control. In April, Buster got adopted, but was returned a few days later because he went after the cats in the home. Our Behavior Team member Ben put him on a cat restriction.

“NO CATS – Buster was returned for going after cats in the home. Buster is House Trained. He knows Sit, Down, and Come. He is motivated by Food and Toys. Buster is a higher-energy dog and would benefit from Basic Obedience, Mentally Stimulating Games, and Agility/Extra Exercise. Potential adopters should be prepared to provide Buster with the outlets he will need to be happy in the home.” Buster also had a couple of bite holds, mostly from getting overstimulated and not knowing what to redirect on.

What seems to be holding him back is his energy and impulse control issues. Personally, I think he’s a really sweet boy who needs constant reminders and training that it’s okay to just relax. He’ll be a great walking/running partner for someone. He must meet kids and dogs before going home. He is a very active boy and will need an equally active home where he will get regular exercise and play time. He can be mouthy and excitable so will need a home with no kids five and under, and recommend no kids under ten. He is a rough player with other dogs, and will need dog friends that will either tolerate his play or give appropriate corrections. He needs a home with no cats, he was returned for terrorizing the cats in the home. He is smart and eager to learn new things. He will benefit from basic obedience training as well as mentally stimulating games to keep his mind pre-occupied. His previous owners said that he is house trained. He is food and toy motivated, and knows sit, down and come. He is strong and chokes himself when walking, so will need to go home on an easy walk harness. He has a tendency to be independent, so adopters will need to be dog savvy and have some basic understanding of the Cattle Dog breed.

Will you take a chance on this sweet boy? I’ll let him tell you a little bit about himself as well.

**I’m eligible for a Slumber Paw-ty! Please see “Slumber Paw-ty Program” page under the “Adopt” tab for more details. Thanks!**

“Hi, I’m Buster! I’m an adorable, Australian Cattle dog mix who’s looking for my fur-ever home. My last shelter brought me here when they ran out of space for me so that I would have a chance to find my peeps. I’m so excited to fall in love and spend the rest of my life with those people. Maybe it’s you! I’m a friendly guy who will do well in a home with children over 5 or other furry friends and would love to meet the family before heading home! I’ll do awesome in an active household because I don’t like to be bored. We’ll have so much fun playing together, though! I also like to get my energy out by taking long walks and do pretty well on my leash.  I’m also a good running partner. I’m a confident guy who loves attention, but I don’t mind playing by myself sometimes, too. I’m very affectionate and will make sure you know just how much I love being yours. I hope you’ll come by soon so I can show you all I have to offer!”

You can watch his video here.

This is Nugget, a one-year-old male tuxedo cat. Nugget came from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa back in April because they were running out of space. Once again, this animal rescue organization did treatments, tests, and vaccines for Nugget so he would be ready to go when he gets to Wayside. He was quickly adopted out within the next week, but was returned because of litter box issues. The cat in his previous home was antagonizing him, and the adopter believe he was missing the box out of fear of upsetting the resident cat.

Since he had been returned, Nugget exhibited the same stress he did in the home. He started having bathroom issues due to being stressed from the resident cat and then being back in the shelter. He was put on medication to hopefully help his bowel movements, and it still persisted. He went back to using his litter box, but the stress went on to cause more issues. During all this time, volunteers were socializing with him to help appease his anxiety.

“Nugget is super affectionate! He loves head, cheek and chest scratching. He just melts into a head scratch. He doesn’t like petting from halfway down his body however. Pleanty of eye contact and some blinking, not a lot. He enjoyed the fluffy wand and only got an attitude when I was leaving. Put a large towel o the floor in the Felineality room. Nugget never left my side and didn’t get off the towel. Enjoyed petting, sitting on my lap. Had lots of fun with the wand. Ate treats from my hand. Think he really enjoyed the time out of his kennel. Wanted attention. Head butted and rubbed. Very sweet and like to talk.” Volunteer Marilyn Ray provided great notes that help out the staff.

When mid-June rolled around, Nugget was sent to foster in Maura Landers’ home. Maura has fostered some of our toughest and most heartbreaking cases, so she was the perfect foster mom for Nugget. He was put on a special grain-free food that helped out his bathroom issues immensely. He started using the litter box daily with zero accidents, and had normal looking bowel movements. What’s also great about foster homes is that they can find out great information for us about how the animal is in the home.

“If we want to be super safe, he could have a no child under 3 or 5. He is super sweet but when he plays hard, it can take him awhile to mellow out. I could go ether way on this, so it’s whatever you think is best. The best food so far is the grain-free but I have started mixing it with regular food. He is super playful, but loves to cuddle. In fact, a few times a day he requires cuddling. He will reach up your leg with his paws until you stop to pick him up. He enjoys being carried around – not something all cats enjoy. He is very talkative when he wants your attention. He is naughty about trying to steal people food, but we are working on that. 🙂 he is a busy and fun kitty!” Maura finds out the best of every cat!

Nugget is a very friendly, social cat. He solicits attention from his people, and would do best with a family that has time everyday to cuddle/pet him. He does need a home without other cats due to how much he bullies other cats, and how stressed he seems to be around other cats. He could have a few accidents in a new environment. I recommend his new adopters keep him in his own room for at least a week until he’s consistently using his litterbox before letting him out of his room. He’d likely do best in a home without kids under 5 years old, since he’s easily stressed and kids make a lot of noise.

Really, Nugget is not exposed as much on campus because he is available from foster, so people have to call our adoptions department and set up a meeting. He is a sweet boy who just gets a little stressed out at times. He is ready for that permanent forever home and he has been very patient.

I’ll let Nugget give his life story and information on how to meet him. He’s a sweet boy-don’t miss out!

**Nugget is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

“I’m so pleased to make your acquaintance, allow me to introduce myself! My name is Nugget! I am quite a gentlemanly cat, as I’m sure you can see from my headshots provided by the shelter staff and volunteers. Nature gifted me to be perfectly well dressed with a permanent tuxedo, graceful white whiskers, and sparkling green eyes. I know you’ll notice how Handsome I am right away, but I hope after reading my short biography you’ll see I’m more than just my dashing looks. I originally came to Wayside in a transfer from another organization located in Iowa. Moving so far was absolutely terrifying. Making new friends in a new city is always hard, but I quickly charmed the new staff and volunteers at Wayside. They adored my tuxedo, the way I asked to be held in their arms, and the way I cuddled in their laps when they had spare time. Unfortunately, the longer I stayed in the shelter the more stressed I became. I did my best to remain strong for my new friends, but they could tell I was not doing well in my kennel all on my own. That’s when my guardian angel came to rescue me, my wonderful foster mom! She scooped me up in her loving arms and took me to her home so I could have a much needed vacation until I find my very own home. She and my foster dad have shown me what it is to be loved, cherished, and adored, and they’ve assured me that I will find my own home soon. My foster parents say I’m a lovely kitty. They love how much I adore being held around the house, and how cuddly I am. They said my new family MUST want a cuddly cat, because I demand so many cuddles during the day. They think it’s so funny how much I love cardboard boxes, so much so that they’ve even given me my own cardboard box to snooze in when we’re all hanging out together. I enjoy playing with toys, watching the world go by outside my window in my room, and chatting with them about their days when they come home from work. There are a few things you should know though. I need a home without other cats. I love my people SO much that I simply can’t stand to share them. Don’t worry though, I’ll make sure to give you all the love you need! Also, when I’m stressed I tend to have some loose stool issues. My foster mom says this has gotten better with a grain-free food, so I’d really prefer to be fed grain free in my new home. My tummy will be very thankful for this. All in all, if you’re looking for a charming, cuddly, lap cat, I’m your guy! I really hope you enjoyed reading about me. I’m so ready to meet you. Please know that I already love you so so much. I can’t wait for the days where it’s part of my routine to snuggle on your lap, or chat with you in my cardboard box about your day at work. I can’t wait to curl up to you in bed while you watch the evening news while we close out the day. And, most of all, I can’t wait to be your very best friend. Whisker Kisses & Purrs – Nugget”

You can also view Nugget’s video here.

You can meet Buster, Nugget, and all of our wonderful 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


Jul 14 2017

Poe: Happy Tails

Being employed with Wayside Waifs is a very rewarding experience, and volunteers have the same feeling. Sometimes you get those special cases with cats or dogs and you cannot help but root for them. Poe is one of those cases. Pictured above is the day Poe came in, with a staff member assisting her with snuggles.

I work in our Admissions department, and I was working the day Poe came in our shelter back in February. She was an owner surrender who originally was found as a stray, and the surrender socialized her so she could be brought in for our adoption program. Below is a photo of Poe when she first came in.

I know what you are thinking. “Awe she is adorable with her stocky legs and big eyes! She must be a Munchkin cat!” Actually, Poe is a regular Domestic Shorthair, but her looks provided a different kind of answer. Every animal is required to have a blood test taken unless it has already been done recently. We drew Poe’s blood, and we noticed something different.

First, there was concern with potential neurological disorders. Our veteran foster Annie Hughes fostered her for a few days to test her vision, hearing, brain power, and litter box usage. The results were positive, as she could track and follow objects with her eyes, she listened well, had a very quirky personality, and she was going just outside of the litterbox, but that wasn’t a huge concern because she was only a kitten. At that point the relief vet decided to draw blood again, but this time, for thyroid issues. She tested positive for Hypothyroidism.

Hypo- or Hyper- thyroids can be in people and animals. Poe has Hypothyroidism, which is an under active thyroid. Hyperthyroidism is in turn an overactive thyroid. Hypo is where the thyroid gland is not producing enough of the hormone that effectively produces iodine. Without that, it can cause a number of symptoms, such as poor ability to tolerate cold, a feeling of tiredness, constipation, depression, and weight gain. Most people and animals with hypothyroidism symptoms and confirmed thyroxine deficiency are treated with a synthetic long-acting form of thyroxine, known as levothyroxine. Poe looks the way she does because her body is gaining more weight than it should be. With those results, she was put on levothyroxine and sent to foster again with our outstanding volunteer Annie Hughes.

After four doses of her medication, Poe transformed into a different kitty! According to her foster mom, “She runs, jumps, climbs, plays, takes toys to her lair, uses the litterbox every time, covers her poop, covers her uneaten food, communicates normally, grooms herself, solves problems, lounges around, gets picky about food, and expects me to do things her way.” Here are some pictures of her thriving in her foster home. 

 

 

 

 

 

Poe’s foster mom even included a video to showcase Poe’s funny walk. Because of her shape, she had a special kind of strut. You can watch the video here.

She continued to do well in her foster home, and they rechecked her thyroid levels on the twenty-first of March, and everything was back to normal. Poe’s body started to regain it’s normal shape and she started to grow more. Originally there was concern of a hernia that needed to be repaired, but they later dismissed that as her body filled out and she exhibited no pain. After tests confirmed there was no hernia, she was cleared for adoption. However, there was a twist. Her foster mom wanted to adopt her. The picture below was Poe’s ‘gotcha’ day with her new mom! Annie does a lot with our shelter. She fosters, she is in charge of our Waif Runner program, she works with our energetic dogs, and she assesses our cats’ personalities. She does a little bit of everything, and we are eternally grateful. She also fostered my current kitty, and is always happy to cat sit for me, which is amazing. Poe is a lucky girl, and so is Annie! Here are some pictures of Poe now, in her forever home!

 

 

Poe is thriving, and it is stories like this that makes what we do worthwhile. Please send us updates of your furry friend, we love seeing them in a home!

You can meet others like Poe during our adoption hours:

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

We have a special going on until Sunday, learn more about that here.

Written by Teryn

 

 

 


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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