May 16 2016

Meet Sir Purrington

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Hello There! My name is Sir Purrington!

Man oh man, I am SO thrilled you happened upon my bio today, because I know by the end of it you will be head over heels in love with me! At least I hope so. I am a 6-year-old, semi plump, dashingly handsome, squishy cheeked kitty. I believe I’ve been perfectly made to cuddle and love, so that’s all I want to do with my time! Although I could tell you about how cute and snuggly I am all day, I’m sure you want to know some of my background. I used to live in a house, but my owner moved away and abandoned me and my brother Pancake. A nice neighbor lady took us in and brought us to Wayside. We were both so scared. We had always known the comfort of a home, so we didn’t know what to think or feel.

Our new friend assured us that Wayside’s volunteers and staff would take us in like their own and help us find a new family that would never leave us behind. So we put our trust in her and tried to fit in. I count my kitty blessings every day for being brought to such a wonderful place. Pancake was adopted right away, but you see, I was in pretty bad shape medically when I came in. That didn’t stop them from loving me and helping me become the best, and healthiest cat I could be!

They treated me for many things, and found out that I’m FIV positive. They assured me that FIV is no big deal. It just means that my immune system is somewhat compromised, so it’s important that I live inside from now on, get good yummy food, and have regular vet check-ups once I find my new home. According to them, this is something any new family will give me anyways. If I didn’t have the wonderful vet clinic staff at Wayside to help pull me through all of this, I really don’t know what would have happened to me. As if all of this isn’t already enough, a wonderful volunteer decided to take me into her home as her foster kitty until I find my forever family. She helped take care of me while I was sick, and wanted to make sure I found the very best home now that I’m healthy! She said I am an amazing cat, which of course I already knew, but it certainly is very nice to hear! Foster mom always jokes with me about how I never stop purring, but it’s really just because I’m always so happy now.

One of my favorite pass-times is snuggling the day away with her so we can chat and snooze. I really hope you like chatting, because if you take me home we’re going to do a lot of it! Don’t worry though, I’m great at keeping secrets! I feel I would do best with a family that is around a lot of the time. I really love people, so I don’t like being alone that much. I also think I’d be fine living with a mellow dog. Unfortunately, since I am FIV positive, and my interactions with other cats is unknown for the most part I need a family without other feline friends. Don’t worry though, I have plenty of love to give so you won’t miss out!

Really, all I want is a family that will love me until my last day. I will love you back with all of my heart, and never ever abandon you, I just want the same back. If you think you’d like having a loveable, sweet, snuggly, talkative cat, please call Wayside so you can meet me! As soon as you see my face, you’ll know that we’ll be best friends for life. Whisker Kisses, and plenty of purrs, Sir Purrington


Feb 23 2016

Maisy and Paxton – Two Dogs Working to Create a More Humane Kansas City — and Beyond!

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I love going into the classrooms and teaching kids about compassion!

 

Hello! Welcome to our blog, Tails with Tales: Stories from Maisy and Paxton as they create a more humane Kansas City. I’m Maisy! I hope you’ll be patient with me, since this is my very first time doing anything like this!  Sometimes new things scare me, we’ll talk more about that later, but I’m really excited to be here and even more excited you are here!

I should probably start by telling you a little bit about myself. To start, if you didn’t already know, I’m a dog! My human mom thinks I’m about 2 years old and am what they call a “mix”.  I think there are probably a few different kinds of breeds in my genes but the most obvious seem to be Pit Bull and Black Mouth Cur.

Now most people hear “Pit Bull” and they think “OH NO! She must be mean and scary!” but honestly, I don’t think I have a mean hair on my body! It really hurts my feelings that some people out there think bad thoughts about me before they’ve even met me. It also doesn’t seem fair that there are some cities and towns that I can’t even live in just because of what I look like. People are starting to realize that we Pit Bulls aren’t BORN mean; some of us are just acting out because we’re afraid of people.  And we’re afraid of people because PEOPLE treated us in a mean way. Hopefully one day EVERYONE will realize that!

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I was pretty scared when my mom adopted me from the shelter. But now I am SO HAPPY!

 

Anyhow, I’ve been living with my human mom, Ashley, for about 8 months. Ashley found me in an Animal Shelter in Kansas and instantly fell in love with me! I am really happy she found me when she did! I was so hungry and skinny that you could see a lot of my bones through my skin and I was scared in that animal shelter. Even though they treated me with kindness there, I was really hoping for a nice warm bed and a family to call my own.

When my mom came for me, I instantly loved her too, but I was still pretty scared. She tried to take me out to her car, but those things scare me! I was so scared I wouldn’t even go near her car. I tried to lay as flat on the ground as I could so that nobody could even pick me up. Eventually a very nice man who worked at the animal shelter picked me up and gently placed me in the car. He was actually the man who found me running through the streets, alone and scared. He knew I didn’t like cars very much so he was extra careful with me.

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This is me with my brother Walter.

 

When I got home, I got to meet my new dog brother, Walter. He is a crazy little terrier mix but we got along great right from the beginning! We ran and ran all over the front yard when I first met him. That’s when my new mom noticed there was something different about one of my back legs. I don’t like to use my back leg because it doesn’t work very well and sometimes it hurts. Since I couldn’t tell my mom what happened to my leg, she took me to see the veterinarian. She x-rayed my leg and everyone realized why I was so scared of cars.  The x-rays showed that I had surgery done on my leg and my hip and that my leg still had some small fractures that were in the process of healing.  The veterinarian was sure I had been hit very badly by a car when I was about a year old. Because of my surgery, my leg doesn’t work like most other dogs, but that’s okay because I get around just fine. I race my brother all the time, and I still win!

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I just love walks and being outside!

 

The coolest thing about me is that I’m not just one of those dogs who lay around at home all day, waiting for my mom to come home from work. Nope, not me! I actually have a job of my very own! I get to go with my mom every day to work! She works for an animal shelter (sort of like the one she found me in) called Wayside Waifs. They take care of tons of animals that were homeless just like me! The people at Wayside Waifs work really hard, every single day, to care for me and help me find the perfect forever home.

This is Allison with Paxton!

This is Allison with Paxton!

My job here at Wayside Waifs is a really important one. I get go with my mom to teach kids about being safe around dogs, how to be responsible pet owners and some other cool classes too! My favorite class to help teach though is a class called No More Bullying!  When we teach this class, we get to go to a school and spend an ENTIRE WEEK there, getting to know the kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, and their awesome teachers. We talk all week about how to treat our people friends and animal friends with kindness. It’s really sad but often times people who hurt people, also hurt animals, and then people who hurt animals, also start hurting people! When I get to snuggle with the students in our classes (and also give them lots of kisses!) they start to understand that animals have feelings just like people do, and that it’s never okay to hurt another living creature. Sometimes I’m a little nervous when I first go into a classroom, there are so many new noises and new people who are so excited to see me, but when people treat me with kindness and compassion, I’m not so scared anymore!

 

I’m going to be writing more about my adventures here at Wayside Waifs and all the things we are doing with the young people in Kansas City with the help of my mom and our friends Allison and her dog (my buddy) Paxton! They work with us here at Wayside Waifs and Paxton gets to go to classrooms just like I do!

We really hope you will follow our blog and enjoy reading about all of the cool things we are doing!

 

To learn more about the No More Bullying! Curriculum, visit our website at www.waysidewaifs.org/nmb

 


Jan 6 2016

I’m Harrison!

I'm Harrison!

I’m Harrison!

Hey there, I’m Harrison! I’m a super fluffy, 87-pound Saint Bernard Mix who’s looking for a family to love. Think it could be you?

I came here to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space for me. I don’t mind though because now I have the best chance at finding my fur-ever home! I’ll do fine in a home with other furry friends and children who are a bit older. I can get really excited when meeting new people but once I’ve warmed up I do well. It’ll just take time and patience for me to feel comfortable with my new people and new surroundings.

I have a moderate energy level so I won’t mind curling up next to you for a relaxing night in. I still love getting active though and will enjoy taking long walks and exploring the world with you. I’ll benefit from using a harness on walks to help me to learn to stick by your side. I’ll need a refresher course in obedience but I’m a smart guy and know I’ll catch on in no time. I already know commands like sit and come and I’m eager to learn even more! Get me extra motivated with praise or yummy treats.

If a handsome, lovable guy is what your family needs then come meet me soon at Wayside Waifs!

Woof Woof!
Harrison


Nov 12 2015

Donut’s Journey: A Forever Home

Donut finds a forever family!

Donut finds a forever family!

Remember Donut? He came to Wayside as an 8 month old puppy in January of 2014 through our Shelter Transfer Program. This is a program where Wayside partners with 30+ shelters across the region and takes animals from shelters that have run out of space for their current animals. Many of these shelters are located in rural settings and don’t have the local population to support a robust pet adoption program.

When Donut came to us he was a pretty sick little guy and our veterinary team diagnosed him with roundworms and hookworms. Once he was nursed back to health, he was neutered and finally ready to find a forever loving home.

By transferring animals like Donut to an urban setting – like Kansas City – the chances of these animals getting adopted rises exponentially because the population is much larger. If Donut had not been transferred to Wayside, it is likely he would have been euthanized because his original shelter had run out of room.

We are thrilled to update you that he now has a forever home! His new family has wonderful things to say about him!

“Donut has a huge personality, he tilts his head to the side whenever we talk, he knows all kinds of tricks including how to army crawl, which started when he wanted his toy across the room and was too tired to get up and walk!! He loves chewing on bully sticks and spending time outside. Camping and hiking are two of his favorite activities. When going to his forever home, he was afraid of getting in water but has since loosened up and will even swim without touching for a little bit. He loves the dog park and gets so excited when his mom or dad says they’re going that you can see the excitement building up until he eventually lets out a big, long hound howl of joy. He especially loves his dog friends, and one mention of their names has his paws on the window trying to find them.”

One time when he left the dog park and his best friend Stella was still there, he stuck his head out the window and cried and wailed almost all the way home, so his mom and dad turned around to go back to the park. Donut and his family recently moved into a new home and he has learned to love his new backyard. He wasn’t sure what to do there where they first moved in but now he runs around and plays all day long. Donut is pretty unique and definitely a fun, great dog.

Congratulations to Donut and his new family!


Oct 20 2015

Luna’s Story : A Forever Family

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Luna finds a forever family!

 

Coming to Wayside as a young kitten, she had been living without food, water or love. Once at Wayside, Luna’s life began to change for the better. After being treated for intestinal parasites by the Wayside veterinary team, she was on the road to recovery and ready for a forever home.

Luna is a particular girl, who definitely loves being outside. As with most cats she likes to decide when she’s ready for human contact. She lived in our kitten nursery with her sister Squirt and after just one month she found a forever home! We are so happy for Luna and her family. Her complete circle of care was made possible by animal lovers just like you! Thank you for helping animals like Luna!

 


Oct 8 2015

Donut’s Journey to Finding a Forever Home

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He was just a puppy when he arrived at Wayside Waifs.

This is Donut. He came to Wayside as an 8 month old puppy in January of 2014 through our Shelter Transfer Program. This is a program where Wayside partners with 30+ shelters across the region and takes animals from shelters that have run out of space for their current animals. Many of these shelters are located in rural settings and don’t have the local population to support a robust pet adoption program.

When Donut came to us he was a pretty sick little guy and our veterinary team diagnosed him with roundworms and hookworms. Once he was nursed back to health, he was neutered and finally ready to find a forever loving home.

By transferring animals like Donut to an urban setting – like Kansas City – the chances of these animals getting adopted rises exponentially because the population is much larger. If Donut had not been transferred to Wayside, it is likely he would have been euthanized because his original shelter had run out of room.

Stay tuned to our blog for more of Donut’s journey to finding a forever home.


Sep 30 2015

Luna’s Journey to Finding a Forever Home

Scared and hungry, Luna came to Wayside Waifs in need of medical attention.

Scared and hungry, Luna came to Wayside Waifs in need of medical attention.

This is Luna. She came to Wayside Waifs from a well-meaning animal lover that did not have his animals spayed/neutered. After a time he ended up with too many animals to care for and was over the city limit for owned animals. That’s when several cats and kittens were brought to Wayside, including Luna.

She was only 2 1/2 months old, underweight and suffering from Coccidia (a parasite that when not treated, can cause damage to the lining of a cat’s intestines.) We were able to give her life-saving medications to treat the parasites and she also received standard vaccinations. Once she was well, she was spayed and received a microchip.

While at Wayside, she lived in our kitten nursery with her sister Squirt, receiving nutritious food, care and love from our staff and volunteers.

Stay tuned for more about Luna’s story…


Sep 28 2015

Dolly & Buddie: Friends for Life

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I’m Dolly!

Hello there, we are Dolly and Buddie! We are the sweetest, most loving dogs you’ll ever meet and we are looking for a new home together. It’s tough to find ourselves in this situation, living at a homeless shelter. We had a loving and happy home at one time and we never imagined that it would end. But then our owner was no longer able to take care of us. We understand that sometimes these things happen, but it’s been a confusing and stressful time for us. Luckily, we have each other, and that’s all that really matters. We are the very best of friends!

I, Dolly, am a beautiful, 92 pound, purebred Coonhound. I’m a little on the chunky side, and I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds. Buddie tells me it will help me feel better and live longer. So I hope you might be willing to help me too, by exercising with me and feeding me a nutritious diet. Buddie is so handsome! He’s a 73 pound Lab/Great Pyrenees mix. We’re both already housebroken and we know how to use a doggie door, but please be patient with us when we get home with you. We’ve lived in one home our whole lives, so all the recent change has been stressful for us.

We love spending time together and we are a perfect match in every way. We get along just splendidly and miss each other when we are apart. We love to go for walks and it’s easy for one person to walk both of us together. We also like to run and play in the park here at Wayside, and splash around in the kiddie pool. After all the play, it’s fun to curl up next to our favorite people and soak up lots of affection and petting. We both will lean into you to show our love. Adopting two dogs has lots of advantages. For one, you already know we are best friends. And we can keep each other company when you are away. We also promise to give you double the doggie love every single day.

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We’re looking for a home that is quiet and calm and peaceful. It might take us a little extra time to warm up than most dogs, but if you let us go at our own pace, once we bond with you, we will be your loyal companions for life. We need a home without kids under the age of at least 5 and we’d like to meet the whole family before we all go home together, please. Even though we had access to a fenced in backyard in our last home, we generally liked to stay indoors. Our owner said we were polite and well behaved in our home. In the yard, Buddie was able to climb the chain link fence, but when that was replaced with a privacy type of fence, he did just fine.

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Buddie is more social and outgoing than I am and I rely on him for comfort and direction. He’s my big brother and I wouldn’t change him for the world! Because of him, I understand unconditional love and what it means to be part of a family. Now we want to share that with you! We think that when you meet us, you’ll agree we are two precious and amazing dogs that will make the perfect addition to our new family!

Love, Dolly and Buddie

 


Sep 25 2015

It’s the Purr-fect Time to Adopt a Feline Fashionista!

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Meet Errigon, Donny and Cedar. They are just a few of our gorgeous kitties who are ready for a forever home at Wayside Waifs! Due to the continuing warm temperatures, more and more adult cats and kittens are finding their way to Wayside Waifs. What does the temperature have to do with it? Cats breed in the warm months and as it continues so do the number of newborn kittens coming into our care. In an effort to help these handsome guys find forever homes, we are having a cat-tastic adoption promotion! Now through Sept. 27, all cat and kitten adoptions are half-price.

You will see as  you browse through our ‘look book’ of adoptable cats and kittens, than many of these felines have been with us since birth. It’s time for them to strut the catwalk to finding a forever home!

Plan your visit now, as this cat adoption special ends on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.

 


Apr 24 2015

Dog Training Tips: Excessive Chewing

How to help your little chewer 

It’s not uncommon for dogs to enjoy chewing on different objects, regardless of whether or not it’s something they should or shouldn’t be chewing on, all dogs have the natural instinct to chew.  Dogs chew on things for different reasons, some of these include: they’re bored, they’re panicking due to separation anxiety, they’re teething, they’re exploring the world around them, they’re hungry, or they just naturally enjoy chewing as a daily activity.  It’s our responsibility as their owners to try to figure out why they’re chewing and ensure they have appropriate items for them to chew on.  Below is some additional information about how to manage a dog that likes to chew a lot.

  • Puppies go through two teething phases, one when their puppy teeth or “milk teeth” start to come in at about 3 weeks old and the second when their adult teeth start to come in at about 3 months old.  It’s not uncommon for young dogs up to two years of age to continue to want to chew a lot into their teenage phase even though they are no longer teething.
  • Generally speaking, younger dogs have a lot more energy than older dogs so as a result they are much more active and need to be given constructive outlets to burn off all that energy.  If they’re not given the appropriate exercise and mental stimulation for their age and breed, young dogs can become very destructive in your home.  It’s imperative that you make the time to exercise your young dog, train basic obedience behaviors to your young dog so that they learn some manners, and give them appropriate chew bones and toys.  A tired dog is a good dog.
  • Always supervise young dogs to ensure they are not chewing on inappropriate objects and to ensure they are not choking and/or ingesting parts of the toys you’ve given them to play with and chew on.  Baby gates, crates, or keeping your dog on a leash tied to your belt are all good tools for total supervision until you get to know your dog and his or her chewing habits.  Not all dogs can play with the same toys safely so it’s imperative that you monitor your dog when you give them a new toy for the first time.  Ingested toys can cause serious life threatening intestinal blockages and the surgery alone to remove the blockage can cost a few thousand dollars at a veterinary office.
  • You can ensure that your dog is not chewing on inappropriate objects by keeping your personal items picked up and put away.  Also make sure that rooms are safe for your dog and that things like plugged in power cords are out of your dog’s reach.  Closing doors to extra rooms like bedrooms and bathrooms will ensure that your dog is not sneaking off and chewing on your things or harming herself.  Remind your children that it is their responsibility to keep their items like toys and shoes put away if they don’t want them chewed on by the dog.  It’s not uncommon for dogs of any age to want to chew things that smell strongly of their owners like dirty socks, underwear, shoes, etc. so make sure they are out of your dog’s reach.
  • If your dog is chewing on an inappropriate item, always redirect their chewing to their dog toys and bones instead of scolding them.  Scolding them will not diminish their need to chew and do something mentally stimulating; it will just teach your dog to fear you.  Instead teach them what they should be doing by offering them toys or chews that they should chew on.  See the list below of toys recommended for excessive chewers.
  • If your dog is chewing on larger items that you can’t put away like furniture, you may want to try a taste deterrent spray like bitter apple spray.  However, the best option is always going to be supervising your dog when you’re home and then redirecting them to an appropriate toy when they feel the need to chew.  If you’re not home to supervise then you may need to crate train your dog or baby gate them in a dog proof room like a kitchen or bathroom.  Some people can safely give their dogs toys to chew on while they are away while others cannot because their dog may have a history of ingesting or choking on toys.
  • If your dog is excessively chewing when you are not home and is doing things like escaping out of its metal or plastic crate and then chewing up carpets, doors, or the molding around your doors or windows, you most like have a dog that is suffering from separation anxiety and should seek immediate help from your veterinarian and a behaviorist.  Please see our separation anxiety handout.  Your dog is experiencing extreme mental and emotional distress, akin to a panic attack. Do not continue to try to crate your dog; she may severely injure her body or teeth while trying to escape out of a crate.
  • Recommended dog toys for excessive chewers*:
    • Kongs stuffed with peanut butter or wet dog food and then frozen
    • Himalayan Chews
    • Goughnuts
    • Nylabones
    • Wholesome rolled rawhide bones
    • Deer, moose, or elk antlers
    • Bull horns
    • Bully sticks
    • Rope toys
    • Tuffy plush toys
    • Leather toys
    • Red Barn or Merrick marrow bones

*Items above are generally safer if they are made in the USA compared to products shipped in from overseas, particularly animal products such as rawhides and marrow bones.  Wayside Waifs does not receive any financial reimbursement for endorsing these products.  Wayside Waifs can also not be held liable should your dog have problems while interacting with these toys.

 


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