Jun 23 2017

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.

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. Don’t give your pet access to glow jewelry. 

Glow jewelry is that super popular item that people put in freezers and wraps around your joints in place of bracelets and necklaces. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

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. Do keep matches and lighter fluid out of the animals’ reach.

Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. Keep those items on a high-rise table out of their reach, and all will be well!

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.

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.

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

Written by Teryn


Jun 21 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Marshmellow, Bubba Ray and Gracie Belle, and Marvin!

This is Marshmellow, and the name suits him to a T, because he’s white, fluffy and sweet. He was found as a stray. He’s a friendly guy who enjoys attention and gives great headbutts. He’s curious, and he loves to explore his surroundings. He’s very playful, too, and he keeps himself entertained by playing with his toy mouse in his kennel. He has a blast! When he had his Felineality test here at Wayside, we found out that he’s a Sidekick. That means he’s moderately brave in new situations, and his favorite thing in the world is just hanging out with people, and making them look and feel good. Could he do that for you?

Learn more about Marshmellow here.

This is Bubba Ray, a sweet, 9-year-old Rottweiler mix who was brought here by his last owner. In his last home, there was a loose fence and sometimes when he wasn’t being monitored, he would escape. He was just curious though! Anyways, it’s better that he’s now somewhere safe and now he can find his fur-ever peeps and a home that fits him perfectly! He’s a sweet guy who takes his food very seriously which is why he’ll do best in a home without small children. He’d also like if you had a safe, quiet place for him to eat his food. He’s not too fond of cat friends but he loves other canine companions! In fact, I should mention that he’s a bonded pair with his best friend Gracie Belle. They love each other and have to go home together. But hey, two is better than one, right?! He’s super smart and already knows the commands sit, down, handsome, goodnight and shake but he’s eager to learn even more from you! He also loves to get outside and explore the world on walks and does pretty well on leash. He’ll have so much fun getting active with you! He’s a sweet guy who really just wants a family to love and be loved by. I hope that happens soon. Come by soon to see if he’s the one for you!

Learn more about Bubba Ray here.

This is Bubba Ray’s partner in crime Gracie Belle! She’s a sweet girl who’s looking for her second home. You see, her last owners had to bring her to Wayside because she kept escaping. It wasn’t on purpose, she’s just curious! Anyways, now she’s in search of a family who will do what they can to keep her safe and let her love them forever! Needless to say, she’ll need a home with a tall fence that she can’t jump over. She’s pretty athletic. She’s also looking for a home without cats or small children. She’ll do best in a calm home. She should mention that she’s in a bonded pair with her best friend Bubba(pictured above)! They have to go home together but hey, two is better than one right? She’s a sweet girl with a huge heart and her and Bubba are ready to give you all of their love. Come by soon to see if they’re the bonded pair of your dreams!

Learn more about Gracie Belle here.

Bubba Ray and Gracie Belle together on a walk!

This adorable little kitten is Marvin! He is a bundle of fun in a small package and he is so ready for a new family to call his own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do they love to play! He will need some work on training but you will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster he will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help him stay well rounded. Give him some fun and interactive toys in the mix and he will have the time of his life! He thinks I should also tell you that he loves to cuddle. Curl up with him and he will purr to show you just how happy he is; cuddles are his favorite! If you are looking for a new buddy to bring you smiles and cheer, come on out to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet Marvin!

Learn more about Marvin here.

Come meet our Waifs of the Week during our adoption hours listed below.

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

Written by Teryn

 


Jun 9 2017

Expect A High Tick Season in KCMO

It’s summertime, which means family vacations, trips to the pool, and fun times had by all. However, the hot summer days also bring things we don’t enjoy so much: ticks! Here are just some visuals of ticks that have been found in the KC Metro area;

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Because we had such a mild winter, during the spring and summer, ticks become more active. KSHB 41 did a piece on what to look out for, which you can find here.

Ticks are commonly found in wooded areas, such as tree limbs, bushes, branches, and leaves, and the more time you spend outside, the more chance you get of facing off ticks, including your furry friend.

Even if you don’t suspect you or your pet has a tick on them, it is always recommended that you do a full-body check after coming from outside. If you see a tick, using tweezers to remove them is the best and safest way. Check your pet regularly, and fitting in a bath might be a good idea too! Here is a video tutorial on the whole process!

While they are a nuisance, the potential diseases they can transfer to us and our furry friends are not fun. Flu-like symptoms can start if you don’t notice them quick enough, and sometimes people develop Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is not necessarily prevalent in the KC area, but still something to watch out for!

Don’t let this scare you into staying indoors for the summer! Continue to go on walks, that is great bonding time for you and your pet! Having a dog version of a pool party is always a good time! Here at Wayside Waifs, we also sell Seresto collars that can help ward off those fleas and ticks at our retail store, Whiskers & Wags, purchased on site. Now is a good time to also check with your veterinarian to see what preventative you can get prescribed. From all of us here at Wayside Waifs, have a great summer, and be safe!

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Written by: Teryn J.


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…


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