Aug 13 2020

Bringing Your New Cat Home

Change can be a bit scary for cats so acclimating them slowly to their new home is important to be sure they are comfortable enough to eat and use their litter box. Each cat is different in how quickly they become comfortable with moving to a new home so let’s start by understanding cat body language. Cat owners, especially new cat owners, may not understand that their new feline is trying to communicate with them and they can easily overlook signals that the cat is giving them. There are many physical cues of a cat’s mood such as their eyes, ears, body, and tail. Here a few of the basics you should be aware of:

-If your cat’s head and tail are high they are likely happy to see you.
-If your cat’s head and tail are down or tucked they are likely not seeking interaction.
-If your cat’s tail is down and bristled and/or you hear them growl, hiss, or vocalize this is a clear warning to back off and that your cat wants to be left alone.
-If your cat’s ears are flat and tail is raised and bristled, and you hear hissing or vocalization then they are likely scared.
-Cats may pant when they are excessively stressed, anxious or overheated which is a sign to give them
space and allow them time to calm down.

While your new cat is so fluffy, soft, and cute it’s important to interact with them on their terms, not yours. Start by offering your hand for them to smell. If they rub their cheeks and face on your hand they clearly want interaction. If they don’t and walk away then let them. Like the saying goes “if you love her, let her go” and your cat will appreciate you for it. Perhaps leave a yummy cat treat behind so they will start to pair you with something positive which will end the interaction on a good note. By not honoring your cats cues you are teaching them that they have to be direct and sometimes even defensive because you aren’t listening to them. Think of it like this, if there was a human 10 times your size that didn’t listen to your cues of wanting to be left alone and they insisted on picking you up, petting your tummy, and hugging you, would you enjoy that? Probably not. No matter how much intended love was behind these acts, it doesn’t matter. You must give respect in order to receive it and that starts by paying attention to body language and cues. 

Now that we’ve covered that, let’s get your new cat comfortable in their new home! Limiting your new cat to a smaller, quiet room in the home is the best way to ensure they don’t get overwhelmed in their new space. This room is ideally set up with their litter box, food/water bowl, toys, etc. before your cat comes home. Be sure to provide your new cat with hiding areas as well as vertical spaces and areas to scratch. Make sure the door to the room is shut before opening the door to your cat’s carrier. Once it’s open just give them some space. Maybe sit quietly and read a book in the corner or leave the room entirely so they can start to explore. While the cat you met at the shelter may have been sweet and confident, you may be experiencing a different cat now that they are unsure where they are. So give them some time to adjust and don’t force interaction. Allowing them to first get comfortable in this room will allow you to monitor their food/water consumption and that they are using their litter box. If your cat doesn’t use the litter box or eat on the first day that is normal as they are still getting comfortable. If your new cat hasn’t eaten and/or consumed water within two full days you should contact your veterinarian for an appointment. Cats can develop health issues within three days of not eating so monitoring this is critical.

Once your cat is confidently exploring this room, regularly using the litter box, and seems comfortable is when you can open the house up to them a bit more. If you have other animals in the home then reference our behavior articles on introducing your new cat to your resident cat(s) or resident dog(s). Your cat may prefer to remain in the room they have established as comfortable and safe and that is okay! Again, allowing them to explore at their pace is key.

If, after reading these tips, you are experiencing undesirable behavior from your new cat, click here to submit questions to our behavior team!


Nov 12 2019

Adopting a Senior Dog: A Series, Part Three, Emotional Support

The most important benefit that of adopting my senior dog Berta is the emotional support I receive from her daily. Berta has been my truest friend in this process of healing. Two years ago my mother passed away unexpectedly, my father passed a year before, and my brother a year before that. It was a very traumatic time and I struggled to handle the tide of feelings that stemmed from it. I still do. Berta has been my truest friend and an incredible emotional support in this process of healing.

About a year ago I decided to go the shelter. I truly had no intention of adopting, but then I saw Berta. Berta caught my attention with her calm demeanor. She was a dose of serotonin from the beginning. I did not know then that she was going to be the root for most of my happiness. It’s amazing how dogs can really feel how you are feeling without words. For example, Berta always senses my anxiety attacks before they occur. She consoles me through these rough spurs of emotions. A lot of things trigger me; it could be as simple as a song or a scene from a movie. Luckily, I have Berta right next to always eager to calm my tears. Dogs are not like humans, they are much more complex. They are our greatest friends and companions. To say I needed Berta would be incorrect, because in all actuality we needed each other. Berta has gone through many rough patches as well and our identities just fit. I could not imagine my life now without her love and friendship.

The aspect I value most about Berta is the solitude and comfort she brings to our home. She sleeps next to me every night and has calmed many unsettling dreams. Walking in the door after a long day is not as bad when Berta is happily waiting for you. The motivation to wake up and go out of the house is easier with Berta in the passenger seat. I feel much less anxiety with the support I receive from Berta on a daily basis. She is a safe haven to me. There are no bad days with Berta. The idea of struggling through mental roadblocks is not even a question when I am reassured with the companionship of Berta.

If you struggle with any emotional healing my suggestion is considering adopting a furry friend. Mine has been the greatest blessing this past year.

Before taking this leap please consider:

  1. Dogs do change your lifestyle. They require a lot of attention and love. Make sure you find a dog that fits the way you live.
  2. Not all dogs are emotionally supportive.
  3. Don’t just adopt the first dog you see. Look around the shelter and meet the dog.
  4. Shelter dogs have their own stories and it may take sometime for them to open up to you.

If you have a dog that brings a lot of love and joy to your home be sure to share this blog with them too!

By: Emme Moorehouse


Jun 26 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our three fabulous Waifs of the Week: Nutmeg, Daffodil, and Westin. These three lovebugs can’t wait to find their forever families!


Hi there, my name is Nutmeg! I am pretty excited to be here at Wayside because the people are so nice and they tell me I will find a family here real soon!

I am about 40 pounds of awesomeness.  I am a great age at 2 1/2 years old.  I can be a little unsure and shy at first, but if you go slow and give me a little time to warm up to you, I will be your best buddy for life. I am sweet and gentle and love to take nice strolls around the trails here. I enjoy yummy treats and soft pets, I also am SMART.  I know how to sit and shake already. Maybe you can help me learn some more cool things?

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Nutmeg


Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Daffodil. It suits me because, like the flower, I am very pretty! When I came to Wayside, I was raising three kittens. My foster mom said I was an excellent mother to them. Now, my babies are ready to go out into the world on their own, and so am I. I’m ready to enjoy life being my special person’s baby.

I’m a smart, curious, cautious cat. I enjoy people and attention, but it takes me a while to feel comfortable around someone new. When you meet me, I ask that you please be patient and let me make the first move. When I come over to you, pet me gently down my back to break the ice. Ahh … that feels nice! Here at Wayside, one thing I’ve discovered that I really enjoy is watching bird videos on the internet. Maybe we could watch some together on your phone sometime. Or, maybe we could watch real birds together through a window.

If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Daffodil


Hi everybody, I’m Westin! I just rolled in on a transfer when my last place ran out of room. I am really happy to be at Wayside so I can find a family to love for life!

As you can see by my pics. I am very handsome but I have MANY awesome qualities about me! I am 6 1/2 years young and have a lot of pep in my step! I already know the commands “sit” and “down!” I recently became part of the Waif Runners program here at the shelter. My handler says I am on the green list (which is great!), and that I have a nice pace and love to trot along.

I am a larger boy at around 100 pounds, but don’t worry I can still fit on the couch, your bed or a soft recliner if you wouldn’t mind that. I have a gentle mouth when taking treats and walk nicely on leash, although I do get excited at times. My favorite thing to play with here at tennis balls, so hopefully we can stop and pick some of those up on our way home!

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Westin


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Jun 19 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our paw-mazing Waifs of the Week: Florence, Marcella, and Jaime. These three cuties can’t wait to find their people!


Hi there, I’m Florence! I’m sweet, affectionate, happy, and fun, and I’ll be a wonderful companion if you’ll just give me the chance. I’m a 2-year-old beauty with a smile that brightens up the room. I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter that was running short on space. I’ve settled in pretty nicely here at Wayside, and I love all the new friends I’ve made!

I walk great on my leash with minimal pulling, and getting out to enjoy the fresh air is my favorite thing. I’m also a great runner! After my exercise, I enjoy relaxing or playing with my toys—I really dig playing my toys! I’m playful and silly and I like to have a good time. I’m already super smart, and with my food motivation, I’m a great candidate for training. If you bring a tasty treat when you come to meet me, I’ll be happy to patiently sit for you!

If you have other dogs, I will need to meet them before we go home together. I’m friendly and not reactive with most dogs that I meet, but others I might not want to play with. I guess it’s the same way for humans!

Life is so much sweeter when it’s shared with someone you love, and I want to share mine with you. If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Florence


Thanks for reading about me! My name is Marcella. As you can see from my picture, I’m an adorable white kitty with darling black spots. When I came to Wayside, I was a young mother raising six tiny kittens! We were fortunate to live with a foster family until my babies were old enough to make their own lives in the world. Now, it’s my turn to be somebody’s baby!

I’m a friendly kitty with a great meow who loves attention. I also love to play, too. I sure hope my new people like to play! The Felineality assessors here at Wayside describe me as a Leader of the Band, scoring high in valiance in sociability. In other words, I’m a bold, confident cat who loves people. You will never be bored or lonely with me around!

I love playing, meeting new people, just hanging around (when I’m in the mood), but most of all, I love being the boss. I’ll probably designate a corner of the house as my own, but I’ll still want to spend lots of my time with you! If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Marcella


Hey there! I’m Jaime, a 3-year-old social and friendly fella in search of a home of my very own. 

These are some of the words the folks here at Wayside use to describe me: sweet, friendly, social, and playful. See a pattern there? I just LOVE being around people and enjoy getting lots of attention and affection. I’m a happy boy with an exuberant smile that will brighten even your gloomiest day. I’m not the kind of guy who will be satisfied just hanging out by myself all the time. I prefer to stick right by your side and share all my love with you.

Do you have other dogs at home? My sociability extends to other canines too. I’ve got great doggie manners and coexist well with other pups. I’m also relaxed on a leash and would love to take walks with you. Maybe we can go for daily walks around the neighborhood? Or, if you’re as adventurous as me, we could go on some short hikes, or maybe even try out a dog park!

Moving from shelter to shelter can really be challenging for a social boy like me. I’m hoping my new people will be patient with me as I learn to settle down and adjust to life in my home. Won’t you give me a chance to be yours? If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Jaime


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Jun 12 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Apollo, Kitty, and Emerald. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Toby, got adopted, so Emerald is happily taking his place. These three cuties can’t wait to find their people!


Hi folks! I’m Apollo, a handsome five-year-old guy in search of a safe place to land. I was transferred here when my previous shelter ran out of space for me. All this change can be a little scary, but I know it’ll all be worth it when my family finally finds me.

The people here at Wayside say I’m a sweet fellow and a perfect gentleman.  I’ve got beautiful leash skills and will stay right by your side when we go for walks together. I really enjoy exploring hiking trails and sniffing all the wonderful smells and fresh air in the great outdoors. I’m also an excellent running partner! I’m smart and already know the commands “sit,” “lay down,” and “shake,” and I would love to find a home that will continue to train and teach me. Maybe we could join a class together?

I can’t wait to be your new dog! Won’t you please come meet me soon? Be sure to bring any other canine kids along to be sure we’re all a perfect match.

Love, Apollo


Who’s black and white and beautiful all over? Why me, Kitty! I’m one of the prettiest girls at Wayside, or so I have heard. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. Moving around can be scary, but I am so glad to be here, safe and snug, while I wait for my forever person or people to walk through the doors, find me and fall in love!

When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am Personal Assistant. That means I am moderately brave in new situations, and I love and need the companionship of humans. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be right by your side, ready to lend a beautiful fluffy paw. You will wonder how you ever got along without me!

Love, Kitty


Hi everyone, my name is Emerald! Yes, I do believe I was named that as I am a true gem of a gal!  I was brought in as a stray, and am so happy to be in a place where the nice people take good care of me, but what I dream of is a home of my very own. 

Some words I hear people say to describe me are: super Sweet, friendly, social, and smart. I think those are all true for sure! I am even currently being used in a Clicker Training class here at Wayside and am doing very well. My teacher is very proud of me! I also love when humans praise me as that makes me feel really special. I am a great size at around 60 pounds, so I should fit well in the car, on road trips or even on your bed if you would like that, I know I would!

I walk very nicely on leash and hope we can take nice evening strolls around town together. Please come meet me soon, bring the whole family (dogs too)

I will be here waiting for you with wagging tail

Love, Emerald


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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



Jun 5 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! We’d like to introduce you to our fabulous Waifs of the Week: Buck, Gio, and Sandstorm. These three handsome fellas are so ready to find their forever families!


Hello humans! I’m a 3-year-old boy named Buck, and I’m on the lookout for a new family! First of all, how can you resist my face?! Am I not the cutest, happiest thing you’ve ever seen? And I’ve got the sweetest and friendliest personality to match. I’m a playful guy and would love to find a home that would like to teach me all kinds of fun games to play together. I’ve never had any training before, but I’m super smart and pick up on new things really fast.

I’m curious about the world around me and love to explore and sniff out new situations. I enjoy going on walks on my leash, too. At times I might start out just a little bit hesitant and may lean on your leg for some extra confidence. But it just takes me a minute to warm up, and then I’m ready to roll!

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Buck


Hello there! My name is Gio, and I’m a handsome black house panther with stunning golden eyes and a beautiful, glossy coat. I was found as a stray. I was pretty shy and scared when I first came to Wayside. But lucky for me, Wayside has a program called TABBY where staff and volunteers help timid cats like me become more comfortable around people. You know what? I love being around people! If you pet me, I will reward you with some velvety headbutts to your hand. It’s like I am petting you! I also love to just roll around while you talk to me. It helps me concentrate on what you are saying. Even better, I would love to snuggle up on your lap while we are conversing. It turns out I am quite the lap cat!

When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am an Executive. That means I am moderately brave in new situations, and I enjoy spending time with people. However, I am not clingy, and I can entertain myself should the need arise.

If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Gio


Hi there, I’m Sandstorm! I want to be your dog. How does that sound? I’m such a nice boy. I’m a perfect combination of active and playful yet sweet and affectionate. I’m a handsome, 3-year-old boy, and I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter that was running short on space. Now I just need to find you, and then I’ll be set.

I’m a curious guy, so I like to explore and check out every inch of my surroundings. I’m friendly and I love getting attention from you. I can’t wait to sit with you and listen to you tell me about your day as you pet me. I’m relaxed on my leash, so I’d love to go for daily walks with you. I’m an athletic dog and I will need regular exercise to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.

I already know how to sit, and I’d love to learn more cool stuff, so please teach me! I’ll make an excellent student. I like toys, especially tennis balls. I’ve recently been learning doggie social skills. I’m figuring out how to play together and communicate. I find I prefer laidback dogs like myself. You can feel free to bring your other dog out to meet me, if you like, to make sure we’re a good fit for each other. Just please stay patient with me and give me a little time to settle in and figure out my new routine with you.

Will you choose me? If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Sandstorm


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Mar 5 2019

What are bonded pairs?

Adopting just one animal is a big responsibility, but have you ever been faced with the idea of adopting two at once? This could happen if you ever fall in love with a Waif in a bonded pair.

Lucas and Lucy, adopted May 2019

A bond between two animals is more than just a friendship. Animals form bonds with each other out of psychological need. Wayside’s waifs in bonded pairs are considered completely attached to one another, so they have to be adopted together. These bonds aren’t just about having another animal to play with, but also about feeling secure.

While both dogs and cats of all ages can form these bonds with one another, more often bonded pairs consist of adult dogs. These bonded pairs are not always siblings, although siblings can become bonded. Usually, animals in bonded pairs have grown up together or at least spent a good chunk of their lives living together. Sometimes bonded pairs are created in a shelter environment when two animals of the same species find comfort in having a best friend. Both animals benefit from the relationship and actually become more social, build trust, and begin to really blossom as pets.

Wayside has found homes for many bonded pairs over the years, but here are some of our favorite bonded waif alums:

At Wayside, we know that the separation of bonded pairs can cause emotional and psychological stress––some research has actually found symptoms of depression in separated pairs––and if prolonged, this stress could lead to physical health issues. These issues might include fatigue and refusing to eat, which could result in weight loss. Wayside’s team closely monitors the behavior of our bonded pairs to ensure both animals are mentally and physically healthy in the relationship.

Recently, Wayside had a bonded pair of dogs, Lucas and Lucy! These two cuties are siblings and inseparable. Lucas is the more confident of the two, and Lucy tends to get stressed, shy, and fearful when she’s away from her brother. Both Lucas and Lucy are great, lovable dogs on their own, but when apart, they lack confidence, and when together, they open up. These two were adopted together so that they can feel comfortable enough to continue building their confidence in their forever home.

Lucas and Lucy, adopted May 2019

Waifs in bonded pairs need their companions by their side in order to live emotionally and physically healthy lives. When you adopt a bonded pair, you’ll know that your pets will always have a friend to hang out with when you aren’t home. Bonded pairs mean twice the love! You can learn more about Lucas and Lucy on our website.

Pet Adoption Center Hours:

Tuesday-Friday Noon – 8 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.


Feb 20 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our incredible Waifs of the Week: Carlie, Hamlet, and Beau. These three kiddos can’t wait to find their forever families!

 

Pleased to meet you! My name is Carlie and I’m sweet one-year-old gal looking for my forever home. Moving around and being the new pup in town is scary, but I’m keeping my head held high. I know it won’t be long until I find my forever home!

I’m a sweet girl and I love life! I don’t know any commands yet, but I’m hoping to find a family who will help me learn. I’m sure if you throw a few toys and treats my way we can learn in no time. I also like to explore, and I do pretty well on a leash. I’d love to check out the neighborhood or maybe a dog park!

If you’re looking for a sweet best friend to go through life with, look no further! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Carlie

 

Hamlet

Pleased to meet you! My name is Hamlet, like the lead character in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. That’s quite a moniker for a quiet, unassuming guy like me.

I’m pretty shy and timid at times, so if you come to Wayside to meet me, I might be hiding under my bed. Please don’t let that stop you from saying hello, though! If you speak to me softly and pet me gently, I will warm up pretty quickly. Before you know it, I will be purring and rubbing my handsome orange face against your hand! I will probably never be one of the bravest cats in the world, but I’m definitely one of the sweetest. Take me home, and I will reward you with a lifetime of love and loyalty.

I’ve never seen “Hamlet,” by the way. But I know my own play will have a happy ending, so come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Hamlet

 

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Hi! My name is Beau, and I’m a handsome fella ready for my forever home. I’m about two years old and I’ve got gorgeous black and white fur. Moving from shelter to shelter has been scary but everyone here is so nice. I know it won’t be long until I find my very own family.

My friends here say that I’m one of the friendliest dogs they’ve ever known! I’m also pretty smart. I know “sit,” and I’m eager to learn more commands and tricks. If you throw some treats my way, we’ll learn in no time! I’m a curious dude, and I like to meet new people. I do pretty well on a leash, and I love being outdoors. Maybe we could go for a stroll around the park together? Walks are my favorite!

I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me. I just want to make sure we’re a good match before we head home. I can’t wait to meet you so we can start our lives together!

Love, Beau

Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Sep 5 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please meet our Waifs of the Week: Boone, Pepper Ann, and Tobias! These three amazing animals are ready to finally meet their fur-ever families!

 

Hey There, I’m Boone!

Have you ever heard that song..I ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog???  Well that is so not true. I am way more than a hound dog.  I am a loving friend.  I was transferred to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space for me…I am a little on the larger side.  That is ok though because I know my forever family will come find me soon here.

At 4 years old I am way past the puppy stage, but they say hounds are always puppies at heart.  I am 50 pounds of brown-eyed adorableness!  I don’t really know any commands yet but would love to learn with some yummy treats.  I walk pretty well on a leash, but at times my nose may lead me off the beaten path.

If you would like a cuddle buddy who also enjoys the great outdoors, please come meet me.  Bring the whole family (canines too) to ensure we all get along well.

Hope to see you real soon!

Your Friend, Boone

 

Hey there! Thanks for wanting to know more about me, you won’t regret it! Well, my name is Pepper Ann, and I am 5 years old with baby green eyes and the softest fur. I came to Wayside as a transfer, but I am excited to be here because I know being at Wayside will let me cross paths with you!

My friends here at Wayside like to call me the Leader of the Band. This means I like to rule the house. I am very brave and always put off my ray of confidence, but don’t let this fool you because I am still a sucker for affection! I will keep you warm with hugs and your heart filled with purrs. Toys don’t intrigue me too much, but we can make up for that with more love and adventure!

As long as I can get time to do both of my favorite things, I think we will be a perfect match! Please come visit me at Wayside where I’m sure we will get along great!

Hugs and purrs, Pepper Ann

 

Hi there, I’m Tobias!  I’m sweet and playful and goofy and so very friendly.  I can’t wait to be your best friend.  I’m an adorable, 2 year old, 52 pound bundle of love, with a bright smile and soft, shiny fur.  I came to Wayside as a stray.  It was so nice to feel safe and cared for, but everything at the shelter was new and strange to me.  I was feeling a little shy and unsure, when my one of the vet techs picked me up and carried me into the exam room for vaccinations and whatnot.  Afterwards, I looked at her and gave her the sweetest kiss.  That’s the sort of dog I am and I love to make people smile.  I’m fortunate that I’m social and I make new friends easy, so I’m getting along just great at Wayside!  But what I really want is a forever home.

I’m an easy dog to love, because I’m so much fun.  I love to play with toys and throw them in the air and chase after them.  It’s quite entertaining to watch me play.  I also love tasty treats, which helps in my training.  I’m smart and I love to learn, so please teach me!  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me and I’ll be all over it.  I love to go for walks and I do just great on my leash, always staying right by your side.  I’d be happy to help keep you motivated to stay in shape by being your walking partner.  You might notice that I have sort of a strange gait when I walk or run.  The Wayside docs gave me a thorough check up and everything looked good.  I’m not in any pain and it doesn’t bother me or slow me down at all, so I hope you won’t pass me by just because I’m a little different.   Anyway, after my daily exercise, there’s no place I’d rather be than by your side just hanging out and enjoying the day.  I’m affectionate and social and I love to soak up all the attention you’ll give me.

Sometimes I get to be the helper dog during Wayside training sessions.  It’s a special privilege and I get chosen because I’m patient and tolerant and I love everyone I come in contact with.  I don’t even mind when they practice putting the harness on and then taking it off multiple times.  I just like the attention!  I’m curious about and playful with other dogs.  I’ve been practicing my doggy social skills and learning to listen when they correct me.  If you have another dog, I’d love to meet them before we go home together, just to make sure we get along great.

I can’t wait to meet you and hopefully share my life with you!  I’m such a good boy and you’re the only thing that’s missing from my life.  Hope to see you soon!

Love, Tobias

 

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

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

Jul 13 2018

Long-Term Residents: Charlie and Ryland

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 we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Ellery and Oreo, and we have some good news. Ellery has found her forever home! This month, we are going to feature Charlie and Ryland.

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

Learn more about Charlie here.

“Hi there, I’m Ryland!  I’m an active, playful, happy boy searching for a home and family to call my very own.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that before…at least not that I remember.  So I’m still learning and experiencing new things and I’m a work in progress, trying my best to figure out where I fit into this crazy world.  Sometimes I’m skittish of new things and sometimes I get so excited that I forget my manners.  But I’m smart and eager to learn, so I’m positive that with time, I will become an incredible companion and member of the family. I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 59 pound bundle of love and muscle.  And I seem to be at least partially housebroken or crate trained, because I keep my kennel clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a stray after a kind stranger found me wandering alone along the highway in Grandview, MO.  I was happy to be safe, but I also felt confused and sort of afraid, especially of men.  So I got busy, enrolling in all the programs Wayside has to offer.  Some of the volunteers worked with me on my confidence while others taught me manners and focus.  It all started to come together for me and now I’m ready for you! I’m strong and athletic and I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I love to go for walks and I do really well on my leash, especially when I use my harness.  I’m curious and social and playful and I never pass up a good game of fetch.  Please stay patient and calm with me and help me learn the rules and boundaries, so that I can figure out what you expect from me.  You can see my wheels turning as I think about and evaluate new things.  I already know several commands, but I’d love to learn more, so teach me!  My friends at Wayside have been using NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) training, which teaches me that I need to work to get what I want, like sitting for a treat.  That’s been very effective for me and I hope to continue my training with you. I think I’ll fit in just fine with most active families.  I enjoy playing with all different kinds of dogs.  I’m patient, tolerant, friendly, and polite with them.  In fact, I frequently get to participate in doggie playgroups at Wayside.  If you have another dog that’s looking for a buddy, I might be the perfect match for you.  Since I can be jumpy and mouthy when I get excited, I might do best without kids under the age of 5 or so.  I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone.  You can bring the family to meet me, if you’d like, and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I’m a sweetheart and I have such a zest for life!  I’m happy and I enjoy attention and I appreciate each day.  I just need someone to share all of that with.  I hope it’s you!  I can’t wait to get out of the shelter and get settled into my new home and my new life with you.  I’m ready!”

Learn more about Ryland here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


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