Jul 25 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our three fabulous Waifs of the week: Boomer, Tigress, and Buddy. These three lovebugs can’t wait to find their forever families!


Hi there! My name is Boomer and I’m a two-year-old fella looking for a family to call my own! 

I’m 71 pounds of love. I’m a friendly, strong guy who loves to explore. A volunteer took me on a field trip and I absolutely loved the car ride. I’d love to go on more adventures with my best friend, you! I’m treat, toy and praise motivated which makes me much easier to train. I already know the command “Sit!” If you throw a few treats my way I would love to learn more commands with you. I do ask that you bring the whole family to meet me (dogs too) just to make sure we are the best fit for each other. 

I can’t wait to meet you and spend the rest of my life with you!


Grrrr! I’m Tigress. Just kidding with the growl. I’m actually very sweet. But like a tiger, I am strong and fierce. You see, I was found as a stray, raising four babies on my own. A nice guy took me in and cared for me until my kittens were old enough to be adopted. Now we are all ready to make new lives for ourselves. My kitten-rearing days are behind me, and I’m ready to enjoy life as somebody’s baby! And if you want to baby me, you have a head start … I have my own wicker bed and kitty tower ready to go home with me.

As you can see from my photos, I’m a gorgeous, sleek, shiny black kitty with just a touch of white on my throat and amazing green eyes. I love to play! My favorite toys are a toy mouse and feather wand. So much fun!

When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me that I am a Sidekick. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and I very much enjoy attention and companionship from people. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be right by your side, making you look and feel good. Do you think I could do that for you?

Love, Tigress

Hi there! My name’s buddy and I’m a fluffy ball of fun with a cute personality.

I’m sweet, goofy, and incredibly smart. I’m gentle with play and love to stay active. But I also know how to be a cuddle bug if that’s what you like too! I’m not too big, so I’m perfect for hanging out on the couch and going on walks. I hope you can keep up with me!

I’ve got really fluffy fur and everyone tells me how nice I am to pet! If you like a dog with a great personality and sometimes gets super silly and funny, I’m the perfect dog for you!

Come to Wayside to get to know me! Who knows, maybe we’ll be the best of friends!




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

Jul 2 2019

Pawty Like It’s 1776 – Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is a fun filled holiday for family and friends. It’s a chance to celebrate the birth of the United States with BBQ, fireworks, and warm weather. But that doesn’t mean our furry friends are as excited as we are! Wayside wants your pets to feel comfortable and safe during this holiday, so we have some tips for our four-legged family members.

1. Leave your pets at home.

We all love having our pets with us every chance we get. And to some it may seem mean to leave our pets at home when we’re out having fun. But the safest place for your pet on Independence Day is inside the safety of your home. Taking them to an unfamiliar location surrounded by people they don’t know with fireworks shooting off can increase anxiety and cause a pet to run away due to fear. And please don’t lock them in a car as a substitute — This can cause heat stroke!

2. Have a safe space available for your pet.

Whether it’s a closet filled with blankets or a crate full of their favorite toys, most dogs like having a go-to spot when anxiety hits. If your dog does not enjoy small spaces, that’s okay! Have their favorite blanket or dog bed ready and available for them in an open space if needed.

3. Use pet-friendly insect repellents and sunscreen.

The sunscreen and insect repellent humans use is not always safe for our furry best friends. The chemicals in these products can be toxic and cause sickness from drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and even neurological issues. There are plenty of pet friendly options to use for animals if insect bites or sunburn are a concern.

4. Keep alcohol out of reach of pets.

If ingested, alcohol can be very poisonous to pets. Drinks left on the floor or a low table might lead to ingestion. This can lead to weakness, low blood sugar, difficulty breathing, and, in extreme cases, respiratory failure. Keep drinks in hand or on a high table away from our curious friends!

5. Keep scraps away and out of reach.

We all get those puppy dog eyes when we’re eating food in front of our pets, but please resist! Table scraps can be extremely harmful to animals. Bones from ribs can splinter after ingested and cause obstruction; fatty table scraps can result in pancreatitis; there are many other examples of human food causing problems for our pets. Just because we can ingest something does not mean it’s safe for animals. Stick to their normal diet.

6. Keep glow jewelry away from pets.

The luminescent substance contained in these little plastic party favors are highly toxic and unsafe for animals if ingested, and the large pieces of plastic can cause blockage.

7. Keep citronella candles, insect coils, and tiki torch oil out of reach.

Animals can be very sensitive to the scent from these oils. They can cause aspiration pneumonia if inhaled, and if ingested can cause stomach irritation and central nervous system depression. Keep all chemicals locked away or high up away from pets.

8. Never use fireworks around pets!

Pets don’t understand fireworks the way we do. All they see and hear is a bright and loud explosion happening in front of them. There is also a risk for severe burns if they come into contact with a fireworks, as well as exposure to toxic substances.

9. Have your pet identified properly

Proper identification could be the only way to find a lost pet if they do get loose. An ID tag and microchip are effective ways of retrieving a pet if lost. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date with the microchip company. Also have recent photos of your animal in case “lost pet” signs are needed.

10. Beware of lighter fluid and matches

These items are typically on hand when barbecuing. When not in use, keep them high up or locked away to reduce any risk of ingestion. Like many other chemicals, these can be very harmful and dangerous when ingested.

We at Wayside want this to be an enjoyable event for everyone. These are just some tips to help you keep your pets safe and comfortable for the Fourth of July!

Written by Emily Costelow

May 31 2019

We’re Better Together

We were recently invited to participate in an outreach event with our friends, Spay and Neuter Kansas City (SNKC) and Kansas City Animal Control. SNKC is an incredible asset to our community, providing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and more. Since Wayside Waifs is unable to provide public veterinary care, we often refer people to SNKC to get their pets taken care of. It’s great to have a partner nearby who cares about furry friends as much as we do.

We canvassed a neighborhood in Kansas City that’s had a high volume of animal control calls recently. There are people who may not have access to certain resources and that’s where we came in. We provided information on SNKC’s services and provided treats and other supplies to the nice folks we got the chance to speak to. One woman I spoke to recently got a puppy (who was incredibly cute!) and I was able to share information regarding getting her puppy neutered and vaccinated. A man a few streets over told us that the dog in the yard was dumped and he had been taking care of him for a few days. I thanked him for caring for the pup and answered questions on his next steps. We were able to provide him with some dog food, treats, and a proper tie-out for the yard.

As a standard animal shelter, we aren’t out in the community as often as SNKC is. It was eye-opening to see their work in action and connect with those they serve.

If you or a loved one is in need of assistance with pet care, please contact Spay and Neuter Kansas City at 816.353.0940 or visit their website at www.snkc.net.

Written by: Kayla RS

May 22 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our three fabulous Waifs of the Week: Dino, Kit, and Bruno. All three of these cuties are on the hunt for their forever families.

Hi there, I’m Dino! I’m a 2-year-old sweetheart with a delightful personality. I originally came to Wayside as a stray. I’m a wonderful companion!  I have a nice amount of energy without being too much. Here at Wayside, I’m what they call a Green List Runner. That means that I make a great running buddy because I stay focused and I keep a nice pace as I run. I also walk really well on my leash without much pulling.

I like to look at you as you talk to me, tilt my head, and try to figure out what you’re thinking and saying. I do this because I want to make you happy! I want to be your special dog that you think about for the rest of your life. Sometimes I just feel like hanging out, and during those times, I’m a friendly, affectionate dog who loves attention from you. Sometimes it takes me a few minutes to warm up around new people, but if you’ll just stay patient with me and give me a little time, I will quickly become friends.

I can’t wait to be your dog! I think about you every day and the happy life I know we’ll have together. I’m waiting patiently for you to come and meet me so I can show you what a good boy I am.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Dino

Hi! Are you here looking for your family, too? Then I should introduce myself! My name is Kit, and I’m a 4-year-old little lady. What I might lack in size I make up for in purr-sonality. (All puns aside, I really am a great purr-er!)

Receiving pets and cheek rubs are some of my very favorite things, and it’s no secret to anyone who spends a few minutes with me. Sometimes, when I’m really happy, I might roll over and let you see my beautiful belly, knead the air with my delightfully dainty paws, or simply stretch out and put my head into your hand. I also think I’m an excellent napping buddy, and would love to give it a try with you some wonderfully lazy afternoon.

I hope you’ll come and see me in person soon. The people here at Wayside are great, but I can’t wait to go home with my forever family!

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Kit

Hi there, I’m Bruno! I’m happy, goofy, and playful. I still sort of feel like a puppy, even though I’m 2 years old. Life is meant to be celebrated, so that’s what I like to do, all day, every day! I came to Wayside as a transfer from a partner shelter when they ran out of space.

I’m already crate trained and mostly housebroken, too. I don’t really like being cooped up in a crate all day, but as long as I get plenty of exercise to wear me out, I can deal with it. I’m a work in progress, but I love learning! Currently, I’m staying in a foster home. The sky is the limit with what I can learn, and I’d love to have a job to do, so I hope to experience a lifetime of training and improving myself.

I absolutely love everyone I meet! I get so excited to jump up and say hello in a friendly sort of way. You can teach me not to be jumpy though…it’s just my instinct to show my enthusiasm for now. I love to play with my toys and stay busy and keep you laughing with my silly antics. I hope you like that about me! My life is all about having fun! I hope we have a lifetime of adventures and fantastic memories together. I want to be your partner for whatever comes our way.

Contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426 to meet me!

Love, Bruno

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

Apr 24 2019

Fleas, Ticks, and Intestinal Parasites….Oh my!

Waif alum Patrick is all smiles because he’s protected against harmful insects!

As a pet owner, you’re probably aware of the harmful effects of creepy crawly critters can have on your animals. We’ve answered some common questions about keeping your furry friends happy and healthy!

Q: What are heartworms? How do I prevent them?

A:  Heartworm disease is caused by long worms (heartworms) that live in an animal’s body. The can live in the heart, lungs, and surrounding vessels. Heartworms are spread via mosquito bites. Warmer climates experience an increase in mosquitoes and consequently, heartworms. Southern states unfortunately see more cases than the rest of the country.

When a mosquito bites an infected dog, they then carry microfilariae (heartworm offspring). When that mosquito bites another dog, they’ve then transmitted through the wound. Without a heartworm preventative, the heartworms have the chance to develop and cause devastating health effects.

Prevention is your best friend and is relatively affordable compared to the cost of treating a dog who becomes heartworm positive. Prevention comes in many forms. The FDA has approved a number of products to keep your furry friend safe. For shelter animals, Wayside Waifs uses Advantage Multi, a topical preventative. Advantage Multi is applied to an animal on a monthly basis and protects against fleas, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. It is recommended to have your dog tested for heartworms annually. Most times, a vet clinic can do this test during your visit.

The average cost of a monthly dose is only around $15, depending on the weight of the animal. A complete heartworm treatment can cost anywhere between $400-$1000. While it’s a financial strain for you, the physical impact on your furry friend is much harder. A dog battling heartworm disease can experience coughing, fatigue, difficulty breathing and issues with major organs, like the heart and lungs.

Q: What about my cat? Can he get heartworms?

A: Yes, your cat can also get heartworms from an infected mosquito. They are less susceptible than a dog because a heartworm doesn’t thrive in their body. Heartworms do not live as long and do not grow like they do in dogs. Though cats are much smaller than dogs, a few worms inside a cat would be considered a heavy infection.

While we know cats are less susceptible to heartworms, we know this isn’t the case with fleas or intestinal parasites. A preventative like Advantage Multi will keep them safe from all of these, for a relatively low cost.

Q: Do I need to use flea and tick prevention year-round?

A: YES! Fleas can still stick around when temperatures drop. They can keep warm on your furry friend. Yuck! Flea eggs can stay on your carpeting and furniture and develop in the temperate environment.

Ticks don’t necessarily die when we see winter’s first frost. Wildlife around us can carry these pesky bugs. Ticks aren’t picky about their host. They’re happy to latch onto you as well.

A Seresto collar provides up to 8 months of protection from ticks. They’re available for both dogs and cats!

A Seresto collar is an effective way to keep ticks at bay!

Q: What’s the deal with intestinal parasites?

A: Intestinal parasites live inside your pet’s gastrointestinal tract and can include a wide variety of worms. Bleh! These are usually transmitted via an inadvertent ingestion of eggs or spores in contaminated water, soil, or feces. Tapeworms are common and usually occur when an animal eats a contaminated flea. Any parasite can have harmful effects on your pet. Weight loss, diarrhea and malnutrition are just a few. Prevention is easy! Ask your vet about different prevention products! *Please note: Preventative meant for dogs can be fatal to a cat. Please ensure you’re using the correct product for your critter!

Utilizing a prevention product can save you money and heartache down the line. Your furry friend will thank you!

You can find these products and more at Whiskers and Wags, located inside Wayside Waifs!

As always, if you have any concerns about your pet’s health, contact your personal veterinarian!  

Mar 1 2019

Fido’s Spring Checklist

As the grass begins to turn green, snowbells blossom, and the sun sets later in the evening, you and Fido may find yourselves developing a case of spring fever. The good news? With the right precautions taken, you and your pooch will be ready to spring into warmer days with a seamless transition. Employing the tips below is easy, and you’re sure to have some fun along the way.

Spring To-dos:

Up the Exercise

When it’s cold outside, many owners and canine companions get less exercise. Not to worry, though. Although your pooch doesn’t need to get in beach-worthy shape, he or she does need to get conditioned for long days of fun in the sun. The key? Like any exercise regimen, you should ease your way into full-fledged workout mode. In no time walks around the block will turn into 5-mile trail hikes.

Wash The Paws

Beds of green grass are fun for pups to roll around in, but during the spring, be careful of potentially harmful chemicals, such as herbicides, that are used for the removal of  unwanted vegetation.

Flee & Protection

Rolling around in the grass is all good fun until somebody gets a bad case of fleas or ticks. The solution? Monthly flea and tick preventative medication is best practice; however, you’ll also want to give your dog a thorough comb-through if you go for a hike in a heavily wooded area. You can purchase these products at Whiskers & Wags, Wayside’s Boutique. All proceeds from sales in the store benefit the animals at the shelter!

Groom the Coat

Spring is a time for fresh starts, so be sure to send your pet for a day at the groomers, where he or she can get a fresh cut that keeps them cool and comfortable as the weather gets warmer outside. It also helps to get in the routine of brushing them at night.  This can not only help them relax but it keeps the tangles and dander to a minimum.  And, hey, it’s great quality time together. Need some more convincing? Think how cute your pooch will look with their new hairdo!

Learn More

Looking for a furry friend to take long strolls with on breezy spring evenings? Wayside Waifs of Kansas City is home to a number of adoptable dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home, so be sure to stop by the shelter today.

Shelter Hours:

Tuesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

Feb 27 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our lovable Waifs of the Week: Pablo, Winston, and Leroy. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Sampson, went home, so Winston has stepped up to the plate. These sweet boys are so excited to find their forever homes!


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Hi! My name is Pablo and I’m a handsome fella waiting for my forever family. I’m a little shy when I first meet someone but I warm up quickly. We’ll be best friends in no time! I don’t know any commands yet, but I like treats and I’m sure we can work together to learn new things.

My friends at Wayside say that I do well on a leash. Let’s gear up and go explore the world together! I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you. After we exercise, I’d love to curl up right by your side. I’ll even let you pick what show we watch! I like to play with other dogs, so if you’ve got a canine friend at home, we might be a good fit. You’re welcome to bring them with you to meet me and we can get to know each other before heading home.

I know it won’t take long to find my special people. Could it be you?

Love, Pablo



Hey there! Thanks for reading about me! My name is Winston, and I’m just about the sweetest, mellowest guy you could ever meet. I’m a big, white cat with just a little gray on the top of my head. And I have beautiful, exquisitely lined pear green eyes. I am also front-declawed.

I guess you could describe me as a big, fluffy cloud. Or a sweet, pillowy marshmallow. I’m a friendly fellow who loves attention and affection, but I like to let you make the first move. Once you start petting me, I won’t want you to stop. At 7 years of age, I’m right in the prime of my life. I know what’s most important: giving and receiving love. Do you think we could do that for each other?

Love, Winston



Hi there, my name is Leroy! I am a 1-year-old lab/retriever mix. I came in very shy and unsure of what was happening.  Then I started Confidence College, and that’s where I met some really nice friends. It takes me some time to warm up to new people, so just let me come to you when I’m comfortable. They say I am really getting better at warming up to people!

I have also done some clicker training, learned how to target a hand, and know the “look” command, where I look into your eyes and focus on you. I am really good at these and would love to learn many more things with you! I enjoy being in doggy playgroups, and I’ve gotten really good at making friends.

Please come meet me in person soon!

You can watch a cool video about me here!

Love, Leroy

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

Feb 6 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our fabulous Waifs of the week: Budrow, Munchkin, and Helena. These three lovebugs can’t wait to find their forever homes!


Pleased to meet you! My name is Helena and I’m a sweet one-year-old gal with beautiful, brown fur. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around has been a little scary but Wayside let me know that it won’t be long until I find my special people!

I can be a little shy when I first meet someone, but I warm up quickly. Once I’ve had some time to sniff out a new situation, I’ll wag my tail and give you so many kisses! I like treats and I take them very gently. I don’t know a whole lot of commands yet, but if you throw some treats my way, I promise I’ll learn quickly. This girl loves her treats!

I’m great at walking on a leash, so I’d love to spend some time outside with you! We could go for a walk around the neighborhood – maybe even a run if you can handle it! – or check out a cool park. I’m up for anything as long as we’re together. I think I’d love to have a dog friend at home, but I’ll have to meet any other pups you have before I come home with you. I think it would be great if you brought them with you to meet me.

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, please come to Wayside and ask to meet me! I think we’ll make a great team!

You can watch a cool video about me here!

Love, Helena



Meow! I’m Munchkin. I’m a loving eight-year-old gal looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found as a stray right after New Year’s. You can imagine how cold and lonely I was out there on my own, but my friends here at Wayside have given me a warm temporary home!

I love attention, and I’ll always make sure you remember that. If I’m not busy, I’ll sit on your books while you’re reading, I’ll sit in your lap while you’re watching TV, and I’ll sit and watch you sweep when you’re cleaning. You’ll wonder how you ever managed without me!

I might be a senior gal, but don’t let my age fool you! I love playing and running around, especially when toys are involved. In fact, I like to carefully plan out my attacks when playing with toys. I’m a smart cookie, and I know what those toys are thinking! Wands are my favorite, but I can play with anything.

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

Love, Munchkin


Hi there! My name is Budrow, and I’m a handsome one-and-a-half-year-old fellow who is full of youth and energy! I was transferred here from another shelter when they ran out of space, but boy am I glad to be at Wayside where I know I will find my forever home!

It may take me a little time to warm up to you, so please don’t let that overshadow my goofy personality. I just need some time to get to know you, like you will do with me. If you have any yummy treats or call me by my name, I’ll be sure to warm up to you!

I will need a lot of fun and daily exercise, so if this sounds like something you can keep up with, I’m sure we will be hooked at the hip! I prefer not to share my love for you, so I would like to be the only dog, and because I am so strong and full of excitement, I may do best in a home with no children under 5 for now.

If you are looking for a fun and goofy dog who will give you unconditional love, please come visit me at Wayside Waifs!

You can watch a cool video about me here!

Love, Budrow

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

Feb 6 2019

Wintery weather and your dog’s dry skin: How to help

Winter weather in the Midwest has always been unpredictable, but most of us are usually prepared for low temperatures, dry air, and extreme winds. Last week brought a vortex of arctic temperatures straight from the North Pole to Kansas City, creating dangerous conditions for both humans and animals. These temperatures didn’t last long, but precautions advised for maintaining your dog’s health in extreme cold should be followed until Spring arrives, particularly when it comes to dry skin. Human skin and dog skin act similarly in winter in terms of how the weather can affect the skin’s moisture. Too much exposure to dry, cold air may inhibit the skin’s ability to produce enough natural oils and bacteria to keep it moisturized, soft, and comfortable. This is true for both humans and dogs. We as humans tend to stock up on intense moisturizers, organic oils, and other remedies for combatting dry winter skin, but your dog may need some relief, too. Dry dog skin is more difficult to spot than dry human skin, especially if your dog has a thick coat. Make sure to sift through your dog’s coat in search of dandruff-like flakes, flaky bumps, and dry spots with hair loss. Your dog’s dry skin might look like this: You could also be tipped off by your dog excessively licking, scratching, or picking at dry, uncomfortable areas of their skin, which, over time, could make the issue worse. If the issue seems severe, don’t hesitate to consult your veterinarian. For more mild cases, the most immediate solution is brushing or combing your dog’s coat to relieve itchy, dry areas while getting rid of visible dry flakes. While temporary, this could prevent your dog from feeling the urge to scratch or lick too much while restoring some comfort. Soft, regular brushing also helps stimulate dry hair follicles and sebum glands, pushing the skin to create more of its own moisture. Like human skin, dog skin sometimes needs extra topical moisture. Unlike human skin, your Bath & Body Works products might not be the best solution for your dog’s dry skin. If you’re drawn to more natural, holistic solutions for your dog’s health issues, consider applying small amounts of natural topicals to their skin, like organic coconut oil or similar products. If you think your dog might be prone to dry skin, there are some precautions you can take to potentially avoid it. Bathing and grooming dogs in the winter can result in or worsen existing dry skin due to common shampoos’ tendency to strip skin of the natural oils that keep it moisturized. If possible, avoid bathing or grooming your dog during the winter, particularly during especially frigid times of the season. If you must bathe your dog, use a moisturizing shampoo with ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, shea butter, and oatmeal followed by conditioner. If you’re into homemade solutions, consider making your own 100% organic shampoo. Just make sure you’re getting your ingredient lists from trustworthy sources. Diet also plays a big role in the health of your dog’s skin. Ensure that your pup has plenty of water, because, as we all know, the most important source of moisture for the skin is water intake – and lots of it. You might also consider using a humidifier indoors to rid your dog’s living area of dry winter air, especially if you live in an older home. Like always, aim for a nutritionally balanced diet for your dog. If your dog’s dry skin becomes unbearable, consider talking with your veterinarian about dietary supplements that could be added to your dog’s daily routine, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements. Your dog should already be receiving the recommended daily dose of these supplements through their food, but if superficial fixes for their dry skin are failing, an increased dosage could help. Increased omega-3 and omega-6 intake can also be achieved by adding new treats that contain healthy fats without junky additives to your dog’s diet. Through consulting your veterinarian you might also find that your dog has allergies or other sensitivities that might be contributing to their dry or irritable skin. If this is the case, follow any prescribed regimens. When in doubt, your veterinarian is your most reliable source. If you suspect that your dog’s dry skin might be more than just that – an infection, allergic reaction, ringworm, or other issues – give your vet a call. But for winter-induced dry, itchy skin, a holistic approach often does the trick.

Pet Adoption Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: Noon – 8 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.

Dec 12 2018

Letter from the intern: Why you should work at Wayside Waifs

Walking in to this internship opportunity at Wayside Waifs, you have an idea of what it is going to be like. As you walk out, you leave with more knowledge, passion and confidence that you could ever imagine earning in what turns out to be not enough time.

Within a matter of months, you will grow even more as a fond animal-lover, teammate and expert in your area of study. From the first day you set foot inside Wayside, you will be welcomed into the organization with open arms, warm smiles and large hearts from everyone in all departments. No matter where your internship is (Donor Relations, Veterinary Clinic, Humane Education or Animal Welfare), you will feel the sense of unity and passion in every ounce of the building. You will make connections with staff and volunteers that will make this experience something you will never forget. Wayside Waifs is a place where you can watch yourself grow in your career of choice, and there will always be people there to help show you the way.

Of course, one of the best perks about an internship here is cuddling and hanging out with the cutest, most well-deserving animals you will ever meet. You will get attached to their personalities, admire their stories and smile as they walk out of the door alongside their forever families. You may even take one home yourself. All of the sudden, you realize why you are doing what you are doing. And that is to help find these babies the caring and loving homes they have dreamt of every day of their entire lives.

Here are 10 things to bring with you every day as you come in to work:

  1. Passion
  2. Drive
  3. Generosity
  4. Skill
  5. Love
  6. Inspiration
  7. Confidence
  8. Honor
  9. An open mind
  10. Room for growth

Nobody is perfect, just like no animal is perfect. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because there will always be a learning opportunity present. Please let this internship take you places you didn’t think you’d go, and remember to have fun while you are doing it. Share your love for Wayside even you’re gone.

Written by Cierra H.

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