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


Feb 22 2017

Waif Wednesday!

0d2ad924-6cae-4e58-9f11-71e4fefb0b8fIt’s Waif Wednesday! Meet our Waifs of the week Chloe, Priscilla and Pepper.


Chloe is a beautiful, 2-year-old Retriever/Lab mix. I know it’s hard to resist her stunning good looks, but she’s much more than a pretty face! She’s about 77-pounds, strong, and athletic. After being transferred to Wayside from a rural shelter in Kansas, she’s ready to move on from shelter life and spend the rest of her days with her new peeps. She’ll make a loyal and devoted companion for her new family!

Learn more about Chloe here: http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_new&aid=50048&cid=14&tid=Dog#.WK3EKRBHTsw



Pepper is a handsome, black and white kitty who came to Wayside as a stray. Now that he’s not roaming the streets, he’s ready to find his peeps and get to his fur-ever home! His feline-ality is Personal Assistant which means he’ll help you out with all of your daily tasks. He’ll make you wonder how you ever managed without a sidekick like him! He loves nothing more than hanging out with humans. Looking for some spice in your life?

Learn more about Pepper here: http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_new&aid=60543&cid=14&tid=Cat#.WK3EOBBHTsx


Priscilla is an adorable, boxer mix who’s 6-years-old and ready to find her family. She;s very smart and knows lots of commands like sit, shake, down, up, spin, speak, and more! She loves being outside and exploring the world on walks. If you’re looking for a snuggle partner, check this girl out!

Watch her video and learn more about Priscilla here: http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_new&aid=61013&cid=14&tid=Dog#.WK3EMxBHTsw


Jan 4 2017

Meet our Waifs of the Week!!




Sniff. Look. Listen. That’s how I take in the world. And what a world it is! There are squirrels to be chased! Yards to be sprinted across! People to snuggle! You’re my ticket to that wonderful world! Don’t get me wrong, the kennel I live in here is safe, warm, dry, and clean, but I long to investigate this big fantastic world with someone like you!

I’m a young, tall, lanky Catahoula leopard dog mix with a caramel version of those cool spots that is typical of my breed. Because I’m pretty enthusiastic and take my food quite seriously, I need to go to a home with kids older than five. I walk nicely on a leash and relish discovering all of those interesting things that the world has to offer. I haven’t spent much time in social situations, so I’m hoping you can help me understand this amazing world. I’m super smart and already know sit, shake and down, so show me the rest! I’ll pick it up in no time!

I’m athletic and live life with vitality and gusto, so bring your dog family members out to meet me. They can help us decide if we’re a happy mix.

I’ve got my whole life ahead of me and I’d love to spend it with you! Won’t you come out to meet me? We can be partners exploring this spectacular world!



Meet Ivory on our website:






I’m young bunny looking for my forever home. I’m super friendly and will hop up to you to say hello! I love to have my super soft fur stroked, and LOVE to eat carrots out of your hand! I like to sit in your lap and have you pet me, but sometimes us bunnies get scared if you pick us up. We will even sometimes kick our legs as a defense. After all, in the wild the only reason we leave the ground is if a predator picks us up.

If you are looking for a fuzzy rabbit as a pet, why not adopt me rather than buying a bunny from a store? I’m looking for a good home too, you know! Did you know that rabbits make excellent house pets? We are actually a lot cleaner than most people think. I am litter box trained and can be let out and about in the house to play. We can also be clicker trained. Try searching for clicker trained rabbits on youtube. It’s pretty fascinating!

Us rabbits love to play with toys and will play with a lot of toys you can easily make yourself. We love to play with cardboard tubing from used up paper towels and toilet paper. Rabbits feel very strongly about recycling, so we do what we can to use up those pesky tubes! We love to burrow in and scratch on cardboard boxes and paper bags. We also love to climb on stuff, so make sure you have some climbing structures for us to play on. Come meet me today. I’ll greet you with a proper sniffing as soon as you approach my enclosure. I can’t wait!!!

Meet Ginger on our website:






Thanks for reading about me! My name is Barney, and I’m a gorgeous gray-and-white boy with beautiful green eyes and and adorable smudge of gray on my nose and a tip of white on my gray tail. I came to Wayside as a stray. I’m a friendly guy who loves people very much. I enjoy attention, and I will let you know how much with my great headbutts and wonderful purr. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I’m a Secret Admirer. That means that I tend to be a little timid in new situations, but I love people very much. Once I get to know and trust you, I will be your best friend forever! I can’t wait to meet you! Love, Barney


Meet Barney on our website:



Don’t furr-get! You can meet Barney, Ginger, Ivory or any of our adoptable pets on our website!


Dec 20 2016

Deck the Paws!

It’s about that time, folks! The snow will be falling, the sweaters will be worn and the fires will be built. During the holiday season, our entire family deserves to be happy and safe. Below are a few tips for you and your furry friends this holiday season.

  1. Give Your Furry Relatives Their Own Space

Consider leaving a room aside for your pet when guests and parties are invited to your home. Often times pets – even the most outgoing – want to have a “safe place” of their own. Consider inviting an animal-loving guest into the room with your pet to make them feel safe and secure.


  1. No Food?!

We’ll most likely see the adorable faces of our furry family members staring up at us while eating at the dinner table this holiday season. Although it may be hard to resist sharing, we need to. The meals humans eat throughout the holidays include fatty and heavy foods– they are not healthy for our pets’ digestive systems. Never keep desserts where pets can reach them as many sweets will make them sick and even toxic to them! It’s best to stay safe and give them animal-friendly holiday treats!


  1. Electronics, Gifts, and Lights, Oh My!

It’s pretty hard to unplug during the holiday season. The heater is on, the lights are up and sometimes our presents can be electronically oriented. As pet owners, we have to make sure our animals are far enough away from these harmful devices. Make sure string lights are attached to the walls so that pets don’t chew them or trip over them.

  1. Let’s Decorate!

Decorating is fun and festive for you, but it shouldn’t be harmful to your pet. Make sure decorations are out-of-reach so your pet can’t get them. And some pets have a difficult time resisting presents and their wrapping paper s chew toys. You know your pet best so act accordingly, even if that means presents should be kept out of site.


  1. Snuggles and Love

Just like you, your animal needs joy in their life. Be sure to show them extra admiration – get them a fun cat toy to play with or a new Nylabone to chew! Never let them get cold during the winter. Provide them with a bed and blanket or have them join you on the couch. And don’t forget to give them extra belly rubs – they deserve it!

Happy Holidays and have a safe, joyful winter.

Wayside Waifs

Nov 8 2016

Meet Ella!



Meet Ella! Ella is a strong, happy girl who has survived a lot during her years. And even in the middle of life’s biggest challenges, she greets every moment of ever day with a happy smile and deep appreciation. Her delightful attitude and love of life makes her such a special dog!




Ella is a beautiful, 5-year-old, 87-pound German Shepherd mix with gentle brown eyes. She’s lived in a foster home during her stay at Wayside and she is completely housebroken! A wonderful house guest. Even though she doesn’t like to dwell on the past, we think it’s important for you to hear her story and know what she’s gone through before coming to Wayside Waifs.



She lived her entire life on a chain without shelter or food and clean water. She was forced to have litter after litter of puppies until the day she was finally rescued from that chain! She found her way to us, but her struggle didn’t end there. The staff at Wayside refused to give up on her, and motivated her to have hope and not give up on herself. Along her journey, she had to have one leg amputated but she’s getting along really well and adjusting to life with 3 legs. During rehab, she’s been warm and cozy in her foster home while she waits for the perfect family to give all of her love to.




Ella is well behaved, patient, and calm in her foster home. She loves to curl up next to foster mom on the couch and rest her head in foster mom’s lap. She’s playful too! Even though she gets tired easily, she still likes to have a good time. She loves her food and treats but is careful to never beg foster mom for her human food. Since she’s living with other dogs, foster mom makes sure she has a safe, quiet place to eat, which Ella loves! She’ll do fine in a home with other furry friends, but wouldn’t mind being your only companion either. She’s a joy to have around, with an incredibly positive vibe which she brings wherever she goes.




Ella needs a family who will be dedicated to her rehab process while showering her with endless love. With patience and a gentle heart, Ella will blossom into the amazing companion that she is. If you’re looking for a sweet, gentle dog like Ella, please go to www.waysidewaifs.org to read more about her.


Oct 21 2016

Meet Conway!

This adorable guy is Conway! He is this weeks Waif of the Week and he really hopes he’ll find his family soon! Are you looking for a loving, handsome guy like him? Keep reading and let Conway tell you why he should be your next best friend….




“Hi there, I’m Conway! I’m fun, I’m playful, and I’m ready to be your dog! I hope you want that too. I hope you take one look into my sweet eyes and realize that we were meant to be together. That will be the start of something really special, I can feel it. No one on earth will appreciate you more than I will. I am an all-around lovely and precious dog.


I’m a handsome and athletic, already housebroken, 55 pound Lab/Rottweiler mix. I’m an adorable mixture of sweetness and strength. And it’s a beautiful sight to watch me run and play. I’m only a year old, but I’ve already struggled finding my way in the world. I came to Wayside as a stray via the Belton, MO Animal Control. And I found a home for a while, but I didn’t get along with the other dog. So now I’m back and I’m specifically looking for you! Is that ok? Despite my struggles, I’m a happy-go-lucky dog that loves to be by your side.


I like to keep busy and one of my very favorite things to do is to splash around in the water. Maybe you’re looking for a dog you can take along to the lake with you? I’d like that! Of course a baby pool works just great for me too….I’m not picky and it’s the simple things in life that make me the happiest. I’m also super smart and I already know all sorts of commands, including sit, down, come, shake, and stay. Whew! I can learn more cool things too, if you’d like to teach me! I’m eager to please, a keen listener, and I’m very motivated by praise and tasty treats, so the sky is truly the limit with what I can learn. I will thrive if you stay calm and patient with me and if you use positive reinforcement, so that I can learn what you expect from me. Once I figure it out, I’ll be all over it, because more than anything, I want to make you happy. I love to go for walks or play in a fenced in backyard. I’m not the sort of dog who will enjoy going to a dog park, but I hope to have a yard to run and play in. Sometimes I pull on my leash, so a harness works just great for me. After lots of exercise, I’m an expert at cuddling next to you on the couch and I love getting attention from you.
I’d love to meet the whole family before we all go home together please. My play sometimes gets rough and rowdy with other dogs, so for the time being, I’d prefer to be your only dog. Don’t worry though…I will be happy to give you so much doggie love that I’ll be enough for you! But please bring the kids out and all the adults too, so that we can make sure we’re all a good fit for each other.

I hope you decide to come out to meet me! And I hope we hit it off and become family. I promise to be a loving and loyal companion to you. I know what it’s like to feel alone and I don’t want to ever be homeless again, so I will try my very best, every single day, to make you happy and proud of me. How about it? I need you!
Love, Conway

P.S. So, the other day I got to go on a field trip with my favorite volunteer! She said I was an excellent companion and incredibly well behaved. I was perfect riding in the car. And then we went hiking and exploring. After that, it felt amazing just to stretch out on a blanket for a little cuddle time together. It felt so good just being a normal dog for a change. No noisy shelter, no reminders that I’m homeless, no one to interrupt my happiness and contentment. I was just a dog, hanging out with someone I loved. I long for a lifetime of days and feelings like that.”



We hope you’ll stop by soon to meet this playful guy, but in the mean time be sure to check out his pawsome video!


Sep 26 2016

Meet Memphis!


Meet Memphis! This sweet, goofy guy is a 75-pound Mastiff mix who’s looking for a home. He was transferred to Wayside Waifs when his last shelter ran out of space for him. Now that he’s settled in, he’s more than ready to find his peeps and get to his new fur-ever home!

Are you looking for a laid-back companion who will enjoy relaxing around the house with you? Memphis is your guy! He would be a great friend to children and other canine companions, too. Memphis is super smart and eager to learn all the exciting things you have to teach him. With some positive encouragement and some extra treats for motivation, he’ll be able to learn the ropes in no time.

He loves to stay active by taking long walks. He’s an explorer who enjoys the exciting sights and smells that the great outdoors has to offer. He has great leash manners, too so staying healthy will be something fun you can enjoy together!

Memphis is an independent guy who won’t ask for much. He’ll let you know how much he loves you by curling up by your side to enjoy some belly rubs. As you can see in his picture, he also likes to stick out his tongue for fun! If you’re looking for a silly, fun, loving companion, come by Wayside Waifs soon to see Memphis! Tail wags!

Sep 12 2016

Meet Waif of the Week, Ayla!


Meet Ayla! Ayla is proud to be one of this week’s Waifs of the Week and is hoping this will be her time to get noticed by her new peeps! Ayla first came to Wayside Waifs when her old shelter ran out of space for her. She was then adopted, but brought back when her owners were worried about her health. When she arrived back at Wayside, we did everything we could to make sure Ayla was in amazing health and feeling more than ready to find her fur-ever home! She’s back and better than ever, waiting for the best family to go home with.


Ayla is an adorable, Hound/American Blue Heeler who is 1 year and 8 months old. Like most young dogs, she’s energetic and loves to play! She did great with the 6-year-old she used to live with, so if you have little ones at home she’ll make a great companion. She loves to go on walks and does grr-eat when she uses her easy walk harness. Getting active can be a fun and enjoyable experience for both of you! Ayla could also try daycare or dog parks.




Ayla is a very smart pup. She already know the commands sit, down, and stay and she’s the type of dog who’s always eager to learn. With some basic obedience training she’ll be able to add even more to that list. She’s extra motivated to learn when you give her yummy treats or fun toys to play with!


If you’re looking for a companion who is sweet, smart, and beautiful, Ayla is your girl. With those big brown eyes, you’re sure to fall in love at first sight! Ayla would love to meet you so stop by Wayside Waifs soon!


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Sep 9 2016

Joy Ella!


Hi there!  Hello!  I’m Joy Ella and I’m looking for a new home with really loving people to call my very own.  I hope that might be you!  I hope you will see my sweet smile and beautiful brindle fur and adorable expression and decide that I am the perfect match for your family.  I need you to be patient with me though, because it takes me a little extra time to bond with you and learn to trust you.  But once I do, I’m your loyal, loving, affectionate companion forever.

My life has been challenging, that’s for sure, but I’m a survivor and I try my best never to let things get me down.  I found myself homeless and alone in Emporia, KS, before getting transferred here to Wayside.  When I got here, my ears were horribly infected and sore.  They’re much better now though, thank you!  I’m feeling just great these days and I’m so ready to finally find my forever family.  I’ve been working really hard with a dedicated group of volunteers to be the best dog I can be.  And as my behavior has improved, so has my outlook on life.  Everything has clicked for me lately and I’m blossoming into an attentive, sweet, happy dog with so much love to give.  If you will be patient and gentle with me, and remember that I’m trying my best to fit in, I will become your best friend for life.  It just takes time with me.

I’m a 48 pound bundle of cuteness.  I’m friendly and loving, but not in a clingy or overly cuddly sort of way.  And I can be independent and even reserved at times, until I get to know you.  I respond really well to positive reinforcement training.  If you praise me and offer me tasty treats when I’m a good girl, I will quickly learn what you expect from me and it will help us bond at the same time.  I already know all sorts of commands that I can’t wait to show you!  Please let me go at my own pace as I get acclimated to my new life with you.  I can’t wait to get to the point where I feel safe and cared for, knowing that I’m home with you forever.

I’m a wonderful exercise partner and I love to get out in the fresh air for a walk or run as often as possible.  I walk well on my leash and try my best not to pull you.  And I’ve recently joined the Wayside Running Program.  I’m consistent and focused and happy as I run. It makes me feel good and so healthy.  I like to stay active, so I hope you like that too.  I’d love to meet the whole family before we all go home together, please.  I’m looking for a home without kids under the age of at least 5, since I startle easily and sometimes I get overly excited when I’m playing with my toys.  And I’d like to be your only animal, please.  I’m not really reactive to other dogs when I’m on my leash, but I don’t want to live with them.  And I don’t get along well with cats or other small, furry animals. Thanks for understanding.

I’m so glad you took the time to read about me.  You make me feel special!  Now I’m ready for a lifetime of special moments, for letting my guard down and learning to relax, for spending the rest of my precious life with you!  Please give me that chance and come to Wayside Waifs to meet me. You can also check out my PAW-SOME video!

Love and tail wags,

Joy Ella

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