Sep 15 2017

An Interview With Candy Brown

In many aspects of shelter operation, we would not be where we are without our volunteers. Our staff members are very thankful for the active roles our volunteers take in caring for the animals in the shelter. We thought it would be nice to showcase one in particular and what she does here that better improves the mission we all have; save as many lives as we can! Let us introduce you to Candy Brown!

This is Candy, with her waif Bert! Bert has been at our shelter collectively a little over a year, so she spends as much time as she can with him! Candy herself has been with us seven, and almost eight years now! She started as a dog socializer, working her way up to working with our behavior dogs. She works primarily with our Peace Academy, which is high-energy dogs, but she also has worked with our Confidence College dogs as well. After that, she worked her way to meet and greets, dog to dogs, and eventually landed where she is today; an adoptions counselor/a member of our rescue team.

Candy is here Wednesday-Sunday when we are open for adoptions, and on Mondays and Tuesdays she works with our behavior dogs. She is here seven days a week, way beyond full-time! We appreciate Candy so much! She is a tad camera shy unless she is with a dog, (as pictured above) but she allowed me to shadow her for some pictures of what she does!

 

 

As pictured above, she goes through the adoption process with people and helps with animals visiting the vet clinic for the last time before they go home! Candy explained to me that she appreciates all the friendships she has made, both with the people she works with and volunteers that socialize dogs. She was working in the ER before she came to Wayside, and she quit her job so she could come here full-time. Talk about dedication! She also brought up that age doesn’t matter at Wayside. “You could be twenty, forty, or sixty, and the level or respect stays the same.”

Candy also brought up a very touching story about the dog Chetana. “This animal is from the ASPCA tri-state dog fighting bust and will need to be screened through the approved adoption process.” That was the note in our system. She was the sole survivor of six fighting dogs. She was worked with over a year here by Candy and a staff member consistently to build her up. While Chetana finally got adopted, she escaped from her new home and was lost for several days. The police notified the owners, who notified Wayside that she was found on the highway, deceased. Candy still gets teary-eyed telling the story, and she memorialized Chetana by getting a tattoo of her and placing a memorial stone at our Pet Memorial Gazebo.

 

After telling me the story, she said “She is the reason why I do what I do, day in and day out.” She also showed me how Chetana is featured on our No More Bullying curriculum.

You can hear the passion in Candy’s voice, and this place is her passion. She is very thankful that she is able to live her dream, and as long as she is physically able, she will continue to do so. Once again, all of us here really appreciate Candy’s dedication to our mission, and we hope she stays with us for a long time! She is very modest, but she is one of the many people that make this organization as great as it can be. Thank you for your service Candy!

You can visit us during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Sep 10 2017

Pet Memorial Day

September 10th marks National Pet Memorial Day, a day in which people honor their pets, both past and present. It is a national holiday, and people gather or contemplate how their animal or animals have changed their lives, and share their stories. In honor of the holiday, we decided to showcase our Pet Memorial Services, and what all they do.

This is Tiffanie, our Pet Memorial Associate. She is solely responsible for this department currently, but she is amazing. She helps clients with the process of finding that perfect resting place for their pets, and manages the upkeep of our cemetery. She kindly took me and our other intern on a tour of her Pet Memorial Services building, and key spots of our cemetery. We just want to give a little snippet of how beautiful and well-kept our facility is.

 

 

Our Facilities department of Livio, Harold, and James keep up our wonderful grounds, and they work together with Tiffanie to help provide a safe and peaceful process during times of sadness. Tiffanie provided me with some interesting facts about our cemetery that I think you will enjoy.

  • We have one monkey buried here named April, back in 1972.
  • We also have two Bearded Dragons, and a couple of “Fire Dogs” that are memorialized by fire hydrants. 
  • As early as 1946, over 12,000 animals have been placed here, whether they are owned animals, or communal. 
  • Fenby Webster was the lead contributor who helped to found Wayside Waifs. She helped found the cemetery in 1946.
  • We named different parts of our cemetery. Top of the World is our oldest part of the cemetery, having dates as far back as 1946. Cedar Shadows is where most of our cremations are. Peaceful Meadows(see arch above) is where our body burials are. We also have a section called Companion Fields, which is for our communal burials and cremations. 
  • We have a wonderful gazebo in the center of Peaceful Meadows, that is a great for a nice resting place for dog walkers, or if you are just gazing upon our beautiful grounds!

There you have it! Tiffanie and our Facilities crew do such a wonderful job, and are here whenever you need them. Consider donating to our Pet Memorial Services team so they can continue to do a wonderful job with upkeep, and providing comfort in time of need! Have a wonderful National Pet Memorial Day, and reflect back on past pets, and make great memories with new ones!

Written by Teryn J.


Sep 8 2017

Lottie: Happy Tails

Being employed with Wayside Waifs is a very rewarding experience, and volunteers have the same feeling. Sometimes you get those special cases with cats or dogs and you cannot help but root for them. Lottie is one of those cases. Pictured above is the day Lottie came in, with a staff member holding her for a picture and then receiving her shots.

Lottie’s intake name was Sassy, I’m assuming because she was very vocal! She was given updated flea, tick, and worm treatments along with appropriate vaccines. They were roughly two or three weeks old at this time. She had five other siblings who were rescued from a hoarding situation. Our vets examined them on intake and noticed they had ulcers on their tongues, meaning they were suspect for Calicivirus.

Calicivirus is a common respiratory disease in cats. If a cats unvaccinated, or living in poorly kept conditions, they are more susceptible to the disease. Lottie’s litter was unvaccinated and leaving in a hoarding situation, so it is no surprise they developed the disease. The infection can occur in a cat at any age, but the most common age for cats is a kitten six weeks or younger. There are vaccines for the prevention of calicivirus, but it hasn’t been proven to protect it from all cats. The symptoms are flu-like, so once you catch those you would take the animal to a vet and get a proper diagnosis, and get antibiotics to treat it.

Lottie and her siblings were placed in our foster care program with veteran foster mom Annie Hughes. Annie has housed several fosters, and her specialty is litters upon litters of kittens. Annie recalls that Lottie’s siblings “were one of the cutest litters I’ve ever fostered. Three calico girls, and three spotted ones. And they were all sweet and cute!”

Here’s one of Lottie on her own!(Or two)

 

After approximately a week of antibiotics, their tongue ulcers were healed and their upper respiratory symptoms were gone. They were placed on one more week’s worth of medicine just to be safe. After they were fully healed, it was time to wait to be of age and weight to be altered and put up for adoption!

As mentioned above, I had worked at Wayside during this time and fell in love with Lottie’s pictures. I spoke to Annie directly and she was very excited that I found a kitten I liked. Normally I was able to withstand the power of cuddly kittens, but she wore me down. She offered to set up a time to come meet the litter and see if she was truly the right fit. After the meeting, it was over. I definitely wanted to adopt her, and I did!

While most of the time she does her own thing, she does like to cuddle every now and then. Our vet is terrified of her and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has two older sisters-a dog Cleo and a cat Sahara. She enjoys playing with Cleo, but Sahara doesn’t necessarily enjoy Lottie. That’s still a work in progress! I can’t imagine life without her, and I know that if it wasn’t for Wayside, Lottie and her siblings would still be in that hoarding situation getting sicker and sicker. I’m happy to report she has a clean bill of health and is enjoying her eventful life so far at a year+ old. Thank you Wayside!

You can find your own buddy at Wayside Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Sep 6 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Marcus, Caz, and Merida!

**Marcus is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. And be sure to check out his video!  To watch, scroll through his pictures and click on the video link.  Thanks!**

This is Marcus, a handsome five month old domestic medium hair kitten. At first, he can be a little shy, but if you give him time to get to know you, he will be an incredible friend and companion. He first came to Wayside as a stray from Belton, when he was just a few weeks old. He was very thin, and practically covered in ticks from head to toe. We treated him, but he was so scared from being alone for the majority of his life, that he was kind of secluded from potential adopters. His foster mom Annie decided he needed a break from the shelter, and needed to experience what having a home is like. She says he is a perfect house guest. He’s not a picky eater, and a pleasure to be around. It took him a few days to come around, and he still gets startled by loud noises, but he has enjoyed the company of his foster mom, and other animals. He does enjoy playing with his toys, and cuddling up on foster mom’s lap. He lives with two other cats in the home, and they get along fantastically. They have taught him how to play and how to go about his cat business. He would love to go home with another cat! He has also lived with an older dog, and just ignored him. Marcus is a sweet boy, and just needs an understanding owner that will give him the time he needs to adjust and come out of his shell. Does that sound like you?

You can learn more about Marcus here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

Meet Caz, a dashing four year old American Bulldog mix. He was originally brought to Wayside after his last shelter ran out of space for him. It’s okay though! He has enjoyed his time here, and has made lots of new friends! Caz is known as being a big, lovable, goofball. He LOVES toys, especially squeaky toys. He loves playing with people, but also can entertain himself. He does well on his leash, and he does great on walks. He loves learning new things, so he will enjoy basic obedience training. Caz is a sweet guy, and looks forward to meeting you!

Learn more about Caz here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if one of those Egyptian cat statues came to life? Introducing the stunning four year old domestic shorthair Merida! Merida came to Wayside with her litter of kittens from her previous shelter that no longer had room for them. She was a great mom, and her children have all found homes, but it is Merida’s turn now! She is a sweet girl, but will give a warning nip if she is getting overstimulated. For that reason, she will do best with a cat-savvy adopter who understands cat communication. When we tested her Felinality, it was revealed that she is a Sidekick. She is moderately brave in new situations and likes being your companion. She is not overtly clingy though, she can entertain herself as well. Are you looking to add beauty, grace, elegance and love to your life? Please come to Wayside and ask for Merida!

Learn more about Merida here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

You can meet our Waifs of the Week, and all adoptable Waifs, during our adoption hours! We have a special this week, Wednesday through Sunday, with $25 cat/kitten adoptions and $50 dog adoptions(over 1 year old). 

Adoption Hours:

 

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Sep 1 2017

Falling for Fall

In less than a month, it will be Fall! Everyone looks forward to cooler weather, pretty scenery, and themed drinks. Our animals can enjoy the season as well, but there are certain things to watch out for. The following are tips on how to prepare for the season, which this year, is September 22 2017-December 21 2017.

1. Watch out for ticks.

Even though ticks are prevalent in the summer, they still are very active in the fall. If you do spot a tick, it is important to be careful when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol and pluck the parasite with tweezers, and make sure you’ve gotten the entire tick-leaving no parts behind.

2. Beware of rat poison, antifreeze, and other chemicals.

Ingesting antifreeze is lethal. Unfortunately both cats and dogs have been known to lick this up if any spills are is out and within reach. Make sure to check your car for leaks and make sure all bottles are stored far away from your pets. Be careful when it comes to mouse traps and rodenticides like rat and mouse poison. Direct ingestion can be deadly. If your pet does ingest any chemical, seek emergency care immediately. 

3. Watch out for mushrooms.

In some regions of the country, fall is just as wet as spring. That means more mushrooms will pop up in your yard depending on where you are. While most mushrooms are perfectly safe, there’s a small percentage that are highly toxic to our furry friends (and to us!). If you think your pet has ingested a mushroom, contact your vet immediately.

4. Let them grow out their fur coat.

If you have a dog that you shave during the summer, let him or her start growing their coat back in the fall. Just like you need your Fall/Winter coat they’ll needs theirs too. You can continue to groom them, but only for a trim and not a full-on haircut. You wouldn’t want them to get super cold outside!

5. Get your holiday plans in order.

As the holidays approach, most of us will get busier and possibly have to travel. Take time out and plan ahead so you can make the holidays easier on your pets. If you have a pet that has special needs or is wary of new people, be sure to tell your guests about your pet before they come over. Make sure your pets can’t escape through the main entrance of your home. This is especially important if you plan on having several guests in and out of the house this holiday season. It may be worth investing in a baby gate or creating some kind of barrier between the door and your pet. Especially if you have pet that’s known for bolting. If you are leaving out of town and will be boarding your pets, call months in advance as most vets and boarding places get booked up.

6. Be careful with holiday treats and decorations.

Aside from known hazards such as chocolate, cooked bones, raw bread dough, many fruits and vegetables can also be life threatening to pets. Many shiney new decorations look like really fun toys to your pets. Make sure decorations are out of reach because many of them contain toxic metals and can become choking hazards.
7. Keep school supplies out of reach.
Fall is back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. Although these items are considered not lethal to pets, their stomach might develop a blockage if ingested. Be sure your children keep their school supplies out of your pet’s reach.
8. Watch out for wildlife.
Autumn is the season when snakes are preparing for hibernation, increasing the possibility of bites to those unlucky pets who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet parents should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be lurking in their environment—and where those snakes are most likely to be found—so pets can be kept out of those areas.
These are just some of the many things you can watch out for during the fall season, but hopefully these helped you! You can always visit our campus during our adoption hours.
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

 


Aug 30 2017

Waif Wednesday

Our thoughts are with the victims of Hurricane Harvey, both humans and animals! With that being said, please welcome our Waifs of the Week; Ying Yang, Carter, and Shelby.

This is Ying Yang, a stunning four-year-old Border Collie mix. He was transferred to Wayside when his previous shelter ran out of space for him. He’s okay with that, as he is happy to be here! He was adopted out from us, but returned as he was not the right fit for the family. They did provide some good information, such as he liked the dogs in the home! We still ask that you bring your dog in to meet him, to make sure they are compatible. He also needs and active home, as he is go go go! Because of his energy, he’ll do best in a home without children under the age of five, as he doesn’t want to accidentally hurt someone. He’s a smart, energetic guy who loves to learn and play. He’s food motivated, so present him with yummy treats and he is ready to learn the ropes. If you’re looking for a smart, confident guy who loves being with you, then look no further! Stop what you’re doing and come meet Ying Yang today. You won’t regret it!

Learn more about Ying Yang here. Ying Yang has a video, which you can view here.

Meet Carter, a handsome two-year-old Domestic Shorthair mix. Notice that cute black spot on his pink nose! Carter originally came to Wayside as a stray. He is pleased to be here, as he has a room and plenty of snuggles! He LOVES being pet, especially on the cheeks and around the ears. He makes great paw biscuits too. Like a lot of cats who lived on the streets, he has tested positive for FIV. It’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. It just means he needs an indoors-only lifestyle, good food and regular veterinary care–things a good adopter would give any cat, right? His Felinality assessment revealed that he is a Leader of the Band, meaning he is a confident boy! Doesn’t he sound amazing? See for yourself!

Learn more about Carter here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Shelby, a gorgeous four-year-old Shepard mix. She was brought to Wayside after her last shelter ran out of space for her. She’s okay with that though, because she is ready to settle into her forever home! Shelby can be timid at first, as she wants to get to know you first. She can get very nervous around little kids, so she politely asks that she go to a home without children under the age of five. She takes a bit to really warm up and sometimes small children don’t understand that. She also needs to be the only dog in the home, just so she can be your main focus! She is very smart, as she already knows the commands sit, down, come, shake, and stay! She is food motivated, so give her some yummy treats and she will learn even more with you. She does very well on walks, and enjoys them too! While she does prefer a calm, quiet home, she is crate trained and housebroken, which is a bonus! Doesn’t Shelby sound awesome? Come meet her today!

Learn more about Shelby here.

You can meet our Waifs of the Week and all of our adoptable friends during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Aug 25 2017

Top Dog Classic With Drew Butera

This past Sunday was our Top Dog Classic with Drew Butera, one of the best back-up/starting catchers in Major League Baseball. Drew has always had a passion for animals, so he wanted to partner with Top Golf and Wayside Waifs to create a fun charity opportunity. What stood out was people would purchase a ticket and be assigned a local celebrity, and it could’ve been a present or past player. The night was filled with fun, good conversation, and it all went towards a good cause.

Butera has always loved animals, and has helped Wayside Waifs early on during his time here in Kansas City. He visited our facility, and has said great things about the work we do with our animals. During the Royals FanFest, Butera visited our booth daily to visit some of the dogs and puppies present, and to raise awareness for homeless animals. He also enjoys the sport of golf, so he decided to combine the two with a charity event he always wanted.

Here is our promo video we did.

Confirmed Celebrities included: Drew Butera, Danny Duffy, Travis Wood, Ian Kennedy, Nate Karns, Peter Moylan, Jason Hammel, Chris Young, Matt Strahm, Alex Gordon, Rusty Kuntz, Don Wakamatsu, Pedro Grifol, Dale Sveum, Mirke Jirschele, Doug Henry, Whit Merrifield and Seth Maness. What is really nice is that it seems the whole team wanted to support Drew and Wayside Waifs. It speaks volumes on how great the Kansas City Royals are, whether it be on the field or off.

Sunday night was our big night! The event was from seven p.m. to ten p.m. and it was a blast! Our guests had the opportunity to play golf with a local celebrities, and they had a chance to socialize with them and take photos. We also had raffles for prizes, including a cooking experience at Williams Sonoma, a Tivol diamond necklace, a signed Clayton Kershaw jersey and Mike Trout’s autographed cleats. Wow! We also had puppies on site during the event and they received plenty of love and attention!

Puppies pictured are Badger(Terrier Mix), and Trolley(Retriever Mix)

Drew Butera, Peter Moylan, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and Alex Gordon were among several players who couldn’t resist  posing with a puppy!

 

 

 

All of the puppies at the event are available for adoption now, but several people at the event called our facility in hopes of being the first ones ready to adopt! We appreciated the support and kindness from everyone at TopGolf, the Kansas City Royals, and the Murphy-Hoffman Company. The players were very gracious and took pictures and signed things for people throughout the night, never batting an eye or losing their smile. Everyone from Kansas City should be proud to know how gracious our team is! Most importantly, we raised awareness for our organization and our animals, which is what Drew wanted as well. Here are some extra cute pictures just for your viewing pleasure!

Here our team is setting up the bays and getting ready hours before the event!

Whit Merrifield can’t resist the cuteness of Badger!

Our foster coordinator Morgan cuddling with Sammy, a favorite at the event!

Jason Vargas stopped by to pose with Badger!

Nate Karns enjoys some cuddles from Badger.

And for you loyal blog readers, I’m posting my selfie I took with Moose and Egg, just so you can see pictures of Egg cuddling up!

Overall, it was a lovely event with lovely people, and Wayside Waifs and Drew raised money for homeless animals, and that is the most important thing to take away from this!

 

You can visit us during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

 


Aug 23 2017

Waif Wednesday

Better weather is upon us! To make up for the torrential downpour, please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Dahlia, Simba, and Charlie!

This is Dahlia, a beautiful one-year-old Mastiff mix. She was brought to Wayside as a stray, and she is very excited to find her forever home! She’s a big, friendly girl who’s looking for a home where she can be the only furry friend. She’s very smart, and is excited to learn and try new things with you! She already knows the commands sit, down, and come. Dahlia is food and praise motivated, meaning if you present her a yummy treat, or just tell her she’s a good girl, she is ready to continue learning and growing! Since she is a tall, curvy girl, she will walk best on an easy walk harness, but she does well on walks. She may be statuesque, but the love she gives is equally as big. If Dahlia seems like the one for you, come to Wayside and meet her!

Learn more about Dahlia here.

Meet Simba, a handsome three-year-old domestic shorthair mix. He has beautiful orange and white markings, including a cute patch of orange near his mouth. He has the pinkest nose ever, and wonderful golden eyes and a fantastic purr. Simba was originally at Wayside three years ago and was adopted out as a kitten, but recently his owners had to move and couldn’t take him with them. But it’s okay. He appreciates that they brought him back here, where he knows he will find his peeps. In his previous home, he lived with calm, older children and did well with them. He is shy, so he’ll do best in a home with children over the age of seven. His previous people said he’s very playful and love toys. They said he “interacts with humans in a loving way” and he “likes to greet you in the morning before doing anything else.” As long as you go slow with him, he will open up and show the love! That makes sense, because his Felinelity is Secret Admirer. Those Secret Admirers tend to be a little shy and timid in new situations, but they love and need people very much. Simba’s a great cat, come meet him today!

Learn more about Simba here. Simba also has a video, which you can view here.

Here’s Charlie, a dashing two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. Charlie was brought to Wayside as a stray, and his owners never came to pick him up. That’s OK, though. He is ready to find his true forever home, potentially with you! He’s a very sweet boy, who is very affectionate and loving. Because of his past, Charlie is rather shy and unsure of his surroundings, so he needs a special family that will understand his needs. Once he has time to get to know you, you’ll meet one of the nicest dogs! He is very motivated to learn new things, and he is toy and praise motivated. That means if you associate training with compliments and toys, he will be a happy boy! He has been around dogs and enjoyed their company, so if you have a dog, he asks that your bring them in to make sure they go together well. Another dog would help him learn confidence. He is a big, strong boy, so he asks that he goes home without children under the age of five. He has a lot of energy and doesn’t want to accidentally hurt someone! Charlie is here ready for a new life, and it could be with you!

Learn more about Charlie here. He also has a video, which you can see here.

You can meet our Waifs of the Week and all of our adoptable pets during our adoption hours:

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

 


Aug 18 2017

Buster and Nugget: Long-Term Residents

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 I try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Dutch, and I have some good news. Dutch has found his forever home this past weekend. He’ll have his best friend Stew with him, and they have two acres to play on! Without further ado, please welcome August’s long-termers; Buster and Nugget!

This is Buster, and he is a three-year-old Australian Cattle dog mix. Buster came here in January from Louisiana SPCA, as they were running out of room. The SPCA is really good about providing medical treatments and vaccines before animals are transferred and Buster was one of those animals that had everything ready! When he had his behavior assessment done, we noticed he was very food motivated, and very eager about treats. He needed to work on impulse control because he would jump and try to latch onto your hand for those treats.

What was holding Buster back was his impulse control. He was a moderate puller on walks, but he is a very playful boy. He’s very confident and does seek out attention, but will happily play by himself as well. He gives affection with an open mouth, but not mouthy behavior necessarily. Once he was taught restraint, he did not fight it as much. Buster met a medium sized dog and was very excited at first, but went on to do his own thing. Our behavior team found that what he really needs work on is his energy.

“Must meet all family members, including dogs, before going home. He is a high energy guy and will need an active household that will give him plenty of mental stimulation and exercise. If left to get bored he may be destructive, so actually training him how to use his crate will be important. Recommend no kids under 5 due to his energy, strength and herding instincts.” Our behavior team member Taya put these notes in so volunteers could properly work with Buster.

He was then placed in our Waif Runners program, which is a wonderful group of volunteers who take our energetic dogs out for runs and see how they do. Buster was a little crazy at first, but he turned into an excellent running dog, and it helped him learn impulse control. In April, Buster got adopted, but was returned a few days later because he went after the cats in the home. Our Behavior Team member Ben put him on a cat restriction.

“NO CATS – Buster was returned for going after cats in the home. Buster is House Trained. He knows Sit, Down, and Come. He is motivated by Food and Toys. Buster is a higher-energy dog and would benefit from Basic Obedience, Mentally Stimulating Games, and Agility/Extra Exercise. Potential adopters should be prepared to provide Buster with the outlets he will need to be happy in the home.” Buster also had a couple of bite holds, mostly from getting overstimulated and not knowing what to redirect on.

What seems to be holding him back is his energy and impulse control issues. Personally, I think he’s a really sweet boy who needs constant reminders and training that it’s okay to just relax. He’ll be a great walking/running partner for someone. He must meet kids and dogs before going home. He is a very active boy and will need an equally active home where he will get regular exercise and play time. He can be mouthy and excitable so will need a home with no kids five and under, and recommend no kids under ten. He is a rough player with other dogs, and will need dog friends that will either tolerate his play or give appropriate corrections. He needs a home with no cats, he was returned for terrorizing the cats in the home. He is smart and eager to learn new things. He will benefit from basic obedience training as well as mentally stimulating games to keep his mind pre-occupied. His previous owners said that he is house trained. He is food and toy motivated, and knows sit, down and come. He is strong and chokes himself when walking, so will need to go home on an easy walk harness. He has a tendency to be independent, so adopters will need to be dog savvy and have some basic understanding of the Cattle Dog breed.

Will you take a chance on this sweet boy? I’ll let him tell you a little bit about himself as well.

**I’m eligible for a Slumber Paw-ty! Please see “Slumber Paw-ty Program” page under the “Adopt” tab for more details. Thanks!**

“Hi, I’m Buster! I’m an adorable, Australian Cattle dog mix who’s looking for my fur-ever home. My last shelter brought me here when they ran out of space for me so that I would have a chance to find my peeps. I’m so excited to fall in love and spend the rest of my life with those people. Maybe it’s you! I’m a friendly guy who will do well in a home with children over 5 or other furry friends and would love to meet the family before heading home! I’ll do awesome in an active household because I don’t like to be bored. We’ll have so much fun playing together, though! I also like to get my energy out by taking long walks and do pretty well on my leash.  I’m also a good running partner. I’m a confident guy who loves attention, but I don’t mind playing by myself sometimes, too. I’m very affectionate and will make sure you know just how much I love being yours. I hope you’ll come by soon so I can show you all I have to offer!”

You can watch his video here.

This is Nugget, a one-year-old male tuxedo cat. Nugget came from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa back in April because they were running out of space. Once again, this animal rescue organization did treatments, tests, and vaccines for Nugget so he would be ready to go when he gets to Wayside. He was quickly adopted out within the next week, but was returned because of litter box issues. The cat in his previous home was antagonizing him, and the adopter believe he was missing the box out of fear of upsetting the resident cat.

Since he had been returned, Nugget exhibited the same stress he did in the home. He started having bathroom issues due to being stressed from the resident cat and then being back in the shelter. He was put on medication to hopefully help his bowel movements, and it still persisted. He went back to using his litter box, but the stress went on to cause more issues. During all this time, volunteers were socializing with him to help appease his anxiety.

“Nugget is super affectionate! He loves head, cheek and chest scratching. He just melts into a head scratch. He doesn’t like petting from halfway down his body however. Pleanty of eye contact and some blinking, not a lot. He enjoyed the fluffy wand and only got an attitude when I was leaving. Put a large towel o the floor in the Felineality room. Nugget never left my side and didn’t get off the towel. Enjoyed petting, sitting on my lap. Had lots of fun with the wand. Ate treats from my hand. Think he really enjoyed the time out of his kennel. Wanted attention. Head butted and rubbed. Very sweet and like to talk.” Volunteer Marilyn Ray provided great notes that help out the staff.

When mid-June rolled around, Nugget was sent to foster in Maura Landers’ home. Maura has fostered some of our toughest and most heartbreaking cases, so she was the perfect foster mom for Nugget. He was put on a special grain-free food that helped out his bathroom issues immensely. He started using the litter box daily with zero accidents, and had normal looking bowel movements. What’s also great about foster homes is that they can find out great information for us about how the animal is in the home.

“If we want to be super safe, he could have a no child under 3 or 5. He is super sweet but when he plays hard, it can take him awhile to mellow out. I could go ether way on this, so it’s whatever you think is best. The best food so far is the grain-free but I have started mixing it with regular food. He is super playful, but loves to cuddle. In fact, a few times a day he requires cuddling. He will reach up your leg with his paws until you stop to pick him up. He enjoys being carried around – not something all cats enjoy. He is very talkative when he wants your attention. He is naughty about trying to steal people food, but we are working on that. 🙂 he is a busy and fun kitty!” Maura finds out the best of every cat!

Nugget is a very friendly, social cat. He solicits attention from his people, and would do best with a family that has time everyday to cuddle/pet him. He does need a home without other cats due to how much he bullies other cats, and how stressed he seems to be around other cats. He could have a few accidents in a new environment. I recommend his new adopters keep him in his own room for at least a week until he’s consistently using his litterbox before letting him out of his room. He’d likely do best in a home without kids under 5 years old, since he’s easily stressed and kids make a lot of noise.

Really, Nugget is not exposed as much on campus because he is available from foster, so people have to call our adoptions department and set up a meeting. He is a sweet boy who just gets a little stressed out at times. He is ready for that permanent forever home and he has been very patient.

I’ll let Nugget give his life story and information on how to meet him. He’s a sweet boy-don’t miss out!

**Nugget is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

“I’m so pleased to make your acquaintance, allow me to introduce myself! My name is Nugget! I am quite a gentlemanly cat, as I’m sure you can see from my headshots provided by the shelter staff and volunteers. Nature gifted me to be perfectly well dressed with a permanent tuxedo, graceful white whiskers, and sparkling green eyes. I know you’ll notice how Handsome I am right away, but I hope after reading my short biography you’ll see I’m more than just my dashing looks. I originally came to Wayside in a transfer from another organization located in Iowa. Moving so far was absolutely terrifying. Making new friends in a new city is always hard, but I quickly charmed the new staff and volunteers at Wayside. They adored my tuxedo, the way I asked to be held in their arms, and the way I cuddled in their laps when they had spare time. Unfortunately, the longer I stayed in the shelter the more stressed I became. I did my best to remain strong for my new friends, but they could tell I was not doing well in my kennel all on my own. That’s when my guardian angel came to rescue me, my wonderful foster mom! She scooped me up in her loving arms and took me to her home so I could have a much needed vacation until I find my very own home. She and my foster dad have shown me what it is to be loved, cherished, and adored, and they’ve assured me that I will find my own home soon. My foster parents say I’m a lovely kitty. They love how much I adore being held around the house, and how cuddly I am. They said my new family MUST want a cuddly cat, because I demand so many cuddles during the day. They think it’s so funny how much I love cardboard boxes, so much so that they’ve even given me my own cardboard box to snooze in when we’re all hanging out together. I enjoy playing with toys, watching the world go by outside my window in my room, and chatting with them about their days when they come home from work. There are a few things you should know though. I need a home without other cats. I love my people SO much that I simply can’t stand to share them. Don’t worry though, I’ll make sure to give you all the love you need! Also, when I’m stressed I tend to have some loose stool issues. My foster mom says this has gotten better with a grain-free food, so I’d really prefer to be fed grain free in my new home. My tummy will be very thankful for this. All in all, if you’re looking for a charming, cuddly, lap cat, I’m your guy! I really hope you enjoyed reading about me. I’m so ready to meet you. Please know that I already love you so so much. I can’t wait for the days where it’s part of my routine to snuggle on your lap, or chat with you in my cardboard box about your day at work. I can’t wait to curl up to you in bed while you watch the evening news while we close out the day. And, most of all, I can’t wait to be your very best friend. Whisker Kisses & Purrs – Nugget”

You can also view Nugget’s video here.

You can meet Buster, Nugget, and all of our wonderful waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Aug 16 2017

Waif Wednesday

Thank you all for the wonderful support we had over the weekend of Mega Match. A grand total of 724 shelter pets found forever homes during the event presented by the Petco Foundation! This collaborative life-saving event with Wayside Waifs, KC Pet Project and Great Plains SPCA offered $35 pet adoptions this past weekend. Congratulations to all of the new families and furry friends – be sure to keep us updated on your life adventures together! Tail wags and purrs to the all of the staff, volunteer and supporters who worked tirelessly during this mega adoption event!

Back to business! It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Jack and Jill, Nugget, and Charlie.

This is Jack and Jill, a bonded pair of senior boxers. Jack is ten and Jill is six. They are looking for a place to call home. They were found wandering the streets of Belton until a nice police officer brought them to Wayside. They were very happy, because they knew they would find the best match here! If you are looking for big dogs with big hearts, I can’t think of a better duo. They are both calm and gentle souls who do very well on leash. They are the snuggle champions, and that’s their favorite thing to do! They want a calm, quiet home they can retire in. What more could you possibly need?! They are a dynamic duo with the sweetest souls around. Come down to Wayside and see if they are the right fit for you!

Learn more about Jack here and Jill here. They also have a video, which you can view here.

**Nugget is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This dashing young man is Nugget, and he is a one-year old old cat. He is a tuxedo cat, which means he is always ready for a formal outing with you!  Nugget was transferred here from Iowa after his shelter ran out of space. Making new friends in a new city is always hard, but he quickly charmed the new staff and volunteers at Wayside. Nugget became a favorite because of those paw-some cuddles he gives! Unfortunately, the longer he stayed in the shelter the more stressed he became. The staff and volunteers noticed he was slowly getting worse. That’s when his guardian angel came to rescue him, his wonderful foster mom! Nugget is enjoying a much needed break from the shelter, and getting all the cuddles he wants! His foster parents are showing him what it means to be loved. One of his best attributes is that he loves being carried around the house. Cuddling is a must, so his new family needs to be prepared for that! Some of his favorite things to do are play in cardboard boxes, watch the world outside, and talk to his foster family. There are a few things you should know though. He is not a fan of sharing, so he would like to be the only cat in the home. When he gets stressed, he has some loose stools, and grain-free seems to have helped him, so his diet should consist of grain-free food and treats. His tummy will be very thankful for this. If you are looking for a snuggle bug who wants attention like no other, contact the Adoptions team to get in touch with Mr. Nugget!

You can learn more about Nugget here. Nugget also has a video, which you can see here.

**Charlie is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This is Charlie, a two-year-old male Shepard mix. Charlie has unfortunately lived in a shelter his entire life.  So living in a real home with people that love him is all new to him. He is unsure and scared of a few things, and he sometimes prefers the company of dogs over people. So he realizes he’s not the dog for just anyone. He knows someone is out there waiting for him! He’s already housebroken and crate trained as well! He was transferred to Wayside after two years in another shelter. The people that had been caring for him loved him very much and they were sad to see him go to yet another shelter. But they knew that this was his chance to finally find his forever home. He’s been doing a great job learning how to fit in. Because of his nervousness, Charlie was sent to foster, which ended up being the best thing for him. His foster mom has prepared him for a home life instead of a shelter life. His foster mom is very patient with him, and sometimes he feels confused as to if he should give the love back. He does really well with being praised and receiving treats, so he has grown accustomed to that. He’s the perfect houseguest, as he is calm and quiet when someone is and isn’t home. When he has visitors, he barks at them for a bit and then runs and hides.  Maybe someday he’ll be ready to meet new people, but for now, Foster Mom doesn’t pressure him to do things he’s not ready for.  He’s learning how to walk on leash and he really enjoys going for walks. We’re still learning that someone is holding the end of the leash and he is not just free walking! He enjoys his fenced-in backyard, as he will run and play, but he also enjoys laying in the grass after a play session. Charlie’s ideal home is a calm and quiet one. There are other dogs in the home and he adores them! They have brought him so much confidence! He definitely needs a dog in the new home.  He would love a fenced-in yard, so no apartments for this guy! His story is very touching, and he deserves a wonderful first and final home. Could that be with you?

You can read more about Charlie here.

You can visit all of our adoptable pets, including our Waifs of the Week during our adoption hours:

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


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