Sep 20 2018

Long-Term Residents

For those of you who are not quite sure what a long-term resident is, it is an animal who has been in our shelter for 30 days or longer patiently waiting to meet their forever families. We are glad to say that our last edition of long-term residents, Charlie and Ryland, are incredibly happy in their new homes! This month, we have quite a few animals who have well surpassed the 30 day mark and are still dreaming of their future families to come sweep them off of their feet. It is our mission to find all of these amazing animals a place they can finally call home next to the people they love.

Our long-term residents this week are Budrow, Noelle, Cora, Mattie, and the bonded pair of rabbits, Spike and Spot!

 

Meet this handsome fellow named Budrow. He is almost 2-years-old and has the goofiest personality once he warms up to you! He is a fun dog who loves to play, but more importantly, he is ready to give you all of his unconditional love! He cannot wait to finally meet his forever family!

Learn more about Budrow here.

 

Meet this beautiful baby named Noelle. She is 10-years-old but still has plenty of life to live and love to give! This playful girl absolutely loves to be outside and explore all that life has to offer her. She is ready to find that special someone(s) to cuddle up next to when she’s done playing and give them the sweetest kisses!

Learn more about Noelle here.

 

Meet this green-eyed beauty named Cora. She is a 1-year-old independent cuddle bug once she gets comfortable and likes to be the one to initiate affection. If she’s not on your lap, she will be either right by your side, looking out the window, or partying with all of her favorite toys! This social kitty is ready to find her permanent home!

Learn more about Cora here.

 

Meet this confident cutie named Mattie. She is almost 5 years old and full of adventure and spunk! She loves to play and be the leader of the band, but is still the best at giving and receiving affection! She is more than ready to find her purrfect match.

Learn more about Mattie here.

 

 

Meet this bonded pair of spunky bunnies: Spike and Spot! This adorable pair of rabbits needs to be adopted together, so if you are looking for double the fun and double the cuddles, these are your guys! They are ready to hop into their family’s life and stay there!

Learn more about Spike and Spot on our website.

 

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

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

Written by Cierra H.


Sep 19 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please meet our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Jackson, Opal, and Jesse! These three are more than ready to meet their furever families!

Hey everyone! I’m Jackson!

I’m a big, happy lab/pittie mix looking for my people. I came to Wayside from another shelter down in Clinton. This place is fine, but I’d rather be hanging out with my permanent crew!

I’m just a good buddy trying to find my place in the world. I would make such a great family dog. I’m a big guy (about 70 pounds) and while I could use some training, I’m not hard to handle.  I’m easy to walk. I think kids are fun. Toys are a blast. Fetch is the best! I like other dogs and I’m just an all-around easy going reasonable guy. Never mind my handsome looks.

I look forward to meeting you at Wayside! Ask for me when you get here. I’d love to be your dog.

High five, Jackson

 

Hi I’m Opal, get it? Cuz I’m pretty like a gem! What’s your name?

I’m a pretty 1 year old calico with one of the cutest noses you’ve ever seen and gorgeous eyes. I’m very level-headed but I’ll be your secret admirer, give me little time and I’ll shower you with purrs, head-butts and plenty of lap time! In the meantime you may not see me a whole lot but I’m always thinking of you. In my previous home I lived with other cats, and did well.

Want to know more? Wayside’s wonderful adoption counselors can give you lots of good information about me! Or if it sounds like we’ll be best pals you should come in and meet me!

Love, Opal

 

Hey there, I’m Jesse!

I was once alone, out roaming the streets, but then some nice people found me and brought me to Wayside.  I am a happy gal here, they are so friendly and made me very comfortable while I wait for my forever hero.

I have beautiful markings on my fur, stunning eyes that will melt your heart and a personality to match.  I am 60 pounds of awesomeness.  I enjoy people petting me, talking nice walks with my harness so I focus well on my handler.

If you happen to have some of those things called tennis balls, I REALLY love those a lot!!  I hope you can throw some for me out in OUR backyard.  I would also enjoy learning more commands!  I already know the SIT one, but am ready to learn many more things.

If I sound like a great match, please come meet me.  Bring the whole family, canines too, so we can make sure we all get along well.

I will be here waiting for you with wagging tail and pretty smile!

Love, Jesse

 

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

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

 


Sep 13 2018

National Peanut Day

What a better way to start off National Peanut Day than to whip up some tasty peanut butter treats in the kitchen for our furry, four-legged friends! I don’t know about you, but my dog is the biggest peanut butter fanatic, and surprisingly my cat doesn’t turn it away either. Whether it is straight out of the jar or baked inside of a delicious treat, they are sure to sniff it out and inhale it in one bite.

Besides its irresistible taste to canines, peanut butter is healthy and safe for your pets to eat. It contains healthy fats, vitamin B and E, and niacin, and is also an excellent source of protein according to akc.org. They say the unsalted peanut butter is the healthiest option for dogs. You do however want to make sure it does NOT contain xylitol, which is a sugar substitute found in some peanut butter that is extremely toxic to dogs.

Make sure to give peanut butter to your pets in moderation because we would not want them to get too overweight. But, of course, every good dog deserves a nice treat!

Here are some recipes that your pets will be sure to love!

 

Yogurt Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Dog Treats

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Yield: 30 servings

 

Ingredients:

32 oz. plain yogurt

3 tbsp. peanut butter

1 large banana

1 tbsp. honey

 

Instructions:

1. Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until creamy.

2. Pour mixture into a silicone mold or an ice cube tray.

3. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

4. Pop out of molds and serve to your furry friend. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in freezer.

For more information about the recipe, click here.

 

Apple Peanut Butter Dog-nuts

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 servings

 

Ingredients:

Dognut

3 tbsp. vegetable oil

½ cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp. honey

1 tsp. baking powder

2 cups whole wheat flour

 

Drizzle

2 tbsp smooth peanut butter

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. The donuts will stick slightly but can be removed with a skewer. If you don’t want to mess with that, lightly flour the donut pan with the whole wheat flour. Tap off any excess. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add in the vegetable oil, peanut butter, apple sauce and honey. Stir with a spatula until the peanut butter is incorporated. It will look slightly broken because of all of the applesauce.

3. Add in the whole wheat flour and baking powder and stir until combined.

4. Place the batter into a disposable piping bag or large storage bag. Cut the tip or corner of the bag.

5. Pipe the batter into the donut pans. Don’t overfill your pans.

6. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes or until done. The edges will be slightly golden and the donuts will feel firm when you press down on them.

7. Remove from the oven and place them on a paper towel. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

8. Let cool completely and prepare your peanut butter drizzle using the next two instructions.

9. Place the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in a sandwich bag and microwave for 20 seconds. This will slightly soften the peanut butter so it’s easier to pipe. Cut a very small hole into the sandwich bag.

10. Move your hand back and forth over top of each dognut using even pressure. Remove any extra peanut butter hanging in the center of your dognut with the skewer or your finger will work too. The drizzle will not harden, so it can be a little messy depending on how you store them.

For more information about this recipe, click here.

 

Pumpkin Peanut Butter No-Bake Dog Balls

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 0

Yield: 30 servings

 

Ingredients:

½ cup peanut butter, natural organic

1 cup pumpkin, organic (no pie filling)

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 tbsp. honey

2 ½ cups oats

 

Instructions:

1. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet; set aside.

2. In a bowl, add peanut butter, pumpkin, cinnamon, and honey; mix until incorporated. Add the oats; mix well. If the consistency seems too wet, add a pinch more oats.

3. Grab a chunk of the batter and roll into balls (golf ball size) and place on prepared baking sheet. Do the same until no more batter remains.

4. Place the baking sheet in the fridge to let the balls harden a bit, then store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks or place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

For more information about this recipe, click here.

If you are looking for that special little one to spoil, please visit us at Wayside Waifs during our adoption hours!

* Monday: CLOSED

* Tuesday: Noon-8pm

* Wednesday: Noon-8pm

* Thursday: Noon-8pm

* Friday: Noon-8pm

* Saturday: 10am-5pm

* Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Cierra H.


Sep 12 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please take a moment to let us introduce to you our Waifs of the Week! Baron, Coconut, and Noelle are patiently waiting to be united with their forever families!

 

Hi there!  I am Baron, a 2-year-old happy-go-lucky pup who is more than excited to find my forever home! As you can tell, I am all smiles with charming brown eyes. If they haven’t stolen your heart yet through my picture, just wait until you come meet me in person!

I came to Wayside because my last shelter did not have enough room for us all. That did not discourage me because I know being here will connect me with the family of my dreams…you!

I am super friendly and will greet you with lots of love! I am very smart, too! I already know sit, down, and shake. I would love for us to continue working together to help me learn more things once we set out on our own!

I am a very cheerful and optimistic dog, and with this, I don’t want to let a minute pass without living life to the fullest. I have a lot of energy. I love to go on walks and runs and play like no one is watching! But because I am so energetic, I wouldn’t want to accidentally hurt any children under 5, so I would do best in a home with no kids.

I hope we have the same outlook on life—optimistic, active, and fun! If so, I am sure I would fit in your family perfectly! I am so looking forward to meeting you. Please come visit me, so we can begin making fun memories together! Bring the rest of the family, including other dogs, too!

Love, Baron

 

Thanks for reading about me! My name is Coconut. I’m a gorgeous, dark-colored tortoiseshell kitty. They call torties like me, with lots of dark brown and black in my fur, chocolate torties. It’s a perfect description of me, because I am very sweet. I have large, soulful green eyes that you’ll never get tired of gazing into, I hope!

Here at Wayside, I have become known as a sweet, affectionate cat who enjoys attention and being petted. I will reward your efforts with some soft, gentle headbutts. I also enjoy snuggling up in a nice lap. So if you have one of those, that would be great!

I have a cute little meow and enjoy talking sometimes, but I love to listen, too. I also love to play. What’s my favorite toy? A feather wand! I sure hope my new people will play with me!

Do I sound like the girl for you?

Love, Coconut

 

Hi I’m Noelle!

Yeah, I know I’m no spring chicken, but I’ve still got plenty of life to live and lots of love to give! My eyes may not see as well as they used to, but they still sparkle and shine, and I’ve got a beautiful smile to match. And I don’t just walk, I prance! I just love being outside and going on walks to explore the big wide world.

And who says older dogs aren’t playful? I am enamored with toys and like to toss them in the air and play a little game of fetch with myself. When I’m done with that, I want to snuggle up close and give lots of cuddles and kisses and then maybe take a nap on a nice fluffy dog bed.

How’s does that sound? Do you think you might be the one who can give me the love I’m longing for? Please come meet me soon.

Check out my video on our website!

Hugs and kisses, Noelle

 

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

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

Sep 4 2018

National Piano Month

You may not know that September is National Piano Month. Either way, you may be wondering what pianos have to do with your dog(s)! What if I told you pianos have the power to help calm down your pet when they are experiencing fear or when something triggers their anxiety?

Whether they are staying in a kennel, have a fear of thunderstorms or fireworks, suffer from separation anxiety, or simply have too much commotion going on around them, all you have to do is put on our good ole’ friends, Bach or Beethoven. This will help to put them more at ease and hopefully lullaby your baby right to sleep.

Music has been proven to affect the moods and behaviors of humans, so animal behaviorists decided to see if it works for animals as well. A study was conducted at the Canine Behaviour Centre in the School of Psychology at the Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland. The team was curious to see what types of auditory stimulation would have the largest impact on reducing the stress levels of dogs inside of shelters. Animals can get very overwhelmed in a shelter environment because many are scared to be in a new, unknown place with many new faces and sounds.

During this study, the dogs were exposed to five types of auditory stimulation: human conversation, classical music, heavy metal, pop music, and a control. Throughout the course of five days, the dogs’ behaviors were examined by professionals in order to determine which stimulation was most effective.

This study showed that classical music had the largest effect on dogs who are experiencing a large amount of stress or anxiety. The dogs spent more of their time resting in their kennels while it was being played, and the amount of barking was also reduced dramatically compared to the other stimulations. Overall, the study showed that classical music has a very calming effect on animals, just like it does with humans.

This tactic is not subject to only animals in shelters, but also the new additions to the family that you take home or those you already have there waiting for you. If you adopt an animal from a shelter, again, your house is going to be very new to them, and they will need time to adjust.

We know that animals cannot talk back to us to tell us how they feel, but they always hear you when you are talking to them, and that is something they love very much. If you can tell that something is making them anxious, play some classical music at a low volume or bust out some piano skills yourself, and just try to comfort them as much as you can. Spending the day inside on a rainy day cuddling with your best friend and listening to some Mozart does not sound like such a bad idea.

If you are looking to find a furry companion to help bring your stress levels down, please visit us at Wayside Waifs during our adoption hours!

* Monday: CLOSED

* Tuesday: Noon-8pm

* Wednesday: Noon-8pm

* Thursday: Noon-8pm

* Friday: Noon-8pm

* Saturday: 10am-5pm

* Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Cierra H.


Aug 29 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please meet our Waifs of the Week: Addie, Sondra, and Winona, who are all looking for their forever homes!

 

Hey there, my name is Addie!

If my big brown eyes haven’t stole your heart already, my wonderful personality just may do the trick!

I was transferred to Wayside when my last spot ran out of room for me.  I am pretty excited and relieved to be here with these nice people, but what I dream of is my forever family to come for me.

I am 3 years old and 56 pounds.  I can be a little shy at first but warm up to you very quickly.  I am a smart girl who already knows the commands SIT and DOWN…GO ME!!!  I would love to learn more with you, and hope you have some yummy treats at your house.

I walk very good on a leash and don’t pull much at all.  If I sound like your ideal gal, please bring the whole family (dogs too) to meet me.

 

Hope to see you real soon

Love always, Addie

 

Pleased to meet you! My name is Sondra. What’s yours?

As you can see from my photos, I am a beautiful, shorthaired tortoiseshell girl with white paws and feet and amazing golden eyes. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I was a young mother, raising some kittens. My baby-rearing days are behind me, and now I am ready to enjoy life as somebody’s baby!

Here at Wayside, I have become known as a shy, sweet kitty who likes to play with wand toys and cat charmers. I sure hope my new people with play with me! I’m a curious, sweet girl with a lot of love to give. I’d love to give some of it to you!

Love, Sondra

 

Pleased to meet you! My name is Winona, and I’m a gorgeous three-year-old gal with beautiful white fur! I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around has been scary, but everyone here is so nice, and I know it won’t be long until I find my forever family.
Let’s get to the interesting stuff, shall we?

My friends at Wayside have described me as a sweet and friendly girl. I’m smart too! I know “Sit”! I love treats, and I promise if you throw some my way I’ll be eager to learn even more. I also do pretty well on a leash. I’d love to go exploring with you. Maybe we could romp around a dog park? That would be so fun!

I do request that you bring the whole family, including canine friends, to meet me before going home. I just want to make sure we’re a good fit for each other.

If you’re looking for a pal to go through life with, look no further. I’ll love you unconditionally and I’ll always stick by your side.

Love, Winona

 

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

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

Aug 8 2018

Waif Wednesday

Meet our Waifs of the Week! Penny, Sheba, and Clark are looking for their forever homes!

 

Hi there! My name is Penny and I’m a sweet one-year-old gal looking for my forever home.

I’m an energetic girl and I’m looking to find a family who will give me the physical and mental exercise I need. I would do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I can get pretty excited and I don’t want to accidentally knock someone over and hurt them.

I love treats and I promise if you throw me a few I’ll learn tricks and commands very quickly.

I’m friendly and social. I make friends with just about anyone I meet. I love giving kisses and getting belly rubs. I get pretty excited when I see a leash because I know that means we’re going outside! I love exploring and sniffing everything! I think it would be great to go on a run or a walk around the neighborhood with you!

If you’ve got other canine friends I do ask that you bring them with you when you visit the shelter. I’d love to meet them and ensure we’d all be a good fit for each other.

I can’t wait to find my forever family. Maybe that could be you? Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love,

Penny

 

 

 

I am Sheba, and I am so glad you want to know a bit more about me.  I would like to share a bit of my story if that is ok.  I was a stray with no home.  I had no safe place to sleep and never enough to eat.  To make matters worse, I was pregnant.  After my kitten was born I was lucky enough to end up at Wayside Waifs.  My kitten was old enough to go to a foster home without me.  Now I  have a safe, warm place to sleep and plenty of good food.  The staff and volunteers  are so nice to me.  As nice as it is here, I  would really like to have a family of my own; that is something I  have always dreamed about.

At 1 1/2 years old I  am really just a kitten myself.  I only weigh 7 pounds and have a beautiful black and white coat.  Right now I am a bit shy, but once I am comfortable in my new home, I will be braver.  You just wait and see!

I hope you will come meet me soon.

Love, Sheba

 

Hi! It’s nice to meet you! My name is Clark and I’m a one-year-old gal looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around has been scary but everyone here is so nice. I know it won’t be long until I find my very own family to love.

I’m a friendly girl and I love making new friends. I just love people so much! I don’t really like hugs. Being restrained scares me a bit. I’d do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. Young children might not understand that I need some space.

My friends here tell me that I do well on a leash. I love spending time outdoors! There’s so much to see and smell! Maybe we could check out a park or explore the neighborhood together? I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you.

If you’re looking for a best friend to stick by your side through life’s ups and downs, look no further! I sure can’t wait to meet you!

Love,

Clark

 

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

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

Jul 13 2018

Long-Term Residents: Charlie and Ryland

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Ellery and Oreo, and we have some good news. Ellery has found her forever home! This month, we are going to feature Charlie and Ryland.

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

Learn more about Charlie here.

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

Learn more about Ryland here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jul 11 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Leigh, Chardonnay, Starr!

“Hi there! I’m so happy you are reading about me! My name is Leigh. What’s yours? As you can see from my pictures, I am a beautiful, dainty, shorthaired orange tabby girl with expressive golden eyes. I came to Wayside, as young mom with kittens, from another shelter that was low on space. My kitten-rearing days are over, and now I am ready to enjoy life as someone’s baby! I’m a sweet girl with a nice purr. I may be just a little shy when you first meet me, but I warm up quicker than a summer day in Kansas City. I enjoy attention and affection. I will let you know how much I am loving it with my soft purr and some gentle headbutts. Doesn’t that sound heavenly? It sure does to me! I’m so thankful to be here at Wayside, but I’m really excited, and ready, for a home to call my very own.  Do you think it could be with you?”

Learn more about Leigh here.

“Well hello there. Thanks for clicking on my photo. My name is Chardonnay. As you can see, I’m a large dog with a brown coat with some speckles on my chest. I am 4 years old. I am an excellent walker on leash. I am friendly and enjoy human companionship. I’ve been known to crawl into a lap or two and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting petted on my head and a few belly rubs as well. I know how to “sit” and “come” but would love to learn some more commands. I also love toys and do a pretty good job of releasing them when asked to “drop it.” I’d love to be part of a family that likes adventures as much as they like lounging around. I’m a great running partner, and I can also see myself getting into a Netflix binge session.  I think I do a pretty good job of both. If you are interested in meeting me, please come see me today. I can’t wait to join my new family!”

Learn more about Chardonnay here.

“Hello there! I’m an adorable little kitten! I am a bundle of fun in a small package and I am so ready for a new family to call my own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do we love to play! I will need some work on training but we will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster I will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help me stay well rounded. Give me some fun and interactive toys in the mix and we will have the time of our lives! I think I should also tell you that I love to cuddle. Curl up with me and I will purr to show you just how happy I am; cuddles are my 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 me!”

Learn more about Starr here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jul 6 2018

Heat Wave

Our summers are hot, muggy, and wet, while our winters are chilly, dry, and windy. Being in the midwest, you get a little bit of everything here, apart from tsunamis and hurricanes. You can learn a little more about weather in this metro area here. You can also view the weather monthly here. With the upcoming heat wave, we figured now would be a good time to provide tips for protecting your pet from those harmful rays, while giving suggestions for safe fun in the sun!

1. Visit the vet for an early spring or summer checkup.

My animals coincidently have their appointments in the summer, but it helps me out because I can see how bad allergies are and my dog always gets her yearly heart-worm test. These worms are spread from host to host through mosquito bites, and are more common in the summertime. It’s also recommended that you get monthly prevention if you are in an area that has a high mosquito rate. Your vet will have the prevention to purchase at their office.

2. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

3. Know the symptoms of heat stroke in your pets.

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse are all symptoms of heat stroke. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. You’ll want to watch out for these during our high heat and humidity days! Do not leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle, it can cause a fatality!

4. Be careful about grooming your pets.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

5. Check the pavement before you go on a walk.

Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so his paws don’t burn. You can still go on walks, but staying in shaded areas of grass is really the only way to go in the heat.

Now for some fun ideas in the sun that will be both entertaining and safe for you and your furry friend!

1. Kiddie Pools

It’s summertime, and some dogs love being in the water, so why not invest in a kiddie pool?! My dog is forty-five pounds of love, and on Sunday we usually get her pool out and she has the time of her life. Always supervise your animals near water, but it’s a cheap and fun way to stay cool outside! Our first picture above is a Waif here that is enjoying their kiddie pool!

2. Ice Treats

This is always fun to make, and you can do it at home! Instead of soda flavors or fruit, you can freeze peanut butter or dog treats and give it to your pet on a hot day. It gives them something to work on, and it tastes great to them as well! Some people even freeze their toys for some extra fun times. Just make sure all the food is dog/cat friendly. 

3. Anything you can throw or toss. 

Now is the time to break out that frisbee or rope. Keep in mind that during the heat of the day, you and your dog should be inside for safety reasons, but two or three throws wouldn’t hurt. You can even do this indoors if you have the access. That way they can get ample amount of playing time while still staying cool, and you as well!

4. Sprinkler toys

Once again, some dogs really enjoy the water, and sprinklers are a cheap entertainment option. There are sprinklers you can purchase for your yard, there are dog specific sprinklers, so many different kinds! If your dog isn’t a fan of the water, they may want to sit this one out, but sometimes the price is worth it!

There you have it! Hopefully these tips for surviving in the heat and enjoying the summertime with your furry friend! Always check the weather so you nor your pet will have to suffer in the heat! Follow the links above to check Kansas City weather patterns. From all of us here at Wayside Waifs, enjoy your summer, and have a safe Fourth of July!

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Written by Teryn J.


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