Oct 10 2018

Waif Wednesday

Wednesday is the favorite day of the week for these Waifs! Our Waifs of the Week are Rusty Rose, Brian and Tinman! They are all ready to make their families the happiest people on Earth, and we are ready to see how happy you make them in return!

 

Hi there!  My name’s Rusty.  I’m a fun and happy gal who’s always ready to play!  Wouldn’t you love to be my new playmate?

I’m a friendly girl, and I will seek out your affection and attention.  Like I said, I love to play – especially with toys! I seem to like other dogs too, but I definitely would want to meet any other canine kids before going home with them.  Sometimes I just get so excited, it’s hard to contain myself!  I’m really hoping to find a family that will take the time to train and teach me all there is to know.  I am so eager to learn, and I promise to be a good girl once I know what’s expected of me.

Did you know I’m really good on a leash? I’m a great runner and would love to help you get in shape.  What do you say?  Please come on down to Wayside to meet me, so we can start our new adventures together!

Wiggles and wags, Rusty

 

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!

 

Hi, wonderful people, my name is Tinman!

I was recently transferred to Wayside after my last place ran out of room and also discovered I have those things called heartworms.  The nice people here said they would help me get rid of those so I can live happily ever after!

I am 43 pounds of bouncy, handsome hound/retriever.  I am super wiggly and friendly.  I am just 1 year old and I have not been taught any commands yet, but I am so ready to learn some.  I walk great on a leash and don’t pull much at all.  I enjoy nice strolls around while sniffing the grass and looking for squirrels.

If my stunning good looks and charming personality traits caught your eye, please come meet me.  Bring the whole family, dogs too, so we can make sure we all vibe well.

Hope to see you real soon.

Love and tail wags, Tinman

 

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs this weekend at KC Mega Match, Kansas City’s largest adoption event, during our special hours!

  • Friday, Oct. 12: 10am-7pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: 10am-7pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 14: Noon-6pm

Oct 9 2018

KC Mega Match

BARKING NEWS! It’s that time of year again where we will witness hundreds of people and pets strutting out of Kansas City shelters with the biggest smiles across their faces! Want to know why? Kansas City’s biggest adoption event is back and only days away!

The one and only KC Mega Match, sponsored by Petco Foundation, will be from Friday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 14, at these four organizations: Wayside Waifs, KC Pet Project, Great Plains SPCA and a new participant this year, the Lawrence Humane Society.

The goal is to find 1,000 pets permanent and loving homes! To help unite these animals with their forever families, adoption rates will only be $25!!! $25 for a lifetime full of unconditional love and laughter? This is an offer you cannot pass up!

We cannot wait to see tails wagging and cats purring as they follow their humans out of the shelter for the journeys they’ve all been waiting for!

If you are looking to adopt a pet who will change your life for the better, visit kcmegamatch.org to learn more about this pawsome event! And don’t forget to clear a spot in your schedule this weekend to meet your forever companion(s)!

The hours of operation are:

  • Friday, Oct. 12: 10am-7pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: 10am-7pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 14: Noon-6pm

Written by Cierra H.


Oct 3 2018

Waif Wednesday

Introducing to you our pawsome Waifs of the Week: Layla, Baby and Rambo! These three are patiently waiting to cross paths with the family of their dreams here at Wayside!

 

Hello there!  My name is Layla.  I am looking for a new home and a new family to love! I came to Wayside as a stray.  I don’t understand why my family never came to get me, but I am ready to shake it off and find my people to lavish with my love!  I am told I am velvety soft, and the folks here think I just might be housebroken.  I love to play with toys – I can play fetch for hours, and I love to play with squeaky toys.  I toss them up and catch them!  I get along with other dogs and enjoy play groups here at the shelter.  I also know how to sit, lay down, and target on command.  I am a smart girl, if I do say so myself!  I am nervous with new people, but once I get to know you I will be a most loving and loyal companion.

If I sound like the dog for you, please come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet Layla!

 

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!

 

Hello there, my name is Rambo!

I sure am glad you are checking out my profile pic!  I just recently came to Wayside with a couple of my friends (Lovey and Ladybug), so we are all playing together in Rover’s Romp & Run currently.  You can’t miss us…we are in the middle of the adoption floor, wagging our tails and lounging in our baby pools.

I am a bigger fella at 70 pounds, but I wouldn’t mind laying next to you on the couch and watching some TV.  I would really LOVE to go for long walks and maybe even some runs with you.  I went on a waif run here and was told I did GREAT!  I already know the command SIT but would love to learn more things with you.  I get a little excited on leash, but a harness can help me with that.  I also seem house (well kennel) trained here as well.

If I sound like the one for you, please come meet me soon and bring the whole family (dogs too).

Can’t wait to meet you, I will be here with tail wagging!

Love, Rambo

 

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

Oct 2 2018

National Bullying Prevention Month

October has finally arrived, and it is a great time to honor and teach about a very important issue that affects the lives of many every day. Something that everyone should know, if they don’t already, is that October is National Bullying Prevention Month!

Many animals come to Wayside Waifs who are in desperate need of our care, and we do all that we can to help give those animals a chance at a better life. Some of these animals have unfortunately not seen the brightest days, and that is the case for many children experiencing bullying as well.

Bullying is universal, and our animal shelter strongly advocates for both our two-legged and four-legged friends who have been bullied. We want to help teach our community about the violence that goes on in all aspects of life, whether that is with animals, at home, in school or out in the real world.

“People, abused by people, often abuse animals. People who abuse animals often also abuse people. And so the cycle goes,” (No More Bullying!, waysidewaifs.org). So what better way to teach the younger generations about bullying than through a fun, interactive and new perspective.

Our Humane Education department has a program called No More Bullying! where they visit elementary schools, both local and national, to teach third, fourth and fifth graders about bullying and violence prevention. It is an integration of both human and animal perspectives and emphasizes how important it is to treat all aspects of life with love and respect. Through this program, Wayside Waifs hopes to teach others how to create a respectful and safe environment and inspire change.

Our Humane Educators are in schools for a total of five days, teaching 60 minute lessons at a time. During each lesson, students learn about five core values: responsibility, compassion, being humane, self-control and integrity. They receive journals that encourage them to think deeply about these values and how they can improve on them throughout their daily routines. Students also learn about how these values correlate with properly caring for animals.

One of the students’ favorite parts about No More Bullying! is the company of companion animals. There are about 10 animals used on daily basis that go to schools with our educators and help assist with the curriculum. With an animal present in the classroom while the No More Bullying! materials are being taught, students are more engaged because it presents the idea of “no more bullying,” something they have heard a thousand times, from a different and exciting perspective.

Our companion animals and Humane Educators bring enthusiasm to the classroom, and students absolutely love when they get to visit with animals. It is a great way for kids to learn about bullying prevention, and have fun while doing it!

To learn more about our No More Bullying! program, please visit our website.

Written by Cierra H.


Sep 26 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please meet our Waifs of the Week: Belle, Monica, and Caz! These three beauties are ready to go home with their forever families!

 

Hi there! I’m happy to see you. I’m Belle!

I have to admit, I don’t really relish shelter life. Wayside is nice and everything, but I would prefer to be in a quiet, comfy home with some humans I can bond with and love.  It might take a little bit to get to know me, but once you do, you’ll see how I’m just a loveable, normal dog. I’m a little unsure here. I’ve met some dogs that I like but others I don’t connect with. It’s somewhat confusing so please bring your dog family out to meet me. I hope we can make it work!

I’m nervous in the shelter but as soon as I hit the exit, I’m a different girl. I love being outside where I can shake my cares away. I relish a brisk walk and sniffs around town. I’m looking for someone I can relate to and understands me, my timid soul and adventurous spirt! Is that you?

Come get to know me better! Ask for me by name.

Lots of love, Belle

 

Hello there! My name is Monica, and I am a 1 and a half-year-old gal looking for my furever family, and I think that could be you! I have long, white whiskers and the prettiest green eyes that you will ever lay your eyes on!

I am what my friends here at Wayside like to call Leader of the Band. I am the type of cat who likes to adventure and have fun! I absolutely love love love to play! Feather wands are my favorite, and they are also a great stress reliever for me! This will be a great way to help me warm up in my new home.

Don’t let my adventurous side fool you. I am also a big fan of affection! Pets, hugs, whatever your heart desires, I will appreciate and return! A combination of fun and love is exactly what I am looking for, and I hope that involves you!

I will need some time to warm up to you and my new house, so it would be best if for the first week or so I had my own room! Change can be scary at first for anyone, but I will be sure to make myself right at home once I get comfortable.

I am so excited for our future together, and I know I will love you so much! I will prefer not to share my love for you, so a house with no kids or dogs will be the best fit for me. If you are looking for a confident, fun cat, I’m your girl. Please come visit me at Wayside! I cannot wait to meet my furever family!

Love, Monica

 

Hi, I’m Caz! I’m a handsome, Pit Bull Terrier mix who’s looking for a place to call my own. I was brought to Wayside when my last rescue ran out of space for me. It’s okay though! I’m making lots of friends while I wait for my family to find me. I can’t wait to get home and chill out with my peeps!

The people here say I’m a big goof ball, whatever that means. I LOVE my toys especially the ones that squeak! I like to play by myself so you won’t have to worry about me staying busy when you’re not there. I’d much rather you be there, though! I love to get out and exercise by taking walks and do well on my leash. I also love keeping my brain sharp by learning new thing!

I’m a sweet guy with so much love to give. I hope you’ll come by soon so I can show you! Hope to see you soon!

Love, Caz

 

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

 


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.


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