Mar 17 2011

Psst…have you heard about Best Friends?

It’s no secret, of course, but it’s new so not many people know about it yet. 

If you’ve been following us lately, you know that there are more dogs and cats than ever in need of help. Nadia is just one of many. She came to us from a puppy mill, completely lacking in basic skills and terrified of everything. And there are so many more like her.  

Eventually we want them all to find loving homes. But until then, they need a lot of help. Good medical care, a comfortable place to stay, healthy food, fun toys, warm beds, and plenty of one-to-one assistance. 

That takes time and, honestly, it costs a lot too. Every second and every cent is worth it. 

But to help us continue providing the best care, no matter what the effort or the cost, we started the Best Friends monthly giving program. People like you join the family and through affordable monthly contributions, help us provide ongoing (and outstanding) support to thousands of animals every year. Be a part of that and you’ll be helping us perform those spay and neuter surgeries, take care of those nasty fleas and ticks, buy those squeaky toys and comfy beds, and keep those food bowls full. You’ll be helping us give dogs like Nadia a second chance. 

As our way of saying thanks for being a part of the Best Friends family, we’ll send you our monthly eNewsletter, The Fire Hydrant, filled with great stuff, including a discount code you can use at our retail store, Whiskers and Wags. There will be other howlin’ good offers throughout the year, too, just to remind you how much we appreciate your ongoing support. 

We hope you will consider joining the Best Friends family right now so we can keep doing great work for the dogs and cats who need us. It doesn’t take much each month to make a big difference. To get started, sign up now

Thanks for being a part of our important work and making dreams come true.

Written by Marla Svoboda
Vice President Marketing & Development at Wayside Waifs


Mar 2 2011

A blog for the dogs…and kitty cats too

There are always plenty of dogs and cats who need help…and a home. 

In fact, lately we’ve had a growing number of dogs and cats in need of rescue. The thing is, providing good care and getting them placed in a loving home takes time and, well, it’s not cheap.

If you’ve been to the shelter you know that we do our best for every animal who comes through our doors. Watching them in action, it’s clear that our staff and volunteers are the best and it shows in the dogs and cats we rescue. They get medical care, vaccines, fun toys, comfortable beds, plenty of good food and play time. We do our best so they’re healthier, happier and ready to go when a loving family wants to take them home. 

To make sure we always have everything needed for their stay, we’ve started the Best Friends Monthly Giving program. When you join the Best Friends family, your monthly contributions will  provide ongoing support to the thousands of animals we save every year. You’ll help us perform spay and neuter surgeries, take care of those nasty fleas and ticks, buy squeaky toys and comfy beds, and keep all the  food bowls full. 

As our way of saying thanks for being a part of the Best Friends family, we’ll send you our monthly eNewsletter, The Fire Hydrant, filled with great stuff, including a discount code you can use at our retail store, Whiskers and Wags. There will be other howlin’ good offers throughout the year, too, just to remind you how much we appreciate your ongoing support. 

We hope you will consider joining the Best Friends family right now so we can keep doing great work for the dogs and cats who need us. It doesn’t take much each month to make a big difference. Sign up now to get started.  

Thanks for being a part of our important work and making dreams come true.

Written by Marla Svoboda
Vice President,
Marketing and Development at Wayside Waifs


Dec 13 2010

Daniela

Daniela

Daniela

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  So say all the pets snug in their beds on the living room floor of their families, warmed by the fire and eyes sparkling from the lights on the tree.  But not so much for the animals still waiting for homes at Wayside Waifs. 

Don’t get me wrong, if you have to be an animal in a shelter, I believe Wayside Waifs is the best possible place to be.  With our amazingly talented staff, our passionate volunteers, and the beautiful clean facility…it’s top of the charts for a stop over.  But we all know the best place in the world for a companion animal is in a forever home, with one, two or more humans (and other pets) to snuggle with, to listen to, to entertain and to love. 

This year, there will be over 6,500 such animals who have come to Wayside.  Sometimes they come to us well fed, groomed, and in good health from a family whom,  for many various reasons, can no longer care for them.  But more often, they have come from other high kill shelters, or they have been rescued from horrendous hoarding and puppy mill situations, been found wandering the streets cold, hungry, sick and alone.  Caring for the healthy ones costs money, but caring for the unhealthy ones require so much more of our limited resources.

Such as Daniela, a 4 year old St. Bernard who was brought to us this summer, skinny, filthy and lame.  Daniela was dumped in a field and who knows how long she had been there, if it weren’t for a kindly stranger who found her and brought her to Wayside Waifs.  She was half the weight she should be, and I cannot go into detail about the state of her skin, but suffice it to say, it was in bad shape.  Our admissions team sprung in to action and vaccinated her upon arrival.  Our veterinarians and vet techs then took over to clean and treat her wounds, and assess her dire situation.  Daniela had hip dyplasia so severe it was difficult to walk.  Treatment began, and Daniela was placed in a foster home.  At her bi weekly vet appointments, more issues were found and treated; heart worm, severe degenerative joint disease.  But exam after exam, Daniela continues to improve.  She has gained over 20 pounds, and is slowing learning to trust again.

You knew it was coming, here’s the ask.  We simply could not have treated Daniela without the financial support of good people like you.  Wayside Waifs receives no government funding.  While we do all can to provide the most we can for the most animals possible at the least cost, it comes to this: without you, Daniela wouldn’t have made it.  Daniela is just one of 6,500 stories that we see each and every year.  Please, we need you.  No gift is too small (or too large!).

From the bottom of our hearts, two legged and four legged alike, we thank you.

Written by Marla Svoboda
Vice President Marketing & Development at Wayside Waifs


Nov 19 2010

NipClub for Ryker_Tyker

Sweet Ryker

Last night was a special night for the anipal community on Twitter. A special #NipClub was held in memory of @Ryker_Tyker.

What? This is like a foreign language to you? Let me explain. There’s a community of animals on Twitter who call themselves “anipals”. We get together and have “pawties”. On Thursday evenings we use a special hashtag and call it “NipClub”. During our pawties, we have DJs who play music and anipals (called barktenders) who make us special food and drinks like niptinis and meowgaritas. It’s just like any other party; we hang out, dance, and talk. Sometimes it gets a little crazy! In addition to all the fun, there is a serious side. We raise money for different animal charities. We always provide a link to the charity and that is how you tip your DJ and barktender for the hour they are on duty. I can’t even begin to tell you how much money has been raised by the anipal community on Twitter. I don’t have enough paws to count it all!

Back to last night’s NipClub. It has been a sad week for us anipals. Ryker_Tyker went to the Rainbow Bridge very suddenly last Sunday. We prayed for him and sent healing thoughts (called a “pawcircle”) while he was at the emergency vet, but he didn’t make it. We all understand what a wonderful place the Rainbow Bridge is, but it’s so hard to see our friends go. We also felt very sad for Ryker’s mom who just started volunteering at Wayside Waifs and for his sister, @Allie_Kitti, who was adopted from Wayside.

Romer Ryker

Romeo Ryker

In order to honor Ryker’s memory and to help homeless pets, all of last night’s NipClub tips went to Wayside Waifs. The anipal community knew how comforting it would be to Ryker’s mom and we all wanted to do something special for him. What better way than to donate to a local charity that he had personal connections to? Of course, lots of homeless pets will benefit from our festivities. We hope that they are able to find special, loving homes, just like the one Ryker had.

Please keep Wayside Waifs in mind when giving in a loved one’s name. It is a thoughtful way to remember a family member, whether they have two legs or four. 

Written by: Guest blogger Sebastian from Sebastian The Sensitive Soul: www.seabasscat.blogspot.com


Nov 3 2010

Show You Care


The passage of Proposition B is a victory for thousands of animals suffering in deplorable puppy mills across Missouri.  The efforts to clean up and improve conditions in Missouri puppy mills are just beginning.  Wayside Waifs will open its doors to hundreds of animals rescued from these puppy mills in the coming months.  As you can see in this video, these animals desperately need us and we will not let them down.  We are asking for your financial support to help rehabilitate and provide life saving medical care to these animals.  Show you care and donate now.


Oct 15 2010

Heart to Heart with Squeakers


If you Squeakers ask what he wants in life, he would say, “I just want to be a kitten.” Squeakers came to Wayside as a stray in September all by himself and was instantly a favorite.  With his sweet demeanor and funny personality the employees and volunteers here at Wayside knew he would get adopted quickly.

Finally, the day came when someone was interested in adopting him so; we thought he would have the home he deserved. But, something got in the way of this. It was a heart defect that gave him a life expectancy of six months to two years to live. This was not only heart breaking to the potential adopters but, also to all that fell in love with him at Wayside. 

This sad diagnosis was a lot to ask of someone who would surely fall in love him, since he would eventually pass away at young age. Plus, the medical bills, not just monitor his heart but, to diagnose the severity was beyond most peoples capabilities. The potential adopters realized that they couldn’t take the heart ache therefore the adoption fell through. 

So, there was a decision to make. What could be done for this little guy? Therefore, the Wayside staff decided a foster home would be a good start. He was sent into Wayside Waifs Foster Program with the thought that either we could find someone to give him a loving home or he can live out a normal life during the time he had left.

In his new foster home, he plays with the other cats in the household and loves to cuddle with the dogs. He gets to sleep on his foster mom’s pillow at night, purring her to sleep. Squeakers can now live a normal life and be loved as he truly deserves. So, knowing his wonderful personality, we now would like to give him a step up in the world. 

Adopting him out we all know is going to be difficult so, the doctors would like to send him to a specialist to find out how severe the heart issues is so that we can give a new adopter as much information as possible to care for him. This procedure is called an echo cardiogram. It would be the best way to find out what regimen he needs to be on to prolong his life as much as possible.  

To do this we need to find a way to pay for this procedure. So, the employees and volunteers teamed up and are having a bake sale to raise the funds. This will be at Wayside on October 23rd. Please help Squeakers get the life he deserves by coming up a purchasing some yummy goodies for your family. All proceeds will go to helping him through this process and finding him a loving forever home.  

Written by Kristin Sampson
Foster Care Coordinator at Wayside Waifs


Sep 14 2010

Whiskers & Wags Outfitters Now Open!

A glimpse inside the beautiful new boutique at Wayside Waifs

A glimpse inside the beautiful new boutique at Wayside Waifs

Do you love animals?  Love to shop?  Well… Wayside Waifs is just the place for you!  The new boutique, Whiskers & Wags Outfitters, is now open to the public.  This beautiful retail store is located inside the Adoption Center at Wayside Waifs.  The shop is stocked with everything pet owners need for their pets including food, leashes, collars, toys and treats.  The shop also features must-have items for every pet lover including stylish apparel, jewelry, children’s books, stuffed animals and more!  Wayside Waifs is also selling its exclusive “Rescue Me” blend of Roasterie coffee.

“Whiskers & Wags Outfitters provides Wayside Waifs adopters and the general public with unique, quality pet supplies and gift items at a competitive price,” said Marla Svoboda, Wayside Waifs Director of Development.  “The bonus is that all proceeds go directly into saving the lives of homeless animals in Kansas City.”

Whiskers & Wags is open to the public during regular adoption hours.  100% of the proceeds from the boutique will help Wayside Waifs further its mission of helping thousands of abandoned, abused and homeless animals in the Kansas City area.  Everytime you shop at Whiskers & Wags, you’ll help Wayside Waifs save a life!

Written by: Ashlee Parker
Wayside Waifs Communications Manager


Aug 10 2010

Qpons for Pets

Wayside Waifs is proud to partner with QponsKC.com, a local company dedicated to helping our community by helping you save money!  Every time you buy a deal from QponsKC.com, money comes right back to Wayside Waifs to support our efforts to save abandoned, abused and homeless pets. 

QponsKC is a simple, easy way to help our furry friends.  Just go to www.qponskc.com and sign up to start receiving amazing deals– 50% off or more for your favorite restaurants, spas, attractions, services and so much more. Every time you buy a deal, dollars go back to Wayside Waifs.

Help us spread the word about this great opportunity!  Tell your friends, family and co-workers.  Every time one of us purchases a Qpon, it brings us one step closer to finding all of our waifs a forever home. 

This week’s deal: 50% off at Pump It Up, Kansas City’s Most Awesome Kids Destination!

Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Buy one get one FREE at Pump It Up. Attain a state of fun and celebration, via jumping and bouncing on an inflatable landscape. For $6, you get two Pop-In Playtime passes. That’s 50% off. Buy our BOGO deal, and never stop enjoying our inflatable playground.

Join us in the “The Inflatable Party Zone,” indoor arenas, filled with gigantic inflatable slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more.

Promote social development and physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up! And enjoy meeting other parents and making new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment!

Remember, sign up for deals at qponskc.com, have fun shopping and make a difference!  To learn more about Wayside Waifs, please visit waysidewaifs.org.

Posted by: Ashlee Parker

Communications Manager


Aug 3 2010

Foster Feature: Meet Hot Pocket

Meet Hot Pocket

Meet Hot Pocket

“There’s a dog in the vet clinic that needs to be put in your area” she said. I work in a sectioned off area of the shelter where animals that have medical issues, behavior problems or are too young to be adopted usually reside. I headed down the hall to the vet clinic trying to think of what this dogs problem might be; a broken leg, a bad upper respiratory infection, maybe just a bad attitude. When I saw her I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was covered in scabs, pustules, pimples and had reddened dry splotchy skin. One look in her eyes and I knew I had to help her. I immediately put on the baby blue gown, sported some white surgical gloves and picked her up. She looked so sad,

“What’s her name?”
“Hot Pocket”

Someone had dropped her off in the Wayside parking lot; dismissing her and the medical attention she so desperately needed. The way she leaned in to me and looked in to my eyes told me that she knew I was helping her.

Since no one knew whether she was contagious or not, I couldn’t take her home right away. So, I spoiled her in every other way I knew how. She got plush dog beds, plenty of toys and a lot of love. I could never touch her with my bare hands, in case she was contagious- so every day for about an hour I would get in to my fashionable garb of medical scrubs and sit with her. She didn’t want to play much since she wasn’t in the best of health; most of the time was spent with her sleeping in my lap while I would try my best not to hurt her as I pet her scabby head, and held her dry irritated body. 

Once she was medically cleared as not being contagious I got all of the items she would need together and took her home. As we got into the car I put her in her crate and hoped for the best. She cried and potty’d almost immediately. “Oh no, what am I getting myself in to?” I work with puppies on a daily basis but I’ve never wanted to take one home because I know how much work they are. Plus, how were my room mate’s two dogs going to react to her? I found out once I got home; Cooper, the Springer Spaniel mix immediately warmed up to her. If she sneezed, he licked her face. If she coughed, he cuddled with her. She nipped, pawed, barked and walked all over him and he loved every minute of it. 

With a new boyfriend in tow, Hot Pocket made herself at home. She never potty’d in the house (or her crate), she always let me get a full 8 hours of sleep, and she started learning new commands instantly! As far as puppies go, Hot Pocket was as close to perfect as they come! She loves every dog she comes in to contact with and every person she meets falls in love with her gentle, playful puppy nature. 

Hot Pocket is now making a full recovery and is a beautiful, gorgeous eyed little girl. Had it not been for the fostering program offered at Wayside I would never have been able to get her back to full health and show her what it’s like to be loved. Fostering gives me a feeling of need and a sense of accomplishment. Since I work at Wayside I get to see first hand how much fostering makes a difference; it’s phenomenal. And Hot Pocket is one of the best examples I have to show that.

Written by Alyssa Willet
Puppy Nursery Caretaker at Wayside Waifs


Jul 27 2010

Strutt To Save Lives

Strutt With Us!

Strutt With Us!

It’s time to register for the 20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt for Wayside Waifs.  In honor of the events 20th Anniversary, we are making some big changes to take Strutt to the next level. 

One of the most important changes is the addition of Dog Packs.  Dog Packs are teams of people that register and Strutt together.  It’s an awesome way to get your family, friends, neighbors, clients or co-workers involved in this great event.  You can show your team spirit by coming up with a clever team name, creating team shirts, wearing wacky hats or dressing your dogs in team bandanas. 

This year our goal is to raise a record $75,000 at Strutt With Your Mutt, but we can’t do it alone.  There is tremendous power in numbers, and by forming or joining a Dog Pack you can help Wayside Waifs continue our lifesaving mission.  If every member of your Dog Pack raised just $100, think of the difference we could make!  We know times are tough, but every $5 or $10 donation quickly adds up!

Every Dog Pack has an opportunity to win some great prizes for their fundraising efforts.  The winning team will also win a picnic in the Wayside Bark Park!  How cool is that?!? 

There will be something for everyone at Strutt With Your Mutt, including a 5K Fun Run, Kids Run, Cat Walk and 3K Strutt (a leisurely dog walk through Brookside).  There will also be a delicious pancake breakfast with Chris Cakes, and you can shop ‘til you drop in Vendor Village! 

Remember, every dollar raised at Strutt directly helps homeless animals.  Wayside Waifs receives no government funding and relies on people just like you to continue to help the animals.  Wayside is proud to be Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter.  We thank you for helping the animals and we can’t wait to see you and your Dog Pack at Strutt With Your Mutt on September 25th in Brookside.  

The 20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt is presented by Bayer Animal Health.  For more information and to create your dog pack, please visit www.waysidewaifs.org/strutt 

Written by Ashlee Parker
Communications Relations Manager at Wayside Waifs


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