Jan 4 2017

Meet our Waifs of the Week!!

Ivory

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

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

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

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

Love,

Ivory

Meet Ivory on our website:

http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_new&petid=33951033

 

Ginger

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

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

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

Meet Ginger on our website:

http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_new&petid=34246790

 

Barney

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

 

Meet Barney on our website:

http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_cat_new&petid=34144380

 

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

http://www.waysidewaifs.org/


Sep 26 2016

Meet Memphis!

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

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

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

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


Sep 12 2016

Meet Waif of the Week, Ayla!

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Jun 27 2016

Meet Waifs of the Week, Conan and Astaire!

Meow there! Meet these two Paw-some Waifs of the Week, Conan and Astaire! These two felines are one of a kind cats that are looking for a fur-ever home!

Conan is a devastatingly handsome, Domestic Shorthair, mix weighing about 12 pounds. He’s an affectionate guy just looking for someone to love. After being brought in by his last owner when they could no longer care for Conan, he was welcomed to Wayside Waifs with open arms. He’s been having so much fun with his Waif friends while he visits but he’s ready to get to his final destination. Conan is friendly and talkative. He won’t hesitate to show you just how much he loves you with plenty of head butts and purrs. He was given the feline-ality of Private Investigator. He likes to lay low and watch over the household from behind the scenes. Rest assured, he’ll still have plenty of time to show you love. Once he gets to know you and has time to feel comfortable in his new surroundings, he’ll blossom into the affectionate, loving cat he really is. Something unique about this guy is that he’s a polydactyl, which means he has extra toes! His beautiful, dark swirl pattern in his fur and his green eyes makes him a real eye catcher, too. To pass the time you can find Conan playing with his mouse toy or just relaxing, waiting for the purr-fect peeps to find him and take him home.

Learn more about Conan and watch his video here: http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_cat_new&petid=31598906

 

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Astaire is a young, red and white tabby kitty! She’s only 2 months old and weighs about 2 pounds. Astaire lived with her foster mom before becoming available for adoption, who said that Astaire is a sweet and gentle kitty. She’s a bit shy at first so she’ll do best in a calm, quiet environment. Astaire is also quite playful! He loves chasing lasers and playing with his cat charmer. Interactive toys are his favorite. He’ll happily climb on and over you when he’s playing and will love it if you’ll join the fun! He’s also a cuddler. He liked to snuggle up with his foster brothers and enjoyed lots of lap time, too. He’s a curious fellow who enjoys looking out windows and learning new things. You can come by Wayside Waifs to meet him and see if he’s the guy for you!

Learn more about Astaire here: http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_cat_new&petid=31779812

 

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Conan and Astaire are both waiting to find the perfect home. If you think that home could be yours, come by soon to see just how much these guys have to offer!!

 


Jun 13 2016

Meet Waif of the Week, Elton!

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Meet Elton! This cute little guy is Waif of the Week, so he’s kind of a big deal. Elton is an adorable, little kitten who was brought to Wayside Waifs after being found as a stray. As you can imagine, being lost and alone was scary for this two-month old fur ball. Luckily, he found his way to us and now he’s receiving excellent care while he waits for his new family to find him. This little guy LOVES to play. He spends all day hanging out with his friends Elise and Ellery, playing with toys and relaxing. Since he’s only had 2 months to start learning things, he’ll need a family that can teach him the proper ways to live in a home. Things like potty training and manners! With the right training he’ll grow into the best companion. Interactive toys will help keep him both physically and mentally stimulated so he can be a well-rounded feline. Do you like to cuddle? So does Elton! Since he’s a baby he gets worn out from all that playing and learning! He’ll cuddle up and snooze the day away dreaming of how wonderful his new fur-ever home is going to be! If you’re looking for a new buddy and Elton sounds like he might be the one for you, come out to meet him at Wayside Waifs! Purr-ty please visit his page on our website and share his story!

 

 

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Dec 11 2015

Luna and Donut Find Their Forever Families

Donut loves Hills Science DietLuna and Donut are two animals who, to no fault of their own, were homeless at young ages in their lives. Both animals needed medical attention, nourishment and love. Thankfully they made it to Wayside where all of their needs were taken care of. They became warm, strong animals and soon were both adopted!

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That is one purpose of Wayside Waifs – to find forever homes for thousands of abandoned, abused and homeless animals every year. Animals come to Wayside worn-down, broken and, sadly, unloved. Thanks to the generous support from donors, volunteers and staff, these animals’ lives are able to improve. They are treated medically. They are provided nutritious food from our friends at Science Diet. They live in foster homes when necessary. They receive socialization. And they are loved immensely until they are adopted into their forever homes! Wayside Waifs is proud to provide care for the helpless animals and, with the help of community partners like Science Diet, are able to do just that.

 To read more about Wayside’s programs and what we offer animals, visit: www.waysidewaifs.org

  For more information on Science Diet and how it helps the homeless animals, visit: www.hillspet.com

 


Oct 20 2015

Luna’s Story : A Forever Family

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Luna finds a forever family!

 

Coming to Wayside as a young kitten, she had been living without food, water or love. Once at Wayside, Luna’s life began to change for the better. After being treated for intestinal parasites by the Wayside veterinary team, she was on the road to recovery and ready for a forever home.

Luna is a particular girl, who definitely loves being outside. As with most cats she likes to decide when she’s ready for human contact. She lived in our kitten nursery with her sister Squirt and after just one month she found a forever home! We are so happy for Luna and her family. Her complete circle of care was made possible by animal lovers just like you! Thank you for helping animals like Luna!

 


Sep 28 2015

Dolly & Buddie: Friends for Life

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Hello there, we are Dolly and Buddie! We are the sweetest, most loving dogs you’ll ever meet and we are looking for a new home together. It’s tough to find ourselves in this situation, living at a homeless shelter. We had a loving and happy home at one time and we never imagined that it would end. But then our owner was no longer able to take care of us. We understand that sometimes these things happen, but it’s been a confusing and stressful time for us. Luckily, we have each other, and that’s all that really matters. We are the very best of friends!

I, Dolly, am a beautiful, 92 pound, purebred Coonhound. I’m a little on the chunky side, and I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds. Buddie tells me it will help me feel better and live longer. So I hope you might be willing to help me too, by exercising with me and feeding me a nutritious diet. Buddie is so handsome! He’s a 73 pound Lab/Great Pyrenees mix. We’re both already housebroken and we know how to use a doggie door, but please be patient with us when we get home with you. We’ve lived in one home our whole lives, so all the recent change has been stressful for us.

We love spending time together and we are a perfect match in every way. We get along just splendidly and miss each other when we are apart. We love to go for walks and it’s easy for one person to walk both of us together. We also like to run and play in the park here at Wayside, and splash around in the kiddie pool. After all the play, it’s fun to curl up next to our favorite people and soak up lots of affection and petting. We both will lean into you to show our love. Adopting two dogs has lots of advantages. For one, you already know we are best friends. And we can keep each other company when you are away. We also promise to give you double the doggie love every single day.

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We’re looking for a home that is quiet and calm and peaceful. It might take us a little extra time to warm up than most dogs, but if you let us go at our own pace, once we bond with you, we will be your loyal companions for life. We need a home without kids under the age of at least 5 and we’d like to meet the whole family before we all go home together, please. Even though we had access to a fenced in backyard in our last home, we generally liked to stay indoors. Our owner said we were polite and well behaved in our home. In the yard, Buddie was able to climb the chain link fence, but when that was replaced with a privacy type of fence, he did just fine.

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Buddie is more social and outgoing than I am and I rely on him for comfort and direction. He’s my big brother and I wouldn’t change him for the world! Because of him, I understand unconditional love and what it means to be part of a family. Now we want to share that with you! We think that when you meet us, you’ll agree we are two precious and amazing dogs that will make the perfect addition to our new family!

Love, Dolly and Buddie

 


Jan 13 2015

Meet Dollar

Meet Dollar

Hi there, I’m Dollar! I roll with the flow and try my best never to let anything get me down. I am a survivor and a lover and a simple dog who just wants to be part of a family. I get confused though, thinking back on my life and how it might have been different. Why has the love of a forever family been so elusive for me? I’m back at Wayside now, and this time around, I will finally find the home and family that I so deserve. I hope it’s with you. I hope we find each other and realize we were meant to be together all along. I believe there is a reason I’m here, and it is so that I can finally find you.

I am a handsome and fun, 4 year old, 78 pound, mostly housetrained, German Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier mix. My breeds are a wonderful combination of loyalty, devotion, strength, and smarts. I even had a DNA test done a couple years ago, so I guess I’m sort of official, even though some of my friends insist I look more like a big ol’ Black Lab! And in all honesty, I’m just a simple, sweet dog who is smart, affectionate, and happy, regardless of my breed and despite all the struggles I’ve had in my life. I just want to love and be loved. While I don’t like to dwell on my past, I think it’s important to share my full story with you, so here goes.

I first came to Wayside as a stray when I was just a 6 month old pup. There were some leads about who I belonged to, but I had already been passed around in my short life and no one seemed to want me, so I was put up for adoption. I did find a new home and things went ok for a while. But then my family life fell apart. There was a break up and I was caught in the middle. At just 2 years old, I found myself back out on the streets, alone and scared. I eventually made my way back to Wayside, where I spent about 5 months making friends and entertaining the volunteers. Then one day, I got adopted! I had a boy all my own and he loved me. Life was good…until he went away to college and the rest of the family didn’t really want me. Once again, I was the odd man out.

I was with that family for about a year and a half, but now I find myself back at Wayside yet again. I’ve been busy reuniting and catching up with all my old volunteer pals. I see that they feel sad for me, so I try to cheer them up, letting them know that I’m ok and that I’ll get through this! They just don’t realize that I’m here waiting for you, so I’m good. I know you’ll find me when the time is right. And I will appreciate you and feel grateful to you and make you feel special, every single day, for the rest of my life.

I hope you can be dedicated and committed to me. I’ve never had that in my life before, but it’s something I really need. I will need daily exercise, to keep me fit, happy, and healthy. I need to lose a few pounds, but that will be easy to do with you by my side, exercising with me and giving me nutritious meals. Please be patient, consistent, and understanding with me, as I get acclimated to my new life with you. Since I’m smart and treat motivated, training me is easy and I already know several commands. It makes me happy to make you happy, so the sky is truly the limit with what I can learn. In fact, I’ve been working out at the agility park here at Wayside, and I’m a natural. I also love my toys so much.

Since I’m a rough and tumble sort of dog, with strength that I don’t always fully realize, I think I’ll be happiest in a home without kids under the age of 5, please. And for now, I’d like to be your only animal. At some point in time, I might do just fine with other dogs, but for now, I want all of your attention and love. After a day of fun, I want nothing more than to cuddle and chill out with you. I’m super silly, sweet and affectionate. I hope you’ll give me the time to show you what a lover I can be!

Sure I’ve had a rough life and sometimes it just doesn’t seem fair. But I can handle it! I’m resilient and I have a fantastic, charming personality that never lets me down. Just when things look bleakest for me, someone steps in and makes a difference in my life. I’m so grateful and I’ve found that people are good way more often than bad. So I just need one more really good person (I’m thinking of you!) to do that for me…to make me family and promise to stick with me for the rest of my life. It happens for other dogs, why can’t it happen for me? No reason, no reason at all. I just have to continue to be patient until you find me. I hope it’s soon.

Love, Dollar

 

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Nov 10 2014

Finding Franklin: Just The Right Dog For Our Family

My husband and I have always been a two-dog household. Months before our child was born, one of our dogs developed severe spinal and nerve issues. During the first year of my daughter Vivi’s life, he was in a lot of pain and scared, and being around a newly crawling toddler was hard on him. Although we tried to keep them separated, once he bit her rather badly. He became paralyzed, and his health and quality of life continued to decline. It broke our hearts last February to say goodbye to him.

Our other dog was just as heartbroken. Even months later, she seemed lost without him, and I knew that for her sake, I needed to move on and consider a new companion for her. We wanted to rescue a larger dog, preferably an adult dog. Because Vivi had been bit in the past, and because she was so young and not very graceful or gentle, a very patient, tolerant dog was a must. I began the task of hunting for our new buddy.

I follow a lot of rescues on Facebook. So, at first we took it slow. I just kept an eye out on their pages. Looking at all of those faces would wear on me, though. It makes me so sad to see dogs awaiting the love that they deserve and not being able to save them all. With my daughter now in the mix, I had to be incredibly selective.

One Friday night, on the second page of Wayside Waifs’s adoptable dogs, I saw Franklin’s photo. He was a 4 year old German Shepherd mix, and I seriously immediately fell in love with him. Then I read the profile. Who writes those things?! They are good. Real good. His profile killed me. I yelled to my husband in the kitchen, ” I found him!!! I found him!!”

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The only breed that my husband wasn’t interested in was German Shepherd. Go figure. First I read him the profile, then showed him the photo. This dog sounded so sweet and so gentle. He had been shipped over from another shelter when space had run out, and had become depressed when he arrived at Wayside. In his profile they explained that he longed for human companionship.

My husband agreed that we could go meet him the next morning. I kid you not, I was so excited that I went to bed early so that I could just get to it already.

That morning, my hot mess family—two adults, one crazy dog, a toddler and a giant stroller—rolled on in through the doors at Wayside five minutes after they opened. “We want to meet Franklin!”

When we first did the walk-around through the kennels at Wayside and first saw him, he calmly lifted his head to look at us, then despairingly put his head back down to rest.

Wayside was amazing at the process of introduction. At first the humans of my family went to the meeting room. They brought Franklin in. I immediately hugged him and he patiently sat, letting me hug him. Then my toddler clumsily waddled over and slightly pulled his tail. No reaction. So, next she tried with the ears. She gave a really good tug. I scolded. Franklin licked her face in response.

Franklin and Suki

Next, our dog Suki met him. It wasn’t immediate love, but a solid, solid tolerance. It was clear, this guy was fitting in great. So home we went.

Franklin Going HomeHe seemed a little nervous that we’d disappear if he let us out of his sight. An hour later, after plenty of treats and snuggles, he settled in for a happy nap on the kitchen floor. Throughout the afternoon he would be used as a chair and a makeshift horse by the toddler. He didn’t flinch and again, only responded to this pestering with sweet dog kisses. At one point a tiny hand caressed his giant Shepard teeth with merely an eye-bat in response. I was in absolute shock at how gentle, tolerant and welcoming he was to all of the complete impositions on personal space.

Franklin in the nursery

In just a matter of days, we had him contently snuggled among us all on the couch and in the bed at night. Franklin and Suki now nap next to one another, walk closely to one another on a leash, and spend hours playing together. At the end of the day when we wind down reading to our baby to sleep in a dim room, Franklin is her pillow on the floor during story time.

Franklin, Tuesday, and Vivi

Franklin may have desperately craved human companionship, but everyone in this home needed and wanted him just as much. We comment often on how lucky we were to find him. Amazing, amazing dogs needing love sit in kennels waiting. I’m thankful every day that we found ours.Franklin & Mr. Schmidt


Contributing Writer and Wayside Adopter: Tuesday Schmidt

 


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