May 22 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our three fabulous Waifs of the Week: Dino, Kit, and Bruno. All three of these cuties are on the hunt for their forever families.


Hi there, I’m Dino! I’m a 2-year-old sweetheart with a delightful personality. I originally came to Wayside as a stray. I’m a wonderful companion!  I have a nice amount of energy without being too much. Here at Wayside, I’m what they call a Green List Runner. That means that I make a great running buddy because I stay focused and I keep a nice pace as I run. I also walk really well on my leash without much pulling.

I like to look at you as you talk to me, tilt my head, and try to figure out what you’re thinking and saying. I do this because I want to make you happy! I want to be your special dog that you think about for the rest of your life. Sometimes I just feel like hanging out, and during those times, I’m a friendly, affectionate dog who loves attention from you. Sometimes it takes me a few minutes to warm up around new people, but if you’ll just stay patient with me and give me a little time, I will quickly become friends.

I can’t wait to be your dog! I think about you every day and the happy life I know we’ll have together. I’m waiting patiently for you to come and meet me so I can show you what a good boy I am.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Dino


Hi! Are you here looking for your family, too? Then I should introduce myself! My name is Kit, and I’m a 4-year-old little lady. What I might lack in size I make up for in purr-sonality. (All puns aside, I really am a great purr-er!)

Receiving pets and cheek rubs are some of my very favorite things, and it’s no secret to anyone who spends a few minutes with me. Sometimes, when I’m really happy, I might roll over and let you see my beautiful belly, knead the air with my delightfully dainty paws, or simply stretch out and put my head into your hand. I also think I’m an excellent napping buddy, and would love to give it a try with you some wonderfully lazy afternoon.

I hope you’ll come and see me in person soon. The people here at Wayside are great, but I can’t wait to go home with my forever family!

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Kit


Hi there, I’m Bruno! I’m happy, goofy, and playful. I still sort of feel like a puppy, even though I’m 2 years old. Life is meant to be celebrated, so that’s what I like to do, all day, every day! I came to Wayside as a transfer from a partner shelter when they ran out of space.

I’m already crate trained and mostly housebroken, too. I don’t really like being cooped up in a crate all day, but as long as I get plenty of exercise to wear me out, I can deal with it. I’m a work in progress, but I love learning! Currently, I’m staying in a foster home. The sky is the limit with what I can learn, and I’d love to have a job to do, so I hope to experience a lifetime of training and improving myself.

I absolutely love everyone I meet! I get so excited to jump up and say hello in a friendly sort of way. You can teach me not to be jumpy though…it’s just my instinct to show my enthusiasm for now. I love to play with my toys and stay busy and keep you laughing with my silly antics. I hope you like that about me! My life is all about having fun! I hope we have a lifetime of adventures and fantastic memories together. I want to be your partner for whatever comes our way.

Contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426 to meet me!

Love, Bruno


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Apr 24 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our adorable Waifs of the Week: Bruce, Bell, and Pancha. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Syrus, was adopted, so Pancha is stepping up to the plate. These three cuties can’t wait to go home!


Hey there! My name is Bruce, and I am one handsome dog, don’t you think? I am mostly black, but have brown and white in my coat too. I am a big boy, weighing about 70 pounds. I’m over two years old, so I’m probably as big as I’m going to get.

I have lots of energy and love to play, especially with balls and other toys that you can throw! I’m such a good chaser. If the folks here at Wayside would ever let me loose, I’d sure chase all the squirrels they have around here! I walk pretty well on a leash, but just make sure to have a firm grip on it if one of those silly squirrels crosses our path. I’m looking for a pretty active family who’d like to have a four-legged companion on all of their adventures.

Does that sound like you? If so, please come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love and kisses, Bruce


Thanks for reading about me! My name is Bell, and I’m a beautiful, regal-looking, soft gray tabby girl.

I’m a high-energy gal who loves to play. My favorite toy is a Cat Charmer, which is a long piece of fabric on a stick. When you wave it around for me, I’ll have lots of fun chasing it around! When we are done, I will carry it around the house in my mouth. That way I won’t forget where I put it! I sure hope my new family will play with me every day. It will help me burn off energy, and it’s a great way for us to bond with each other while having fun.

I also love it when people talk to me. I’m a great listener, and I will probably weigh in with my own meowed opinions from time to time as well. I enjoy being pet on my head and neck. I can get a little overstimulated, so it would be best if my adopter is a cat-savvy person who understands cat personalities and behaviors. Just so you know, I’d prefer to go to a home with no dogs or other cats. I promise to be the only four-legged friend you will need!

Anything else you’d like to know about me? Just come to Wayside and ask me!

Love, Bell


Hello, I’m Pancha! I’m so happy you’re taking the time to learn about me! I was transferred to Wayside after my last place ran out of room.  I am a larger dude at 90 pounds so I can understand that.  I am so glad I am here because I just know my family will come to adopt me soon!

I am a super fluffy Great Pyrenees-type fella, and I love to explore the world around me. I’m a great leash walker, and I enjoy walking around the nice trails they have here. I’m a super smart pup––I know the command “sit” already, and I’m so ready to learn more. I’m only 2 years old, so I can’t wait to enjoy life with you!

I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me before you bring me home so I can make sure that we’ll all be buddies. Believe it or not, I am even more stunning in person, so come to Wayside and ask to meet me soon!

Love, Pancha


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Apr 17 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our absolutely amazing Waifs of the Week: Fluffy, Kenny, and Daisy Mae. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Maurie, found his forever family, so Daisy Mae is stepping up to the plate. These three cuties are so excited to find their families!


Hello there! My name is Fluffy. I am an adorable 8-year-old blue tuxedo cat with gorgeous golden eyes. I have a great personality, and I promise to be your very best friend! I came to Wayside when another shelter ran out of space. The staff here took amazing care of me, and the doctor checked me out. They found that I am FIV positive, which is really no big deal––it just means that my immune system is somewhat compromised. So, it’s important that I’m an indoor-only kitty and that I have regular vet checkups.

Right now, I’m living in a foster home. Man, life in my foster home is grand! My foster mom has a couple kiddos and big dogs that I love to hang out with. Foster mom says she loves how sweet and snuggly I am! I absolutely adore being pet and staying close, I really hope you’re looking for a cuddly cat like me. Now that I feel like I have a village of support, I feel so ready to find my forever family and home!

Contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426 and ask to meet me.

Love, Fluffy


Hi there, I’m Kenny! You’ve probably heard of me––I’m kind of famous around these parts. I’m a handsome, 2-year-old bundle of energy with a gorgeous coat and a lovable personality. I came to Wayside as a transfer from the SPCA in Louisiana when they were running short on space. I’m game for anything, so I was happy to relocate to the Midwest. I’m quite popular here and I’ve managed to get involved in everything Wayside has to offer. What I long for though is a home and family of my very own!

I’ve joined the Wayside Runner’s Program, where I’m a green list runner, meaning I’m focused, I keep a nice pace, and I make an overall great running partner. My friends here gave me a harness for walks, and now I’m pretty much a pro––I never pull! I will need daily exercise in my life to help me stay happy, healthy, and calm. And besides the physical activity that I crave, it’s important to me to be able to use my brain. Please give me jobs to do and teach me what you expect from me. The sky is the limit with what I can learn!

I’m also an affectionate dog who loves attention from you. I like to get my belly rubbed and I like to curl up next to you to give you sweet kisses and cuddle. I also enjoy playing with toys and I can entertain myself with them if you’re busy with other stuff. Bottom line: I’m a fun, goofy, adventurous little dog who finds joy in everything I do!

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Kenny


Hi there, I’m Daisy Mae! I’m an adorable, 2-year-old sweetheart with beautiful fur and a bright smile. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space, and now it’s time for me to take the next step and find the people that I can call my family.

I am a loyal, affectionate, loving friend, once I get to know you. I’m shy and hesitant at first though and I just need a little extra time to know I can trust you. I’m looking for someone who can be patient and calm with me and gently praise me when I’m a good girl. I’m smart and I pick up on things quickly, so with a routine, I’ll feel settled in no time.

I’m a member of the Wayside Runner’s Group, so I’ll enjoy going for walks or runs with you! I prefer a quiet neighborhood or walking trails where I know what to expect, and I do pretty well on my leash. Noisy, high traffic areas make me nervous though and I’d love to have my very own fenced yard to relax and play in. I will need a home without other dogs, but I promise to show you so much love that I’ll be enough!

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Daisy Mae


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Mar 26 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! We’re excited to introduce you to our paw-mazing Waifs of the Week: Shylla, Don, and Rudie Roo. These three lovebugs are so ready to find their forever families!


Hi there, I’m Shylla! I’m smart, affectionate 2-year-old sweetheart and there is no place on this earth that I’d rather be than right by your side. I came to Wayside as a stray, so I can’t wait to find my family!

My friends here at Wayside have helped me with a lot. I’m almost housebroken and crate trained, and I’ve learned how to trust and love people. Right now, I live in a foster home so I could learn about life with a family!

Foster mom understands that I needed a little extra time to relax and unwind. I stay in a gated room or in my crate when no one is home because I’m still working on my housebreaking skills. All I ask is that you’re patient with me! I also know all sorts of commands that I can’t wait to show you. I’m a good girl!

I’m affectionate and cuddly and I like to give kisses. I’ll even crawl up in your lap if you let me! I’m also energetic and playful. I love walks, runs, and I’m car rides. I walk great on my leash, especially when I use a harness. If you’re looking for a jogging partner, I’m your gal! I live with other dogs in my foster home, and we all get along great. I’d love to have another playful dog in my forever home.

If you’d like to schedule a time to meet me, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. I can’t wait to see you!

Love, Shylla


Greetings! My name is Don, and I am so ready to be your best friend! I am a handsome, 2-year-old orange tabby with the prettiest light green eyes you’ve ever seen.

My friends at Wayside say that I am more interested in snuggling on their laps than playing, and I sometimes even crawl on their shoulders. I spent a little bit of time in a home, and it turns out that I love to play with other animals. If you have nice, energetic dogs, we might get along!

I’m a sweet guy with a lot of love to give, so if you’re in the market for a new sidekick, I’m your guy!

If I sound like to perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me! Hope to see you soon!

Love, Don


Hi there, I’m Rudie Roo! I’m a sweet five-year-old gal looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside as a transfer from a partner shelter when they ran out of space. Moving around was a little stressful, so I’m definitely ready to finally find my people!

I may be smaller, but I have a huge spunky personality. Ask anyone! I love playing with toys and other dogs, and I can make new friends in an instant, just as long as I’m in charge. Hey, I’m a natural leader. It’s what I do best!

I’m also super smart! I know “sit” and “down,” and I’m a pro at walking on a leash. Walks may be fun, but they’re also serious business for me – someone has to patrol the squirrels and birds, right? While I love my walks, they need to be pretty short and calm.

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me! I know you’ll fall in love with me right away!

Love, Rudie Roo


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Mar 13 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our amazing Waifs of the Week: Tim, Miles, and Buster. These three guys can’t wait to find their forever families!


Hi peeps! Tim here! I’m a happy, friendly boy who loves to play, and I’m just waiting for my new playmate to come along and take me home.

My very favorite thing in the world is playing with toys! Fetch and tug are pretty hard to do by myself, though. Wouldn’t you love to join me? And since I’m so toy motivated, I should be pretty easy to train. I am really hoping for a family that will help me learn “sit” and “come.” You know what else? I love going for walks outside. Sometimes I can pull a little on my leash, but the nice folks here at Wayside say I’m pretty easy to handle. And I’m a social fella that they describe as “playfully wiggly.”

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Tim


Pleased to meet you! My name is Miles, and I’m a handsome buff and white shorthaired boy. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space.

I’m a confident, friendly boy. I enjoy being petted on my chin, neck, head and cheeks. However, I can get overstimulated. So I ask that you please go slowly with me, petting me a couple of times and then giving me a break. I love people and attention, but sometimes I’m just so happy to have human companionship, I get a little too excited about it. If you visit me and talk with me, I might give you a little kitty kiss on the hand. I like to play, too, especially with my toy mouse.

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Miles


Hey there, I’m Buster! I’m a sweet 4-year-old fella in search of my forever family. My friends here at Wayside say I’m one of the best leash-walkers they’ve ever met. Seriously! I love going on walks, so I’ve had lots of practice. I barely ever pull at all. I’m pretty smart, but I’m still working on commands. My friends are helping me with that, and I think some basic obedience training would be great for both of us. I’m very food motivated, so a few extra treats here and there wouldn’t hurt!

I like making friends, but sometimes I get a little nervous. I like pets and snuggles, but only on my own terms. Just give me some time to sniff you out, and I know we’ll be besties for life!

I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me before bringing me home. I just want to make sure we can all be buddies.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Buster


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Mar 6 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! We’d like to introduce you to our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Bailey Bagel, Sampson, and Conner. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Jesse, went home, so Sampson is taking her place. These three love bugs are so ready to find their families!


Hi there, I’m Bailey Bagel! I’m a sweet one-year-old pup ready for my forever home! My friends say that I’m a great girl––super smart and sweet. I love to be in the middle of the fun and don’t miss a beat. I’ve had the chance to spend some time in a foster home where we’ve learned all sorts of awesome things about me!

I know “sit,” “down,” “drop it,” “hup” (for jumping up on things) and a few others. I would love to learn more and will pick up new commands quickly. I’m very happy to be active and playful with my foster family and then snooze on the couch for a few hours. I also like to watch TV and snuggle! And guess what? I’m also housebroken! I can play well with other dogs, but I also know how to entertain myself.

Come and meet me today!

Love, Bailey Bagel


Hi there, I’m Sampson! I’m a mellow three-year-old guy ready to find my forever home. My friends here call me a Personal Assistant. This means that I’ll always be by your side, ready to help you out with any tasks. I’ll read and watch TV with you, but my favorite activity is relaxing. Toys aren’t really my thing, but I do like an orderly household, so if they’re around, they’ll never leave my sight.

I’m affectionate and easy-going, so I’ll always let you know how much I love you. I’m a healthy guy, but I do have something called FIV. It’s no big deal––I can live a totally normal cat life! It’s just important that I only live inside and have regular vet check-ups, but that’s something you would do for any cat.

If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside to meet me!

Love, Sampson


Hi there! My name’s Conner, and I’m so happy you stopped to read about me! I’m a friendly boy who just loves people so much. Do you like giving pets? Then, you’re in luck, ’cause I like getting them! I’m hoping to find a home that can give me lots of attention and exercise––I love, love, LOVE playing!

I think it would be so cool to go to training together. I like treats, and I’m super eager to learn commands like “sit,” “come,” and all kinds of other doggie manners. Would you like to take the time to teach me? In return, I promise I’ll love you with everything I’ve got!

Oooh I hope you come to meet me soon! And if you’ve got other pooches at home, be sure to bring them along too. I just want to make sure we all get along great.

Love, Conner


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Sep 5 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please meet our Waifs of the Week: Boone, Pepper Ann, and Tobias! These three amazing animals are ready to finally meet their fur-ever families!

 

Hey There, I’m Boone!

Have you ever heard that song..I ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog???  Well that is so not true. I am way more than a hound dog.  I am a loving friend.  I was transferred to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space for me…I am a little on the larger side.  That is ok though because I know my forever family will come find me soon here.

At 4 years old I am way past the puppy stage, but they say hounds are always puppies at heart.  I am 50 pounds of brown-eyed adorableness!  I don’t really know any commands yet but would love to learn with some yummy treats.  I walk pretty well on a leash, but at times my nose may lead me off the beaten path.

If you would like a cuddle buddy who also enjoys the great outdoors, please come meet me.  Bring the whole family (canines too) to ensure we all get along well.

Hope to see you real soon!

Your Friend, Boone

 

Hey there! Thanks for wanting to know more about me, you won’t regret it! Well, my name is Pepper Ann, and I am 5 years old with baby green eyes and the softest fur. I came to Wayside as a transfer, but I am excited to be here because I know being at Wayside will let me cross paths with you!

My friends here at Wayside like to call me the Leader of the Band. This means I like to rule the house. I am very brave and always put off my ray of confidence, but don’t let this fool you because I am still a sucker for affection! I will keep you warm with hugs and your heart filled with purrs. Toys don’t intrigue me too much, but we can make up for that with more love and adventure!

As long as I can get time to do both of my favorite things, I think we will be a perfect match! Please come visit me at Wayside where I’m sure we will get along great!

Hugs and purrs, Pepper Ann

 

Hi there, I’m Tobias!  I’m sweet and playful and goofy and so very friendly.  I can’t wait to be your best friend.  I’m an adorable, 2 year old, 52 pound bundle of love, with a bright smile and soft, shiny fur.  I came to Wayside as a stray.  It was so nice to feel safe and cared for, but everything at the shelter was new and strange to me.  I was feeling a little shy and unsure, when my one of the vet techs picked me up and carried me into the exam room for vaccinations and whatnot.  Afterwards, I looked at her and gave her the sweetest kiss.  That’s the sort of dog I am and I love to make people smile.  I’m fortunate that I’m social and I make new friends easy, so I’m getting along just great at Wayside!  But what I really want is a forever home.

I’m an easy dog to love, because I’m so much fun.  I love to play with toys and throw them in the air and chase after them.  It’s quite entertaining to watch me play.  I also love tasty treats, which helps in my training.  I’m smart and I love to learn, so please teach me!  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me and I’ll be all over it.  I love to go for walks and I do just great on my leash, always staying right by your side.  I’d be happy to help keep you motivated to stay in shape by being your walking partner.  You might notice that I have sort of a strange gait when I walk or run.  The Wayside docs gave me a thorough check up and everything looked good.  I’m not in any pain and it doesn’t bother me or slow me down at all, so I hope you won’t pass me by just because I’m a little different.   Anyway, after my daily exercise, there’s no place I’d rather be than by your side just hanging out and enjoying the day.  I’m affectionate and social and I love to soak up all the attention you’ll give me.

Sometimes I get to be the helper dog during Wayside training sessions.  It’s a special privilege and I get chosen because I’m patient and tolerant and I love everyone I come in contact with.  I don’t even mind when they practice putting the harness on and then taking it off multiple times.  I just like the attention!  I’m curious about and playful with other dogs.  I’ve been practicing my doggy social skills and learning to listen when they correct me.  If you have another dog, I’d love to meet them before we go home together, just to make sure we get along great.

I can’t wait to meet you and hopefully share my life with you!  I’m such a good boy and you’re the only thing that’s missing from my life.  Hope to see you soon!

Love, Tobias

 

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!

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.


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