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

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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

 


Aug 18 2014

You Can Never Replace an Old Pet—But You Can Welcome a New Friend

A few years ago we lost Pumpkin, a golden retriever we had gotten as a puppy, to cancer. After we said our final goodbye, and she crossed the rainbow bridge, my husband and I cried so loudly I suspect people could hear us from the waiting room.

For a couple of days, Ginger, our other golden retriever, moped around the house. She stared at her sister’s empty bed. My husband and I decided to get a new dog. After all, we reasoned, it would be good for Ginger. It turned out to be very good for us, too.

We decided that we would prefer to adopt a dog from a shelter. Because Ginger was old and so gentle by nature, we wanted a smaller dog who wouldn’t be too tough for her. We went with Ginger to Wayside Waifs and introduced her to a cute little mix.

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In the year she had been alive, the little pup had been in three different homes and had been taken to the shelter twice. She shied away from us at first, but when I was squatting down, she ran over, licked by nose and darted away. I knew she was our dog. We correctly suspected that her initial timidity hid a fierce little spirit, so we named her Moxie.

When we first brought Moxie into our house on a snowy night, she trembled and refused to take a treat from my hand. Just an hour or two later, she was curled up on my legs, as though she knew she was finally home.

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Moxie and Ginger made a funny, sweet pair. Ginger was mellow, with saintly patience, while Moxie was high-strung and filled with energy. They played tug-of-war, although Ginger didn’t have to try very hard. Moxie took to sitting and lounging on top of Ginger, who found no quarrel with the arrangement.

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Over a year after Moxie joined our family, we had to say goodbye to Ginger. It was just as painful as before. This time, we went almost immediately to Wayside Waifs for a new pet.

We were won over by a year-0ld rat terrier we named Clio. She had been picked up on the streets of Wichita as a puppy, and for the past several months, she had been in shelters.

Clio Sitting Up Straight

Clio seemed to be a good match with Moxie. True, at first Moxie defended “her” spots in our laps, and Clio guarded her food, but they soon learned there were plenty of cuddles and kibble to go around. They are funny, curious girls who love their walks and love snuggling. Every day when we come home from work or running errands, we find them sitting side by side at the front window, waiting to greet us.

Moxie and Clio at the window

Every one of our dogs has been different, and we love them for their own quirks and qualities – Moxie’s curious head tilt, for example, or the way Clio jumps about five fee in the air when she gets excited. But what all dogs have in common is their ability to love with all their hearts, once they understand they are loved.

You can never replace an old dog. Years later, memories of them still make you smile and tug at your heart. However, sharing your love and your home with a dog in need of both is always a blessing, and an opportunity to make wonderful new memories.

 

–  Stacey Donovan, Contributing Writer for Wayside Waifs


Aug 17 2013

Shelters don’t save lives, people do!

Two clicks daily could help Wayside Waifs win $35,000

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Now is the chance to have your voice heard in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. From August 15th through August 31st, you will be able to cast your vote daily on Facebook to help Wayside Waifs win the 2013 Community Engagement Award. The shelter with the most votes will win a $25,000 grant. Funds will be used to life saving services for abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in our community until they find their forever homes.

It’s as easy as this:

1)      Visit Wayside Waifs Facebook page daily and click on the “ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge VOTE tab located near the top of the page.

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2)      Cast your vote for Wayside Waifs. (Anyone 13+ with a Facebook page can vote up to once per day throughout the contest.)

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3)      Once you have voted, tell your Facebook friends and ask them to vote too. Every vote counts so don’t be afraid to ask more than once for their assistance.

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Thank you for putting us one step closer to winning this critical funding.

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Fox 4 will award one local charity $10,000. Now through September 9th, you can cast your vote for your furry family member’s favorite charity – Wayside Waifs.

1)      Bookmark the Fox 4 contest page under your internet favorites and visit it daily.

2)      Login by creating a username or by using Facebook login. Then, click on the “Vote” tab.

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3)      Click on “vote” dot below Wayside Waifs logo and Susan Hiland’s photo. Then, click on “Save Vote” at the top of the page.

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4)      After your vote has been counted, tell your friends on Facebook or Twitter.

On behalf of the nearly 7,000 dogs and cats we serve annually, thank you! Your support will make a difference.

 

 

 


Aug 14 2013

Long-term Waifs – Cats waiting 30+ days for their purr-fect match

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Aug 7 2013

Long-term Waifs – Dogs waiting 30+ days for their furever home

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