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.

Moxie At Wayside Waifs


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.


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.

Moxie On Ginger

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


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.

Vote 4 Wayside

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

 Voting Center

TU for Voting

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.


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


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.

Fox 4 Contest

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.

Susan H.

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


Aug 7 2013

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


Aug 5 2013

HEARTWORM – What You Need to Know About This Disease

What Is Heartworm?
A heartworm is a parasitic worm that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected animal. Although it is not contagious, heartworm disease is spread from animal to animal through the bite of a mosquito. When an infected mosquito bites a susceptible animal, baby worms called “microfilariae” enter the new animal’s tissue and begin to migrate into the blood vessels. It can harm an animal’s arteries and vital organs. Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease.

Who is at risk?
Although heartworm is more common in dogs, cats can also be infected. Dogs over the age of six months are at the greatest risk. Outdoor cats in areas with high concentrations of mosquitoes may be at a greater risk for the disease. Heartworm can be especially life-threatening to kitten and older cats.


Did you know Wayside Waifs test all animals in our shelter for heartworm? Cody is an 8 year old Shepherd dog currently available for adoption at Wayside.

What are the symptoms?
Several hundred worms can live in a dog for five to seven years. Symptoms can include: labored breathing, coughing, vomiting, weight loss, and fatigue after only moderate exercise. Some dogs however may exhibit no symptoms at all until late stages of infection.

Since a cat is not a natural host for the heartworm, fewer and smaller worms survive. But those that do survive can cause severe health problems for cats. Symptoms can include: a persistent cough, breathing difficulties, depression, loss of appetite, weight loss, and sporadic vomiting.

How can I prevent heartworm?
Ask your veterinarian to test your pet for heartworm and discuss the best way to protect them. Vets can often prescribe safe and inexpensive medicine to prevent heartworm. For dogs, this often means giving them a pill once a month.

Treatment options
While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover. There is currently no effective treatment for heartworm disease in cats.

If you notice your furry family member exhibiting any of the general symptoms described above, be sure to contact your veterinarian right away.


Jul 31 2013

Brotherly Love – Siblings connected through a Wayside Waifs adoption

Brotherly Love

Jul 24 2013

Dedication to our Furry Friends

Dedication Final

Jul 17 2013

Where is the love?

Wayside Waifs is starting a new blog feature called Wordless Wednesdays. Each Wednesday, we will feature photos with a theme. Perhaps it will be volunteers, long-term waifs, or fun animal photos. Today’s blog post features adoption success photos you submitted to Wayside Waifs via social media. We love them so be sure to keep tagging us when you post!




Jul 14 2013

Sharing Adoption Success

After more than 150 days at Wayside Waifs, Dollar finally found his person. Within minutes of meeting each other, Dollar was giving plenty of hugs and kisses. #100KSaved #100KChallenge

After more than 150 days at Wayside Waifs, Dollar finally found his person. Within minutes of meeting each other, Dollar was giving plenty of hugs and kisses. #100KSaved #100KChallenge

In the last six weeks, Wayside Waifs has challenged Kansas City to help us find loving homes for hundreds of homeless dogs and cats in our community. Your adoptions are helping us qualify for grant funding to ensure our emergency shelter and rescue services continue to be available for animals that need them.

This past weekend, you answered the call once again through Adoptathon. Wayside would like to give a big thank you to 106.5 The Wolf and all the incredible Kansas Citians who came to out to adopt.

YOU can help Wayside Waifs in one more way simply by sharing your adoption success. Your entry in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Photo Contest could help Wayside Waifs win up to $5,000. If you adopted from us between June 1 and July 15 – you are eligible! It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Take a photo of your newly adopted pet

2. Go to

3. Submit your photo and fill in the form. YOUR photo could help us save more lives!

Please don’t delay – the deadline to submit your photo is this Monday, July 15th at 10:59PM.

A panel of ASPCA judges will select 40 photo finalists to compete for prizes. Then, the public gets to cast the deciding votes between July 22nd and August 4th by liking and/or repinning their favorite photos on Pinterest. Likes count as one vote and re-pins count as two. Sixteen winners will be selected and grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be given to the adoptee’s alma mater. Plus, winning submitters will receive an ASPCA t-shirt and water bottle!

Jul 11 2013

Adoptathon – Find your purr-fect match


106.5 The Wolf and Wayside Waifs are proud to present the 2013 Summer Adoptathon on July 12-14. The event will feature live broadcasts all day Friday featuring some of Kansas City’s most listened to DJs – Roger Carson, Codie Allen, Wes Poe, and Shotgun Jaxson. This weekend only, all pet adoptions are just $25. Plus, fees will be waived on all additional pets adopted. All adoptable animals are spay/neutered, microchipped and current on vaccinations. It’s the “purr”fect time to find your furry friend.

TheWolfWayside Waifs will be open special hours for this weekend’s adoptathon:

  • Friday, July 12: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 13: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 14: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Check out some of the grrreat dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and bunnies looking forward to meeting you.

The Adoptathon is just one of Wayside Waifs’ anchor adoption events this summer to help the shelter compete in the 2013 ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Adoption Challenge. Our goal is to help 1,831 animals in our community find loving forever homes by the end of August.

 The adoption fun begins this Friday at 6am! We hope to see a lot of The Wolf Pack fans participating.

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