Dec 11 2009

‘Tis the Season…to Help the Animals



It’s been quite a year at Wayside Waifs.   By the end of the year, we expect our final admissions number to be well over 7,000.  Just think, over 7,000 homeless, abandoned and abused animals coming through the doors of Wayside.   Where would they go if it weren’t for Wayside Waifs, the areas largest no kill animal shelter?  Animals like Braveheart, who was brought in last week from Belton Animal Control.  ”

Braveheart was so emaciated and weak, he literally collapsed when he got to our vet clinic.  Our team quickly went into action, IV’s were placed, vitals were checked and he was wrapped in warm blankets to stabilize his rapidly falling body temperature.  An x-ray revealed that Braveheart had ingested metal shards, bones and solid objects.  He was so starved, he literally ate garbage.  Partnering with VSEC, the Wayside Staff came up with a course of treatment.  Within 24 hours, Braveheart was re-hydrated, walking on his own and giving staff big kisses.  We are happy to report he is well on his way to a complete recovery.

We are so grateful to our amazing staff and volunteers at Wayside Waifs, who tirelessly provide the love and care to these precious creatures.  We are also incredibly grateful to you, our donors, who truly make it possible.  Since Wayside Waifs receives no government grants, we rely primarily on individuals like you to support our efforts for the animals.  Animals like Braveheart.

It’s not too late to make sure we end this year well, and further, are well prepared for the thousands of animals who will come through our doors in 2010.  There are many ways go give:

1. Make a cash gift:
        Online at

        Come visit the animals and drop off your donation in person at
        3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO  64137

        Mail your gift to:   Wayside Waifs
                                     PO Box 9791
                                     Kansas City, MO  64134

2. Take a look at our Wish List and choose items to donate.

If you happen to be 71 or over, you can make a tax-free gift to us from your traditional IRA.  You won’t pay income tax on the amount of your gift.  Tell your traditional IRA administrator that you want to make a “qualified charitable distribution” to Wayside Waifs and gift them our federal tax
ID 44-0605374, and our legal name, Wayside Waifs, Inc.  The administrator will send your tax-free gift directly to us.  It must be postmarked by December 31, 2009.

Regardless of how you give or the amount of your gift, we hope you do remember the animals this holiday season.  We simply couldn’t help them without you!

Written by Marla Svoboda
Director of Development at Wayside Waifs

Dec 13 2008

Are you making a list and checking it twice?

If so, we hope you’ll include an item or two from our Wish List on your giving list this holiday season. While others may be dreaming of sugar plum fairies, we have visions of puppy pads dancing in our heads!

Our Wish List includes all sorts of things we use at the shelter to help care for thousands of animals each year. Here are just a few of the items Wayside Waifs is wishing for this holiday season:

  • Dog and cat treats
  • Cat and kitten toys
  • Kong toys
  • Puppy pads
  • Small mammal supplies
  • Paper grocery sacks
  • Ball and rope toys

For a complete list of items you can donate, visit our online Wish List at

(Please note that we do NOT need dog or cat food donations at this time).

Wishes for every budget, large and small
Please have a look at our Wish List and keep us in mind on your next visit to the pet store or the office supply store. (There’s a PDF version of the Wish List you can download and print to take with you when you’re shopping).

If you can spend just an extra $10 or $20 on supplies when you’re shopping for yourself and your pets, that’s $10 or $20 that Wayside Waifs doesn’t have to spend. You might even find that you can buy some supplies in bulk at a much better price – including office supplies like paper and batteries. Then keep what you need and donate the rest to Wayside Waifs.

In fact, you don’t have to spend any money to make a difference. Your family can save and donate paper grocery bags (kitties love to hide in them!) and newspapers. You can also donate cardboard soda flats (we use them for kitty litter). We also need gently used kennels and crates.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, we have a few very special items on our list. If we were sitting on Santa’s knee, we’d ask him for a laptop computer, an LCD projector, a portable projector screen, a chest freezer, and (because we’ve been very, very good!) a van or truck.

If you would like to make one of these wishes come true (or make a monetary donation dedicated to the purchase of one of these items), contact Marla Svoboda at 816-986-4401 to discuss the details.

It’s always a season for giving!
Of course, our Wish List isn’t just for the holidays. We need a wide variety of supplies every day of the year.

So when you’re stocking up at Costco or Sam’s Club and see a great deal on paper towels, or 55-gallon trash bags, or puppy pads – or dozens of other daily supplies on our Wish List! – think about how these unglamorous but very necessary supplies will help provide care and comfort to the animals.

On the Wish List web page, you can also sign up to be part of our Critical Needs Network and receive emails when we experience a critical shortage of supplies. This is a special way to be part of our “supply safety net”.

Just visit the Wish List page at and click on the link to the right-hand side to sign up for this important network.

However and whenever you make donations to Wayside Waifs, THANK YOU for your support. Every wish list item that comes through our doors helps us care for the animals in our shelter.

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