Jun 13 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Dollie, and Heathcliff!

“Hi there, I’m Dollie!  I want to be your dog.  I want to play and exercise and cuddle with you every day.  I’ve spent too much time being homeless and I’m so ready to finally find my forever family.  I hope that’s you!  I’ve been waiting my whole life for you.  I’m smart, fun, energetic, and I never have a bad day.  I will make a wonderful companion for you! I’m an adorable, 3 ½ year old, 47 pound sweetheart with beautiful and unique markings.  I first came to Wayside last fall as a transfer from New Orleans.  And I was adopted twice, but neither of those homes worked out for me.  One of my owners was allergic and I was too active for the other.  That’s ok though and I understand that things sometimes just don’t work out as planned.  At least I had a break from the shelter and I’m happy that someone wanted to give me a chance.  During my time in a home, I was able to show off a few of my good qualities.  I’m crate trained, I enjoy car rides, and I even do well at the groomers.  I’m friendly and social with most everyone I meet.  I love to go walking or running, and a harness helps to keep me from pulling.  I’m athletic and strong and sometimes I forget my own strength when I’m out walking.  I’m good at sharing and I’m not protective of my stuff.  I love toys and balls so much!  I can keep myself entertained when I have my favorite toys to play with.  After a day filled with exercise and fun, I love to be close to you and I’m quite an affectionate and loving dog.  I’m friendly and eager to please and easy to train.  Please teach me what you expect from me and I’ll try my best to follow all the rules. I love to play hard with other dogs and I even get to participate in doggie play groups with other energetic and playful dogs at Wayside.  My play can get rough though, so I might be too much for older or more laidback dogs.  And I might be too much for young kids as well.  Please bring the whole family to meet me and we can see how we all get along.  I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I’m not the sort of dog who will be happy being left alone in a yard or crate all day.  I need you to be active with me and exercise with me.  A daily walk, run, or hike is something I need from you and I hope you enjoy it too.  I’ll be a great partner if you need motivation to stay in shape, because I’ll be your constant companion.  Also, please be sure to supervise me when I’m outside.  I didn’t have a fence in my last home and I was known to wander off from time to time.  I’d love a big yard with a fence to keep me safe and secure! I want to go on adventures and make great memories with you.  And I want to share my happy attitude, delightful personality, and zest for life with you. We will be best buddies and share so many good times together.  I can’t wait!  Please come out to meet me today!”

Learn more about Dollie here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Thanks for reading about me! My name is Heathcliff. I’m a single silver tabby male, and I LOVE to cuddle. Oh and I love to talk, too. So if you are looking for a special someone to fill your days and nights with affection and conversation, I’m the perfect guy for you.  We can chat and snuggle while you gaze into my perfectly lined, soulful olive green eyes. A nice lady found me with some pretty severe wounds to my legs. She tried to find my people, but had no luck, so she brought me here to Wayside, where I could get veterinary care and find a new family. So … here I am! In my time here at Wayside, I have become one of the most popular cats with staff and volunteers. Seriously,  I have people lining up to come cuddle with me in my room. As I mentioned, I do like to talk, and I have a rather loud, gruff-sounding meow. Please don’t let that put you off … I’m really a love bug and teddy bear at heart. I’m a chill, laid-back guy, but I also like to play. I am smart, too. I have a puzzle feeder in my room, and I’m very adept at taking out my food, one kibble at a time, and savoring it slowly. Working a little for my food helps me maintain my lean, muscular physique as well as providing mental stimulation. There’s one more thing I should tell you: I have tested positive for FIV. It’s really no big deal. It just means that I need regular veterinary care and an indoors-only lifestyle. But once you see what a sweet, loving boy I am, you will never want me far away from you anyway. I’m getting lots of love here at Wayside, but I am dreaming of a lap–and a home–to call my very own. Maybe yours?”

Learn more about Heathcliff here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

Meet all of our adoptable animals 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.


Jun 6 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Jasper, Phiona, and Tuffy!

“Hi there, I’m Jasper!  I’m happy and friendly and playful and full of fun.  I love life and I never remember having a bad day.  I’d love more than anything to be able to share my zest for life with you!  I hope you come to meet me and realize that we were meant to be together. I’m a handsome, 1 ½ year old, 45 pound sweetheart of a dog.  I might possibly already be at least partially house trained, because I keep my kennel at Wayside clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  Please stay patient with me when we get home though, because it’s hard to keep up my routine here at the shelter.  I’ll try my best to follow all the rules in my new home.  Anyway, I came here to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter.  I love it here and I’ve already made all sorts of great new friends. I’m a typical hound in many ways.  I’m friendly and sweet and I love to explore the world with my nose.  I’m curious and I can be vocal when I have something to say.  I hope my hound voice is music to your ears and I hope you will keep me safe and secure when I’m outdoors, so that I don’t follow my nose into the next county before anyone even notices I’m gone.  I’d love a fenced in yard to tend to and explore.  I love tasty treats and I’m eager to please, so training me should be a cinch.  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me.  I get so excited when it’s time to go for a walk!  I pull just a bit on my leash, but a harness will work great for me if you want to keep me close to your side.  I’m young and energetic, so I will need daily exercise to keep me happy, healthy, and calm. I’m pretty adaptable and easy-going, so I should do just fine with most active families.  I love to be by your side and I hope you’re the sort of person who likes to have your dog as an active part of your life.  I love attention from you and I like to lean into you to show you how much you mean to me.  I like most other dogs just fine and I have good dog social skills.  I know how to make appropriate corrections to other dogs and I’m friendly and polite with them.  I’ve been participating in doggie playgroups here at Wayside.  It’s so much fun!  I do best with the low to medium activity level dogs.  I’d love to meet any other dogs you have before we go home together, so feel free to bring them out to Wayside if you like. I hope you need me in your life as much as I need you!  I can’t wait to be part of a family.  I’m here at the shelter with my bags packed and I’m ready to go home!”

Learn more about Jasper here

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Phiona, and I am one of the cutest, sweetest and most loving kitty cats you could ever hope to meet. As you can see from my photos, I have an unusual coat. I’m what you would call a dilute tortie, meaning my fur contains muted colors of blue/gray and apricot. I also have a white bib, boots and gloves like a tuxedo. So I am dressed for any occasion. I have very soft fur, which you will probably enjoy petting as much as I enjoy being loved on. I also have very soulful, expressive golden/green eyes. I have a very cute, quiet little meow. Sometimes it is practically silent. It will melt your heart, or so I have been told. I enjoy having a nice conversation, but what I’m really all about is giving and receiving love. When you meet me, once I feel comfortable with you, I will probably reach up and give you a hug. If you are sitting, I will probably curl up in your lap, if you don’t mind. When I came to Wayside, the vets here discovered that I had some dental issues. My teeth were hurting me a lot, so the doctors decided to pull them all. It’s wonderful not to be in so much pain. I do need to eat soft food for the rest of my life, though. You might have noticed that I am 8 years old. Some people think that is old, but it’s barely middle age for a cat. If you take good care of me, we can look forward to many happy, healthy years together. Are you looking for one of the loviest cats around? Please come to Wayside and ask for me, Phinona!”

Learn more about Phiona here.

“Hi there, I’m Tuffy!  I want to be your dog.  Please?  No one has ever given me a chance before, but I know what I’m capable of.  I know I will be the best companion ever, if someone will just believe in me.  I’m smart and friendly and so affectionate.  There’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I’m still under a year old, so I’m really just a pup in many ways.  And at 38 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size.  I can’t wait to curl up next to you on the couch as we unwind for the day.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from a rescue group where I had been staying for a while.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a real home before.  But just arriving at Wayside gave me so much hope!  I’ve been making friends and learning lots of new stuff.  So now I’m ready for you!  And believe me; the family that finally decides to adopt me will be mighty lucky indeed. I’m still learning all about life and where I fit in, so I’m a work in progress.  But I’ve come so far so fast, with just a little love and attention.  When I got to Wayside, I didn’t know how to walk on my leash at all and I was panicky and afraid to even try.  But with patience and time, I’m getting the hang of it.  I’m still a little skittish when I see others during my walk and sometimes I weave back and forth, but I walk fine and I don’t pull at all on my leash.  I like to check in with you to make sure you’re there.  Your encouragement gives me confidence and makes me feel content.  I hope to practice my leash skills with a daily walk through our neighborhood.  Once I know the routine, I’ll get more comfortable and confident.  I love to explore and check out my surroundings.  And after my exercise, there is nothing I want more than to snuggle with you.  I’ll even crawl up in your lap if you let me!  I just like to be as close as possible to show you how much you mean to me. I’m one smart cookie, so I hope you don’t mind taking the time to continue my training.  I love to make you happy and proud, so once I figure out exactly what that means, I’ll be all over it!  I can be sensitive, so please stay positive with me and praise me when I’m a good boy, so that I learn what you expect from me.  I’m generally relaxed and playful with other friendly dogs.  If you need a playmate for your current dog, I might be a good match for you. I have a delightful, loving personality and it feels natural for me to work my way right into your heart.  You’ll know what I mean when you come out to meet me.  I just want to belong and be a part of a real family.  That’s all.  I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now.”

Learn more about Tuffy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during the 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.


May 30 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Jasper, Phiona, and Tuffy!

“Hi there, I’m Jasper!  I’m happy and friendly and playful and full of fun.  I love life and I never remember having a bad day.  I’d love more than anything to be able to share my zest for life with you!  I hope you come to meet me and realize that we were meant to be together. I’m a handsome, 1 ½ year old, 45 pound sweetheart of a dog.  I might possibly already be at least partially house trained, because I keep my kennel at Wayside clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  Please stay patient with me when we get home though, because it’s hard to keep up my routine here at the shelter.  I’ll try my best to follow all the rules in my new home.  Anyway, I came here to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter.  I love it here and I’ve already made all sorts of great new friends. I’m a typical hound in many ways.  I’m friendly and sweet and I love to explore the world with my nose.  I’m curious and I can be vocal when I have something to say.  I hope my hound voice is music to your ears and I hope you will keep me safe and secure when I’m outdoors, so that I don’t follow my nose into the next county before anyone even notices I’m gone.  I’d love a fenced in yard to tend to and explore.  I love tasty treats and I’m eager to please, so training me should be a cinch.  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me.  I get so excited when it’s time to go for a walk!  I pull just a bit on my leash, but a harness will work great for me if you want to keep me close to your side.  I’m young and energetic, so I will need daily exercise to keep me happy, healthy, and calm. I’m pretty adaptable and easy-going, so I should do just fine with most active families.  I love to be by your side and I hope you’re the sort of person who likes to have your dog as an active part of your life.  I love attention from you and I like to lean into you to show you how much you mean to me.  I like most other dogs just fine and I have good dog social skills.  I know how to make appropriate corrections to other dogs and I’m friendly and polite with them.  I’ve been participating in doggie playgroups here at Wayside.  It’s so much fun!  I do best with the low to medium activity level dogs.  I’d love to meet any other dogs you have before we go home together, so feel free to bring them out to Wayside if you like. I hope you need me in your life as much as I need you!  I can’t wait to be part of a family.  I’m here at the shelter with my bags packed and I’m ready to go home!”

Learn more about Jasper here

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Phiona, and I am one of the cutest, sweetest and most loving kitty cats you could ever hope to meet. As you can see from my photos, I have an unusual coat. I’m what you would call a dilute tortie, meaning my fur contains muted colors of blue/gray and apricot. I also have a white bib, boots and gloves like a tuxedo. So I am dressed for any occasion. I have very soft fur, which you will probably enjoy petting as much as I enjoy being loved on. I also have very soulful, expressive golden/green eyes. I have a very cute, quiet little meow. Sometimes it is practically silent. It will melt your heart, or so I have been told. I enjoy having a nice conversation, but what I’m really all about is giving and receiving love. When you meet me, once I feel comfortable with you, I will probably reach up and give you a hug. If you are sitting, I will probably curl up in your lap, if you don’t mind. When I came to Wayside, the vets here discovered that I had some dental issues. My teeth were hurting me a lot, so the doctors decided to pull them all. It’s wonderful not to be in so much pain. I do need to eat soft food for the rest of my life, though. You might have noticed that I am 8 years old. Some people think that is old, but it’s barely middle age for a cat. If you take good care of me, we can look forward to many happy, healthy years together. Are you looking for one of the loviest cats around? Please come to Wayside and ask for me, Phinona!”

Learn more about Phiona here.

“Hi there, I’m Tuffy!  I want to be your dog.  Please?  No one has ever given me a chance before, but I know what I’m capable of.  I know I will be the best companion ever, if someone will just believe in me.  I’m smart and friendly and so affectionate.  There’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I’m still under a year old, so I’m really just a pup in many ways.  And at 38 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size.  I can’t wait to curl up next to you on the couch as we unwind for the day.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from a rescue group where I had been staying for a while.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a real home before.  But just arriving at Wayside gave me so much hope!  I’ve been making friends and learning lots of new stuff.  So now I’m ready for you!  And believe me; the family that finally decides to adopt me will be mighty lucky indeed. I’m still learning all about life and where I fit in, so I’m a work in progress.  But I’ve come so far so fast, with just a little love and attention.  When I got to Wayside, I didn’t know how to walk on my leash at all and I was panicky and afraid to even try.  But with patience and time, I’m getting the hang of it.  I’m still a little skittish when I see others during my walk and sometimes I weave back and forth, but I walk fine and I don’t pull at all on my leash.  I like to check in with you to make sure you’re there.  Your encouragement gives me confidence and makes me feel content.  I hope to practice my leash skills with a daily walk through our neighborhood.  Once I know the routine, I’ll get more comfortable and confident.  I love to explore and check out my surroundings.  And after my exercise, there is nothing I want more than to snuggle with you.  I’ll even crawl up in your lap if you let me!  I just like to be as close as possible to show you how much you mean to me. I’m one smart cookie, so I hope you don’t mind taking the time to continue my training.  I love to make you happy and proud, so once I figure out exactly what that means, I’ll be all over it!  I can be sensitive, so please stay positive with me and praise me when I’m a good boy, so that I learn what you expect from me.  I’m generally relaxed and playful with other friendly dogs.  If you need a playmate for your current dog, I might be a good match for you. I have a delightful, loving personality and it feels natural for me to work my way right into your heart.  You’ll know what I mean when you come out to meet me.  I just want to belong and be a part of a real family.  That’s all.  I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now.”

Learn more about Tuffy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during the 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.


May 23 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Henry Brown, Alana, and Dayton!

“I’m Henry Brown. I made my way to Wayside all the way from Louisiana. Some wonderful folks brought me here when things got crowded in the shelter where I found myself down south. So now that I’m here I’d like to tell you about what a fun pal I am. Are you a hound lover? Well, if you are, you’ll love me! I’m so typical of the breed. I follow my nose. I talk a lot. And I’m smart and driven. I weigh about 67 pounds and my ears are so big they are measured in acreage! I’m pretty easy to handle on a leash. I’m fascinated by cars. I like to watch them drive by. I’m just a good boy lookin’ to find my place up north here. Can I be your faithful, loving dog?”

Learn more about Henry Brown here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Alana. What’s yours? I am a beautiful, sweet, shorthaired dark tortoiseshell girl with large, expressive golden eyes. I am sort of front-declawed, in that I just have just one claw left. I’m a talkative girl with a very cute little meow. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. Moving around can be scary, but I am so happy to be here at Wayside, where I will meet lots of new people and find the forever ones for me! At 8 years of age, I am right in my prime, well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to be a sweet, steady, loyal companion. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I am a Sidekick. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and my goal in life is to stick by the side of my favorite person or people, listening to their stories, laughing at their jokes, and making them feel loved. I would love to do that for you!”

Learn more about Alana here.

“Hi there, I’m Dayton!  I’m just a sweet and low-key fella and I want so much to be your dog.  I’ll make a terrific friend for you, I promise.  I’ll be the perfect exercise partner when you feel like getting in shape and I’ll happily sit quietly by your side if you just want to chill out.  I’m a loyal companion and I can’t wait to show you what a good dog I am. I’m a handsome, 2 ½ year old, 66 pound bundle of muscle and love.  And I think I might be already at least kennel trained, because I keep my area at Wayside very clean and I know to go to the bathroom as soon as I get outside.  I came here to Wayside as a transfer from the KC Pet Project.  I don’t mind moving around some though if it helps me find my forever family.  I’m patiently waiting for you, because I understand that this is just a temporary stop on my journey.  I know you’ll find me soon. I’m calm and mostly relaxed and such a sweetheart.  I love to go for walks and I am an expert on my leash, never pulling.  I’m just happy and proud to be outside with you enjoying the fresh air and I don’t even react when I see other dogs out walking.  I’ve also recently joined the Wayside Runners Group.  I’m an excellent running partner and I keep a nice pace and focus when I run.  I’m also affectionate and social and I love people.  I’m curious and I like to explore.  The perfect day for me will include a little exercise and a little cuddle time and as much time spent with you as possible.  I love my treats and I’m eager to make you happy, so training me will be a cinch.  I already know Sit, but I’d love to learn more, so please teach me! I’m not a crazy playful sort of pup, but I do get along with other dogs just fine and I enjoy their company.  I’ve been able to participate in doggie playgroups during my time at Wayside and I do really well interacting with my dog friends.  Even when paired with a dog that’s more playful than I am, I’m tolerant and I know how to communicate appropriately.  I stay relaxed and mellow.  I’d be happy to meet the whole family before we go home together, to make sure we’re all a good match for each other, if you’d like. I’m looking so forward to the day that you choose me to be a member of your family.  I’m picturing us proudly walking out to your car.  And then there will be the introductions to all the neighbors and our first walk in my new neighborhood.  That’s what I dream of.  I hope it happens soon.”

Learn more about Dayton 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.


May 16 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Chomper, Travis, and Ryland!

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Chomper and I’m a five-year-old fella looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found as a stray. Being out on my own was scary but I’m happy to be somewhere comfortable and safe while I wait for my forever home. I know it won’t be long! I’m a friendly and excited guy. I’m curious too! So far I know “Sit” and I know with treats you and I can learn even more commands together! I can’t wait to show you how smart I am! I’m social and I make friends with just about anyone I meet. I get pretty excited when I see a leash. I know that means we’re going for a walk. There’s so much to see and smell! I’d love to go exploring with you! Let’s take a stroll around the neighborhood or go check out a park! I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you! I do request that you bring any canine friends to come meet me before going home. I just want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. If you’re looking for a pal to go through life with, look no further! I might just be the pup for you!”

Learn more about Chomper here.

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Travis, and I’m a gorgeous seal point Siamese boy with those trademark, slightly crossed sapphire eyes. I was found as a stray. Can you believe someone let a beautiful, sweet guy like me get away? To help me make the transition from life on the street, I stayed in a foster home for a few weeks. My foster family describes me a lovable, goofy guy who enjoys being petted and having his belly rubbed. They said I like to play with toys sometimes, but mostly, I just want to be around people. They gave me good grades for litter box use. Oh, and they let me have the occasional nip of catnip. I loved that, but I never acted crazy on it like some cats do. Here at Wayside, people have come to know me as a friendly guy who enjoys attention. Like many Siamese, I am talkative, but I don’t have a loud meow. I’m a smart, curious guy, and I am always checking out my surroundings. There is so much to see here in Cat Adoptions. My foster family said I am a cat who will “make someone very happy.” Maybe it will be you?”

Learn more about Travis 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 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.


May 9 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Luke, Sunny Oak, and Brutus!

“Hi there, I’m Luke!  I’m a sweet and curious guy and I’d love to be your dog.  It’s really all I’ve ever wanted and I promise I’ll try my best to be the best dog you’ve ever had, if you’ll just give me a chance. I’m a handsome and soft, 3 ½ year old, 54 pound sweetheart.  And I’m already housebroken, although please be patient when we first get home, since I’ve been living in a shelter for a while and it’s hard to stay in a routine here.  I was transferred to Wayside from Clinton, MO when they were short on space.  I’ve settled in quickly here and I’m busy making lots of new friends.  I can be a little shy and timid when I first meet new people, but once I get comfortable with you, I’m an affectionate, friendly, fun dog who loves to be by your side. I’m playful and happy and I love to go for walks.  I’m also an excellent running partner and I’ve joined the Wayside Runners Group, which I love.  I hope to get daily exercise in my new home and I’d love a fenced in yard too.  I like to sniff and explore my surroundings and check everything out.  Sometimes I get so excited for my walks that I pull a little on my leash.  You can always use a harness for me so that I stay close to your side.  Once I’m comfortable in my environment, I like to play with toys.  I know all sorts of commands, including Sit, Come, Shake, and Slow, which is used when I pull on my leash.  I can’t wait to show you how smart I am! I might be happiest without kids under the age of 5 or so, since I can be timid at first.  I did well with older kids, ages 9 to teenager, in a previous home.  If you want, feel free to bring the whole family to meet me and we can make sure we’re all a good fit for one another.  I’m generally polite and friendly with other dogs.  But I do need a home without cats, please.  I hope you think I might be the perfect match for your family!  I’m so ready to settle down and just be part of a family.  I can’t wait!”

Learn more about Luke here.

“Welllll, hello there! My name is Sunny Oak and I am a GORGEOUS, fluffy, cuddly tuxedo cat. Let me tell you all about myself so that you can get to know me! I was originally adopted from Wayside when I was a cute and tiny kitten. Then, life happened and I found myself back at Wayside. I was  a little stressed at the shelter, and than my foster mom came and brought me home! I have been the puuuuurrrrfect houseguest (get it!?!?!). I’m incredibly calm, snuggly and a great companion. I LOVE to cuddle. Like, seriously LOVE. TO. CUDDLE. I’ll crawl right into your lap while your reading or watching a movie. Being pet under my chin is another one of my favorite things! I even really like to rest my head on your hand so that you have optimal chin scratching opportunities. I have an incredibly beautiful, super soft black and white coat, so, not to boast, but I’m pretty great to pet. I also love to play with wand toys! They’re my favorite! Although, I think I might like cuddling a little more. Seeking out sunny spots in the house and lounging in the sun or the window is something else I really enjoy. I really like to watch the birds and squirrels from the window! I live with a dog in my foster home and while I wouldn’t exactly say I’m eager to be her BFF, I happily coexist with her and sometimes you can even catch us looking out the window together. So, what do you say? Need an easy going feline fluff ball in your life? If so, I’m definitely your girl!”

Learn more about Sunny Oak here.

“Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Brutus and I’m a sweet two-year-old guy with beautiful black fur. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. Being the new pup in town is a little scary but everyone here is so nice and they tell me it won’t be long until I find my forever home. I can be a little scared and timid in new situations. I would do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I’m hoping to find a family who will be patient and understanding as I gain confidence. After I’ve become comfortable with my surroundings we can work on basic obedience training. I don’t know any tricks or commands yet but I’d love to learn. I do request that I meet any kiddos or canines before going home. I just want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. If you’re looking for a sweet, low-key fella to go through life with, look no further! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Brutus 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.

 


May 2 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Loki, Wally, and Nero!

“Hi I’m Loki! I’m a 37-pound, guy who was brought here when my last shelter ran out of space for me. It’s okay though! I know this will be my last stop before my peeps find me and I’m on my way to my fur-ever home. I hope that home is yours! I’m a friendly guy who will do grr-eat in a home with children or other furry friends. I love making friends, whether they have two legs or four. I also love to learn and I’m eager to learn all the exciting things you have to teach me. I already know sit but I’d like to add more to my list. I’m super motivated when you reward me with fun toys to play with. Getting active is important for humans and dogs and doing it together will make it even more fun! I have PAWSOME leash manners so we can explore the world on walks together. When we aren’t on the go, we can chill out with each other and enjoy a night full of belly rubs and cuddles. I’m already dreaming of the day you come in to meet me. I hope you’ll be my happily ever after!”

Learn more about Loki here.

“Thanks for reading about me! My name is Wally, and I’m a beautiful brown and white longhaired boy with an adorable little beauty mark on my nose. Oh, and I have the cutest meow! I love to chat, so if you come to Wayside and meet me, you will probably get a chance to hear it. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I’m so happy to be here, where I am certain to find the forever person or people for me! I love attention, and I especially enjoy playing! I have lots of energy, you see. I sure hope my new family will play with me! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Personal Assistant. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and I crave the company of people. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be right there, by your side, ready to lend a fluffy paw. You will wonder how you ever got along without me!”

Learn more about Wally here.

“Hi there, I’m Nero!  I really want to stay humble and grounded, but I also want you to realize what a true gem of a dog I am.  So that’s my dilemma.  I decided to ask some of my volunteer friends what they think of me and their love for me came shining through.  So here goes….I’m smart, appreciative, easy to train, happy, friendly, social, and I have so much potential that the sky is truly the limit with me.  I am just an all-around great…and humble…dog! I’m a handsome, 2 year old, 56 pound beauty with stunning brown eyes.  And I think I’m at least kennel trained, because I keep my area clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from Louisiana.  While I felt happy to be here, I also had trouble focusing and I was feeling sort of stressed about my life and uncertain about my future.  I was jumpy and mouthy, trying to get attention the only way I knew how.  So I joined Wayside’s Peace Academy for high energy dogs that lack manners.  I began working with a specific group of volunteers who understood my stress and knew how to help me.  That’s when my delightful personality, intelligence, eagerness to please, and quiet energy became so apparent.  I welcomed my chance to shine and I aced it!  And now, I’m never looking back. I’m still a work in progress, but I’ve come so far so fast.  I love to go for walks and I have excellent leash skills.  I’m learning how to heel and I like to check in with you from time to time just to know you’re happy too.  Sometimes I get extra excited and I tug at my leash, but I’m easy to redirect.  I’m really good at listening to you and I want so very much to make you happy, so as long as I can figure out what that means, I’m all over it.  More than anything, I love getting attention from you. That makes me feel special and loved.  I know all sorts of commands that I can’t wait to show you.  And when my puppy behavior gets me riled up, it’s amazing to watch my mind work as I mostly make good choices to calm down, knowing what you expect from me.  I’m so happy when you’re proud of me! I hope I get adopted by an active family that wants to include me in everything.  I want to hang out with you and go on adventures together and cuddle with you in the evening as we unwind from a fun-filled day.  I know we can’t always be together, but that’s just what I wish for.  And if you have a few toys for me to play with, that would be great too!  I will need to meet the whole family before we all go home together.  My play style might be a little too much for young kids and some other dogs, so let’s just make sure we’re all a good match for each other from the start. I just want to belong to a family who will love me and believe in me.  If you are willing to put in a little work up front to teach me everything you want me to know, then I promise to do my part to be the best companion ever.  We’ll have a lifetime full of good times and happy memories.  I can’t wait!”

Learn more about Nero 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.


Apr 25 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Vincent, Charlie, and Miss Bailey! *Note, Vincent has already found a home, but we still wanted to include his name!

“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.”

You can learn more about Charlie here.

“Hello there. My name is Miss Bailey and I am super excited that you clicked on my profile. I am a beautiful blonde who weighs about 50 pounds. I am two years old and super friendly. I don’t think I’ve met a stranger, either the 2 legged or 4 legged kind. It’s pretty awesome to be friends with everyone and every dog I meet. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of room; but I’m not worried, I know my furever family will find me here. I already know the commands “sit” and “come” and I would love to learn some more. I am motivated by treats; but I LOVE praise. Just sing my praises and I will wag my tail for you forever. I’m a happy girl who loves attention and I’ll show my love in lots of different ways. I will jump around for you, lean on you and even give you kisses. I might even roll over so you can give me an awesome belly rub. Do you think I might be the right dog for you? If so, please come see me right away. I can’t wait to meet you and start falling in love.”

You can learn more about Miss Bailey 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.


Apr 18 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Alexa, Ellery, and Sherry!

“Hi there! Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Alexa and I’m a sweet four-year-old gal looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found as a stray. Being out on my own sure was scary and I’m pretty happy to be somewhere warm and safe. Everyone here is so nice but I can’t help but dream of having my forever home. I can be a little timid when I first meet someone. I’m looking for a family who will give me the time and patience I need to sniff out a new situation. Because I’m a little shy I would do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I’m also looking for a family who will work with me on basic obedience training. Being a stray I haven’t had anyone around to help me learn things. I promise I’ll learn quickly! My friends around here tell me that I can be a little weary when I walk on a leash. As I gain confidence I promise I’ll work on being your best walking pal! If you’re looking for a sweet pal to go through life with, look no further! I sure can’t wait to meet you!”

Learn more about Alexa here.

“Hey guys! Thanks for reading about me! My name is Ellery and I’m a 2-year-old gal. I currently reside at Wayside Waifs, but would love to go to a more permanent home. On the feline-ality chart, I’m considered to be a Sidekick. This means I’m great company to keep. Although at first I can be scared and timid, so it will take some time warming up to you. You should know that I need to go to a home where it’s dog free and no kids under the age of 7. This is just precautionary, as I would like to avoid any and all accidents. I would prefer going to a home that is considerably quiet. So, if you’re looking for a cuddly cat to take on the journey of life with, then come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet with me today!”

Learn more about Ellery here.

“Hi everyone! My name is Sherry and I’m so excited you’re reading about me! I’m a beautiful one-year-old girl. I’ve been told my sleek coat is very form-fitting and flattering! I came to Wayside Waifs as a stray awhile back, and last month I came back as a stray once again from Grandview. The lovely animal control officer picked me up and dropped me off here, for shelter. I know my story seems sad, but I’m extremely grateful to the staff and volunteers here! I am ready to find my forever home though, and hopefully it’s you! One thing you should know about me is that I’m high energy. I’d benefit from an active home, where I will get regular exercise, walks, and mental stimulation. It is recommended I go to a home without children under the age of five, just because of my size, strength, and energy level. I already know the command ‘sit,’ but I’m ready to learn more! I enjoy food and toys, so presenting me with yummy treats or a toy will help me enjoy basic obedience training. I enjoy exploring my environment, and checking everything out. I can be playful, and have a tendency to be jumpy and mouthy. I will benefit from impulse control training! We’re still working on my leash skills, as I tend to pull hard. Right now, I’m using a harness and a slip lead, but I’m working hard to ensure I just need a harness! I need a confident owner for a confident girl like me! I do enjoy meeting new people, and giving kisses and hugs. I’ve met a few dogs here at Wayside, and they seem fun! I have a rough play style, and some dogs may not appreciate how I interact with them. We recommend you bring in your dogs to meet me, so we can make sure we can play together! Hopefully I sound like the one for you! I’m energetic, but if you like to run, I’d be a great partner for you. Come visit me at Wayside Waifs. I’ll be waiting!”

Learn more about Sherry here. Sherry also has a video, which you can see here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours! *NOTE OUR NEW ADOPTION HOURS STARTING THIS WEEK!*

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

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 11 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Tigger, Ginger, and Domino!

“The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is Tiggers are wonderful things! I’m a little less bouncy than the Tigger you’re thinking of, but I promise I’m just as cute and loyal. I’m here at Wayside waiting to find my furever family and maybe that could be you! I’m considered the Leader of the Band. That means that I’m always in and around the action. I’m confident and I always want to check out the adventure around me but I’m also super sweet and cuddly. I love being pet and scratched and I’ll repay you in purrs and head butts! I also love pouncing and chasing on different toys. When you come to visit me, you’ll see on my information card that I’m FIV positive. I hope you won’t let this stop you from taking me home, because with a healthy, indoor-only lifestyle, an FIV positive cat can have a long, happy life! I can’t wait to meet you! I know we’ll be the best of friends.”

Learn more about Tigger here. He also has a video, which you can view here.


“Hi there! My name is Ginger and I’m so glad that you stopped by to read more about me, and I think you will be too! I don’t want to brag but I’m told that I’m a beautiful American Blue Heeler mix with pretty spots and a foxy smile. And I’m told that I have the personality to match. I transferred to Wayside from another shelter. Moving around can be scary but I’m so excited to be here because rumor has it that you can find a really great family here at Wayside and that is just what I am looking for! You see, I’m a lovable, energetic girl who is looking for an active, affectionate family. Yep, that’s right, I said affectionate because I LOVE belly rubs. I’ll snuggle up next to you or roll over for some extra pets and love and I’ll have some nice kisses for you in return!! When we aren’t busy loving each other, I would love daily exercise. I could be a good running or walking buddy. Long walks around the neighborhood? Visits to the park? That all sounds great to me! I’m capable of keeping up with an active lifestyle and in fact, I would just love that! Another skill of mine is jumping! I have the ability to jump very high, and because of that, I’ll need a tall fence or to be monitored while I’m outside. Just in case I get the itch to test my jumping skills. I have met a few dogs here at wayside and I seemed to like them. I’m told I have good social skills, but I would still love to meet any future furry dog siblings. Please bring them to Wayside so we can make sure that we will be a great fit! I’m a smart girl who already knows multiple commands but I could benefit from some obedience training. I mean, who doesn’t like to learn new things and show off their skills? I know I would! Wow, they sure say a lot of nice things about you here! Really makes a girl feel good. What would make me feel even better is meeting you! I’ll be sure to show you how great you are too. Please come to Wayside soon so that we can meet and start our adventures together!”

Learn more about Ginger 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 Domino here.

You can meet all of our wonderful Waifs during our adoption hours! Please note the change this week as we gear up for our annual Adopt-A-Thon!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Thursday: CLOSED
  • Friday: 7am-7pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


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