Mar 30 2018

Volunteer Program Highlight: TABBY

A few months back, we featured volunteers doing numerous things around our campus, and we featured playgroups. We figured we’d highlight another wonderful aspect of volunteering with our feline friends; TABBY! TABBY is To Achieve Best Behavior Yet, and focuses on cats finding balance.  TABBY is mostly for cats waiting to be deemed available.  These are the cat that are shy/fearful, desparate for attention or are high energy.  Finding them a balance can reduce stress, and help them move to the adoption floor faster. Today, I met with TABBY volunteer Elizabeth to give me some insight into our cat behavior program.

Elizabeth is pictured above, and after each session, TABBY volunteers do a recap about how long it was, what transpired, etc. It helps present information to other TABBY volunteers, and the Feline Care Manager Bonnie as to who has been worked with or who has made any progress. As stated above, TABBY is mostly for cats waiting to be deemed available, meaning they are not quite adoption ready yet, but definitely can be! They just need that one-on-one time to really improve and gain socialization skills. Volunteers like Elizabeth work weekly with select kitties who need that extra attention, and we greatly appreciate it!

Briefly, we want to show you our current TABBY board. This board is able to help Bonnie communicate to volunteers on what cat needs what. Sometimes the cats only need talking to, and sometimes they need playtime and socialization. Each cat gets unlimited time to improve because everyone improves differently. We also participate in clicker and target training, to help mentally stimulate the cats. Really, each cat is a case by case basis, but this board is updated whenever anyone hits a certain stride.

We decided to work with Breanna first, and boy was she interesting. She hissed, growled, and did a little bit of everything besides interact with us. We quickly realized we needed to play with a barrier between us, and then we saw glimpses of the real Breanna. She is deemed high arousal, so stressful situations like shelter environment can be really hard on her. She did enjoy her cat dancer after a few minutes!

Pictured above is Layla, who is also labeled play with a barrier. She apparently lunges, but we didn’t see that behavior today. She enjoyed us talking to her and playing with her cat dancer, so she is well on her way to graduating! Bonnie determines when a cat will graduate TABBY, and at that point they usually go to the adoption floor. This is where you can see the progress they made, and how well they do in the shelter now. We’ve taken a few photos of some of our TABBY graduates, and would love to show you them so they can brag about how well they’ve done!

Dave is the black cat in the back, and this is his new best friend Vivi. Dave used to hide and cower, but now has blossomed with another cat. He greets people at the door now!

This is Titan Athena, and she was a tough case at first. She was more feral than all of our barn cats when she first was brought to Wayside. Now you can go visit her and as long as she solicits attention first, she will love to sit and chat with you! We’ll also provide a picture of her warning sign, and a video of her being sweet and lovable!

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Our last TABBY graduate is staff favorite Jammers. She was briefly on TABBY but quickly was graduated and moved to the floor. She still has her quirks, but she certainly is a sweetheart!

That was just a little insight of our TABBY program. Come meet some of our TABBY graduates during our adoption hours.

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

 

 

 

 


Mar 21 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Daytona, Chy, and Frittata!

“Daytona is my name and that might make you think of the beach!  The beach is for fun, and I just happen to be a girl who’s looking for a family that wants to have some fun!  I’ve got plenty of energy and I love people.  I was transferred to Wayside from another shelter and I’m betting that I’ll find my new family soon.  I see lots of people coming here who are looking for a new furry friend.  Since you stopped to read about me, maybe you’ll decide that we are meant for each other! When you meet me, you’ll notice that I’m very friendly and happy.  I’m interested in just about everything…especially treats!  You could use those to get my attention and teach me some basic obedience skills.  I’d love to learn some commands so that I can be the best pet ever.  You could also help me learn good leash skills because sometimes I pull hard.  I can’t help it…it’s an exciting world out there and I love exploring it.  I think it would be wonderful to explore it with you!  When we come home tired from our adventures, we can cuddle up for some resting and loving time.  I’m a big fan of that too!Do you have any other dogs?  I’m energetic and playful and like to be with dogs who aren’t rude or aggressive.  When you come to visit me, I’ll need to meet any other dogs in your home…just to make sure we all get along.  I’m sure we will.  I can’t wait to meet you and show you what a good girl I am.  Hopefully you’ll come soon and see for yourself what a good companion I’d be.  Just ask for Daytona, like the beach.  I’ll be waiting and wiggling!”

Learn more about Daytona here.

“Purrrleased to meet you! My name is Chy and I’m a darling nine-month-old kitty with gorgeous brown fur. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around has been very scary and while I’m not totally comfortable yet, I’m doing much better thanks to the kind and compassionate folks here. As I’m sure you guessed by my name, I’m quiet and reserved. I don’t like a lot of commotion. I’m looking for a home with kiddos over the age of 7. I don’t really enjoy being picked up and I need a family who will understand when I need my space. I need to have my own quiet area, like a spare bedroom, to help me adjust when I get home. In exchange I promise you I’ll be your life-long pal. Around here they tell me I’ve got a sweet purr. I love being pet on my head and I LOVE ear scratches. I also give excellent headbutts and I’m the best biscuit maker here! I love taking cat naps and I curl up into the cutest ball you’ll ever see. If you’re looking for a sweet, calm kitty to add to your family then look no further. I might just be the cat for you. Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

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

“Hi there, I’m Frittata!  I’m such a good girl.  I’m playful and sweet and super fun!  I hope you will take the time to get to know me and let me show you what an all-around great dog and wonderful companion I can be.  All I need is someone to believe in me and give me my chance to shine. I’m an athletic and strong, 2 year old, 50 pound bundle of love with a silly smile and gentle eyes.   I am a beauty!  And I’m already fully housebroken.  I came to Wayside as a stray and then no one ever came for me.  Well, that’s their loss, because I am one fine dog!  I felt sort of stressed at the shelter though, so I’ve been able to relax and re-charge in a loving foster home.  It’s fantastic here and I’m not sure I want to leave, but Foster Mom tells me this is just a temporary stop on my journey.  She’s teaching me a lot about life and manners, so that I’ll be ready when you come for me.  I can’t wait for that day and I’m so very excited to get to know you! Life in my foster home is one happy and fun adventure!  Foster Mom loves me because of my delightful personality and also because I’m so well behaved.  I’m completely housebroken and I haven’t had any accidents at all.  Besides that, I can be trusted to roam free in the house even when no one is home.  I never cause any trouble or get into things that aren’t mine.  I’m happy and bouncy and goofy and fun.  I get along just great with everyone I’ve met and I’m a polite and friendly dog to spend time with.  My foster home is sometimes busy and loud, but that doesn’t bother me a bit.  I love to go for walks and run and play in the backyard.  I’m also smart and I know all sorts of commands that I can’t wait to show you.  Foster Mom stays patient and calm with me and she praises me when I’m a good girl, so I’ve quickly learned all the house rules and I love to make her happy by following them.  I will do the same for you! I live with other animals in my foster home and I’m proud to say that we all get along really well!  First off, there’s a cat.  He hissed at me the first day and I’ve left him alone ever since.  Then there’s an older, smaller dog who doesn’t really like to play, so I leave him alone too.  Lastly, there is a friendly dog about my age and size and we love to run and play and nap together.  We’re best of friends!  I also live with teenagers and they are pretty cool!  They’re so fun to hang out with.  I haven’t spent time around young kids under 5 or so and I might be too big and strong for some of them.  Why don’t you just plan to bring the whole family to meet me and we can see how we all get along. I hope you decide that I might be the perfect match for your family!  I’m adaptable and happy and I love to have a good time.  I don’t like being homeless though and I long for the day that I have a forever family to call my very own.  I want to make your life more fun just by having me as part of it.  Please, let me do that for you!”

Learn more about Frittata here.

You can meet all of our adoptable pets during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Mar 14 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Vivi, Brewster, and Clif!

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Vivi. What’s yours? I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve heard people say I am one of the cutest and sweetest girls at Wayside. I have a beautiful round face, glowing copper eyes, and an adorable chunky little body. Black is very slimming, right? I love people. I’m a friendly girl who enjoys attention and affection. If you pet me, I will let you know how much I am loving it with my loud, soulful purr. My midnight-colored coat is like black velvet, so you will love petting me as much as I love having you do it! Right now at Wayside, I have a roommate, and we are getting along just fine. So if you have a friendly cat at home who needs a feline friend, I might be a good fit, as long as proper introductions are followed. There’s one more thing you should know about me: I am FIV-positive. It’s really no big deal. It just means that I need an indoors-only lifestyle, good food, and regular veterinary care. In return, I promise you a lifetime of cuteness and cuddles. Does that sound good to you?”

Learn more about Vivi here.

“Hey there! Thanks for reading about me. My name is Brewster and I’m a two-year-old fella looking for a family to love forever and ever. I’ve definitely moved around a bit and I’m looking for something stable and permanent. I know it won’t be long until I find a home of my very own. I’m a smart guy and I know “Sit”, “Down” and “Stay”. I love treats and toys and I know you and I can learn all sorts of treats and commands together. I aim to please and your praise will motivate me. I need a home with a tall fence and I can’t be left outside alone. I’m an athletic guy and I can easily scale a fence if left unattended. I’m confident and friendly and I can make friends pretty easily. I love getting belly rubs and giving kisses! I do pretty well on a leash and I’d love to release some energy by going on a walk or a run with you. After our adventure we can hang out and relax. I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you. I do ask that you bring the whole family, including four-legged friends to come meet me. I want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. I can’t wait to meet you. Come to Wayside and ask to say hi to Brewster!”

Learn more about Brewster here.

“Orange you glad you are reading about me? I sure am! Hi there, my name is Clif, and I’m a very handsome classic orange, or “red” tabby. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find the purrfect person or people for me. I’m a friendly, laid-back, mellow fellow. I enjoy being petted, and my favorite thing is to just roll around, purr and make air biscuits while you are talking to me. I really helps me concentrate on what you are saying as I hang on your every word. Wouldn’t you love to come home and tell me all about your day? When I had my Felineality test here, they told me I’m a Sidekick. That was no surprise to me. You see, my mission in life is to just hang out beside my favorite person or people, making them look and feel good. Think I could do that for you?”

Learn more about Clif here.

Feel free to visit all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Mar 7 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: 

“Hey there! My name is Maddox and I’m a sweet fella looking for my forever home! I’m just over a year and a half old and I’m as sweet as can be! I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. It’s okay though! I know this is my last stop before I find a family to spend life with! I’m very friendly and I love people! I love giving kisses and getting belly rubs. I’m also pretty smart. I know “Sit” and I know that we can learn even more tricks and commands together. I can be a little jumpy when I’m excited so I’m looking for a family who is willing to put in the time and effort for training. I love spending time outside and I walk pretty well on a leash. I think it would be great to go for a run or a hike with you. After some exercise I’ll cuddle up right next to you. If you’ve got canine friends, I do ask that you bring them with you so I can meet them 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 best friend to go through life with, look no further! I might just be the dog for you! I’ll be waiting!”

Learn more about Maddox here.

“Hello Friend, My name is Moxie! Life up until now, hasn’t been easy. You see, I was adopted from Wayside nearly 5 years ago as an adorable sweet little kitten. I loved my family so much, so when they decided to give me up I was completely heartbroken. Much to the dismay of the wonderful staff and volunteers at Wayside, I became visibly depressed, stopped eating, and really just gave up on life. Just when I thought I could no longer go on, one of the veterinarians decided to foster me. He scooped me up, hugged me close, and told me that everything would be all right. And you know what, he was right! He knew that somewhere in my deep sad eyes was a happy kitty that just needed some time and love to heal from my broken heart. I still miss my family, but his family taught me that love cures all, and I’m happy to be with them. As you can clearly see from my photos, I’m a darling brown and white tabby with a snuggly round face. I’m built for snuggles and cuddles, which I’m sure you’ll love during these cold winter months. I have free-roam of my foster families lower-level. I’ve found a safe hidey spot that I spend most of my time in. When my foster family comes down to see me, I happily leave my safe spot to follow them around and ask for attention. I’m a simple cat, that enjoys simple things. I am a bit independent, but I bond closely with my people and enjoy being near them. In my ideal home, I’d be the only cat. In my last home, there were three cats altogether. Sometimes we co-existed, but mostly we didn’t like sharing our things or the attention we got from our family. I’ll love you so much, you won’t ever need another kitty! I have met a friendly dog in my foster home. I gave him a good whap, and then went about my business. The dog was understanding, so we continued to live together just fine. I’ve also been around small children in my foster home. The little humans are very friendly, but they can also be fast and loud. I like getting pets from them, but will sometimes retreat to my hidey-hole for safety. My foster dad says I have wonderful house-manners! He loves that I use my litterbox so well, and that I keep my area nice and tidy. I love my foster family, but I’m ready to find a family of my very own. Someone(s) who will love me unconditionally. In return, I promise to be your very best friend for the rest of my days and love you with all that I am. I really hope you’ll call to meet me soon, I can’t wait to finally meet you!”

Learn more about Moxie here.

“Hi there. My name is Sissy and I am a 3 year old girl. My coat is all white, just like snow! I weigh about 46 pounds and am a pretty strong girl. I came to Wayside from another shelter when they ran out of room. The prior shelter thought I might be hard of hearing; the folks at Wayside are still trying to determine if that’s true. I am food and toy motivated and just a bundle of energy. I mostly know how to sit, but especially so if you have a treat in your hand! While I am full of energy, I also love to cuddle with people, enjoy snuggling on the couch and getting belly rubs. You should see my tail go when I am excited! I would love to meet you and anyone you have in your house, including your 4 legged children. It’d be pretty awesome if I could go home with you today! If you think I’m the right girl for you, please come see me today.”

Learn more about Sissy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


Mar 2 2018

Abby and Yuko: Long-Term Residents

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 Andrea and Mac, and we have some good news. Of course if you follow our blog, you know Andrea was adopted shortly after the blog was released. Mac went to a foster home, and we are happy to report he is doing well and is learning a lot about what a home is like! This month, we are going to feature Abby and Yuko!

Abby has officially been at Wayside Waifs for 214 days. She originally came to us in July of 2017 from a transferring shelter. While we let her settle in, once we behavior tested her, we noticed she had some interesting quirks. Abby needed to work on impulse control and managing her excitement. She was very jumpy, not horribly mouthy, but displayed some mouthiness. She wasn’t sure of her harness going over her head, and she was very stressed here. We also noticed she wasn’t quite sure how to interact with dogs. Overall, she was still a very sweet and social girl, but we knew going forward we had to improve her skills a little bit before she would do well in a home. She was promptly put in our Peace Academy program and began training almost immediately.

After just a week, Abby had improved so much! She became PA available, so she could be seen by potential families. She does have a few restrictions of being no kids under five, and no dogs. Dog skills are something adopters could work on over time with the help of a trainer, but where her socialization is at with dogs at this time she will not be able to successfully live with another dog. She will need a home with NO KIDS 5 AND UNDER due to her energy level and strength. She will need an active home with adopters who are prepared to give her the exercise and play time that she will need to live successfully in a home. Just going for walks or being out in a yard will not be enough exercise for her. She is still working on her manners with impulse control and will need to continue working on that. She can get excited when she hears and/or sees another dog, so adopters will need to be aware of their surroundings when on walks, out in a fenced yard, windows she can see out of etc. She has a very good “sit” and “look” and both of those commands will be good for her when needing to redirect her focus. She is very affectionate and loves people. She will crawl into your lap and give kisses if you allow her to. She is food, toy, and praise motivated, so she is eager to continue her training. She will need to go home on an easy walk harness so adopters have control over her.

Abby is a dog that loves to go on field trips and car rides! Just a month later in September of 2017, she graduated from Peace Academy altogether. We were/are so proud of her! She made great progress with impulse control and overall excitability, so we threw a little party for her. In October, she ended up on a bite hold from an accidental tooth scrape, and was put on observation for 10 days. After her hold, we put her back on Peace Academy because she had so much pent up energy, and we wanted to work with her efficiently.

Ever since November, Abby was placed back on the adoption floor and been available. Our best guess as to why she is still here is the past behavior. She has improved immensely since she first came in, but she does require consistent continued training to keep up her progress. She has a small child restriction, and a no dogs restriction. However, she is fun, sweet, and generally a good time, so please consider her for either yourself or someone you know! She is going to tell you a little bit about herself as well!

**Abby is currently staying in a foster home. If you’d like to schedule a time to meet her, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. And she has a video! To watch, scroll through her pictures and click on the video link. Thanks!**

**Abby is eligible for a Slumber Paw-ty! Please see “Slumber Paw-ty Program” page under the “Adopt” tab for more details.**

“Hi there, I’m Abby! I’m a sweet, affectionate, and energetic dog with a delightful personality and a smile that brightens any room. Sure, I’m tired of being homeless. Shelter life can feel lonely at times and I wonder when it might be my turn to be chosen by a new family. But I never get discouraged by the circumstances I’ve been given. I’m trying my best to be patient. But just so you know, I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now! I’m an adorable, 2 ½ year old Lab/Pit Bull mix with the softest and shiniest black fur you’ve ever seen. I am a beauty! And I’m already housebroken, so I think that will make you happy. I’ve always tried my best to keep my kennel clean when staying at a shelter, but I’m one smart cookie and even after such a long time without a home, I remembered my house manners when I was chosen to spend time in a foster home. I didn’t have any accidents at all! Besides my smarts, I’m eager to please and I love to learn, so if you will stay positive and patient with me and if you praise me when I’m a good girl, I will quickly learn all the house rules. Anyway, I came to Wayside last summer as a transfer from a shelter in New Orleans when they didn’t have space for me. And I love it here, although what I’ll really love is a home and family of my very own. One day, Foster Mom showed up and took me home with her. That was the best day ever and the time I have spent in my foster home has been an incredible ride! My foster parents love me because I’m housebroken and overall well behaved. I make them laugh with my fun and playful antics. But the thing they love most about me is when I settle down and show off my sweet and snuggly side. I love to curl up on the couch as close as possible to Foster Dad, or even in his lap when I’m invited, and we take a nap together. I feel so relaxed and content in a real home and I dream of the day when this is my everyday life. Lots of things make me happy and you’ll never find me having a bad day. I’m a wizard at the game of fetch! I will play as long as you’re willing and I like to lean into you as I drop the toy off to you. I love my toys, especially rope toys, and I frequently carry them with me during my walks. I’ve got lots of energy and I’ll need daily exercise to keep me healthy and calm. I’d love a fenced yard to play in, but I will also need a daily walk or run. Sometimes I pull on my leash, so a harness works great for me. I’m part of the Wayside Running Program, where they say I am an excellent running partner who keeps fantastic focus and a perfect pace. If you’re looking for a little motivation to stay in shape, I can be that for you! After all that exercise though, there’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I love to curl up next to you on the couch with one of my toys and relax as you pet me or rub my belly. I’m friendly and social and affectionate, with a wonderful temperament and such a sweet smile. I was never socialized with other dogs and sometimes I’m reactive around them, so I will need to be your only dog. I’ll shower you with so much love and attention that I’ll be enough though. And because I’m energetic and strong and sometimes jumpy, I’ll need a home without kids under the age of at least 5. Please bring the whole family to meet me before we go home together, including kids and other dogs. I’ve been waiting so long and I just really want to make sure we’re a good match for each other. I’m flexible and adaptable and I should do just great with most active families. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you’re not sure what to do. I certainly never planned to be homeless for so long. But I refuse to let it get me down. So I’m making the most of my time at Wayside… learning manners, staying busy, and making lots of friends. And I’m waiting for you to give me the chance that no one else has. I know you’re out there. I hope you come for me soon.

Love, Abby”

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

This handsome boy is Yuko, who has been at the shelter for a total of 195 days. He originally came into Wayside as an owner surrender. His owner could no longer care for him, but he gave us some great information on him. Yuko has done well with children aged 1 and up, but we quickly noticed he stresses easily while adjusting to shelter life. We also noticed he doesn’t like anything going over his head, including hands, treats, and toys.

After getting used to being here, and interacting with volunteer, Yuko started showing us his quirks. Anything above his head makes him completely nervous, so his first reaction is to nip/bite. A few weeks after he came in, he was put on a 10 day observation hold. During his bite hold, you can interact with the kennel door acting as a barrier. We put him on our cat program TABBY, where volunteers work with stressed cats to help them come out of their shell. Turns out Yuko was good at “target,” which is teaching cats tricks like dogs, but it helps mental enrichment! Check out his tricks below:

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After his hold was released, we put a no kids under 7 restriction on him. While his previous home said he was okay with kids, he stresses easily, and children who go to pet his head could easily be nipped and become scared of him. In early October, he was put on another hold due to someone petting him on the head. We continued to practice “target” with him, so he wouldn’t get bored during this observation. Yuki has officially learned his name, and we’ve learned he likes things on his terms; he will let you know when he is done with pets and playtime, but will always accept treats!

At the end of October, Yuko was placed on yet another observation hold. We put signs and directives on their kennels and doors to try and prevent this, but it only goes so far. Yuko still got his target practice in, and continued to do well with that during his third hold. After he was released, we introduced him to another cat in the shelter, to see if this would be a good option for him. He did rather well with her, so we foster requested him.

Yuko has done well in his foster home since he went in November. He started to dislike the resident cats, but that means he gets his own floor to himself. He can sit, turn, and high-five! He has now been approved to be an indoor/outdoor cat. Be advised he is NOT a barn cat, but a cat that is friendly, but needs an outlet. He longs to be outside, so we suspect there is more to his story than what we know. We suspect the fact that he is in foster is affecting his limited visibility, and also his history and requirements. However, given the chance, Yuko would be a wonderful addition to someone’s home. He’d like to tell you a bit about himself too!

**Yuko is in foster care.  To schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. To watch his video, scroll through his pictures and click on the video link.**

“Hello, my name is Yuko….thanks for taking a moment to learn more about me!  As you can see, I’m a gorgeous 6.5-year old black cat with super soft fur. I was surrendered to Wayside because my family was moving and couldn’t take me along. I’m not going to lie — life has been difficult. You see, when people visit the shelter, they assume all cats want to be petted and hugged. But that wasn’t the case for me. Then, one day my Foster Mom and Dad took me home and gave me the space and time I needed to start figuring out my new life. Foster Mom quickly realized that although I was surrendered as an indoor/outdoor cat, I was not comfortable inside. Most things scared me. When I am scared or insecure, I tend to bite. So Foster Mom quickly started figuring out what I liked and what I didn’t. She began noticing how I like to be touched and when not to touch me. Now, I sit in her lap for long periods of time just purring away. She knows there are also times when I need to play and “get the crazies out.” Since I wasn’t comfortable with hands around my face, Foster Mom began daily training sessions with me.  Now I can sit, look, twirl, target and give you a high-five. When I’m relaxed and confident, I’m a real Super Kitty! I also have a great time playing independently with toy mice and ping-pong balls. After three months in my foster home, my friends realized I will need some outdoor time to keep me happy. Perhaps you live in a rural area and are looking for the perfect indoor-outdoor cat where I have a field to roam. I would also be content as a friendly barn cat where I can come and go as I please. You will have no mice on my watch. A city life is not out of the question, but I would prefer a screen porch or my very own catio!! A quiet, adult-only home would be sublime. I have lived with cats in the past, but right now I prefer to be separated from them. Foster Mom thinks this might change when I get some fresh air again. Foster Mom can tell you more about me and all the progress I’ve made. So if you’re looking for a forever companion who’s friendly and self-reliant, please call Wayside to set up a time to meet me. I can’t wait!

Love & purrs,

Yuko”

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

Please feel free to visit all of our adoptable pets during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Feb 28 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Brutus, Jammers, and Red Boy!

“Hi everyone! The name’s Brutus, and I’m a two-year-old handsome boy! I was brought to Wayside Waifs as a stray, wondering the streets, until the wonderful animal control officer picked me up and brought me here. I couldn’t be more grateful for a warm place to sleep! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. Yes, I have wonderful brown markings and striking brown eyes. Let me tell you I am also extremely smart! I know the commands come, sit, shake, down, and stay. WOW! I love treats, toys, and praise, and I am ready to learn more with you. I’m a goofy and lovable guy who likes spending time with people. I get a little jumpy when playing, so having owners used to my play style and size will be essential. I’m a big boy, so I want you to feel comfortable walking me and hanging out with me. I ask that you walk me with a harness to be on the safe side! Based on some of my meetings with dogs here, we ask that I go to a home with no dogs, no cats, and no little furries running around. I know it’s a lot to ask, but I am a sizable guy and I don’t want to hurt anyone! I am a confident boy in new situations, so I would love to meet you! Thanks for reading about me. I’m a real sweet boy and I’m just looking for my peeps. Come out to Wayside and ask for Brutus; you will not be disappointed.”

Learn more about Brutus here.

“Hey you! Thanks for clicking on my photo! I’m Jammers and I am 5 years old. My old owners brought me to Wayside a little while ago because it just wasn’t the right time for them to have a pet. It’s been hard not having them around anymore, but I’m learning to get back on my feet. I enjoy playing, cuddling, but, most of all, socializing! They call me a Leader of the Band around here because I love meeting new people and making new friends. I am very friendly and sweet towards adults but I’m not quite sure about little humans just yet. They tend to be loud and handsy which can be a little overwhelming at times. I prefer a home with people over 10 years old and no other cats, I want to be the center of attention! In return for your cooperation, love, and treats I will be sure to give you lots of headbutts, kisses, and purrs! A pretty good trade off if you ask me. What’s not to love? I’ll do great in the litter box, I’ll happily greet your guests, and overall be an amazing companion. Hope to see you soon!”

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

“Who could resist a big dog named Red Boy?  I’m 59 pounds of sweetness and would love to meet you.  I may be a little shy at first but I warm up quickly and you’ll see how affectionate I am.  I soak up attention from people and have a lot of love to give right back!  That’s why I’m hoping to quit the shelter life and find a loving family ASAP! I’m a confident guy and will show you how I sit on command and come when called.  If you want to teach me more commands I’d be delighted, especially if you reward me with a yummy treat or two!  Would you like a companion to take walks with you?  I want to see everything there is to see on walks (it’s so exciting out there) and with your help to improve my leash skills, I can learn not to pull and become your perfect walking buddy.  And when we come home, we can settle in for a great belly rubbing session! I’ve met a couple dogs here at Wayside and have shown I’m pretty cool in that situation.  (Actually, I’m more interested in people!)  If you have other dogs at home, I hope you’ll bring them when you come to see me.  That way we can make sure we all get along! Do me a favor…come soon so we can see if we belong together.  I’m thinking it’ll be a win!”

Learn more about Red Boy here.

Please visit us and all of our Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Feb 21 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Big Buddy, Moses, and Jerry!

“Hi guys! My name is Big Buddy and I’m a 10-month-old fella. I came to Wayside Waifs from another shelter and I’m extremely grateful to be in good hands here! Even though I’m a young pup, I’m highly intelligent and know the command “Sit”. I could benefit from basic obedience training to add more commands to my skill set. I’m a huge lover of toys, so the more toys, the happier I’ll be. Since I love toys so much, they tend to become a distraction, but don’t worry, I’ll still give you all the attention you deserve! I’m very friendly towards humans and my fellow canine counterparts. If you already have any canine family members, I recommend you bring them in to meet me before taking me home. If you’re searching for a future best friend, look no further and come and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Big Buddy here.

“’Holy Moses!’ is what you might say when you first lay eyes on me. That’s because I’m one big beautiful kitty — a kitty who is waiting ever so patiently to find my new forever home. I’ve come to Wayside because my previous family could no longer care for me. I’m used to a home with kids and a small dog — but no big dogs please, they scare me. My feline-ality is Personal Assistant, so you’ll never have to worry about being lonely. I’ll be at your side while you get all your chores done, then hop up on your lap when it’s time to relax. I don’t like to brag, but I’m pretty darn popular with the volunteers and staff here at Wayside. You’ll hear words like “gentle,” “sweet,” and “affectionate” tossed around as they describe their interactions with me. Please know that my initial testing indicated that I’m FIV+. That just means I’ll need a good healthy diet, regular vet visits, and an indoors-only lifestyle. An adoption counselor can answer any questions you may have. If you’re ready for a special new addition to your family, let’s get the conversation started. I’ll be right here inside the “Purr Palace” eagerly awaiting your visit. Can’t wait to meet you.”

Learn more about Moses here.

“Howdy! My name is Jerry. I’m a five-year-old fella looking for a family to call my own. I came to Wayside from another shelter. Starting over can be scary but I know this is my last stop before I find my forever home. I’m a sweet boy who likes attention. I would love to be able to run and play and go on adventures. I’ve done well as a running dog with some of Wayside’s volunteers. Maybe we can go explore the neighborhood together? I’m also pretty smart. I know “Come”, “Sit”, and “Stay”. I bet with some treats we can learn some more things together! I’m pretty serious about my food, so I’ll need a home where I’ve got a safe space to eat away from kiddos and other animals. I don’t want to accidentally hurt someone. Speaking of kiddos, I would do best in a home with children over the age of five. If you’re looking for a new best pal, I just might be the dog for you. I’ll be waiting for you at Wayside! Come on down and ask to meet me!”

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

You can see all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Feb 16 2018

Volunteer Highlight: Playgroups

A few months back, we featured volunteers doing numerous things around our campus, and we featured Candy Brown who is a volunteer adoptions counselor. We figured we’d highlight another wonderful aspect of volunteering with our canine friends; playgroups! Playgroups are a wonderful way for our dogs to get some exercise, have fun, make new friends, and enjoy a break from shelter life! While the videos and picture provided will only feature dogs, we’ll tell you a little bit about the volunteers who regularly run these fun play sessions.

As pictured above, playgroups can teach us a lot about how dogs behave around other dogs. We do testing to see how they get along when canines are first brought in, but playgroups can provide some more detailed information. Do they like other dogs? Do they LOVE other dogs? Do they perk up at the idea of having a playmate? Another aspect of learning during these sessions is we can see a play style. Does the dog play gentle or rough? Do they take corrections well? Dogs playing may look a little aggressive, but you can quickly tell the difference between rough play and aggressive play. Check out the link below:

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While you see a lot of teeth and jumping up, notice the body language. Tails are up, eyes are relaxed, body is relaxed. They take a few seconds of breathing breaks, which is a good sign they are having fun! Even tongues can show that it is nothing to worry about, such as if they are hanging off to the side of their mouths. They are having a howling good time! (Excuse the pun.) We do most of our playgroups in our Agility Park, and we have some fun obstacles for dogs if they want to try those out. Check out the movie below:

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You see one of the dogs jump over a pole! Notice how halfway through the video, they are touching, but they take a few seconds of still positions. They are taking a break, while seeing who is going to make the first move to play again. It is really fascinating that they communicate solely through looks and body languages. We do playgroups all year-round, during all of the seasons. Dogs seem to enjoy the summer playgroups, because we set up pools for them; the ultimate cool-down!

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Those dogs are really enjoying that pool! You might be wondering how we determine which dogs might benefit from playgroups. We keep a board in our dog area that keep track of every dog we’ve tried. We give them “yes,” “no,” or “re-try.” Some dogs don’t play well, and some do, and some might be having an off day, or just had surgery. Dogs are not allowed to play with recent stitches or certain illnesses or infections they may have, but liking other dogs is a must! Our volunteers bring whistles with them just in case a fight might break out, but those rarely happen! We sometimes have large playgroups with more than two dogs; and those can be a blast!

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The way they all stop and go immediately is so funny! We have a good amount of volunteers and staff who run playgroups, but here are some volunteer testimonies of how much this benefits both the dogs and humans:

“The dogs can forget they are homeless and enjoy playing with their dog friends for a few minutes.”

“Love seeing pure dog joy.”

“Seeing dogs who are so fearful come to life when they have a chance to play with other dogs.”

” I love seeing the dogs enjoy spending time making new friends and just learning how to have fun ‘being a dog.'”

” It’s a fantastic energy release for the dogs. 20 minutes of playtime is amazing exercise.”

“I love the bond we made with fellow volunteers.”

It’s not just great for the dogs, but most of these volunteers have become friends through Wayside and their volunteer programs! We couldn’t do this without them, and we appreciate all the dedication they have towards our Waifs. Thanks for giving our dogs a break and allowing them to make new friends!

Please feel free to visit us during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Feb 14 2018

Waif Wednesday

Happy Valentine’s Day, and welcome our Waifs of the Week! Maybe they’ll be your Valentine: Marie, Gunner, and Edna!

“Hi there, I’m Marie!  I’m an adorable dog with fur as soft as silk and an expressive face that’s sure to make you smile.  I am sweet and gentle and quiet.  I can’t wait to hang out with you on the couch and listen to you tell me about your day.  I will make a wonderful companion for you, if you’ll just invest some time up front with me.  You see, I’m timid and shy and strange things make me nervous.  So it will take me more time than most dogs to learn to trust you and relax with you.  I hope you think I’m worth it! I’m darling! I’m about 43 pounds and I think that’s the perfect size.  I was transferred to Wayside by a rescue group out of New Orleans.  The whole process of relocating felt sort of overwhelming to me though. And the shelter was big and noisy, yet I’ve never felt so alone.  I tried to make friends and fit in to my new life the best I could, but I was afraid to let people get too close to me.  I was even reluctant the day Foster Mom showed up.  But she whispered to me that everything would be ok and she made me feel safe.  She took me home and has been teaching me all about living as part of a real family.  I had no idea. Everything is new and strange and still scary to me, although I’m definitely making progress.  Foster Mom has enjoyed watching me come out of my shell, little by little, day by day.  I’ve been working on housebreaking and getting used to household noises and learning to enjoy getting petted.  Nothing happens overnight for me though, so I will need you to stay patient and calm with me.  Foster Mom praises me whenever I’m a good girl, so that I learn what she expects from me as my confidence builds.  I spent the first few days in my foster home under the dining room table, but now I like to lounge on the couch, even when no one is home and at night.  I feel safe there, so it’s my go to spot, although I’m still getting used to the noises of the TV.  I haven’t explored the rest of the house much at all.  I don’t bark or jump on people.  When we have visitors, I run and hide.  I love to go for walks and I do very well with my harness lead, but I get nervous when I meet new people along the way.  I’d love a daily walk with a quiet and predictable route through the neighborhood where I know what to expect. I can climb and jump fences, even really tall ones.  So at this point, I can’t be outside without my leash.  I’m ok with that though and I understand.  One time, I bolted out the front door when someone had it open, so now Foster Mom watches me very closely to keep me safe indoors.  This will be very important in my new home, because my fears would likely make me run if I got loose in my new home.  I live with a Yorkie in my foster home and we do just fine together.  We don’t play much, but we enjoy each other’s company and like to hang out together.  I’d love another dog in my new home that could teach me and show me the way.  But kids make me nervous, so I will need a home without kids under the age of at least 10.  I’m looking for a calm and quiet home without much commotion, so kids aren’t part of my plan anyway.  I will need to meet the whole family, including other dogs and all the kids, before we go home together. I want to be your couch buddy and just quietly hang out with you.  And I want to feel safe and know that you’re there for me, but that you will also give me space and let me be me.  I hope you’re looking for a sweet and gentle soul like me to share your life with.  I hope you need me as much as I need you.”

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

“Hello world! I’m Gunner, the handsome, 8 year old, gray kitty who’s looking for my furever home! About a month ago, Animal Control found me as a stray and brought me to Wayside. Since arriving, I have become more comfortable and found many new person friends who love me very much. They like to “ooo” and “ahhh” about my sleek gray coat and handsome eyes. In return, I allow them to talk and tell me about their days while I give them my input. Actually, I’m quite the talker and can hold up lengthy intellectual discussions over just about anything. They call me a Personal Assistant around here because I just love to socialize and be around people. Are you working on your laptop? Let me lend a paw! Tapping at your phone? I wanna join! What I’m really trying to say here is that I’d make a great, loyal companion. I love visitors and would love to have you swing by! Hope to see you soon!”

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


“Hi, I am Edna!  I am a beautiful 38 pound, one year old girl.  I have a beautiful black coat and shimmery black eyes. I came to Wayside via a transfer from the ASPCA that rescued me from a hoarding situation.  Not a very nice life for a young pup.  When I got here, I was so scared – I wouldn’t let anyone get close – they couldn’t even weigh me!  Then my Foster Mom came along.  Being in a real home has changed my life!  I have come a long way with the help of my friends at Wayside and I am ready for my forever home.  Let me tell you about myself – see if I might be just what you are looking for.  I am a very sweet girl that enjoys being with my family. Please give me time to adjust when we first get home – I might be scared – but, once I learn to trust and love you, I will want to stay close to you when you are home.  I love to stretch out on my back for a good belly rub and snuggle with you and will be happy just laying by your side.   If you’ve got room on the bed for me and invite me, count on me jumpin’ up and joining you at night! I spent so long being nervous and scared, I am just now starting to explore.  I am very curious about my environment and love to track down all sorts of smells and noises.  I am also starting to play with toys – I like Nylabones and hard rubber toys best – gives me something good to chew on.  I like to carry a toy around the house with me – then it’s always with me when I am ready to play! I need a home with a fenced yard, as I get a little spooked when I go on walks outside the home. I don’t mind putting my harness and leash on and starting out, but once I encounter something or someone I don’t know, I get anxious and want to go home.  I hope you will work with me on this.  I know I can get better, like I have with other things, it will just take time. I am partially housetrained and will go on the potty pad when Foster Mom is gone or at night.  I do well in a crate and am happy to stay in there if you are going to be gone for a while, but when you are home I like to be out and about.  At night, I sleep in Foster Mom’s room and enjoy being on the bed with her. In my foster home, there is another dog and I love playing with her, running in the back yard and romping in the house.  I can get overwhelmed when other dogs come over and then I will go to my safe place. I will do best if there is a confident dog in my new home that can help me continue to grow and learn what is acceptable. Usually, I am shy, but sometimes, I like to get spunky – I have a bounce in my step and just let loose and have fun!  I think that as we bond, those happy, fun days will become more and more frequent.  I am looking forward to it! I would love for you to come meet me, if you think I might be the girl for you!”

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

You can meet all of our adoptable animals during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Feb 9 2018

Department Highlight: Behavior Team

We like to highlight departments in our shelter, as there are so many people that are working “behind the scenes” to make Wayside Waifs what it is today. Previously, we showcased our Vet Clinic, and this time, we would like to showcase our Behavior Team. This small but important section of our organization is responsible for overseeing every dog’s temperament in the shelter. They test them, work with them, and are able to pinpoint certain behaviors to help match an animal with that perfect home.

This picture includes our entire behavior team. Jess is the Behavior Team Manager, and Ben and Brad are our Behavior Evaluators. Here they are meeting in our Admissions Department to go over an appointment. With dog surrenders, we do a behavior exam on intake before they are admitted into our facility. The dog should be able to eventually qualify for adoption, even if they need a little work now. The exams also help to pinpoint certain good and bad behaviors we can continue and change over time.

Brad is seeing if new dog Haley is treat motivated. Brad mentioned he enjoys working with all these dogs to work with different aspects of dog behavior. You see it all in a shelter, and you can see the wonderful turnaround they can make. During these exams, the team tests several different aspects, such as reactivity, motivations, restraint, and touch, to name a few. Haley is nervous as she is in a new place with new people for the first time, so our tests aren’t all that strict as they are more informative. We just want to get an idea of the dog’s personality, both in general and in a new situation.

Something we learned about Haley was that she is not so interested in treats as she is praise and toys. She enjoyed hanging out with all of us, and chasing after a tennis ball or two! You may be thinking that all the BE team does for a living is play with dogs, but that is far from the truth! Besides testing, they answer questions that have been submitted by the public, they oversee our Peace Academy(high-arousal) and Confidence College(shy and fearful) dogs, and they also teach classes that the public can attend!

Ben is having a cute moment with Haley after she got to know everyone. She will not be available yet, but she is well on her way! Ben is the veteran on this team, and is now teaching our classes and answering behavior questions. If you’re interested in either of those, please click here. Ben mentioned the benefits to meeting all of the adult dogs at Wayside. While some of them may not need any extra TLC, some do, and he enjoys seeing their progress to become “a normal dog.”

When asked, the manager of the team, Jess, mentioned her dual position. She is also our Canine Care Manager, so technically she is in charge of two different departments. “In my position, I’m able to communicate with my staff better. I can get our canine care techs involved in behavior, and vice versa. We all can learn about dog behavior that way, and there is never a dull moment!” We’d also like to mention that BE is looking for someone to join their team. If you’re interested, check this link out.

Here Ben is working with Brute, a Peace Academy dog, on ‘look’ and ‘sit.’ At Wayside Waifs, we believe in positive reinforcement training, and we also use whistles. Brute normally fixates on people’s hands, so learning ‘look’ was essential to his well-being. He can learn that he’ll still get a treat, and doesn’t have to necessarily fight for it. Brute has already made some wonderful improvements! He is actually from St. Croix, so he is an island dog at heart!

To sum it up, we wouldn’t be able to adopt out near as many animals as we do if it wasn’t for this behavior team. We can work with animals directly and get to the root of the problems, and we can get a vague idea of what they are like in a home. Thanks to Jess, Ben, and Brad! You make Wayside a better place! Keep up the good work!

You can visit us during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


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