Aug 9 2016

Betsy, Waif of the Week!

Let me tell you about my friend, Betsy! This precious Retriever/Lab mix is ready to find her fur-ever home. After coming to Wayside from another shelter that was full, she was very scared and shy. Betsy wasn’t sure how to walk on a leash, play with toys, or even interact with other dogs. She was then enrolled in a special program here at Wayside Waifs called Confidence College. This program helps shy and fearful dogs learn how to interact and come out of their shell! She did grrr-eat when volunteers showed her how much fun walks and playing can be. Betsy learned to relax around other dogs and open up a little. She soon graduated then spent some time in a foster home where she did fabulously.



Her foster parents learned a lot about Betsy during her stay. She absolutely LOVES to go on walks and has great leash manners.


When inside, though, she doesn’t mind relaxing and laying around all day.


She’s very cuddly and loves to lean up on people.  When you sit down Betsy won’t hesitate to crawl up in your lap and sit with you. She’s full of love and kisses to give! Staff and volunteers even started calling her ‘Velcro Dog’ because she loves people and being by your side.





Another fun fact about Betsy is that she loves cats! She’s currently staying in a foster home with another foster cat named Stella. Stella and Betsy are the best of friends and enjoy cuddling and nose kisses. Betsy would love to find a home with a feline friend! Betsy has really improved her social skills with other dogs, too. She came in not knowing how to interact with other dogs but since then she has been able to break out of her shell and make some friends! She will still need to be socialized appropriately and slowly with other dogs but she gives appropriate warnings when she’s feeling uncomfortable. With the right dog she could make a great pal!





This cuddle bug also loves to explore. Here Betsy studies art at Avila University. The work has no name plate, so Betsy calls it Dipylidium Caninum Infinitus. (Betsy is very intelligent.)




Betsy needs a loving, patient home with people who will give her attention and help her really blossom into the amazing companion she’s destined to be. If you’re looking for a sweet, quiet dog, maybe even one who loves cats, Betsy is your gal. Schedule a time to meet her by calling Wayside Waifs! In the mean time, take a look at her adorable video.


Tail wags!


Aug 3 2016

Cricket, Cricket!


Three great ways to describe Cricket? Here they are!

1. LAP MAGNET: Looking for a cat to relax with? Cricket is your girl. Staff and volunteers adore her obsession with trying out every single lap that she can get her paws on. Once she has found JUST the right spot, she will start making biscuits (affectionately kneading her paws), she will lean in for a quick kiss or two, and will purr to her hearts content. If you have a lap (everyone does!) Cricket is sure to give you the royal treatment.13872996_656383621179705_4280245657705628131_n

2. Predictable: In Cricket’s world predictable certainly doesn’t mean boring-it means predictably affection and cute! The second you walk through her suite door she will give you a quick meow or two, hop down off her favorite chair or cat tree, and assess your lap for comfort. Once you have passed the test, she will jump up and plop right down! We love her predictably cute routine!13631569_10210249710344929_2655804706409377244_n

3. Petite: Cricket is a petite beauty! When she developed her lap sitting habit, we think she knew she was just the right size. Not only is she petite, but look at those beautiful blue eyes of hers! The only way to really appreciate this girl’s beauty is by heading out to Wayside to meet her. She would love to have another lap added to her bucket list!13619940_10210249710504933_5205329672614830742_n

Cricket would LOVE for you to come visit her at Wayside Waifs, but until then check out her profile and watch her video here:



Jul 18 2016

Waif of the Week – Grant!

Hey there, I’m Grant! You may not have heard yet that I was chosen as one of Wayside’s Waifs of the Week! I’m enjoying the attention, but I’d love to be able to wear the adopted ‘crown’ soon and get to my fur-ever home! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. You probably had to do a double take when you saw my photo because of my unique black and white coloring. I may have the markings of a cow, but I am in fact an adorable, little kitty. I’m 4 years old and ready to meet my purr-fect peeps! You may have noticed my beautiful golden eyes, too! I don’t like to brag but I sure do get a lot of compliments on them.

Don’t be mislead, I’m much more than a pretty face. I’m sweet, loving, affectionate and smart and I’m going to make the BEST companion to my people. I came to Wayside after being lost and alone as a stray. I was lonely and scared but then Wayside Waifs welcomed me with open arms and I just know this will be my last stop before finding my home.

I’m pretty much the perfect package: a confident, curious, affectionate, playful boy. My favorite toys are mice toys and feather wands. We’ll have so much fun chasing and playing together! I also LOVE snuggling up in a comfy lap, so if you have one of those, that would be PAW-SOME! My favorite thing at Wayside is to park myself in a good lap and watch all the cats and people around me – so entertaining!

If you’re looking for a fabulous feline who’s sweet and friendly with an unforgettable face, please moooove on down to Wayside and ask for me, Grant! Hope to see you soon!



Jul 6 2016

Summer Safety Tips for your Feline Friends!

Though many greet summer with excitement over warm weather, open pools, or a break from classes it is also a season when cat owners need to be especially careful. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you take care of your feline friend this summer.


1. Keep Your Cat Indoors

Cats are especially sensitive to hot weather and are far more comfortable inside with air conditioning than they are out in the heat. Keep your cat inside as much as possible, only bringing them out when absolutely

2. Know the Signs of Heat Stroke

Just like humans, cats are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke during the hot summer months. Symptoms of heatstroke in cats include panting, restlessness, sweaty paws, staggering, very red gums, or vomiting. If you notice these symptoms in your cat get them out of the heat and to a vet if the symptoms don’t

3. Ensure Your Cat Has Access to Shade

If you do bring your cat outside, make sure that they can move to a shaded area to cool down. Cats’ paws are especially sensitive to hot pavement and can easily burn if they are on it too long. Additionally, cats’ bodies can easily sunburn if they are sitting in direct sunlight for too long despite being covered in

4. Don’t Leave Your Cat in the Car

On hot days the temperature inside a car can rise exponentially in just minutes. In these conditions a cat left in the car can quickly succumb to heatstroke that could lead to death. If you are driving with your cat in the car with you keep the air conditioning on and make sure to take them with you when you leave.Cats

5. Watch Out For Bugs

Bugs, specifically stinging insects such as wasps and bees, can annoy or even harm your cat. Make sure to keep your cat away from these insects because they may decide it is a fun game to swat at the bugs. Sugary drinks attract these insects so don’t leave them around.

Summer will be both fun and safe for your cat if you use these five tips!cat-1461908_1920

Jun 27 2016

Meet Waifs of the Week, Conan and Astaire!

Meow there! Meet these two Paw-some Waifs of the Week, Conan and Astaire! These two felines are one of a kind cats that are looking for a fur-ever home!

Conan is a devastatingly handsome, Domestic Shorthair, mix weighing about 12 pounds. He’s an affectionate guy just looking for someone to love. After being brought in by his last owner when they could no longer care for Conan, he was welcomed to Wayside Waifs with open arms. He’s been having so much fun with his Waif friends while he visits but he’s ready to get to his final destination. Conan is friendly and talkative. He won’t hesitate to show you just how much he loves you with plenty of head butts and purrs. He was given the feline-ality of Private Investigator. He likes to lay low and watch over the household from behind the scenes. Rest assured, he’ll still have plenty of time to show you love. Once he gets to know you and has time to feel comfortable in his new surroundings, he’ll blossom into the affectionate, loving cat he really is. Something unique about this guy is that he’s a polydactyl, which means he has extra toes! His beautiful, dark swirl pattern in his fur and his green eyes makes him a real eye catcher, too. To pass the time you can find Conan playing with his mouse toy or just relaxing, waiting for the purr-fect peeps to find him and take him home.

Learn more about Conan and watch his video here:




Astaire is a young, red and white tabby kitty! She’s only 2 months old and weighs about 2 pounds. Astaire lived with her foster mom before becoming available for adoption, who said that Astaire is a sweet and gentle kitty. She’s a bit shy at first so she’ll do best in a calm, quiet environment. Astaire is also quite playful! He loves chasing lasers and playing with his cat charmer. Interactive toys are his favorite. He’ll happily climb on and over you when he’s playing and will love it if you’ll join the fun! He’s also a cuddler. He liked to snuggle up with his foster brothers and enjoyed lots of lap time, too. He’s a curious fellow who enjoys looking out windows and learning new things. You can come by Wayside Waifs to meet him and see if he’s the guy for you!

Learn more about Astaire here:





Conan and Astaire are both waiting to find the perfect home. If you think that home could be yours, come by soon to see just how much these guys have to offer!!


Jun 13 2016

Meet Waif of the Week, Elton!



Meet Elton! This cute little guy is Waif of the Week, so he’s kind of a big deal. Elton is an adorable, little kitten who was brought to Wayside Waifs after being found as a stray. As you can imagine, being lost and alone was scary for this two-month old fur ball. Luckily, he found his way to us and now he’s receiving excellent care while he waits for his new family to find him. This little guy LOVES to play. He spends all day hanging out with his friends Elise and Ellery, playing with toys and relaxing. Since he’s only had 2 months to start learning things, he’ll need a family that can teach him the proper ways to live in a home. Things like potty training and manners! With the right training he’ll grow into the best companion. Interactive toys will help keep him both physically and mentally stimulated so he can be a well-rounded feline. Do you like to cuddle? So does Elton! Since he’s a baby he gets worn out from all that playing and learning! He’ll cuddle up and snooze the day away dreaming of how wonderful his new fur-ever home is going to be! If you’re looking for a new buddy and Elton sounds like he might be the one for you, come out to meet him at Wayside Waifs! Purr-ty please visit his page on our website and share his story!




May 16 2016

Meet Sir Purrington

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Hello There! My name is Sir Purrington!

Man oh man, I am SO thrilled you happened upon my bio today, because I know by the end of it you will be head over heels in love with me! At least I hope so. I am a 6-year-old, semi plump, dashingly handsome, squishy cheeked kitty. I believe I’ve been perfectly made to cuddle and love, so that’s all I want to do with my time! Although I could tell you about how cute and snuggly I am all day, I’m sure you want to know some of my background. I used to live in a house, but my owner moved away and abandoned me and my brother Pancake. A nice neighbor lady took us in and brought us to Wayside. We were both so scared. We had always known the comfort of a home, so we didn’t know what to think or feel.

Our new friend assured us that Wayside’s volunteers and staff would take us in like their own and help us find a new family that would never leave us behind. So we put our trust in her and tried to fit in. I count my kitty blessings every day for being brought to such a wonderful place. Pancake was adopted right away, but you see, I was in pretty bad shape medically when I came in. That didn’t stop them from loving me and helping me become the best, and healthiest cat I could be!

They treated me for many things, and found out that I’m FIV positive. They assured me that FIV is no big deal. It just means that my immune system is somewhat compromised, so it’s important that I live inside from now on, get good yummy food, and have regular vet check-ups once I find my new home. According to them, this is something any new family will give me anyways. If I didn’t have the wonderful vet clinic staff at Wayside to help pull me through all of this, I really don’t know what would have happened to me. As if all of this isn’t already enough, a wonderful volunteer decided to take me into her home as her foster kitty until I find my forever family. She helped take care of me while I was sick, and wanted to make sure I found the very best home now that I’m healthy! She said I am an amazing cat, which of course I already knew, but it certainly is very nice to hear! Foster mom always jokes with me about how I never stop purring, but it’s really just because I’m always so happy now.

One of my favorite pass-times is snuggling the day away with her so we can chat and snooze. I really hope you like chatting, because if you take me home we’re going to do a lot of it! Don’t worry though, I’m great at keeping secrets! I feel I would do best with a family that is around a lot of the time. I really love people, so I don’t like being alone that much. I also think I’d be fine living with a mellow dog. Unfortunately, since I am FIV positive, and my interactions with other cats is unknown for the most part I need a family without other feline friends. Don’t worry though, I have plenty of love to give so you won’t miss out!

Really, all I want is a family that will love me until my last day. I will love you back with all of my heart, and never ever abandon you, I just want the same back. If you think you’d like having a loveable, sweet, snuggly, talkative cat, please call Wayside so you can meet me! As soon as you see my face, you’ll know that we’ll be best friends for life. Whisker Kisses, and plenty of purrs, Sir Purrington

Feb 23 2016

Maisy and Paxton – Two Dogs Working to Create a More Humane Kansas City — and Beyond!


I love going into the classrooms and teaching kids about compassion!


Hello! Welcome to our blog, Tails with Tales: Stories from Maisy and Paxton as they create a more humane Kansas City. I’m Maisy! I hope you’ll be patient with me, since this is my very first time doing anything like this!  Sometimes new things scare me, we’ll talk more about that later, but I’m really excited to be here and even more excited you are here!

I should probably start by telling you a little bit about myself. To start, if you didn’t already know, I’m a dog! My human mom thinks I’m about 2 years old and am what they call a “mix”.  I think there are probably a few different kinds of breeds in my genes but the most obvious seem to be Pit Bull and Black Mouth Cur.

Now most people hear “Pit Bull” and they think “OH NO! She must be mean and scary!” but honestly, I don’t think I have a mean hair on my body! It really hurts my feelings that some people out there think bad thoughts about me before they’ve even met me. It also doesn’t seem fair that there are some cities and towns that I can’t even live in just because of what I look like. People are starting to realize that we Pit Bulls aren’t BORN mean; some of us are just acting out because we’re afraid of people.  And we’re afraid of people because PEOPLE treated us in a mean way. Hopefully one day EVERYONE will realize that!


I was pretty scared when my mom adopted me from the shelter. But now I am SO HAPPY!


Anyhow, I’ve been living with my human mom, Ashley, for about 8 months. Ashley found me in an Animal Shelter in Kansas and instantly fell in love with me! I am really happy she found me when she did! I was so hungry and skinny that you could see a lot of my bones through my skin and I was scared in that animal shelter. Even though they treated me with kindness there, I was really hoping for a nice warm bed and a family to call my own.

When my mom came for me, I instantly loved her too, but I was still pretty scared. She tried to take me out to her car, but those things scare me! I was so scared I wouldn’t even go near her car. I tried to lay as flat on the ground as I could so that nobody could even pick me up. Eventually a very nice man who worked at the animal shelter picked me up and gently placed me in the car. He was actually the man who found me running through the streets, alone and scared. He knew I didn’t like cars very much so he was extra careful with me.


This is me with my brother Walter.


When I got home, I got to meet my new dog brother, Walter. He is a crazy little terrier mix but we got along great right from the beginning! We ran and ran all over the front yard when I first met him. That’s when my new mom noticed there was something different about one of my back legs. I don’t like to use my back leg because it doesn’t work very well and sometimes it hurts. Since I couldn’t tell my mom what happened to my leg, she took me to see the veterinarian. She x-rayed my leg and everyone realized why I was so scared of cars.  The x-rays showed that I had surgery done on my leg and my hip and that my leg still had some small fractures that were in the process of healing.  The veterinarian was sure I had been hit very badly by a car when I was about a year old. Because of my surgery, my leg doesn’t work like most other dogs, but that’s okay because I get around just fine. I race my brother all the time, and I still win!


I just love walks and being outside!


The coolest thing about me is that I’m not just one of those dogs who lay around at home all day, waiting for my mom to come home from work. Nope, not me! I actually have a job of my very own! I get to go with my mom every day to work! She works for an animal shelter (sort of like the one she found me in) called Wayside Waifs. They take care of tons of animals that were homeless just like me! The people at Wayside Waifs work really hard, every single day, to care for me and help me find the perfect forever home.

This is Allison with Paxton!

This is Allison with Paxton!

My job here at Wayside Waifs is a really important one. I get go with my mom to teach kids about being safe around dogs, how to be responsible pet owners and some other cool classes too! My favorite class to help teach though is a class called No More Bullying!  When we teach this class, we get to go to a school and spend an ENTIRE WEEK there, getting to know the kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, and their awesome teachers. We talk all week about how to treat our people friends and animal friends with kindness. It’s really sad but often times people who hurt people, also hurt animals, and then people who hurt animals, also start hurting people! When I get to snuggle with the students in our classes (and also give them lots of kisses!) they start to understand that animals have feelings just like people do, and that it’s never okay to hurt another living creature. Sometimes I’m a little nervous when I first go into a classroom, there are so many new noises and new people who are so excited to see me, but when people treat me with kindness and compassion, I’m not so scared anymore!


I’m going to be writing more about my adventures here at Wayside Waifs and all the things we are doing with the young people in Kansas City with the help of my mom and our friends Allison and her dog (my buddy) Paxton! They work with us here at Wayside Waifs and Paxton gets to go to classrooms just like I do!

We really hope you will follow our blog and enjoy reading about all of the cool things we are doing!


To learn more about the No More Bullying! Curriculum, visit our website at


Feb 2 2016

Meet Leonna


Hello future furever family! My name is Leonna, and I am so happy you took the time to read a little more about me. I am a sweet brown and tan girl that is pretty shy when I first meet new people. I came to Wayside from a hoarding situation in November 2015, and though my time here as been great, I am ready for a family of my own! I would love it if that family would be with you. I know I said before that I am a shy lady, and I will need some time to adjust to my new surroundings. I would really appreciate a week or so in a room of my very own so I can adjust to my new home and life. Once I am comfortable you will see my sweet, loving, head butting side come out. My shyness is best explained by my felinelaity which is private investigator. Being a private investigator means that I am kitty that likes to observe before making any moves. I will be a sweet girl who will come out when feeling safe, but then will need my alone time as well. I will use my solitude to think of all the ways I can show you how much you mean to me. I would love the chance to show you all my great qualities in person, so please come on down. I will be the quiet girl who is purring your praises. Love, Leonna

Jan 19 2016

Miss Piggy and Kermit – A dynamic duo

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Hey there, we are Miss Piggy and Kermit! Miss Piggy is an adorable, Terrier, American Staffordshire, mix weighing about 53 pounds and I, Kermit, am a 7 pound Chihuahua mix. We know we seem a bit of an unusual pair – but we have always been together and have quite the bond.  We were transferred to Wayside Waifs when our last shelter ran out of space for us. We don’t mind because being at Wayside Waifs is where we have the best chance at finding a forever family who really loves us. Miss Piggy and I are a bonded pair and we must go home together!

We can be a little shy and uncomfortable in new surroundings so we’ll need you to help us adjust to my new home. Being with each other really helps us feel more confident and secure. We love getting active and playing together but we want you to join too! Let’s get out and explore the world on walks or romp around the backyard for a fun game of fetch.

We’ll benefit from basic obedience training to teach us what you expect from us in our new home but we’re super smart and will learn the ropes in no time. I’m eager to learn all the new things you have to teach me and you can get me extra motivated with some praise and positive encouragement! If an adorable and sweet pair of pups is what you need in your life then come by and meet us soon!

Please share our story and photos so we can find our forever home soon!

Woofs and tail wags,

Kermit and Miss Piggy

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