Apr 24 2019

Fleas, Ticks, and Intestinal Parasites….Oh my!

Waif alum Patrick is all smiles because he’s protected against harmful insects!

As a pet owner, you’re probably aware of the harmful effects of creepy crawly critters can have on your animals. We’ve answered some common questions about keeping your furry friends happy and healthy!

Q: What are heartworms? How do I prevent them?

A:  Heartworm disease is caused by long worms (heartworms) that live in an animal’s body. The can live in the heart, lungs, and surrounding vessels. Heartworms are spread via mosquito bites. Warmer climates experience an increase in mosquitoes and consequently, heartworms. Southern states unfortunately see more cases than the rest of the country.

When a mosquito bites an infected dog, they then carry microfilariae (heartworm offspring). When that mosquito bites another dog, they’ve then transmitted through the wound. Without a heartworm preventative, the heartworms have the chance to develop and cause devastating health effects.

Prevention is your best friend and is relatively affordable compared to the cost of treating a dog who becomes heartworm positive. Prevention comes in many forms. The FDA has approved a number of products to keep your furry friend safe. For shelter animals, Wayside Waifs uses Advantage Multi, a topical preventative. Advantage Multi is applied to an animal on a monthly basis and protects against fleas, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. It is recommended to have your dog tested for heartworms annually. Most times, a vet clinic can do this test during your visit.

The average cost of a monthly dose is only around $15, depending on the weight of the animal. A complete heartworm treatment can cost anywhere between $400-$1000. While it’s a financial strain for you, the physical impact on your furry friend is much harder. A dog battling heartworm disease can experience coughing, fatigue, difficulty breathing and issues with major organs, like the heart and lungs.

Q: What about my cat? Can he get heartworms?

A: Yes, your cat can also get heartworms from an infected mosquito. They are less susceptible than a dog because a heartworm doesn’t thrive in their body. Heartworms do not live as long and do not grow like they do in dogs. Though cats are much smaller than dogs, a few worms inside a cat would be considered a heavy infection.

While we know cats are less susceptible to heartworms, we know this isn’t the case with fleas or intestinal parasites. A preventative like Advantage Multi will keep them safe from all of these, for a relatively low cost.

Q: Do I need to use flea and tick prevention year-round?

A: YES! Fleas can still stick around when temperatures drop. They can keep warm on your furry friend. Yuck! Flea eggs can stay on your carpeting and furniture and develop in the temperate environment.

Ticks don’t necessarily die when we see winter’s first frost. Wildlife around us can carry these pesky bugs. Ticks aren’t picky about their host. They’re happy to latch onto you as well.

A Seresto collar provides up to 8 months of protection from ticks. They’re available for both dogs and cats!

A Seresto collar is an effective way to keep ticks at bay!

Q: What’s the deal with intestinal parasites?

A: Intestinal parasites live inside your pet’s gastrointestinal tract and can include a wide variety of worms. Bleh! These are usually transmitted via an inadvertent ingestion of eggs or spores in contaminated water, soil, or feces. Tapeworms are common and usually occur when an animal eats a contaminated flea. Any parasite can have harmful effects on your pet. Weight loss, diarrhea and malnutrition are just a few. Prevention is easy! Ask your vet about different prevention products! *Please note: Preventative meant for dogs can be fatal to a cat. Please ensure you’re using the correct product for your critter!

Utilizing a prevention product can save you money and heartache down the line. Your furry friend will thank you!

You can find these products and more at Whiskers and Wags, located inside Wayside Waifs!

As always, if you have any concerns about your pet’s health, contact your personal veterinarian!  


Apr 17 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our absolutely amazing Waifs of the Week: Fluffy, Kenny, and Daisy Mae. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Maurie, found his forever family, so Daisy Mae is stepping up to the plate. These three cuties are so excited to find their families!


Hello there! My name is Fluffy. I am an adorable 8-year-old blue tuxedo cat with gorgeous golden eyes. I have a great personality, and I promise to be your very best friend! I came to Wayside when another shelter ran out of space. The staff here took amazing care of me, and the doctor checked me out. They found that I am FIV positive, which is really no big deal––it just means that my immune system is somewhat compromised. So, it’s important that I’m an indoor-only kitty and that I have regular vet checkups.

Right now, I’m living in a foster home. Man, life in my foster home is grand! My foster mom has a couple kiddos and big dogs that I love to hang out with. Foster mom says she loves how sweet and snuggly I am! I absolutely adore being pet and staying close, I really hope you’re looking for a cuddly cat like me. Now that I feel like I have a village of support, I feel so ready to find my forever family and home!

Contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426 and ask to meet me.

Love, Fluffy


Hi there, I’m Kenny! You’ve probably heard of me––I’m kind of famous around these parts. I’m a handsome, 2-year-old bundle of energy with a gorgeous coat and a lovable personality. I came to Wayside as a transfer from the SPCA in Louisiana when they were running short on space. I’m game for anything, so I was happy to relocate to the Midwest. I’m quite popular here and I’ve managed to get involved in everything Wayside has to offer. What I long for though is a home and family of my very own!

I’ve joined the Wayside Runner’s Program, where I’m a green list runner, meaning I’m focused, I keep a nice pace, and I make an overall great running partner. My friends here gave me a harness for walks, and now I’m pretty much a pro––I never pull! I will need daily exercise in my life to help me stay happy, healthy, and calm. And besides the physical activity that I crave, it’s important to me to be able to use my brain. Please give me jobs to do and teach me what you expect from me. The sky is the limit with what I can learn!

I’m also an affectionate dog who loves attention from you. I like to get my belly rubbed and I like to curl up next to you to give you sweet kisses and cuddle. I also enjoy playing with toys and I can entertain myself with them if you’re busy with other stuff. Bottom line: I’m a fun, goofy, adventurous little dog who finds joy in everything I do!

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Kenny


Hi there, I’m Daisy Mae! I’m an adorable, 2-year-old sweetheart with beautiful fur and a bright smile. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space, and now it’s time for me to take the next step and find the people that I can call my family.

I am a loyal, affectionate, loving friend, once I get to know you. I’m shy and hesitant at first though and I just need a little extra time to know I can trust you. I’m looking for someone who can be patient and calm with me and gently praise me when I’m a good girl. I’m smart and I pick up on things quickly, so with a routine, I’ll feel settled in no time.

I’m a member of the Wayside Runner’s Group, so I’ll enjoy going for walks or runs with you! I prefer a quiet neighborhood or walking trails where I know what to expect, and I do pretty well on my leash. Noisy, high traffic areas make me nervous though and I’d love to have my very own fenced yard to relax and play in. I will need a home without other dogs, but I promise to show you so much love that I’ll be enough!

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Daisy Mae


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Apr 10 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our three awesome Waifs of the Week: Athena, Herb, and Hobbs. These three lovebugs can’t wait to find their people!


Hey there, I’m Athena! I’m a 10-month-old sweetie pie, and I can’t wait to find my forever family. I may still be a puppy, but I’m very mature, promise!

My favorite activity is exploring –– outside, inside, you name it. I don’t like being bored, and I’m very curious about the big, beautiful world around me. If you’re looking for a best friend, I’m your girl. I’m also super smart. I love working for treats, I’m housebroken, I’m a great eater, and I already know “sit” and “down.” How impressive is that?

While I’m a very social pup, I get along best with adult humans and other dogs. I’ve had some experience at dog parks, and let me tell you, I’m a pro. I’m great on a leash, even though sometimes I might pull when I get excited. I just want to have fun!

I do request that you bring the whole family to meet me before you bring me home. I just want to make sure we can all be friends!

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Athena


Hi there! My name is Herb, and it’s so nice to meet you!

I am a handsome 2-year-old guy with the softest, fluffiest fur you can imagine. I am proud of my fur, and I’ll sit happily on a lap while someone lovingly brushes it for me. Speaking of laps, I love them! I’m known around Wayside for being a sweet, loving lap cat. I’m a big fan of people, and I’d make a great sidekick for someone who is looking for a new best friend. I also enjoy watching birds and talking to them through the window, playing with wand toys, and eating treats. I’m a simple guy who enjoys the simple pleasures in life.

If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside and ask for me!

Love, Herb


Hi there, my name is Hobbs!

I came to wonderful Wayside a little while ago on a transfer when my last place needed more room. That’s OK, because I know I will find my family very soon here! The people are super kind and like to show off my MANY talents. Some of my talents include my handsome face, of course––I was born with that, though! I also know the commands “look,” “sit,” “down,” and “shake!”  They say that qualifies me as a very smart fella. I walk nicely on a leash, and I am motivated by both treats and toys, so I hope you have some of those in my new home.

I am 65 pounds of solid lovable hunk and can’t wait to meet you. I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me before you take me home. I just want to make sure we can all be buddies!

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love always and tail wags for days, Hobbs


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Apr 8 2019

How to Pet-Proof Your Plants

With spring finally here and summer on the horizon, our indoor and outdoor gardens are growing. Protecting our plants from our pets is one thing pet parents deal with regularly, but it’s also important to protect our pets from our plants. Not all plants are made equal when it comes to how safe they are for cats and dogs, so we’ve compiled some tips on how to keep your home green and pet-safe.

As a rule of thumb, do your own research on each individual plant you’re considering for your home. Ask the folks at Lowe’s or your favorite plant nursery if they carry any pet-safe plants, and when in doubt, a quick Google search should give you some peace of mind before purchasing. Your veterinarian should also be able to give you information about how to keep your home pet-friendly.

Popular plants toxic to cats and dogs include:

  • Asparagus fern
  • Aloe
  • Daffodil
  • Azalea
  • Tulip
  • Dumb cane
  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Sago palm
  • Certain herbs, like lavender and oregano
  • Certain succulents, like jade

It may be disheartening to learn that some of your favorite plants aren’t safe for cats and dogs, but a little extra time and research is worth the health and well-being of your furbabies. We’ve found some alternatives that are just as beautiful:

  • Boston, maidenhair, staghorn, and bird’s nest ferns
  • Air plants
  • African violet
  • Hibiscus
  • Spider plant
  • Prayer plant
  • Phalaenopsis orchid
  • Lace flower vine
  • Parlor palm
  • Certain herbs, like basil, sage, and thyme
  • Certain succulents, like hens and chicks, echeveria, and rosettes

As an added bonus, many of these alternatives are relatively low-maintenance plants, some only requiring low to medium light and weekly watering.

Still, if you must plant fairy rings of daffodils, or if you can’t let go of the healing powers of raw aloe, remember to closely monitor your pets around these plants. If possible, find locations for toxic plants that are inaccessible by your pets, giving special consideration to cat abilities.

The ASPCA keeps an index of the most-commonly reported plants toxic to pets. Common signs that a cat or dog has ingested a poisonous plant include difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drinking, and an irregular heart beat.

If you think your animal has ingested a poisonous plant or other toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Pet Adoption Center Hours:

Tuesday-Friday Noon – 8 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.


Apr 3 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Harlow, Maurie, and Huckleberry. One of our original Waifs of the Week found his forever family, so Maurie is taking his place. These three cuties can’t wait to find their people!


Hi there, I’m Harlow! I’m friendly, social, smart, and full of fun. I’m a darling, almost 3-year-old sweetheart with the most expressive face. I first came to Wayside about a year ago as a transfer from another shelter. I can’t wait to be part of a family and go on adventures together and do all the fun stuff that families do!

I’m super sweet and I love people! And guess what? I’m already housebroken and crate trained! I love to play with my toys, and I never turn down a tasty treat, which I’m happy to sit for. I love to learn, so hope you’ll teach me lots of new things! I love other dogs and I have excellent doggie social skills. I’d love another playful dog in my life, but I’ll be happy as your only dog as well, as long as you spend lots of time with me! I love going for walks and I do awesome on my leash, so I will need daily exercise in my new home.

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Harlow


Hi there, I’m Maurie! As you can see from my photos and video, I’m a handsome, grey and white tabby with bright green eyes. I’m a big guy, but I’m working on slimming down with diet and lots of exercise.

I was surrendered to Wayside when my owner could no longer take care of me. I was so scared and confused with the big move, but luckily I’ve been able to live in a foster home while I wait for my new home. My foster mom says I’m social, playful, and when I’m in the mood for pets, I LOVE them! When I’m not in the mood for pets I like to look out the window and watch for birds. I like to lay in bed while my foster mom reads or works on the computer, so if you’re looking for a sidekick, I’m your guy!

I’m looking for a quiet home where I can relax and play and be loved forever. If that sounds good to you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

I also have a cool video!

Love, Maurie


Hi there, I’m Huckleberry! I’m a 1-year-old people-lover, and I cannot wait until the day that I have my very own family to love. I came to Wayside via the ASPCA after they rescued me. It feels so good to be safe, cared for, and loved!

Besides my stunning good looks, I’m friendly, social, athletic, and easy-going. I’d love to exercise, play, and act goofy with you, then curl up right next to you as we unwind for the day. I love treats, and I’m happy to sit for them.  I’m a typical lab––eager to please and motivated by treats––so I hope you will continue training me. I’m curious yet a little wary of toys. I walk great on a leash, and I’d love a daily walk with you through our neighborhood! I’m still learning about doggie social skills, so if you do have another dog, I’ll need to meet them before we go home together, just to make sure we’re a good match for each other.

It’s hard for a social dog like me to be homeless. I need a family of my very own to take care of. I want to make you smile every single day! I’ll be patiently waiting for you, so come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Huckleberry


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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



Mar 26 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! We’re excited to introduce you to our paw-mazing Waifs of the Week: Shylla, Don, and Rudie Roo. These three lovebugs are so ready to find their forever families!


Hi there, I’m Shylla! I’m smart, affectionate 2-year-old sweetheart and there is no place on this earth that I’d rather be than right by your side. I came to Wayside as a stray, so I can’t wait to find my family!

My friends here at Wayside have helped me with a lot. I’m almost housebroken and crate trained, and I’ve learned how to trust and love people. Right now, I live in a foster home so I could learn about life with a family!

Foster mom understands that I needed a little extra time to relax and unwind. I stay in a gated room or in my crate when no one is home because I’m still working on my housebreaking skills. All I ask is that you’re patient with me! I also know all sorts of commands that I can’t wait to show you. I’m a good girl!

I’m affectionate and cuddly and I like to give kisses. I’ll even crawl up in your lap if you let me! I’m also energetic and playful. I love walks, runs, and I’m car rides. I walk great on my leash, especially when I use a harness. If you’re looking for a jogging partner, I’m your gal! I live with other dogs in my foster home, and we all get along great. I’d love to have another playful dog in my forever home.

If you’d like to schedule a time to meet me, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. I can’t wait to see you!

Love, Shylla


Greetings! My name is Don, and I am so ready to be your best friend! I am a handsome, 2-year-old orange tabby with the prettiest light green eyes you’ve ever seen.

My friends at Wayside say that I am more interested in snuggling on their laps than playing, and I sometimes even crawl on their shoulders. I spent a little bit of time in a home, and it turns out that I love to play with other animals. If you have nice, energetic dogs, we might get along!

I’m a sweet guy with a lot of love to give, so if you’re in the market for a new sidekick, I’m your guy!

If I sound like to perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me! Hope to see you soon!

Love, Don


Hi there, I’m Rudie Roo! I’m a sweet five-year-old gal looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside as a transfer from a partner shelter when they ran out of space. Moving around was a little stressful, so I’m definitely ready to finally find my people!

I may be smaller, but I have a huge spunky personality. Ask anyone! I love playing with toys and other dogs, and I can make new friends in an instant, just as long as I’m in charge. Hey, I’m a natural leader. It’s what I do best!

I’m also super smart! I know “sit” and “down,” and I’m a pro at walking on a leash. Walks may be fun, but they’re also serious business for me – someone has to patrol the squirrels and birds, right? While I love my walks, they need to be pretty short and calm.

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me! I know you’ll fall in love with me right away!

Love, Rudie Roo


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Mar 13 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our amazing Waifs of the Week: Tim, Miles, and Buster. These three guys can’t wait to find their forever families!


Hi peeps! Tim here! I’m a happy, friendly boy who loves to play, and I’m just waiting for my new playmate to come along and take me home.

My very favorite thing in the world is playing with toys! Fetch and tug are pretty hard to do by myself, though. Wouldn’t you love to join me? And since I’m so toy motivated, I should be pretty easy to train. I am really hoping for a family that will help me learn “sit” and “come.” You know what else? I love going for walks outside. Sometimes I can pull a little on my leash, but the nice folks here at Wayside say I’m pretty easy to handle. And I’m a social fella that they describe as “playfully wiggly.”

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Tim


Pleased to meet you! My name is Miles, and I’m a handsome buff and white shorthaired boy. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space.

I’m a confident, friendly boy. I enjoy being petted on my chin, neck, head and cheeks. However, I can get overstimulated. So I ask that you please go slowly with me, petting me a couple of times and then giving me a break. I love people and attention, but sometimes I’m just so happy to have human companionship, I get a little too excited about it. If you visit me and talk with me, I might give you a little kitty kiss on the hand. I like to play, too, especially with my toy mouse.

I also have a cool video! Check it out here.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Miles


Hey there, I’m Buster! I’m a sweet 4-year-old fella in search of my forever family. My friends here at Wayside say I’m one of the best leash-walkers they’ve ever met. Seriously! I love going on walks, so I’ve had lots of practice. I barely ever pull at all. I’m pretty smart, but I’m still working on commands. My friends are helping me with that, and I think some basic obedience training would be great for both of us. I’m very food motivated, so a few extra treats here and there wouldn’t hurt!

I like making friends, but sometimes I get a little nervous. I like pets and snuggles, but only on my own terms. Just give me some time to sniff you out, and I know we’ll be besties for life!

I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me before bringing me home. I just want to make sure we can all be buddies.

Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Buster


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Mar 6 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! We’d like to introduce you to our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Bailey Bagel, Sampson, and Conner. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Jesse, went home, so Sampson is taking her place. These three love bugs are so ready to find their families!


Hi there, I’m Bailey Bagel! I’m a sweet one-year-old pup ready for my forever home! My friends say that I’m a great girl––super smart and sweet. I love to be in the middle of the fun and don’t miss a beat. I’ve had the chance to spend some time in a foster home where we’ve learned all sorts of awesome things about me!

I know “sit,” “down,” “drop it,” “hup” (for jumping up on things) and a few others. I would love to learn more and will pick up new commands quickly. I’m very happy to be active and playful with my foster family and then snooze on the couch for a few hours. I also like to watch TV and snuggle! And guess what? I’m also housebroken! I can play well with other dogs, but I also know how to entertain myself.

Come and meet me today!

Love, Bailey Bagel


Hi there, I’m Sampson! I’m a mellow three-year-old guy ready to find my forever home. My friends here call me a Personal Assistant. This means that I’ll always be by your side, ready to help you out with any tasks. I’ll read and watch TV with you, but my favorite activity is relaxing. Toys aren’t really my thing, but I do like an orderly household, so if they’re around, they’ll never leave my sight.

I’m affectionate and easy-going, so I’ll always let you know how much I love you. I’m a healthy guy, but I do have something called FIV. It’s no big deal––I can live a totally normal cat life! It’s just important that I only live inside and have regular vet check-ups, but that’s something you would do for any cat.

If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside to meet me!

Love, Sampson


Hi there! My name’s Conner, and I’m so happy you stopped to read about me! I’m a friendly boy who just loves people so much. Do you like giving pets? Then, you’re in luck, ’cause I like getting them! I’m hoping to find a home that can give me lots of attention and exercise––I love, love, LOVE playing!

I think it would be so cool to go to training together. I like treats, and I’m super eager to learn commands like “sit,” “come,” and all kinds of other doggie manners. Would you like to take the time to teach me? In return, I promise I’ll love you with everything I’ve got!

Oooh I hope you come to meet me soon! And if you’ve got other pooches at home, be sure to bring them along too. I just want to make sure we all get along great.

Love, Conner


Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

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

Mar 5 2019

What are bonded pairs?

Adopting just one animal is a big responsibility, but have you ever been faced with the idea of adopting two at once? This could happen if you ever fall in love with a Waif in a bonded pair.

Lucas and Lucy, adopted May 2019

A bond between two animals is more than just a friendship. Animals form bonds with each other out of psychological need. Wayside’s waifs in bonded pairs are considered completely attached to one another, so they have to be adopted together. These bonds aren’t just about having another animal to play with, but also about feeling secure.

While both dogs and cats of all ages can form these bonds with one another, more often bonded pairs consist of adult dogs. These bonded pairs are not always siblings, although siblings can become bonded. Usually, animals in bonded pairs have grown up together or at least spent a good chunk of their lives living together. Sometimes bonded pairs are created in a shelter environment when two animals of the same species find comfort in having a best friend. Both animals benefit from the relationship and actually become more social, build trust, and begin to really blossom as pets.

Wayside has found homes for many bonded pairs over the years, but here are some of our favorite bonded waif alums:

At Wayside, we know that the separation of bonded pairs can cause emotional and psychological stress––some research has actually found symptoms of depression in separated pairs––and if prolonged, this stress could lead to physical health issues. These issues might include fatigue and refusing to eat, which could result in weight loss. Wayside’s team closely monitors the behavior of our bonded pairs to ensure both animals are mentally and physically healthy in the relationship.

Recently, Wayside had a bonded pair of dogs, Lucas and Lucy! These two cuties are siblings and inseparable. Lucas is the more confident of the two, and Lucy tends to get stressed, shy, and fearful when she’s away from her brother. Both Lucas and Lucy are great, lovable dogs on their own, but when apart, they lack confidence, and when together, they open up. These two were adopted together so that they can feel comfortable enough to continue building their confidence in their forever home.

Lucas and Lucy, adopted May 2019

Waifs in bonded pairs need their companions by their side in order to live emotionally and physically healthy lives. When you adopt a bonded pair, you’ll know that your pets will always have a friend to hang out with when you aren’t home. Bonded pairs mean twice the love! You can learn more about Lucas and Lucy on our website.

Pet Adoption Center Hours:

Tuesday-Friday Noon – 8 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.


Mar 1 2019

Fido’s Spring Checklist

As the grass begins to turn green, snowbells blossom, and the sun sets later in the evening, you and Fido may find yourselves developing a case of spring fever. The good news? With the right precautions taken, you and your pooch will be ready to spring into warmer days with a seamless transition. Employing the tips below is easy, and you’re sure to have some fun along the way.

Spring To-dos:

Up the Exercise

When it’s cold outside, many owners and canine companions get less exercise. Not to worry, though. Although your pooch doesn’t need to get in beach-worthy shape, he or she does need to get conditioned for long days of fun in the sun. The key? Like any exercise regimen, you should ease your way into full-fledged workout mode. In no time walks around the block will turn into 5-mile trail hikes.

Wash The Paws

Beds of green grass are fun for pups to roll around in, but during the spring, be careful of potentially harmful chemicals, such as herbicides, that are used for the removal of  unwanted vegetation.

Flee & Protection

Rolling around in the grass is all good fun until somebody gets a bad case of fleas or ticks. The solution? Monthly flea and tick preventative medication is best practice; however, you’ll also want to give your dog a thorough comb-through if you go for a hike in a heavily wooded area. You can purchase these products at Whiskers & Wags, Wayside’s Boutique. All proceeds from sales in the store benefit the animals at the shelter!

Groom the Coat

Spring is a time for fresh starts, so be sure to send your pet for a day at the groomers, where he or she can get a fresh cut that keeps them cool and comfortable as the weather gets warmer outside. It also helps to get in the routine of brushing them at night.  This can not only help them relax but it keeps the tangles and dander to a minimum.  And, hey, it’s great quality time together. Need some more convincing? Think how cute your pooch will look with their new hairdo!

Learn More

Looking for a furry friend to take long strolls with on breezy spring evenings? Wayside Waifs of Kansas City is home to a number of adoptable dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home, so be sure to stop by the shelter today.

Shelter Hours:

Tuesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 10am-5pm


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