Jan 4 2017

Meet our Waifs of the Week!!




Sniff. Look. Listen. That’s how I take in the world. And what a world it is! There are squirrels to be chased! Yards to be sprinted across! People to snuggle! You’re my ticket to that wonderful world! Don’t get me wrong, the kennel I live in here is safe, warm, dry, and clean, but I long to investigate this big fantastic world with someone like you!

I’m a young, tall, lanky Catahoula leopard dog mix with a caramel version of those cool spots that is typical of my breed. Because I’m pretty enthusiastic and take my food quite seriously, I need to go to a home with kids older than five. I walk nicely on a leash and relish discovering all of those interesting things that the world has to offer. I haven’t spent much time in social situations, so I’m hoping you can help me understand this amazing world. I’m super smart and already know sit, shake and down, so show me the rest! I’ll pick it up in no time!

I’m athletic and live life with vitality and gusto, so bring your dog family members out to meet me. They can help us decide if we’re a happy mix.

I’ve got my whole life ahead of me and I’d love to spend it with you! Won’t you come out to meet me? We can be partners exploring this spectacular world!



Meet Ivory on our website:






I’m young bunny looking for my forever home. I’m super friendly and will hop up to you to say hello! I love to have my super soft fur stroked, and LOVE to eat carrots out of your hand! I like to sit in your lap and have you pet me, but sometimes us bunnies get scared if you pick us up. We will even sometimes kick our legs as a defense. After all, in the wild the only reason we leave the ground is if a predator picks us up.

If you are looking for a fuzzy rabbit as a pet, why not adopt me rather than buying a bunny from a store? I’m looking for a good home too, you know! Did you know that rabbits make excellent house pets? We are actually a lot cleaner than most people think. I am litter box trained and can be let out and about in the house to play. We can also be clicker trained. Try searching for clicker trained rabbits on youtube. It’s pretty fascinating!

Us rabbits love to play with toys and will play with a lot of toys you can easily make yourself. We love to play with cardboard tubing from used up paper towels and toilet paper. Rabbits feel very strongly about recycling, so we do what we can to use up those pesky tubes! We love to burrow in and scratch on cardboard boxes and paper bags. We also love to climb on stuff, so make sure you have some climbing structures for us to play on. Come meet me today. I’ll greet you with a proper sniffing as soon as you approach my enclosure. I can’t wait!!!

Meet Ginger on our website:






Thanks for reading about me! My name is Barney, and I’m a gorgeous gray-and-white boy with beautiful green eyes and and adorable smudge of gray on my nose and a tip of white on my gray tail. I came to Wayside as a stray. I’m a friendly guy who loves people very much. I enjoy attention, and I will let you know how much with my great headbutts and wonderful purr. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I’m a Secret Admirer. That means that I tend to be a little timid in new situations, but I love people very much. Once I get to know and trust you, I will be your best friend forever! I can’t wait to meet you! Love, Barney


Meet Barney on our website:



Don’t furr-get! You can meet Barney, Ginger, Ivory or any of our adoptable pets on our website!


Mar 19 2014

Fido’s Spring Checklist

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:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

Jan 13 2014

Meet Miss Monroe

MonroeIf you are looking for the purrrfect cat companion, you must meet one of our star pets. Sometimes the sweetest of animals are overlooked, which is exactly what has happened to this adorable, little cat. Wayside Waifs is home to a number of adoring, adoptable pets, one of which is Miss Monroe. Although this black-haired feline doesn’t have the blonde tresses of Marilyn Monroe herself, she certainly packs a celebrity-caliber personality. If you want to learn more about our latest starlet who is available for adoption, you don’t have to make a trek to Hollywood.  Our very own animal shelter is proud to house Miss Monroe.

A Behind-the-scenes Look 

So, what do you need to know about Miss Monroe? Well, for starters she has A-list looks that kill. Monroe sports a full, black coat that is as soft and fluffy as it looks in pictures. However, what makes Monroe a true star are her twinkling eyes. Elizabeth Taylor may have had violet eyes, but Monroe has ones that are equally glamorous. Her golden stare is a reflection of her heart of gold. Monroe can be a bit standoffish and nippy with strangers, but it is only because –in true celebrity nature—she has strong ideas about who her forever owner should be. You see, she is looking for a true Hollywood ending…preferably one with a warm, loving home, a bowl of cat food, and some snuggles – at her discretion, of course.

Other things you need to know about Monroe? Well, given her posh personality, it should be no surprise to learn she is house trained. Monroe is also two years old, so she is the perfect companion for someone with more mature needs. Because Monroe has been with us for so long, her adoption fees have been waived.

If you would like to meet Miss Monroe, please contact Wayside Waifs – we provide red-carpet access for all interested parties.

To interact with Monroe, be sure to visit our animal shelter; Monroe looks forward to making your acquaintance.


Shelter Hours

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm 

Aug 14 2013

Long-term Waifs – Cats waiting 30+ days for their purr-fect match


Jul 11 2013

Adoptathon – Find your purr-fect match


106.5 The Wolf and Wayside Waifs are proud to present the 2013 Summer Adoptathon on July 12-14. The event will feature live broadcasts all day Friday featuring some of Kansas City’s most listened to DJs – Roger Carson, Codie Allen, Wes Poe, and Shotgun Jaxson. This weekend only, all pet adoptions are just $25. Plus, fees will be waived on all additional pets adopted. All adoptable animals are spay/neutered, microchipped and current on vaccinations. It’s the “purr”fect time to find your furry friend.

TheWolfWayside Waifs will be open special hours for this weekend’s adoptathon:

  • Friday, July 12: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 13: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 14: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Check out some of the grrreat dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and bunnies looking forward to meeting you.

The Adoptathon is just one of Wayside Waifs’ anchor adoption events this summer to help the shelter compete in the 2013 ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Adoption Challenge. Our goal is to help 1,831 animals in our community find loving forever homes by the end of August.

 The adoption fun begins this Friday at 6am! We hope to see a lot of The Wolf Pack fans participating.

Aug 10 2012

Diary Of A Frustrated Housecat

Dear Diary,


I’m a little down and need a friend to talk to. You see, I’ve been at Wayside for a while and I still don’t have a family. Check out my photos. Aren’t I a cutie with my colorful calico/tortie coat and beautiful eyes? I have a personality that’s lively and active and would make a wonderful pet for someone. But many people here are wary of me and think that I get mad, because a couple of times I’ve bitten a human. They’re wrong. I was just scared – of too many strangers trying to meet me; of too many toys I’d never seen before being waved at me or thrown at me; and most of all, because I ran out of time at my last shelter and was so worried the same thing would happen to me here again.

I was wrong too. I’ve learned toys are fun and not weapons that will hurt me. I’ve learned to recognize the faces of friends who come to see me and I enjoy their visits. Most important of all, I can take all the time I need to find the purr-fect family for me with no time limit.  I have one big challenge though – that bad reputation that’s sticking to me like white on rice.  I guess I’ll have to educate humans about myself.





We calicos are not difficult to get along with if you understand us. We’re more feisty than other cats, and along with tortoiseshells, are called the redheads of the cat world. That’s a good thing.  Do you really want a cat so sweet and bland as June Cleaver? Or one who’s sassy and fun like Lucy Ricardo? We get over-stimulated easily, so need time to settle down before petting. I prefer to head butt you or rub on you, rather than you petting me sometimes. If you must, just a few strokes please. Happily, many independent cats turn into total love bugs when we get a family and fall in love with our humans. Getting out of the shelter where we have to share humans helps too. Who doesn’t want to be the center of attention?



The staff limits my visitors to experienced cat people who understand cats like me, and just certain cats to play with. I have time out of my kennel to play and run around, so I can work off some of my excess energy. I had a good friend who got adopted recently who used to chase me up and down the halls. It was fun. Since I’m such a smart young lady, I get to learn tricks too, like jumping through a hoop or touching a stick with my nose. I like training; it makes me feel good to learn things and to accomplish something. It’s a thrill to hear all the “good girls” and other praise from the staff and volunteers for my hard work too. 

The only thing missing, Dear Diary, is a home of my own. There’s nothing quite like having your very own people and your very own space, that you don’t have to share with anybody. Nobody other cats will rub their cheeks and leave their scent behind. It will all be mine! The nice people here tell me not to worry, somebody is coming that is perfect for me – it just has to be the right somebody. I wonder who they are and what they look like. Short, tall, skinny or fat?  I don’t care. Young, middle aged or senior? I don’t care. Man, woman, couple, family?  I don’t care about that either, as long as there are no dogs or small kids who might not know how to interact with me. As long as they’re patient and love me, I’m good with anybody. 


I wonder what kind of home we’ll have. I’d love a place with a sunroom, screened porch or catio, where I could experience the outdoors safely from inside. I’m not spoiled, just daydreaming like you probably do about your ideal home. Actually, a townhouse or apartment with an open window where I can smell the outside scents in nice weather works too. Looking out the window is one of my favorite things to do. Here at Wayside, I watch the dogs and people walking around outside and the construction crew remodeling our building. Supervising them all is a full time job, but I don’t mind. I like to be useful. A soft cushion or bed for my naps is heaven too. Most of all, I want someone to love who will love me back, so I can live happily ever after. I hope they’re coming very soon too. Do you think they are, Dear Diary?



Written by Michelle Cour



Jul 8 2011

Feline-Ality: Finding Your Purr-fect Match!

Who’s excited about Wayside Waifs new feline adoption process? This girl! Feline-ality is the newest adoption survey program at Wayside Waifs. Feline-ality helps to match adopters with their ideal feline companion. Sound a little like a Match.com advertisement? Well, it kind of works like that too. You are asked to fill out a short survey before you go to the Cat Adoption area when you visit Wayside. This survey asks you questions such as “I would consider my household to be like, a) A library b) Middle of the road c) A carnival” or “I want my cat to love being with children in my home, a) It’s not important b) Some of the time c) Most of the time”. It’s as simple as that. Once you’ve finished your survey you are given a color and a personality. Based on your answers from the survey, the color and personality you are given is going to guide you to a cat on the adoption floor that would be the best matched cat for you. Pretty easy, huh? But what are the steps behind Feline-ality? 

Feline-ality is a process. It’s not as simple as “I believe this cat should be the color ‘orange’, and his personality should be a ‘sidekick'”. A lot of time and effort is put in to each cat that goes through the Feline-ality assessment. When cats enter the building at Wayside Waifs they are given a thorough exam and medical attention, and are then placed in their kennel. For the next 2-3 days they are not interacted with, but they are watched. Our feline staff record notes about the condition of the cats kennel, if they are eating, how they react if anyone approaches the kennel, and if they are adjusting. On the third day, the cat is taken from his kennel into a small room for his behavior evaluation. The assessor looks at different things during this test; how the cat reacts to toys, if they are social, if they like being held, if they are sensitive, etc. The behavior evaluation takes 12-15 minutes per cat. 

Based on the results of both the assessment and the behavior evaluation, a color and personality is chosen for each cat. Purple cats tend to seek attention and be pretty affectionate; orange cats enjoy being their human’s shadow; green cats are very adventurous and tend to be more independent. 

Feline-ality is not meant to be a quick answer or a guarantee on an animal’s behavior. It is meant for the adopter to use so they can better understand how their feline will be when they get home. Will their new companion run for the hills and not be seen for a few days? Or will they simply walk out of the carrier and in to their new owners lap? The results of the assessment and evaluation give the shelter inside information to how the cat will behave. Before feline-ality, we could only tell adopters what we had seen from the cat on a personal level. Now, we have a better guesstimate as to how a cat is going to behave in their new environment; which in turn, makes for a happier adopter and feline! 

Still want some more information? Go to the ASPCA’s website and search “Feline-ality”. You can take a test yourself, and also find out more information about each individual color and personality. If you are sold on feline-ality, come out to Wayside Waifs! We have plenty of felines with colors and personalities displayed proudly on the front of their kennel just waiting for their perfect match to come along and take them home!

Written by Alyssa Willet
Adoptions Supervisor at Wayside Waifs

Oct 29 2010

Meet Friend Bear!

Friend Bear came to Wayside Waifs in August with a group of cats that were seized from a hoarding situation. The cats were living in filthy conditions in a mobile home. The smell was horrific, the floor was calf-deep in trash and there was no running water. The cats were being fed Mountain Dew.  

Due to their neglect, many of the cats were scared when they arrived at Wayside. A lot of time and effort was spent by staff and volunteers to make them more comfortable in their new environment. Over time, Friend Bear has turned into a favorite of the volunteers. She is a year old and LOVES to play and have fun. She runs around the adoption area without a care in the world, chasing toys, playing with bits of string and just generally enjoying life to the fullest.  

She gets along great with other cats and loves to play with them. Friend Bear has a lot of energy, but she also enjoys being petted and will even climb into a lap if the mood strikes her. This silly, fun cat can provide hours of entertainment and, just as importantly, she is able to entertain herself for hours on end if necessary. So if you are looking for a cat who can be independent, but is also friendly and will be a good companion, then come by Wayside Waifs and visit Friend Bear…she’ll put a smile on your face, guaranteed!  Learn more about this sweetie and watch her video on the Wayside Waifs website!


Written by Chris Dauten
Volunteer at Wayside Waifs

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