May 23 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Alana here.

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

Learn more about Dayton here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


May 16 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

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

Learn more about Chomper here.

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

Learn more about Travis here.

“Hi there, I’m Ryland!  I’m an active, playful, happy boy searching for a home and family to call my very own.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that before…at least not that I remember.  So I’m still learning and experiencing new things and I’m a work in progress, trying my best to figure out where I fit into this crazy world.  Sometimes I’m skittish of new things and sometimes I get so excited that I forget my manners.  But I’m smart and eager to learn, so I’m positive that with time, I will become an incredible companion and member of the family. I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 59 pound bundle of love and muscle.  And I seem to be at least partially housebroken or crate trained, because I keep my kennel clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a stray after a kind stranger found me wandering alone along the highway in Grandview, MO.  I was happy to be safe, but I also felt confused and sort of afraid, especially of men.  So I got busy, enrolling in all the programs Wayside has to offer.  Some of the volunteers worked with me on my confidence while others taught me manners and focus.  It all started to come together for me and now I’m ready for you! I’m strong and athletic and I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I love to go for walks and I do really well on my leash, especially when I use my harness.  I’m curious and social and playful and I never pass up a good game of fetch.  Please stay patient and calm with me and help me learn the rules and boundaries, so that I can figure out what you expect from me.  You can see my wheels turning as I think about and evaluate new things.  I already know several commands, but I’d love to learn more, so teach me!  My friends at Wayside have been using NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) training, which teaches me that I need to work to get what I want, like sitting for a treat.  That’s been very effective for me and I hope to continue my training with you. I think I’ll fit in just fine with most active families.  I enjoy playing with all different kinds of dogs.  I’m patient, tolerant, friendly, and polite with them.  In fact, I frequently get to participate in doggie playgroups at Wayside.  If you have another dog that’s looking for a buddy, I might be the perfect match for you.  Since I can be jumpy and mouthy when I get excited, I might do best without kids under the age of 5 or so.  I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone.  You can bring the family to meet me, if you’d like, and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I’m a sweetheart and I have such a zest for life!  I’m happy and I enjoy attention and I appreciate each day.  I just need someone to share all of that with.  I hope it’s you!  I can’t wait to get out of the shelter and get settled into my new home and my new life with you.  I’m ready!”

Learn more about Ryland here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


May 11 2018

Long-Term Residents: Edna and Jammers

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 Jenny and Simone, and we have good news to share! Both Jenny and Simone found their forever homes! This month, we are going to feature Edna and Jammers.

Edna is this gorgeous girl who has been with us for 295 days. She came to us from another shelter back in July of 2017, and has been with us since. She came into Wayside Waifs very shy and fearful, and was immediately put into our Canine Isolation unit for her eyes. She was put on ointment that reduced her infection, and eventually was released into our regular holding area. There, she was behaviorally tested, but we quickly noticed she was not pleased to be here.

Our behavior team put Edna on Confidence College, so she could get extra volunteer and staff interaction. She would not approach people and never solicit attention. The vet staff could not weigh her because she was too scared. We immediately put her for a foster request, because shelter life was hard on her. She went to her first foster home in September for a couple weeks. Each day, there were tiny achievements that would make her more comfortable around people. We learned she was partially house trained, she liked her crate, loves to be around people, and just needs time to warm up.

During her time in foster, we also noticed she resource guards from other dogs, so she does have a restriction with canines. She still is very timid and nervous, so she can’t go to a home with children under five, and we recommend a home with children over ten. She will do best with an experienced owner who will be patient while she learns how to live in a home. In October, she was sent on a slumber party, as a family was very interested in her. She did not thrive as well as she did in the foster home, so she was ultimately sent back to Confidence College.

In November, we briefly put her on Trazadone for anxiety, and not too long after, she was put in her second and current foster home. We learned new things about her, including how she must go home with another playful dog, no kids whatsoever, and she needs a fenced-in yard and monitored outside, because she can be an escape artist. She is thriving wonderfully at her foster mom’s house, and is available from foster.

What has kept Edna in our care is a lieu of things. She is available from foster, so she is only seen on the website and social media. She is a black lab, which can sometimes be a preference choice. She is shy and fearful, and will likely be nervous in a new home at first. She also must go home with a dog, a fence, and supervision when outdoors, while not going home with children. She is not a first time dog for families, but a dog who needs a nurturing home that will give her what she needs. We’ll let Edna tell you about herself as well.

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.

This beautiful girl is Jammers, and she has been here for 119 days. She was owner surrendered in January for behavior reasons involving cats and children. Her previous owner was very helpful by giving us information about her attitude, behavior, and preferences. We put a no kids under seven years of age and no cats restriction on her. We also were able to behaviorally assess her, and found that she was a Leader of the Band, meaning she is super confident in new situations.

She was briefly put into our TABBY program so she could adjust to shelter life, but she quickly graduated. She can be a little sensitive to startling noises, but that can be expected. Her medical exam went well, and she was cleared for adoption. We learned from staff and volunteer interactions that she liked short petting sessions, and wanted to free roam. She then got upgraded to a no kids under ten restriction, as her play style can be intense.

In the meantime, Jammers had made several new friends making her a staff and volunteer favorite. She even participated in the Tournament of Tails, making it to the finals and winning second place! During that time, she received more visitors than usual, and got stressed out to the max. After an incident with a staff member, she was moved to holding and then inevitably sent to foster. She was in foster for about two or three weeks, and due to a family emergency, had to be sent back.

She is now back in a room, and adjusting to being back in the shelter. Things that are keeping her here could include her kid and cat restriction, and her ability to get agitated and react. She has a typical Tortie attitude. She prefers to make the first move, and then she will enjoy your company. She loves paper bags and ripple rugs, and hiding. She is looking for an understanding owner who will comply with her demands(uh, needs) and enjoy her company when she wants them to. Jammers would like to say a few things!

“Hello Friend! My full name is Jammers, but many staff and volunteers call me “Jam Jam”, “Jammy”, “Jam-boroni”, you get the idea. I’m a fun kitty looking for a family of my very own. I have beautiful honey eyes and a unique tortoiseshell colored coat. At only 6 years old, I have a lot of spunk in my step too! I originally came to Wayside as a kitten back in 2012. I was so scared and I felt so very alone. Wayside took me in and showered me with love, they made me feel like everything was going to be okay. They were right of course, because my dear family adopted me soon after. After living with my family for 5 years, they had to bring me back to Wayside. They had young children in the home that were much too rambunctious around me. I would occasionally tell them to stop being rambunctious the way that cats do, and it became a stressful situation for all involved. I don’t blame my family for bringing me back to Wayside, but I do miss them dearly. It’s hard not being with them anymore, but I’m learning to get back on my feet. Everyone welcomed me back with open arms at Wayside, and it’s been nice seeing all my old friends again. I thought, like last time, that I’d find my new family quickly. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. Maybe because I’m not a cute kitten anymore… but I feel like I’m still adorable as an adult too! The staff could tell I was becoming stressed waiting for my family, so they pulled a few strings and found a foster home for me. My foster mom said it was love at first sight. She swooped me up in her arms, and whispered those familiar words I heard nearly five years ago “Jammers, don’t worry, everything is going to be alright.” I sighed relief and trusted she was right as she drove me to my foster home. Being in my foster home has been so much fun! My foster mom gave me my very own room and plays with me every day. It has been an adjustment, being in a new home. I’m still figuring her out, and she’s still learning new things about me. One thing she thought was interesting about me, is that I immediately loved foster dad! I love sitting on his lap, purring the day away. Don’t get me wrong, I love her too, but me and foster dad… we just clicked. She says I’ll do best in a home that gives me my own room for a week. I may seem confident, but I can get overwhelmed pretty quickly, so I prefer having my own safe space. I also need a home without young kids. I can get swipy at times when I’m frustrated or nervous, so I’d really like someone that understands cat body language. I swish my tail when I’m upset, so just keep an eye out for my tail flicks. I’m just looking for someone who will love me for me. I’ve been bounced around a lot in my short life, so I’m ready to finally settle down. I really hope I get to meet you soon. My new person. I already love you, and I can’t wait to be with you forever. I envision our life together, simple and fun. I often daydream about all the things we’ll do together – chatting about your day, playing with wand toys, snuggling on your lap. It’s a wonderful dream… a dream that’s almost close enough to grasp. Call to meet me today; I’m waiting anxiously for you!”

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

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


May 9 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

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

Learn more about Luke here.

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

Learn more about Sunny Oak here.

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

Learn more about Brutus here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.

 


May 2 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

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

Learn more about Loki here.

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

Learn more about Wally here.

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

Learn more about Nero here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 25 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

“Thank you for reading about me! My name is Charlie, and I’m a handsome, dapper black and white shorthaired boy with one of the cutest, pinkest noses you’ve ever seen! I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find my forever person or people. You might have noticed that I am 7 years old. That is just barely middle age for a cat! In fact, I am right in my prime—well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to focus my time, attention and affection on you! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Secret Admirer! That means that I tend to be a little shy and timid in new situations. However, I am a people-oriented cat and need to be around people. I am keeping my paws crossed for a gentle, patient adopter who will give me time and space to get acclimated to my new surroundings. In return, I promise to fill your home and heart with beauty, purrs and love.”

You can learn more about Charlie here.

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

You can learn more about Miss Bailey here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 18 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

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

Learn more about Alexa here.

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

Learn more about Ellery here.

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

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

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 13 2018

Long-Term Residents: Jenny and Simone

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 Abby and Yuko, and both are still very anxious to find their families! This month, we are going to feature Jenny and Simone!

This is Jenny, and she has been at the shelter collectively over a year now. She originally came to Wayside Waifs in March of 2017 from a local shelter when they ran out of space. Aside from having an upper respiratory infection, she seemed like a happy, sweet girl. She has some quirks, including her looks, but she has quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite. The one restriction Jenny has is no dogs, mainly because she has a very particular play style that most dogs aren’t into. Jenny actually got adopted between mid-June and mid-July of 2017, so her initial stay here was abrupt and without incident. It wasn’t until she was returned in November that her journey continued.

Her owner had fallen on hard times, and the best decision for all involved was to bring Jenny back to Wayside. From there we discovered that she was not going to be a good fit for other dogs, but that she was still the same sweet girl we got to know in the summer. She ended up getting a UTI, but quickly got re-adopted in February of 2018. She was returned a few days later because her adopter had no fence, and they have dogs that run in the yard. Some behavior notes include,”Jenny was friendly with people, outgoing, and active. She is food motivated and knows sit and shake. She will approach people in a friendly manner looking to play or for social contact. On leash she pulls hard when excited which may be constant.” She has been on one bite hold, but it was completely accidental, and she was jumping in the same vicinity as a volunteer’s hand.

Honestly, we anticipate the reason Jenny being here is mainly the dog restriction, her age, and her unique look. While we think she is beautiful, some may not appreciate her true inner and outer beauty, but we promise the friendship with her is amazing. So many volunteers and staff members love Jenny, and she has become quite the popular girl! She’s been featured on TV with our Communications Manager, so you’ll have a famous dog! We think Jenny can describe herself best, so please read her bio for a brief moment.

 

“Hi Folks! I’m Jenny! I’m a tenderhearted girl with so much to offer. I’m a 64-pound lab mix with a soft butterscotch-colored coat. I’ve had a bit of a ruff time. I originally came to Wayside from another shelter in Kansas City. I was adopted into what was supposed to be my furever home, but times got tough and they couldn’t keep me so I’m back here at Wayside. They’re taking great care of me here—I have so many staff and volunteers who love me—but I just want to be back home living with a wonderful family. Even though I’m seven years old, I’ve still got plenty of spunk. I relish a daily walk but have to admit I’d probably rather be on the sofa with you. Big bonus is that I’m FULLY HOUSETRAINED! When I lived at home my adopters let me roam the house and I never got into anything thing I wasn’t supposed to. I’m also super smart and easy to train because I’m so treat motivated. I already know look, sit, shake, down and roll over! Your friends will be so impressed! I’m friendly, affectionate and enjoy people. I lived with two young girls and we did great. I crave physical contact, kisses and belly rubs! Oh, how I long to snuggle on the couch with my head in your lap. I love my humans, but I’m looking for a home without other canine friends. I will be a loyal and devoted pet and am ready to give you years of love and adoration. Can I be your dog?

Love,

Jenny”

This girl is Simone, and she has been here 83 days. She first arrived at Wayside Waifs in January when her previous shelter ran out of space. When we evaluated her behaviorally, we discovered she was a Leader of the Band. That is a fun way of saying Simone is confident in who she is, and would likely transition well in a new home. She also LOVES to talk! We quickly learned that she likes things her way, and on her terms. She was briefly put on a bite hold after getting overstimulated from interacting with a volunteer. She is a smart girl who likes to let you know how she feels by talking to you and purring.

After her bite hold was released, we put a no kids under 12 restriction on her. We knew she liked things done her way, and we didn’t want anyone getting hurt by her accidentally. She briefly went to foster, and was not very nice to the foster’s dogs, so she also has a no dogs restriction. The main thing with Simone is that she doesn’t like to be cooped up, so her frustrations come out when she is being out back in her kennel. She has a lot of energy, so adequate playtime is a must in a home.  Once again, Simone was put on a bite hold because of being cooped up. She is feisty, but in the best ways possible!

Really the things that are keeping her here are mixed. She has had a few bite holds, which can add up on length of stay. She gets a little antsy when she is cooped up, so play is going to be more important and beneficial than lap and snuggle time. She has a really nice friend named Bolt at the shelter, and they balance each other out really well. She probably can go home to another cat, but it is extremely important that other cat can understand what Simone is about. She plays rough, and not all cats enjoy that. We hand out basic introduction information for cats, but having a cat that matches her style is extremely important for her. Simone has a way with words, so we’ll give the rest to her!

“Hi there! My name is Simone. What’s yours? As you can see from my photos, I’m a beautiful, shorthaired dark tortoiseshell girl with lots of rich, dark colors in my fur. They call us dark torties chocolate torties. It fits me, because I am very sweet. I also have stunning large, golden eyes. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and I’m so happy to be here, where I just know I will find my forever person or people. I’m an affectionate cat who loves to play. What’s my favorite toy? All of them! I sure hope my new people will play with me! When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I’m a Leader of the Band! That means I’m a confident cat who loves people very much. I’ll bet I would love you!

Love, Simone”

Learn more about Simone here.

Please come in and meet these wonderful girls, and all of our adoptable Waifs, during our adoption hours. Note the change in schedule because of our annual Adopt-A-Thon!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 12 2018

Adopt-A-Thon Tips

It’s that time again for our annual Adopt-A-Thon! All pet adoptions are $35, and it is this coming Friday and Saturday! We thought it would be helpful to provide some tips for finding your new family member. This can be a stressful time, for you and the animals! With these tips, you will be successful in finding an animal, and giving them a forever home.

  1. Get here early! Almost always there is a huge line outside the front doors by 10:00, so if you have a certain animal in mind, it might be wise to come and wait early.
  2. I would suggest having multiple dogs or cats in mind, because the line is first come first serve, so someone ahead of you could want the animal you do. If you aren’t picky and have multiple animals, it makes for a better outcome.
  3. Please be patient during this time, as we have limited staff and volunteers trying to go as fast as they can. Understand the process might take a couple hours depending on needs and situations.
  4. If you have a dog at home and are adopting a dog, our adoptions staff are willing to put a two-hour hold on a dog so you can go home and get yours for a dog-to-dog.
  5. Understand that this is a high-stress event; meaning animals, staff, volunteers, and members of the public are emotional during this time. We should try and remain calm so the animals don’t pick up on our stress.

 

Now we would like to feature a few of our adoptable waifs!

Cleo!

Jenny

Flower!

Titan Athena!

Bolt!

Ellery!

Take notice of the different hours for our event this week, and happy adopting!

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

Written by Teryn J.

 


Apr 11 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

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

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


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

Learn more about Ginger here.

“Hello there! I’m an adorable little kitten! I am a bundle of fun in a small package and I am so ready for a new family to call my own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do we love to play! I will need some work on training but we will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster I will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help me stay well rounded. Give me some fun and interactive toys in the mix and we will have the time of our lives! I think I should also tell you that I love to cuddle. Curl up with me and I will purr to show you just how happy I am; cuddles are my favorite! If you are looking for a new buddy to bring you smiles and cheer, come on out to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Domino here.

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

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

Written by Teryn J.


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