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 6 2014

How to Transition Your Dog’s Food

dog foodUnlike their human counterparts, dogs do not need to eat a rainbow (yes, keep those skittles to yourself on family movie night). Although eating food with a balanced spectrum of nutrients is important, owners should aim to consistently provide a healthy meal for their canine companions. However, as dogs mature or develop food allergies or sensitivities, you may come to a point when you need to switch dog food. Don’t panic; follow these simple steps to avoid post-breakfast or dinnertime discomfort.

Know Your Addition

In just five days, you can seamlessly transition your dog’s food. It’s simple: All you have to do is know some basic calculations for you and Fido to be on your way to a healthy new start. Begin by adding 20% of the new food in with 80% of the old. From here, you will up the new food in 20% increments each day, while simultaneously lowering the old mix by 20%. Easy, right?

See the chart below for details.

  • Day 1 – 80% Original food + 20% New
  • Day 2 – 60% Original food + 40% New
  • Day 3 – 40% Original food + 60% New
  • Day 4 – 20% Original food + 80% New
  • Day 5 – 100% New

While these proportions help most dogs make an easy transition to their new food, it is not a foolproof plan. Because of this, there are some telltale signs of irritation you’ll want to watch for throughout this process.

Red Flags:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*If your dog is exhibiting any of these signs, stop administering new food and visit a veterinarian as soon as possible.

When it comes time to change your dog’s food, be sure to employ the following steps. And remember, there is no universal solution for all dogs. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to observe your dog for any unusual diet-related behavior as you make this transition.

Adopt Today

If you are looking to adopt a dog you can call your own, Wayside Waifs of Kansas City has a number of animals in need of permanent, loving homes.

 Adoption Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


Proudly serving the Greater Kansas City community. 

Aug 14 2013

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


Jan 20 2012

The Amazing Transformation of Izzy

The day Izzy was rescued

The day Izzy was rescued

Commitment…  Patience…  Unconditional love…  Acceptance…  Powerful words with serious meanings.   But, all must become a basic way of life for anyone who is considering adopting a puppy mill rescue.  Some puppy mill rescues may eventually become fairly “normal” dogs, but others’ spirits have been so battered and broken that they will never truly recover, leaving them with permanent physical and/or psychological scars that will affect them for the rest of their lives.  Some will come with medical issues due to lack of proper nutrition, veterinary care and sanitary housing, while others will be plagued with psychological issues, most commonly an intense fear; both of people and of new situations.  And, due to their endless confinement, all will have a lack of understanding of the appropriate protocol for elimination.  Many will get better, but far more will not.  At least not completely.  But, now, thanks to the rescue efforts of Wayside Waifs, many puppy mill rescues are being given a second chance at life in a home where they will know love unlike anything they could ever imagine. 

 It was November 3, 2009 when 21 frightened and horribly neglected dogs were rescued by Wayside Waifs from their previous lives of pain and misery at a puppy mill in Camden County, MO.   As I watched them being impounded that day, I found that my heart was especially touched by two emaciated poodles; one gray and one cream colored.  It brought tears to my eyes to see their dirty matted fur, their incredibly long toenails, their filthy, rotten teeth, the wounds on their bodies from having to fight for their food, their swollen and stretched out mammary glands, and their wasted and worn out bodied from years of over-breeding.   And, more heart-wrenching still was seeing the dreadful fear in their eyes as they stood trembling at the uncertainty of their fate.  No matter how gentle the touch or how softly and kindly the words “It’s going to be OK” were spoken to them, they still could not comprehend that they were safe and that they were now beginning their journey to a life that would be filled with goodness.  In their frightened little minds, the past had proven to them that only bad things ever happened, so how could this scary new world be anything but a continuation of their previous life in hell?  Fortunately for them, time was on their side, and each would be allowed to adjust to their new-found freedom at his or her own rate.  Over the next couple of weeks I would often visit with my two little favorites; the gray and cream colored poodles, along with several others too.  I would spend some time just being with them every day, trying to help with their socialization, always telling myself that they would all be going to wonderful, loving homes, and that I would have to let them go, because the two dogs I already had at home were enough. Eventually, each of the rescues began their migration from the holding side of the building over to the adoption side, and one by one they started leaving Wayside, to a new and better way of life. 

It was one day in late November when I went to visit with one of the poodles that I found she had a new “roommate”, because her previous little buddy had recently been adopted.  Who was this pitiful looking schnoodle, and how in the world did I miss seeing her before now!!!?  “Darma”, as she was named by the staff, was cowering in the corner, pressing hard against the wall, trying to get as far away from me as she possibly could.  I reached out to let her sniff my hand, but coming from a place where no human contact had likely ever been kind, she had no intention whatsoever of coming anywhere near me.  But, Whispers, the cream-colored poodle, would now readily approach me, so I just continued to visit and snuggle with her, allowing Darma to skeptically look on from the security of her corner.  She looked so sad and lonely huddled there in the corner, but in all honesty, it was the sorrowful, pleading look in her eyes which, in the end, totally captivated me.  Regardless of everything I had told myself about not needing another dog, I really knew from the very first moment I saw her that she would eventually be coming home with me.  And, thanks to Wayside, I have come to discover a reciprocal love from an adorable puppy mill rescue who has come to mean the world to me.

So, I read as much as I could about adopting a puppy mill rescue, and after purchasing a couple of baby gates and placing a dog crate with the door left open in every room of the house, (so she would always have a safe haven close by), I thought I was well-prepared to bring home the newest member of my family.  I quickly learned, however, that nothing I had read had fully prepared me for life with a puppy mill rescue.  On the day of her adoption I went to her kennel, slowly opened the door, and gently lifted her out, at which point she immediately began to fight to get away from me.  So, I clutched her tightly to my chest, and just sat down on the floor with her and spoke to her in a calm, soothing voice, and once she relaxed and ceased to tremble I felt we were ready to go home.  I placed her in a travel crate, knowing that the car ride home would be particularly frightening for her, and that confinement while in the car would be the best option.  Nearly everything she would encounter now would be completely new to her, and for her, every one of those things would be absolutely terrifying.  It was heartbreaking to see the almost constant fear that she was suffering, but I was certain that, over time, she would eventually overcome those fears.  There would be progress.  It would be slow, but there would be progress.  Dedication…  Commitment…  Patience…  Unconditional love…  Acceptance: Progress… 

I immediately found that she didn’t actually need a crate in every room.  The only crate she ever would flee to was the one that she sleeps in every night.  Every “first” for her was incredibly difficult, and many of her fears of those “firsts” remained fears throughout the “seconds”, “thirds”, “fourths” and beyond.  The first time I put a leash on her she flopped around like a fish out of water, but it didn’t take her very long to adjust, and now she walks on leash really well.  Progress…

Her reaction to every new experience was to bolt, not really knowing where she was bolting to, or if the path that she was choosing was safe to take or not.  Everything she experienced initially sent her scurrying; the vacuum, television, doorbell, dishwasher…  She no longer runs to hide from any of those things, although she does still prefer to keep her distance from the vacuum.  Progress…  Rain, snow, walking on the grass, or just being outside, were all horribly frightening to her at first, but now she loves to go out in the back yard, as long as I go out there with her.  Progress…  Once-in-awhile she still will have an accident in the house, but that is rare, so in that regard she is getting better.  Progress…  She has even learned what “go potty” means, and knows to eliminate at that prompting.  But, if I take her outside and she doesn’t actually need to go at the time, she will still squat when I say “go potty” and then come running over to me to receive her snuggles and praise.  She’s no dummy!  And, as terrifying as the first few baths were for her, she really doesn’t mind bathing now at all.  I found that giving her treats while bathing her provided her with something she desired to such an extent that she would willingly tolerate a bath, if she had to, in order to receive those treats.  Now, every time I even just pull back the shower curtain, she comes running into the bathroom and puts her paws up on the side of the tub – just in case it happens to be her bath/treat time.  Progress… 

Izzy today

Izzy today

I am fortunate in that I can take Darma (now *Izzy) to work with me every day.  Her comfort zone is under my desk, and although that is where she stays all day, except for when we go out for a walk, I still feel it is better for her than being at home, alone in her crate all day.  *So, how did Darma come to be known as Izzy?  When Izzy first came home with me, she still had her puppy mill look – a skinny, frightened pooch with dirty matted fur.  So, I thought that this “not quite beautiful on the outside yet” little girl needed a beautiful name, so I named her Isabella.  So, I groom, and I try to get her to the “beautiful” look, but after every bathing and grooming she immediately shakes her body and rolls around on the ground, only to rise up looking terribly scruffy and completely unkempt.  So, I decided that shortening her name to Izzy was more fitting to her crazy and cute, yet messy and disheveled look.

Nothing makes me happier now than to see her running at full speed around the back yard, sometimes chasing after my other schnoodle, and sometimes just running for the sheer pleasure of being able to run free.  Progress…  She is my constant companion, and in the comfort of her home, her eyes are bright, her stubby little tail is constantly wagging and she runs and plays like any “normal” dog.  Progress…  But still, whenever she encounters other people, or faces new situations, she reverts back to being that scared and distant recluse that made her way into my heart back on that cold November day. 

Oftentimes, when she is sitting on my lap, I will look into her soulful and hurt-filled eyes, and wonder of the fear that is behind them, and the painful memories that time can never erase.  It infuriates me that she, and so many like her, have been forced to endure a life filled with horrible torture and unspeakable pain, all so that some selfish, greedy breeders can make a buck.  Yes, hundreds have been saved, but sadly, thousands remain imprisoned, daily suffering a fate that is far worse than death.  We can’t give up on them.  Wayside Waifs will not give up on them.  One by one by one we will do our best to offer these survivors the life that they deserve.  And, to all of the other Izzys out there – We will not forget you.  We will not abandon you.  We will not stop fighting for justice for you.  We will not.  WE. WILL. NOT.  Progress…


Written by Karen Brown
Lead Development Associate at Wayside Waifs

Sep 29 2011

Meet Bandit!

Hey there everyone! I’m a super handsome and sweet lovebug named Bandit, and am so happy to meet you! I am a 4 year old, 79 pound Dalmatian/Pointer mix, and I’m waiting for a brand new home. Actually, I’ve been waiting awhile now, so very patiently in my kennel, for you to come for me. I break the hearts of some of the volunteers here as they’ve watched me do this waiting game thing. I just stand at the door of my kennel, oftentimes with a toy in my mouth, and I wait.

I’m such a nice and good looking dog! My looks are stunning, what with my black and white coat, adorable face, and cute little paws that prance with joy. I’m at least partially housetrained too, because I know to go to the bathroom as soon as I get outside! I may need a refresher when we get home, but I’m well on my way. I’m trying to do everything I can to be a good boy and hope that someone will want to take me home.

I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter where they didn’t have enough room for me. I’m happy to be here, don’t get me wrong, but what I really need is a real home. It’s hard to get a good nights sleep here at the shelter and it’s hard for me to relax in my kennel. I am well behaved, though, and I don’t jump around and bark and act crazy like some of the dogs do. Still, I do want you to notice me. Please?

I am strong, athletic and active. And at 4 years old, I am in the prime of my life! I love to go out for walks, although sometimes I get excited and pull on my leash. I do much better with a harness, if my pulling is a problem for you. Being stuck in my kennel all day just isn’t the life for a dog like me, that’s why I get so anxious and pull. After a run in the park, I calm down quite nicely and don’t pull nearly as much.

I’m quite friendly, social, gentle and playful. I know how to sit for my treats. I love people, but I do have a little bit of an independent streak in me, too. This isn’t a bad thing, because it means I won’t be constantly bugging you for attention. I can keep myself entertained, as long as I have a few toys and room to play. I happen to love to play FETCH! I’m great at the game, too by the way. I always love to have a toy in my mouth. It is calming for me, and it shows that I’m always ready for a game! Because I like my toys so much, I would probably do best in a home without children under 12. I’m not the best at sharing, and small kiddos don’t always understand that. It is called ‘resource guarding’, but, it can be a really easy thing to work with me on. Trainers and adoptions counselors at Wayside have information about how to help me get over my need to guard my favorite items.

As far as other dogs go, I can sometimes be a wee bit bossy. I’m not afraid to show other dogs that I like to be in charge. Because of this, I definitely need to meet any other dogs you have before we all go home together. Of course, my dream home would have me as their only dog. And I think I’ll be enough to keep you happy and loved, so you won’t miss not having another dog around.

The other day, I was chosen to be the Wayside greeter dog, welcoming all the customers to Wayside. You have to be a volunteer favorite to be chosen for this important job. And I was a true gentleman, calm, cool, and collected. I enjoyed the attention, showed off my tricks, loved it when people commented on my cuteness. And when a thunderstorm rolled in, I wasn’t phased a bit. Nope. No fear of thunderstorms from this boy! Unfortunately, you didn’t come for me that particular day, maybe you stayed away because of that storm, but I know you will come soon. I have faith in you.

I’m a pretty simple boy, just looking for a family to be a part of. Daily exercise, fresh water and food, a clean dog bed, someone to pet me and tell me I’m a good boy…that all sounds so wonderful. And in return, I’ll be the most loyal of companions to you! I will be grateful to you and love you with everything I’ve got. No one will try harder than I will! What do I need to do to have you stop by and meet me, instead of passing me by? Until you come, I’ll continue to wait here in my kennel.

Love, Beautiful Bandit


Sep 9 2011

Why I Strutt

Strutting our Stuff for Wayside Waifs!

Strutting our stuff for Wayside Waifs!

I started “Strutting” and raising money for ‘Strutt With Your Mutt’ for one reason, and his name is Tobin.  Wayside Waifs and Tobin changed my life.  I saw him on Wayside Waifs’ website, and he fit the profile of the “type” of dog for which I was looking (maybe a Schnauzer/Cairn terrier-mix).  Actually, he fit the “type” of dog I thought I could tolerate.  My boyfriend was really the one chanting the “we have to have a dog” mantra.  So, we traveled to Wayside Waifs to meet him.  I didn’t instantly fall in love with Tobin.  He was a wiry little thing that seemed more interested in sniffing the perimeter of the play yard than in meeting us.  However, he did often run over to us and flop on his back to announce his desire for a belly rub (which he still does to this day).  I just wasn’t confident about having a dog.  I liked my life, my routine, not having to worry about a sock that accidentally fell on the floor; but, my boyfriend insisted that this dog had a “sweet disposition,” and we should strongly consider adopting him.    

So, we decided to adopt.  As we drove to Wayside Waifs to pick up the newest addition to our home, I was anxious.  It was the kind of anxiety that only comes around for me once every several years, and I didn’t like it.  When we left with Tobin, he proved to us that the description on the website was correct.  It said that he had “two speeds… fast and faster.”  When we walked out of Wayside, he was crazy, and I was second-guessing my already second-guessed decision to bring a dog into my life.  But, when we got in the car, my instincts kicked in.  He was ours.  My boyfriend later commented that he couldn’t believe how well I drove a heavy piece of machinery (the car) while working to calm a very confused and excited dog.  Tobin and I weren’t instant friends.  He completely changed that routine to which I was tied.  He ate slippers.  He had more energy than any dog I’d ever known.  

I don’t know exactly when I fell in love with him.  But, I do remember a time when he injured his leg.  It turned out to be a minor injury, but during the time he was recovering, I promised him I would do whatever I had to do to care for him for the rest of his life.  That was it.  He became the light of my life.  He changed my perspective on almost everything, from how I lived my daily life to what I wanted to pursue professionally.  

That’s why I ‘Strutt.’  Last year, I was the top fundraiser for ‘Strutt With Your Mutt.’  Raising over $3,000 was the least I could do to show my gratitude for the happiness Wayside Waifs and Tobin had brought me.  The support that was given to me during my fundraiser was incredible.  I printed the names of all of my supporters on the back of my shirt for the day of the ‘Strutt,’ and I was shocked at how long the list was.  Unfortunately, Tobin was not very well-behaved on his leash at this time last year, so I took my niece dog, Ellé.  She LOVES to walk, and she had a blast. 

This year, I have two reasons to raise $3,000 for Wayside Waifs again.  We adopted Lincoln, a cream colored Cairn terrier, in March 2011.  Now, I can’t imagine my life without my dogs.  I ask everyone I know to support my fundraising campaign for Wayside Waifs, and you can ask too.  Form a dog pack, sign up for the 5K race, or stroll through Brookside on the leisurely ‘Strutt’ with your dog or your niece dog.  Raise some money, win a few fun prizes, and come enjoy the day.  I can only assume that because adopting from Wayside Waifs changed my life, it may have changed yours too.   

Written by Marie T. Dispenza
Development Associate at Wayside Waifs

Feb 18 2011

Learning To Save Lives

Vet Students Get Practical Experience at Wayside Waifs

Vet Students Get Practical Experience at Wayside Waifs

The Wayside Waifs Veterinary Clinic is the epicenter of activity at the shelter, and where some of our most important work takes place.  Veterinarians Dr. Cynthia Moon and Dr. Luke Pickett have their hands full overseeing the medical care of more than 300 animals at any given time.  Because each animal has different needs, the Wayside medical team sees just about every type of medical issue you can imagine.  

This unique environment makes Wayside Waifs a perfect place for veterinary students to put what they’ve learned in the classroom in practice.  Wayside Waifs is one of only a handful of animal shelters in the Midwest Region participating in a Veterinary Preceptorship Program with the veterinary colleges at the University of Missouri, Kansas State University and Iowa State University.  

Every two weeks two new veterinary students rotate through the program, living and learning at Wayside.  They receive hands-on experience working with the animals under the tutelage of Dr. Moon and Dr. Pickett.  “It’s a nice opportunity for the students to get spay and neuter surgical experience along with seeing disease control methods in practice,” said Dr. Pickett. 

To welcome the students to Wayside Waifs, their school banners are proudly displayed by the vet clinic.  Wayside also provides them with subsidized accommodations in a cozy housing unit on its 44-acre campus. 

Iowa State students Christine Fanelli and Jordan Nickerson gave their experience at Wayside Waifs rave reviews.  “In just a few days at Wayside, I’ve become faster and more efficient in surgery,” said Fanelli.  “My confidence also got a big boost.”  Nickerson said at school he has an opportunity to perform only two spay/neuter surgeries every two weeks, while at Wayside Waifs he’s able to perform two to three surgeries a day.  During his preceptorship he also treated a dog for heartworms and performed a hernia repair for the first time.  “It is just a great, fun, relaxed environment to learn in,” Nickerson said.  “It’s been a wonderful opportunity to hone my skills.”  Having students in the vet clinic is also a bonus for Wayside Waifs.  “These vet students provide additional manpower to the vet clinic, and they’re bright, focused, energetic and well-trained,” said Dr. Pickett.  “The program is a win for Wayside and a win for the animals in our care because these students enable us to do more for more animals every day.”

Both Fanelli and Nickerson say their experience at Wayside Waifs provided them with valuable insight into shelter veterinary practices and also steered them in a new career direction.  “I would love to work in a shelter, but if I end up in private practice I will make it a priority to give back through pro bono work with a shelter,” said Fanelli. 

At the end of their two week preceptorship, Dr. Pickett evaluates each student on their medical and patient skills.  The students leave Wayside Waifs armed with additional knowledge, a fresh perspective and valuable hands-on experience that will help propel them towards rewarding careers in veterinary medicine… enabling them to better care for all creatures, great and small.

Written by Ashlee Parker
Communications Relations Manager at Wayside Waifs

Feb 7 2011

Adoptable Monochrome Kitties at Wayside Waifs

There are an unusually large number of one-color cats at Wayside Waifs right now. Black cats are the hardest to get adopted, and we have A LOT of them…seriously. A LOT. But we also have other monochrome shades from white to gray to black…and they do tend to be harder to find homes for than their multi-colored friends. Oddly enough, while they are really hard to find homes for, the one-colors we have now are probably the friendliest cats in the building.  Here are a few…and when I say “few” I mean we have A LOT more…of the monochrome cats we have at the shelter right now. 


Probably my current favorite cat. He is big and muscular, but he is SUCH a baby. He LOVES to sit in your lap, and if there are a row of people sitting on the bench in the cat adoptions area, he will sit in each lap for a few minutes, working his way down the line. He is quiet and calm, and loves to just be held and petted. He gets along great with other cats, but he is scared of dogs.




This tall, thin boy is very friendly and tolerant. Kids come into the shelter and poke and prod at him and he loves it…he will follow you all over the cat adoption area and rub on your legs and ask to be petted. He gets along with other cats and he really likes kids…a good all-around cat.




This solid white girl is a real charmer. She has beautiful green eyes and loves to sit next to you or in your lap and be petted and cuddled. She doesn’t interact a lot with other cats, but she does not seem to mind them being around most of the time. She would do well in a home where she’d get a lot of lap and couch time with her owner.




One of the more interesting cats in the shelter right now. This giant of a cat was brought in by animal control with a litter of kittens he was caring for. Yes…he. A few people at the shelter were a little scared of Chartreus when he arrived because he is SUCH a big, muscular cat. But they soon found out that he is a very gentle, kind-hearted cat. We call him the “gentle giant.” Besides caring for the kittens he was found with, he has since shown a strong paternal instinc toward cats who are scared or uncomfortable. He seems to go out of his way to comfort them. Obviously, he gets along well with other cats, but he does not like dogs.




Not only doess Precious have the disadvantage of being a black cat, but also has another strike against her: she’s missing one of her front legs. This doesn’t slow her down, though, and she has no trouble jumping up into a chair, and back down again. She’s a bit of a couch potato, but she’s very friendly and loves to be held and petted. I carried her around with me for a while yesterday afternoon and she just purred away the entire time.




If you want a cuddly, snuggly lap cat…look no further. Rizzie LOVES people and she loves to be held, petted and have her head scratched. She does not like other cats very much, especially when they get too close to someone she is getting attention from. She’d do best as an only cat, preferably with someone who doesn’t mind being snuggled by a cat for long periods.




This boy came in to the shelter with his sister Mini. They have been at Wayside Waifs since July…our longest current residents. Velvet’s sister is a tortie, and they need to be adopted together, as they have been with each other since birth. This makes it even more difficult to get Velvet adopted…in addition to being a black cat, he has a sibling that needs to stay with him.



Share Bear (left) and Nightshade

Share Bear came in to Wayside Waifs last summer as part of a large group of cats rescued from a hoarding situation. He and his sister (Love-a-Lot Bear…also a black cat) are the only two left. Yep…all the non-black ones were adopted. Share Bear is very playful, but he also love to be petted and likes to sit on your lap. His sister Love-a-Lot Bear is also very playful but is more independent. She’ll come to you when she wants some attention, but she’s not as outgoing as her brother.

Nightshade is a handsome black cat who loves to run and play. He is also extremely friendly and will give you head butts when you hold him. He really likes to play with other cats, but he doesn’t seem to understand when a cat does not want to play with him. He seems to just assume that everyone wants to play with him as much as he does with them…depending on the other cat, this can be an irritant. Nightshade doesn’t mean to cause trouble…hes just overzealous in his attempts to engage other cats in play. He would probably do best as an only cat, unless the other cat likes to play with him just as much.



Written By Chris Dauten
Volunteer at Wayside Waifs

Nov 26 2010

Meet Leo!

Leo is looking for love!

Leo is looking for love!

Meet Leo. This handsome guy was transferred in with his sister, Fluffy, from another shelter when their time was running out. Fluffy recently went home, but Leo is still waiting for his forever home.

Leo is super sweet, and he couldn’t get any cuter. He has the softest orange fur and a fiesty personality to go along with it. Recently, all of our cats moved from their temporary holding space in our shelter to their brand new kitty palace. Leo thought it would be appropriate to scale the new arch doorway in the Cat Adoption area. He may it quite high before he jumped back to the ground. Chances are you’ll be greeted by this happy boy when you come into the cat area, and you wouldn’t want it any other way.

Come meet Leo today!

Posted By Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Nov 24 2010

Find the Purr-fect gift at Whiskers & Wags

Looking for gifts for pet lovers on your list?  Or perhaps a special gift for your fur baby? Here are ten items for $15 or less that are available at Wayside Waifs boutique- Whiskers & Wags!

Rescue Me Blend Roasterie Coffee

Rescue Me Blend Roasterie Coffee $12.99

Hol-e Mol-e Rubber Ball for Mad Dogs $9.99

Hol-e Mol-e Rubber Ball for Mad Dogs $9.99

Wayside Waifs logo ceramic travel mug.  Great for hot beverages!  $12.99 Wayside Waifs logo ceramic travel mug. Great for hot beverages! $12.99
The Wave Cat Scratcher $15

The Wave Cat Scratcher $15

Busy Buddy Linkables Puzzle Treat Dispenser $9.99

Busy Buddy Linkables Puzzle Treat Dispenser $9.99

Wayside Waifs Reusable Beverage Cup

Wayside Waifs Reusable Beverage Cup

Plush Gund Kitties, Bunnies and Puppies $14.99

Plush Gund Kitties, Bunnies and Puppies $14.99

Yum Wash all natural dog soap $12.99

Kitty Backpack- MEOW!  $12.00

Kitty Backpack- MEOW! $12.99

See Spot Salt & Pepper Shakers $14.99

See Spot Salt & Pepper Shakers $14.99

Whiskers and Wags offers something for everyone.  From high quality training and pet supplies, pet food and treats, to children’s books and jewelry.  100% of the proceeds from sales at Whiskers and Wags goes to providing care for the animals at Wayside.  Shop today and support the animals!

Posted by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

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