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?



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!




Titan Athena!



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.

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.

Apr 22 2010

Brownie & Sue Find Their Forever Family

An Adoptathon Tail...

An Adoptathon Tail...

How long does it take to fall in love?  On a day between one and one hundred sixteen, Wayside fell hard for two wonderful dogs. During the four months these two were with us, Wayside volunteers and staff would walk, snuggle, brush, feed, talk to and on different days for each of us, fall in love with, Brownie and Sue.   They came to Wayside Waifs just before Christmas, two senior sisters, each about 10 years old.  They are lovely, smaller, mix-breed dogs with gentle, soft personalities.  Brownie and Sue spent many afternoons in the Wayside Adoptions Center patiently waiting for their own family to come along while 1052 other dogs found their forever homes.  They had a tail wag for everyone but despite the love their friends at Wayside gave them, more than anything, they wanted a home of their own.  

The magic that happens for all adoptable animals who come to Wayside Waifs started when Brownie and Sue made their appearance on channel 5 one Saturday morning.  Their new mom (she didn’t know she was to be their mom at the time) saw them and her heart opened.  It had been awhile since they’d had a dog, the loss of their last dog was still painful, were these two dogs meant to be part of the family?  

Her second encounter with Brownie and Sue happened on the family’s drive to the Royals game Saturday afternoon.  106.5 The Wolf was doing a live remote from Wayside Waifs for the semi-annual Adoptathon.   Wes (one of the Wolf’s Jocks) spoke about the generous volunteer who was sponsoring the adoption of Brownie and Sue and for Susie (their new mom) it was truly a sign.  She and her husband spent most of the game talking about adopting these two dogs; what would it mean to bring home two senior dogs, how long would it take for Brownie and Sue to become members of their new family?  

The answer is instantly!  It was love at first sight and life for both the two and four legged members of this family has been great.  Susie says that people do question their reasoning behind adopting two senior dogs but she tells them that it’s not Brownie and Sue who are the lucky ones.  For Susie and her husband, the unconditional love given by these two sweet souls is proof enough that nobody is ever too old for new love. 

Written by Barbara Poe
Adoption Program Manager at Wayside Waifs

Apr 9 2010

Two Dogs, Two People, 10 Legs

Lance has always loved Brittanys.  His wife Paula is more drawn to Labs.  Lance and Paula enjoyed more than fourteen years with their beloved lab, Midnight*  and their Brittany, Stella*, but they had known for months that it wouldn’t be much longer for the two dogs who loved each other, and their humans, so very much.  That dreaded time came and they lost both of their babies. 

Enter Wayside Waifs.  Lance was perusing www.waysidewaifs.org and saw the CUTEST Brittany named Alex.  Alex had all the beautiful markings and characteristics of a Brittany that Lance loved, and so he coaxed Paula to come to Wayside today during our 3rdAnnual Adoptathon- an event extravaganza sponsored by 106.5 The Wolf wherein all animals at Wayside Waifs go home for half the adoption price.   

It was love at first sight for Lance and Alex.  One catch, though, when Alex was first brought to Wayside as a stray found in Raymore, she had a severe injury on her foot.  Due to neglect, the injury did not heal well and could cause further harm if the limb was not removed.  So the Wayside vets went to work, and now Alex is a cute, cuddly, healthy 3-legged Brittany who found a new home today. 

But the story doesn’t end here.  While Lance was bonding with Brittany Alex, a black Lab named Lou caught the eye of his wife Paula.  Lou is a one year old who came to Wayside after a terrible run in with a car.  The good vets here at Wayside Waifs acted swiftly to save Lou’s life.  But they could not save Lou’s leg. 

You’ve probably guessed the end of this story. Lance and Paula now have two new forever friends- Lance adopted 3-legged Alex, and Paula adopted 3-legged Lou.  Sometimes, love is a four three legged word.

Written by Marla Svoboda
Director of Development at Wayside Waifs

(* names changed)

Apr 7 2010

Tails Are Waggin’ For The 3rd Annual Spring Adoptathon!

Riley is one of the hundreds of animals looking for a forever loving home!

Riley is one of the hundreds of animals looking for a forever loving home!

106.5 The Wolf and Wayside Waifs are proud to present the 3rd Annual Spring Adoptathon!  On April 9, 10 & 11, all adoptions will be half price!  This is the 3rd year for the Adoptathon and its always a tail waggin’ good time.  Last Fall, we sent home over 200 animals to new fur-ever loving homes and we are hoping to do it again!  

Wayside Waifs has hundreds of dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small mammals in our shelter and 106.5 The Wolf will be broadcasting live all weekend to help our furry friends find their new families. 
We will be closed on Thursday, April 8th to get all of our waifs ready for adoption but will re-open Friday, April 9th at 6 am.  We will also be giving away passes to the upcoming movie “The Back-Up Plan”, starring Jennifer Lopez. 

“There is an incredible selection of animals in our shelter, people will see unique breeds they may have never seen before,” said Ashlee Parker, Communications Manager at Wayside Waifs.  “If you are looking to adopt, now is a great time to come to Wayside Waifs.”

Here are our special Adoptathon hours:
Friday, April 9th   6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 10th   8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 11th   Noon – 6 p.m.

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Sep 12 2009

Inspiring Story from Adoptathon

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee

Adopter Ed brought tears to our eyes today at Adoptathon.  He boarded a city bus at six a.m. this morning, and then walked two miles from the bus stop to finally get to Wayside Waifs.  Ed wanted to find a new companion for his 15-year-old dog, Skippy.   Skippy’s lifelong “girlfriend” passed away a little more than a week ago, and he’s lost without her.  Ed said he didn’t want Skippy to spend his final years alone. 

Ed heard about our Adoptathon on TV yesterday, and hoped he could find another “couch potato” at Wayside Waifs.  When Ed met Brenda Lee, it was love at first sight.  He thinks the full-figured six-year-old Miniature Pinscher will be the perfect match for Skippy.  Brenda was a staff favorite here at Wayside Waifs, and was smiling as she waddled out the door. 

One of our fantastic volunteers, Katie, gave Ed and Brenda and lift back to the bus stop.  She said she sobbed the entire way back to Wayside Waifs, because she was so touched by Ed’s story.  

Thank you Ed, for making the journey to Wayside Waifs.  We wish you, Skippy and Brenda Lee all the best!  We can’t to hear what Skippy thinks of his new lady!

Apr 25 2009

Fun Times at Wayside Waifs!

WOW!  Make sure you check out our youtube channel!  There are some awesome videos about adoptathon.  Shotgun Jaxon from 106.5 shares his thoughts on adopting cats, there is an absolutely adorable video about a litter of puppies that came in this morning and watch for Ryans video about his rockin’ play yard (it will post a little later this afternoon)!  We are having so much fun this weekend meeting new people and finding new homes for all of our furry friends!  Don’t miss this incredible time at Wayside Waifs!  Come out and see us!

Apr 25 2009


Greetings from the 106.5 Spring Adoptathon at Wayside Waifs!  We have had a steady stream of adopters today and there is no wait to come and adopt.  Adopters are moving through the process very quickly and its great to see all of our animals go home with their new families!  If you are looking for a cat now is a great time to adopt.  There are a lot of wonderful personalities waiting to meet you today!  The half price adoption is only available through tomorrow so make sure you come by and take advantage of this savings!  Its also good to adopt on a Saturday so you have two days to hang out with your new pet during the time of new transition to your home.  Stop by and meet some of our purr-fectly adorable cats!

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