Jun 21 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Marshmellow, Bubba Ray and Gracie Belle, and Marvin!

This is Marshmellow, and the name suits him to a T, because he’s white, fluffy and sweet. He was found as a stray. He’s a friendly guy who enjoys attention and gives great headbutts. He’s curious, and he loves to explore his surroundings. He’s very playful, too, and he keeps himself entertained by playing with his toy mouse in his kennel. He has a blast! When he had his Felineality test here at Wayside, we found out that he’s a Sidekick. That means he’s moderately brave in new situations, and his favorite thing in the world is just hanging out with people, and making them look and feel good. Could he do that for you?

Learn more about Marshmellow here.

This is Bubba Ray, a sweet, 9-year-old Rottweiler mix who was brought here by his last owner. In his last home, there was a loose fence and sometimes when he wasn’t being monitored, he would escape. He was just curious though! Anyways, it’s better that he’s now somewhere safe and now he can find his fur-ever peeps and a home that fits him perfectly! He’s a sweet guy who takes his food very seriously which is why he’ll do best in a home without small children. He’d also like if you had a safe, quiet place for him to eat his food. He’s not too fond of cat friends but he loves other canine companions! In fact, I should mention that he’s a bonded pair with his best friend Gracie Belle. They love each other and have to go home together. But hey, two is better than one, right?! He’s super smart and already knows the commands sit, down, handsome, goodnight and shake but he’s eager to learn even more from you! He also loves to get outside and explore the world on walks and does pretty well on leash. He’ll have so much fun getting active with you! He’s a sweet guy who really just wants a family to love and be loved by. I hope that happens soon. Come by soon to see if he’s the one for you!

Learn more about Bubba Ray here.

This is Bubba Ray’s partner in crime Gracie Belle! She’s a sweet girl who’s looking for her second home. You see, her last owners had to bring her to Wayside because she kept escaping. It wasn’t on purpose, she’s just curious! Anyways, now she’s in search of a family who will do what they can to keep her safe and let her love them forever! Needless to say, she’ll need a home with a tall fence that she can’t jump over. She’s pretty athletic. She’s also looking for a home without cats or small children. She’ll do best in a calm home. She should mention that she’s in a bonded pair with her best friend Bubba(pictured above)! They have to go home together but hey, two is better than one right? She’s a sweet girl with a huge heart and her and Bubba are ready to give you all of their love. Come by soon to see if they’re the bonded pair of your dreams!

Learn more about Gracie Belle here.

Bubba Ray and Gracie Belle together on a walk!

This adorable little kitten is Marvin! He is a bundle of fun in a small package and he is so ready for a new family to call his own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do they love to play! He will need some work on training but you will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster he will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help him stay well rounded. Give him some fun and interactive toys in the mix and he will have the time of his life! He thinks I should also tell you that he loves to cuddle. Curl up with him and he will purr to show you just how happy he is; cuddles are his 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 Marvin!

Learn more about Marvin here.

Come meet our Waifs of the Week during our adoption hours listed below.

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Jun 14 2017

Waif Wednesday

Meet our Waifs of the Week: Marla, Bentley, and Bruno!


Marla is a pretty three-year old tabby cat with plenty of love to give. Her Feline-ality is a Private Investigator, which means she might spend some time behind the scenes and make sure the house is in order. She might be a little shy at first, but she loves to give purrs and headbutts! Her favorite toys are wand and mouse toys! Because she is a shy girl, she would prefer to go to a home without children under the age of ten, and she would prefer to be the only cat in the home. She just wants to have all your love to herself! She asks that her adopter will be patient, as she will be uncomfortable at first in a new environment. She will need a private space for a few days, but after that she is ready to be your companion!

Learn more about Marla here. Marla has a video, you can watch it here!


Bentley here is a handsome 11 month old American Blue heeler mix, and he is ready for his fur-ever home. He was transferred from another shelter when they ran out of space for him, but he has enjoyed his stay at Wayside so far! His favorite activity would probably be going on walks, and even runs with someone. Bentley is still a puppy so his energy is through the roof, but he is toy motivated so once you give him tennis ball or a chew toy he is a focused boy! He has herding tendencies, so it is recommended he goes home with no children under 5, mainly because he doesn’t want to accidentally hurt them! He would love to continue basic obedience training with someone, he is a smart boy!

Learn more about Bentley here.


Bruno is an adorable little red kitten and he is three months old. He is a bundle of fun in a small package and he is so ready for a new family to call his own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do they love to play! He will need some work on training but he will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster he will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help him stay well rounded. Give him some fun and interactive toys in the mix and he will have the time of his life! He also loves to cuddle! Curl up with him and he will purr to show you just how happy he is; cuddles are his favorite!

Learn more about Bruno here.


You can visit our animals during our adoption hours:


Written by Teryn

Jun 8 2017

Waifs of the Week!


 Meet our Waifs of the Week: Tiger, Ms. Patty, and Cullen.


Tiger is a handsome five-year old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. He got his name because of the beautiful golden/black striped coat he has, which has earned him many compliments! He’s practically housebroken, and has been buddies with kids in his previous home. He’s not a huge fan of cats, but he does love his exercise! He’s an excellent running partner, but that energy requires him to have a fenced-in yard that is six feet tall. Come down to Wayside and see Tiger, he’ll be the dog standing on top of his crate!

Learn more about Tiger here.



Ms. Patty is a gorgeous four-year old Tortoiseshell cat. Her markings are just one indicator of how unique she is! She is a litter box-trained girl who was transferred from another shelter in search of a furever home. Her Feline-ality is Executive, which means she likes to stay busy! She wants to look out the window, get into drawers or closets, and make time for some naps. But don’t worry; she’ll make time for you! She’s not a super big player, but she’ll let you know how happy I am with purrs and head-butts! See for yourself and maybe you will be a match made in heaven!

Learn more about Ms. Patty here. Ms. Patty has a video, check that out here!



This is Cullen, a dashing one-year old rat. He is looking for a place to call his own, and your home may be that place! His favorite treats are cheese and romaine lettuce, and his favorite pastime is to exercise in his wheel. During his downtime, he likes to burrow in his blanket and settle in for a nap. He is really friendly and loves to be around everybody! He is ready to meet you whenever you are!


Learn more about Cullen here.


Come out and meet our Waifs featured here and others during our Adoption Hours:

  • WednesdayNoon-8pm
  • ThursdayNoon-8pm
  • Friday Noon-8pm
  • Saturday 10am-6pm
  •  Sunday 1pm-6pm



Written by: Teryn J.

Jul 8 2013

Your adoption help wins life-saving funding

From June 1 through August 31, Wayside Waifs is competing in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge. As Kansas City’s largest and most comprehensive no kill pet adoption campus, we set a goal to help find “fur”ever homes for 1,831 animals this summer. But we can’t do it alone!

What is the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge?
The goal of the challenge is simple – to increase pet adoptions across the country. Wayside was one of 50 shelters nationally and the only one in the Kansas City metro area chosen for this competition. More than $600,000 in prize grants are available with funds ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. In this contest – every animal wins!

How to HelpHow can Wayside win a grant?
When you adopt a pet from Wayside Waifs, it puts us closer to winning one of several major grants from the ASPCA. These grants will continue to fund life-saving medical care, rescue missions, animal behavior rehabilitation and ultimately help more animals find their forever homes this year.

Throughout the summer, visit our website to learn more about pet adoption specials.

Share the mission
Another way you can help Wayside win grant funding is by getting social with us. Just follow us on your favorite social media site(s) – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Pinterest. Please be sure to engage with us by sharing, liking, or retweeting our content. Your participation helps spread our mission to other perspective adopters.

Community Engagement
Tell your friends why you love Wayside by using #WaysideWaifs in your social media posts. When you generate social media posts about the Challenge, please use #100KChallenge.  When you share your adoption success stories, please use #100KSaved in your post.  This will allow these posts to appear on the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Facebook and Twitter feeds and will also help us in the competition.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of abandoned, abused and homeless pets!

Oct 21 2010

Meet Andromeda


Andromeda came to Wayside Waifs in June and it quickly became apparent to staff and volunteers that she had been treated badly before she arrived at our door. She would cower when anyone opened her kennel door and if you tried to touch her, she became defensive and swatted at you (though she rarely, if ever, let her claws out). Over time, a few volunteers spent a lot of time with her and, eventually, she began to trust them. Now, those of us with whom she has established trust are able pet her, pick her up and hold her, and her favorite thing – to pet her while she sits quietly in our laps.

Andromeda really is a sweet girl, and she likes to play, too. She has greatly improved overall during her time at Wayside and, while she is still wary of strangers, it only takes a small amount of time and patience before she trusts you. Once that trust is there, she is a loving and affectionate cat. Obviously, it is sometimes difficult for potential adopters to see her potential, but hopefully one day someone will come in to Wayside who understands that sometimes it takes a little bit of effort to forge a relationship that will result in a very rewarding pet and companion.

The perfect home for Andromeda would be one with no small children or other pets. While Andromeda seems to be ok with the other cats in the shelter most of the time, she can be very possessive of her people and sometimes gets upset when other cats approach while she is sitting on a lap.

So, if you are willing to be patient with her for a short time, and want a pet that will most likely form a very strong bond with you, please come see Andromeda at Wayside Waifs, and ask to speak with one of the volunteers who know her well.


Written by Chris Dauten
Volunteer at Wayside Waifs

Oct 19 2010

Are You Ready to Adopt?

When you start thinking about adding a pet to your family, it seems like all signs are pointing to ‘yes’. You see a car go by that has a dogs head sticking out of the window. You can’t get in enough cuddle time with your friends’ cat. Before you make googly eyes at the first available pet you see, stop and ask yourself if you are fully ready for the commitment, time and cost of a pet.

First, I know it’s hard to by pass puppies and kittens. They are so cute and small- what’s not to love? But you have to think, “Am I ready for the responsibility that comes with owning, not only a pet, but a young pet?” Owning a puppy or kitten is a lot like bringing a 2 year old toddler home. They don’t fully understand right from wrong yet. They don’t know not to chew on the carpet. They don’t know not to scratch on the couch. Everything is a learning experience for them. If you don’t have the time or patience to handle a toddler, you will probably have a hard time handling a puppy or kitten.

Are you in the right financial area of your life to afford a pet? You would think this would be the first thing people think of, but typically, it’s the last. Pets can be expensive- some more than others. You need to consider the cost of annual vet visits (and the possibility of an emergency vet visit), the cost of food, the accessories (leashes, collars, bowls, toys, etc) and, if you live in an apartment, the cost of having a pet in your home.

Do you have the time for a pet? If you go to work all day and then stay out all night you might want to reconsider if you have time. If you balance your life with kids in one hand, job in the other, and extracurricular activities are barely balancing on the tip of your nose then you should reconsider if you have time. And before you start thinking “well, I probably don’t have time for a dog, but a cat will do!” re-think! Yes, cats tend to take care of themselves but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy social interaction with their human. They’re not devoid of all feeling (c’mon, they hold grudges better than some humans, of course they have feelings).

If you’ve gone over all the details and have decided that you are ready to add an addition to your new home then head to your local shelter! There’s animals of all sorts (in the last year at Wayside we have had bearded dragons, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies, a pig and a chicken) to choose from. Every animal has their own personality, so take your time getting to know them. It’s a big decision adding a new addition to the family, and even a bigger decision having to choose one that will fit!

Lastly, have fun and take your time. You will be excited but don’t rush into a decision! This new addition will be apart of your life for quite some time to come so you want to make the best match you can. Don’t be afraid to adopt an older pet. Typically, shelters have more information on older pets and you also get to see their true temperaments instead of having to wait a few years for them to grow into one. Also, try and set up house before you pick up your new pet. The transition can be less scary and easier on them if everything is already in place! Are you still unsure if you are ready? Feel free to speak to one of Wayside Waifs adoption counselors. They are here to help and are more than willing to answer any questions you may have. Ready, set, adopt!

Written by Alyssa Willet
Adoptions Supervisor at Wayside Waifs

Feb 1 2010

Tips for Adding Another Dog to Your Family

Chassen and Terrance snuggle with their new sister, Ava, adopted from Wayside on 1/17/10

Chassen and Terrance snuggle with their new sister, Ava, adopted from Wayside on 1/17/10

Adding another four-legged friend to the family can be intimidating but people who live with more than one dog often say they wouldn’t have it any other way.  Dogs can play and interact with each other in ways we never could.  Let’s face it, most of us live pretty hectic lives and many of our dogs spend long hours alone, waiting for us.  Another dog can provide companionship to our beloved, not to mention the joy that will fill your heart when you watch your dogs play.  There are a few things to consider before you make the decision to add your family.

1.  How well trained are your dogs?  Rarely is it a good idea to bring in a new dog when you are dealing with behavior issues in your current dogs.

2. How well socialized is your dog?  Dogs that can go to off leash play areas and do well with guest dogs in their homes are usually good candidates for a new friend.

3.  What are the ages of the dogs in your family?  Dogs closer in age usually have play styles and play stamina that match.  Bringing in a puppy with an older dog can give the older dog a spark but it can also be a burden.

4.  Are you willing to make necessary adjustments to accommodate your new addition?  These may include separate feeding areas, separate training times an separate play times.

5.  Are you willing to do everything you can to make this new match work?  Build your confidence before you adopt by researching breeds, finding out about local training classes and making sure you know how to handle any difficult situations that may arise.

Once you have decided a new addition is the right thing for your family, you’ll need to do a little planning to make it work.

1. Bring your dog to Wayside Waifs so that he or she can meet the new family member on neutral ground.

2. Keep the two dogs separated in the car.  Bring a friend of family member to help you transport.

3.  Take your two (or more) dogs for a long walk together before going in the house.

4.  If either dog shows signs of bring uncomfortable (hair standing up, teeth bared, growling) separate the dogs.  Keep encounters short and positive.

5.  Feed separately for the first couple of days.  Each dog should have his own food and water dish.  As they progress, try basic training with both dogs at the same time.  This can be a great way for all of you to bond.

6.  Reassure your resident dog(s) by giving them individual attention.

These wonderful relationships are rewarding to both us and our dogs.  Do your research before you adopt, talk to your veterinarian and use your local shelter as a resource.  After watching your dogs exchange a few play bows, a couple of games of chase and a good snuggle, you’ll be glad you did!

Ava and Terrance are best friends forever!

Ava and Terrance are best friends forever!

Written by Barbara Poe
Adoptions Program Manager at Wayside Waifs

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