Apr 24 2014

The Dos & Don’ts of Dog Park Etiquette

dog-parkApril showers bring May flowersand lots of visits to the dog park, of course. As you leash up and head to your favorite dog park, be sure that you have reviewed this list of dog park dos and don’ts. You won’t regret it! By employing some basic precautions, you and Fido will have long days of fun in the sun all spring and summer long.

What to Avoid:

  • Visiting overly crowded dog parks
  • Bringing a young puppy – under 4 months of age – to the dog park
  • Providing treats & toys that could spur jealousy
  • Fraternization amongst unfixed (spade or neutered) dogs

What to Do:

  • Keep your dog’s vaccinations up-to-date – don’t forget flea and tick meds, too!
  • Bring poop bags to prevent spread of disease or any unwanted messes
  • Keep a close watch on Fido. It’s a new place with new dogs, so you will want to monitor for signs of aggression or agitation.
  • Don’t forget a back-up water supply – one for you and another for your pooch! A panting pup needs to stay hydrated, especially when it is warm outside.

Learn More

Wayside Waifs invites you and your four-legged friend to enjoy our Bark Park. Your membership fee earns you full access to our well-lit, fenced-in, off-leash dog park. It gets better! All the fees aid our adoptable pups in need of homes. And if you need some last-minute tick or flea meds, you can make a quick purchase at our Whisker’s & Wags shop, where all purchase proceeds benefit the shelter animals in their journey to find a forever home.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

Jul 14 2013

Sharing Adoption Success

After more than 150 days at Wayside Waifs, Dollar finally found his person. Within minutes of meeting each other, Dollar was giving plenty of hugs and kisses. #100KSaved #100KChallenge

After more than 150 days at Wayside Waifs, Dollar finally found his person. Within minutes of meeting each other, Dollar was giving plenty of hugs and kisses. #100KSaved #100KChallenge

In the last six weeks, Wayside Waifs has challenged Kansas City to help us find loving homes for hundreds of homeless dogs and cats in our community. Your adoptions are helping us qualify for grant funding to ensure our emergency shelter and rescue services continue to be available for animals that need them.

This past weekend, you answered the call once again through Adoptathon. Wayside would like to give a big thank you to 106.5 The Wolf and all the incredible Kansas Citians who came to out to adopt.

YOU can help Wayside Waifs in one more way simply by sharing your adoption success. Your entry in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Photo Contest could help Wayside Waifs win up to $5,000. If you adopted from us between June 1 and July 15 – you are eligible! It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Take a photo of your newly adopted pet

2. Go to www.aspca.org/100kphoto

3. Submit your photo and fill in the form. YOUR photo could help us save more lives!

Please don’t delay – the deadline to submit your photo is this Monday, July 15th at 10:59PM.

A panel of ASPCA judges will select 40 photo finalists to compete for prizes. Then, the public gets to cast the deciding votes between July 22nd and August 4th by liking and/or repinning their favorite photos on Pinterest. Likes count as one vote and re-pins count as two. Sixteen winners will be selected and grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be given to the adoptee’s alma mater. Plus, winning submitters will receive an ASPCA t-shirt and water bottle!

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.

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!

May 20 2011

Meet Lambie

Hi there! My name is Lambie, a sweet and shy, but so much fun, gentle soul, searching ever so patiently for my place in this big world. I’m a one year old, partially housetrained Beagle mix. And at just under 30 pounds, I’m a perfect size to fit comfortably next to you on the couch or beside you in my dog bed. I will be such a good girl for you, I promise!

My owner surrendered me to Wayside because she was moving and couldn’t take me with her. Shelter life is scary and stressful for me. I hadn’t been socialized much at all, so I really don’t know a lot of the things that other dogs know. I had never been on a leash until the day I was brought to Wayside. I’m trying to make up for lost time now. Walks are crazy awesome! In my new home and for the rest of my life, I would like to go for a walk, on a leash, every single day. How does that sound?

I’m making lots of progress here at Wayside, but I know I have a long way to go in my search for my “just being a dog” goal. I’m looking for training, attention, understanding, and patience in my new home. I know that’s a lot to ask, but don’t I deserve that? I’m learning to be more secure and confident now, and part of that is asking for what I need. Well, I need you to show me the way. My main goal in life is to make you happy, but I don’t always know what that means yet. I’m trying so hard, I really am! I can sit for my treats and I’m so adorable with one ear up and one down. It gives me character and makes me so expressive.

In my previous home, I lived with teenage kids and did fine with them. But, because I’m so shy, and quick movements and loud noises are so scary to me, the Wayside staff thinks I will do best in a home without young children. That sounds fine with me. Toddlers are too wild and crazy for dogs like me! And I would like to meet any other dogs you might have before we all go home together. I did live with a Jack Russell Terrier in my previous life, but I don’t always know the most appropriate way to play with other dogs. My whole life is all about learning new stuff these days! It’s a new world for me.

I’m starting to love the attention I’m getting from the volunteers around here! People are awesome, I just never knew! Sometimes I get to go out to the dog park and I have so much fun running and playing and acting goofy and silly. I like to run the fence with the dogs on the other side. I love my doggie treats too.

I’m still very much a puppy, a sweet, adorable, somewhat insecure Beagle puppy. It doesn’t get cuter than that! Do you think maybe you might have room in your life for me? Do you think we could become best buddies? I hope so! I’m actually overflowing with hope that my new home will be everything I dream of!

Love, Lambie

Oct 29 2010

Meet Friend Bear!

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

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

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


Written by Chris Dauten
Volunteer at Wayside Waifs

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