Jun 10 2010

Who’s Your Daddy?


Do you REALLY know who Rover is? 

Ever wondered where your dog’s adorable markings came from? How about that high drive to chase a tennis ball, or that unique “voice” that only a proud pet parent could love? Your dog may not be able to tell you about mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, but Wayside Waifs can! Have your best friend DNA tested and learn more about what makes Rover tick – or should I say woof!   

We will perform a very simple blood test to collect our sample. The sample will be sent in for analysis which normally takes around three weeks. During your visit, we will provide you with a unique login so you can monitor your pet’s sample throughout the process. Once analysis is complete, you will receive a detailed ancestry report via email and a hard copy in the mail.   

Learning as much as you can about the breed make-up of your beloved canine companion, can help you to have an even more rewarding relationship with him. Better understanding your dog’s breed make-up can reveal very helpful information relating to training, behavior, predisposed medical issues, and as a proud pet owner you can use this new information to help provide the best future care for Rover.  

Your pet’s breed report will identify the significant, intermediate and minor breeds detected:*

  • Significant: at least 50% of your dog’s DNA matches this breed. You are likely to see physical and behavioral traits in your pet of the breeds detected.
  • Intermediate: at least 25% of your dog’s DNA matches this breed. You may see some physical and behavioral traits in your pet of the breeds detected.
  • Minor: at least 12.5% of your dog’s DNA matches this breed. However, it is unlikely that this breeds physical traits are visually represented unless some genes are dominant.

* Wisdom Panel Insights Dog DNA Test

In addition, your breed report will include a detailed description of the individual breeds identified in your pet’s DNA. With this information you can easily see the average height and weight of the breed, in addition to the shape of the ears, muzzle and tail. Also included are common behavioral traits – the report is very inclusive!   

Wonder no longer – get the answer to questions like “where did those ears come from,” “why is Rover so energetic,” and “who is your daddy!” Take advantage of this great service offered at Wayside Waifs, and know that in doing so you are also supporting Wayside’s mission to care for thousands of homeless pets in the Kansas City area every year.

Call Wayside Waifs vet clinic at 816-986-4453 to schedule an appointment today! The cost of the DNA test is $125.

Written by Courtney Thomas
Director of Operations at Wayside Waifs


Jan 9 2009

10 wonderful ways to volunteer at Wayside Waifs

You might be surprised how many volunteer opportunities we have at Wayside Waifs. Volunteers support every aspect of what we do, from intake and day-to-day animal care, to foster care and adoption, to education and outreach.

To learn more, visit the volunteer section of our website, where you will find more information on training and experience required for all of our volunteer positions, and instructions on how to fill out an volunteer application.

Here are 10 volunteer positions where we could use more helping hands and compassionate hearts. Is one of them right for you?


Adoption Counter Assistant
– Help our waifs find new homes! Greet customers, assist potential adopters in the application process, explain adoption procedures, describe the responsibilities of pet ownership, and assist with answering messages, filing and copying.

Bathing & Grooming
– Roll up your sleeves and help us bathe, brush, and trim our furry friends. (We’ll teach you how – you don’t have to be a pro!)

Building & Grounds Maintenance – Help us keep our grounds and facilities in excellent condition for our animal and human guests. Assist with mowing, landscaping projects, maintenance of the Pet Memorial Park, facility care and upkeep.

Canine Companion/Advocate – Puppy love needed! If you are a dog lover, you can help socialize dogs and puppies and introduce them to potential adopters. Or take it up a notch and become a WAGS Trainer, training shelter dogs with simple non-verbal commands (excellent, informative training provided!)

Data for Dogs
– With thousands of dogs coming through the shelter each year, we have a lot of information to manage. Are you an organizational whiz with an eye for detail? We could use your help updating files and providing administrative assistance.

Digital Photography – Are you a shutterbug? We need volunteers with photographic know-how to take on-site photos of animals and Wayside Waifs events (and write captions for the photos, too). You could even see your images featured on this blog!

Follow-up Volunteer – Are you an animal lover and a people person? This important position contacts recent adopters regarding their pets and maintain follow-up contact info. We also need Greeters to welcome shelter guests and explain Wayside procedures, and Receptionists to answer phones, direct visitors, and answer questions about the shelter.

Humane Educator
– Do you have a well-trained, well-socialized companion animal? Do have experience teaching or giving presentations? Our Humane Educators work with their companion animal to make educational group presentations.

Kitty Cuddler/Advocate – Are you a cat lover? We need your help socializing cats and kittens and showing cats to potential adopters.

Mobile Adoptions
– Hit the road and help our waifs find homes! Mobile Adoption volunteers show adoptable Wayside pets on-site at community events.

To learn more about how to apply and qualify for these volunteer positions – and to find out about more volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups – visit our volunteer page.


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