Oct 18 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week; Sandee, Snowball and Snowflake, and Talbot!

This happy girl is Sandee, a cute one-year-old Pug mix. She was originally brought to Wayside after her previous shelter ran out of space for her. That is just fine, because she is ready to find her forever home. Maybe it is with you! As you can probably tell, she is a very happy dog! She enjoys exercise, and really just being active. She probably likes running around and playing with you best! She is energetic and jumpy, so she would definitely benefit from Basic Obedience training. She is ready to learn, but she just needs a teacher! It is recommended that Sandee goes to a home without children under the age of five, just because she does not want to either scare or hurt them accidentally. One great thing about her is she is independent, but she also loves to cuddle! You get the best of both worlds. She has met dogs at Wayside, and she did play a little, but she still asks that you bring in your furry friends to meet her, just so we can make sure they can be buddies! She takes my food very seriously, so she just asks that she has a safe place to eat away from other animals and people. A girl just needs her privacy sometimes! Ask for Sandee, and you will not be disappointed!

You can learn more about her here.

Meet our bonded pair of bunnies, Snowball and Snowflake! They are nine months old, and two peas in a pod. They are a true bonded pair, so they absolutely must go home together. They are brothers who love each other too much to be separated. They were transferred here from a local shelter after they ran out of space for them, but not to worry! They are excited to be at Wayside Waifs to find their forever home. They are very social, and they enjoy just being with people. If you come into their room, they immediately want to say hello and interact with you! They eat all their veggies, and take them gently out of your hand. They love their free-roaming time, so they would love a space in your home they could have to explore in, at least a little bit during the day. They have been known to crawl into a lap, so be prepared for bunny snuggles! If you see them hanging out in the Small Mammals room at Wayside, please come visit them! They would love to meet you, and hopefully come home with you!

Learn more about them here. They also have a video, which you can view here.

Please welcome Talbot, a spunky little two-year-old Terrier mix. He was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs when they rescued him from a hoarding situation, but that is okay. He knows his forever home is waiting for him, and maybe that is with you! At first, he can be a little timid, but if you go slow with him, he will quickly warm up to you. He has met other dogs here, and they seem okay, but please bring in your furry friends so we can make sure you all work together well! He was adopted, but returned because his owner was allergic to him, but it was a positive experience! They provided wonderful notes about what he is like in a home. For example, he is crate trained and housebroken! They taught him fun commands like Sit, Stay, and even Kennel. He enjoyed learning those, and would be extremely happy if he could continue his training! He asks that you bring your whole family in to meet him, because we want to make sure you all are a perfect fit! He even got comfortable with learning how to walk on a leash!  Come out to Wayside and ask for Talbot, and you will not be disappointed.

Learn more about Talbot here.


Oct 13 2017

Happy Halloween

Halloween is coming up, and some of you will likely participate in the time-honored tradition. Some of you will have your furry friend participate as well, which is a wonderful idea! We thought we would provide tips and resources to make your Halloween safe AND fun for your pets!

1. Stash away the candy!

This one seems obvious, but if your pet can reach it, they will be too curious not to try and eat it! We would recommend keeping it in a cabinet or a bowl high up on a counter. If your animal happens to eat either chocolate or a sweet treat, please contact your nearest emergency vet, or your personal vet depending on hours.

2. Keep your updated tags on your pet, and confirm microchip information.

We always use this as a tip, but it is important when you are opening your door several times in the evening, or having a party outside. It also applies if you are taking your furry friend trick-or-treating. Call your microchip company and make sure they have updated information, and always keep an updated rabies tag on their collar, just in case accidents happen.

3. Costumes are not the same as thunder shirts! 

What I mean is, while a thunder shirt may keep your dog relaxed, a costume might have the opposite reaction. They might try to rip it off or chew it up, and they could accidentally eat the fabric. Some animals love outfits, and if they do, that’s great! Just be aware in case your animal isn’t the biggest fan!

4. Pumpkins are not necessarily their favorite thing.

Pumpkins are not toxic to animals, so that’s a positive, but swallowing large chunks can cause a blockage that will cause stomach issues. If you’re one to light a candle inside of a pumpkin, a cat might want to play or knock it over! Overall, pumpkins are a cute decoration, but make sure no furry friends can reach them! It could lead to a health hazard or a fire hazard!

5. Be cautious when letting your animal out. 

Obviously they need a potty break, but Halloween pranksters have been known to hop fences and mess with animals! Black cats are particularly at risk, so if they are relieving themselves, please keep a watchful eye on them!

6. Consider keeping them in a separate room.

With strangers coming to the door all night, they might be on edge. Add to that people in scary costumes or masks on, and you might have a stressed out animal! By keeping them in a separate room, not only will they not escape, they will feel safer in the comfort of their home, not seeing scary objects!

7. Consider getting thunder shirts or calming spray.

With the constant stress of the door opening and closing, and strangers coming in your home, your little ones might get a little stressed out. A thunder shirt or calming spray may help them cope a little better. Many stores sell them, as well as our own Wayside pet store Whiskers &Wags! You can see the hours here.

Those are our tips for a fun and SAFE Halloween. Enjoy your time, and stay safe! By following these tips, your animal won’t think anything of the timeless holiday!

Come visit us during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Oct 10 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Bridgette, Starla, and Ralphie! 

Meet Bridgette, a gorgeous two year old Catahoula Leopard dog. Bridgette was transferred to Wayside after her last shelter ran out of space for her. That is okay though, because she is searching for her forever home! Think that family could be you? She is super friendly, but she would do best in a home without small children. She just does not want to accidentally hurt anyone! She loves being active, and thinks walks are just amazing. She is also looking for someone to teach her the ropes of life! Keeping your body and mind in shape are equally important! If Bridgette seems like a good candidate, come visit her today.

You can learn more about Bridgette here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Starla, a petite nine month old Domestic Shorthair mix. She has gorgeous markings, and a wonderful, soft coat. She originally came to Wayside as a stray, wandering the streets. Because of her past, she is confident, brave, and friendly! While she was independent for so long, she is ready for an indoor lifestyle, complete with regular food and water, love, and attention! Is that not enough to persuade you? Her favorite toy is a feather wand, and she loves to play either by herself, or with people! That can be tons of fun for both of you! Does Starla sound like the one?

You can learn more about Starla here.

This is Ralphie, a handsome three year old American Staffordshire mix. He was graciously brought to Wayside by a Good Samaritan, who saw him running along the highway. Thank goodness! He is ready to find his people now! Ralphie is a sweet, loving boy, and believe it or not, he is a lap dog! Because of his past, he is a little wary of dogs, so he would prefer a home where he is your only dog. He loves walks, and he is actually a great running partner. He is ready to be trained by a new family, and he is toy and treat motivated, so he is eager to please! With his markings, you also will probably get compliments on how sweet and cute your dog is. Do you think Ralphie is your perfect match?

Learn more about Ralphie here.

You can meet our Waifs of the Week, and all of our adoptable pets during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by: Teryn J.


Oct 6 2017

Pet Memorial Services: Department Highlight

We like to highlight departments in our shelter, as there are so many people that are working “behind the scenes” to make Wayside Waifs what it is today. Previously, we showcased our Feline Care Department, and this month, we would like to showcase our Pet Memorial Services and Facilities crew. They do such a wonderful job in maintaining our grounds, cemetery, and helping people in the process of grieving.

Our Pet Memorial Services area currently has one member-Tiffanie. She has recently become the only employee back there, and is doing a wonderful job! Thankfully, our Facilities department also helps her out. Those guys are Livio, Harold, and James. Together, they all make our shelter look amazing, and represent compassion at its finest.

The building pictured above is Pet Memorial Services, and it is located in the back of our campus. Inside, there is a viewing room, and several private rooms for owner appointments. Here at Wayside, we strive to make you as comfortable as you can during your time of troubles. We also have our urns and boxes out, so people can choose only the best for their pets.

 

There are, of course, certain sections of the Pet Memorial Services building that we do not want to show pictures of, only because of how private it can be. There are rooms where owner euthanasias happen, and in the back is where they get the cremations ready, of the owners choose that route. However, this facility is clean, and very organized. Tiffanie goes out of her way to maintain records and schedule appointments on her own, until she gets the help of another staff member. Tiffanie is pictured below.

Our Facilities department does a number of things for the shelter in general, but for Pet Memorial Services specifically, they keep the plots organized, get them ready for burials and ceremonies, and keep the grounds mowed and treated. They are also very helpful whenever Tiffanie needs any extra help with any number of things, so they are all well-rounded guys!

While our grounds are very big, this is one of many beautiful sections of our cemetery. There are some interesting facts about our cemetery as well!

  • We have one monkey buried here named April, back in 1972.
  • We also have two Bearded Dragons, and a couple of “Fire Dogs” that are memorialized by fire hydrants. 
  • As early as 1946, over 12,000 animals have been placed here, whether they are owned animals, or communal. 
  • Fenby Webster was the lead contributor who helped to found Wayside Waifs. She helped found the cemetery in 1946.
  • We named different parts of our cemetery. Top of the World is our oldest part of the cemetery, having dates as far back as 1946. Cedar Shadows is where most of our cremations are. Peaceful Meadows(see arch above) is where our body burials are. We also have a section called Companion Fields, which is for our communal burials and cremations. 
  • We have a wonderful gazebo in the center of Peaceful Meadows, that is a great for a nice resting place for dog walkers, or if you are just gazing upon our beautiful grounds!

My own personal favorite is the gazebo, as it is a nice place to come and sit, and look at our beautiful campus. We have a business behind us, and Tiffanie says they often will walk around our cemetery during their lunch breaks, just to go on a nice walk. If you are curious about how you can help our Pet Memorial Services crew, consider making a donation in their name. The more money they have, the more upkeep and renovations they can do, and Tiffanie really wants to clean up or cemetery, and make it even better! I will end with some pictures of our cemetery, and current graves that are being kept in wonderful condition, and with regular visitors!

 

 

 

Please stop by our cemetery and take a look around!

Written by Teryn J.

 


Oct 4 2017

Waif Wednesday

Our hearts are with the Hurricane victims, and the victims of the Las Vegas incident. We hope this post can bring a little bit of light in times of sadness. And with that, please welcome this week’s Waifs: Selma, Brasi, and Tigger. 

This is Selma, a gorgeous one year old Domestic Shorthair. She has wonderful brown and black markings, true to the Tabby name! Selma came to Wayside as a pregnant stray, thankful for a Good Samaritan who brought her in. Her kitten-rearing days are behind her now, and she is ready to be the baby of the family! She is a sweet, affectionate girl, and enjoys exploring new places. She likes spending time with you too of course! She is also a very nice lap kitty. Her Felinality here is Personal Assistant, meaning she is people-oriented, but she is a moderately brave girl in new situations. She is ready to assist you in anything you need, as long as you want a helper. Are you cooking, cleaning, or watching a Royals game? She’s ready to be there with you! Sound like a good deal to you? It sure does to her!

Learn more about Selma here. She also has a video, which you can view here. Selma also can do agility courses! See her in action in the following links: 815499CB-3A29-4F4B-AA22-ED77D8AEB5DD   E42D286F-B0C1-4C1B-8CB8-8A3C863DAD1C

Meet Brasi, a fun two year old Staffordshire Terrier mix. At fifty-two pounds, this guy is nice and energetic! Do not let that serious mug fool you…he is a happy boy who loves his fair share of treats and toys! He is a strong boy, so he would do best in a home without children under the age of five. He doesn’t want to accidentally hurt anyone! He already knows the commands sit and speak, but he is very eager to learn more from you. He is very expressive, and will let you know what he is thinking. If you think he’d be a good match for you, please come see him today. He is ready to meet his peeps!

Learn more about Brasi here.

Here is Tigger, a stunning four year old Domestic Medium Hair. He has gorgeous red markings, and long white whiskers! While he is not as bouncy, he is ready to be the sweetest Tigger for you! He is ready to find his forever family. His Felinality here is Leader of the Band, meaning he is a confident dude. He is ready to explore the world, with some cuddling time in-between. He is a purr machine, so make sure to give him plenty of pets! He also enjoys many toys, and can play with you or by himself, but he wants that time with you more! He is FIV positive, but can live the life of a normal cat, just with extra precaution. He can get sick more than other cats, but if he has regular visits to the vet, it will be like he never had it! He really is a sweet guy, and you should take a chance on Tigger! Come meet him today.

Learn more about Tigger here.

You can meet all of our adoptable pets and our Waifs of the Week during our adoption hours.

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by: Teryn J.


Sep 29 2017

Vega and Goldie: Long-Term Residents

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 Buster and Nugget, and we have some good news. Buster was adopted a few weeks ago, and has a wonderful forever home! Nugget was adopted the week of the blog’s post, so we would like to think it is bringing them luck! Without further ado, please welcome September’s Long-termers: Vega and Goldie!

This is Vega, a handsome two year old Cane Corso mix. Vega was originally brought to Wayside from a previous shelter who no longer had space for him. Upon arrival, many staff members thought he had a gorgeous color and was a sweet boy. He has been here 149 days now. Vega was behavior tested upon arrival, and our staff noticed he had some quirks.

He is big and strong, which can put a lot of people off, but he really is sweet! He needs an experienced owner that has handled dogs of his size before, as they know what they are getting into. He also does not particularly enjoy the company of other dogs, so a home without other dogs is best. He also has a kid restriction because of his size and strength. He could accidentally harm someone, and that is not something he nor any of us want to happen. He does take his food seriously as well, so he needs a calm and quiet place to eat away from everyone. With these restrictions, he has been harder to adopt out, but he has wonderful qualities as well!

Vega is Food, Toy, and Praise motivated. That means he is ready to learn Basic Obedience, and treats, any toys, and being told what a good boy he is motivates him! He already knows Sit, Down, and Come, and could easily learn more! Volunteers and staff noted that they enjoyed either walking with him or sitting with him, as he does well with both! He was adopted back in June, but was returned due to the family not being the right fit. They did provide us with some wonderful notes.

They noted that he was mostly housebroken, and did well sitting and sleeping in a crate! He was good at going outside and was a nice player. He listened to his already known commands, and he did well with a chain link fence. When he met new people, he did really well! Vega’s just tricky because he knows he is strong, and he likes to test the limits. He is also really smart, which causes him to be a bit stubborn.

He originally tested as Heartworm positive, but was treated during his stay here. During that time, he had to be on restricted activity and had a lot of pent up energy. That could be a factor for his energy level now. He did bite a staff member during a meet and greet, and it was noted that he was over aroused and it was more of a pressure bite. Since then, he has been worked with by staff only, to see what we can work on with him. So far, he is doing great!

Overall, Vega’s a pretty great guy, he just needs an experienced owner that is ready to take him on. Our Canine Care Manager and several staff and volunteers enjoy him, as he is a lovely guy. Vega would like to tell you about him in his own words!

“Hey there, I’m Vega! I’m a Cane Corso mix who’s looking for a place to call my own. After being transferred here from another shelter, I’m so ready to be done with shelter life and be in my fur-ever home! I love people, but I’ll do best in a home without small children. I’m a big guy and don’t realize how strong I am sometimes! I’d also prefer to be the only furry friend. I’m super smart and know the commands sit, down, and come but I’m ready to learn even more from you. Get me extra motivated with treats, toys, or praise! I’m pretty easy to please. I also like to be sure that I get plenty of exercise so let’s explore the world on walks! We’ll have so much fun getting active together. I’m a big guy with an even bigger heart. Come by soon so I can show you all I have to offer!”

You can learn more about Vega here. He also has a video, which you can view here. Here he is with a CCT Sarah!

 

This is Goldie, a cute one year old shorthair rabbit. She originally came to Wayside as a transfer when her previous shelter ran out of space for her. Not to worry though, she is thriving here! We first saw Goldie on the other shelter’s website, and thought she was adorable! When she got here and settled in, we noticed she was very expressive! Goldie has been here 58 days now.

After monitoring her for regular eating, drinking, and bathroom habits, she started to come out of her shell more. We monitor bunnies for this because of how easily they can get stressed out. Goldie was pretty much normal, other than her excessive shedding and nippy behavior. That is a sign of stress and discomfort, which is not uncommon. Our rabbits get to free roam, and she was happiest when doing so. She did not seem to enjoy other rabbits in the room with her.

Our Feline Care Manager(who also manages the Small Mammals) told me she likes to “lunge” at people. Rabbits can run pretty fast, so at first it looks scary. She said as long as you stand still, Goldie will sniff you and move around and forget about it. She enjoys fruit, particularly melon! She likes vegetables okay, but definitely prefers melon. She also will go back in her kennel for fruit only, so she truly prefers it.

It may sound like she is a handful, but she is thriving now! Because of her stressed out behavior, Goldie was foster requested. Her foster mom says she is doing great! No biting or nipping, no lunging, and no paper shredding. She is acting like a happy rabbit in a home. We understood that it was the shelter environment getting to her, and not diva tendencies!

Goldie truly needs an owner that has had rabbits before, as she is still finicky. She will always have her little quirks, and probably would do best in a home without small children. Being the only pet would be ideal for her! Her foster mom thinks she is a sweetheart, and our Feline Care Team expressed the same opinions! Goldie would like to explain to you how great she is!

“Hello there and nice to meet you, I’m Goldie the chubby bunny and I just recently turned 1 year old! I’m named not only for my golden color, but also my shining personality which catches the eye of many adopters as they walk pass. I’ve been in shelters for most of my young life and I’m ready to jump right into my furever home with someone who will give me lots of love and playtime. I would love it if you would come visit me soon!”

If you want to meet Goldie, you would call our Adoptions counter at 816-986-4426 as she is staying in a foster home. If you want to meet Vega, and all of our other adoptable pets, you can visit us during our adoption hours.

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Sep 27 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time for our Waifs of the Week: Kiki, Pumpkin, and Scout!

This is Kiki, a three year old American Staffordshire Terrier/Pitbull Mix. At fifty-eight pounds of fun, she was found wandering the streets until a good samaritan picked her up. That was so nice! After her experience, she is ready to meet the family of her dreams! She is a sweet, affectionate girl who loves people. She is also really strong, but she just enjoys being active. The team at Wayside is working with her on not being so jumpy, and she is improving everyday! She already knows the commands sit and come, and she is extremely motivated to learn new things. Pass her some yummy treats, give her a toy, or just give her a compliment, and she is good to go! She can be a handful, so she would prefer a family that has experience with high energy dogs, and a family that will help her continue to train. She would never want to accidentally knock a small child over, so she respectfully asks for a family without children under the age of five. Does Kiki sound like the one for you? Come meet her today!

You can learn more about her here.

This sweet girl is Pumpkin, and she is a gorgeous six year old red and white tabby. One thing you should know about her is that she is declawed. She originally came to Wayside when her old shelter ran out of space for her. She is ready to find her forever home, and maybe it’s with you! She is a sweet, friendly girl, who loves to be petted. She loves talking to people, and she is an equally good listener. Her Felinality is Personal Assistant, meaning she wants to be around you and help you! While she is a sweetheart, she also loves to play. A wand toy is her favorite! Pumpkin season is just around the corner, but she is ready for a home year-round! Is that with you?

You can learn more about her here. She also has a video, which can be viewed here.

Meet Scout, a handsome one and a half year old Shepard mix. Fun fact about Scout; he’s housebroken! He is ready to find that perfect family. He was originally adopted from Wayside as a puppy, but his family had to surrender him due to them moving. He did get adopted again, but was found as a stray and brought back. He is a patient boy waiting for his opportunity. He is people oriented, and is very friendly. He walks well on a leash and harness, and he has quickly become a volunteer favorite. He is extremely playful, so he would prefer an active home where he can get daily exercise. He already knows sit, down, and come, and is ready to learn more! He is a smart boy and eager to please! He is treat and toy motivated, so give him some yummy treats and a toy to play with and he is ready to go! While he is playful, he loves to have some downtime and cuddle with you. He enjoys the company of other dogs too, in case you have one! He likes to have a buddy, so definitely consider bringing your dog out to meet him as well. Something you should know about him is that he was able to jump a three foot fence, so it helps to have a tall fence! He can get jealous over attention, so our adoption counselors will give you information on how to make it a smooth transition. Scout might be the one for you!

You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

You can meet all of our Waifs of the Week and our adoptable pets during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Sep 20 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Lady, Dolly, and Socks!

Meet Lady! She’s a sweet and curious girl! She is rather shy, but is ready to start a confident life with you. The little things in life make her the happiest and no one is more grateful for a simple routine day than Lady. Her life has not always been a bed of roses, but she is starting to smell the flowers! She is a stunning five year old Labrador Retriever mix. She is already crate trained, and partially housebroken. Lady originally came to Wayside as a transfer when her old shelter ran out of space for her. Shelter life was not very easy for her. Thankfully, her foster mom volunteered to house her while waiting to be adopted, so she could learn love in a home environment. She has thrived in foster, as her foster mom said she is a sweet soul. She is learning new things everyday and learning how to trust! Things like car rides and thunderstorms and even vacuums are scary to her. Her foster mom is with her through it all, and constantly reassures her when she is unsure, and she will need that in her permanent home. While she would rather be by your side than in a crate, she is still unsure of her surroundings so it will help her anxiety more if you leave for work. She does need to be supervised, but is learning constantly. She loves to play with toys and cuddle with her foster family. She sleeps well on her dog bed, hardly making a peep! She is so polite and sweet. She loves her daily walks, but is still learning how to walk with a leash and harness. She is enjoying playing in her foster family’s fenced in yard, and her confidence is growing! She enjoys the company of other dogs because they make her feel secure and confident. Having another furry friend will help her transition into a new home better! She has come so far from when she first arrived, so please consider Lady for your calm and quiet house!

Lady has a page which you can view here.

Meet Dolly, a beautiful dilute Tortoiseshell cat who is a one-year-old. She’s not working nine to five, but she will always love you! She’s actually had a litter of kittens, even though she is very young herself. She came to Wayside with her litter in hopes of a better life, and she is ready to meet you! She might be bashful at first, but she is a sweet, loving girl. Our Feline-ality assessor deemed her a “Personal Assistant,” meaning she is ready to be by your side and help you with anything! She will be the most happy when she’s with you! Dolly is ready for her forever home, are you ready to meet Dolly?

Read more about Dolly here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Socks, a sweet five year old Retriever and Shepard mix. He weighs in at roughly fifty pounds. He is a smiley guy, and gets so excited when people are around he can’t help but show his pearly whites! He is so happy to be looking for his forever home. Socks originally came to Wayside when he and his siblings were rescued from a hoarding situation. He is the second to go up for adoption, so he is really proud of that. He was very anxious and scared when he first got here, as was the majority of his siblings. He was enrolled in our Confidence College program to gain confidence. He did so well in the program that he is graduated and ready to find his peeps! He will still be shy and anxious in a new home, so he asks that you take your time with him and help him adjust to a new environment. His preference would be a calm, quiet home with older children-he is unsure of little ones. Socks understands he is asking for a lot, but he believes the right people are out there. Come meet him today!

Socks has a page which you can view here.

You can meet our Waifs of the Week and all of our adoptable pets during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Sep 10 2017

Pet Memorial Day

September 10th marks National Pet Memorial Day, a day in which people honor their pets, both past and present. It is a national holiday, and people gather or contemplate how their animal or animals have changed their lives, and share their stories. In honor of the holiday, we decided to showcase our Pet Memorial Services, and what all they do.

This is Tiffanie, our Pet Memorial Associate. She is solely responsible for this department currently, but she is amazing. She helps clients with the process of finding that perfect resting place for their pets, and manages the upkeep of our cemetery. She kindly took me and our other intern on a tour of her Pet Memorial Services building, and key spots of our cemetery. We just want to give a little snippet of how beautiful and well-kept our facility is.

 

 

Our Facilities department of Livio, Harold, and James keep up our wonderful grounds, and they work together with Tiffanie to help provide a safe and peaceful process during times of sadness. Tiffanie provided me with some interesting facts about our cemetery that I think you will enjoy.

  • We have one monkey buried here named April, back in 1972.
  • We also have two Bearded Dragons, and a couple of “Fire Dogs” that are memorialized by fire hydrants. 
  • As early as 1946, over 12,000 animals have been placed here, whether they are owned animals, or communal. 
  • Fenby Webster was the lead contributor who helped to found Wayside Waifs. She helped found the cemetery in 1946.
  • We named different parts of our cemetery. Top of the World is our oldest part of the cemetery, having dates as far back as 1946. Cedar Shadows is where most of our cremations are. Peaceful Meadows(see arch above) is where our body burials are. We also have a section called Companion Fields, which is for our communal burials and cremations. 
  • We have a wonderful gazebo in the center of Peaceful Meadows, that is a great for a nice resting place for dog walkers, or if you are just gazing upon our beautiful grounds!

There you have it! Tiffanie and our Facilities crew do such a wonderful job, and are here whenever you need them. Consider donating to our Pet Memorial Services team so they can continue to do a wonderful job with upkeep, and providing comfort in time of need! Have a wonderful National Pet Memorial Day, and reflect back on past pets, and make great memories with new ones!

Written by Teryn J.


Sep 8 2017

Lottie: Happy Tails

Being employed with Wayside Waifs is a very rewarding experience, and volunteers have the same feeling. Sometimes you get those special cases with cats or dogs and you cannot help but root for them. Lottie is one of those cases. Pictured above is the day Lottie came in, with a staff member holding her for a picture and then receiving her shots.

Lottie’s intake name was Sassy, I’m assuming because she was very vocal! She was given updated flea, tick, and worm treatments along with appropriate vaccines. They were roughly two or three weeks old at this time. She had five other siblings who were rescued from a hoarding situation. Our vets examined them on intake and noticed they had ulcers on their tongues, meaning they were suspect for Calicivirus.

Calicivirus is a common respiratory disease in cats. If a cats unvaccinated, or living in poorly kept conditions, they are more susceptible to the disease. Lottie’s litter was unvaccinated and leaving in a hoarding situation, so it is no surprise they developed the disease. The infection can occur in a cat at any age, but the most common age for cats is a kitten six weeks or younger. There are vaccines for the prevention of calicivirus, but it hasn’t been proven to protect it from all cats. The symptoms are flu-like, so once you catch those you would take the animal to a vet and get a proper diagnosis, and get antibiotics to treat it.

Lottie and her siblings were placed in our foster care program with veteran foster mom Annie Hughes. Annie has housed several fosters, and her specialty is litters upon litters of kittens. Annie recalls that Lottie’s siblings “were one of the cutest litters I’ve ever fostered. Three calico girls, and three spotted ones. And they were all sweet and cute!”

Here’s one of Lottie on her own!(Or two)

 

After approximately a week of antibiotics, their tongue ulcers were healed and their upper respiratory symptoms were gone. They were placed on one more week’s worth of medicine just to be safe. After they were fully healed, it was time to wait to be of age and weight to be altered and put up for adoption!

As mentioned above, I had worked at Wayside during this time and fell in love with Lottie’s pictures. I spoke to Annie directly and she was very excited that I found a kitten I liked. Normally I was able to withstand the power of cuddly kittens, but she wore me down. She offered to set up a time to come meet the litter and see if she was truly the right fit. After the meeting, it was over. I definitely wanted to adopt her, and I did!

While most of the time she does her own thing, she does like to cuddle every now and then. Our vet is terrified of her and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has two older sisters-a dog Cleo and a cat Sahara. She enjoys playing with Cleo, but Sahara doesn’t necessarily enjoy Lottie. That’s still a work in progress! I can’t imagine life without her, and I know that if it wasn’t for Wayside, Lottie and her siblings would still be in that hoarding situation getting sicker and sicker. I’m happy to report she has a clean bill of health and is enjoying her eventful life so far at a year+ old. Thank you Wayside!

You can find your own buddy at Wayside Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


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