May 9 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Luke, Sunny Oak, and Brutus!

“Hi there, I’m Luke!  I’m a sweet and curious guy and I’d love to be your dog.  It’s really all I’ve ever wanted and I promise I’ll try my best to be the best dog you’ve ever had, if you’ll just give me a chance. I’m a handsome and soft, 3 ½ year old, 54 pound sweetheart.  And I’m already housebroken, although please be patient when we first get home, since I’ve been living in a shelter for a while and it’s hard to stay in a routine here.  I was transferred to Wayside from Clinton, MO when they were short on space.  I’ve settled in quickly here and I’m busy making lots of new friends.  I can be a little shy and timid when I first meet new people, but once I get comfortable with you, I’m an affectionate, friendly, fun dog who loves to be by your side. I’m playful and happy and I love to go for walks.  I’m also an excellent running partner and I’ve joined the Wayside Runners Group, which I love.  I hope to get daily exercise in my new home and I’d love a fenced in yard too.  I like to sniff and explore my surroundings and check everything out.  Sometimes I get so excited for my walks that I pull a little on my leash.  You can always use a harness for me so that I stay close to your side.  Once I’m comfortable in my environment, I like to play with toys.  I know all sorts of commands, including Sit, Come, Shake, and Slow, which is used when I pull on my leash.  I can’t wait to show you how smart I am! I might be happiest without kids under the age of 5 or so, since I can be timid at first.  I did well with older kids, ages 9 to teenager, in a previous home.  If you want, feel free to bring the whole family to meet me and we can make sure we’re all a good fit for one another.  I’m generally polite and friendly with other dogs.  But I do need a home without cats, please.  I hope you think I might be the perfect match for your family!  I’m so ready to settle down and just be part of a family.  I can’t wait!”

Learn more about Luke here.

“Welllll, hello there! My name is Sunny Oak and I am a GORGEOUS, fluffy, cuddly tuxedo cat. Let me tell you all about myself so that you can get to know me! I was originally adopted from Wayside when I was a cute and tiny kitten. Then, life happened and I found myself back at Wayside. I was  a little stressed at the shelter, and than my foster mom came and brought me home! I have been the puuuuurrrrfect houseguest (get it!?!?!). I’m incredibly calm, snuggly and a great companion. I LOVE to cuddle. Like, seriously LOVE. TO. CUDDLE. I’ll crawl right into your lap while your reading or watching a movie. Being pet under my chin is another one of my favorite things! I even really like to rest my head on your hand so that you have optimal chin scratching opportunities. I have an incredibly beautiful, super soft black and white coat, so, not to boast, but I’m pretty great to pet. I also love to play with wand toys! They’re my favorite! Although, I think I might like cuddling a little more. Seeking out sunny spots in the house and lounging in the sun or the window is something else I really enjoy. I really like to watch the birds and squirrels from the window! I live with a dog in my foster home and while I wouldn’t exactly say I’m eager to be her BFF, I happily coexist with her and sometimes you can even catch us looking out the window together. So, what do you say? Need an easy going feline fluff ball in your life? If so, I’m definitely your girl!”

Learn more about Sunny Oak here.

“Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Brutus and I’m a sweet two-year-old guy with beautiful black fur. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. Being the new pup in town is a little scary but everyone here is so nice and they tell me it won’t be long until I find my forever home. I can be a little scared and timid in new situations. I would do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I’m hoping to find a family who will be patient and understanding as I gain confidence. After I’ve become comfortable with my surroundings we can work on basic obedience training. I don’t know any tricks or commands yet but I’d love to learn. I do request that I meet any kiddos or canines before going home. I just want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. If you’re looking for a sweet, low-key fella to go through life with, look no further! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Brutus here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


May 2 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Loki, Wally, and Nero!

“Hi I’m Loki! I’m a 37-pound, guy who was brought here when my last shelter ran out of space for me. It’s okay though! I know this will be my last stop before my peeps find me and I’m on my way to my fur-ever home. I hope that home is yours! I’m a friendly guy who will do grr-eat in a home with children or other furry friends. I love making friends, whether they have two legs or four. I also love to learn and I’m eager to learn all the exciting things you have to teach me. I already know sit but I’d like to add more to my list. I’m super motivated when you reward me with fun toys to play with. Getting active is important for humans and dogs and doing it together will make it even more fun! I have PAWSOME leash manners so we can explore the world on walks together. When we aren’t on the go, we can chill out with each other and enjoy a night full of belly rubs and cuddles. I’m already dreaming of the day you come in to meet me. I hope you’ll be my happily ever after!”

Learn more about Loki here.

“Thanks for reading about me! My name is Wally, and I’m a beautiful brown and white longhaired boy with an adorable little beauty mark on my nose. Oh, and I have the cutest meow! I love to chat, so if you come to Wayside and meet me, you will probably get a chance to hear it. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I’m so happy to be here, where I am certain to find the forever person or people for me! I love attention, and I especially enjoy playing! I have lots of energy, you see. I sure hope my new family will play with me! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Personal Assistant. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and I crave the company of people. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be right there, by your side, ready to lend a fluffy paw. You will wonder how you ever got along without me!”

Learn more about Wally here.

“Hi there, I’m Nero!  I really want to stay humble and grounded, but I also want you to realize what a true gem of a dog I am.  So that’s my dilemma.  I decided to ask some of my volunteer friends what they think of me and their love for me came shining through.  So here goes….I’m smart, appreciative, easy to train, happy, friendly, social, and I have so much potential that the sky is truly the limit with me.  I am just an all-around great…and humble…dog! I’m a handsome, 2 year old, 56 pound beauty with stunning brown eyes.  And I think I’m at least kennel trained, because I keep my area clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from Louisiana.  While I felt happy to be here, I also had trouble focusing and I was feeling sort of stressed about my life and uncertain about my future.  I was jumpy and mouthy, trying to get attention the only way I knew how.  So I joined Wayside’s Peace Academy for high energy dogs that lack manners.  I began working with a specific group of volunteers who understood my stress and knew how to help me.  That’s when my delightful personality, intelligence, eagerness to please, and quiet energy became so apparent.  I welcomed my chance to shine and I aced it!  And now, I’m never looking back. I’m still a work in progress, but I’ve come so far so fast.  I love to go for walks and I have excellent leash skills.  I’m learning how to heel and I like to check in with you from time to time just to know you’re happy too.  Sometimes I get extra excited and I tug at my leash, but I’m easy to redirect.  I’m really good at listening to you and I want so very much to make you happy, so as long as I can figure out what that means, I’m all over it.  More than anything, I love getting attention from you. That makes me feel special and loved.  I know all sorts of commands that I can’t wait to show you.  And when my puppy behavior gets me riled up, it’s amazing to watch my mind work as I mostly make good choices to calm down, knowing what you expect from me.  I’m so happy when you’re proud of me! I hope I get adopted by an active family that wants to include me in everything.  I want to hang out with you and go on adventures together and cuddle with you in the evening as we unwind from a fun-filled day.  I know we can’t always be together, but that’s just what I wish for.  And if you have a few toys for me to play with, that would be great too!  I will need to meet the whole family before we all go home together.  My play style might be a little too much for young kids and some other dogs, so let’s just make sure we’re all a good match for each other from the start. I just want to belong to a family who will love me and believe in me.  If you are willing to put in a little work up front to teach me everything you want me to know, then I promise to do my part to be the best companion ever.  We’ll have a lifetime full of good times and happy memories.  I can’t wait!”

Learn more about Nero here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 27 2018

Prepping For Summer Break

Even though Spring is barely passing through, we can still look forward to summer right?! You loyal readers know we always try to provide fun and helpful tips to get you guys through major holidays and seasons. Let’s start this season off right, before it comes in June.

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets.

This goes without saying, but sometimes the animals get so nervous and scared they might try to run off and find a safe place. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

 

2. Brush up on flea/tick treatment.

Ticks and fleas are more abundant than ever because of the mild winter we had. They will find a host environment in dogs and cats, and during a celebration it might go unnoticed. We also sell seresto collars which help battle unwanted visitors for up to eight months. They will help during that barbecue and high heated areas! They can be found at our retail store Whiskers & Wags.

3. Be cautious of open/screen windows.

Warmer weather means we want to open up our windows! Just be cautious of how well your animal can handle that, as cats more than anything love to press against them and potentially go through. Adding screens are the best safety feature, but be cautious anyways.

4. Buckle up!

Of course most pets will love a car ride, but warmer weather can include different insects and allergens as well. Be careful of letting them stick their head out the window, as they are at risk for injuries and infections if anything lands on them. Technically a seatbelt or any safety harness would be best to travel with.

5. Landscaping and Yard work beware!

Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients may be dangerous if your pet ingests them. Always store these products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully.

6. Beware of rat poison, antifreeze, and other chemicals.

Ingesting antifreeze is lethal. Unfortunately both cats and dogs have been known to lick this up if any spills are is out and within reach. Make sure to check your car for leaks and make sure all bottles are stored far away from your pets. Be careful when it comes to mouse traps and rodenticides like rat and mouse poison. Direct ingestion can be deadly. If your pet does ingest any chemical, seek emergency care immediately. 

7. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

8. Be careful about grooming your pets.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

9. Ice Treats

This is always fun to make, and you can do it at home! Instead of soda flavors or fruit, you can freeze peanut butter or dog treats and give it to your pet on a hot day. It gives them something to work on, and it tastes great to them as well! Some people even freeze their toys for some extra fun times. Just make sure all the food is dog/cat friendly. 

10. Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Summertime brings awesome weather—and an onslaught of bugs! Keep an eye out for those snakes, spiders, and anything that resurfaces during the warmer months. Your pet will thank you for it!

Please feel free to visit us during our adoption hours! Also, feel free to check out our brand new summer camp, Camp Wayside! More info here.

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 25 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Vincent, Charlie, and Miss Bailey! *Note, Vincent has already found a home, but we still wanted to include his name!

“Thank you for reading about me! My name is Charlie, and I’m a handsome, dapper black and white shorthaired boy with one of the cutest, pinkest noses you’ve ever seen! I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find my forever person or people. You might have noticed that I am 7 years old. That is just barely middle age for a cat! In fact, I am right in my prime—well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to focus my time, attention and affection on you! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Secret Admirer! That means that I tend to be a little shy and timid in new situations. However, I am a people-oriented cat and need to be around people. I am keeping my paws crossed for a gentle, patient adopter who will give me time and space to get acclimated to my new surroundings. In return, I promise to fill your home and heart with beauty, purrs and love.”

You can learn more about Charlie here.

“Hello there. My name is Miss Bailey and I am super excited that you clicked on my profile. I am a beautiful blonde who weighs about 50 pounds. I am two years old and super friendly. I don’t think I’ve met a stranger, either the 2 legged or 4 legged kind. It’s pretty awesome to be friends with everyone and every dog I meet. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of room; but I’m not worried, I know my furever family will find me here. I already know the commands “sit” and “come” and I would love to learn some more. I am motivated by treats; but I LOVE praise. Just sing my praises and I will wag my tail for you forever. I’m a happy girl who loves attention and I’ll show my love in lots of different ways. I will jump around for you, lean on you and even give you kisses. I might even roll over so you can give me an awesome belly rub. Do you think I might be the right dog for you? If so, please come see me right away. I can’t wait to meet you and start falling in love.”

You can learn more about Miss Bailey here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours:

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 20 2018

Spring into Spring!

It may not feel like it yet, but springtime is well underway! We have passed Easter, and now we are moving on through April towards May. Soon it’ll be summer before you know it! With the change in season comes new things to watch out for in your furry friends. We figured we would put together a few items that can help you prepare for warmer weather, and unpredictable weather. 

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets.

This may sound like a broken record, but it can never hurt to remind everyone. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner, if that ever were to happen. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

2. Be cautious of open/screen windows.

Warmer weather means we want to open up our windows! Just be cautious of how well your animal can handle that, as cats more than anything love to press against them and potentially go through. Adding screens are the best safety feature, but be cautious anyways.

3. Buckle up!

Of course most pets will love a car ride, but warmer weather can include different insects and allergens as well. Be careful of letting them stick their head out the window, as they are at risk for injuries and infections if anything lands on them. Technically a seatbelt or any safety harness would be best to travel with.

4. Be careful of Spring Cleaning!

Spring Cleaning is a time-honored tradition for many, but just keep your pets in mind when you leave out certain items. Any cleaning products can contain certain chemicals that are hazardous to pets. Just store them properly during use, and for storage.

5. Home Improvement 101.

Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.

6. Landscaping and Yard work beware!

Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients may be dangerous if your pet ingests them. Always store these products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully.

7. Sneezing, Coughing, and red eyes, oh my!

Like us, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause itching, minor sniffling and sneezing, or life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.

8. Bugs, bugs, bugs.

April showers bring May flowers—and an onslaught of bugs! Make sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program. Ask your doctor to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet.

And that’s it! Hopefully this will be beneficial to you and your furry friends as we spring into spring!

Please visit our animals during adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Apr 18 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Alexa, Ellery, and Sherry!

“Hi there! Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Alexa and I’m a sweet four-year-old gal looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found as a stray. Being out on my own sure was scary and I’m pretty happy to be somewhere warm and safe. Everyone here is so nice but I can’t help but dream of having my forever home. I can be a little timid when I first meet someone. I’m looking for a family who will give me the time and patience I need to sniff out a new situation. Because I’m a little shy I would do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I’m also looking for a family who will work with me on basic obedience training. Being a stray I haven’t had anyone around to help me learn things. I promise I’ll learn quickly! My friends around here tell me that I can be a little weary when I walk on a leash. As I gain confidence I promise I’ll work on being your best walking pal! If you’re looking for a sweet pal to go through life with, look no further! I sure can’t wait to meet you!”

Learn more about Alexa here.

“Hey guys! Thanks for reading about me! My name is Ellery and I’m a 2-year-old gal. I currently reside at Wayside Waifs, but would love to go to a more permanent home. On the feline-ality chart, I’m considered to be a Sidekick. This means I’m great company to keep. Although at first I can be scared and timid, so it will take some time warming up to you. You should know that I need to go to a home where it’s dog free and no kids under the age of 7. This is just precautionary, as I would like to avoid any and all accidents. I would prefer going to a home that is considerably quiet. So, if you’re looking for a cuddly cat to take on the journey of life with, then come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet with me today!”

Learn more about Ellery here.

“Hi everyone! My name is Sherry and I’m so excited you’re reading about me! I’m a beautiful one-year-old girl. I’ve been told my sleek coat is very form-fitting and flattering! I came to Wayside Waifs as a stray awhile back, and last month I came back as a stray once again from Grandview. The lovely animal control officer picked me up and dropped me off here, for shelter. I know my story seems sad, but I’m extremely grateful to the staff and volunteers here! I am ready to find my forever home though, and hopefully it’s you! One thing you should know about me is that I’m high energy. I’d benefit from an active home, where I will get regular exercise, walks, and mental stimulation. It is recommended I go to a home without children under the age of five, just because of my size, strength, and energy level. I already know the command ‘sit,’ but I’m ready to learn more! I enjoy food and toys, so presenting me with yummy treats or a toy will help me enjoy basic obedience training. I enjoy exploring my environment, and checking everything out. I can be playful, and have a tendency to be jumpy and mouthy. I will benefit from impulse control training! We’re still working on my leash skills, as I tend to pull hard. Right now, I’m using a harness and a slip lead, but I’m working hard to ensure I just need a harness! I need a confident owner for a confident girl like me! I do enjoy meeting new people, and giving kisses and hugs. I’ve met a few dogs here at Wayside, and they seem fun! I have a rough play style, and some dogs may not appreciate how I interact with them. We recommend you bring in your dogs to meet me, so we can make sure we can play together! Hopefully I sound like the one for you! I’m energetic, but if you like to run, I’d be a great partner for you. Come visit me at Wayside Waifs. I’ll be waiting!”

Learn more about Sherry here. Sherry also has a video, which you can see here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours! *NOTE OUR NEW ADOPTION HOURS STARTING THIS WEEK!*

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


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?

Love,

Jenny”

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!

Cleo!

Jenny

Flower!

Titan Athena!

Bolt!

Ellery!

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.


Apr 4 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Brad, Romy, and Sheba!

Hi there everybody. My name’s Brad, and I am a handsome one-year-old boy! I originally came to Wayside Waifs as a stray, as a nice Good Samaritan rescued me from the streets! I’m extremely thankful to be here, because I’ve been able to hang out with people who have helped me progress in so many ways. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. After arriving at the shelter, the staff and volunteers noticed I was active, strong, and affectionate, but I was also rather excitable. I was put on Peace Academy to work on my behavior, and I have to say I’ve improved! I know the commands sit, come, stay/wait, shake, and down! I’d love to learn more with you, and I enjoy treats, toys, and attention. I use to be wary of strangers, but I’m learning that I can trust the people here, because they want to see me thrive! Because of my jumpy, and mouthy behavior, we do ask that I go to a home without children under the age of ten. I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone! I’m a smart, energetic guy who is looking for an active home where I can get regular exercise, training, and mental stimulation. I’ve met a few dogs here, and they seem okay, but we do ask that you bring in your dogs to meet me so we can make sure we are a good pair. I’ve been known to pull on a leash, but I enjoy walking and being with you and exploring! Thank you so much for reading about me. I truly believe I’ve made great strides while spending my time here. I’m ready to find that perfect home for me, and I hope it’s with you! Please ask for Brad when visiting Wayside, and you won’t be disappointed.”

Learn more about Brad here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

“Hi! It’s nice to meet you! My name is Romy and I’m a five-year-old kitty with gorgeous brown and white fur. I came to Wayside from another shelter when they ran out of space. It’s okay though! Everyone here is so nice and I know it won’t be long until I find a family to love forever and ever. I think five is the perfect age. I’m independent enough that I can do my own thing but I’m also playful and affectionate. Toy mice are my favorite! I could chase one of those around for hours. Around here they call me an Executive. I’m a pretty important cat and I stay busy. Once we get home I’ll inspect everything to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. After I check things out I’ll probably take a little snooze. (Hey! Keeping the house in order is a tough job!) Don’t worry, I’ll always make time to cuddle up with you. If you’re looking for a best friend to go through life with, look no further! I might just be the cat for you! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Romy here.

Welcome, and thanks for stopping to read about me!  My name is Sheba, and I’m seven years old.  I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a “looker” with a big heart and a soulful face, as you can see from my picture.  Lots of people search for puppies and don’t know how wonderful us more mature dogs can be.  I have a lot of love and life left and would be honored to share it with you.  Well, let me tell you all about me…  I’m comfortable and confident with people and enjoy their attention. When I was transferred to Wayside from another shelter, I was pretty sad and anxious.  The good people here have helped me feel calmer and loved, and I’m really looking forward to finding my new forever family. If you’re looking for a big, sweet, spunky girl, that would be me!  I’m bouncy and playful, have plenty of energy and love my walks.  I can pull hard on my leash when I’m excited or see another dog, but I’ll settle down and be a good walking buddy after a bit.  It would be wonderful if you’re willing to help me learn better leash skills and some basic obedience skills.  I already know the sit command, and since I’m motivated by yummy treats, I’m sure I can learn more cool skills if you take the time to teach me.  I’d love to make you proud! When it comes to other dogs, let’s just say I have a strong personality.  I can be bossy and over-bearing with some dogs, and playful and friendly to others.  If you have other dogs in the home I’ll need to meet them when you come to see me.  Speaking of visiting me, I sure hope you’ll come soon.  It could be that we’re the perfect match, so why waste any more time?  Let’s get this party started!”

Learn more about Sheba here.

You can meet all of our adoptable 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 J.


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