Nov 17 2017

The Importance of Play in Cats

Contrary to the adorable picture above, playtime is not just for kittens! Adult cats enjoy and benefit from playtime as well. Even senior cats like to get in on the fun! This blog post is meant to educate our readers on the importance of play in cats, and how it can answer many questions you may have about your cat’s behavior!

When kittens first start to play, they are very young, and they learn social skills, and mimic hunting behavior. The next time your cat is playing, pay attention. Does your cat wiggle its butt before pouncing on a toy? Cats do this to steady themselves before they pounce on their prey (or toy). Are your cat’s eyes dilated or constricted?  Before they pounce, their pupils might be dilated. This is to take in a larger surrounding area and it means they’re excited. Once they have caught their prey (toy), their pupils might be more constricted to focus on the one object. What do they do with the toy? Toss it in the air, carry it around, paw at it, scoot it across the floor to chase it around more, or hold and kick it. They might not want to share their prey/toy with others, including their human! Some toys are so valuable, and if you interrupt your cat, they might swat at you or growl.  Let them have their prize!

It’s all about the hunt. The best way to play with your cat is to mimic a cat’s hunting sequence. Following this sequence fulfills their need to hunt. Starting with a wand toy, move it around to entice them. Move it around the way bugs or birds flit around, or a snake slowly moves around objects. Lead your cat around furniture, through a tunnel, up and over the sofa, etc… Some cats prefer slow movements and others prefer fast movements. See what your cat prefers most! Mix it up a little even; allow your cat to catch the toy often, otherwise they might become frustrated and lose interest.

Some cats will play for a few minutes, others will continue to play for 20 minutes or more. Once you have an idea of how long your cat usually will play, slow the movements down during the last 5 minutes of the play session, and then completely stop all movement (in other words, the cat has killed its prey). Once it’s “dead”, cats often leave the toy alone. Give your cat a few treats, or feed your cat its meal immediately afterwards. This makes the cat feel fulfilled, in that they have hunted, caught, killed and is now eating their prey. Their natural instincts should take over, and after a good meal, they will likely groom themselves and then take a nice, long nap.

Cats tend to play more often in the early morning and early evening. That is because cats are crepuscular; meaning, they tend to be more alert and playful during twilight hours. Because cats are both a predator and a prey animal, this is the best time of day to hunt, but also to be on the move to avoid their own predators.  This is often the reason guardians are woken up by their cat running around around the house or asking to be fed at this time of day. Providing mental and physical enrichment can help to alleviate any stress a cat might be experiencing. A fulfilled and tired cat is a good cat! If you are experiencing behavioral issues with your cat, please consult with your veterinarian first.

Types of Play:

  • Individual play – leave cat toys lying around; rotate toys weekly or as needed so they don’t become bored; kongs with treats or some canned food inside; strategically place toys as if they are hiding (keeps cat busy when you are out)

  • Team Play (person & cat) – increases the bond between human and cat, as it is a positive experience; for cats that are very exhuberant and are high energy, it provides safe distance so the cat doesn’t grab or bite anything except the toy; wand toys should never be left out unsupervised since cats could ingest the wire, string or feathers; depending on cat’s energy level, play session should last 10-20 mins. per session; some cats need several pay sessions throughout the day.  Cats at Wayside Waifs highly recommend Da Bird, the Cat Dancer or the Cat Charmer wand toy.

  • Playing with another cat (or dog!) – some cats love to have a buddy of their own to play, chase, and wrestle with.

The following is a video where Mercury, a shy and fearful cat, is using play to reduce stress and build trust with people. Mercury came in two days ago, and was untouchable. Now look at Mercury! It truly shows how important play is in helping cats relax, and enjoy their time at the shelter, and more importantly, in their homes! Click on the link here to enjoy!

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So, don’t just leave toys out for your cat to play with, but take the time to play WITH your cat. They will love you for it!

Meet some of our fun feline friends, and canines, during our adoption hours!

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

Edited by Teryn J. Written by guest Bonnie Still-Wayside Waifs’ Feline Care Manager, and certified Cat Behavioralist.


Nov 15 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week; Captain Jack, Thomas, and Misha!

**Captain Jack is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This is the lovely Captain Jack, a handsome three year old Terrier mix. He is cute and such a character!  His journey has been a challenging one, but he has made some real progress. He will still need help with that journey, but he is ready to find that perfect family! Wayside Waifs is unsure of his full past, but we can tell he has experienced some unfriendly situations, but he is building his trust! Jack is looking for a patient home with people who understand his needs. He was originally brought to Wayside Waifs because he was wandering the streets of Grandview, Missouri, and animal control picked him up. He was very scared and anxious when he first arrived. Based on his past, Jack decided he would love a nice family that understands his quirks and challenges, and will work through them with him. He has really hit the jackpot here as well, because he was put into foster care to get out of the daily stresses of shelter life. He is so lucky, that he had TWO foster homes! His  foster families love him so much, despite the fact that he can be ornery at times.  They stay calm and patient with him and they praise him when he is a good boy, so that he learns what is expected of him as he gains confidence at the same time. He is not fully housebroken yet, but he is making excellent strides in learning and keeping up with each family’s schedules. Jack can be a talented escape artist, but Foster mom has crated him along with another dog, and having company really made him feel better. He sleeps in the human’s bed or his own bed undisturbed, quiet as a mouse. He loves to ride in the car, and snuggle with you! He is also really good at entertaining himself with toys. He really enjoys being in the kitchen when Foster Mom is cooking, because she is fun to watch, and maybe he can get a snack! Once he warms up to someone, he becomes their best friend. He is an excellent walking companion, and will walk right by your side. He loves to greet the other dogs with a bark, or “Hello!” Because of his escape artist tendencies, he does need to be leashed at all times when he is outside. He is able to chew, dig, and wiggle out of almost anything, so he does like to keep you on your toes! Definitely keep an eye out for him when he is outside. He is still learning what a true home life is like, so he gets a little curious and sniffs his way into things he should not. However, once he bonds with you and your family, he will not want to escape as much. He just needs that initial time to learn that he can trust you! He is very nice to all the dogs he meets, and he has learned from them as well! He does so well with them, he would prefer a canine companion in his forever home. He even does well with cats! Because of his timidness, kids tend to intimidate him. He asks that he goes to a home without kids under the age of twelve. Captain Jack is truly sweet as can be, and he has learned a lot from both of his foster homes, and being at Wayside Waifs in general. He has blossomed into a loving dog, and we are so happy with his progress, and cannot wait to see him continue to grow. Call our Adoptions team and ask for Captain Jack, and you will never regret it!

You can learn more about Captain Jack here.

Please welcome Thomas, a handsome five year old Domestic Shorthair mix. He was originally surrendered to Wayside Waifs as his old owners had a change in lifestyle. That is okay though, because Thomas is ready to find his people-and that might just be you! Thomas has some striking features, such as the nice blue-grey coat and pink nose. He was a little timid when he first came to Wayside Waifs, but he has made some friends with the staff and volunteers, and quickly became a favorite. Thomas is all about being with you all the time, and he would make a great sidekick! He also loves to talk with people, so he would love to have a great listener in the family. Honestly, Thomas is fantastic, and is ready to settle into that forever family lifestyle, and he hopes it is with you! Come check him out!

Learn more about Thomas here. He also has a video, which you can watch here.

Meet Misha, a pretty eleven month old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. She was originally brought to Wayside Waifs after she was picked up as a stray, wandering the streets alone. That is just fine, because she is ready to find her people! She has some wonderful brown and white markings, and is a slim forty pounds. She knows several commands such as sit, down, come, shake and roll over. Roll over happens to be her favorite command….because that means she can get a belly rub out of it too! Belly rubs are the best!!! Misha is a leaner; meaning she loves to be against you and just sit next to you. She is a social butterfly and loves meeting new people. She would be a great addition to your family! She does ask that you bring in all your children and canine friends to meet her-to make sure you are the right fit! When visiting our adoptions campus, please ask for Misha!

You can learn more about Misha here.

You can meet all of our wonderful animals, including 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.


Nov 10 2017

Thanksgiving Treats and Tips

It’s that time of year when we travel to our family member’s house, and have what is the most exhausting and delicious feast of the year. Thanksgiving is coming up, and we here at Wayside thought it would be nice to send out a friendly reminder of what you can, and cannot feed your pets. We also thought we would include fun dog and cat friendly recipes that are fun to make, and they have fun eating them!

  1. Turkey-Turkey can be a wonderful lean protein to share with your pet. You will just want to be sure to remove any excess skin or fat, stick with white meat, and make sure there are no bones.
  2. Potatoes-Potatoes are a great, filling vegetable to share with your pet. However even though the potatoes themselves are not harmful to pets, be aware of additional ingredients used to make mashed potatoes. Cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravies are no-no’s in a pet’s diet.
  3. Cranberry Sauce-Cranberry sauce is just fine for pets but watch the amount of sugar in it, or have no sugar at all to be safe. It is probably best to only provide a small helping to your pet’s plate.
  4. Macaroni and Cheese-If you know your pet’s stomach handles dairy alright, macaroni and cheese is a safe leftover to share. If you are unsure though, it may be best to just give plain macaroni. Cats often develop lactose intolerance when they become adults.
  5. Green Beans-Plain green beans are a wonderful treat for pets. Fresh vegetables are a great addition to any diet. If the green beans are included in a green bean casserole though, be conscious of the other ingredients in it.
  6. Corn-Loose corn is fine, but avoid corn on the cob.
  7. Homemade Rolls-Rolls fall to the ground during the annual food fight and are nibbled up by your kitty? Never fear. As long as they don’t have a lot of butter on them, they are safe for your pets to enjoy. 

Sweet Potatoes-Sweet potatoes are starchy root vegetables that provide plenty of nutritional benefits for our canine companions.

There are also some fun receipts you can try to make Thanksgiving a little more pet friendly, besides just human treats! PetPlan has several fun recipes that you can try, both for dogs and cats! Pumpkin smoothies, sweet potato cookies, sorbet, oh my! EntirelyPets also features fun, simple recipes such as Muttballs, Puppy Meatloaf, and Catnip Cookies!

Finally, just as a reminder, please always keep your pets’ tags and information updated, because more company means more doors opening and closing. If you are going out of town, and have to board your animal, make sure to book in advance, as holidays are times when facilities fill up quicker. Continue taking the dogs on walks if they have a heavier meal, and put in some extra playtime with those kitties to work off those extra calories! Try your best to ignore the stare they will give you from below the table-the above treats and recipes should help you out! Be wary of counter surfing, as the aroma may overwhelm your pet. Immediately throw out scraps and bones you will not use and keep it out of reach from pets. Sometimes they get a little curious, and go dumpster diving!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoy your time with your family, pets included! Keep an eye out for Black Friday, as we might have a special going on. In the meantime, consider meeting some of our 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.


Nov 8 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Wanda, Myrtle, and Altair!

This is Wanda, a beautiful four year old Beagle mix. She was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs from her previous shelter after they ran out of space for her. Not to worry, because she is so looking forward to finding her forever home, and that home just might be yours! Wanda is a happy, energetic girl, so she will do best in a home that can play and go on regular walks and runs! She is quickly becoming a staff and volunteer favorite because of how expressive she is. She is also super friendly and affectionate, so you get the best of both worlds. She has not learned any basic obedience yet, but she is ready to! She is treat motivated, so present her with yummy treats and she will know basic commands in no time! She has met other dogs at Wayside, and she did okay. She can try and lead the playing and socializing, so she may need a dog that matches her play style. If you have any other dogs at home, it would be great if you could bring them along to meet her, to make sure they are a good pair!  In fact, bring the whole family so they can all get acquainted. She is ready to go home, and she hopes it is with you!

You can learn more about Wanda here.

Please welcome Myrtle, a gorgeous ten year old Domestic Shorthair mix. Myrtle is experienced in life, and is a sweet and cuddly cat. She was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs after her previous shelter ran out of space for her. That is just fine, because she is ready to find her forever home, and maybe that is with you! Her Felinality rating is Party Animal, in other words, she is the life of the party! She loves to be around people, and seeks out attention and love! She enjoys your company best, but she also loves to play with any cat toy. Honestly, it is the best of both worlds if she can play with you! When coming to Wayside to visit Myrtle, she is in Kitty City, with her friend Pringles! Front and center, you will not be able to miss her!

Learn more about Myrtle here.

Meet Altair, a handsome, seven year old Australian Shepherd mix looking for a place to call his own. He was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs after his previous shelter ran out of space for him. That is okay though, because he has quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite here, and is enjoying his time before he finds his forever home! He was quickly adopted out, but brought back because they did not have a safe yard for him to romp in. They did provide some wonderful information on Altair though! He is an easy-going and social guy. His favorite thing is to hang out with humans of any kind. He loves long walks, and is an excellent walker with his leash! He enjoys staying fit after all! He is also really smart, so he is ready to learn new things with you. He is treat motivated, so present him with yummy treats and he will be trained in no time. After a play session, he would love to cool down with snuggle time. Honestly, Altair is a lovable guy with a big heart. When you visit Wayside, ask for the sweet Altair, and you will not be disappointed!

Learn more about Altair here.

You can meet all of our adoptable pets, including 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.


Nov 1 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Perdita, Miss Hemingway, and Ginger!

Meet Perdita, a beautiful three year old Terrier mix. She is forty pounds of pure love! She is very excitable and friendly, but she may come on a little strong! She is just ready to meet all the people. We should also mention she has a very active tail-meaning she is excited and loves to show her enthusiasm. She originally came to Wayside as a stray, so she is eager to learn what it is like to be in a home. Perdita will do best in a home that has children over the age of five, and that has no other canine companions. She is ready to learn basic obedience with you, and is a smart girl! She can be a little anxious in new environments based on her past, so having a calm home at first will be a huge benefit. She loves to be a cuddle bug! She will even lean on you and sit by you, just to be close! If you think you would be a great match, please come see her today.

You can learn more about her here.

This is Miss Hemingway, a gorgeous orange tabby that is two years old. She was originally brought to Wayside as a stray, but she is more than okay with that because she is able to find her forever home here! She loves to be around people, and will reward you with head-butts. She is a purr machine, just because she wants you to know how happy she is. She is also very confident and loves to explore. Miss Hemingway has become a master of free-roaming in our sunroom. She loves to bird-watch, and is extremely playful. She enjoys wand toys and fake mice as well! One of her special quirks is that both of her front paws have and extra toe-meaning extra love to give! She is ready to find her family, and maybe that is with you!

You can learn more about her here.

Here is Ginger, a stunning Labrador Retriever mix and almost a year old. She is roughly 30 pounds full of energy and love. She already knows sit and come, but is ready to learn more from her new family! Because Ginger is pretty active, she asks that she goes to a home without children under the age of 5. She does not want to accidentally knock anyone down! She also would prefer a home without cats and other small animals. Ginger has met dogs before, but she asks that you bring in any and all dogs you have so she can see if they are a perfect fit! She is basically a star athlete, as she can jump a five foot fence. That being said, she will need supervision outside and will need physical and mental stimulation. She is not a huge fan of the crate, so she would prefer not to use one. She is super obsessed with squirrels, as she likes to watch them intently and stare at them when she spots one. It sure is fun to be outside! There is so much to see. Ginger is ready to meet you, are you ready to meet her?

You can learn more about her here.

You can visit 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 25 2017

Waif Wednesday

Let’s meet our Waifs of the Week; Perdita, Kasey, and Mickey!

Meet Perdita, a beautiful three year old Terrier mix. She is forty pounds of pure love! She is very excitable and friendly, but she may come on a little strong! She is just ready to meet all the people. We should also mention she has a very active tail-meaning she is excited and loves to show her enthusiasm. She originally came to Wayside as a stray, so she is eager to learn what it is like to be in a home. Perdita will do best in a home that has children over the age of five, and that has no other canine companions. She is ready to learn basic obedience with you, and is a smart girl! She can be a little anxious in new environments based on her past, so having a calm home at first will be a huge benefit. She loves to be a cuddle bug! She will even lean on you and sit by you, just to be close! If you think you would be a great match, please come see her today.

You can learn more about her here.

Meet Kasey, a handsome three year old Domestic Shorthair. Kasey originally came to Wayside as a stray, and is now living the good life at our shelter. He’s friendly, affectionate, and gives great headbutts. Sometimes he wants to give you a pet instead! When he had his Felineality assessment, they told him he was a Personal Assistant. That means he is relatively brave in new situations, and is ready to be your new sidekick and informant. Whether you are doing chores, cheering for the Chiefs or just chillaxing, he will be right by your side, ready to lend a striped paw. Are you in?

You can learn more about him here.

Here’s Mickey, a dashing two year old Chinese Star-Pei mix! He is a handsome guy with a very cute pout. Well, that’s what the people here say at least. He was originally brought to Wayside after his last shelter ran out of space for him. That is okay though, because he is enjoying his time with us, and vice versa! Mickey is ready to find that paw-fect family for his needs. Think that might be you? He is really friendly, and asks that you bring the whole family to meet him, dogs included. He wants to make sure you all are a perfect match. Something he is really good at is learning new things. He already knows the commands sit, come, and shake! He is treat motivated, so present a yummy treat and he is ready to learn. Some of his other favorite activities include romping around a yard and taking long walks. His ideal end to a day is sitting with you and watching television shows. He is a paw-some dog who is so ready to give you all of his love. Come by soon to see if he is the right fit for your family!

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

You can meet 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 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.

 


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