Dec 6 2016

Frosty Paws – Keep Your Pet Safe This Winter

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Winter is definitely upon us! Not only is it time for humans to dig out their cold weather clothes, it’s also time to think about keeping our pets safe during these arctic cold days. Here are some tips to keeping your pets safe.

1. Keep your pets inside. Limit your pets outside time for bathroom breaks when temperatures start to tumble. If it’s too cold for you, it’s defintely too cold for your pet. If your pet is normally outside, move them to a sheltered garage or heated dog house, away from the wind.

2. Outdoor cats have been known to find refuge underneath the hoods of cars. When the car is started, the cat could become injured or even killed by moving parts of the engine. If you have an outdoor cat, honk the horn before starting the car to give the cat a chance to escape.

3. Keep your dog on a leash in the winter weather. Pets can lose their scent in the snow and ice and find refuge in unfamiliar places. This is also a good opportunity to check your dog or cats id tag to make sure they have the most current contact information in case your pet becomes lost or stolen. We also recommend mircrochipping your pet. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other time of the year.

4. When getting your pet groomed, don’t have them shaved down to the skin. A longer coat provides more warmth. Bathing your dog? Be sure to completely dry them before taking them out for a walk. For short-haired breeds, put them in a warm sweater with a high collar that gives the pet coverage from the base of their tail to the belly. My toy poodle Lucy loves to wear her jacket and waits for me to put it on her before going outside.

5. Make sure to keep a dry towel near the door when you bring in your dogs from being outside. Thoroughly dry their paws, legs and belly. They can pick up bits of salt, antifreeze and other lethal chemicals from being outside. It can also be painful for the animal to have shards of ice in their fur. A dogs paws can actually bleed from encrusted ice. This is also a good opportunity to give them some extra love and praise them for good outdoor behavior.

6. Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. The vehicle can act as a refrigerator, keeping the cold inside and causing your pet to freeze to death.

7. If your pet spends a lot of time playing outside, increase his food supply. Make sure to include extra protein to help keep his fur in great shape.

8. Coolant and antifreeze are lethal for cats and dogs. If you have any spills in your garage or driveway make sure to clean them thoroughly. Stay away from product s that use ethylene glycol. If your pet should ingest any of these products, call your veterinarian immediately.

9. Rock salt is also dangerous for pets. “Safe Paw” is pet safe ice melt is available for sale at Wayside Waifs and is safe for pets.

10. Give your pet a warm place to sleep. Make sure beds are located away from doors and drafts. Warm blankets or a large pillow is great.

 

Written by: Trish Stinger, Digital Marketing/Brand Manager
Wayside Waifs


Jun 8 2015

Calling All Cat Lovers!

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Who would not love to start their day with kittens, upon kittens, upon kittens? We are looking for a special group of volunteers to help us with this crucial shelter role. Keeping the shelter clean and our animals healthy is a big responsibility. Support is needed each day of the week from 8- 11am. We know it is early in the morning, but you will have other smiling and happy faces to work with while you are here. Do you know anyone else who loves cats? Volunteering with cats and friends is doubly rewarding.

Here are the details about what you would be doing. Keep in mind this is a short term commitment and your care will help these felines in their journey to finding a forever home!

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Volunteers will be asked to commit to a once a weekly schedule. All days of the week are available, even weekends. Shifts are 8am – 11am. Anyone interested in volunteering, but not interested in this specific opportunity, should sign up for our general program at waysidewaifs.org

To get started helping our kitties, sign up for one of these classes be emailing AnnMarie Thomas, athomas@waysidewaifs.org. Please note in your email which shift you are interested in filling or if you are interested in volunteering for more than one day.

*These classes are ONLY for the Feline Comfort Support volunteer position.

June 13th 8am – 11am

OR

June 15th 8am – 11am

Feline Comfort Support Volunteers support the Feline Care Techs (FCT) with a variety of tasks. These include cleaning and sanitizing kennels, picking up and distributing blankets/toys, and providing food and water. Volunteers will be provided with general volunteer training and one on one mentoring to ensure success in this position!

Purpose:

  • This is a partnership of volunteers and staff working to provide the best quality of life for the cats at Wayside.
  • Support feline socialization and the importance of touch.
  • Decrease shelter stress and the spread of disease.
  • Apply consistent deep cleaning techniques for kennels once they are vacated.
  • Provide cats with basic necessities, clean surroundings, and toys for mental stimulation.
  • Overall – Increase the adoptability, health, and welfare of cats at Wayside Waifs.

Have questions? Contact AnnMarie Thomas, athomas@waysidewaifs.org.

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Feb 15 2015

The Wayside Waifs FIV Program

fur ball galaFIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. And, just as the name suggests, felines that have this illness have compromised immune systems. But it is not as bad as it sounds. FIV cats can live quite a normal life and have a good quality of life for many years.

Signs of FIV

In its earliest stages, there are often few signs of FIV. However, as it progresses, FIV-positive cats may suffer from more illnesses than other felines. Other indicators of FIV include everything from frequent diarrhea and skin infections to gum inflammation and poor coat condition. If you suspect a cat may be suffering from FIV, it is important to have it consulted by veterinarian who can conduct blood work to determine a diagnosis.

How It Spreads

Although the virus typically manifests in outdoor cats, indoor cats can still be infected from deep bites. Unlike the immunodeficiency virus that affects humans primarily through sexual contact, FIV is only spread on rare instances through sexual contact. It should be noted, though, that it could sometimes pass from an infected mother to kitten during birth or feeding. Because the spreading of FIV can be fairly well controlled, many shelters like Wayside Waifs still adopt out FIV-positive cats to homes with other uninfected felines.

*Important Note: FIV is only transmittable cat to cat.*

Caring for FIV-positive Cats

Cats with FIV are immunosuppressed and will be more prone to secondary infections throughout their lifetime. Routine preventative care of all cats in the household and early recognition of secondary illnesses will be needed. Cats with FIV should get bi-annual examinations and annual bloodwork as recommended by the AAFP. Adopters should talk to their personal vet prior to adoption about what this means for their household (Adopters can discuss FIV vaccination of their personal cat with their personal vet). We recommend all adopters know the FIV/FELV status of their own cats prior to addition of the new cat. There is no cure for the illness, although there is research being done for various anti-viral therapies. FIV cats should remain an indoor only cat. How it spreads

 Wayside Waif’s FIV Cat Program

Wayside’s FIV-positive cats are always given a room when an appropriate one is available.  Typically, we try to house cats together when we can.  The reason for this? To help eliminate any chance of illness spreading to them.  While other cats can roam freely on the adoption floor, these cats can’t (unless they are the first ones out, after the floor has been sanitized).

The reason FIV cats are given a room is because we want their stay at WW to be as stress-free as possible. Since they can’t free roam at any given time, a room allows them to walk, play, stretch and be as relaxed as possible. We often house FIV cats together because they often are happier with a pal.

In 2014, we had 27 adoptable FIV-positive cats.  So far, in 2015 we have six (one was adopted a couple weekends ago).  Since the program started in 2011, we have had a total of 95.

About Our FIV Supervisor

Meet Bonnie. She has been working at Wayside Waifs since 2009.  She started out as a volunteer, but when a position in Feline Comfort Crew came up, she applied and got the job!  Soon, she became Supervisor, then Manager.  Now she is responsible for the care of all the cats and small mammals (guinea pigs, rabbits, etc…).  She also oversees the staff that cares for them, and has several volunteers that help in various roles.

She also oversees the Barn Cat Program, the ASPCA Meet Your Match program for cats, and TABBY (To Achieve the Best Behavior Yet) – a program where trained volunteers help cats in the holding areas to be prepared for the adoption floor (working with shy/fearful cats, over-stimulated cats, or cats desperate for attention).  Recently, Bonnie even received a specialized certificate in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute.

FIV Cat Spotlight

Chairman Meow has been at Wayside Waif’s since October of 2014, but has been in a shelter environment for over a year.  He was transferred to us from another shelter. Despite his name, Chairman Meow hasn’t always had the attention he deserves. Although we do our best to provide all the cats in our car with the attention they deserve, Chairman is in need of a forever home with a family who will provide him with the full-time affection he deserves. In fact, he is such a friendly cat that he will sometimes give you a nudge of encouragement to give him love.

Want to hear more? Learn more about Chairman Meow here – or better yet, pay him a visit!

FIV cats need special care. Think you can help one in need?

Your FIV-positive forever cat is just one visit away.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


Jan 13 2014

Meet Miss Monroe

MonroeIf you are looking for the purrrfect cat companion, you must meet one of our star pets. Sometimes the sweetest of animals are overlooked, which is exactly what has happened to this adorable, little cat. Wayside Waifs is home to a number of adoring, adoptable pets, one of which is Miss Monroe. Although this black-haired feline doesn’t have the blonde tresses of Marilyn Monroe herself, she certainly packs a celebrity-caliber personality. If you want to learn more about our latest starlet who is available for adoption, you don’t have to make a trek to Hollywood.  Our very own animal shelter is proud to house Miss Monroe.

A Behind-the-scenes Look 

So, what do you need to know about Miss Monroe? Well, for starters she has A-list looks that kill. Monroe sports a full, black coat that is as soft and fluffy as it looks in pictures. However, what makes Monroe a true star are her twinkling eyes. Elizabeth Taylor may have had violet eyes, but Monroe has ones that are equally glamorous. Her golden stare is a reflection of her heart of gold. Monroe can be a bit standoffish and nippy with strangers, but it is only because –in true celebrity nature—she has strong ideas about who her forever owner should be. You see, she is looking for a true Hollywood ending…preferably one with a warm, loving home, a bowl of cat food, and some snuggles – at her discretion, of course.

Other things you need to know about Monroe? Well, given her posh personality, it should be no surprise to learn she is house trained. Monroe is also two years old, so she is the perfect companion for someone with more mature needs. Because Monroe has been with us for so long, her adoption fees have been waived.

If you would like to meet Miss Monroe, please contact Wayside Waifs – we provide red-carpet access for all interested parties.

To interact with Monroe, be sure to visit our animal shelter; Monroe looks forward to making your acquaintance.

 

Shelter Hours

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm 


Dec 18 2013

Paw-Lick’n Holiday Pet Treats

If you are looking for some paw-lickin’ holiday treats for your family pet, there is no need to head to the pet store. It only takes a few ingredients to make some of your own tail-waggin’ holiday treats. When it comes to pets, the little things can make a difference – holiday pet treats are no exception. So, next time you and your family pet are in the kitchen, be sure to try out one of these pet-friendly holiday treats. 

DIY Holiday Pet Treats:

For the Canine…

Dog Bark

If you have ever slipped your four-legged friend a morsel of cheese or let him or her lick your peanut butter-clad hands clean, you know how much pups love their people food.  This all-in-one treat is the real deal. With cheese, peanut butter, and bacon, what’s not to love? In less than forty minutes, your pooch could be enjoying some of their very own holiday Dog Bark.

Dog Nog

Add Dog Nog to the mix for some extra holiday cheer. Good news about this seasonal recipe? Your pooch doesn’t have to be 21 in dog years to enjoy it. Dog Nog is sure to keep your pup safely hydrated and happy. This holiday treat earned brownie points for its simplicity – something every pet owner can appreciate. By the time your pooch can say ”Dog Nog,” this delicious dog elixir will be ready to drink. All you need is baby food, low-fat, organic yogurt, eggs, water, and –for good measure—a banana slice.

For the Feline…

Tuna Crackers

If your kitten has behaved well all year, reward Santa’s little helper with something savory and nutritious. When you are leaving a special delight by the tree for the big man on the sleigh this year, prepare some goodies for your kitty, too. These tuna crackers are comprised of canned tuna, cornmeal, flour, and water. This holiday treat is cat-friendly and easy-to-make. In fact, these holiday treats are so simple to prepare that these kitty crackers can be enjoyed year round.

Cat Cakes

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Cats have always had a flair for the dramatic, which makes cat cakes the purr-fect treat for your kitten. This holiday season spoil your cat by preparing a truly fancy feast. The flour and tuna-filled cat cakes are delicious holiday gifts that your family feline can enjoy for days to come. For details about this one-of-a-kind holiday treat, reference the complete recipe.

At Wayside Waifs, we remain dedicated to helping you provide your family pets with quality care.  Want to shower your pup or cat with even more holiday love?

For more holiday treats, be sure to visit Whiskers & Wags, our pet boutique that helps support the rescue animals in our care.  


Jul 31 2013

Brotherly Love – Siblings connected through a Wayside Waifs adoption

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Jul 11 2013

Adoptathon – Find your purr-fect match

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106.5 The Wolf and Wayside Waifs are proud to present the 2013 Summer Adoptathon on July 12-14. The event will feature live broadcasts all day Friday featuring some of Kansas City’s most listened to DJs – Roger Carson, Codie Allen, Wes Poe, and Shotgun Jaxson. This weekend only, all pet adoptions are just $25. Plus, fees will be waived on all additional pets adopted. All adoptable animals are spay/neutered, microchipped and current on vaccinations. It’s the “purr”fect time to find your furry friend.

TheWolfWayside Waifs will be open special hours for this weekend’s adoptathon:

  • Friday, July 12: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 13: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 14: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Check out some of the grrreat dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and bunnies looking forward to meeting you.

The Adoptathon is just one of Wayside Waifs’ anchor adoption events this summer to help the shelter compete in the 2013 ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Adoption Challenge. Our goal is to help 1,831 animals in our community find loving forever homes by the end of August.

 The adoption fun begins this Friday at 6am! We hope to see a lot of The Wolf Pack fans participating.


Dec 20 2012

Let It Snow! Keeping Your Pets Safe This Winter

Winter is definitely upon us! Not only is it time for humans to dig out their cold weather clothes, it’s also time to think about keeping our pets safe during these arctic cold days. Here are some tips to keeping your pets safe.

1. Keep your pets inside. Limit your pets outside time for bathroom breaks when temperatures start to tumble. If its too cold for you, it’s defintely too cold for your pet. If your pet is normally outside, move them to a sheltered garage or heated dog house, away from the wind.

2. Outdoor cats have been known to find refuge underneath the hoods of cars. When the car is started, the cat could become injured or even killed by moving parts of the engine. If you have an outdoor cat, honk the horn before starting the car to give the cat a chance to escape.

3. Keep your dog on a leash in the winter weather. Pets can lose their scent in the snow and ice and find refuge in unfamiliar places. This is also a good opportunity to check your dog or cats id tag to make sure they have the most current contact information in case your pet becomes lost or stolen. We also recommend mircrochipping your pet. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other time of the year.

4. When getting your pet groomed, don’t have them shaved down to the skin. A longer coat provides more warmth. Bathing your dog? Be sure to completely dry them before taking them out for a walk. For short-haired breeds, put them in a warm sweater with a high collar that gives the pet coverage from the base of their tail to the belly. My toy poodle Lucy loves to wear her jacket and waits for me to put it on her before going outside.

5. Make sure to keep a dry towel near the door when you bring in your dogs from being outside. Thoroughly dry their paws, legs and belly. They can pick up bits of salt, antifreeze and other lethal chemicals from being outside. It can also be painful for the animal to have shards of ice in their fur. A dogs paws can actually bleed from encrusted ice. This is also a good opportunity to give them some extra love and praise them for good outdoor behavior.

6. Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. The vehicle can act as a refridgerator, keeping the cold inside and causing your pet to freeze to death.

7. If your pet spends a lot of time playing outside, increase his food supply. Make sure to include extra protein to help keep his fur in great shape.

8. Coolant and antifreeze are lethal for cats and dogs. If you have any spills in your garage or driveway make sure to clean them thoroughly. Stay away from product s that use ethylene glycol. If your pet should ingest any of these products, call your veterinarian immediately.

9. Rock salt is also dangerous for pets. “Safe Paw” is pet safe ice melt is available for sale at Wayside Waifs and is safe for pets.

10. Give your pet a warm place to sleep. Make sure beds are located away from doors and drafts. Warm blankets or a large pillow is great.

Written by Trish Stinger
Web & Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs


Jun 29 2012

Is There A “Cat Person” Purring Inside You?

“I’m just not a cat person.”  Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all before.  Someone will say they don’t like cats because cats are too independent, or can’t be taken for a run like their canine companion, or can’t play fetch.  Oh, but wait – they can play fetch!  Maybe not exactly like a dog, but yes, cats can be trained to fetch small objects, or to do any number of other tricks.  Don’t like having a litter box in your home?  Many cats can even be trained to use the toilet.  Ah, but, will they flush?  Yes, some will actually do that too! And, yes, I will agree, cats are different than dogs.  But, why would we want them to be the same anyway?  Wouldn’t it be better to celebrate their differences and enjoy each species for what they are, and the varying kinds of companionship that they offer?  What I would really wish for is to be able to break through people’s preconceived opinions regarding cats, especially those who say they don’t like cats but have never actually taken the time to get to know any of these marvelous creatures.  

No, I’m not the crazy cat lady.  I am an equal opportunity pet adopter, and I currently have both cats and dogs in my home.  I didn’t grow up owning cats, although I would have liked to.  So, now that the choice is solely mine, I live in a multiple-cat household; currently owning 3 cats, and previously owning as many as 5 at one time.  Making up for lost time, ya know?  And, just like dogs, each is unique in his or her own way, and each one breaks down all of the myths and negative comments regarding cats that I have ever heard. 

Some say they are opposed to owning cats because they believe cats are cold and aloof, or unaffectionate.  Well, I’m here to tell ya, although I can’t speak to the personality of every single cat out there, my experience with my kitty companions has been just the opposite.  One of my cats, who, fortunately for me, lived to be 19 years old, would come bounding onto my lap whenever and wherever I would sit down.  He would happily share his real estate with any of the other cats if they so desired, but inevitably some would just have to settle for a close proximity whenever adequate lap space was not available.  Still, one cat (now 13) has never once ventured onto my lap nor has he ever wanted to be picked up and held.  But, he will lie beside me on the couch and relish in being pet for as long as I will pet him.  And that’s OK, because in his own way he still enjoys “sharin’ the love”.   

Like dogs, cats do require time and maintenance.  Cats are certainly willing to entertain themselves with a toy, but they much prefer their play involve human interaction too.  All, especially those with long hair, need to be brushed regularly to avoid matting.  And, even if items for scratching are provided, their nails will need to be trimmed.  It is also vitally important to clean their litter box every single day.  Oftentimes, the reason that a cat will begin to eliminate outside of its litter box is because the box is not being kept clean.   Essentially, cats are very clean animals, and just so as long as you provide them with a clean and easily accessible litter box it is unlikely that they will eliminate in inappropriate locations, unless there is something medically wrong.  So, if you have a cat that is eliminating outside the litter box it is important that you take him or her to the vet immediately to rule out anything medical. 

Cats aren’t perfect, but neither are dogs, and as responsible pet owners we must learn to make adjustments in our lives, and work to train them to be appropriate housemates.  So, you think a cat won’t obey you?  Won’t come when called?  Does your dog always come when called?  Yes?  Well, good for you!  I wish mine always did!  But, that’s another story.  With repetition, all of my cats have learned their names, and yes, yours can too!  Just like training a dog, if you call your cat’s name and immediately praise him/her with a treat when he/she comes, it probably won’t be long until your cat comes running over to you whenever it is called.  Well, maybe not every time.  Will this work for all cats?  Probably not, but my experience does show that with some cats it is possible.  As with any behavior, almost anything can be modified with consistency and reward.  I also taught one of my cats to sit on command just to prove that it could be done.  He’s quite a chow hound, or rather chow kitty, so it wasn’t exactly a daunting challenge to entice him to sit for a treat.    

Although I can try to impress upon you all of the wonderful things I have learned about cats from sharing my life with them over the years, at the end of the day, people do have their preferences, and we should recognize that a cat is not going to be the right companion pet for everyone, just as a dog is not going to be right for everyone either.  I can respect that, although I would encourage anyone who has never owned a cat to take some time and just get to know a few of these amazing animals.  Whether it’s visiting a friend’s home who has a cat(s) or visiting Wayside’s Cat Adoption area, I would invite you to open your mind to the possibilities, and you just might discover that you are a “cat person” after all.

 

Written by Karen Brown
Lead Development Associate at Wayside Waifs


Jul 8 2011

Feline-Ality: Finding Your Purr-fect Match!

Who’s excited about Wayside Waifs new feline adoption process? This girl! Feline-ality is the newest adoption survey program at Wayside Waifs. Feline-ality helps to match adopters with their ideal feline companion. Sound a little like a Match.com advertisement? Well, it kind of works like that too. You are asked to fill out a short survey before you go to the Cat Adoption area when you visit Wayside. This survey asks you questions such as “I would consider my household to be like, a) A library b) Middle of the road c) A carnival” or “I want my cat to love being with children in my home, a) It’s not important b) Some of the time c) Most of the time”. It’s as simple as that. Once you’ve finished your survey you are given a color and a personality. Based on your answers from the survey, the color and personality you are given is going to guide you to a cat on the adoption floor that would be the best matched cat for you. Pretty easy, huh? But what are the steps behind Feline-ality? 

Feline-ality is a process. It’s not as simple as “I believe this cat should be the color ‘orange’, and his personality should be a ‘sidekick'”. A lot of time and effort is put in to each cat that goes through the Feline-ality assessment. When cats enter the building at Wayside Waifs they are given a thorough exam and medical attention, and are then placed in their kennel. For the next 2-3 days they are not interacted with, but they are watched. Our feline staff record notes about the condition of the cats kennel, if they are eating, how they react if anyone approaches the kennel, and if they are adjusting. On the third day, the cat is taken from his kennel into a small room for his behavior evaluation. The assessor looks at different things during this test; how the cat reacts to toys, if they are social, if they like being held, if they are sensitive, etc. The behavior evaluation takes 12-15 minutes per cat. 

Based on the results of both the assessment and the behavior evaluation, a color and personality is chosen for each cat. Purple cats tend to seek attention and be pretty affectionate; orange cats enjoy being their human’s shadow; green cats are very adventurous and tend to be more independent. 

Feline-ality is not meant to be a quick answer or a guarantee on an animal’s behavior. It is meant for the adopter to use so they can better understand how their feline will be when they get home. Will their new companion run for the hills and not be seen for a few days? Or will they simply walk out of the carrier and in to their new owners lap? The results of the assessment and evaluation give the shelter inside information to how the cat will behave. Before feline-ality, we could only tell adopters what we had seen from the cat on a personal level. Now, we have a better guesstimate as to how a cat is going to behave in their new environment; which in turn, makes for a happier adopter and feline! 

Still want some more information? Go to the ASPCA’s website and search “Feline-ality”. You can take a test yourself, and also find out more information about each individual color and personality. If you are sold on feline-ality, come out to Wayside Waifs! We have plenty of felines with colors and personalities displayed proudly on the front of their kennel just waiting for their perfect match to come along and take them home!

Written by Alyssa Willet
Adoptions Supervisor at Wayside Waifs


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