May 18 2018

Memorial Weekend Tips

Next weekend is Memorial weekend, and it’s time to go soak in the sun! We thought it would be helpful to provide some tips that can make the holiday weekend enjoyable for all of your family members!

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. Have safe and quality fun!

Barbequing is one of the best parts of Memorial Day, but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep all the food and drink away from your friends, even if they beg politely! Many barbecue-typical foods are toxic to animals.

3. 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.

4. 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!

5. Be careful around the pool.

Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.

6. 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.

7. Be a little shady!

Be sure any outdoor dog or cat always has a comfortable place in the shade. Don’t tether a pet because shade locations will change during the day. Tethering also doesn’t allow an animal to move away from bees or other annoying insects.

 

8. Consider keeping them in a separate room.

With strangers coming to the door over the weekend, they might be on edge. 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!

 

9. Make the area secure.

Memorial Day is a high traffic holiday with so many people heading out for a cookout. When the kids are playing in the yard, please remind them to keep the gate closed at all times if the dog has access to a fenced-in area. This will ensure that your pet does not run into oncoming traffic or a busy street and get struck.

10. Always protect with sunscreen!

Never use a repellant intended for a human on a pet. Many of the chemicals that are in these products can easily harm your animal if they are ingested. There are special repellents and sun screens you can use on your pets. Make sure you read all information about these products before you try them out on the family dog.

Hopefully these tips find you and are useful. You can also visit our campus and meet some adoptable waifs!

  • 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 11 2018

Long-Term Residents: Edna and Jammers

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 Jenny and Simone, and we have good news to share! Both Jenny and Simone found their forever homes! This month, we are going to feature Edna and Jammers.

Edna is this gorgeous girl who has been with us for 295 days. She came to us from another shelter back in July of 2017, and has been with us since. She came into Wayside Waifs very shy and fearful, and was immediately put into our Canine Isolation unit for her eyes. She was put on ointment that reduced her infection, and eventually was released into our regular holding area. There, she was behaviorally tested, but we quickly noticed she was not pleased to be here.

Our behavior team put Edna on Confidence College, so she could get extra volunteer and staff interaction. She would not approach people and never solicit attention. The vet staff could not weigh her because she was too scared. We immediately put her for a foster request, because shelter life was hard on her. She went to her first foster home in September for a couple weeks. Each day, there were tiny achievements that would make her more comfortable around people. We learned she was partially house trained, she liked her crate, loves to be around people, and just needs time to warm up.

During her time in foster, we also noticed she resource guards from other dogs, so she does have a restriction with canines. She still is very timid and nervous, so she can’t go to a home with children under five, and we recommend a home with children over ten. She will do best with an experienced owner who will be patient while she learns how to live in a home. In October, she was sent on a slumber party, as a family was very interested in her. She did not thrive as well as she did in the foster home, so she was ultimately sent back to Confidence College.

In November, we briefly put her on Trazadone for anxiety, and not too long after, she was put in her second and current foster home. We learned new things about her, including how she must go home with another playful dog, no kids whatsoever, and she needs a fenced-in yard and monitored outside, because she can be an escape artist. She is thriving wonderfully at her foster mom’s house, and is available from foster.

What has kept Edna in our care is a lieu of things. She is available from foster, so she is only seen on the website and social media. She is a black lab, which can sometimes be a preference choice. She is shy and fearful, and will likely be nervous in a new home at first. She also must go home with a dog, a fence, and supervision when outdoors, while not going home with children. She is not a first time dog for families, but a dog who needs a nurturing home that will give her what she needs. We’ll let Edna tell you about herself as well.

Hi, I am Edna!  I am a beautiful 38 pound, one year old girl.  I have a beautiful black coat and shimmery black eyes.

“I came to Wayside via a transfer from the ASPCA that rescued me from a hoarding situation.  Not a very nice life for a young pup.  When I got here, I was so scared – I wouldn’t let anyone get close – they couldn’t even weigh me!  Then my Foster Mom came along.  Being in a real home has changed my life!  I have come a long way with the help of my friends at Wayside and I am ready for my forever home. Let me tell you about myself – see if I might be just what you are looking for.  I am a very sweet girl that enjoys being with my family. Please give me time to adjust when we first get home – I might be scared – but, once I learn to trust and love you, I will want to stay close to you when you are home.  I love to stretch out on my back for a good belly rub and snuggle with you and will be happy just laying by your side.   If you’ve got room on the bed for me and invite me, count on me jumpin’ up and joining you at night! I spent so long being nervous and scared, I am just now starting to explore.  I am very curious about my environment and love to track down all sorts of smells and noises.  I am also starting to play with toys – I like Nylabones and hard rubber toys best – gives me something good to chew on.  I like to carry a toy around the house with me – then it’s always with me when I am ready to play! I need a home with a fenced yard, as I get a little spooked when I go on walks outside the home. I don’t mind putting my harness and leash on and starting out, but once I encounter something or someone I don’t know, I get anxious and want to go home.  I hope you will work with me on this.  I know I can get better, like I have with other things, it will just take time. I am partially housetrained and will go on the potty pad when Foster Mom is gone or at night.  I do well in a crate and am happy to stay in there if you are going to be gone for a while, but when you are home I like to be out and about.  At night, I sleep in Foster Mom’s room and enjoy being on the bed with her. In my foster home, there is another dog and I love playing with her, running in the back yard and romping in the house.  I can get overwhelmed when other dogs come over and then I will go to my safe place. I will do best if there is a confident dog in my new home that can help me continue to grow and learn what is acceptable. Usually, I am shy, but sometimes, I like to get spunky – I have a bounce in my step and just let loose and have fun!  I think that as we bond, those happy, fun days will become more and more frequent.  I am looking forward to it! I would love for you to come meet me, if you think I might be the girl for you!”

Learn more about Edna here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This beautiful girl is Jammers, and she has been here for 119 days. She was owner surrendered in January for behavior reasons involving cats and children. Her previous owner was very helpful by giving us information about her attitude, behavior, and preferences. We put a no kids under seven years of age and no cats restriction on her. We also were able to behaviorally assess her, and found that she was a Leader of the Band, meaning she is super confident in new situations.

She was briefly put into our TABBY program so she could adjust to shelter life, but she quickly graduated. She can be a little sensitive to startling noises, but that can be expected. Her medical exam went well, and she was cleared for adoption. We learned from staff and volunteer interactions that she liked short petting sessions, and wanted to free roam. She then got upgraded to a no kids under ten restriction, as her play style can be intense.

In the meantime, Jammers had made several new friends making her a staff and volunteer favorite. She even participated in the Tournament of Tails, making it to the finals and winning second place! During that time, she received more visitors than usual, and got stressed out to the max. After an incident with a staff member, she was moved to holding and then inevitably sent to foster. She was in foster for about two or three weeks, and due to a family emergency, had to be sent back.

She is now back in a room, and adjusting to being back in the shelter. Things that are keeping her here could include her kid and cat restriction, and her ability to get agitated and react. She has a typical Tortie attitude. She prefers to make the first move, and then she will enjoy your company. She loves paper bags and ripple rugs, and hiding. She is looking for an understanding owner who will comply with her demands(uh, needs) and enjoy her company when she wants them to. Jammers would like to say a few things!

“Hello Friend! My full name is Jammers, but many staff and volunteers call me “Jam Jam”, “Jammy”, “Jam-boroni”, you get the idea. I’m a fun kitty looking for a family of my very own. I have beautiful honey eyes and a unique tortoiseshell colored coat. At only 6 years old, I have a lot of spunk in my step too! I originally came to Wayside as a kitten back in 2012. I was so scared and I felt so very alone. Wayside took me in and showered me with love, they made me feel like everything was going to be okay. They were right of course, because my dear family adopted me soon after. After living with my family for 5 years, they had to bring me back to Wayside. They had young children in the home that were much too rambunctious around me. I would occasionally tell them to stop being rambunctious the way that cats do, and it became a stressful situation for all involved. I don’t blame my family for bringing me back to Wayside, but I do miss them dearly. It’s hard not being with them anymore, but I’m learning to get back on my feet. Everyone welcomed me back with open arms at Wayside, and it’s been nice seeing all my old friends again. I thought, like last time, that I’d find my new family quickly. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. Maybe because I’m not a cute kitten anymore… but I feel like I’m still adorable as an adult too! The staff could tell I was becoming stressed waiting for my family, so they pulled a few strings and found a foster home for me. My foster mom said it was love at first sight. She swooped me up in her arms, and whispered those familiar words I heard nearly five years ago “Jammers, don’t worry, everything is going to be alright.” I sighed relief and trusted she was right as she drove me to my foster home. Being in my foster home has been so much fun! My foster mom gave me my very own room and plays with me every day. It has been an adjustment, being in a new home. I’m still figuring her out, and she’s still learning new things about me. One thing she thought was interesting about me, is that I immediately loved foster dad! I love sitting on his lap, purring the day away. Don’t get me wrong, I love her too, but me and foster dad… we just clicked. She says I’ll do best in a home that gives me my own room for a week. I may seem confident, but I can get overwhelmed pretty quickly, so I prefer having my own safe space. I also need a home without young kids. I can get swipy at times when I’m frustrated or nervous, so I’d really like someone that understands cat body language. I swish my tail when I’m upset, so just keep an eye out for my tail flicks. I’m just looking for someone who will love me for me. I’ve been bounced around a lot in my short life, so I’m ready to finally settle down. I really hope I get to meet you soon. My new person. I already love you, and I can’t wait to be with you forever. I envision our life together, simple and fun. I often daydream about all the things we’ll do together – chatting about your day, playing with wand toys, snuggling on your lap. It’s a wonderful dream… a dream that’s almost close enough to grasp. Call to meet me today; I’m waiting anxiously for you!”

Learn more about Jammers here. She also has a video, which you can view 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 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 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.

 


Mar 2 2018

Abby and Yuko: Long-Term Residents

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Andrea and Mac, and we have some good news. Of course if you follow our blog, you know Andrea was adopted shortly after the blog was released. Mac went to a foster home, and we are happy to report he is doing well and is learning a lot about what a home is like! This month, we are going to feature Abby and Yuko!

Abby has officially been at Wayside Waifs for 214 days. She originally came to us in July of 2017 from a transferring shelter. While we let her settle in, once we behavior tested her, we noticed she had some interesting quirks. Abby needed to work on impulse control and managing her excitement. She was very jumpy, not horribly mouthy, but displayed some mouthiness. She wasn’t sure of her harness going over her head, and she was very stressed here. We also noticed she wasn’t quite sure how to interact with dogs. Overall, she was still a very sweet and social girl, but we knew going forward we had to improve her skills a little bit before she would do well in a home. She was promptly put in our Peace Academy program and began training almost immediately.

After just a week, Abby had improved so much! She became PA available, so she could be seen by potential families. She does have a few restrictions of being no kids under five, and no dogs. Dog skills are something adopters could work on over time with the help of a trainer, but where her socialization is at with dogs at this time she will not be able to successfully live with another dog. She will need a home with NO KIDS 5 AND UNDER due to her energy level and strength. She will need an active home with adopters who are prepared to give her the exercise and play time that she will need to live successfully in a home. Just going for walks or being out in a yard will not be enough exercise for her. She is still working on her manners with impulse control and will need to continue working on that. She can get excited when she hears and/or sees another dog, so adopters will need to be aware of their surroundings when on walks, out in a fenced yard, windows she can see out of etc. She has a very good “sit” and “look” and both of those commands will be good for her when needing to redirect her focus. She is very affectionate and loves people. She will crawl into your lap and give kisses if you allow her to. She is food, toy, and praise motivated, so she is eager to continue her training. She will need to go home on an easy walk harness so adopters have control over her.

Abby is a dog that loves to go on field trips and car rides! Just a month later in September of 2017, she graduated from Peace Academy altogether. We were/are so proud of her! She made great progress with impulse control and overall excitability, so we threw a little party for her. In October, she ended up on a bite hold from an accidental tooth scrape, and was put on observation for 10 days. After her hold, we put her back on Peace Academy because she had so much pent up energy, and we wanted to work with her efficiently.

Ever since November, Abby was placed back on the adoption floor and been available. Our best guess as to why she is still here is the past behavior. She has improved immensely since she first came in, but she does require consistent continued training to keep up her progress. She has a small child restriction, and a no dogs restriction. However, she is fun, sweet, and generally a good time, so please consider her for either yourself or someone you know! She is going to tell you a little bit about herself as well!

**Abby is currently staying in a foster home. If you’d like to schedule a time to meet her, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. And she has a video! To watch, scroll through her pictures and click on the video link. Thanks!**

**Abby is eligible for a Slumber Paw-ty! Please see “Slumber Paw-ty Program” page under the “Adopt” tab for more details.**

“Hi there, I’m Abby! I’m a sweet, affectionate, and energetic dog with a delightful personality and a smile that brightens any room. Sure, I’m tired of being homeless. Shelter life can feel lonely at times and I wonder when it might be my turn to be chosen by a new family. But I never get discouraged by the circumstances I’ve been given. I’m trying my best to be patient. But just so you know, I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now! I’m an adorable, 2 ½ year old Lab/Pit Bull mix with the softest and shiniest black fur you’ve ever seen. I am a beauty! And I’m already housebroken, so I think that will make you happy. I’ve always tried my best to keep my kennel clean when staying at a shelter, but I’m one smart cookie and even after such a long time without a home, I remembered my house manners when I was chosen to spend time in a foster home. I didn’t have any accidents at all! Besides my smarts, I’m eager to please and I love to learn, so if you will stay positive and patient with me and if you praise me when I’m a good girl, I will quickly learn all the house rules. Anyway, I came to Wayside last summer as a transfer from a shelter in New Orleans when they didn’t have space for me. And I love it here, although what I’ll really love is a home and family of my very own. One day, Foster Mom showed up and took me home with her. That was the best day ever and the time I have spent in my foster home has been an incredible ride! My foster parents love me because I’m housebroken and overall well behaved. I make them laugh with my fun and playful antics. But the thing they love most about me is when I settle down and show off my sweet and snuggly side. I love to curl up on the couch as close as possible to Foster Dad, or even in his lap when I’m invited, and we take a nap together. I feel so relaxed and content in a real home and I dream of the day when this is my everyday life. Lots of things make me happy and you’ll never find me having a bad day. I’m a wizard at the game of fetch! I will play as long as you’re willing and I like to lean into you as I drop the toy off to you. I love my toys, especially rope toys, and I frequently carry them with me during my walks. I’ve got lots of energy and I’ll need daily exercise to keep me healthy and calm. I’d love a fenced yard to play in, but I will also need a daily walk or run. Sometimes I pull on my leash, so a harness works great for me. I’m part of the Wayside Running Program, where they say I am an excellent running partner who keeps fantastic focus and a perfect pace. If you’re looking for a little motivation to stay in shape, I can be that for you! After all that exercise though, there’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I love to curl up next to you on the couch with one of my toys and relax as you pet me or rub my belly. I’m friendly and social and affectionate, with a wonderful temperament and such a sweet smile. I was never socialized with other dogs and sometimes I’m reactive around them, so I will need to be your only dog. I’ll shower you with so much love and attention that I’ll be enough though. And because I’m energetic and strong and sometimes jumpy, I’ll need a home without kids under the age of at least 5. Please bring the whole family to meet me before we go home together, including kids and other dogs. I’ve been waiting so long and I just really want to make sure we’re a good match for each other. I’m flexible and adaptable and I should do just great with most active families. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you’re not sure what to do. I certainly never planned to be homeless for so long. But I refuse to let it get me down. So I’m making the most of my time at Wayside… learning manners, staying busy, and making lots of friends. And I’m waiting for you to give me the chance that no one else has. I know you’re out there. I hope you come for me soon.

Love, Abby”

Learn more about Abby here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This handsome boy is Yuko, who has been at the shelter for a total of 195 days. He originally came into Wayside as an owner surrender. His owner could no longer care for him, but he gave us some great information on him. Yuko has done well with children aged 1 and up, but we quickly noticed he stresses easily while adjusting to shelter life. We also noticed he doesn’t like anything going over his head, including hands, treats, and toys.

After getting used to being here, and interacting with volunteer, Yuko started showing us his quirks. Anything above his head makes him completely nervous, so his first reaction is to nip/bite. A few weeks after he came in, he was put on a 10 day observation hold. During his bite hold, you can interact with the kennel door acting as a barrier. We put him on our cat program TABBY, where volunteers work with stressed cats to help them come out of their shell. Turns out Yuko was good at “target,” which is teaching cats tricks like dogs, but it helps mental enrichment! Check out his tricks below:

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After his hold was released, we put a no kids under 7 restriction on him. While his previous home said he was okay with kids, he stresses easily, and children who go to pet his head could easily be nipped and become scared of him. In early October, he was put on another hold due to someone petting him on the head. We continued to practice “target” with him, so he wouldn’t get bored during this observation. Yuki has officially learned his name, and we’ve learned he likes things on his terms; he will let you know when he is done with pets and playtime, but will always accept treats!

At the end of October, Yuko was placed on yet another observation hold. We put signs and directives on their kennels and doors to try and prevent this, but it only goes so far. Yuko still got his target practice in, and continued to do well with that during his third hold. After he was released, we introduced him to another cat in the shelter, to see if this would be a good option for him. He did rather well with her, so we foster requested him.

Yuko has done well in his foster home since he went in November. He started to dislike the resident cats, but that means he gets his own floor to himself. He can sit, turn, and high-five! He has now been approved to be an indoor/outdoor cat. Be advised he is NOT a barn cat, but a cat that is friendly, but needs an outlet. He longs to be outside, so we suspect there is more to his story than what we know. We suspect the fact that he is in foster is affecting his limited visibility, and also his history and requirements. However, given the chance, Yuko would be a wonderful addition to someone’s home. He’d like to tell you a bit about himself too!

**Yuko is in foster care.  To schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. To watch his video, scroll through his pictures and click on the video link.**

“Hello, my name is Yuko….thanks for taking a moment to learn more about me!  As you can see, I’m a gorgeous 6.5-year old black cat with super soft fur. I was surrendered to Wayside because my family was moving and couldn’t take me along. I’m not going to lie — life has been difficult. You see, when people visit the shelter, they assume all cats want to be petted and hugged. But that wasn’t the case for me. Then, one day my Foster Mom and Dad took me home and gave me the space and time I needed to start figuring out my new life. Foster Mom quickly realized that although I was surrendered as an indoor/outdoor cat, I was not comfortable inside. Most things scared me. When I am scared or insecure, I tend to bite. So Foster Mom quickly started figuring out what I liked and what I didn’t. She began noticing how I like to be touched and when not to touch me. Now, I sit in her lap for long periods of time just purring away. She knows there are also times when I need to play and “get the crazies out.” Since I wasn’t comfortable with hands around my face, Foster Mom began daily training sessions with me.  Now I can sit, look, twirl, target and give you a high-five. When I’m relaxed and confident, I’m a real Super Kitty! I also have a great time playing independently with toy mice and ping-pong balls. After three months in my foster home, my friends realized I will need some outdoor time to keep me happy. Perhaps you live in a rural area and are looking for the perfect indoor-outdoor cat where I have a field to roam. I would also be content as a friendly barn cat where I can come and go as I please. You will have no mice on my watch. A city life is not out of the question, but I would prefer a screen porch or my very own catio!! A quiet, adult-only home would be sublime. I have lived with cats in the past, but right now I prefer to be separated from them. Foster Mom thinks this might change when I get some fresh air again. Foster Mom can tell you more about me and all the progress I’ve made. So if you’re looking for a forever companion who’s friendly and self-reliant, please call Wayside to set up a time to meet me. I can’t wait!

Love & purrs,

Yuko”

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

Please feel free to visit all of our adoptable pets during our adoption hours!

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Written by Teryn J.


Feb 23 2018

Cats Aren’t Jerks

We have all said it. We have all watched the videos. We have all laughed. Some of us have experienced it. Some have felt frustrated by it and some actually appreciate it. What is “it”?? Cats doing things that we feel they shouldn’t be doing. Cats being “jerks.”

Why do cats do these things other than to annoy or entertain us? Well, brace yourself for the answer. They aren’t being jerks. They are communicating to us. To their person. To their human that speaks a completely different language. It is up to US to figure out what they are trying to tell us, and to figure out the best way to stop the inappropriate behavior and meet their needs, in a positive manner.

Cats are jerks! Yes, it can be funny, especially when it isn’t your cat. If it is your cat, and you don’t understand the reason for their behavior, it can be a problem. If your cat’s behavior has changed all of a sudden, please take him/her to the vet to rule out any possible medical issue. Cats are masters at hiding pain or illness.

Cat knocking over items in the home? The cat is bored and wanting attention. Maybe the item seems to be like a toy, a vase with fluffy flowers, for example. That’s hard to resist! Your cat might benefit from more one on one time and a good round of playtime.

Cat keeps jumping up on the table or counter? What’s up there? If food is left there, that can be enticing to a cat. One of my cats used to chew holes in a bag of bread if we left it out on the counter. Simple solution: put it away in a cupboard or container that is cat-proof. If the cat gets up on the counter to look out a window, provide an alternative. His own stool, tower and reward him when he uses it. To deter cats from jumping up on the counter or table, try double sided tape on placemats or tinfoil or rubber mats with the bumpy side facing upwards.

Cat waking you up at night to be fed? Timed feeders are wonderful! Some of them have the option of recording your voice to call them. Some work by microchip in case you have more than one cat and want to ensure only one gets that specific food. You can try ignoring your cat, but be sure to have plenty of patience! Giving your cat a 15minute playtime with a wand toy to really get them moving can help. Do this before your bedtime. When playtime ends, feed your cat. A cat’s natural instinct is to hunt (play), eat its prey (catch the toy, then eat), groom and then sleep. This same advice can apply to cats that are vocal at night, too.

Does your cat prevent other pets or people from walking by them, usually in a hallway or on the stairs? I have one of those cats! She is being territorial, and will smack our dog if he tries to pass. Luckily it’s a light smack. We know her routine and can usually call her to us before any type of smack down begins. If this behavior occurs and prevents another cat from having access to a litterbox or bed or food, then there needs to be more of those in the home. Litterbox access is not a problem anyone wants to deal with. There should be one litterbox per cat in the home plus one more. Preferably in easy to access, stress free areas and located on each level of the home. They should be uncovered and away from the wall, enough so that the cat can exit from that area in 2 different directions. If food is the issue, feed them in separate areas.

Cats don’t mean to be jerks. It just happens to be the best way for them to communicate their needs to us. For more detailed information, be sure to check out our Behavior Library.

Always feel free to visit our campus during adoption hours!

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Edited by Teryn J. Written by Bonnie Still, our resident Feline Care Manager and certified Cat Behavior Specialist.


Feb 16 2018

Volunteer Highlight: Playgroups

A few months back, we featured volunteers doing numerous things around our campus, and we featured Candy Brown who is a volunteer adoptions counselor. We figured we’d highlight another wonderful aspect of volunteering with our canine friends; playgroups! Playgroups are a wonderful way for our dogs to get some exercise, have fun, make new friends, and enjoy a break from shelter life! While the videos and picture provided will only feature dogs, we’ll tell you a little bit about the volunteers who regularly run these fun play sessions.

As pictured above, playgroups can teach us a lot about how dogs behave around other dogs. We do testing to see how they get along when canines are first brought in, but playgroups can provide some more detailed information. Do they like other dogs? Do they LOVE other dogs? Do they perk up at the idea of having a playmate? Another aspect of learning during these sessions is we can see a play style. Does the dog play gentle or rough? Do they take corrections well? Dogs playing may look a little aggressive, but you can quickly tell the difference between rough play and aggressive play. Check out the link below:

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While you see a lot of teeth and jumping up, notice the body language. Tails are up, eyes are relaxed, body is relaxed. They take a few seconds of breathing breaks, which is a good sign they are having fun! Even tongues can show that it is nothing to worry about, such as if they are hanging off to the side of their mouths. They are having a howling good time! (Excuse the pun.) We do most of our playgroups in our Agility Park, and we have some fun obstacles for dogs if they want to try those out. Check out the movie below:

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You see one of the dogs jump over a pole! Notice how halfway through the video, they are touching, but they take a few seconds of still positions. They are taking a break, while seeing who is going to make the first move to play again. It is really fascinating that they communicate solely through looks and body languages. We do playgroups all year-round, during all of the seasons. Dogs seem to enjoy the summer playgroups, because we set up pools for them; the ultimate cool-down!

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Those dogs are really enjoying that pool! You might be wondering how we determine which dogs might benefit from playgroups. We keep a board in our dog area that keep track of every dog we’ve tried. We give them “yes,” “no,” or “re-try.” Some dogs don’t play well, and some do, and some might be having an off day, or just had surgery. Dogs are not allowed to play with recent stitches or certain illnesses or infections they may have, but liking other dogs is a must! Our volunteers bring whistles with them just in case a fight might break out, but those rarely happen! We sometimes have large playgroups with more than two dogs; and those can be a blast!

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The way they all stop and go immediately is so funny! We have a good amount of volunteers and staff who run playgroups, but here are some volunteer testimonies of how much this benefits both the dogs and humans:

“The dogs can forget they are homeless and enjoy playing with their dog friends for a few minutes.”

“Love seeing pure dog joy.”

“Seeing dogs who are so fearful come to life when they have a chance to play with other dogs.”

” I love seeing the dogs enjoy spending time making new friends and just learning how to have fun ‘being a dog.'”

” It’s a fantastic energy release for the dogs. 20 minutes of playtime is amazing exercise.”

“I love the bond we made with fellow volunteers.”

It’s not just great for the dogs, but most of these volunteers have become friends through Wayside and their volunteer programs! We couldn’t do this without them, and we appreciate all the dedication they have towards our Waifs. Thanks for giving our dogs a break and allowing them to make new friends!

Please feel free to visit us during our adoption hours!

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Written by Teryn J.


Feb 9 2018

Department Highlight: Behavior Team

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 Vet Clinic, and this time, we would like to showcase our Behavior Team. This small but important section of our organization is responsible for overseeing every dog’s temperament in the shelter. They test them, work with them, and are able to pinpoint certain behaviors to help match an animal with that perfect home.

This picture includes our entire behavior team. Jess is the Behavior Team Manager, and Ben and Brad are our Behavior Evaluators. Here they are meeting in our Admissions Department to go over an appointment. With dog surrenders, we do a behavior exam on intake before they are admitted into our facility. The dog should be able to eventually qualify for adoption, even if they need a little work now. The exams also help to pinpoint certain good and bad behaviors we can continue and change over time.

Brad is seeing if new dog Haley is treat motivated. Brad mentioned he enjoys working with all these dogs to work with different aspects of dog behavior. You see it all in a shelter, and you can see the wonderful turnaround they can make. During these exams, the team tests several different aspects, such as reactivity, motivations, restraint, and touch, to name a few. Haley is nervous as she is in a new place with new people for the first time, so our tests aren’t all that strict as they are more informative. We just want to get an idea of the dog’s personality, both in general and in a new situation.

Something we learned about Haley was that she is not so interested in treats as she is praise and toys. She enjoyed hanging out with all of us, and chasing after a tennis ball or two! You may be thinking that all the BE team does for a living is play with dogs, but that is far from the truth! Besides testing, they answer questions that have been submitted by the public, they oversee our Peace Academy(high-arousal) and Confidence College(shy and fearful) dogs, and they also teach classes that the public can attend!

Ben is having a cute moment with Haley after she got to know everyone. She will not be available yet, but she is well on her way! Ben is the veteran on this team, and is now teaching our classes and answering behavior questions. If you’re interested in either of those, please click here. Ben mentioned the benefits to meeting all of the adult dogs at Wayside. While some of them may not need any extra TLC, some do, and he enjoys seeing their progress to become “a normal dog.”

When asked, the manager of the team, Jess, mentioned her dual position. She is also our Canine Care Manager, so technically she is in charge of two different departments. “In my position, I’m able to communicate with my staff better. I can get our canine care techs involved in behavior, and vice versa. We all can learn about dog behavior that way, and there is never a dull moment!” We’d also like to mention that BE is looking for someone to join their team. If you’re interested, check this link out.

Here Ben is working with Brute, a Peace Academy dog, on ‘look’ and ‘sit.’ At Wayside Waifs, we believe in positive reinforcement training, and we also use whistles. Brute normally fixates on people’s hands, so learning ‘look’ was essential to his well-being. He can learn that he’ll still get a treat, and doesn’t have to necessarily fight for it. Brute has already made some wonderful improvements! He is actually from St. Croix, so he is an island dog at heart!

To sum it up, we wouldn’t be able to adopt out near as many animals as we do if it wasn’t for this behavior team. We can work with animals directly and get to the root of the problems, and we can get a vague idea of what they are like in a home. Thanks to Jess, Ben, and Brad! You make Wayside a better place! Keep up the good work!

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Written by Teryn J.

 


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