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!

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

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!

  • 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 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!

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

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!

You can visit us during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.

 


Feb 2 2018

Li and Nimbus: 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. Andrea has found her forever home! Mac is currently in foster, and we are hoping it will be a good break from the shelter! Now it is time to introduce our February long-termers: Li and Nimbus!

This is Li, and he has been at our shelter for 199 days. Li originally came to us in July, from another shelter. He had a different name, but we saw that he was friendly and social, who enjoys the company of people. At the time, he didn’t have any basic obedience training, but was extremely food motivated. We also saw that he enjoys the company of other dogs, and would probably enjoy having a canine companion in his forever home.

After he was neutered and put up for adoption, we noticed some other behaviors from Li. He was mouthy, jumpy, and had personal space issues. We quickly pulled him from the floor and put him in our Peace Academy program for high-arousal dogs. While he was in the program, we put him on a no kids under 10 years old restriction, because of the mouthiness. Shar Pei dogs are stubborn and independent, and they are quick to learn, but will test you as well. He truly needs an experienced owner who can consistently work with him on his behavior, but he has improved so much! He has officially learned ‘sit.’

Fast forward to November, and Li started medical procedures to improve his vision. His eyelids are turned in slightly, so we opened them up for him. They have been healing nicely, but he is still working towards healing. In December, he was put on a bite hold for his typical threshold, getting attention and over-aroused. He was re-tested and put as Peace Academy Available, working with volunteers who understand his behavior better.

In January, Li graduated from Peace Academy altogether! He has improved significantly and has learned to be patient and calm! He still enjoys meeting new people and playing with other dogs! He now knows ‘sit,’ ‘down,’ ‘look,’ and is working on ‘wait.’ Good boy Li! An ideal home for Li is an active home that understands and works on his behavior consistently, and if he gets enough exercise, those behaviors will slowly dissipate.

So all in all, Li is truly a good boy who is searching for that forever home! He asks that you bring in all dogs and kids to meet him before he goes home, just to make sure he is the right fit. We’ll let Li tell you a bit about himself as well.

“Hi there! My name is Li, and I am a two-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei. I came to Wayside from another shelter. It’s okay though, I know this is my last stop before I find my forever home. I’m a friendly guy who loves people and dogs. I would benefit from basic obedience training, but I love treats and will learn quickly! I’d do best with a family that understands my breed and in a home with kids over ten. I’m a strong boy, and I don’t want to accidentally knock someone over.

I’m looking for an active family who will give me enough exercise to let out some energy. I enjoy playing with my dog friends here at Wayside and I would likely do well having some at home. I do ask that you bring any four-legged family members to meet me so we can ensure everyone gets along.

If you’re looking for a fun boy to go through life with, look no further. I’ll be patiently waiting at Wayside to meet you!

See you soon,

Li”

This is Nimbus, and he has been at our shelter for 57 days. He was originally adopted out as a kitten in 2012, but returned recently in December. It was noted that Nimbus had to go to a home with no kids 10 years old or younger, and potentially no cats. He was very scared and nervous when he first got here, and wasn’t eating properly. We had to give him an appetite stimulant just to get him to eat. Nimbus would hide under towels and really didn’t want to be bothered.

When we assessed him behaviorally, we labeled him a Secret Admirer, and those are usually our shy guys. Over time he did improve with eating and seeking attention, but then he ended up being put on a bite hold. He got over-stimulated from someone petting him too long. He was released from his hold, and then he ended up getting sick with an upper respiratory infection. This poor guy couldn’t catch a break!

Nimbus was put in our TABBY program, which stands for To Achieve Best Behavior Yet. Since he was shy, volunteers start with socializing them outside of the kennel, and then they move in for one-on-ones. He was easily startled by noises, but wanted to have attention. Nimbus was still sick after all this time, but was made available as he was getting over it.

After noticing no serious improvement, we decided to enroll Nimbus in our foster program. This is when we saw a different side to Nimbus! His foster mom reported that he loves attention and has not hid one time! He loves pets and attention, but don’t touch his tummy! He likes to talk and is a purring machine. We also learning that he gets along with the resident cat, so his cat restriction is removed!

So with that, Nimbus became foster available, and must be adopted from his foster home. He is thriving in a home environment, as he is used to it. Nimbus has come a long way, from not wanting to eat and spend time with people, to actively seeking attention and eating normally! We are happy Nimbus is comfortable to show us his loving side. Nimbus would like to say a few words on his behalf.

**Nimbus is in foster care.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426.**

“Hello, I’m Nimbus. I came to Wayside  because my previous owner could no longer care for me.  It’s been pretty scary starting all over, but I’m so glad you wanted to read about me because I really want to find my new forever home soon.

As you can see,  I’m a handsome, medium-size black & white kitty. My personality type is “Secret Admirer.” That means I’m the quiet type who takes his time getting to know new people and surroundings. But once I trust you, I’m very sweet and affectionate.

My foster mom says I’m a wonderful kitty! She enjoys how cuddly I am and loves that I’m a talker. She thinks it’s funny how I stand on my back legs to get you to pet me more. There is another kitty in my foster home, too, and I get along just fine with him!

I love having my ears rubbed and my neck scratched. In return, I give great headbutts and kisses. They say I’m a regular “purr box” once I’m comfortable with you. I’ll just need you to be patient and understanding with me while I adjust to my new living arrangements.

If you’re looking for a loyal and loving companion, I could be your guy. Why not arrange for a visit and see if we click. And I won’t mind if you want to bring treats. Hope to see you soon….

Love & purrs,

Nimbus”

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs, including Li and Nimbus, 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.

 


Jan 24 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome the Waifs of the Week: Andy, Yuko, and Sam. 

“Hi there, my name is Andy and I am a 3 year old Shepherd Mix. I am a pretty strong dog and I love, love, love to jump. It’s one of my favorite activities. Sometimes I jump so high I can do a backward flip! I need a very active family and would do best with children over the age of 5. While I know a couple of commands (sit and down) I would benefit from some obedience and impulse control training. I like to be outside and would prefer a home where I can do lots of running. I like to explore and see all my surroundings. If you think I might be a good fit for you, please come visit me today. I can’t wait to meet you!”

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

“Hello!! My name is Yuko. Thanks for taking a moment to learn more about me. I’m a 6-year old, gorgeous, classic black shorthaired 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 petting…. and that’s just silly. Certainly you have friends who are touchy-feely and others who never hug …. though they are still awesome people. Well, I belong in the “non-hugger” group. So let’s just say my first months at Wayside were really tough. Then one day, 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’m scared or insecure, I tend to bite. So Foster Mom quickly started figuring out what I liked and what I didn’t. She learned how I like to be touched and when not to touch me. I now sit in her lap for long periods of time purring away, but she knows there are also times when I just need to play to get the crazies out.  Since I’m not comfortable with hands around my face, Foster Mom has training sessions with me daily.  I can sit, look, twirl, target and give you a high-five. I am spectacular. When I’m relaxed and confident, I’m a real Super Kitty. Well, a Super Kitty needs a Super Human, so we’re looking high and low for my perfect person. My person (or persons) must be cat savvy. I need someone who understands cat behaviors and truly enjoys working with independent kitties. I am looking for a quiet, adult-only home. Though I spent the first month in foster with other kitties, as I gained confidence, I started bullying them. So we think it’s best if I am an only kitty for now. Did I mention I love to play? I love toy mice, wands, balls, everything. My favorite toy is a terrycloth belt to a robe. Yep, that’s right. Foster Mom runs around dragging it, and I chase it – so much fun!! I also enjoy sitting in the window and watching the birds. Foster Mom thinks I am doing well and says it’s time to find my people. If I sound like your forever buddy, please call Wayside to set up a time to meet me.”

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

“Hi, I am Sam. Sam I am!  I have never had green eggs and ham! OK, enough of that!  I am a three year old retriever mix.  I am a good looking boy with a super cute face, a nice 48 pounds.  I am a smart boy and know commands like sit, look and target.  I would love to learn more and would benefit from additional obedience training. At first, if you come to meet me, I might be a bit standoffish.  It takes me a bit to learn to trust someone and know they will be there for me.  But, once I do, you will find that I will bond with you and will enjoy our snuggle and cuddle time! I have a little bit of time left on my heartworm treatment – once I finish, I will be able to run and play and that should help me be more mellow.  Right now I get a little amped up sometimes because of my heartworm restrictions. I think I would make a great running companion if you are looking for a good dog to run with. I am a great walker with my easy-walk harness. I would love to meet you!  Please bring the whole family.  I will do best with children over 5, as I can be a bit over-zealous sometimes.  I will be waiting for you!”

Learn more about Sam here.

Meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jan 12 2018

Dogs and Cats: Fact or Fiction

We here at Wayside Waifs see many animals come through our doors everyday. After a while, you see certain animal stereotypes begin to fade, and we see who they really are. There can be small dogs who are ready to run, or cats that don’t land on their feet. We figured we would take the time to debunk a few of those rumors going around.

*We do not want to change your mind. If you’ve experienced any traumatic incidents, this will not pertain to you necessarily. This is more for people who have heard things about breeds, but not experienced it, and are not sure if they are comfortable around them. All we would like to do is educate!*

1. Pit Bulls are a dangerous breed.

There is a common misconception that there is only one Pit bull breed, but there are multiple. There is some truth in, “It’s all about how you raise them,” but not 100%. Pit Bulls have been tested by scientists, and they do not have the strongest dog bite. They also do not have locking jaws, nor are they the most likely breed to bite. We’ll leave with a statistic; In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. By comparison, in 2013, 31 people were killed in dog bite related fatalities.

2. Small dogs don’t require as much exercise.

Specifically Terriers like to run and chase, so they already contradict this myth. Don’t be fooled by the little fluff balls! There are the few that would rather sit with you, but most of the time, dogs enjoy going on a walk with you, or playtime. Definitely see what your dog would like, but get ready for walks!

3. Neutering your dog will negatively affect his personality.

If your dog has always been an outgoing, fun-loving, playful dog, neutering won’t change that all. If he is a little reactive with other dogs or roams the neighborhood, neutering may make him a bit gentler and more inclined to stay home.

4. Dogs who spend the day in the yard get plenty of exercise.

Dogs are pack animals — they are not good at running or playing when they are alone. Exercise is an important part of your dog’s health. It’s up to you to be sure he gets it.

5. Obedience training is only for problem dogs.

Yes, obedience training can help with some unacceptable behaviors, but wouldn’t it be better if those behaviors never had a chance to develop?  In addition, obedience training can strengthen the bond between you and your dog and help you enjoy each other’s company even more so!

6. Cats always land on their feet.

Cats are very agile, but also not perfect. They can land on their backs or head, or side. Especially if they are falling from a low-rise area, they are more susceptible to injury because they don’t have as much time to prepare. To keep yours safe, ensure that your windows screens are intact and free of holes, and make your shelves and tabletops unappealing platforms for people-watching.

7. Cats do not need regular vet check-ups; only when they are sick. 

Of course, cats have only one life. So it’s important to schedule regular veterinary visits to ensure your cat has a long, healthy and happy one. Going to the veterinarian shouldn’t only be for when your cat is sick. Your cat needs annual wellness check-ups, vaccines, dental exams and nutritional consultations… just like we do. Vaccinations are effective in keeping your cat clear of infection.

8. Calico and Tortie cats are mean, and more sassy than others. 

Remember that Calico refers to coloration, not a breed. With that in mind, a Calico cat’s personality will most likely be determined by breed and other factors, such as their experiences and environment, just like any other cat. A Tortie cat also has a rumor to have “Tortitude,” but really it can depend on breed tendencies, or past experiences.

9. Milk is good for cats.

One of the most common misconceptions about cats is that they should be given milk. The fact is that many cats are lactose-intolerant and giving them a warm saucer of milk will likely cause your cat to have terrible diarrhea. Cats only require milk from their mother while they are nursing. Once they are weaned, water should replace milk as their liquid nourishment. If you need to feed a tiny, orphaned kitty, always use specially prepared kitten formula from your veterinarian.

10. Pregnant women should not have a cat. 

Sadly, you often see classified ads offering “Free Cat, Baby on the Way.” The truth is that pregnant mothers can still love and enjoy their feline friends as long as they take precautions emptying the litter box. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease spread through cat feces and litter. It can cause serious neurologic diseases. While a woman is pregnant, it’s best to have someone else empty the litter box. Or, if that’s not possible, the pregnant owner should always use disposable latex gloves when changing the litter. It’s also smart to wash hands thoroughly after changing the litter as an extra precaution.

Once again, this is just an education post, and should not be used to change anyone’s mind, rather just provide some new information. We hope you enjoyed the debunking of myths!

You can always visit our adoptable animals 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.


Jan 10 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Rango, Milo, and Jerry!

“Hey there! ­­ My name is Rango and I would love to be your best friend. I’m a sweet three-year-old hound and I’m looking for a family to call my own. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. It’s totally okay though, I know it won’t be long until I find my forever home. My friends here say I’m pretty smart. I love treats and will sit, lay down and shake if you ask me to. I bet that with some time and extra treats we can learn more commands together! I learn new skills very quickly. Right now I am learning how to take a treat gently and I loooooove treats, so we can practice as much as we need to. I am quiet and independent so if you have something else to do I will be content to hang out. However, when you are ready to play or take a walk I will be ready to go! I do pretty well on a leash and I’d love to go exploring with you! I’d do best in a home without small kiddos (they can make me nervous) and I’d like to meet any other dogs in your home to be sure we can be friends! If you’re looking for a sweet fella to go through life with, I might just be the dog for you. I’ll be waiting for you!”

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

“Hey there. My name is Milo. Aren’t I the cutest orange kitty?! I’m just about a year old and I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around is scary but I know this is my last stop before I find a family of my own. I dream of spending my days roaming around my own house and cuddling with my own people. My friends here call me a Sidekick. That means once I’m comfortable, I’ll be your best pal! I’ll help with anything around the house, especially preparing my dinner! I hear that I give incredible head butts and I have a very nice purr. I would likely do best in a quiet, stress-free home. An environment with a lot of commotion or people will probably scare me. I’m a simple guy and I’m looking for a family to match. Could I be the kitty for you? Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Milo here.

“Howdy! My name is Jerry. I’m a five-year-old Lab Retriever mix looking for a family to call my own. I came to Wayside from another shelter. Starting over can be scary but I know this is my last stop before I find my forever home. I’m a sweet boy who likes attention. I would love to be able to run and play and go on adventures. I’ve done well as a running dog with some of Wayside’s volunteers. Maybe we can go explore the neighborhood together? I’m also pretty smart. I know “Come”, “Sit”, and “Stay”. I bet with some treats we can learn some more things together! I’m pretty serious about my food, so I’ll need a home where I’ve got a safe space to eat away from kiddos and other animals. I don’t want to accidentally hurt someone. Speaking of kiddos, I would do best in a home with children over the age of five. If you’re looking for a new best pal, I just might be the dog for you. I’ll be waiting for you at Wayside! Come on down and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Jerry here.

Meet all of our adoptable animals 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.


Jan 5 2018

Andrea and Mac: 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 Vega and Goldie, and we have some good news. Both Vega and Goldie have found their forever home! We are so happy for them! Now it is time to introduce our January long-termers: Andrea and Mac! Update: Andrea was adopted Wednesday night, but we are including her anyway as it was her turn!

This is Andrea, and she is a two-year-old Siamese mix. She has been here for a total of seventy days. She originally came to us in late October as a stray from Belton. She was very scared and nervous, causing staff to give her a couple days of extra de-stressing so she can fully understand where she is. Once she calmed down, we began to see the real Andrea; a sweet, shy, lovable cat!

We learned that she is very sweet and social when she wants to be. She likes to initiate the first contact, as she can be very independent. Our Felinality assessors dubbed her a Secret Admirer, so we would say she fits that bill. She can get over-stimulated, and she may give a warning nip or swat to let you know she is done. We always recommend watching for tail flicks and her walking away as a sign she is getting over-stimulated. She also enjoys talking with you, so get ready to chat with her.

She spent a brief amount of time in foster, so we could see exactly what kind of behavior she has. What we learned is that she LOVES treats, and enjoys either playing with you or by herself. She prefers short petting sessions, but may surprise with you with a long one. While she is independent, she enjoys being around people like a social butterfly! Andrea needs a calm, quiet home with no children under ten, due to her nippy behavior. She is warming up to the idea of being a lap cat, but that is a work in progress currently!

Andrea’s finicky behavior has probably caused her adoption to be delayed a little. She needs a person who understands she needs time and patience so she can adjust to a new environment. She will not be your cuddly lap cat at first; she would prefer to be your companion and then gradually work her way up. Once you get to know her, you will understand how Andrea has quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite! We’ll let her speak for herself!

“Hello….My name is Andrea, and I’m a “secret admirer.” That’s what they call my personality type. It means I’m on the reserved side….taking my time to get to know new people and adjust to new surroundings. It’s hard to believe a beautiful, baby blue-eyed Siamese like me came to Wayside as a stray, isn’t it? But as a result, I’ve had to deal with a few trust issues. According to my foster person and the folks here at Wayside, though, I’ve come a long way and continue to progress very well. I’ve become quite the playful girl….running and pouncing on my favorite mouse toy, and chasing my tail just for fun. I’m also a big talker. If you’ll talk back, we can have quite a conversation. I’m not a finicky eater at all, and boy do I love treats! Although I’m not a huge fan of petting yet, as long as you’re giving me treats, I’ll cooperate. Without the treats, though…. Let’s just say I’ll give you a little swat to let you know when I’ve reached my limit, which sometimes doesn’t take very long. I really liked being around my foster person. I followed her from room to room and would lie down near wherever she was working. Sometimes I’d snooze in her lap while she watched TV….all relaxed-like without any petting. I also liked to jump up on the bed or couch whenever she was there. She would just let me lie there and be quite content without trying to pet me. She really understood me. I can still be pretty skittish when it comes to strangers — maybe even running and hiding. Because of my fearfulness, the folks here say I’ll do best in a calm, quiet home with no children or teens. Oh and one more thing:  my initial testing for FIV was positive. If you’re a cat savvy person you’ll know that’s not a big deal. It just means I should have regular vet care and be fed a good diet — and of course, be kept inside. The staff here at Wayside say I have the potential to become an affectionate and loyal family member; and my foster person will attest that I have steadily moved in that direction. I’ll just need a forever home with plenty of love, patience and understanding. Oh, and treats! Hmmm…do you think that could be your home? If so, let’s get together and chat about it. And don’t forget to check out my video. Looking forward to meeting you….”

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

This is Mac and he is a one-year-old Shepard mix. Mac has been here for a whopping one-hundred and eighty-three days! Mac came in as a transfer from another local shelter in early July of 2017. Based on his first behavior exam, we knew he loved meeting people and is very affectionate. He has a rough style of play, so only certain dogs would be a good fit for him. What helps is he is food, praise, and toy motivated, so he is a very eager boy!

After a few weeks, Mac got comfortable with shelter life, and he started getting a little mouthy and jumpy. He was quickly re-evaluated and put into our Peace Academy, a program for super energetic dogs. We have regular staff and volunteers who work specifically with our PA dogs, and basically it teaches them patience and basic obedience, and being able to harness their energy. Mac has made some great improvements!

We learned that Mac will need regular exercise, playtime, and mental stimulation. Because of his high energy, it is recommended he go home without children under the age of ten, and a hard limit of children under five. We do not want him to accidentally hurt anyone. An experienced handler that has dealt with this behavior before is probably the best home life for Mac. Strongly recommend no apartments as they can be restricting on his play and exercise time. Since his time in PA, he las learned “sit,” and “look,” so he is improving and making great strides!

Mac’s excitable nature and big size has probably been the reason he is still at Wayside Waifs. He has made great improvement while staying here, and many PA volunteers enjoy working with him! He does have a harness for walks, but he is an easy walker and harnesses up easy enough. With more training and consistent handling, Mac can be the best dog he can be. Are you up for the challenge? We will let Mac tell you a little bit about himself.

“Hi, I’m Mac! I’m a handsome, shepherd mix who’s looking for a place to call my own. I was brought to Wayside when my last rescue ran out of space for me. It’s okay though! I’m making lots of friends while I wait for my family to find me. I can’t wait to get home and be with my people! I’m a sweet and affectionate guy who loves people. I’d love to meet the whole family, including children and other furry friends, when you come say hi! I’m very social and love to play or go on walks for exercise. I also love to learn new things and keep my brain sharp! I’ll learn the ropes in no time especially when you motivate me with yummy treats, fun toys, or praise! I’m an awesome dude who will make the best companion. I hope you’ll come by soon so I can show you! Hope to see you soon!”

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

You can visit all of our adoptable waifs during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.

 

 


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