Jan 4 2017

Meet our Waifs of the Week!!




Sniff. Look. Listen. That’s how I take in the world. And what a world it is! There are squirrels to be chased! Yards to be sprinted across! People to snuggle! You’re my ticket to that wonderful world! Don’t get me wrong, the kennel I live in here is safe, warm, dry, and clean, but I long to investigate this big fantastic world with someone like you!

I’m a young, tall, lanky Catahoula leopard dog mix with a caramel version of those cool spots that is typical of my breed. Because I’m pretty enthusiastic and take my food quite seriously, I need to go to a home with kids older than five. I walk nicely on a leash and relish discovering all of those interesting things that the world has to offer. I haven’t spent much time in social situations, so I’m hoping you can help me understand this amazing world. I’m super smart and already know sit, shake and down, so show me the rest! I’ll pick it up in no time!

I’m athletic and live life with vitality and gusto, so bring your dog family members out to meet me. They can help us decide if we’re a happy mix.

I’ve got my whole life ahead of me and I’d love to spend it with you! Won’t you come out to meet me? We can be partners exploring this spectacular world!



Meet Ivory on our website:






I’m young bunny looking for my forever home. I’m super friendly and will hop up to you to say hello! I love to have my super soft fur stroked, and LOVE to eat carrots out of your hand! I like to sit in your lap and have you pet me, but sometimes us bunnies get scared if you pick us up. We will even sometimes kick our legs as a defense. After all, in the wild the only reason we leave the ground is if a predator picks us up.

If you are looking for a fuzzy rabbit as a pet, why not adopt me rather than buying a bunny from a store? I’m looking for a good home too, you know! Did you know that rabbits make excellent house pets? We are actually a lot cleaner than most people think. I am litter box trained and can be let out and about in the house to play. We can also be clicker trained. Try searching for clicker trained rabbits on youtube. It’s pretty fascinating!

Us rabbits love to play with toys and will play with a lot of toys you can easily make yourself. We love to play with cardboard tubing from used up paper towels and toilet paper. Rabbits feel very strongly about recycling, so we do what we can to use up those pesky tubes! We love to burrow in and scratch on cardboard boxes and paper bags. We also love to climb on stuff, so make sure you have some climbing structures for us to play on. Come meet me today. I’ll greet you with a proper sniffing as soon as you approach my enclosure. I can’t wait!!!

Meet Ginger on our website:






Thanks for reading about me! My name is Barney, and I’m a gorgeous gray-and-white boy with beautiful green eyes and and adorable smudge of gray on my nose and a tip of white on my gray tail. I came to Wayside as a stray. I’m a friendly guy who loves people very much. I enjoy attention, and I will let you know how much with my great headbutts and wonderful purr. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I’m a Secret Admirer. That means that I tend to be a little timid in new situations, but I love people very much. Once I get to know and trust you, I will be your best friend forever! I can’t wait to meet you! Love, Barney


Meet Barney on our website:



Don’t furr-get! You can meet Barney, Ginger, Ivory or any of our adoptable pets on our website!


Sep 10 2014

Give Your Dog a Bone

Lola-PumpkinAs we say goodbye to fresh fruit and lazy pool days, we wind into fall, which ushers in a slew of its own spectacular perks. Amongst them, pumpkin. This fall, help Fido greet cooler weather barking. Your pooch can indulge in savory pumpkin-based dog bones while you enjoy a quick and simple recipe that gets your dog’s tail wagging.

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats: The Recipe

We’d like to give a big thank you to Kelly of All Recipes for sharing this great, mess-free formula.

The Fixings

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

The How-to

1. After preheating your oven to 350 degrees, it’s time to create your doggy dough.

2. To get the desired pumpkin-peanut butter goodness, whisk together peanut butter, eggs, flour, salt, cinnamon, and — the magical ingredient that no fall would be complete without– pumpkin.

*The desired effect is a moist, playable dough. Add water, as needed, to achieve this.*

3. After flattening this mixture into a dough half-an-inch in height, cut half-inch by half-inch pieces.

*If at this point your hands are covered in gooey, sweet dough, ask your four-legged friend to help with the preliminary finger-licking cleanup.*

4. Once the oven is preheated, bake treats for approximately 40 minutes, or until treats are firm.

The Finishing Touch

The fifth and final step is a taste test from your furry friend. Once cooled, share the taste of fall with your furball, checking for a tail wag of approval. This recipe should be repeated throughout the fall season. However, to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, be sure to take your dog on a walk through the bright-colored autumn leaves.

Mar 19 2014

Fido’s Spring Checklist

spring checklist As the grass begins to turn green, snowbells blossom, and the sun sets later in the evening, you and Fido may find yourselves developing a case of spring fever. The good news? With the right precautions taken, you and your pooch will be ready to spring into warmer days with a seamless transition. Employing the tips below is easy, and you’re sure to have some fun along the way.

Spring To-dos:

Up the Exercise

When it’s cold outside, many owners and canine companions get less exercise. Not to worry, though. Although your pooch doesn’t need to get in beach-worthy shape, he or she does need to get conditioned for long days of fun in the sun. The key? Like any exercise regimen, you should ease your way into full-fledged workout mode. In no time walks around the block will turn into 5-mile trail hikes.

Wash The Paws

Beds of green grass are fun for pups to roll around in, but during the spring, be careful of potentially harmful chemicals, such as herbicides, that are used for the removal of  unwanted vegetation.

Flee & Protection

Rolling around in the grass is all good fun until somebody gets a bad case of fleas or ticks. The solution? Monthly flea and tick preventative medication is best practice; however, you’ll also want to give your dog a thorough comb-through if you go for a hike in a heavily wooded area. You can purchase these products at Whiskers & Wags, Wayside’s Boutique. All proceeds from sales in the store benefit the animals at the shelter!

Groom the Coat

Spring is a time for fresh starts, so be sure to send your pet for a day at the groomers, where he or she can get a fresh cut that keeps them cool and comfortable as the weather gets warmer outside. It also helps to get in the routine of brushing them at night.  This can not only help them relax but it keeps the tangles and dander to a minimum.  And, hey, it’s great quality time together. Need some more convincing? Think how cute your pooch will look with their new hairdo!

Learn More

Looking for a furry friend to take long strolls with on breezy spring evenings? Wayside Waifs of Kansas City is home to a number of adoptable dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home, so be sure to stop by the shelter today.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

Jul 9 2010

Protect Your Pet From Heartworm Disease

Protect Your Pet from Heartworm

Protect Your Pet from Heartworm

Heartworm disease – what a terrible sounding disease!  Worms, living in your heart!  As gross as this sounds, some people might think it’s some made up story, to scare little puppies who won’t listen to their mothers.  Alas, the sad fact is that this is indeed a real disease, just as creepy as the name sounds.  A real disease that can affect any and all dogs, regardless of age, breed, color, or living status (i.e. indoors vs. outdoors).  Nevertheless, as horrible as it sounds, this disease is quite preventable.   We have had a lot of rain this year and combined with the heat – makes for a prime breeding ground for mosquitos – which is how heartworms are transmitted to your pet.  Here is some information about heartworm disease in detail to help you as a dog owner (or cat owner) to help prevent you family friend from being possessed by creepy, heart dwelling wormies. 

Let’s start with the basics – what exactly are heartworms

Heartworms are exactly what they sound like – worms (a kind of roundworm, similar to the intestinal parasites) that live in the right side of the heart and the arteries of the lungs.  They can infect dogs and cats, although there are some differences between dog heartworm disease and cat heartworm disease.  The adults live in these areas and produce babies, called microfilaria.  The microfilaria circulate in the bloodstream.  

How does my pet get heartworms?              

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos.  When a mosquito bites an animal with microfilaria in their blood, the microfilaria are sucked up into the mosquito.  They then spend some time maturing within the mosquito to the infective form.  The next time that mosquito bites another cat or dog, the infective microfilaria enter the bloodstream through the bite wound.  After this they mature to adults and eventually end up in the right side of the heart and the lung vessels – this maturation process takes about 6 months. 

How do I know if my pet has heartworms?

This can be tricky, as in the early stages of heartworm disease, most pets are asymptomatic (meaning they do not have any clinical signs of the disease).  In dogs, the heartworms will eventually begin to affect the heart function – as they build up in the heart and vessels, the heart must work harder to pump blood.  Eventually, the heart will be unable to keep up, resulting in signs similar to heart failure.  Signs can include coughing, weakness, exercise intolerance, weight loss, and decreased appetite.  

In cats, they will not have as many adult worms (as they are not the natural host) – they typically may only have a few adult worms living in their heart and vessels.  These worms do not so much directly affect heart function as they do in dogs; however, they often result in a sort of allergic reaction to the worms that are present, causing inflammation in the lungs themselves and potentially throughout the rest of the body as well.  Clinical signs in cats can be somewhat non-specific but can include coughing, lethargy, vomiting, weight loss, breathing difficulties, and sudden death.  Heartworm disease in cats can often be misdiagnosed as asthma because of the similarity of clinical signs.

The best way to diagnose heartworm disease is through testing by your veterinarian.

What sort of tests will my vet do? 

Testing for heartworm disease is different for cats and dogs.  There are 2 different types available – antigen testing and antibody testing.  The antigen test looks for proteins in the blood from the female adult heartworm.  The antibody test looks for antibodies in the blood that are produced by the cat or dog against the heartworm.  Antigen testing is the most common test and is very reliable in dogs.  However, for cats, since they do not usually have very many worms (none of which may even be female), this is not always accurate.  If your veterinarian suspects that your cat has heartworm disease, they may need to run both the antigen and antibody test to detect the disease.

If your pet is heartworm positive, x-rays of the chest and ultrasound examination of the heart can help determine the severity of the disease and may help your veterinarian to choose the best treatment for your pet. 

How do you get rid of the heartworms?

  • Dogs: Treatment for heartworm disease is both risky and expensive.  It involves treatment with a drug that is injected into the large muscles of the lower back.  The treatment is usually given over 2 days, but can also be given slower if an animal is severely ill.  After treatment, the animal must remain calm (think couch potato), with short leash walks only for about a month while the adult worms die off.  Any sudden or vigorous exercise can put the animal at risk for clogs of the blood vessels caused by the dead or dying worms.  The injections can also cause severe muscle pain, so sometimes after treatment the animal may need to be put on pain medication for a short time afterwards.   Complications can include breathing problems, allergic reactions to the dying worms, and sudden death. 

Cost for heartworm treatment varies based on the size of the animal but can easily approach $500, if not more.

  • Cats:  Cats are more difficult as there are no products approved to treat heartworm infection in cats.  They also have severe allergic type reactions to the dying worms, which can cause even more health issues.  Cats can sometimes spontaneously clear the infection, but again, the dying worms can cause significant health problems.

How do I keep my pet from getting heartworms?

Preventative products are available for both dogs and cats.  They come in different forms, such as tasty tablets or topical products that are applied to the skin and absorbed.  The preventatives kill the microfilaria before they mature into adults.   Preventative products need to be given monthly, and depending on where you live, they may need to given year round (even in the winter!).  In Missouri it is recommended that you keep your pet on heartworm prevention year round.  Many heartworm preventatives also include deworming products so intestinal parasites are also controlled.  

Dogs should be tested by your veterinarian for heartworms before starting on preventative.   You can purchase your heartworm, flea and tick preventatives from Wayside Waifs.  We carry Interceptor, Frontline and Advantage Multi.  To order, call 816-986-5545. 

Written by Dr. Cynthia Moon
Veterinarian at Wayside Waifs

Aug 27 2009

Dealing With Muddy Paws

These last couple of days I have gotten quite a bit of rain at my house.  Although my toy poodle, Lucy, prefers for me to hold the umbrella while she “does her business” she always manages to find a muddy place in the yard to check out.  I know that I am not alone in this problem.  From the time we adopted her, we worked with her to make her more comfortable with getting her paws wiped.  Here’s how we did it.
First, we started with baby or ‘puppy steps’, by touching her paws while they were still on the ground.  Lucy had been abused by her previous owner, and has some trust issues so this took some practice.  Once she became comfortable with this, we started using a small towel and each time the she let us touch the paw, we rewarded her with a small treat.  We practiced with each paw.  Lucy soon found this to be her favorite part as she is pretty food motivated. 
Once your dog is happy to see the towel coming to their paws and realizes this means they get a treat, you should be able to wrap the towel around their entire paw to get them really clean.  If your dog is hesitant, remember to reward and take puppy steps to help your dog adjust.     

If all of this seems overwhelming, there is another option.  I found it to be a curious invention, but a local television tested it and reported it does work.  It is called the “Paw Plunger”.  Their moto is “Cleanliness is next to dogliness.”  It looks like a plastic cup which is filled with warm water.  But when you look inside the cup, there are several soft, small brushes that gently remove the dirt without causing the dog any discomfort.  The dirty water can easily be dumped.  According to the inventors the Paw Plunger will put an end the mess of cleaning your dogs muddy paws.  While it may remove the mud, it doesn’t dry them, so you would still need to use a towel.  Since Lucy is only 5 pounds, this looks a little too big for her so we are going to stick with the towel and if she gets her way, the treats too.



Jun 10 2009

Reading Your Dog’s Food Label: Part II

In Part One of this series, we looked at why the name of your dog’s food is important, as well as what the AAFCO Statement means. Today we’ll examine the ingredients list and the Guaranteed Analysis so you can be sure you’re feeding your dog the best possible diet available.

1. The Ingredients List

Dog food labels list ingredients by weight. Look for “real” sounding ingredients near the top of the list: beef, rice, chicken, meal. A note about types: beef is meat, defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials as muscle tissue. Beef meal is processed and rendered, with much of the fat and water removed. It may contain muscle tissue as well as organ meats. Remember that meat is about 75% water; an equal amount of meal will be denser in protein because it’s been dried. “Meal” isn’t a bad word in pet food.

If chemical preservatives worry you, look for tocopherol, a natural preservative. Because natural preservatives can shorten a food’s shelf life, be careful to check the sell-by date, and make sure food is stored according to the label’s recommendations.

2. Guaranteed Analysis

Manufacturers must include a breakdown of the dog food’s nutrients, including protein, fat, fiber, and vitamins. Consult your vet to see if your dog requires a special percentage of protein or fat. If so, read the Guaranteed Analysis carefully. Canned dog food has a lot of moisture, so it needs to be “converted” mathematically in order to fairly compare it to dry food. Multiply a canned food’s percentages by 4 to approximate the standard for the dry food. For example, if a canned food lists crude protein at 9%, that’s a dry food equivalent of 36%. Compared to a dry food with 21% protein, the canned food wins hands down.  

Remember that your veterinarian is the best resource on what and how much to feed your particular dog, especially if the dog has health issues. And be sure to get your vet’s recommendations for supplemental treats as well as food. The more information you have, the better your dog will dine.

Jun 1 2009

Reading Your Dog’s Food Label: Part I

Are you mystified by the lists and charts on that bag of dog food? Let’s break down Fido’s food label and figure out what’s what. The most important parts of the label include the following:

  • the name of the food
  • the AAFCO statement
  • ingredients list
  • Guaranteed Analysis

Today, in the first of two parts, we’ll discuss the food’s name and the AAFCO statement. Next time we’ll tackle the remainder of these mystery items.

1. What’s in a Name?

Pet food manufacturers create names to attract the consumer (that’s you, not your dog). But according to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), they have to follow certain rules.

AAFCO requires that the food must include at least 25% of the name’s first ingredient. But while “Beef and Chicken Dinner Supreme” has plenty of beef, it may contain as little as 3% chicken. Most foods include a qualifier like “dinner,” “platter,” or “chow,” but if not, requirements are stricter. A simple food labeled “Lamb for Dogs” (not “Lamb Dinner for Dogs”) must contain at least 95% lamb.

A note about “beef flavored”: To earn the “flavored” label, the dog food must have enough of the ingredient to lend it flavor–and that may be only a little broth. No amount of actual meat is guaranteed.

2. The AAFCO Statement

The AAFCO has developed standards to determine how nutritious dog food is. Somewhere near the ingredients list, look for a clearly marked AAFCO Statement. Unless designated as a treat or supplemental food, the food should constitute “complete and balanced nutrition” for dogs. AAFCO tests food two ways: in a laboratory or by feeding the food to dogs over a six-month period to judge its nutritional quality. The statement will tell you which method was used. Both are reliable.

In Part II of this series, we’ll look at what goes into your dog’s food and why those ingredients matter.

Posted by Claire M. Caterer

Mar 25 2009

Project Economy: Helping the smallest victims

KMBC just gave an entire day of coverage to the smallest victims of the recession – the animals.  Check out the reports that aired on Monday night and Tuesday night.

Mar 6 2009

Have you smiled today?

Watch this video.  You can’t help but smile.

This video leaves a warm feelings in our hearts!  Enjoy the weekend!

Mar 2 2009

Bittersweet endings

A story in the Missouri Springfield News-Leader today reports since January, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has rescued over 1,100 animals from substandard facilities across the state.  That’s twice as many as the same time last year.  The Department of Ag can’t really explain why this is happening.  Here at Wayside Waifs, we are happy that over 1,100 dogs now have better conditions.


Here at Wayside, we regularly work with the Department of Agriculture when they raid a breeder and need a place to take the animals.  Just last week, we received over 25 small breed dogs from a breeder in northeast Missouri who had been shut down.  Those dogs are not yet available for adoption.  We are still treating their medical conditions.


This two year old Shih Tzu was rescued from a breeder in Missouri.  He will need his eye removed due to a corneal ulcer.

This two year old Shih Tzu was rescued from a breeder in Missouri. He will need his eye removed due to a corneal ulcer.



Also last week, an unlicensed breeder in southern Missouri operating the River Valley Puppies Kennel set fire to his kennel, home and barn after the dogs were let loose.  The Department of Ag seized over 200 dogs and they are working with shelters across the state to place them.


Stories like this make our blood boil.  We wonder how someone could see an animal as a puppy-machine and not the loving and intelligent creature they are.  Here at Wayside we have to see the ugly side of puppy mills.  One of those small breed dogs who came to us last week was missing a paw.  That’s right – a paw.  How does this happen?  Was it an accident?  A genetic defect?  We will never know.  Our team will work to make them healthy and comfortable while they are here.


What can we do?


Adopt from shelters!  Don’t look in the newspaper for a pet.  Taking home a “free to good home” pet only encourages the problem – the owner probably didn’t alter the mom or dad so this WILL happen again. 

If you have a pet at home who needs to be fixed, there are low cost options in Kansas City.  We have a list of them on our website.

Most of us who live in Missouri, know the laws regarding animal welfare are lax.  We need to consistently talk to our city- and state-elected officials to get more laws on the books to help protect our four-legged friends.


Consider donating to Wayside Waifs so we can care for these victims of abuse and neglect.


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