Mar 15 2018

Upcoming Events

We thought it would be a good idea just to share some of our upcoming events with our regular readers, and potential new readers! Wayside Waifs regularly hosts and participates in fundraising events with local celebrities, businesses, and other foundations to raise awareness for homeless pets. If you can make it out to any of these dates, please stop by our table and say hello!

3/24/18 Paws For A Cause Walk

16200 Antioch Road
Join Blue Valley West for the 2nd annual Paws for a Cause Walk on Saturday, March 24. Bring your dog and walk a 1.5-mile route! This event supports Wayside Waifs. All ages are welcomed; you are not required to bring a dog but they are more than welcomed. Registration is $12 per walker. Sign up before March 1 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. For questions about this event please reach out to Josh Miller at jdmillerkc@gmail.com.

Register: https://tinyurl.com/pawsforacause2018

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Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Address:
16200 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS 66085

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

3/30/18 Hambingo for Wayside

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Join us on Friday, March 30 for a fun night of Hamburger Mary’s Charity Drag Queen Bingo! This is not your typical BINGO with wild and raunchy humor from the Drag Queen host. Don’t miss out on the howlin’ good time!

$10 gets you 10 rounds of bingo all for a great cause! Prizes are available for winners from each round as well as a chance at 50/50 raffle. Space fills up quickly so please call today to reserve a table at 816-842-1919.

Proceeds from this event benefit abandoned, abused and homeless shelter animals at Wayside Waifs.

Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Address:
3700 Broadway St. #110
Kansas City, MO 64111

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

4/4/18 Clock Tower Bakery-Wayside Wednesdays

Clock Tower Bakery
Stop by Clock Tower Bakery for Wayside Wednesday – a portion of your sale comes back to us!

Clock Tower Bakery
7911 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66204

 

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Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Repeat on the first Wednesday of the month until 12/05/2018
Address:
7911 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66204

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

4/4/18 Chicken N Pickle-Wayside Wednesday

Chicken N Pickle
Join Chicken N Pickle on the first Wednesday of the month for Wayside Wednesday from 4-7pm! 10% of food and beverage sales come back to Wayside! AND 20% of Chicken N Pickle dog merchandise also comes back to Wayside!  Adoptable waifs will be on-site from 5-7pm. 

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Address:
1761 Burlington St.
Kansas City, MO 64116

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

4/11/18 Kendra Scott Gives Back Party

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Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Address:
412 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO 64112

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

5/5/18 Cinco de Meow – Wayside’s Annual Fur Ball Gala

Overland Park Convention Center

Save the date for the 2018 Fur Ball Gala on Saturday, May 5 at the Overland Bark Convention Center! This year’s theme is “Cinco de Meow!” Join us as we cha-cha our way down a colorful street fair hopping to and from 18 open bars, lively auctions then rhumba our way to a Mexican feast. Top off the evening by dancing the night away! 100% of the proceeds from this event support the life-saving programs and services for animals in need at Wayside Waifs.

Secure your table sponsorship and tickets now! Contact Molly Moody at 816-986-4409 or mmoody@waysidewaifs.org.
View full event website:

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Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Address:
6000 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
Register

Please feel free to check out our other events coming up here. You can also 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.


Jan 26 2018

Department Highlight: Vet Clinic

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 Admissions Department, and this time, we would like to showcase our Vet Clinic. They are certainly the backbone of our organization, as they oversee the care of each individual animal. We wouldn’t have the reputation we have if it wasn’t for them! *Warning: You may see some pictures of animals in surgery, but we promise nothing is being shown other than the animal. Just a warning before anyone scrolls down and is faint-hearted.*

Ashley is one of our Veterinary Care Technicians. She is pictured organizing the surgery schedule and getting everyone’s vaccines ready, if needed. The day starts with surgery, and sometimes, we have up to thirty or forty animals being altered or getting dentals done a day. We can have up to five-hundred animals at one time, so it is important to get as many surgeries done as possible. When asked what her favorite thing about her job was, Ashley mentioned fostering animals. “I see them when they first come in, so I know if I’m able to help. With my job, I have the opportunity to help an animal thrive, and I can see them all day!” Thanks for your dedication Ashley!

Another significant part of a Veterinary Care Technician’s job is prepping the animals for surgery. This puppy has been giving anesthesia and our vets need to see where to do the incision. The vet techs will shave a spot so they can accurately alter the animal quickly, accurately, and safely. Here is Traci, our Veterinary Clinic Manager, prepping a puppy! Traci took on the role of manager last year, and says her favorite part is the organized chaos of it all. “I like organizing and running the clinic, as it can be hectic, but it helps when making sure every animal is watched over and cared for.” Thanks for helping the cause Traci!

After everyone is ready, the actual surgery takes place. This is Dr. Lutton, our newest veterinarian. The vet clinic graciously covered up the surgeries for pictures to be taken, but this is our surgery suite. We have four tables for dogs to be taken in and altered, or any other surgery needed. It allows the doctors a quiet and organized space to accurately perform these surgeries. When asked, Dr. Lutton mentioned the success stories. “I really enjoy seeing them find homes. I enjoy seeing an animal I have personally worked with go on to have a happy life.” Thanks for all that you do Dr. Lutton!

Next comes another important component for surgeries. Monitoring and making sure they wake up is essential, as with humans, because there is a risk with anesthesia. Our vet techs and vets will stay with our animals and help them wake up, and make sure nothing is wrong. Cassie is pictured with a puppy, and she is another Veterinary Care Technician. She mentioned she enjoys working with those tough cases the most. “Those animals that would otherwise be failure-to-thrive, I enjoy working with them because if it wasn’t for us, they probably wouldn’t make it. Seeing them go from the bottom to a healthy, happy animal, is so rewarding.” Thanks for all that you do Cassie!

After their morning surgeries, Animal Care Technicians take all of the animals and put them back in their designated kennel. Caitlin is pictured above carrying a puppy back, who is a little unsure of our camera! It is their responsibility to watch the animal recover, and take them out for potty breaks. They also clean both sides of the clinic everyday, to make sure everything is sanitary for our animals. When asked, Caitlin said she enjoys the uncertainty of her job. “It’s different everyday, so I never expect the same thing, and I meet a lot of our animals!” Thanks Caitlin!

Another aspect of their job is to administer medication to our sick animals. From upper respiratory infection to skin conditions, our vet clinic is responsible for administering and providing our animals with medication. Pictured above is Jess, another Veterinary Care Technician, preparing med cards and printing labels for the bottles. Likewise, she said her favorite thing about working here is seeing the profession of an animal. “I like seeing the medication work, even after a few days. Seeing them feeling bad one day, and then seeing them excited and happy a few days later shows that we really are making them feel better.” Big thanks to Jess!

But what would a vet clinic be without medical exams? These two fabulous ladies are Dr. Scott, our Vice President of Veterinary Services, and her cat Sydney (I hope I spelled that correctly!) She brought her cat in for a simple nail trim, but she and the other vets look over every animal that comes in our doors. Anything from drawing blood and giving vaccinations, to checking if they need any type of surgery and if they need a special diet. Dr. Scott is in charge of our vet clinic, and we appreciate her and her dedication to our Waifs! Thank you Dr. Scott!

Last, and certainly not least, is Dr. Spangler, pictured above. He performed an eye removal on Spinach earlier today, and he actually rescued him from the streets this morning! He is our other veterinarian, and makes the clinic a very fun place to work. When we asked what his favorite part of his job is, he mentioned his favorite task. “I like performing surgeries, but more than anything, I like using my medical abilities to help animals in need, and to help them find their homes.” Thanks for all that you do Dr. Spangler!

Not pictured is Sarah, another Veterinary Care Technician. She works certain days, but we appreciate her nonetheless! Our vet clinic is pretty fantastic, and we have saved many animals because of the people pictured above. Without them, we wouldn’t be the Wayside Waifs we are today.

Consider visiting 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.


Dec 15 2017

Canine Care: Department Highlight

Happy Holidays everyone! 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 Pet Memorial Services, and this month, we would like to showcase our Canine Care Technicians. They do such a wonderful job in overseeing the care of our canine companions, rehabilitating them towards getting adopted, and helping with after-hour duties as well.

Pictured above is Sarah, a Canine Care Technician with a former waif, Spice. Sarah has been with our company a little less than three years now, and she enjoys her time here! She does an excellent job in caring for our canine friends here, and excels in helping our shy and fearful and high energy dogs get ready for adoption. Thank you for all you do Sarah!

The CCT’s (Canine Care Technicians) as well as the Feline side of things, are the heart of our shelter. They are the people directly caring for our waifs, and see them everyday. They are helping them get ready for adoption, whether that be behaviorally or noticing medical issues. On top of that, they regularly clean up after our waifs to make our dog adoption and holding areas look really nice for visitors!

Elise is another CCT, and she has been here for eight years! Besides seeing the journey of all of the waifs, she enjoys working one-on-one with our behavior dogs. Those are dogs that need a little extra training or attention to help make them less stressed, or learn control. In fact, one of her favorite waifs right now is Shelby, pictured below. Shelby is a long-termer, and she was in our Peace Academy(high energy) for a while. She has a few restrictions, but is overall a sweetheart! Learn more about her here!

While taking care of our canine waifs is their main duty, the CCT’s perform a variety of odd jobs around the shelter. They take care of the laundry for the building, they help with adoption meet and greets and dog to dogs, they help with lost dogs, food pantry, and pet memorials during and after hours. They also handle our donation bin, and sort through things for each department. We are very thankful for our CCT’s! Below is CCT Jeff doing a move-over.

A move-over is what our CCT’s do when an animal is ready to be available for adoption. They are responsible for moving dogs over during the day and in the evening, after the Canine Care Manager Jess has done it in the morning. They are moving the dogs from our holding area to the adoption area, so they can be seen better!

Jeff has been with the department for a year, and he has enjoyed working with the volunteers the best. We have over 1200 volunteers at Wayside, and all of them go above and beyond to help  out around the shelter, canine care included! Here Jeff is taking care of our Puppy Nursery. This is where young puppies go if they are waiting to go to foster, or they are being held for an event. It is separate from other parts of the shelter for medical safety, and we had some cute Chihuahua puppies in there!

Another aspect of CCT’s is the Canine Isolation area. This is Kathi, and she has been with Wayside seventeen years! WOW! Kathi has pretty much worked in every department, but currently she works full-time in the ISO area. She is responsible for giving the dogs back there medicine, and giving dogs with ringworm lyme dips, pictured above. Hagrid is being a good sport and wearing his protective headgear!

The CCT’s in Isolation also work with the dogs to get daily exercise and TLC. When they are sick, they feel down, and can regress in shelter life. With the help of Kathi, and a few others, animals do not regress at all! They spend time working with them when they are on the mend, and they are equally as happy as healthy dogs! Kathi’s has many favorite things about working here, but currently, she enjoys the pace and style of Isolation. When there are less animals in the ward, she can work more individually with the ones in there, and she likes to help them get healthy as quickly as possible!

Others in the department, but not pictured, are Jess, our Canine Care/Behavior Manager, and Shea, Brittany, and Carolyn, other CCT’s. Thank you for all that you do, and we appreciate it!

Please visit us during our regular adoption hours as well!

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

Written by Teryn J.

 

 


Sep 22 2017

Strutt With Your Mutt 2017

This past Sunday we had our 27th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt. All funds raised stay right here in Kansas City to benefit the animals in our care. From life-saving medical care, behavior training, safe shelter, nutritious food and love, Wayside has been committed to helping abandoned, abused and homeless pets get a second chance at life. You make that possible.

There is a 5K race and a 3K walk/run, where you and your furry friend can participate. We also have virtual sponsors of the event in case they do not want to participate in the races/cannot make it this year. There are vendors and some of our staff set up tents and there is even a pet costume contest! It was truly a great time, and it was for a wonderful cause too!

 

 

 

We have an entire album on Facebook here, we’re just showcasing a few! Please check it out!

We raised approximately $132,000 for our Waifs, and we could not be here without the support of our community, sponsors, and vendors. Thank you! This year, the event was presented by the Melcher Investment Company and Rob Sight Ford. Our sponsors included Bayer, AmeristarCares, Blue Pearl, 106.5 The Wolf, Ice Masters, Hill’s Science Diet, Ceva, Lee, Wayside Waifs Board Members, Companion Protect, KMBC 9 News, The Kansas City Star, and many more, found here. We also had several vendors participate, including Bently’s Pet Stuff, Pet Supplies Plus, Pete and Mac’s Pet Resort, Raising Cane’s, Pickleman’s, and many more here. We would not be here without their support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, thank you all for either participating, supporting, sponsoring, or being a vendor. We would not be where we are today without the support of the Kansas City community. We will see you all next year!

Come visit us during 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.

 


Sep 15 2017

An Interview With Candy Brown

In many aspects of shelter operation, we would not be where we are without our volunteers. Our staff members are very thankful for the active roles our volunteers take in caring for the animals in the shelter. We thought it would be nice to showcase one in particular and what she does here that better improves the mission we all have; save as many lives as we can! Let us introduce you to Candy Brown!

This is Candy, with her waif Bert! Bert has been at our shelter collectively a little over a year, so she spends as much time as she can with him! Candy herself has been with us seven, and almost eight years now! She started as a dog socializer, working her way up to working with our behavior dogs. She works primarily with our Peace Academy, which is high-energy dogs, but she also has worked with our Confidence College dogs as well. After that, she worked her way to meet and greets, dog to dogs, and eventually landed where she is today; an adoptions counselor/a member of our rescue team.

Candy is here Wednesday-Sunday when we are open for adoptions, and on Mondays and Tuesdays she works with our behavior dogs. She is here seven days a week, way beyond full-time! We appreciate Candy so much! She is a tad camera shy unless she is with a dog, (as pictured above) but she allowed me to shadow her for some pictures of what she does!

 

 

As pictured above, she goes through the adoption process with people and helps with animals visiting the vet clinic for the last time before they go home! Candy explained to me that she appreciates all the friendships she has made, both with the people she works with and volunteers that socialize dogs. She was working in the ER before she came to Wayside, and she quit her job so she could come here full-time. Talk about dedication! She also brought up that age doesn’t matter at Wayside. “You could be twenty, forty, or sixty, and the level or respect stays the same.”

Candy also brought up a very touching story about the dog Chetana. “This animal is from the ASPCA tri-state dog fighting bust and will need to be screened through the approved adoption process.” That was the note in our system. She was the sole survivor of six fighting dogs. She was worked with over a year here by Candy and a staff member consistently to build her up. While Chetana finally got adopted, she escaped from her new home and was lost for several days. The police notified the owners, who notified Wayside that she was found on the highway, deceased. Candy still gets teary-eyed telling the story, and she memorialized Chetana by getting a tattoo of her and placing a memorial stone at our Pet Memorial Gazebo.

 

After telling me the story, she said “She is the reason why I do what I do, day in and day out.” She also showed me how Chetana is featured on our No More Bullying curriculum.

You can hear the passion in Candy’s voice, and this place is her passion. She is very thankful that she is able to live her dream, and as long as she is physically able, she will continue to do so. Once again, all of us here really appreciate Candy’s dedication to our mission, and we hope she stays with us for a long time! She is very modest, but she is one of the many people that make this organization as great as it can be. Thank you for your service Candy!

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.


Sep 10 2017

Pet Memorial Day

September 10th marks National Pet Memorial Day, a day in which people honor their pets, both past and present. It is a national holiday, and people gather or contemplate how their animal or animals have changed their lives, and share their stories. In honor of the holiday, we decided to showcase our Pet Memorial Services, and what all they do.

This is Tiffanie, our Pet Memorial Associate. She is solely responsible for this department currently, but she is amazing. She helps clients with the process of finding that perfect resting place for their pets, and manages the upkeep of our cemetery. She kindly took me and our other intern on a tour of her Pet Memorial Services building, and key spots of our cemetery. We just want to give a little snippet of how beautiful and well-kept our facility is.

 

 

Our Facilities department of Livio, Harold, and James keep up our wonderful grounds, and they work together with Tiffanie to help provide a safe and peaceful process during times of sadness. Tiffanie provided me with some interesting facts about our cemetery that I think you will enjoy.

  • We have one monkey buried here named April, back in 1972.
  • We also have two Bearded Dragons, and a couple of “Fire Dogs” that are memorialized by fire hydrants. 
  • As early as 1946, over 12,000 animals have been placed here, whether they are owned animals, or communal. 
  • Fenby Webster was the lead contributor who helped to found Wayside Waifs. She helped found the cemetery in 1946.
  • We named different parts of our cemetery. Top of the World is our oldest part of the cemetery, having dates as far back as 1946. Cedar Shadows is where most of our cremations are. Peaceful Meadows(see arch above) is where our body burials are. We also have a section called Companion Fields, which is for our communal burials and cremations. 
  • We have a wonderful gazebo in the center of Peaceful Meadows, that is a great for a nice resting place for dog walkers, or if you are just gazing upon our beautiful grounds!

There you have it! Tiffanie and our Facilities crew do such a wonderful job, and are here whenever you need them. Consider donating to our Pet Memorial Services team so they can continue to do a wonderful job with upkeep, and providing comfort in time of need! Have a wonderful National Pet Memorial Day, and reflect back on past pets, and make great memories with new ones!

Written by Teryn J.


Aug 14 2017

10 Reasons to Strutt With Your Mutt!

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10 Reasons to Strutt! 
KC’s largest dog-friendly 3K/5K event
 
1. Form a team! Invite friends and family to join you on September 17. Start a new tradition!
2. Enter your dog into the Pet Costume Contest! Only $5 to enter. We will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place on stage!
3. Your registration fee ($35-$45) pays for an animal’s vaccinations.
4. You will get an updated 2017 Strutt event t-shirt! The shirt is blue and super soft.
5. All youth fundraising will be matched by a generous Wayside donor. Get creative in collecting for the waifs! Host a lemonade stand or ask a company to sponsor you.
6. Are you a runner? 5K participants will get a cool finisher’s medal!
7. Poppy’s Ice Cream truck will be giving free pup-cones at Strutt! Yum!
8. Be a Top Team! We’ve got awards for the Largest Team and Top Fundraising Team on Strutt day! Will you be a winner?
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9. Over 50 pet-related vendors in our Flealess Event Market – you’ll get tons of freebies and information on what our pet community has to offer! Be a vendor.
10. Earn fun prizes for your fundraising efforts! Check out our Prize Program here.
 
About Strutt
Strutt With Your Mutt is Sunday, September 17, 2017 in the Brookside neighborhood. We need your help to raise funds for the homeless pets at Wayside Waifs!
There are many ways you can help. Register your team today, fundraise and be a voice for the Waifs, and ask your friends and family to support you!
Stay Social!
Be sure to stay up-to-date with all things Strutt With Your Mutt! Head over to our Facebook page and be sure to “like” us!
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Upcoming Wayside Events
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Prize Sponsors: 
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Bayer
Best in Show Sponsors:
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May 2 2014

Costume Ins-purr-ration for the 2014 Fur Ball Gala

fur ball galaAs you may know, this year’s Wayside Waifs-sponsored Fur Ball Gala is centered around a fun baseball theme. Because our organization has some serious spunk, we like to celebrate and fundraise in true style. To get you warmed up and ready for the big night, we have comprised a short list of ideas from our very own Look Book.

Baseball Costumes That Will Make the Crowd Bark

Base 1 – Ease into this year’s A League of Their Own-inspired theme with a classic baseball T-hat combination. Keeping things casual with a timeless three-quarter-length baseball T is a sure way to blend in with the crowd. A comfy T paired with a baseball hat of your choosing – we’re partial to the Royals – is sure to earn you a round of applause.

Base 2 – Want to step up your costume game, while showing your favorite team in the league some love? Be royal at this year’s gala by sporting your favorite dark blue Royals jersey and fan swag. And if you’re root, root, rooting for another team, that’s okay, too. We welcome friendly rivalries.

Base 3 – For a non-traditional approach to this year’s theme, pay tribute to the hardworking men and women who distribute tasty beverages and savory finger foods throughout ball games.  Hotdogs. Cotton candy.  Lemonade. The options are limitless, and think how much fun – and treats — you can have as you get your costume together.

Base 4 – Cross home plate with a splash and go all out with a full-fledged baseball ensemble. Tube socks, cropped pants, a jersey, and a glove will have you looking like you’re on the roster. And, if you want to take your outfit to the next level, throw on an umpire’s mask and chest protector for good measure.

Tune In

On May 10th you can see the costumes firsthand at our annual Fur ball Gala, which will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center. And, if you cannot make it out for this year’s festivities, be sure to follow our social media feeds for live updates.

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Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

 


Dec 19 2013

Grrr-eat Holiday Gifts for Your Canine Companion

holiday giftsYou made your holiday gift list, but have you checked it twice? Before you complete your holiday shopping, be sure to include something special for the four-legged friend on your gift list. Your furball has behaved all year, so be sure to reward him or her. At Wayside Waifs, we shopped around and have some grrr-eat holiday gift ideas for your canine friend.

Holiday Gifts for Your Best Friend:

Christmas PJs

As you gather around the Christmas tree and wait for Santa, be sure your pup has something snuggly to keep warm. No matter how your family is celebrating the holiday season, there are holiday PJs for everyone. Flannel, cotton, and fleece are all great materials that are sure to keep your dog warm. Hop online, or if you are up for a challenge, try making your pooch some homemade PJs. The great news? It’s in your dog’s DNA to unconditionally love whatever your create, so don’t let that stop you!

Stocking

If you are looking for a simple way to dress up your mantel over the holiday season, look no further than a dog stocking. A cute holiday stocking for your furry friend can complement your decor AND act as the perfect means for spoiling your family dog. When it comes to dog stocking stuffers, the options are plentiful. Squeaky toys make great gifts, and for just $5, you can purchase several toys from Whiskers and Wags, our in-store boutique that supports dogs in our care. Bones, chew toys, and dog accessories are other great stocking stuffers. As a rule of thumb, be sure to keep your dog’s stocking out of reach. We wouldn’t want your pooch to do anything to get on Santa’s naughty list.

Professional Grooming

Whether your pooch has a mane of high-maintenance tresses or could just use a fresh bath, a date at the groomers is a real treat. A day at the salon doesn’t have to be all nail polish and primping. A nice brushing, bath, or something more are all great ways to show the love to your canine, getting your pooch off to a great start for the New Year.

Give the Gift of Volunteering

Have a pooch of your own but want to really get in the holiday spirit? There are a number of dogs at Wayside Waifs who could benefit from your volunteer work. This holiday season, something as simple as your time could brighten the life of one of our on-site animals. At Wayside Waifs, there is something for everyone. Cat and dog socialization and fostering are both ways you can make a difference in the life of our animals.

To learn how you can get involved this holiday season, call (816) 761-8151 or contact us today.


Sep 9 2011

Why I Strutt

Strutting our Stuff for Wayside Waifs!

Strutting our stuff for Wayside Waifs!

I started “Strutting” and raising money for ‘Strutt With Your Mutt’ for one reason, and his name is Tobin.  Wayside Waifs and Tobin changed my life.  I saw him on Wayside Waifs’ website, and he fit the profile of the “type” of dog for which I was looking (maybe a Schnauzer/Cairn terrier-mix).  Actually, he fit the “type” of dog I thought I could tolerate.  My boyfriend was really the one chanting the “we have to have a dog” mantra.  So, we traveled to Wayside Waifs to meet him.  I didn’t instantly fall in love with Tobin.  He was a wiry little thing that seemed more interested in sniffing the perimeter of the play yard than in meeting us.  However, he did often run over to us and flop on his back to announce his desire for a belly rub (which he still does to this day).  I just wasn’t confident about having a dog.  I liked my life, my routine, not having to worry about a sock that accidentally fell on the floor; but, my boyfriend insisted that this dog had a “sweet disposition,” and we should strongly consider adopting him.    

So, we decided to adopt.  As we drove to Wayside Waifs to pick up the newest addition to our home, I was anxious.  It was the kind of anxiety that only comes around for me once every several years, and I didn’t like it.  When we left with Tobin, he proved to us that the description on the website was correct.  It said that he had “two speeds… fast and faster.”  When we walked out of Wayside, he was crazy, and I was second-guessing my already second-guessed decision to bring a dog into my life.  But, when we got in the car, my instincts kicked in.  He was ours.  My boyfriend later commented that he couldn’t believe how well I drove a heavy piece of machinery (the car) while working to calm a very confused and excited dog.  Tobin and I weren’t instant friends.  He completely changed that routine to which I was tied.  He ate slippers.  He had more energy than any dog I’d ever known.  

I don’t know exactly when I fell in love with him.  But, I do remember a time when he injured his leg.  It turned out to be a minor injury, but during the time he was recovering, I promised him I would do whatever I had to do to care for him for the rest of his life.  That was it.  He became the light of my life.  He changed my perspective on almost everything, from how I lived my daily life to what I wanted to pursue professionally.  

That’s why I ‘Strutt.’  Last year, I was the top fundraiser for ‘Strutt With Your Mutt.’  Raising over $3,000 was the least I could do to show my gratitude for the happiness Wayside Waifs and Tobin had brought me.  The support that was given to me during my fundraiser was incredible.  I printed the names of all of my supporters on the back of my shirt for the day of the ‘Strutt,’ and I was shocked at how long the list was.  Unfortunately, Tobin was not very well-behaved on his leash at this time last year, so I took my niece dog, Ellé.  She LOVES to walk, and she had a blast. 

This year, I have two reasons to raise $3,000 for Wayside Waifs again.  We adopted Lincoln, a cream colored Cairn terrier, in March 2011.  Now, I can’t imagine my life without my dogs.  I ask everyone I know to support my fundraising campaign for Wayside Waifs, and you can ask too.  Form a dog pack, sign up for the 5K race, or stroll through Brookside on the leisurely ‘Strutt’ with your dog or your niece dog.  Raise some money, win a few fun prizes, and come enjoy the day.  I can only assume that because adopting from Wayside Waifs changed my life, it may have changed yours too.   

Written by Marie T. Dispenza
Development Associate at Wayside Waifs


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