Oct 18 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week; Sandee, Snowball and Snowflake, and Talbot!

This happy girl is Sandee, a cute one-year-old Pug mix. She was originally brought to Wayside after her previous shelter ran out of space for her. That is just fine, because she is ready to find her forever home. Maybe it is with you! As you can probably tell, she is a very happy dog! She enjoys exercise, and really just being active. She probably likes running around and playing with you best! She is energetic and jumpy, so she would definitely benefit from Basic Obedience training. She is ready to learn, but she just needs a teacher! It is recommended that Sandee goes to a home without children under the age of five, just because she does not want to either scare or hurt them accidentally. One great thing about her is she is independent, but she also loves to cuddle! You get the best of both worlds. She has met dogs at Wayside, and she did play a little, but she still asks that you bring in your furry friends to meet her, just so we can make sure they can be buddies! She takes my food very seriously, so she just asks that she has a safe place to eat away from other animals and people. A girl just needs her privacy sometimes! Ask for Sandee, and you will not be disappointed!

You can learn more about her here.

Meet our bonded pair of bunnies, Snowball and Snowflake! They are nine months old, and two peas in a pod. They are a true bonded pair, so they absolutely must go home together. They are brothers who love each other too much to be separated. They were transferred here from a local shelter after they ran out of space for them, but not to worry! They are excited to be at Wayside Waifs to find their forever home. They are very social, and they enjoy just being with people. If you come into their room, they immediately want to say hello and interact with you! They eat all their veggies, and take them gently out of your hand. They love their free-roaming time, so they would love a space in your home they could have to explore in, at least a little bit during the day. They have been known to crawl into a lap, so be prepared for bunny snuggles! If you see them hanging out in the Small Mammals room at Wayside, please come visit them! They would love to meet you, and hopefully come home with you!

Learn more about them here. They also have a video, which you can view here.

Please welcome Talbot, a spunky little two-year-old Terrier mix. He was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs when they rescued him from a hoarding situation, but that is okay. He knows his forever home is waiting for him, and maybe that is with you! At first, he can be a little timid, but if you go slow with him, he will quickly warm up to you. He has met other dogs here, and they seem okay, but please bring in your furry friends so we can make sure you all work together well! He was adopted, but returned because his owner was allergic to him, but it was a positive experience! They provided wonderful notes about what he is like in a home. For example, he is crate trained and housebroken! They taught him fun commands like Sit, Stay, and even Kennel. He enjoyed learning those, and would be extremely happy if he could continue his training! He asks that you bring your whole family in to meet him, because we want to make sure you all are a perfect fit! He even got comfortable with learning how to walk on a leash!  Come out to Wayside and ask for Talbot, and you will not be disappointed.

Learn more about Talbot here.


Oct 10 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Bridgette, Starla, and Ralphie! 

Meet Bridgette, a gorgeous two year old Catahoula Leopard dog. Bridgette was transferred to Wayside after her last shelter ran out of space for her. That is okay though, because she is searching for her forever home! Think that family could be you? She is super friendly, but she would do best in a home without small children. She just does not want to accidentally hurt anyone! She loves being active, and thinks walks are just amazing. She is also looking for someone to teach her the ropes of life! Keeping your body and mind in shape are equally important! If Bridgette seems like a good candidate, come visit her today.

You can learn more about Bridgette here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Starla, a petite nine month old Domestic Shorthair mix. She has gorgeous markings, and a wonderful, soft coat. She originally came to Wayside as a stray, wandering the streets. Because of her past, she is confident, brave, and friendly! While she was independent for so long, she is ready for an indoor lifestyle, complete with regular food and water, love, and attention! Is that not enough to persuade you? Her favorite toy is a feather wand, and she loves to play either by herself, or with people! That can be tons of fun for both of you! Does Starla sound like the one?

You can learn more about Starla here.

This is Ralphie, a handsome three year old American Staffordshire mix. He was graciously brought to Wayside by a Good Samaritan, who saw him running along the highway. Thank goodness! He is ready to find his people now! Ralphie is a sweet, loving boy, and believe it or not, he is a lap dog! Because of his past, he is a little wary of dogs, so he would prefer a home where he is your only dog. He loves walks, and he is actually a great running partner. He is ready to be trained by a new family, and he is toy and treat motivated, so he is eager to please! With his markings, you also will probably get compliments on how sweet and cute your dog is. Do you think Ralphie is your perfect match?

Learn more about Ralphie here.

You can meet our Waifs of the Week, and 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.


Oct 4 2017

Waif Wednesday

Our hearts are with the Hurricane victims, and the victims of the Las Vegas incident. We hope this post can bring a little bit of light in times of sadness. And with that, please welcome this week’s Waifs: Selma, Brasi, and Tigger. 

This is Selma, a gorgeous one year old Domestic Shorthair. She has wonderful brown and black markings, true to the Tabby name! Selma came to Wayside as a pregnant stray, thankful for a Good Samaritan who brought her in. Her kitten-rearing days are behind her now, and she is ready to be the baby of the family! She is a sweet, affectionate girl, and enjoys exploring new places. She likes spending time with you too of course! She is also a very nice lap kitty. Her Felinality here is Personal Assistant, meaning she is people-oriented, but she is a moderately brave girl in new situations. She is ready to assist you in anything you need, as long as you want a helper. Are you cooking, cleaning, or watching a Royals game? She’s ready to be there with you! Sound like a good deal to you? It sure does to her!

Learn more about Selma here. She also has a video, which you can view here. Selma also can do agility courses! See her in action in the following links: 815499CB-3A29-4F4B-AA22-ED77D8AEB5DD   E42D286F-B0C1-4C1B-8CB8-8A3C863DAD1C

Meet Brasi, a fun two year old Staffordshire Terrier mix. At fifty-two pounds, this guy is nice and energetic! Do not let that serious mug fool you…he is a happy boy who loves his fair share of treats and toys! He is a strong boy, so he would do best in a home without children under the age of five. He doesn’t want to accidentally hurt anyone! He already knows the commands sit and speak, but he is very eager to learn more from you. He is very expressive, and will let you know what he is thinking. If you think he’d be a good match for you, please come see him today. He is ready to meet his peeps!

Learn more about Brasi here.

Here is Tigger, a stunning four year old Domestic Medium Hair. He has gorgeous red markings, and long white whiskers! While he is not as bouncy, he is ready to be the sweetest Tigger for you! He is ready to find his forever family. His Felinality here is Leader of the Band, meaning he is a confident dude. He is ready to explore the world, with some cuddling time in-between. He is a purr machine, so make sure to give him plenty of pets! He also enjoys many toys, and can play with you or by himself, but he wants that time with you more! He is FIV positive, but can live the life of a normal cat, just with extra precaution. He can get sick more than other cats, but if he has regular visits to the vet, it will be like he never had it! He really is a sweet guy, and you should take a chance on Tigger! Come meet him today.

Learn more about Tigger here.

You can meet all of our adoptable pets and our Waifs of the Week 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 29 2017

Vega and Goldie: 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 Buster and Nugget, and we have some good news. Buster was adopted a few weeks ago, and has a wonderful forever home! Nugget was adopted the week of the blog’s post, so we would like to think it is bringing them luck! Without further ado, please welcome September’s Long-termers: Vega and Goldie!

This is Vega, a handsome two year old Cane Corso mix. Vega was originally brought to Wayside from a previous shelter who no longer had space for him. Upon arrival, many staff members thought he had a gorgeous color and was a sweet boy. He has been here 149 days now. Vega was behavior tested upon arrival, and our staff noticed he had some quirks.

He is big and strong, which can put a lot of people off, but he really is sweet! He needs an experienced owner that has handled dogs of his size before, as they know what they are getting into. He also does not particularly enjoy the company of other dogs, so a home without other dogs is best. He also has a kid restriction because of his size and strength. He could accidentally harm someone, and that is not something he nor any of us want to happen. He does take his food seriously as well, so he needs a calm and quiet place to eat away from everyone. With these restrictions, he has been harder to adopt out, but he has wonderful qualities as well!

Vega is Food, Toy, and Praise motivated. That means he is ready to learn Basic Obedience, and treats, any toys, and being told what a good boy he is motivates him! He already knows Sit, Down, and Come, and could easily learn more! Volunteers and staff noted that they enjoyed either walking with him or sitting with him, as he does well with both! He was adopted back in June, but was returned due to the family not being the right fit. They did provide us with some wonderful notes.

They noted that he was mostly housebroken, and did well sitting and sleeping in a crate! He was good at going outside and was a nice player. He listened to his already known commands, and he did well with a chain link fence. When he met new people, he did really well! Vega’s just tricky because he knows he is strong, and he likes to test the limits. He is also really smart, which causes him to be a bit stubborn.

He originally tested as Heartworm positive, but was treated during his stay here. During that time, he had to be on restricted activity and had a lot of pent up energy. That could be a factor for his energy level now. He did bite a staff member during a meet and greet, and it was noted that he was over aroused and it was more of a pressure bite. Since then, he has been worked with by staff only, to see what we can work on with him. So far, he is doing great!

Overall, Vega’s a pretty great guy, he just needs an experienced owner that is ready to take him on. Our Canine Care Manager and several staff and volunteers enjoy him, as he is a lovely guy. Vega would like to tell you about him in his own words!

“Hey there, I’m Vega! I’m a Cane Corso mix who’s looking for a place to call my own. After being transferred here from another shelter, I’m so ready to be done with shelter life and be in my fur-ever home! I love people, but I’ll do best in a home without small children. I’m a big guy and don’t realize how strong I am sometimes! I’d also prefer to be the only furry friend. I’m super smart and know the commands sit, down, and come but I’m ready to learn even more from you. Get me extra motivated with treats, toys, or praise! I’m pretty easy to please. I also like to be sure that I get plenty of exercise so let’s explore the world on walks! We’ll have so much fun getting active together. I’m a big guy with an even bigger heart. Come by soon so I can show you all I have to offer!”

You can learn more about Vega here. He also has a video, which you can view here. Here he is with a CCT Sarah!

 

This is Goldie, a cute one year old shorthair rabbit. She originally came to Wayside as a transfer when her previous shelter ran out of space for her. Not to worry though, she is thriving here! We first saw Goldie on the other shelter’s website, and thought she was adorable! When she got here and settled in, we noticed she was very expressive! Goldie has been here 58 days now.

After monitoring her for regular eating, drinking, and bathroom habits, she started to come out of her shell more. We monitor bunnies for this because of how easily they can get stressed out. Goldie was pretty much normal, other than her excessive shedding and nippy behavior. That is a sign of stress and discomfort, which is not uncommon. Our rabbits get to free roam, and she was happiest when doing so. She did not seem to enjoy other rabbits in the room with her.

Our Feline Care Manager(who also manages the Small Mammals) told me she likes to “lunge” at people. Rabbits can run pretty fast, so at first it looks scary. She said as long as you stand still, Goldie will sniff you and move around and forget about it. She enjoys fruit, particularly melon! She likes vegetables okay, but definitely prefers melon. She also will go back in her kennel for fruit only, so she truly prefers it.

It may sound like she is a handful, but she is thriving now! Because of her stressed out behavior, Goldie was foster requested. Her foster mom says she is doing great! No biting or nipping, no lunging, and no paper shredding. She is acting like a happy rabbit in a home. We understood that it was the shelter environment getting to her, and not diva tendencies!

Goldie truly needs an owner that has had rabbits before, as she is still finicky. She will always have her little quirks, and probably would do best in a home without small children. Being the only pet would be ideal for her! Her foster mom thinks she is a sweetheart, and our Feline Care Team expressed the same opinions! Goldie would like to explain to you how great she is!

“Hello there and nice to meet you, I’m Goldie the chubby bunny and I just recently turned 1 year old! I’m named not only for my golden color, but also my shining personality which catches the eye of many adopters as they walk pass. I’ve been in shelters for most of my young life and I’m ready to jump right into my furever home with someone who will give me lots of love and playtime. I would love it if you would come visit me soon!”

If you want to meet Goldie, you would call our Adoptions counter at 816-986-4426 as she is staying in a foster home. If you want to meet Vega, and all of our other adoptable pets, 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 27 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time for our Waifs of the Week: Kiki, Pumpkin, and Scout!

This is Kiki, a three year old American Staffordshire Terrier/Pitbull Mix. At fifty-eight pounds of fun, she was found wandering the streets until a good samaritan picked her up. That was so nice! After her experience, she is ready to meet the family of her dreams! She is a sweet, affectionate girl who loves people. She is also really strong, but she just enjoys being active. The team at Wayside is working with her on not being so jumpy, and she is improving everyday! She already knows the commands sit and come, and she is extremely motivated to learn new things. Pass her some yummy treats, give her a toy, or just give her a compliment, and she is good to go! She can be a handful, so she would prefer a family that has experience with high energy dogs, and a family that will help her continue to train. She would never want to accidentally knock a small child over, so she respectfully asks for a family without children under the age of five. Does Kiki sound like the one for you? Come meet her today!

You can learn more about her here.

This sweet girl is Pumpkin, and she is a gorgeous six year old red and white tabby. One thing you should know about her is that she is declawed. She originally came to Wayside when her old shelter ran out of space for her. She is ready to find her forever home, and maybe it’s with you! She is a sweet, friendly girl, who loves to be petted. She loves talking to people, and she is an equally good listener. Her Felinality is Personal Assistant, meaning she wants to be around you and help you! While she is a sweetheart, she also loves to play. A wand toy is her favorite! Pumpkin season is just around the corner, but she is ready for a home year-round! Is that with you?

You can learn more about her here. She also has a video, which can be viewed here.

Meet Scout, a handsome one and a half year old Shepard mix. Fun fact about Scout; he’s housebroken! He is ready to find that perfect family. He was originally adopted from Wayside as a puppy, but his family had to surrender him due to them moving. He did get adopted again, but was found as a stray and brought back. He is a patient boy waiting for his opportunity. He is people oriented, and is very friendly. He walks well on a leash and harness, and he has quickly become a volunteer favorite. He is extremely playful, so he would prefer an active home where he can get daily exercise. He already knows sit, down, and come, and is ready to learn more! He is a smart boy and eager to please! He is treat and toy motivated, so give him some yummy treats and a toy to play with and he is ready to go! While he is playful, he loves to have some downtime and cuddle with you. He enjoys the company of other dogs too, in case you have one! He likes to have a buddy, so definitely consider bringing your dog out to meet him as well. Something you should know about him is that he was able to jump a three foot fence, so it helps to have a tall fence! He can get jealous over attention, so our adoption counselors will give you information on how to make it a smooth transition. Scout might be the one for you!

You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

You can meet all of our Waifs of the Week and 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.


Sep 8 2017

Lottie: Happy Tails

Being employed with Wayside Waifs is a very rewarding experience, and volunteers have the same feeling. Sometimes you get those special cases with cats or dogs and you cannot help but root for them. Lottie is one of those cases. Pictured above is the day Lottie came in, with a staff member holding her for a picture and then receiving her shots.

Lottie’s intake name was Sassy, I’m assuming because she was very vocal! She was given updated flea, tick, and worm treatments along with appropriate vaccines. They were roughly two or three weeks old at this time. She had five other siblings who were rescued from a hoarding situation. Our vets examined them on intake and noticed they had ulcers on their tongues, meaning they were suspect for Calicivirus.

Calicivirus is a common respiratory disease in cats. If a cats unvaccinated, or living in poorly kept conditions, they are more susceptible to the disease. Lottie’s litter was unvaccinated and leaving in a hoarding situation, so it is no surprise they developed the disease. The infection can occur in a cat at any age, but the most common age for cats is a kitten six weeks or younger. There are vaccines for the prevention of calicivirus, but it hasn’t been proven to protect it from all cats. The symptoms are flu-like, so once you catch those you would take the animal to a vet and get a proper diagnosis, and get antibiotics to treat it.

Lottie and her siblings were placed in our foster care program with veteran foster mom Annie Hughes. Annie has housed several fosters, and her specialty is litters upon litters of kittens. Annie recalls that Lottie’s siblings “were one of the cutest litters I’ve ever fostered. Three calico girls, and three spotted ones. And they were all sweet and cute!”

Here’s one of Lottie on her own!(Or two)

 

After approximately a week of antibiotics, their tongue ulcers were healed and their upper respiratory symptoms were gone. They were placed on one more week’s worth of medicine just to be safe. After they were fully healed, it was time to wait to be of age and weight to be altered and put up for adoption!

As mentioned above, I had worked at Wayside during this time and fell in love with Lottie’s pictures. I spoke to Annie directly and she was very excited that I found a kitten I liked. Normally I was able to withstand the power of cuddly kittens, but she wore me down. She offered to set up a time to come meet the litter and see if she was truly the right fit. After the meeting, it was over. I definitely wanted to adopt her, and I did!

While most of the time she does her own thing, she does like to cuddle every now and then. Our vet is terrified of her and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has two older sisters-a dog Cleo and a cat Sahara. She enjoys playing with Cleo, but Sahara doesn’t necessarily enjoy Lottie. That’s still a work in progress! I can’t imagine life without her, and I know that if it wasn’t for Wayside, Lottie and her siblings would still be in that hoarding situation getting sicker and sicker. I’m happy to report she has a clean bill of health and is enjoying her eventful life so far at a year+ old. Thank you Wayside!

You can find your own buddy at Wayside 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


Sep 6 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Marcus, Caz, and Merida!

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

This is Marcus, a handsome five month old domestic medium hair kitten. At first, he can be a little shy, but if you give him time to get to know you, he will be an incredible friend and companion. He first came to Wayside as a stray from Belton, when he was just a few weeks old. He was very thin, and practically covered in ticks from head to toe. We treated him, but he was so scared from being alone for the majority of his life, that he was kind of secluded from potential adopters. His foster mom Annie decided he needed a break from the shelter, and needed to experience what having a home is like. She says he is a perfect house guest. He’s not a picky eater, and a pleasure to be around. It took him a few days to come around, and he still gets startled by loud noises, but he has enjoyed the company of his foster mom, and other animals. He does enjoy playing with his toys, and cuddling up on foster mom’s lap. He lives with two other cats in the home, and they get along fantastically. They have taught him how to play and how to go about his cat business. He would love to go home with another cat! He has also lived with an older dog, and just ignored him. Marcus is a sweet boy, and just needs an understanding owner that will give him the time he needs to adjust and come out of his shell. Does that sound like you?

You can learn more about Marcus here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

Meet Caz, a dashing four year old American Bulldog mix. He was originally brought to Wayside after his last shelter ran out of space for him. It’s okay though! He has enjoyed his time here, and has made lots of new friends! Caz is known as being a big, lovable, goofball. He LOVES toys, especially squeaky toys. He loves playing with people, but also can entertain himself. He does well on his leash, and he does great on walks. He loves learning new things, so he will enjoy basic obedience training. Caz is a sweet guy, and looks forward to meeting you!

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

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if one of those Egyptian cat statues came to life? Introducing the stunning four year old domestic shorthair Merida! Merida came to Wayside with her litter of kittens from her previous shelter that no longer had room for them. She was a great mom, and her children have all found homes, but it is Merida’s turn now! She is a sweet girl, but will give a warning nip if she is getting overstimulated. For that reason, she will do best with a cat-savvy adopter who understands cat communication. When we tested her Felinality, it was revealed that she is a Sidekick. She is moderately brave in new situations and likes being your companion. She is not overtly clingy though, she can entertain herself as well. Are you looking to add beauty, grace, elegance and love to your life? Please come to Wayside and ask for Merida!

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

You can meet our Waifs of the Week, and all adoptable Waifs, during our adoption hours! We have a special this week, Wednesday through Sunday, with $25 cat/kitten adoptions and $50 dog adoptions(over 1 year old). 

Adoption Hours:

 

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

Written by Teryn


Sep 1 2017

Falling for Fall

In less than a month, it will be Fall! Everyone looks forward to cooler weather, pretty scenery, and themed drinks. Our animals can enjoy the season as well, but there are certain things to watch out for. The following are tips on how to prepare for the season, which this year, is September 22 2017-December 21 2017.

1. Watch out for ticks.

Even though ticks are prevalent in the summer, they still are very active in the fall. If you do spot a tick, it is important to be careful when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol and pluck the parasite with tweezers, and make sure you’ve gotten the entire tick-leaving no parts behind.

2. Beware of rat poison, antifreeze, and other chemicals.

Ingesting antifreeze is lethal. Unfortunately both cats and dogs have been known to lick this up if any spills are is out and within reach. Make sure to check your car for leaks and make sure all bottles are stored far away from your pets. Be careful when it comes to mouse traps and rodenticides like rat and mouse poison. Direct ingestion can be deadly. If your pet does ingest any chemical, seek emergency care immediately. 

3. Watch out for mushrooms.

In some regions of the country, fall is just as wet as spring. That means more mushrooms will pop up in your yard depending on where you are. While most mushrooms are perfectly safe, there’s a small percentage that are highly toxic to our furry friends (and to us!). If you think your pet has ingested a mushroom, contact your vet immediately.

4. Let them grow out their fur coat.

If you have a dog that you shave during the summer, let him or her start growing their coat back in the fall. Just like you need your Fall/Winter coat they’ll needs theirs too. You can continue to groom them, but only for a trim and not a full-on haircut. You wouldn’t want them to get super cold outside!

5. Get your holiday plans in order.

As the holidays approach, most of us will get busier and possibly have to travel. Take time out and plan ahead so you can make the holidays easier on your pets. If you have a pet that has special needs or is wary of new people, be sure to tell your guests about your pet before they come over. Make sure your pets can’t escape through the main entrance of your home. This is especially important if you plan on having several guests in and out of the house this holiday season. It may be worth investing in a baby gate or creating some kind of barrier between the door and your pet. Especially if you have pet that’s known for bolting. If you are leaving out of town and will be boarding your pets, call months in advance as most vets and boarding places get booked up.

6. Be careful with holiday treats and decorations.

Aside from known hazards such as chocolate, cooked bones, raw bread dough, many fruits and vegetables can also be life threatening to pets. Many shiney new decorations look like really fun toys to your pets. Make sure decorations are out of reach because many of them contain toxic metals and can become choking hazards.
7. Keep school supplies out of reach.
Fall is back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. Although these items are considered not lethal to pets, their stomach might develop a blockage if ingested. Be sure your children keep their school supplies out of your pet’s reach.
8. Watch out for wildlife.
Autumn is the season when snakes are preparing for hibernation, increasing the possibility of bites to those unlucky pets who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet parents should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be lurking in their environment—and where those snakes are most likely to be found—so pets can be kept out of those areas.
These are just some of the many things you can watch out for during the fall season, but hopefully these helped you! You can always visit our campus during our adoption hours.
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

 


Aug 11 2017

FIV: Fabulous, Invincible, and Valuable

FIV(Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a complex retrovirus that causes immunodeficiency disease in domestic cats. In non-fancy jargon, basically the cat’s body is unable to properly protect the immune system. As a result of immunodeficiency, most infected cats do not show symptoms and have a normal life expectancy, but they are prone to developing other infections and certain types of cancer. We adopt out FIV positive cats, and I just want to showcase how great they are, by explaining their unique quality.

A retrovirus, such as FIV, is slow-moving and can lay dormant in the body for months and even years. That is why most infected cats do not show symptoms right away and live a normal life expectancy. Many people compare it to the human virus HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus.) Genetics may or may not play a role in if a cat is more susceptible in getting the virus. The average age is five years at the time of diagnosis, and the likelihood of infection increases with age.

FIV is mainly passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds, the kind that usually occur outdoors during aggressive fights and territorial disputes-the perfect reason to keep your cat inside. Another less common way is if the mother of a litter is FIV positive. She may pass that down to one or more of her kittens, which is where genetics comes into play. FIV is more common in males because of the more aggressive tendencies males get in terms of defending themselves in the outdoor territory, but female cats can get it as well. Cats who live indoors are the least likely to be infected. The most common cat that will get FIV is an un-altered, free-roaming, outdoor male cat who fights.

People cannot catch FIV, only from cat to cat. As mentioned above, symptoms take years to develop, but some of those are fever, weight loss,  anemia, dental disease, and sneezing, to name a few. If you think your cat has FIV, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get them tested. FIV infection is determined through a blood test, and sometimes they require another test be done later on for confirmation.

At this moment, there is no cure for FIV, but it is very manageable. There is a vaccine, but it does not protect all cats. Keeping your cat indoors is one of the most important things, so they don’t get sick, and they don’t infect others. By spaying and neutering your pet, the chances of getting the infection decrease. A vet might prescribe medicine to combat and secondary infections your cat may get. Monitoring your cat is really the most important way to stay one step ahead of this disease. If FIV continues to stay un-treated, the secondary infections they already develop can lead to life-threatening diseases/conditions.

As mentioned earlier, here at Wayside, we adopt out FIV cats because we believe they provide a unique quality to someone’s life, including ours! We have five FIV positive cats currently looking for their forever home. I figured I would take this opportunity to introduce them.

This handsome man is Blackbob. You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can watch here.

This dashing orange man is Jaws. You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can watch here.

This chatty dude is Captain. You can learn more about him here.


This little guy is Edison. You can learn more about him here.


This cuddly boy is Carter. You can learn more about him here.

These are all of our lovely FIV boys. I personally met all of them today, and they have two things in common; FIV and being complete love bugs! What is really nice is this sign is on the back of all of their kennel cards to explain to potential adopters what FIV is. 

Along with this note, our staff and volunteers are always so helpful if anyone has questions. I recommend giving any of these boys a try, they are all so sweet!

We are closed this week due to our Mega Match event during the weekend. I’ll post those hours below.

Monday-Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10:00-7:00

Saturday: 10:00-7:00

Sunday: 12:00-6:00

Written by Teryn


Aug 4 2017

Back-To-School Tips

When August comes around, we start thinking about school. Either the back-to-school sale, school supplies list, making sure everything’s ready, or just dreading the upcoming semester. What we might not always think about is how our furry friends in the home might understand what August means. I’m going through some tips and explaining what our pets feel like during those different schedules after summer.

Not all animals will feel this way when people start going back to work and school, but some will experience sadness and loneliness. They might mope around or sleep more. Maybe your dog starts chewing on things they shouldn’t, or maybe your cat becomes more vocal or pees in the litter box. Many people will not connect this to back-to-school time. Like some people, animals like having routine because it makes them feel secure. During the summer, if kids are playing with them all day, and suddenly they go away for long hours, it can cause confusion and stress.

There are so many ways that we can prepare for to curb this anxiety your pet might feel, and it is a great teaching moment for your children! Here are some tips that can get you through this transition.

1. Transition Time

If you prepare at least one week before school starts, the animal can mentally prepare for your absence. This could be leaving your dog inside during the early hours of the morning by themselves. Only for about thirty minutes or so, and that should help simulate school time. Another good trick is to start breaking out lunch boxes or school supplies that your dog would see when you leave them. They can get used to the items and desensitize them around it, making for an easier transition. 

2. Come up with a routine.

As mentioned above, animals are all about routine, and without it they can have severe depression or separation anxiety. To avoid that, you can start a new routine for all year round, that can benefit the children, you, and your animals. The schedule should include but is not limited to feeding, bathroom breaks, walks, and exercise/play time at set times each day. You could plan for a morning walk before or after school, and cuddle time in the evening, depending on what your schedule looks like. Coming up with a routine will reduce the stress on your animal.

3. Turn on the TV/music before you leave.

I do this with my animals, because I think they worry more when it is completely quiet. We used to turn on the radio, but now we turn on the TV for them. I usually put it on cartoons because they make the most noise and they can hear happy music. Human voices or calm music helps them adjust from seeing and hearing you all day to just nighttime.

4. Prepare special toys for the environment.

With you and the kids gone, the animals have lost their favorite playmate. If you provide toys throughout the day, and switch them out to make it fun, they will be able to transition. You can also provide food puzzles so they have to play and think while eating their food. We personally hide treats around our living room so they can have that to do as well. Some people will fill a puzzle feeder or Kong toy with peanut butter or cream cheese for an extra treat. Save those “favorite” toys for when the kids come home so they can enjoy it a little more.

5. Think about Daycare.

Sometimes dropping your dog off to daycare will help them make new friends and be busy all day. Cat daycares are few and far in-between, but you can always check to see if someone does that, but cats will not be as upset as dogs will. This will allow your dog to expend some energy, while being in good care and the company of others.

6. Quality Time

It is important to re-connect with your pet at the end of a busy week. With school back in session, your dog may not get as much time playing with your family as during the care-free days of summer. Remember that even though your pet wasn’t at work or school all day, he still needs time to unwind. Consider activities like: Long walks at the park, Lounging around on the couch, Daily walks, even as the days get shorter, A weekend picnic, A weekend hike, A visit to a restaurant or establishment that allows dogs, and A special weeknight brushing.

There aren’t that many tips for keeping your pet calm and collected while going back-to-school, but this is really all it takes. August can be a stressful time for you and your family, but don’t forget about your furry friends!

Come visit Wayside Waifs!

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

Written by Teryn


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