Jan 17 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Leonora, Jenny, and Matilda!

“My name is Leonora, and I am so happy you are reading about me. I am a 12 year old girl with a beautiful calico coat. I was transferred to Wayside Waifs when my previous shelter was running low on space. That’s okay, though, I’m happy to be here because that means I get another chance at finding my forever family, and I’m certain they will find me here! Now, I know I may not be a young kitten, but don’t let that fool you – I do still like to play with my toys every now and then! Also, I’m a very relaxed girl. I don’t mind being brushed at all, and really enjoy attention. I love to purr, and would be so happy with a family that can give me a lot of pets! I have a lot of love to give and when you pass by my kennel at Wayside, I like to talk, too! I just like to remind people to stop by and say hello to me!  My friends at Wayside call me a Sidekick because I like to be around my people, but also like to do my own thing from time to time. Do you think I could be your furever sidekick? I hope to meet you soon!”

Check out Leonora here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Hi Folks! I’m Jenny! I’m a big lug of a tenderhearted  girl with so much to offer. I’m a 64-pound lab mix with a soft butterscotch-colored coat. I’ve had a bit of a ruff time. I originally came to Wayside from another shelter in Kansas City. I was adopted into what was supposed to be my furever home, but times got tough and they couldn’t keep me so I’m back here at Wayside. They’re taking great care of me here, but I just want to be back home living with a wonderful family. Even though I’m seven years old, I’ve still got plenty of energy and spunk. I’m active and relish a daily brisk walk. Big bonus is that I’m housetrained! That’s one thing you won’t get with a puppy! I’m also super smart and easy to train because I’m so treat motivated. I already know sit, shake and down and have almost mastered roll over! Your friends will be so impressed! I’m friendly, affectionate and enjoy people. I crave physical contact and would be a lap dog if I could. Oh, how I long to snuggle on the couch with my head in your lap. I love my humans, but I’m looking for a home without other canine friends. I will be a loyal and devoted pet and am ready to give you years of love and adoration. Can I be your dog?”

Check out Jenny here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Well, hello there…I’m Matilda! Thanks for taking time to learn more about me. As you can see from my photos and video, I’m a pretty, medium-sized, tan & red torbie girl. I transferred here from another shelter, and even though I haven’t been here all that long, I’ve really settled in to the routine here. I love all the attention and playtime I’ve been getting! My personality type is “Leader of the Band.” That means I’m an adventurous, confident girl. I’m very good at giving and receiving affection, and boy do I love to play with toys! You should know that I’ve tested FIV positive, but no worries. That just means I’ll need to have regular vet visits and good, nutritious food to make sure I stay healthy. And of course, I should be kept indoors where it’s safe. I’m currently residing in the “Meow Mansion” on the adoption floor at Wayside, so come on out and look me up.  Let’s spend some time getting to know each other. And who knows….we just might be a perfect match.”

Check out Matilda here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

You can meet all of our adoptable animals during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jan 12 2018

Dogs and Cats: Fact or Fiction

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

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

1. Pit Bulls are a dangerous breed.

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

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

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

3. Neutering your dog will negatively affect his personality.

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

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

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

5. Obedience training is only for problem dogs.

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

6. Cats always land on their feet.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Milk is good for cats.

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

10. Pregnant women should not have a cat. 

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

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

You can always visit our adoptable animals during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jan 10 2018

Waif Wednesday

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Milo here.

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

Learn more about Jerry here.

Meet all of our adoptable animals during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Jan 3 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Mac, Marvin, and Truman!

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

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

“Thanks for reading about me! I’m Marvin,  a great big cuddly orange tabby boy. I was adopted from Wayside when I was a kitten but, sadly, my family had a change in lifestyle and are moving and can’t take me along. So here I am, back at Wayside, thankful for my second chance to find a wonderful person or people to call my very own. What would you like to know about me? I’m a very laid-back, chill kind of cat. I enjoy attention and especially love it when people just talk to me. In my previous home I lived with children and dogs and got along well with everyone. So, if you have a nice dog or kids who need  feline friend, I just might be your guy. I’m dreaming of starting off 2018 with a wonderful new person or people? Think it could be you?”

Learn more about Marvin here.

“Hello there! I’m Truman and I’ve got quite a story to tell! To start off, I developed complete cataracts at an early age and went completely blind. They aren’t painful to me and I’ve adjusted very well. At about this time I found myself at Wayside. I was there for a few weeks but was adopted and lived with a family for eight years. I was mostly an outdoor dog, but figured I was lucky to have a home. Then recently, trouble struck. My owner could no longer afford to keep me so she surrendered me to another shelter here in Kansas City. They knew I was originally from Wayside so I was transferred here. Somewhere in this process I hurt my leg pretty bad and when I arrived at Wayside, they decided the best thing for me was to amputate. I know this seems like a lot for a dog to go through but I’m resilient and happy-go-lucky. I was up and walking on three legs in no time and I get along quite well, if I do say so myself! They even use me as a training dog for new volunteers because I’m so easy to walk. You just need to help me maneuver in a new place so that I don’t bump into things—at least until I get to know my surroundings. I weigh about 36 pounds, so I’m a great medium size and I’m super affectionate with people. Just let me know you’re coming by calling my name and I’m all smiles and wags. Because other dogs don’t understand that I’m blind, they come up to me too quickly and unpredictably for my liking. This makes me nervous and a little cranky so I need a home without other dogs. I know I can withstand a lot and I’m doing ok here at Wayside, but I really just want to settle down and live with a family who I can adore and adores me back until my forever time. Can I be your dog?”

Learn more about Truman here.

You can meet all of our adoptable animals during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Dec 27 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Dixie, Andrea, and Hamilton!

Hi there! My name is Dixie. I am about three years old and as sweet as they come! I am a super playful, Shepherd/Boxer mix with big, beautiful eyes that truly sparkle! One is brown and the other is almost entirely bright blue. I recently was transferred to Wayside from another shelter that had run out of space, and from the first day of arriving here, everyone has told me that this is the place where I’ll find the fur-ever family I’ve been looking for. And let me tell you what a relief it is to hear such a thing because I can be quite shy and fearful in unfamiliar places so I really hope to find my fur-ever family soon! One of my favorite things to do is play with other dogs! I have lots of puppy energy and love to play bow to entice other dogs into romping around with me. Since I am still young, I haven’t really had the chance to learn how to properly behave (all I want to do is play!) so I do need some help on my doggy socialization skills. If you already have canine friends at home, that’s great! And it would be ideal if they are higher energy like me and willing to tolerate my style of play. Since I’m still a young girl, I will also most likely need basic obedience and house training. I may also need more time to adjust to my new home compared to other pups, but with patience, consistency, and a strict routine, I should be able to blossom into the well-behaved lady I know I can be. I do already know how to sit and I am very treat motivated and want nothing more than to please you so I just know that I can learn even more! And I hope that we will have lots of fun along the way! At the previous shelter, I was adopted for a small period of time. When my new family first took me home, they may not have realized how scared I initially was. I’m not sure why I was so frightened, but when they would let me roam free in their fenced in yard, out of fear, my instinct was to escape. After a few times of doing so, I guess it was more than they could handle and I was returned. Because of this, it’s probably a good idea that at my new home, I’m on a leash whenever I’m outdoors until I’m better acclimated to my new environment and able to roam free without supervision. I also want to learn how to come when I’m called so if I do find myself on the other side of the fence or wandering too far away, I’ll know to come right back to you when you tell me to! I can’t wait to find my fur-ever family, and once I do, the great folks here at Wayside recommend that I get ample time to adjust to my new home and surroundings. During this time, it’s best that I don’t meet a lot of new people or go on any field trips outside of the home. When the time is right and I am ready to meet new people, I’ll need low and slow, positive introduction to strangers. Also, due to my fearfulness, the staff feels it would be best if I went to a home without kids under 10 years of age. This isn’t to say that I can never be around young kids eventually; I just need to socialize and become more comfortable with adults first. To see for yourself how sweet I truly am, come on out to Wayside to meet me. Be sure to bring the whole family with you, including any four-legged friends to make sure that we all get along! My bags are packed and I’m oh so ready to go home with you and start our lives together!

Learn more about Dixie here.

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

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

Act my age???  Not gonna happen!  I’m Hamilton, a pure-bred American Bulldog. While I may be 8 years old, I’m still like a puppy.  I’m 69 pounds of energy and eagerness.  I came to Wayside when my owners had a change in circumstances and couldn’t keep me.  I was sad and confused, but I just know that the people here are going to help me find my new home.  Could it be yours? I’m a confident guy, with my adorable big head and soft black ears.  I sure enjoy attention and am motivated by treats and toys. I’m crate trained and know how to “sit.”  I hope you’ll give me some basic obedience training so I can learn more cool things.  With my amount of energy, I’m going to need people who will give me plenty of exercise.  If you have a yard, it should have a fence at least 6 feet tall…or better yet, I’d just love to go on walks with you.  I’ll do best with a harness, until I learn not to pull on my leash. Because of my size, I should go to a home with no small kids under the age of 5.  I could knock them down without even meaning to do it!  Also, I do not get along with cats.  I’m interested in dogs, but I need to work on my manners with them.  I can get pretty rough and not all dogs appreciate my enthusiasm!  It’d be wonderful if you bring all the members of your family when you come to meet me, just to make sure we all get along. I hope you’ll come soon and see me in person.  I’m so loveable that I have a feeling you’ll decide that we’re a perfect match.  Ask for Hamilton!

Learn more about Hamilton here.

Meet 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-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Dec 23 2017

Department Highlight: Admissions

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 Canine Care Technicians, and this time, we would like to showcase our Admissions Department. They do such a wonderful job in overseeing the care of our animals when they first come in, and work directly with the public, local animal controls, and shelters to get as many animals in a safe environment, and well on their way to a forever home.

Pictured above is the Admissions Manager Elizabeth, who has worked at Wayside Waifs for seven+ years. She oversees how the majority of our animals get brought to our campus. As some might know, we receive animals from places like Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and sometimes New York! We will do anything we can to help others out, and we also partner with local shelters like Great Plains SPCA, Kansas City Pet Project, and Spay and Neuter Kansas City. She manages the three person team, and is a good reason as to why we have so many resources involved in rescuing any animal we can!

Pictured above is the recent transfer of a few dogs from Kansas City Pet Project. When animals first get to Wayside, they get a brief physical examination, a behavior exam, updated or first vaccines depending on their history, a name if they need one, a microchip scan, and then a kennel or run. The transferred animals and owner surrenders will usually have names, but we will name stray animals ourselves. They get a few days to get assimilated to shelter life, and then staff and volunteers begin working with them, whether it be socialization or TLC.

Admissions’ first priority is to make sure the animal is safe, wherever it may end up. They strive to help people and animals alike, as much as Wayside can. Elizabeth mentions this as part of her favorite thing about working in this department. “People are extremely grateful that we can help. As a limited admissions facility, we are unable to accept every animal that comes through those doors, but we do as much as we can, to be a no-kill shelter. It is rewarding knowing I have made decisions to save many animals over the years, because every little bit helps.”

Pictured above is Ashley, who has worked at Wayside a little over six months. She has previous experience in other shelters, and truly enjoys working with animals! She is an Admissions Counselor, who works directly with Elizabeth and the public to save as many animals as we can. When asked what her favorite part of working in this department was, she knew the answer immediately. “I enjoy seeing the entire journey of the animal. When they come in malnourished or scared, and then one or two months late, I see them happy and healthy, and getting adopted. It is rewarding to be part of a compassionate team when we all have the same mission.”

Pictured in the cover photo, and above, is Brad, who is the newest Admissions Counselor/Behavior Team Member. He has been with us for a few months now, and his position is unique. He works with Elizabeth in picking animals to transfer in, and assist with said transfers. He also assists with the behavior team in assessing the dogs over six months of age that come through our facility. We do behavior tests to see a dog’s temperament, and see if they need any training or extra love while in our care. When asked, Brad mentions how his position is beneficial in Admissions as well. “I have the benefit of bringing animals in to start their journey, and then work with the dogs firsthand to continue their journey. I get to meet every dog, and see their personality shine after a week or a month. It makes my work in Admissions all the more rewarding, because I can bring animals in knowing what lengths we go to.”

Without our Admissions team, our shelter would not be like it is today. We are limited admissions because of our no-kill status, and we are proud to be that! We only take in what our building can hold, even if we want to accept more. It is not an easy job to tell people no, but Elizabeth, Ashley, and Brad are those decision-makers for us, and we could not appreciate them more! Thank you for all that you do!

Happy Holidays everyone! Consider visiting us during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn J.


Dec 20 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Morgan, Wally, and Wanda!

Please welcome Morgan, a gorgeous shorthaired tabby girl with the most beautiful mix of golden browns. She is a one-year-old domestic shorthair mix. She originally came to Wayside Waifs as a stray, but she is safe and ready to find her forever home! She can be shy at first, but once you get to know her she is the sweetest cat. As long as you go slow with her at first, and let her come to you, you will be fast friends in no time! She also is quite the listener, and loves to talk with people. Do you ever need to vent about your day? Morgan is the one to vent to! The Felineality assessors here at Wayside determined that she is a Sidekick! That means she moderately brave in new situations and loves spending time with her favorite person or people, making them look and feel good. Does Morgan sound like the one for you?

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

Meet Wally, a two-year-old Lab Retriever mix looking for his very own home. He originally came to Wayside Waifs after his last shelter transferred him to us. While he is having a blast, being in a home would be amazing. Wally prefers a home with children over the age of five, as he can be a little jumpy. He would not want to hurt anyone accidentally. He also asks that you have no small animals, such as cats or rabbits. He wants you all for himself! If you comply with his requests, he will give you all the kisses and snuggles. He is very smart too, as he knows the command “sit,” and is ready to learn more! Just present him with yummy treats and he is ready to go! Wally is an active boy, so he would love an active home with a fence where he can run around and exercise. He would also do well with a dog friend, as he has met some here and liked them!  Come to Wayside and ask to meet him.

Learn more about Wally here.

This is Wanda, a one-year-old Domestic Shorthair mix. She is a pretty girl waiting for her purrfect family. She was originally brought to Wayside Waifs when her last shelter ran out of space for her. Moving around like that can be scary, but she knows this is her last stop until a forever home! Our Felinality testers say she is a Personal Assistant. Once she gets settled in, she’ll be around to help you with anything and everything! She’ll help you pay bills by typing on the keyboard and she’ll hang out in your lap when it’s time to relax. She also is a big fan of toys, wands especially! If Wanda sounds like the girl for you, come and meet her today!

Learn more about Wanda here.

Please feel free to visit 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.


Dec 13 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Shelby, Misty, and Merle!

This is Shelby, a gorgeous four-year-old Shepard mix. She was brought to Wayside after her last shelter ran out of space for her. She’s okay with that though, because she is ready to settle into her forever home! Shelby can be timid at first, as she wants to get to know you first. She can get very nervous around little kids, so she politely asks that she go to a home without children under the age of five. She takes a bit to really warm up and sometimes small children don’t understand that. She also needs to be the only dog in the home, just so she can be your main focus! She is very smart, as she already knows the commands sit, down, come, shake, and stay! She is food motivated, so give her some yummy treats and she will learn even more with you. She does very well on walks, and enjoys them too! While she does prefer a calm, quiet home, she is crate trained and housebroken, which is a bonus! Doesn’t Shelby sound awesome? Come meet her today!

Learn more about Shelby here.

Meet Misty, a 6 month old girl with a beautiful medium-length coat. She came to Wayside Waifs when her previous shelter was out of space. Since being here, Misty has made many friends among the staff, volunteers, and other cats! She has made so many feline friends, that she would love if her future home has one or will adopt another friend with her. She has the softest fur, and is known to be quite a lap cat. She is a sweetheart, and loves to be affectionate. She is still a young kitten, so she would love playtime as well as cuddle time! Do you have a nice window for her to do some bird-watching at your house? Or some mouse toys or wand toys? She would love all of that! Come meet her today!

You can learn more about Misty here.

Here is Merle, a handsome, Retriever/lab mix looking for a home. He was brought to Wayside Waifs after his last shelter ran out of space for him. Because of this, he is ready to move on to a different setting, like a forever home! Maybe that home can be with you! He is a friendly guy who is glad to meet any new person! Bring the whole family out, including furry friends, when you come say hi. He is a smart boy and loves to learn new things. He knows the command sit, but present him with a yummy treat and he is ready to learn more. He also enjoys going on walks and romping around. He is ready to meet his forever family, and hopefully that is you! Come meet him today.

You can learn more about Merle here.

You can visit all of our furry friends 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 8 2017

Preparing For the Holiday Season

It is going to happen, and we all know it; snowfall. Missouri winters are something to either look forward to or approach with extreme dread. We here at Wayside try to make the holiday season enjoyable for our waifs while they are in our care. We decorate the shelter, and invite volunteers and staff to participate in fun activities with our animals. We want to provide some helpful winter tips for bracing the cold, and preparing for the big holiday gathering!

1. Check your pets’ microchip information, and update their tags.

We know we always use this one, but it is important for owners to always keep tabs on their pets’ identification. Winter is a common season for people to lose their animals, and having correct phone numbers and chip information will allow them to be found easier and quicker.

2. Check under the hood of your car for cats!

If you park your car outside, chances are a cat sneaks under the hood at night for warmth. If you go to drive, always check by the tires, and any place you think a tiny animal can fit. Believe me, it is possible for them to find areas you might not think of.

3. Wipe their paws after going outside for any reason.

Now is the time of year when we salt the pavement, and other chemicals such as antifreeze, or de-icers are used. If an animal were to ingest these, it could bring on severe illness, or even crack their paws. Just doing a quick swipe with a towel does the trick!

4. Pay attention to your dog’s ability in the snow.

Some dogs, like Huskies, are able to withstand the cold for longer periods of time than others. That does not mean you have to skip their walks, but they might need to be shorter. Short hair, thin, elderly, or young pups are more susceptible to getting cold quicker.

5. Be prepared for any kind of emergency.

The cold weather can bring severe winter storms, including power outages, and snow-ins. It is best to stock up on emergency kit items so you can always be prepared. Having a first-aid kit handy is always a good thing too! Items like flashlights, candles, extra food, blankets, and water are some of the important things to have handy during those power outages.

Now we will share some holiday tips!

1. Choose your decorations wisely.

It is no secret that cats love shiny, crinkly, and colorful toys. Well, ornaments and decorations look exactly like a toy to them! Some dogs even enjoy playing with stockings or the tree. Pick essential decor so you will not be angry it is broken, but also plan accordingly so it is out of reach.

2. Make sure the holiday party food is out of reach.

Some of those festive feasts have perfectly good snacks for pets, but to be safe, keep them in a safe, out of reach place to avoid any accidents or illnesses. A little turkey, and unsalted potatoes is perfectly okay for a holiday dinner for canines and felines!

3. Keep everyone happy during your family gathering.

While hosting a big party, make sure your guests know if your animals are prone to sneaking out any doors.  We would not want a loose animal in the cold! Also, think about dedicating a safe room for your animals if they are wary of big crowds. Then you will not have to worry about them, and they will not be stressed!

4. Stay away from dangerous holiday plants.

Mistletoe and holly are fun items to decorate with, but your animal might think of it as a toy. Accidentally ingesting these plants can be very harmful to them. It can cause severe illness, so it is best to avoid using them altogether.

5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. 

When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

Come visit us this Saturday, during our Open House, and meet Santa Paws!

Please visit us during our regular adoption hours as well!

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

Written by Teryn J.

 


Dec 6 2017

Waif Wednesday!

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Martin, Clyde & Bonnie, and Davie!

Martin:

Clyde(and Bonnie):

Davie:

Martin

6 months
Male
American Bulldog / Mix

Hi there, I’m Martin!  I’m a sweet and adorable pup, just searching for a home and family that I can call my very own.  At just 6 months old, I’m still a puppy, so everyone tells me I should have been adopted quickly.  But it’s taking me longer than most dogs to find my forever family.  Perhaps that’s because I’m sort of quirky and different.  I march to the beat of my own drummer.  And I need a special family who will like that about me and who will love me for who I am.

I’m a handsome, 35 pound American Bulldog mix.  I was transferred to Wayside from a rural rescue group when I was only a few months old, so I feel like I’ve spent way too much of my young life in a shelter.  Once I got settled in at Wayside, people started noticing that I wasn’t acting like most puppies.  I kept to myself and my bow legs looked sort of silly when I walked.  And then people wondered if I might be hearing or seeing impaired.  Well, I might not be perfect, but the docs tell me that my health is just fine.  Sure, I might not be just like other dogs, but once we bond and I get comfortable and relaxed with you, I will make a wonderful companion!

I’d love a quiet and calm home where I can feel safe and cozy.  I hope you will be patient and understanding with me.  I got along just great with the cats in my foster home, so that’s fine with me if you have one of those!  And I enjoy doggie playgroups at Wayside, where it’s fun to watch me run and play.  If you have another dog, I’d love to meet them before we go home together, to make sure we’re a good match for each other.  And I will need a home without kids under the age of at least 5 and preferably 10.  I can be protective of my food, so I’ll need a safe and peaceful place to eat my meals, away from people and other animals.  It’s not a big deal, but kids don’t always understand how to give me my space.

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming.  You know you’re different and you’re not sure how to fit in.  It all came together for me though when my foster mom helped me to understand that it’s OK to be different and unique.  So instead of trying to be like all the other dogs, I’ve decided to just be me.  I’m a character.  And I’m silly and sweet and sometimes awkward and quirky.  But I’ll love you in my own way and I’ll accept you just the way you are, too.  I can’t wait to share my life with you and finally be home.

Love, Martin

Adoption fee: $25

Clyde & Bonnie

8 months
Male & Female
Domestic Shorthair

**Bonnie and Clyde are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.**

Hello there.  I’m Clyde.  I’m a handsome young cat and ready for my real home.  I’ve been staying in foster with my sister, Bonnie.  People say we’re “special needs,” but I’m not really sure what that means, so I’ll just tell you about myself.

I’m a lovely white kitty, and I have a special need to be with people but not on people.  There’s such a thing as too close, and anyway Bonnie always claims the lap first.  I’m happy to sit nearby, get petted, and hang out with everybody else.  I like to watch the goings on and just might get sucked into a series with you.  Some things on TV are hard to resist.  If you want to talk, I’m a good listener.  You can tell me anything, and I’ll keep it to myself.  Bonnie might try to give you unwanted advice.

I also have a special need to run and play, with Bonnie or you.  People smile when they see me run.  They say I look like a white bunny.  I don’t see it, but that’s what they say.  I also like to play with toys like string toys, mice, red dots, and tunnels.  The possibilities are endless!

Something kind of personal you might want to know is if I use the litterbox.  I do, and I have a special need to keep it neat and tidy.  I also use my scratch pad and pole.  I’m a good kitty and an easy kitty.  I would love to sleep in your bed at your feet at night.  Bonnie wants to sleep at your head and may ease you off your pillow.  I won’t cause any trouble like that.

One thing I have noticed is that the other cats in the foster home have straight front legs and tails, while Bonnie’s and mine are crooked.  Life on straight legs doesn’t seem any more difficult than life on twisted legs.  We all do what we need to do, so I can’t imagine there is anything special there.  I guess you could ask the vets about me if you want to know more.

Anyway, if you are looking for a good companion who could also double as a white bunny, I’m your guy!  Oh, and Bonnie comes with me as a bonus, in case you need a lap warmer.

 

Adoption fee: $130

Davie

3 years
Male
Labrador Retriever / Mix

Did you guys know that the name Davie has a Hebrew origin and means cherished and beloved? Yep. That’s me! All my friends at Wayside definitely would describe me as cherished and beloved, true to my namesake!

So, now that you know my name Davie let me tell you a bit more about myself. I’m a 3 year-old black lab mix that came from a hoarding situation in Texas. I can be timid sometimes, but I’m sure with trust, love and patience, I’ll be well on my way to being the most amazing companion I can be. I’m very food and toy motivated, and this will definitely help me and my new owner bond, and it will help me to learn ALL THE THINGS!

I love affection and attention. Once I warm up to you, I’m a very sweet and loveable guy, seriously, SO incredibly loveable! I definitely think I could be a snuggler extraordinaire. I’d also love to be your running, hiking, walking and outdoor adventure buddy. Exercise is much needed to keep my mind and body healthy! I have pretty good leash manners, and know with more practice they’ll be close to perfect.

There are a few things that I need in my new home to help me be amazing. Due to my timidness, it’d be best if I went to a home with children over the age of 5. Sometimes loud noises and new things are initimidating. Additionally, I need to be the only pet in your home, but I know that I have enough love and cuddles to give that you’ll be perfectly content with just me.

So, what do you say? Come on out to meet me, I’ll be waiting!

Adoption fee: $50

Holiday Open House this Saturday

Barking news! Wayside’s Annual Holiday Open House – presented by Bayer – is this Saturday, Dec. 9th! All pet adoptions will be only $50 for one day only! HO! HO! HO! There is more news to purr about – SANTA’S COMING! Bring your furry family members for a photo with Santa 10am-Noon!

Our pet adoption center opens at 10am. You can meet all of oru adoptable pets on our website.

Wayside Waifs will be closed on Friday, December 8 to purr-pare for this big event! 


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