Jun 23 2017

Fourth of July Safety Tips

It’s the time of year to celebrate Independence Day! It is an annual Federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and registering as a country, the United States of America. We typically celebrate with family, friends, fireworks, and good times. However, our furry friends don’t enjoy the holiday as much as we do, so we here at Wayside thought it would be helpful to provide tips on Fourth of July safety for our four-legged family members.

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets.

This goes without saying, but sometimes the animals get so nervous and scared they might try to run off and find a safe place. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

2. Leave your pets at home.

To avoid something like a lost pet happening, and to ease your furry friends’ stress, consider leaving them at home for the celebration. Most pets do not want to be near fireworks when they are set off, and find the most comfort at home. Please do not lock them in the car either, because they could suffer from heat stroke and/or brain damage.

3. Don’t put insect repellant on your pet.

This also should go without saying, but if your family is having a get-together and you would like to take your pets before the fireworks show, do not put insect repellant or sunscreen on your pet. There are certain ingredients in both that are poisonous for animals, and will have effects like neurological disorders and lethargy.

4. Never leave alcoholic beverages unattended to where your pets could reach them.

Dogs and cats are naturally curious, and if a beer or cocktail is left on the ground, they might consider knocking it over and drinking it. If consumed, the animal can get intoxicated and very weak, and could even go into a coma. Put those drinks on coasters on a high-rise table so they are unable to reach it, and provide fresh water for them to drink instead.

5. Keep your pet on their normal diet.

This is the time of year when people are barbecuing more and more because the weather is nice. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea.

6. Don’t give your pet access to glow jewelry. 

Glow jewelry is that super popular item that people put in freezers and wraps around your joints in place of bracelets and necklaces. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

7. Don’t force your pet into a costume for the holiday. 

It may seem cute to dress them up in the red, white, and blue, but unless your dog (or even less likely, your cat) loves to play dress-up, don’t push the issue. If they have a medical condition, some sort of loose clothing is definitely acceptable. Also, if your animal shuts down during the fireworks, consider purchasing a thunder shirt, which can be found at our store Whiskers & Wags. They are proven to help make animals feel safe and secure, while keeping anxiety levels down.

8. Do keep matches and lighter fluid out of the animals’ reach.

Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. Keep those items on a high-rise table out of their reach, and all will be well!

9. Consider getting calming treats and Adaptil collars

Calming treats and Adaptil/anti-anxiety collars are both sold in our retail store Whiskers & Wags, and they have been helpful to ease stress for our animals here. The collar mimics the dogs’ natural pheromone that helps ease tension, and can help them relax during a fireworks display, as long as they are indoors. Calming treats will help do the same things, and will taste good as well!

10. Brush up on flea/tick treatment.

Ticks and fleas are more abundant than ever because of the mild winter we had. They will find a host environment in dogs and cats, and during a celebration it might go unnoticed. We also sell seresto collars which help battle unwanted visitors for up to eight months. They will help during that barbecue and high heated areas! They can be found at our retail store Whiskers & Wags.

These are just some tips that help our furry friends, and you, prepare for the celebratory holiday! Enjoy, and be safe! Our retail store Whiskers & Wags is open during our adoption hours, provided below.

Adoption Hours:

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

Written by Teryn

Jun 14 2017

Waif Wednesday

Meet our Waifs of the Week: Marla, Bentley, and Bruno!


Marla is a pretty three-year old tabby cat with plenty of love to give. Her Feline-ality is a Private Investigator, which means she might spend some time behind the scenes and make sure the house is in order. She might be a little shy at first, but she loves to give purrs and headbutts! Her favorite toys are wand and mouse toys! Because she is a shy girl, she would prefer to go to a home without children under the age of ten, and she would prefer to be the only cat in the home. She just wants to have all your love to herself! She asks that her adopter will be patient, as she will be uncomfortable at first in a new environment. She will need a private space for a few days, but after that she is ready to be your companion!

Learn more about Marla here. Marla has a video, you can watch it here!


Bentley here is a handsome 11 month old American Blue heeler mix, and he is ready for his fur-ever home. He was transferred from another shelter when they ran out of space for him, but he has enjoyed his stay at Wayside so far! His favorite activity would probably be going on walks, and even runs with someone. Bentley is still a puppy so his energy is through the roof, but he is toy motivated so once you give him tennis ball or a chew toy he is a focused boy! He has herding tendencies, so it is recommended he goes home with no children under 5, mainly because he doesn’t want to accidentally hurt them! He would love to continue basic obedience training with someone, he is a smart boy!

Learn more about Bentley here.


Bruno is an adorable little red kitten and he is three months old. He is a bundle of fun in a small package and he is so ready for a new family to call his own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do they love to play! He will need some work on training but he will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster he will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help him stay well rounded. Give him some fun and interactive toys in the mix and he will have the time of his life! He also loves to cuddle! Curl up with him and he will purr to show you just how happy he is; cuddles are his favorite!

Learn more about Bruno here.


You can visit our animals during our adoption hours:


Written by Teryn

Jan 15 2010

Wayside Waifs Support Puppy Mill Initiatives in Missouri

Dogs at a puppy mill

Dogs at a puppy mill

Being known as the leading puppy mill state in the nation certainly isn’t something to brag about.  It is especially concerning to organizations, such as Wayside Waifs, who work assiduously to promote the well-being of companion animals.  As a state, as a community, as a nation, we need to stand up and shout to end the inhumane operations known as puppy mills.  Driven by money, not by care, concern or reverence for life, these heartless breeders must be held accountable for their despicable actions. 

If you knew the mother of the puppy you purchased from the pet store, online or from the breeder in the newspaper was being forced to breed even though she has mammary tumors, lice, cataracts, joint problems, was blind, suffers from urine burns, has missing limbs – and the list could go on and on -would you still purchase that puppy?  Would you still look at that cute puppy’s face the same way if you knew that the parents of your pup were forced to live in crowded conditions, on a wire floor covered with fecal matter, with limited protection from the elements, with a seldom reprieve between litters, and rarely having felt the hand of a human?  Sadly, these conditions are the reality for thousands of puppies across the state of Missouri every day.  In addition, thousands of Missouri puppies are sold and shipped across the country every month.

Even more disheartening is the fact that many of these breeders are licensed, even though living conditions for their animals are substandard.  Adequate government resources have not been allocated in a way that enables the proper monitoring and follow-up on these puppy mill breeding operations.  On occasion these breeders are forced to downsize (which could take them from inventory levels in the hundreds down to maybe fifty animals), but rarely are they completely prohibited from forcing the life of misery upon animals in the future.  Often the animals caught in the “downsizing efforts” end up on the auction block to be sold to other breeders with the same money-hungry mentality verses true concern for the health, well-being and quality of their offspring.

The good news is there is hope!  The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Humane Society of Missouri, The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have joined forces and are spearheading efforts to get the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act placed on the November 2, 2010 ballot.  However, getting the act on the ballot requires your help!  More than 130,000 signatures are needed from Missouri registered voters by April 27, 2010.

Staff from Wayside Waifs have been certified to collect petition signatures, and members of the public are encouraged to visit the shelter at 3901 Martha Truman Rod, Kansas City, MO to sign the petition and make this desperately needed legislation a reality for the animals in the State of Missouri.  The act would require:

1. Sufficient food and clean water
2. Necessary vet care
3. Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements and eliminating wire-floored cages
4. Sufficient space for dogs to turn and stretch, lie down, and fully extend their limbs
5. Regular exercise
6. Adequate rest between breeding cycles

The entire ballot initiative can be found at http://www.sos.mo.gov.elections/2010petitions/2010-085.asp

In addition to the efforts the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, The Humane Society of Missouri, HSUS, and the ASPCA; Governor Nixon and his administration has taken a strong stand to improve the conditions of unlicensed and substandard breeding operations in Missouri.  It is a great start, but we still have a long way to go!  Launched in February of 2009, the initiative is called Operation BARK Alert.  Public who have concerns about the breeder now have a way to easily report the situation online at http://mda.mo.gov/animals/ACFA/barkalert/.  Phase two of this initiative, Prosecution Bark Alert, was launched in June of 2009.  This is the first time that the Attorney Generals Office and the Department of Agriculture have joined forces to take legal action against breeders.

Help Wayside Waifs collect the necessary signatures and end the suffering of dogs subject to live on one of over 1,500 puppy mills in the state of Missouri.  No longer do we want to be the puppy mill capital of the nation, currently failing to comply with Missouri laws related to animal welfare and the Animal Care Facilities Act passed in 1992.  With your help, we can become known as the state that truly cares about the welfare of our animals.

Written by Courtney Thomas
Director of Operations at Wayside Waifs

Jun 30 2009

Exciting Day at Wayside Waifs

It has been an exciting day at Wayside Waifs!  We had special guest, Attorney General Chris Koster and Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler here for a press conference about prosecuting illegal breeders and breeders operating under deplorable conditions.  Several news outlets showed up to cover the event and of course there were lots of Waifs in attendance.  Wayside Waifs took in over 400 animals last year from breeders that were shut down by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  Its great news that these operations will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. 

Want to see what happens when these animals come to Wayside Waifs?  Visit our Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/waysidewaifs

Mar 2 2009

Bittersweet endings

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


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


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

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



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


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


What can we do?


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

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

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


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


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