Feb 20 2010

Wayside Waifs at the Home Show

On Thursday, Ashlee Parker, Communications Manager at Wayside Waifs, and I spent the afternoon transforming our booth at the Home Show into a fun play land for our Waifs who would be attending the Home Show.  Thanks to Guier Fence we have a wonderful play yard for the dogs to run free and play with Wayside Volunteers and attendees of the Home Show.  We added a futon with colorful bedding, some bright colored bean bag chairs, lots of toys and comfy beds.  Wayside has never done a play yard like this at the Home Show, but we were very excited about it.

On Friday morning, there were a lot of people already at the show and everyone wanted to know what time the dogs would arrive in the play yard.  Thanks to Barbara, Adoptions Manager at Wayside Waifs, Steve and Kristen  we were able to get the dogs to the Home Show earlier than planned!  From the time the dogs arrived, our booth area was packed!  The dogs had a blast just playing with each other and staff members.  It was quite comical and as a result several of the dogs, including two seventeen-week old, miniature toy poodles, found forever loving homes.

Although large mobile events like this can be very taxing on our resources, we really enjoy these kinds of events.  So many people came up to show us photos of the pets they had adopted from Wayside Waifs.  It’s so wonderful to hear people talk about their pets and how much adopting an animal changed their life in a positive way.

Today, there has been a steady flow of people coming to the Wayside play yard, interacting with the dogs and sharing their stories.  Wayside also has their own stage this year and there are several shows taking place throughout the day.  You can learn about Wayside Waifs Humane Education programs in local schools and Wayside Dog Trainers will also be presenting on the Wayside stage throughout the day.

I invite you to come by and experience our awesome play yard and love on some of our wonderful Waifs who are looking for a forever loving home.  The adoption process only takes about 30 minutes and you can take your dog home from the show!

The Wayside staff and volunteers will be at the Home Show on Saturday from 10-8 and Sunday from 10-6.  We look forward to seeing you at the Home Show at Bartle Hall!


Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

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