Mar 10 2009

Way to go Oprah!

Wayside Waifs would like to congratulate Oprah on ADOPTING a new puppy!  This is the first time Oprah has adopted from a shelter and we couldn’t be more proud!  Most viewers know that Oprah is a huge dog lover and has consistently has her dogs with her at the studio.  Loyal Oprah followers also know that she has gone to a breeder to purchase her dogs.

Oprah and her new puppy Sadie

Oprah and her new puppy Sadie

After her beloved Cocker Spaniel, Sophie died last year, Oprah was encouraged to investigate puppy mills.  Her story sparked national attention.  Finally, people began to realize that many of the cute puppies in the newspaper or at pet stores were actually from puppy mills.

In an effort to help break the cycle of pet overpopulation, Oprah and her partner Stedman, visited the PAWS shelter in Chicago.  She interacted with a litter of Cocker Spaniel puppies and one kept coming back to her.  The puppy was named Amanda by the shelter.  Later that night, Oprah returned to the shelter after spending time thinking about Amanda.  She adopted the pup and renamed her Sadie. 

Our hope is that all animals in shelters find homes.  We are sure that Sadie will be living a life most humans only dream about.  Way to go Oprah!

Jan 6 2009

Abandoned dog gives us hope

Hope the Golden Retriever was looking for a good place to have her puppies.  She was cold and hungry when she showed up to a gas station in Freeman, MO.  Workers there had seen animals dumped on their property before.  Two days later, she began to deliver her pups.


When she delivered eight of her puppies, they knew she needed a veterinarian.  They brought her to Wayside Waifs where she delivered another two puppies.


Hope and her ninth puppy – the first one born at Wayside Waifs.


The first five puppies did not survive due to exposure to the cold weather and low body temperature.  Wayside vets immediately went to work to increase the body temperature of the remaining puppies. Less than an hour later, she delivered the remaining two puppies.


Hope and four of her puppies – one is still on the way.


Her five remaining puppies made it through the first night.  They are still not out of the woods just yet.  We will continue to monitor her and her puppies.  Soon, Hope and her puppies will go to a foster home that can care for them.  If you are interested in helping dogs like Hope through our foster program, click here to find out more about it.


All five pups!  The youngest is the black and tan one on the left.


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