Sep 26 2016

Meet Memphis!

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Meet Memphis! This sweet, goofy guy is a 75-pound Mastiff mix who’s looking for a home. He was transferred to Wayside Waifs when his last shelter ran out of space for him. Now that he’s settled in, he’s more than ready to find his peeps and get to his new fur-ever home!

Are you looking for a laid-back companion who will enjoy relaxing around the house with you? Memphis is your guy! He would be a great friend to children and other canine companions, too. Memphis is super smart and eager to learn all the exciting things you have to teach him. With some positive encouragement and some extra treats for motivation, he’ll be able to learn the ropes in no time.

He loves to stay active by taking long walks. He’s an explorer who enjoys the exciting sights and smells that the great outdoors has to offer. He has great leash manners, too so staying healthy will be something fun you can enjoy together!

Memphis is an independent guy who won’t ask for much. He’ll let you know how much he loves you by curling up by your side to enjoy some belly rubs. As you can see in his picture, he also likes to stick out his tongue for fun! If you’re looking for a silly, fun, loving companion, come by Wayside Waifs soon to see Memphis! Tail wags!


Jul 8 2013

Your adoption help wins life-saving funding

From June 1 through August 31, Wayside Waifs is competing in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge. As Kansas City’s largest and most comprehensive no kill pet adoption campus, we set a goal to help find “fur”ever homes for 1,831 animals this summer. But we can’t do it alone!

What is the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge?
The goal of the challenge is simple – to increase pet adoptions across the country. Wayside was one of 50 shelters nationally and the only one in the Kansas City metro area chosen for this competition. More than $600,000 in prize grants are available with funds ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. In this contest – every animal wins!

How to HelpHow can Wayside win a grant?
When you adopt a pet from Wayside Waifs, it puts us closer to winning one of several major grants from the ASPCA. These grants will continue to fund life-saving medical care, rescue missions, animal behavior rehabilitation and ultimately help more animals find their forever homes this year.

Throughout the summer, visit our website to learn more about pet adoption specials.

Share the mission
Another way you can help Wayside win grant funding is by getting social with us. Just follow us on your favorite social media site(s) – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Pinterest. Please be sure to engage with us by sharing, liking, or retweeting our content. Your participation helps spread our mission to other perspective adopters.

Community Engagement
Tell your friends why you love Wayside by using #WaysideWaifs in your social media posts. When you generate social media posts about the Challenge, please use #100KChallenge.  When you share your adoption success stories, please use #100KSaved in your post.  This will allow these posts to appear on the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Facebook and Twitter feeds and will also help us in the competition.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of abandoned, abused and homeless pets!


Jun 29 2012

Is There A “Cat Person” Purring Inside You?

“I’m just not a cat person.”  Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all before.  Someone will say they don’t like cats because cats are too independent, or can’t be taken for a run like their canine companion, or can’t play fetch.  Oh, but wait – they can play fetch!  Maybe not exactly like a dog, but yes, cats can be trained to fetch small objects, or to do any number of other tricks.  Don’t like having a litter box in your home?  Many cats can even be trained to use the toilet.  Ah, but, will they flush?  Yes, some will actually do that too! And, yes, I will agree, cats are different than dogs.  But, why would we want them to be the same anyway?  Wouldn’t it be better to celebrate their differences and enjoy each species for what they are, and the varying kinds of companionship that they offer?  What I would really wish for is to be able to break through people’s preconceived opinions regarding cats, especially those who say they don’t like cats but have never actually taken the time to get to know any of these marvelous creatures.  

No, I’m not the crazy cat lady.  I am an equal opportunity pet adopter, and I currently have both cats and dogs in my home.  I didn’t grow up owning cats, although I would have liked to.  So, now that the choice is solely mine, I live in a multiple-cat household; currently owning 3 cats, and previously owning as many as 5 at one time.  Making up for lost time, ya know?  And, just like dogs, each is unique in his or her own way, and each one breaks down all of the myths and negative comments regarding cats that I have ever heard. 

Some say they are opposed to owning cats because they believe cats are cold and aloof, or unaffectionate.  Well, I’m here to tell ya, although I can’t speak to the personality of every single cat out there, my experience with my kitty companions has been just the opposite.  One of my cats, who, fortunately for me, lived to be 19 years old, would come bounding onto my lap whenever and wherever I would sit down.  He would happily share his real estate with any of the other cats if they so desired, but inevitably some would just have to settle for a close proximity whenever adequate lap space was not available.  Still, one cat (now 13) has never once ventured onto my lap nor has he ever wanted to be picked up and held.  But, he will lie beside me on the couch and relish in being pet for as long as I will pet him.  And that’s OK, because in his own way he still enjoys “sharin’ the love”.   

Like dogs, cats do require time and maintenance.  Cats are certainly willing to entertain themselves with a toy, but they much prefer their play involve human interaction too.  All, especially those with long hair, need to be brushed regularly to avoid matting.  And, even if items for scratching are provided, their nails will need to be trimmed.  It is also vitally important to clean their litter box every single day.  Oftentimes, the reason that a cat will begin to eliminate outside of its litter box is because the box is not being kept clean.   Essentially, cats are very clean animals, and just so as long as you provide them with a clean and easily accessible litter box it is unlikely that they will eliminate in inappropriate locations, unless there is something medically wrong.  So, if you have a cat that is eliminating outside the litter box it is important that you take him or her to the vet immediately to rule out anything medical. 

Cats aren’t perfect, but neither are dogs, and as responsible pet owners we must learn to make adjustments in our lives, and work to train them to be appropriate housemates.  So, you think a cat won’t obey you?  Won’t come when called?  Does your dog always come when called?  Yes?  Well, good for you!  I wish mine always did!  But, that’s another story.  With repetition, all of my cats have learned their names, and yes, yours can too!  Just like training a dog, if you call your cat’s name and immediately praise him/her with a treat when he/she comes, it probably won’t be long until your cat comes running over to you whenever it is called.  Well, maybe not every time.  Will this work for all cats?  Probably not, but my experience does show that with some cats it is possible.  As with any behavior, almost anything can be modified with consistency and reward.  I also taught one of my cats to sit on command just to prove that it could be done.  He’s quite a chow hound, or rather chow kitty, so it wasn’t exactly a daunting challenge to entice him to sit for a treat.    

Although I can try to impress upon you all of the wonderful things I have learned about cats from sharing my life with them over the years, at the end of the day, people do have their preferences, and we should recognize that a cat is not going to be the right companion pet for everyone, just as a dog is not going to be right for everyone either.  I can respect that, although I would encourage anyone who has never owned a cat to take some time and just get to know a few of these amazing animals.  Whether it’s visiting a friend’s home who has a cat(s) or visiting Wayside’s Cat Adoption area, I would invite you to open your mind to the possibilities, and you just might discover that you are a “cat person” after all.

 

Written by Karen Brown
Lead Development Associate at Wayside Waifs


Jan 20 2012

The Amazing Transformation of Izzy

The day Izzy was rescued

The day Izzy was rescued

Commitment…  Patience…  Unconditional love…  Acceptance…  Powerful words with serious meanings.   But, all must become a basic way of life for anyone who is considering adopting a puppy mill rescue.  Some puppy mill rescues may eventually become fairly “normal” dogs, but others’ spirits have been so battered and broken that they will never truly recover, leaving them with permanent physical and/or psychological scars that will affect them for the rest of their lives.  Some will come with medical issues due to lack of proper nutrition, veterinary care and sanitary housing, while others will be plagued with psychological issues, most commonly an intense fear; both of people and of new situations.  And, due to their endless confinement, all will have a lack of understanding of the appropriate protocol for elimination.  Many will get better, but far more will not.  At least not completely.  But, now, thanks to the rescue efforts of Wayside Waifs, many puppy mill rescues are being given a second chance at life in a home where they will know love unlike anything they could ever imagine. 

 It was November 3, 2009 when 21 frightened and horribly neglected dogs were rescued by Wayside Waifs from their previous lives of pain and misery at a puppy mill in Camden County, MO.   As I watched them being impounded that day, I found that my heart was especially touched by two emaciated poodles; one gray and one cream colored.  It brought tears to my eyes to see their dirty matted fur, their incredibly long toenails, their filthy, rotten teeth, the wounds on their bodies from having to fight for their food, their swollen and stretched out mammary glands, and their wasted and worn out bodied from years of over-breeding.   And, more heart-wrenching still was seeing the dreadful fear in their eyes as they stood trembling at the uncertainty of their fate.  No matter how gentle the touch or how softly and kindly the words “It’s going to be OK” were spoken to them, they still could not comprehend that they were safe and that they were now beginning their journey to a life that would be filled with goodness.  In their frightened little minds, the past had proven to them that only bad things ever happened, so how could this scary new world be anything but a continuation of their previous life in hell?  Fortunately for them, time was on their side, and each would be allowed to adjust to their new-found freedom at his or her own rate.  Over the next couple of weeks I would often visit with my two little favorites; the gray and cream colored poodles, along with several others too.  I would spend some time just being with them every day, trying to help with their socialization, always telling myself that they would all be going to wonderful, loving homes, and that I would have to let them go, because the two dogs I already had at home were enough. Eventually, each of the rescues began their migration from the holding side of the building over to the adoption side, and one by one they started leaving Wayside, to a new and better way of life. 

It was one day in late November when I went to visit with one of the poodles that I found she had a new “roommate”, because her previous little buddy had recently been adopted.  Who was this pitiful looking schnoodle, and how in the world did I miss seeing her before now!!!?  “Darma”, as she was named by the staff, was cowering in the corner, pressing hard against the wall, trying to get as far away from me as she possibly could.  I reached out to let her sniff my hand, but coming from a place where no human contact had likely ever been kind, she had no intention whatsoever of coming anywhere near me.  But, Whispers, the cream-colored poodle, would now readily approach me, so I just continued to visit and snuggle with her, allowing Darma to skeptically look on from the security of her corner.  She looked so sad and lonely huddled there in the corner, but in all honesty, it was the sorrowful, pleading look in her eyes which, in the end, totally captivated me.  Regardless of everything I had told myself about not needing another dog, I really knew from the very first moment I saw her that she would eventually be coming home with me.  And, thanks to Wayside, I have come to discover a reciprocal love from an adorable puppy mill rescue who has come to mean the world to me.

So, I read as much as I could about adopting a puppy mill rescue, and after purchasing a couple of baby gates and placing a dog crate with the door left open in every room of the house, (so she would always have a safe haven close by), I thought I was well-prepared to bring home the newest member of my family.  I quickly learned, however, that nothing I had read had fully prepared me for life with a puppy mill rescue.  On the day of her adoption I went to her kennel, slowly opened the door, and gently lifted her out, at which point she immediately began to fight to get away from me.  So, I clutched her tightly to my chest, and just sat down on the floor with her and spoke to her in a calm, soothing voice, and once she relaxed and ceased to tremble I felt we were ready to go home.  I placed her in a travel crate, knowing that the car ride home would be particularly frightening for her, and that confinement while in the car would be the best option.  Nearly everything she would encounter now would be completely new to her, and for her, every one of those things would be absolutely terrifying.  It was heartbreaking to see the almost constant fear that she was suffering, but I was certain that, over time, she would eventually overcome those fears.  There would be progress.  It would be slow, but there would be progress.  Dedication…  Commitment…  Patience…  Unconditional love…  Acceptance: Progress… 

I immediately found that she didn’t actually need a crate in every room.  The only crate she ever would flee to was the one that she sleeps in every night.  Every “first” for her was incredibly difficult, and many of her fears of those “firsts” remained fears throughout the “seconds”, “thirds”, “fourths” and beyond.  The first time I put a leash on her she flopped around like a fish out of water, but it didn’t take her very long to adjust, and now she walks on leash really well.  Progress…

Her reaction to every new experience was to bolt, not really knowing where she was bolting to, or if the path that she was choosing was safe to take or not.  Everything she experienced initially sent her scurrying; the vacuum, television, doorbell, dishwasher…  She no longer runs to hide from any of those things, although she does still prefer to keep her distance from the vacuum.  Progress…  Rain, snow, walking on the grass, or just being outside, were all horribly frightening to her at first, but now she loves to go out in the back yard, as long as I go out there with her.  Progress…  Once-in-awhile she still will have an accident in the house, but that is rare, so in that regard she is getting better.  Progress…  She has even learned what “go potty” means, and knows to eliminate at that prompting.  But, if I take her outside and she doesn’t actually need to go at the time, she will still squat when I say “go potty” and then come running over to me to receive her snuggles and praise.  She’s no dummy!  And, as terrifying as the first few baths were for her, she really doesn’t mind bathing now at all.  I found that giving her treats while bathing her provided her with something she desired to such an extent that she would willingly tolerate a bath, if she had to, in order to receive those treats.  Now, every time I even just pull back the shower curtain, she comes running into the bathroom and puts her paws up on the side of the tub – just in case it happens to be her bath/treat time.  Progress… 

Izzy today

Izzy today

I am fortunate in that I can take Darma (now *Izzy) to work with me every day.  Her comfort zone is under my desk, and although that is where she stays all day, except for when we go out for a walk, I still feel it is better for her than being at home, alone in her crate all day.  *So, how did Darma come to be known as Izzy?  When Izzy first came home with me, she still had her puppy mill look – a skinny, frightened pooch with dirty matted fur.  So, I thought that this “not quite beautiful on the outside yet” little girl needed a beautiful name, so I named her Isabella.  So, I groom, and I try to get her to the “beautiful” look, but after every bathing and grooming she immediately shakes her body and rolls around on the ground, only to rise up looking terribly scruffy and completely unkempt.  So, I decided that shortening her name to Izzy was more fitting to her crazy and cute, yet messy and disheveled look.

Nothing makes me happier now than to see her running at full speed around the back yard, sometimes chasing after my other schnoodle, and sometimes just running for the sheer pleasure of being able to run free.  Progress…  She is my constant companion, and in the comfort of her home, her eyes are bright, her stubby little tail is constantly wagging and she runs and plays like any “normal” dog.  Progress…  But still, whenever she encounters other people, or faces new situations, she reverts back to being that scared and distant recluse that made her way into my heart back on that cold November day. 

Oftentimes, when she is sitting on my lap, I will look into her soulful and hurt-filled eyes, and wonder of the fear that is behind them, and the painful memories that time can never erase.  It infuriates me that she, and so many like her, have been forced to endure a life filled with horrible torture and unspeakable pain, all so that some selfish, greedy breeders can make a buck.  Yes, hundreds have been saved, but sadly, thousands remain imprisoned, daily suffering a fate that is far worse than death.  We can’t give up on them.  Wayside Waifs will not give up on them.  One by one by one we will do our best to offer these survivors the life that they deserve.  And, to all of the other Izzys out there – We will not forget you.  We will not abandon you.  We will not stop fighting for justice for you.  We will not.  WE. WILL. NOT.  Progress…

 

Written by Karen Brown
Lead Development Associate at Wayside Waifs


Jul 29 2010

Meet Darcy!


Gorgeous, sensitive, shy, loving sweetheart of a girl – hi, my name is Darcy, and I’m a 6 year old German Shepherd/Australian Cattle dog searching for my forever home.   I came from a one owner family, and when I was surrendered, my Wayside pals recognized that I am not a dog who handled shelter life well at all.  So, lucky me,  Foster Mom (FM) to my rescue!  I’ve lived at FM’s for 6 weeks now, and she says I’m just the greatest girl in the world.  

I want to make a great first impression with you, so I will mention that I’m completely housebroken.  I haven’t had a single accident at FM’s house, and she says that sometimes she leaves me for up to 8 hours at a time – and she doesn’t even crate me – how perfect is that!  I don’t chew on her things, I don’t have accidents – let’s just all acknowledge right now that I’m the perfect indoor dog.  Speaking of that, FM says that I’m not that big of a fan of her back yard.  She has a 4 foot fence, and I’ve never jumped it – things are far too good here to ever want to go anywhere else.  FM says that I just prefer to be around her, so when she is inside, that is where I want to be too.  I like to keep an eye on her, ya know what I mean?  

We go on walks daily, and I enjoy my time out in the neighborhood.  FM says that I don’t need a huge amount of exercise, but I am always willing to do whatever she suggests – I’m up for anything.   FM has taught me how to run alongside her when she is biking.   How talented is that!   I get such a thrill from it (my new favorite thing to do in life), so I’m thinking that maybe I would be a good running partner for you? 

FM says that I can be quite frisky when I realize it is play time.  I can get so happy when I know we are about to do something really fun.  FM says that I’m so cute because I’ll turn my head and look toward my tail, then I turn my head the other way and look toward my tail, and pretty soon I’m just rockin’ back and forth, doing my own little dance of joy, and FM says she just stands there and laughs at me.   I love to hear the sound of my FM laughing at me – I know I’m making her happy! 

I love car rides, too.  FM says I like to stick my head out the window and feel the wind beneath my ears.  I’m smart too – FM says that I know sit and stay, and I enjoy getting all kinds of treats when they are offered up for a job well done.  FM says that I am a good watch dog – I hear everything, and if there is a knock at the door, I alert FM with a little bark that someone is there.  I’m quiet and respectful when she asks me to be, and if she trusts the visitors, I will do the same – because I respect my FM.

After a good night’s sleep, FM says that every morning I will jump up on the bed with her, and I know to be very, very quiet while she is still asleep.  I will just lie there and stare at her beautiful face until she decides to rise and shine.  As soon as FM’s eyes open, well I’m there for some major snuggles!  I will roll to one side, over on my back, tongue hanging out like a goofball, with a smile a mile wide, waiting for belly rubs and all the loving FM has to give me.  Sometimes I even crawl up onto her chest wanting some ear scratches and shoulder rubs.  Ahhh, it feels so good to be loved! 

FM thinks that the perfect home for me would be one with either a single person or a couple, and the lifestyle would be an easygoing one.  I do best taking things slowly at first when meeting new people, so you would have to have some patience with me.  I’m extra shy and unsure around men, but I can warm up to them nicely if given the opportunity.  I just don’t like to rush relationships – don’t you have a friend or two like that?  Once I do get to know you, I am an incredibly loving, loyal companion that only has eyes for you.  I am what you call a people dog.  I would probably do best in a home that doesn’t have young kids or other animals – only because I’ve never lived with any myself. 

So, my plea would be that all easygoing, friendly, loving people out there who want the perfect dog – please apply for me!  I really am quite the sweetheart, and I will make the right person the most wonderful of companions.  I will miss my FM, but I really need my own forever home – not just a temporary one.  Please think about me and whether I would be the right fit for you.  I plan to make the person who adopts me the best dog in the universe!  Truly, life is all about love and companionship, isn’t it?  I promise you all the love and devotion one dog can give. 

Love from Darcy


Jul 16 2010

More Abused Animals Arrive at Wayside Waifs from Montana


Today Wayside Waifs received nearly half of the 90 animals seized by The Humane Society of the United States from an overcrowded shelter in Montana.  36 of the animals arrived at Wayside Waifs this morning.  Partnering with the HSUS and Fallon County Sheriff’s Department, 60 dogs and 30 cats were rescued from Eastern Montana Humane Society. The sheriff’s department served a seizure warrant for the animals held at EMHS Tuesday morning due to violations of the Montana animal cruelty code. 

“The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to the Fallon County Sheriff’s Department for upholding the cruelty laws and calling us in to rescue these animals,” said Adam Parascandola, director of Animal Cruelty for The HSUS. “These are highly adoptable dogs and cats which deserve to be living as cherished family pets.” 

When responders arrived they found large numbers of dogs and cats living in filthy, cramped pens and crates. Many of the animals were housed for long periods of time in unsafe and unsanitary enclosures. Some of the animals were suffering from skin and parasite infections. 

All of the animals were safely removed and transported to a nearby temporary shelter set up specifically for this rescue by The HSUS and United Animal Nations.   HSUS transported 40 of the animals to Wayside Waifs in a specially equipped 75-foot mobile sheltering vehicle where they will be available for adoption.  Wayside Waifs is an official Emergency Services Placement Partner of The HSUS.  The animals seized during this raid include a wide range of breeds including Collie-mixes, Lab-mixes and Newfoundland-mixes.  Wayside is also receiving many different breeds of cats.

This is only one of three deliveries of animals Wayside Waifs has received in the last week.  In total, Wayside has taken in over 100 abused animals this week found living in similar conditions.  Last year, Wayside Waifs took in over 6200 abandoned, abused and homeless animals.

You can check out more photos of the raid and of these animals arriving at Wayside Waifs on our Facebook page.

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Waysidew Waifs


Jun 22 2010

Bronco Loves Tail Waggin’ Fun!

HI!  I'm Bronco!

HI! I'm Bronco!

One year old, fun loving, energetic, housebroken, super sweet, super friendly, did I say full of energy (oh I did!) goofball of a guy – who loves everybody and everything – that’s me, Bronco.  I was brought to Wayside originally because a Good Samaritan found me wandering around all alone in her neighborhood, and she took me in. According to her, I was playful, loving and affectionate.  I love a lap to sit in, too – do you have one just for me?  She said I played well in her house with her other dogs, and she said that I only had a couple of accidents while there.  She said besides being so loving and so friendly, she wanted to call attention to how good looking I am! 

My perfect home would include a family that loves some activity and has time to spend with me. I have a perfect sit, look and down, and I am currently working on stay and come.  I’ve also been learning the ZEN game – ask a volunteer or an adoption counselor to show you.  At the off leash park, I love the baby pool, and my volunteer friends let me bob for hot dogs.  I am so eager to please; I’ll learn anything you take the time to teach me.  Honestly, I am still a big ole pup that needs exercise, some training, and a whole lotta love. I’d be willing to jog or run with you, or go to the off leash park, and take a longer walk or two because I have energy that I need to expend.  Hey, a daily game of fetch would be absolutely awesome, too – I’m good at it! 

Once I do get my exercise though, I am such a relaxed boy.  I love people (cuddling is a favorite pastime of mine) and other dogs (I play really nicely with other doggies at the off leash park!), and well, lying close to you with you petting and talking to me, it is like a little slice of heaven for me.  I spent a couple of hours outside recently with a volunteer, and I was just as cool as a cucumber, my belly in the grass, just watchin’ the world roll by.  My volunteer friends say they love my goofy looks, my sweetness, my enthusiasm for life, my frog legs when I’m lying in the grass, and the big ole smile I have on my face all the time! 

Please, if you are thinking about getting a dog, think about taking me home with you.  This shelter is just no place for a guy like me.  I’ve got a super abundance of love and devotion to give to you, and I can’t do that while I’m here, can I?  If you adopt me, I’ll be there always to make you laugh, and I’ll be your shoulder to lean on when you are sad.  That’s what best friends are for, right?  

I don’t have many visitors to the shelter ask to meet me.   I hear people ooh and ahh over some of the other dogs and how gorgeous they are.  I am too, darn it – many of the volunteers say I am dashingly handsome!  Plus, you won’t meet a sweeter guy at the shelter.  Please, come out, meet me and take me home with you, ok?   I will wait as patiently as possible for you to come for me.   You can check out my video online

Love from your soon to be…
New Best Friend,
Bronco


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!


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