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!


Oct 27 2010

Woof Woof – I’m Lacy!


Back in July, a Montana shelter was raided, and over 30 dogs and cats were found living in absolutely deplorable conditions. A transport to Kansas City was quickly arranged, and all the animals were rushed to Wayside Waifs for help.  Hi, my name is Lacy, and I was one of those animals that had the good fortune to be rescued from the suffering and to be provided hope for a new and happy life.  

I was so shy and afraid when I first arrived in Kansas City.   I used to hide under my doggie bed in my kennel, and plenty of times people thought I had somehow gotten lost!  I hadn’t escaped, but I was trying to hide.  I just wanted to be invisible.  Everybody walking by and staring made me unhappy, and I kept worrying that the other shoe was going to drop, and life would turn ugly again. 

I’ll never be able to share all the details of my past life with you, and it really doesn’t matter.  I’m looking ahead to the bright future before me.  Thankfully, I’ve found a foster mom who loves me and wants only the best for me, and she and foster dad are trying to help me be the best dog I can be and get me ready for my forever home.  

I have learned to be a member of a dog pack now – my foster mom has two other dogs, a boy and a girl ages 7 and 3 ½ .  We love to play together in their fenced in back yard, and I watch them run around, I run after them, I chase them while they play fetch, we hunt for toads, and all in all, we are great pals.  We sleep together at night, and we hang together during the day while my foster parents are at work.  

While I will admit I really like my foster dad, I naturally seem to warm up to the female persuasion more quickly.  My foster dad and I are beginning to forge a strong and loving relationship.  We are playing together more, and I am learning to trust him and love him very much, too. 

I have adapted easily and well to the routine in my foster mom’s household.  She thinks that I don’t like to be confined – in essence, crates aren’t my favorite thing, so we don’t use one anymore.  She says I don’t really have any bad habits that would annoy you humans.  Oh, I tried a little digging in the back yard once, but my foster mom quickly put the kibosh on that fun.  I bark just a bit, but nothing excessive at all.  I once tried to climb her 4-foot fence, but she told me to get down, and I have sworn off that forever now, too.  I ride pretty well in a car – just a bit of whining at first, and then I relax and enjoy the time.  I like to take walks and play in the yard or just sit around and relax or cuddle.   Whatever you want is ok with me.  

My foster mom’s favorite thing about our time together is seeing me come out of my shell and blossom.  I have relaxed around her, my foster dad and the other dogs, and I have become comfortable enough to initiate play with everyone.  I am a kisser, and I mean, I really do love to give kisses to you once I know you and trust you – I love legs, arms, faces, and feet!  I am so very eager to please you, and all I want is to find a smile on your face when we are together. 

My foster mom thinks I would do best in a home with someone around a lot, someone that loves to give attention, and a family who is willing to let me warm up at my own pace – and just be gentle with me.   She thinks I would be happy with other dogs – and I agree!  They just shouldn’t be really hyper dogs.  Men just need to give me a chance too – give me some time to warm up to you and trust you. 

I’m as loving and sweet as any dog you’ll ever meet.  If you are someone who wants to help a dog who has had a hard time in her life, please think about adopting me.  It may take me a little while longer than some dogs to warm to you and to find my place in your world, but, once it has happened, you and I can both smile and know that we have found each other. 

My foster mom tells me every day that I am waiting for my perfect ‘forever after’ home.  I finally believe in myself enough to know that I deserve a good life, and my dream is that there is someone that reads my story and thinks I could be the dog for them.  I promise to do my best to keep that smile on your face every day.  I hope too that when you look at me, you will see that I am smiling back at you – with love and thanks for our bright future together.  You can read my complete profile and watch my video on the Wayside website

Love and Kisses from Lacy


Jun 8 2010

Jazzy June Events

Start working your costume now for the Delaware Dog Street Parade!
Start working your costume now for the Delaware Dog Street Parade!

Can you believe it’s already June?  Wayside Waifs is gearing up for another great month of events and fundraisers!  We hope you can join us at one, two or all of our June events!  Keep your eyes peeled for the Wayside mobile adoption unit!  We’re taking our waifs on the road this month for mobile adoption events all around the metro!

Wayside will get jazzy on Saturday, June 12th.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club in downtown Kansas City is hosting a charity brunch benefiting Wayside. For just $20, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, a complimentary breakfast cocktail and live jazz music by Lonnie McFadden and his special guest!  Our mobile adoption unit will be there, so guests can mingle with our waifs!  We hope to see you there! 

The very next weekend, Saturday June 19th, Wayside is heading to the River Market for the 3rd Annual Delaware Street Dog Parade, the shortest parade in history!  This is an event you and your dog don’t want to miss!  Most of the canine participants dress to impress and compete for great prizes and “barking” rights!  Registration is just $10 and all proceeds benefit Wayside Waifs.  Of course our mobile adoption until will be there… and our waifs will be prominently featured at this great event! 

On the 26th… we’re heading west… to Village West, to be exact.  Nebraska Furniture Mart has invited our waifs to a special adoption event!  We hope they’ll all find homes that day! 

Save the date for these wonderful Fall events:  

September 25:  20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt
October 3rd:  Bark at the K
October 9th:  Kicks for K-9’s

For information about any of these upcoming events please contact Ashlee Parker, Communications Manager, at 816-986-4417 or aparker@waysidewaifs.org


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