Jun 15 2018

History of Wayside

On June 5, 1940, a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, known as the Jackson County Animal Betterment Association, was incorporated in the State of Missouri. In 1944, it was revived with new leadership under the name of Wayside Waifs, Inc.

Fenby Webster was the lead contributor who helped to found Wayside Waifs. Her leadership and dedication is still seen throughout the shelter.

Through contributions, Wayside Waifs was able to purchase a 20-acre farm. The shelter was built in southeast Kansas City, Missouri in 1945 and remained until 1999 when a state-of-the-art facility was built adjacent to the original building. Additional acreage was acquired over the years, bringing the total acreage to 50 acres.

The Top of the World Pet Cemetery (now known as Wayside Waifs Pet Memorial Park) was founded in 1946. It was established to provide a convenience to people who wanted their pets put to rest in the peace and beauty of an established haven. More than 12,000 pets are interred on our three pet burial grounds making Wayside one of the largest pet cemeteries in the United States.

Wayside Waifs is a nonprofit humane society and animal shelter. It is not endowed or supported by local, state or federal funds, or national humane organizations. It is financially supported primarily from memberships, bequests, the pet cemetery, adoptions and gifts from the public, businesses and foundations.

During the 1951 flood, Wayside was on duty day and night. In May of 1957, the agency participated in rescue work following the Ruskin Heights and Martin City tornado. Wayside patrolled these areas, bringing in injured and homeless animals. And again in 1993 when floodwaters were rising, Wayside met the challenge and accepted hundreds of animals in need. In recent years, Wayside has also participated actively in raids of illegally operated “puppy mills.”

In December 2012, Wayside Waifs opened the doors of a newly expanded and renovated shelter veterinary clinic.  The 47,000 square foot building can shelter up to 800 animals. In 2011, Wayside cared for more than 6,500 abandoned, abused and homeless pets.  Wayside Waifs is a comprehensive animal welfare organization providing: animal rescue, shelter veterinary care, retail pet boutique, pet adoptions, off-leash dog park, humane education programs for more than 30,000 school children each year, volunteer opportunities, secure pet care for local domestic violence shelters and pet memorial services and cemetery.

Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest no kill pet adoption campus in Kansas City, placing approximately 5,400 animals each year. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City’s no kill community.

Have a story to share? Did you adopt, volunteer or just have a special memory? We want to hear about it! Share your story with us now! Please consider visiting us during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 13 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Dollie, and Heathcliff!

“Hi there, I’m Dollie!  I want to be your dog.  I want to play and exercise and cuddle with you every day.  I’ve spent too much time being homeless and I’m so ready to finally find my forever family.  I hope that’s you!  I’ve been waiting my whole life for you.  I’m smart, fun, energetic, and I never have a bad day.  I will make a wonderful companion for you! I’m an adorable, 3 ½ year old, 47 pound sweetheart with beautiful and unique markings.  I first came to Wayside last fall as a transfer from New Orleans.  And I was adopted twice, but neither of those homes worked out for me.  One of my owners was allergic and I was too active for the other.  That’s ok though and I understand that things sometimes just don’t work out as planned.  At least I had a break from the shelter and I’m happy that someone wanted to give me a chance.  During my time in a home, I was able to show off a few of my good qualities.  I’m crate trained, I enjoy car rides, and I even do well at the groomers.  I’m friendly and social with most everyone I meet.  I love to go walking or running, and a harness helps to keep me from pulling.  I’m athletic and strong and sometimes I forget my own strength when I’m out walking.  I’m good at sharing and I’m not protective of my stuff.  I love toys and balls so much!  I can keep myself entertained when I have my favorite toys to play with.  After a day filled with exercise and fun, I love to be close to you and I’m quite an affectionate and loving dog.  I’m friendly and eager to please and easy to train.  Please teach me what you expect from me and I’ll try my best to follow all the rules. I love to play hard with other dogs and I even get to participate in doggie play groups with other energetic and playful dogs at Wayside.  My play can get rough though, so I might be too much for older or more laidback dogs.  And I might be too much for young kids as well.  Please bring the whole family to meet me and we can see how we all get along.  I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I’m not the sort of dog who will be happy being left alone in a yard or crate all day.  I need you to be active with me and exercise with me.  A daily walk, run, or hike is something I need from you and I hope you enjoy it too.  I’ll be a great partner if you need motivation to stay in shape, because I’ll be your constant companion.  Also, please be sure to supervise me when I’m outside.  I didn’t have a fence in my last home and I was known to wander off from time to time.  I’d love a big yard with a fence to keep me safe and secure! I want to go on adventures and make great memories with you.  And I want to share my happy attitude, delightful personality, and zest for life with you. We will be best buddies and share so many good times together.  I can’t wait!  Please come out to meet me today!”

Learn more about Dollie here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Thanks for reading about me! My name is Heathcliff. I’m a single silver tabby male, and I LOVE to cuddle. Oh and I love to talk, too. So if you are looking for a special someone to fill your days and nights with affection and conversation, I’m the perfect guy for you.  We can chat and snuggle while you gaze into my perfectly lined, soulful olive green eyes. A nice lady found me with some pretty severe wounds to my legs. She tried to find my people, but had no luck, so she brought me here to Wayside, where I could get veterinary care and find a new family. So … here I am! In my time here at Wayside, I have become one of the most popular cats with staff and volunteers. Seriously,  I have people lining up to come cuddle with me in my room. As I mentioned, I do like to talk, and I have a rather loud, gruff-sounding meow. Please don’t let that put you off … I’m really a love bug and teddy bear at heart. I’m a chill, laid-back guy, but I also like to play. I am smart, too. I have a puzzle feeder in my room, and I’m very adept at taking out my food, one kibble at a time, and savoring it slowly. Working a little for my food helps me maintain my lean, muscular physique as well as providing mental stimulation. There’s one more thing I should tell you: I have tested positive for FIV. It’s really no big deal. It just means that I need regular veterinary care and an indoors-only lifestyle. But once you see what a sweet, loving boy I am, you will never want me far away from you anyway. I’m getting lots of love here at Wayside, but I am dreaming of a lap–and a home–to call my very own. Maybe yours?”

Learn more about Heathcliff here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

Meet all of our adoptable animals during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 8 2018

Meet Kathi Bassett

Meet Kathi Bassett – Wayside’s longest consecutive employee! She has worked in every department, and is now transferring to become a veterinary assistant. She sat down with us and answered ten questions about shelter life, animal welfare, and her time helping thousands of animals find homes.

1. How long have you been at Wayside Waifs?

“It’s going to be nineteen years in October.”

2. What made you decide to work in animal welfare?

“I’ve always loved animals and happened to hear about Wayside from a friend.”

3. What has been your favorite department to work in, and why?

“My favorite department is admissions. We are helping animals, but we are also educating the public.”

4. Do you have animals personally, and if so, how many?

“I have several Waifs. Three dogs and three cats.”

5. How do you work in animal welfare and not get compassion fatigue?

“It’s important to take a break. Often time people feel overwhelmed and then guilty. It’s easy to let animal welfare consume you. Finding a healthy balance can be difficult, but important for longevity.”

6. How do you feel about euthanasia? 

“Euthanasia can be difficult for many people. I have learned that it can be very emotional and sometimes as a shelter worker, it makes you feel like you have failed in some way. Offering end of life compassion is a very important responsibility. It isn’t always something shelter workers like speak about, but I’m grateful to be apart of a team that makes every moment count.”

7. What made you choose shelter work instead of private practice?

“Shelter work was always my number one choice. Giving animals a new beginning is the most rewarding thing.”

8. What does your new position entail?

“Becoming a veterinary assistant will allow me to learn more about the medical side of the shelter. I never want to stop learning.”

9. What was the old shelter like?

“The old Wayside was very different. We are extremely lucky to have and to be able to offer the things we do. There once was a time that many things were very limited. Growth is always an amazing thing.”

10. Do you have any advice for people who want to pursue a career in animal welfare?

“My advice would be to remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of the animals. Always have an open mind and heart. Through our love and determination, we are changing the world each day.”

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication Kathi! We love having you on Team Wayside, and the animals benefit from your care so much.

Consider visiting us during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 6 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Jasper, Phiona, and Tuffy!

“Hi there, I’m Jasper!  I’m happy and friendly and playful and full of fun.  I love life and I never remember having a bad day.  I’d love more than anything to be able to share my zest for life with you!  I hope you come to meet me and realize that we were meant to be together. I’m a handsome, 1 ½ year old, 45 pound sweetheart of a dog.  I might possibly already be at least partially house trained, because I keep my kennel at Wayside clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  Please stay patient with me when we get home though, because it’s hard to keep up my routine here at the shelter.  I’ll try my best to follow all the rules in my new home.  Anyway, I came here to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter.  I love it here and I’ve already made all sorts of great new friends. I’m a typical hound in many ways.  I’m friendly and sweet and I love to explore the world with my nose.  I’m curious and I can be vocal when I have something to say.  I hope my hound voice is music to your ears and I hope you will keep me safe and secure when I’m outdoors, so that I don’t follow my nose into the next county before anyone even notices I’m gone.  I’d love a fenced in yard to tend to and explore.  I love tasty treats and I’m eager to please, so training me should be a cinch.  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me.  I get so excited when it’s time to go for a walk!  I pull just a bit on my leash, but a harness will work great for me if you want to keep me close to your side.  I’m young and energetic, so I will need daily exercise to keep me happy, healthy, and calm. I’m pretty adaptable and easy-going, so I should do just fine with most active families.  I love to be by your side and I hope you’re the sort of person who likes to have your dog as an active part of your life.  I love attention from you and I like to lean into you to show you how much you mean to me.  I like most other dogs just fine and I have good dog social skills.  I know how to make appropriate corrections to other dogs and I’m friendly and polite with them.  I’ve been participating in doggie playgroups here at Wayside.  It’s so much fun!  I do best with the low to medium activity level dogs.  I’d love to meet any other dogs you have before we go home together, so feel free to bring them out to Wayside if you like. I hope you need me in your life as much as I need you!  I can’t wait to be part of a family.  I’m here at the shelter with my bags packed and I’m ready to go home!”

Learn more about Jasper here

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Phiona, and I am one of the cutest, sweetest and most loving kitty cats you could ever hope to meet. As you can see from my photos, I have an unusual coat. I’m what you would call a dilute tortie, meaning my fur contains muted colors of blue/gray and apricot. I also have a white bib, boots and gloves like a tuxedo. So I am dressed for any occasion. I have very soft fur, which you will probably enjoy petting as much as I enjoy being loved on. I also have very soulful, expressive golden/green eyes. I have a very cute, quiet little meow. Sometimes it is practically silent. It will melt your heart, or so I have been told. I enjoy having a nice conversation, but what I’m really all about is giving and receiving love. When you meet me, once I feel comfortable with you, I will probably reach up and give you a hug. If you are sitting, I will probably curl up in your lap, if you don’t mind. When I came to Wayside, the vets here discovered that I had some dental issues. My teeth were hurting me a lot, so the doctors decided to pull them all. It’s wonderful not to be in so much pain. I do need to eat soft food for the rest of my life, though. You might have noticed that I am 8 years old. Some people think that is old, but it’s barely middle age for a cat. If you take good care of me, we can look forward to many happy, healthy years together. Are you looking for one of the loviest cats around? Please come to Wayside and ask for me, Phinona!”

Learn more about Phiona here.

“Hi there, I’m Tuffy!  I want to be your dog.  Please?  No one has ever given me a chance before, but I know what I’m capable of.  I know I will be the best companion ever, if someone will just believe in me.  I’m smart and friendly and so affectionate.  There’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I’m still under a year old, so I’m really just a pup in many ways.  And at 38 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size.  I can’t wait to curl up next to you on the couch as we unwind for the day.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from a rescue group where I had been staying for a while.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a real home before.  But just arriving at Wayside gave me so much hope!  I’ve been making friends and learning lots of new stuff.  So now I’m ready for you!  And believe me; the family that finally decides to adopt me will be mighty lucky indeed. I’m still learning all about life and where I fit in, so I’m a work in progress.  But I’ve come so far so fast, with just a little love and attention.  When I got to Wayside, I didn’t know how to walk on my leash at all and I was panicky and afraid to even try.  But with patience and time, I’m getting the hang of it.  I’m still a little skittish when I see others during my walk and sometimes I weave back and forth, but I walk fine and I don’t pull at all on my leash.  I like to check in with you to make sure you’re there.  Your encouragement gives me confidence and makes me feel content.  I hope to practice my leash skills with a daily walk through our neighborhood.  Once I know the routine, I’ll get more comfortable and confident.  I love to explore and check out my surroundings.  And after my exercise, there is nothing I want more than to snuggle with you.  I’ll even crawl up in your lap if you let me!  I just like to be as close as possible to show you how much you mean to me. I’m one smart cookie, so I hope you don’t mind taking the time to continue my training.  I love to make you happy and proud, so once I figure out exactly what that means, I’ll be all over it!  I can be sensitive, so please stay positive with me and praise me when I’m a good boy, so that I learn what you expect from me.  I’m generally relaxed and playful with other friendly dogs.  If you need a playmate for your current dog, I might be a good match for you. I have a delightful, loving personality and it feels natural for me to work my way right into your heart.  You’ll know what I mean when you come out to meet me.  I just want to belong and be a part of a real family.  That’s all.  I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now.”

Learn more about Tuffy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during the adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Jun 1 2018

Long-Term Residents: Ellery and Oreo

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Edna and Jammers, and they are both still looking for their forever homes! This month, we are going to feature Ellery and Oreo.

“Purrleased to meet you! My name is Ellery and I’m a gorgeous two-year-old Maine Coon mix with fluffy, orange fur. You see, it’s not often that you find a female orange tabby. I’m extra special! I’m looking to find a family who is just as special as I am. I’m hoping to find a quiet home with an adopter who will groom me regularly. If I’m not brushed often, my regal orange fur can get a little out of control. I enjoy being brushed and it’ll be great time for you and I to bond. Around here they call me a Sidekick. That means I’m a confident kitty who’ll stick by your side no matter what life throws our way. I enjoy being pet after I’ve had a chance to sniff out a new situation. I have a great purr! I’d love to show you! Being at Wayside has been great and I’ve made a lot of new friends. I can’t help but dream of having my own home to relax in. I can’t wait to find a family who I can love forever and ever. If you’re looking for a sweet best friend, look no further. I can’t wait to show you how great I am.”

Learn more about Ellery here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Hi there, I’m Oreo!  I’m happy, smart, affectionate, and I like to stay busy.  I’m always game for a good time!  And I’m looking for a brand new family who wants to play and snuggle and hang out with me.  I hope that’s you!  I hope that maybe you’re looking for me now, just as I’m searching for you.  I can’t wait for our paths to cross. I’m a darling, 1 year old, 40 pound sweetheart of a dog with shiny fur and gentle brown eyes.  I’m already fully housebroken and crate trained too, although I’m so well behaved that a crate isn’t really necessary for me.  I came to Wayside as a stray, after I was found sad and alone by a nice couple who rescued me.  But I was so afraid at the shelter.  It was a confusing time for me and I panicked whenever anyone came near me with a leash or collar.  I’m so happy that there were people here who understood dogs like me and they never gave up on me.  I slowly started to trust and I made progress each day, until one day when my favorite volunteer became my foster mom.  That was the best day ever!  Now I’m busy learning all about life in a real home as part of a family…and I’ve never been happier! After such a rough start at the shelter, it’s pretty incredible how quickly I’ve adapted into a happy, affectionate dog who loves to have my belly rubbed.  From the start, Foster Mom let me go at my own pace and she gave me the time and patience I needed to feel safe and relaxed.  She is quick to praise me when I’m a good boy, so that I learn what’s expected of me as I continue to gain confidence.  I still feel nervous sometimes when I meet new people, but once we bond, I’m a wonderful companion.  Foster Mom has a dog door and I love the freedom of being able to decide when I want to go outside.  I’m fully housebroken and I don’t bother a thing in the house, even when no one is home.  I have a crate and sometimes I like to hang out there with the door open.  I’m very well behaved in both my home and fenced in yard.  I love car rides and toys, I don’t bark excessively, and I’m not a clingy sort of dog who needs to be with you all the time, although I will happily come to you when you call.  I’m just a really nice and compatible dog to have around. I’m young and active, so I will need daily exercise in my new home.  I love to go walking or jogging and I’ve been practicing my leash skills.  Sometimes I still feel a little anxious when getting leashed up, but with practice, I’ve become more comfortable each day.  A harness also works great for me during walks.  I’ve had two different foster homes.  One of them had other dogs that I loved to run and play with.  We mostly got along, although sometimes I felt possessive of my toys.  I am the only dog in my current foster home and I like that just fine too.  Since I can be fearful, especially at first, I will need a home without kids under the age of at least 10.  Why don’t you bring the whole family to meet me and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. Sometimes all you need in life is for someone to believe in you.  I never knew how that felt until now.  And because of what I’ve learned, I’m ready for you.  I hope you’re ready for me too and I hope you need a dog just like me in your life.”

Learn more about Oreo here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 30 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Jasper, Phiona, and Tuffy!

“Hi there, I’m Jasper!  I’m happy and friendly and playful and full of fun.  I love life and I never remember having a bad day.  I’d love more than anything to be able to share my zest for life with you!  I hope you come to meet me and realize that we were meant to be together. I’m a handsome, 1 ½ year old, 45 pound sweetheart of a dog.  I might possibly already be at least partially house trained, because I keep my kennel at Wayside clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  Please stay patient with me when we get home though, because it’s hard to keep up my routine here at the shelter.  I’ll try my best to follow all the rules in my new home.  Anyway, I came here to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter.  I love it here and I’ve already made all sorts of great new friends. I’m a typical hound in many ways.  I’m friendly and sweet and I love to explore the world with my nose.  I’m curious and I can be vocal when I have something to say.  I hope my hound voice is music to your ears and I hope you will keep me safe and secure when I’m outdoors, so that I don’t follow my nose into the next county before anyone even notices I’m gone.  I’d love a fenced in yard to tend to and explore.  I love tasty treats and I’m eager to please, so training me should be a cinch.  If you praise me when I’m a good boy, I’ll quickly learn what you expect from me.  I get so excited when it’s time to go for a walk!  I pull just a bit on my leash, but a harness will work great for me if you want to keep me close to your side.  I’m young and energetic, so I will need daily exercise to keep me happy, healthy, and calm. I’m pretty adaptable and easy-going, so I should do just fine with most active families.  I love to be by your side and I hope you’re the sort of person who likes to have your dog as an active part of your life.  I love attention from you and I like to lean into you to show you how much you mean to me.  I like most other dogs just fine and I have good dog social skills.  I know how to make appropriate corrections to other dogs and I’m friendly and polite with them.  I’ve been participating in doggie playgroups here at Wayside.  It’s so much fun!  I do best with the low to medium activity level dogs.  I’d love to meet any other dogs you have before we go home together, so feel free to bring them out to Wayside if you like. I hope you need me in your life as much as I need you!  I can’t wait to be part of a family.  I’m here at the shelter with my bags packed and I’m ready to go home!”

Learn more about Jasper here

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Phiona, and I am one of the cutest, sweetest and most loving kitty cats you could ever hope to meet. As you can see from my photos, I have an unusual coat. I’m what you would call a dilute tortie, meaning my fur contains muted colors of blue/gray and apricot. I also have a white bib, boots and gloves like a tuxedo. So I am dressed for any occasion. I have very soft fur, which you will probably enjoy petting as much as I enjoy being loved on. I also have very soulful, expressive golden/green eyes. I have a very cute, quiet little meow. Sometimes it is practically silent. It will melt your heart, or so I have been told. I enjoy having a nice conversation, but what I’m really all about is giving and receiving love. When you meet me, once I feel comfortable with you, I will probably reach up and give you a hug. If you are sitting, I will probably curl up in your lap, if you don’t mind. When I came to Wayside, the vets here discovered that I had some dental issues. My teeth were hurting me a lot, so the doctors decided to pull them all. It’s wonderful not to be in so much pain. I do need to eat soft food for the rest of my life, though. You might have noticed that I am 8 years old. Some people think that is old, but it’s barely middle age for a cat. If you take good care of me, we can look forward to many happy, healthy years together. Are you looking for one of the loviest cats around? Please come to Wayside and ask for me, Phinona!”

Learn more about Phiona here.

“Hi there, I’m Tuffy!  I want to be your dog.  Please?  No one has ever given me a chance before, but I know what I’m capable of.  I know I will be the best companion ever, if someone will just believe in me.  I’m smart and friendly and so affectionate.  There’s no place I’d rather be than right by your side. I’m still under a year old, so I’m really just a pup in many ways.  And at 38 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size.  I can’t wait to curl up next to you on the couch as we unwind for the day.  I came to Wayside as a transfer from a rescue group where I had been staying for a while.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a real home before.  But just arriving at Wayside gave me so much hope!  I’ve been making friends and learning lots of new stuff.  So now I’m ready for you!  And believe me; the family that finally decides to adopt me will be mighty lucky indeed. I’m still learning all about life and where I fit in, so I’m a work in progress.  But I’ve come so far so fast, with just a little love and attention.  When I got to Wayside, I didn’t know how to walk on my leash at all and I was panicky and afraid to even try.  But with patience and time, I’m getting the hang of it.  I’m still a little skittish when I see others during my walk and sometimes I weave back and forth, but I walk fine and I don’t pull at all on my leash.  I like to check in with you to make sure you’re there.  Your encouragement gives me confidence and makes me feel content.  I hope to practice my leash skills with a daily walk through our neighborhood.  Once I know the routine, I’ll get more comfortable and confident.  I love to explore and check out my surroundings.  And after my exercise, there is nothing I want more than to snuggle with you.  I’ll even crawl up in your lap if you let me!  I just like to be as close as possible to show you how much you mean to me. I’m one smart cookie, so I hope you don’t mind taking the time to continue my training.  I love to make you happy and proud, so once I figure out exactly what that means, I’ll be all over it!  I can be sensitive, so please stay positive with me and praise me when I’m a good boy, so that I learn what you expect from me.  I’m generally relaxed and playful with other friendly dogs.  If you need a playmate for your current dog, I might be a good match for you. I have a delightful, loving personality and it feels natural for me to work my way right into your heart.  You’ll know what I mean when you come out to meet me.  I just want to belong and be a part of a real family.  That’s all.  I’m ready and I’m waiting for you now.”

Learn more about Tuffy here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during the adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 25 2018

Wayside Veterinarians

 

 

Here at Wayside Waifs, we appreciate every individual’s dedication and compassion they bring to our organization. This includes our wonderful veterinarians, Dr. Scott and Dr. Spangler. We decided to ask both of them a few questions so our readers could get to know them a little better!

1. What made you decide to be a veterinarian?

Dr. Scott: “I grew up in a pet friendly household. My family loves pets, and from early on I’ve always had an affection for animals. I excelled in science, and I just combined the two.”

Dr. Spangler: “Along with liking animals, I liked that it was challenging and involved problem solving. You do have to enjoy the day-t0-day that comes with working with animals.”

2. What kind of animals do you have personally?

Dr. Scott: “I have German Shepards and English Bulldogs, a Siamese cat, and two fish.”

Dr. Spangler: “One bird, two fish, two rats, two dogs, one cat, and one frog.”

3. Do you have a preference of animals you work with, such as dogs, cats, or small animals?

Dr. Scott: “I don’t really have a preference, I like all animals equally.”

Dr. Spangler: “I do actually like working with cats more, but like them all.”

4. How do you stay up to date in the field of veterinary medicine?

Dr. Scott: “I collaborate with the vets here and the vet students. I also read several journal articles. All of that combined with trial and error and clinical experience help me stay current.”

Dr. Spangler: “I use the same techniques as Dr. Scott, but I prefer to read journal and online articles mostly.”

5. What was your favorite thing to learn in school? Least favorite?

Dr. Scott: “Everyone was nice to learn because of the other students. We all had such wonderful teamwork, and we would help study with each other. My favorite subject might have been anatomy. My least favorite part was learning about time management. I woke up, studied, went to class, studied again, and went to bed. Time management was essential to succeed.”

Dr. Spangler: My favorite subject was Physiology, but my least favorite was Anatomy.”

6. Can you think of one medical case that you’ve encountered that has defined your career/that you will always remember?

Dr. Scott: “A six-year-old male neutered cat was going under sedation for a urinary catheter, and his owner was worried about sedation. She called me several times that day, and the last thing I said to her was ‘Trust me, everything will be fine.’ The cat died under anesthesia, and I felt terrible. Come to find out, during the necropsy we found out he had aggressive cancer and would’ve passed in a few months. While it was still sad, I was able to console the owner, and we became long-term friends after the fact. I’ll never forget this one.”

Dr. Spangler: “I performed my first FHO(see below) surgery on a dog, and I ended up adopting it. The second FHO surgery I performed resulted in me taking that dog home too. I still have both of those dogs so I won’t forget those surgeries and those outcomes.”

An FHO, or femoral head ostectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to restore pain-free mobility to a diseased or damaged hip, by removing the head and neck of the femur (the long leg bone or thighbone).

7. What is a common misconception people have about what you do?

Dr. Scott: “Everyone thinks we are in it for the money. Veterinarians don’t make what people assume, and we still have student loans too. We absolutely do what we do for the animals!”

Dr. Spangler: “Everyone talks about how great puppy breath is. It reminds them of something, or they just love the smell. I actually don’t like it that much, but everyone assumes we must love it.”

8. What made you decide to work in a shelter environment versus a private practice?

Dr. Scott: “I was recruited, and it basically chose me. I enjoy it too much to think about changing, and I thought so then too!”

Dr. Spangler: “I like the fast-paced environment shelters bring. There is always something knew, and I like the idea of finding them homes. That never gets old.”

9. How do you feel about euthanasia?

Dr. Scott: “It’s not something any of us want to do, but it is a necessary evil. I take their quality of life very seriously, so I feel comfortable performing them knowing I’m easing their suffering.”

Dr. Spangler: “We are ending their suffering, even though it is still very sad. I help animals move to the next stage of their life, while giving them the most comfortable relief of pain and discomfort. They are surrounded by people who care for them and have stood by them.”

10. Do you find it difficult separating your personal life from your professional life?

Dr. Scott: “I can separate personal from work, but not work from personal. Social media brings more ways of communication and to most everyone, I’m always a veterinarian answering questions.”

Dr. Spangler: “It kind of comes with the job. I get called in on my days off sometimes, or at least questions. When people find out what my job is, I immediately get questions and find out about their animals, and all of their past animals. It comes with the territory.”

We appreciate their efforts and dedication to our Waifs! Meet some of the animals they have treated during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 23 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Henry Brown, Alana, and Dayton!

“I’m Henry Brown. I made my way to Wayside all the way from Louisiana. Some wonderful folks brought me here when things got crowded in the shelter where I found myself down south. So now that I’m here I’d like to tell you about what a fun pal I am. Are you a hound lover? Well, if you are, you’ll love me! I’m so typical of the breed. I follow my nose. I talk a lot. And I’m smart and driven. I weigh about 67 pounds and my ears are so big they are measured in acreage! I’m pretty easy to handle on a leash. I’m fascinated by cars. I like to watch them drive by. I’m just a good boy lookin’ to find my place up north here. Can I be your faithful, loving dog?”

Learn more about Henry Brown here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Alana. What’s yours? I am a beautiful, sweet, shorthaired dark tortoiseshell girl with large, expressive golden eyes. I am sort of front-declawed, in that I just have just one claw left. I’m a talkative girl with a very cute little meow. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. Moving around can be scary, but I am so happy to be here at Wayside, where I will meet lots of new people and find the forever ones for me! At 8 years of age, I am right in my prime, well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to be a sweet, steady, loyal companion. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I am a Sidekick. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and my goal in life is to stick by the side of my favorite person or people, listening to their stories, laughing at their jokes, and making them feel loved. I would love to do that for you!”

Learn more about Alana here.

“Hi there, I’m Dayton!  I’m just a sweet and low-key fella and I want so much to be your dog.  I’ll make a terrific friend for you, I promise.  I’ll be the perfect exercise partner when you feel like getting in shape and I’ll happily sit quietly by your side if you just want to chill out.  I’m a loyal companion and I can’t wait to show you what a good dog I am. I’m a handsome, 2 ½ year old, 66 pound bundle of muscle and love.  And I think I might be already at least kennel trained, because I keep my area at Wayside very clean and I know to go to the bathroom as soon as I get outside.  I came here to Wayside as a transfer from the KC Pet Project.  I don’t mind moving around some though if it helps me find my forever family.  I’m patiently waiting for you, because I understand that this is just a temporary stop on my journey.  I know you’ll find me soon. I’m calm and mostly relaxed and such a sweetheart.  I love to go for walks and I am an expert on my leash, never pulling.  I’m just happy and proud to be outside with you enjoying the fresh air and I don’t even react when I see other dogs out walking.  I’ve also recently joined the Wayside Runners Group.  I’m an excellent running partner and I keep a nice pace and focus when I run.  I’m also affectionate and social and I love people.  I’m curious and I like to explore.  The perfect day for me will include a little exercise and a little cuddle time and as much time spent with you as possible.  I love my treats and I’m eager to make you happy, so training me will be a cinch.  I already know Sit, but I’d love to learn more, so please teach me! I’m not a crazy playful sort of pup, but I do get along with other dogs just fine and I enjoy their company.  I’ve been able to participate in doggie playgroups during my time at Wayside and I do really well interacting with my dog friends.  Even when paired with a dog that’s more playful than I am, I’m tolerant and I know how to communicate appropriately.  I stay relaxed and mellow.  I’d be happy to meet the whole family before we go home together, to make sure we’re all a good match for each other, if you’d like. I’m looking so forward to the day that you choose me to be a member of your family.  I’m picturing us proudly walking out to your car.  And then there will be the introductions to all the neighbors and our first walk in my new neighborhood.  That’s what I dream of.  I hope it happens soon.”

Learn more about Dayton here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 16 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Chomper, Travis, and Ryland!

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Chomper and I’m a five-year-old fella looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found as a stray. Being out on my own was scary but I’m happy to be somewhere comfortable and safe while I wait for my forever home. I know it won’t be long! I’m a friendly and excited guy. I’m curious too! So far I know “Sit” and I know with treats you and I can learn even more commands together! I can’t wait to show you how smart I am! I’m social and I make friends with just about anyone I meet. I get pretty excited when I see a leash. I know that means we’re going for a walk. There’s so much to see and smell! I’d love to go exploring with you! Let’s take a stroll around the neighborhood or go check out a park! I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you! I do request that you bring any canine friends to come meet me before going home. I just want to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other. If you’re looking for a pal to go through life with, look no further! I might just be the pup for you!”

Learn more about Chomper here.

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Travis, and I’m a gorgeous seal point Siamese boy with those trademark, slightly crossed sapphire eyes. I was found as a stray. Can you believe someone let a beautiful, sweet guy like me get away? To help me make the transition from life on the street, I stayed in a foster home for a few weeks. My foster family describes me a lovable, goofy guy who enjoys being petted and having his belly rubbed. They said I like to play with toys sometimes, but mostly, I just want to be around people. They gave me good grades for litter box use. Oh, and they let me have the occasional nip of catnip. I loved that, but I never acted crazy on it like some cats do. Here at Wayside, people have come to know me as a friendly guy who enjoys attention. Like many Siamese, I am talkative, but I don’t have a loud meow. I’m a smart, curious guy, and I am always checking out my surroundings. There is so much to see here in Cat Adoptions. My foster family said I am a cat who will “make someone very happy.” Maybe it will be you?”

Learn more about Travis here.

“Hi there, I’m Ryland!  I’m an active, playful, happy boy searching for a home and family to call my very own.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that before…at least not that I remember.  So I’m still learning and experiencing new things and I’m a work in progress, trying my best to figure out where I fit into this crazy world.  Sometimes I’m skittish of new things and sometimes I get so excited that I forget my manners.  But I’m smart and eager to learn, so I’m positive that with time, I will become an incredible companion and member of the family. I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 59 pound bundle of love and muscle.  And I seem to be at least partially housebroken or crate trained, because I keep my kennel clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a stray after a kind stranger found me wandering alone along the highway in Grandview, MO.  I was happy to be safe, but I also felt confused and sort of afraid, especially of men.  So I got busy, enrolling in all the programs Wayside has to offer.  Some of the volunteers worked with me on my confidence while others taught me manners and focus.  It all started to come together for me and now I’m ready for you! I’m strong and athletic and I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I love to go for walks and I do really well on my leash, especially when I use my harness.  I’m curious and social and playful and I never pass up a good game of fetch.  Please stay patient and calm with me and help me learn the rules and boundaries, so that I can figure out what you expect from me.  You can see my wheels turning as I think about and evaluate new things.  I already know several commands, but I’d love to learn more, so teach me!  My friends at Wayside have been using NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) training, which teaches me that I need to work to get what I want, like sitting for a treat.  That’s been very effective for me and I hope to continue my training with you. I think I’ll fit in just fine with most active families.  I enjoy playing with all different kinds of dogs.  I’m patient, tolerant, friendly, and polite with them.  In fact, I frequently get to participate in doggie playgroups at Wayside.  If you have another dog that’s looking for a buddy, I might be the perfect match for you.  Since I can be jumpy and mouthy when I get excited, I might do best without kids under the age of 5 or so.  I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone.  You can bring the family to meet me, if you’d like, and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I’m a sweetheart and I have such a zest for life!  I’m happy and I enjoy attention and I appreciate each day.  I just need someone to share all of that with.  I hope it’s you!  I can’t wait to get out of the shelter and get settled into my new home and my new life with you.  I’m ready!”

Learn more about Ryland here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


May 11 2018

Long-Term Residents: Edna and Jammers

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Jenny and Simone, and we have good news to share! Both Jenny and Simone found their forever homes! This month, we are going to feature Edna and Jammers.

Edna is this gorgeous girl who has been with us for 295 days. She came to us from another shelter back in July of 2017, and has been with us since. She came into Wayside Waifs very shy and fearful, and was immediately put into our Canine Isolation unit for her eyes. She was put on ointment that reduced her infection, and eventually was released into our regular holding area. There, she was behaviorally tested, but we quickly noticed she was not pleased to be here.

Our behavior team put Edna on Confidence College, so she could get extra volunteer and staff interaction. She would not approach people and never solicit attention. The vet staff could not weigh her because she was too scared. We immediately put her for a foster request, because shelter life was hard on her. She went to her first foster home in September for a couple weeks. Each day, there were tiny achievements that would make her more comfortable around people. We learned she was partially house trained, she liked her crate, loves to be around people, and just needs time to warm up.

During her time in foster, we also noticed she resource guards from other dogs, so she does have a restriction with canines. She still is very timid and nervous, so she can’t go to a home with children under five, and we recommend a home with children over ten. She will do best with an experienced owner who will be patient while she learns how to live in a home. In October, she was sent on a slumber party, as a family was very interested in her. She did not thrive as well as she did in the foster home, so she was ultimately sent back to Confidence College.

In November, we briefly put her on Trazadone for anxiety, and not too long after, she was put in her second and current foster home. We learned new things about her, including how she must go home with another playful dog, no kids whatsoever, and she needs a fenced-in yard and monitored outside, because she can be an escape artist. She is thriving wonderfully at her foster mom’s house, and is available from foster.

What has kept Edna in our care is a lieu of things. She is available from foster, so she is only seen on the website and social media. She is a black lab, which can sometimes be a preference choice. She is shy and fearful, and will likely be nervous in a new home at first. She also must go home with a dog, a fence, and supervision when outdoors, while not going home with children. She is not a first time dog for families, but a dog who needs a nurturing home that will give her what she needs. We’ll let Edna tell you about herself as well.

Hi, I am Edna!  I am a beautiful 38 pound, one year old girl.  I have a beautiful black coat and shimmery black eyes.

“I came to Wayside via a transfer from the ASPCA that rescued me from a hoarding situation.  Not a very nice life for a young pup.  When I got here, I was so scared – I wouldn’t let anyone get close – they couldn’t even weigh me!  Then my Foster Mom came along.  Being in a real home has changed my life!  I have come a long way with the help of my friends at Wayside and I am ready for my forever home. Let me tell you about myself – see if I might be just what you are looking for.  I am a very sweet girl that enjoys being with my family. Please give me time to adjust when we first get home – I might be scared – but, once I learn to trust and love you, I will want to stay close to you when you are home.  I love to stretch out on my back for a good belly rub and snuggle with you and will be happy just laying by your side.   If you’ve got room on the bed for me and invite me, count on me jumpin’ up and joining you at night! I spent so long being nervous and scared, I am just now starting to explore.  I am very curious about my environment and love to track down all sorts of smells and noises.  I am also starting to play with toys – I like Nylabones and hard rubber toys best – gives me something good to chew on.  I like to carry a toy around the house with me – then it’s always with me when I am ready to play! I need a home with a fenced yard, as I get a little spooked when I go on walks outside the home. I don’t mind putting my harness and leash on and starting out, but once I encounter something or someone I don’t know, I get anxious and want to go home.  I hope you will work with me on this.  I know I can get better, like I have with other things, it will just take time. I am partially housetrained and will go on the potty pad when Foster Mom is gone or at night.  I do well in a crate and am happy to stay in there if you are going to be gone for a while, but when you are home I like to be out and about.  At night, I sleep in Foster Mom’s room and enjoy being on the bed with her. In my foster home, there is another dog and I love playing with her, running in the back yard and romping in the house.  I can get overwhelmed when other dogs come over and then I will go to my safe place. I will do best if there is a confident dog in my new home that can help me continue to grow and learn what is acceptable. Usually, I am shy, but sometimes, I like to get spunky – I have a bounce in my step and just let loose and have fun!  I think that as we bond, those happy, fun days will become more and more frequent.  I am looking forward to it! I would love for you to come meet me, if you think I might be the girl for you!”

Learn more about Edna here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

This beautiful girl is Jammers, and she has been here for 119 days. She was owner surrendered in January for behavior reasons involving cats and children. Her previous owner was very helpful by giving us information about her attitude, behavior, and preferences. We put a no kids under seven years of age and no cats restriction on her. We also were able to behaviorally assess her, and found that she was a Leader of the Band, meaning she is super confident in new situations.

She was briefly put into our TABBY program so she could adjust to shelter life, but she quickly graduated. She can be a little sensitive to startling noises, but that can be expected. Her medical exam went well, and she was cleared for adoption. We learned from staff and volunteer interactions that she liked short petting sessions, and wanted to free roam. She then got upgraded to a no kids under ten restriction, as her play style can be intense.

In the meantime, Jammers had made several new friends making her a staff and volunteer favorite. She even participated in the Tournament of Tails, making it to the finals and winning second place! During that time, she received more visitors than usual, and got stressed out to the max. After an incident with a staff member, she was moved to holding and then inevitably sent to foster. She was in foster for about two or three weeks, and due to a family emergency, had to be sent back.

She is now back in a room, and adjusting to being back in the shelter. Things that are keeping her here could include her kid and cat restriction, and her ability to get agitated and react. She has a typical Tortie attitude. She prefers to make the first move, and then she will enjoy your company. She loves paper bags and ripple rugs, and hiding. She is looking for an understanding owner who will comply with her demands(uh, needs) and enjoy her company when she wants them to. Jammers would like to say a few things!

“Hello Friend! My full name is Jammers, but many staff and volunteers call me “Jam Jam”, “Jammy”, “Jam-boroni”, you get the idea. I’m a fun kitty looking for a family of my very own. I have beautiful honey eyes and a unique tortoiseshell colored coat. At only 6 years old, I have a lot of spunk in my step too! I originally came to Wayside as a kitten back in 2012. I was so scared and I felt so very alone. Wayside took me in and showered me with love, they made me feel like everything was going to be okay. They were right of course, because my dear family adopted me soon after. After living with my family for 5 years, they had to bring me back to Wayside. They had young children in the home that were much too rambunctious around me. I would occasionally tell them to stop being rambunctious the way that cats do, and it became a stressful situation for all involved. I don’t blame my family for bringing me back to Wayside, but I do miss them dearly. It’s hard not being with them anymore, but I’m learning to get back on my feet. Everyone welcomed me back with open arms at Wayside, and it’s been nice seeing all my old friends again. I thought, like last time, that I’d find my new family quickly. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. Maybe because I’m not a cute kitten anymore… but I feel like I’m still adorable as an adult too! The staff could tell I was becoming stressed waiting for my family, so they pulled a few strings and found a foster home for me. My foster mom said it was love at first sight. She swooped me up in her arms, and whispered those familiar words I heard nearly five years ago “Jammers, don’t worry, everything is going to be alright.” I sighed relief and trusted she was right as she drove me to my foster home. Being in my foster home has been so much fun! My foster mom gave me my very own room and plays with me every day. It has been an adjustment, being in a new home. I’m still figuring her out, and she’s still learning new things about me. One thing she thought was interesting about me, is that I immediately loved foster dad! I love sitting on his lap, purring the day away. Don’t get me wrong, I love her too, but me and foster dad… we just clicked. She says I’ll do best in a home that gives me my own room for a week. I may seem confident, but I can get overwhelmed pretty quickly, so I prefer having my own safe space. I also need a home without young kids. I can get swipy at times when I’m frustrated or nervous, so I’d really like someone that understands cat body language. I swish my tail when I’m upset, so just keep an eye out for my tail flicks. I’m just looking for someone who will love me for me. I’ve been bounced around a lot in my short life, so I’m ready to finally settle down. I really hope I get to meet you soon. My new person. I already love you, and I can’t wait to be with you forever. I envision our life together, simple and fun. I often daydream about all the things we’ll do together – chatting about your day, playing with wand toys, snuggling on your lap. It’s a wonderful dream… a dream that’s almost close enough to grasp. Call to meet me today; I’m waiting anxiously for you!”

Learn more about Jammers here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


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