Dec 15 2017

Canine Care: Department Highlight

Happy Holidays everyone! We like to highlight departments in our shelter, as there are so many people that are working “behind the scenes” to make Wayside Waifs what it is today. Previously, we showcased our Pet Memorial Services, and this month, we would like to showcase our Canine Care Technicians. They do such a wonderful job in overseeing the care of our canine companions, rehabilitating them towards getting adopted, and helping with after-hour duties as well.

Pictured above is Sarah, a Canine Care Technician with a former waif, Spice. Sarah has been with our company a little less than three years now, and she enjoys her time here! She does an excellent job in caring for our canine friends here, and excels in helping our shy and fearful and high energy dogs get ready for adoption. Thank you for all you do Sarah!

The CCT’s (Canine Care Technicians) as well as the Feline side of things, are the heart of our shelter. They are the people directly caring for our waifs, and see them everyday. They are helping them get ready for adoption, whether that be behaviorally or noticing medical issues. On top of that, they regularly clean up after our waifs to make our dog adoption and holding areas look really nice for visitors!

Elise is another CCT, and she has been here for eight years! Besides seeing the journey of all of the waifs, she enjoys working one-on-one with our behavior dogs. Those are dogs that need a little extra training or attention to help make them less stressed, or learn control. In fact, one of her favorite waifs right now is Shelby, pictured below. Shelby is a long-termer, and she was in our Peace Academy(high energy) for a while. She has a few restrictions, but is overall a sweetheart! Learn more about her here!

While taking care of our canine waifs is their main duty, the CCT’s perform a variety of odd jobs around the shelter. They take care of the laundry for the building, they help with adoption meet and greets and dog to dogs, they help with lost dogs, food pantry, and pet memorials during and after hours. They also handle our donation bin, and sort through things for each department. We are very thankful for our CCT’s! Below is CCT Jeff doing a move-over.

A move-over is what our CCT’s do when an animal is ready to be available for adoption. They are responsible for moving dogs over during the day and in the evening, after the Canine Care Manager Jess has done it in the morning. They are moving the dogs from our holding area to the adoption area, so they can be seen better!

Jeff has been with the department for a year, and he has enjoyed working with the volunteers the best. We have over 1200 volunteers at Wayside, and all of them go above and beyond to help  out around the shelter, canine care included! Here Jeff is taking care of our Puppy Nursery. This is where young puppies go if they are waiting to go to foster, or they are being held for an event. It is separate from other parts of the shelter for medical safety, and we had some cute Chihuahua puppies in there!

Another aspect of CCT’s is the Canine Isolation area. This is Kathi, and she has been with Wayside seventeen years! WOW! Kathi has pretty much worked in every department, but currently she works full-time in the ISO area. She is responsible for giving the dogs back there medicine, and giving dogs with ringworm lyme dips, pictured above. Hagrid is being a good sport and wearing his protective headgear!

The CCT’s in Isolation also work with the dogs to get daily exercise and TLC. When they are sick, they feel down, and can regress in shelter life. With the help of Kathi, and a few others, animals do not regress at all! They spend time working with them when they are on the mend, and they are equally as happy as healthy dogs! Kathi’s has many favorite things about working here, but currently, she enjoys the pace and style of Isolation. When there are less animals in the ward, she can work more individually with the ones in there, and she likes to help them get healthy as quickly as possible!

Others in the department, but not pictured, are Jess, our Canine Care/Behavior Manager, and Shea, Brittany, and Carolyn, other CCT’s. Thank you for all that you do, and we appreciate it!

Please visit us during our regular adoption hours as well!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

 

 


Dec 13 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Shelby, Misty, and Merle!

This is Shelby, a gorgeous four-year-old Shepard mix. She was brought to Wayside after her last shelter ran out of space for her. She’s okay with that though, because she is ready to settle into her forever home! Shelby can be timid at first, as she wants to get to know you first. She can get very nervous around little kids, so she politely asks that she go to a home without children under the age of five. She takes a bit to really warm up and sometimes small children don’t understand that. She also needs to be the only dog in the home, just so she can be your main focus! She is very smart, as she already knows the commands sit, down, come, shake, and stay! She is food motivated, so give her some yummy treats and she will learn even more with you. She does very well on walks, and enjoys them too! While she does prefer a calm, quiet home, she is crate trained and housebroken, which is a bonus! Doesn’t Shelby sound awesome? Come meet her today!

Learn more about Shelby here.

Meet Misty, a 6 month old girl with a beautiful medium-length coat. She came to Wayside Waifs when her previous shelter was out of space. Since being here, Misty has made many friends among the staff, volunteers, and other cats! She has made so many feline friends, that she would love if her future home has one or will adopt another friend with her. She has the softest fur, and is known to be quite a lap cat. She is a sweetheart, and loves to be affectionate. She is still a young kitten, so she would love playtime as well as cuddle time! Do you have a nice window for her to do some bird-watching at your house? Or some mouse toys or wand toys? She would love all of that! Come meet her today!

You can learn more about Misty here.

Here is Merle, a handsome, Retriever/lab mix looking for a home. He was brought to Wayside Waifs after his last shelter ran out of space for him. Because of this, he is ready to move on to a different setting, like a forever home! Maybe that home can be with you! He is a friendly guy who is glad to meet any new person! Bring the whole family out, including furry friends, when you come say hi. He is a smart boy and loves to learn new things. He knows the command sit, but present him with a yummy treat and he is ready to learn more. He also enjoys going on walks and romping around. He is ready to meet his forever family, and hopefully that is you! Come meet him today.

You can learn more about Merle here.

You can visit all of our furry friends during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Dec 8 2017

Preparing For the Holiday Season

It is going to happen, and we all know it; snowfall. Missouri winters are something to either look forward to or approach with extreme dread. We here at Wayside try to make the holiday season enjoyable for our waifs while they are in our care. We decorate the shelter, and invite volunteers and staff to participate in fun activities with our animals. We want to provide some helpful winter tips for bracing the cold, and preparing for the big holiday gathering!

1. Check your pets’ microchip information, and update their tags.

We know we always use this one, but it is important for owners to always keep tabs on their pets’ identification. Winter is a common season for people to lose their animals, and having correct phone numbers and chip information will allow them to be found easier and quicker.

2. Check under the hood of your car for cats!

If you park your car outside, chances are a cat sneaks under the hood at night for warmth. If you go to drive, always check by the tires, and any place you think a tiny animal can fit. Believe me, it is possible for them to find areas you might not think of.

3. Wipe their paws after going outside for any reason.

Now is the time of year when we salt the pavement, and other chemicals such as antifreeze, or de-icers are used. If an animal were to ingest these, it could bring on severe illness, or even crack their paws. Just doing a quick swipe with a towel does the trick!

4. Pay attention to your dog’s ability in the snow.

Some dogs, like Huskies, are able to withstand the cold for longer periods of time than others. That does not mean you have to skip their walks, but they might need to be shorter. Short hair, thin, elderly, or young pups are more susceptible to getting cold quicker.

5. Be prepared for any kind of emergency.

The cold weather can bring severe winter storms, including power outages, and snow-ins. It is best to stock up on emergency kit items so you can always be prepared. Having a first-aid kit handy is always a good thing too! Items like flashlights, candles, extra food, blankets, and water are some of the important things to have handy during those power outages.

Now we will share some holiday tips!

1. Choose your decorations wisely.

It is no secret that cats love shiny, crinkly, and colorful toys. Well, ornaments and decorations look exactly like a toy to them! Some dogs even enjoy playing with stockings or the tree. Pick essential decor so you will not be angry it is broken, but also plan accordingly so it is out of reach.

2. Make sure the holiday party food is out of reach.

Some of those festive feasts have perfectly good snacks for pets, but to be safe, keep them in a safe, out of reach place to avoid any accidents or illnesses. A little turkey, and unsalted potatoes is perfectly okay for a holiday dinner for canines and felines!

3. Keep everyone happy during your family gathering.

While hosting a big party, make sure your guests know if your animals are prone to sneaking out any doors.  We would not want a loose animal in the cold! Also, think about dedicating a safe room for your animals if they are wary of big crowds. Then you will not have to worry about them, and they will not be stressed!

4. Stay away from dangerous holiday plants.

Mistletoe and holly are fun items to decorate with, but your animal might think of it as a toy. Accidentally ingesting these plants can be very harmful to them. It can cause severe illness, so it is best to avoid using them altogether.

5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. 

When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

Come visit us this Saturday, during our Open House, and meet Santa Paws!

Please visit us during our regular adoption hours as well!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: CLOSED
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


Dec 6 2017

Waif Wednesday!

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Martin, Clyde & Bonnie, and Davie!

Martin:

Clyde(and Bonnie):

Davie:

Martin

6 months
Male
American Bulldog / Mix

Hi there, I’m Martin!  I’m a sweet and adorable pup, just searching for a home and family that I can call my very own.  At just 6 months old, I’m still a puppy, so everyone tells me I should have been adopted quickly.  But it’s taking me longer than most dogs to find my forever family.  Perhaps that’s because I’m sort of quirky and different.  I march to the beat of my own drummer.  And I need a special family who will like that about me and who will love me for who I am.

I’m a handsome, 35 pound American Bulldog mix.  I was transferred to Wayside from a rural rescue group when I was only a few months old, so I feel like I’ve spent way too much of my young life in a shelter.  Once I got settled in at Wayside, people started noticing that I wasn’t acting like most puppies.  I kept to myself and my bow legs looked sort of silly when I walked.  And then people wondered if I might be hearing or seeing impaired.  Well, I might not be perfect, but the docs tell me that my health is just fine.  Sure, I might not be just like other dogs, but once we bond and I get comfortable and relaxed with you, I will make a wonderful companion!

I’d love a quiet and calm home where I can feel safe and cozy.  I hope you will be patient and understanding with me.  I got along just great with the cats in my foster home, so that’s fine with me if you have one of those!  And I enjoy doggie playgroups at Wayside, where it’s fun to watch me run and play.  If you have another dog, I’d love to meet them before we go home together, to make sure we’re a good match for each other.  And I will need a home without kids under the age of at least 5 and preferably 10.  I can be protective of my food, so I’ll need a safe and peaceful place to eat my meals, away from people and other animals.  It’s not a big deal, but kids don’t always understand how to give me my space.

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming.  You know you’re different and you’re not sure how to fit in.  It all came together for me though when my foster mom helped me to understand that it’s OK to be different and unique.  So instead of trying to be like all the other dogs, I’ve decided to just be me.  I’m a character.  And I’m silly and sweet and sometimes awkward and quirky.  But I’ll love you in my own way and I’ll accept you just the way you are, too.  I can’t wait to share my life with you and finally be home.

Love, Martin

Adoption fee: $25

Clyde & Bonnie

8 months
Male & Female
Domestic Shorthair

**Bonnie and Clyde are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.**

Hello there.  I’m Clyde.  I’m a handsome young cat and ready for my real home.  I’ve been staying in foster with my sister, Bonnie.  People say we’re “special needs,” but I’m not really sure what that means, so I’ll just tell you about myself.

I’m a lovely white kitty, and I have a special need to be with people but not on people.  There’s such a thing as too close, and anyway Bonnie always claims the lap first.  I’m happy to sit nearby, get petted, and hang out with everybody else.  I like to watch the goings on and just might get sucked into a series with you.  Some things on TV are hard to resist.  If you want to talk, I’m a good listener.  You can tell me anything, and I’ll keep it to myself.  Bonnie might try to give you unwanted advice.

I also have a special need to run and play, with Bonnie or you.  People smile when they see me run.  They say I look like a white bunny.  I don’t see it, but that’s what they say.  I also like to play with toys like string toys, mice, red dots, and tunnels.  The possibilities are endless!

Something kind of personal you might want to know is if I use the litterbox.  I do, and I have a special need to keep it neat and tidy.  I also use my scratch pad and pole.  I’m a good kitty and an easy kitty.  I would love to sleep in your bed at your feet at night.  Bonnie wants to sleep at your head and may ease you off your pillow.  I won’t cause any trouble like that.

One thing I have noticed is that the other cats in the foster home have straight front legs and tails, while Bonnie’s and mine are crooked.  Life on straight legs doesn’t seem any more difficult than life on twisted legs.  We all do what we need to do, so I can’t imagine there is anything special there.  I guess you could ask the vets about me if you want to know more.

Anyway, if you are looking for a good companion who could also double as a white bunny, I’m your guy!  Oh, and Bonnie comes with me as a bonus, in case you need a lap warmer.

 

Adoption fee: $130

Davie

3 years
Male
Labrador Retriever / Mix

Did you guys know that the name Davie has a Hebrew origin and means cherished and beloved? Yep. That’s me! All my friends at Wayside definitely would describe me as cherished and beloved, true to my namesake!

So, now that you know my name Davie let me tell you a bit more about myself. I’m a 3 year-old black lab mix that came from a hoarding situation in Texas. I can be timid sometimes, but I’m sure with trust, love and patience, I’ll be well on my way to being the most amazing companion I can be. I’m very food and toy motivated, and this will definitely help me and my new owner bond, and it will help me to learn ALL THE THINGS!

I love affection and attention. Once I warm up to you, I’m a very sweet and loveable guy, seriously, SO incredibly loveable! I definitely think I could be a snuggler extraordinaire. I’d also love to be your running, hiking, walking and outdoor adventure buddy. Exercise is much needed to keep my mind and body healthy! I have pretty good leash manners, and know with more practice they’ll be close to perfect.

There are a few things that I need in my new home to help me be amazing. Due to my timidness, it’d be best if I went to a home with children over the age of 5. Sometimes loud noises and new things are initimidating. Additionally, I need to be the only pet in your home, but I know that I have enough love and cuddles to give that you’ll be perfectly content with just me.

So, what do you say? Come on out to meet me, I’ll be waiting!

Adoption fee: $50

Holiday Open House this Saturday

Barking news! Wayside’s Annual Holiday Open House – presented by Bayer – is this Saturday, Dec. 9th! All pet adoptions will be only $50 for one day only! HO! HO! HO! There is more news to purr about – SANTA’S COMING! Bring your furry family members for a photo with Santa 10am-Noon!

Our pet adoption center opens at 10am. You can meet all of oru adoptable pets on our website.

Wayside Waifs will be closed on Friday, December 8 to purr-pare for this big event! 


Nov 17 2017

The Importance of Play in Cats

Contrary to the adorable picture above, playtime is not just for kittens! Adult cats enjoy and benefit from playtime as well. Even senior cats like to get in on the fun! This blog post is meant to educate our readers on the importance of play in cats, and how it can answer many questions you may have about your cat’s behavior!

When kittens first start to play, they are very young, and they learn social skills, and mimic hunting behavior. The next time your cat is playing, pay attention. Does your cat wiggle its butt before pouncing on a toy? Cats do this to steady themselves before they pounce on their prey (or toy). Are your cat’s eyes dilated or constricted?  Before they pounce, their pupils might be dilated. This is to take in a larger surrounding area and it means they’re excited. Once they have caught their prey (toy), their pupils might be more constricted to focus on the one object. What do they do with the toy? Toss it in the air, carry it around, paw at it, scoot it across the floor to chase it around more, or hold and kick it. They might not want to share their prey/toy with others, including their human! Some toys are so valuable, and if you interrupt your cat, they might swat at you or growl.  Let them have their prize!

It’s all about the hunt. The best way to play with your cat is to mimic a cat’s hunting sequence. Following this sequence fulfills their need to hunt. Starting with a wand toy, move it around to entice them. Move it around the way bugs or birds flit around, or a snake slowly moves around objects. Lead your cat around furniture, through a tunnel, up and over the sofa, etc… Some cats prefer slow movements and others prefer fast movements. See what your cat prefers most! Mix it up a little even; allow your cat to catch the toy often, otherwise they might become frustrated and lose interest.

Some cats will play for a few minutes, others will continue to play for 20 minutes or more. Once you have an idea of how long your cat usually will play, slow the movements down during the last 5 minutes of the play session, and then completely stop all movement (in other words, the cat has killed its prey). Once it’s “dead”, cats often leave the toy alone. Give your cat a few treats, or feed your cat its meal immediately afterwards. This makes the cat feel fulfilled, in that they have hunted, caught, killed and is now eating their prey. Their natural instincts should take over, and after a good meal, they will likely groom themselves and then take a nice, long nap.

Cats tend to play more often in the early morning and early evening. That is because cats are crepuscular; meaning, they tend to be more alert and playful during twilight hours. Because cats are both a predator and a prey animal, this is the best time of day to hunt, but also to be on the move to avoid their own predators.  This is often the reason guardians are woken up by their cat running around around the house or asking to be fed at this time of day. Providing mental and physical enrichment can help to alleviate any stress a cat might be experiencing. A fulfilled and tired cat is a good cat! If you are experiencing behavioral issues with your cat, please consult with your veterinarian first.

Types of Play:

  • Individual play – leave cat toys lying around; rotate toys weekly or as needed so they don’t become bored; kongs with treats or some canned food inside; strategically place toys as if they are hiding (keeps cat busy when you are out)

  • Team Play (person & cat) – increases the bond between human and cat, as it is a positive experience; for cats that are very exhuberant and are high energy, it provides safe distance so the cat doesn’t grab or bite anything except the toy; wand toys should never be left out unsupervised since cats could ingest the wire, string or feathers; depending on cat’s energy level, play session should last 10-20 mins. per session; some cats need several pay sessions throughout the day.  Cats at Wayside Waifs highly recommend Da Bird, the Cat Dancer or the Cat Charmer wand toy.

  • Playing with another cat (or dog!) – some cats love to have a buddy of their own to play, chase, and wrestle with.

The following is a video where Mercury, a shy and fearful cat, is using play to reduce stress and build trust with people. Mercury came in two days ago, and was untouchable. Now look at Mercury! It truly shows how important play is in helping cats relax, and enjoy their time at the shelter, and more importantly, in their homes! Click on the link here to enjoy!

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So, don’t just leave toys out for your cat to play with, but take the time to play WITH your cat. They will love you for it!

Meet some of our fun feline friends, and canines, during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Edited by Teryn J. Written by guest Bonnie Still-Wayside Waifs’ Feline Care Manager, and certified Cat Behavioralist.


Nov 15 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week; Captain Jack, Thomas, and Misha!

**Captain Jack is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This is the lovely Captain Jack, a handsome three year old Terrier mix. He is cute and such a character!  His journey has been a challenging one, but he has made some real progress. He will still need help with that journey, but he is ready to find that perfect family! Wayside Waifs is unsure of his full past, but we can tell he has experienced some unfriendly situations, but he is building his trust! Jack is looking for a patient home with people who understand his needs. He was originally brought to Wayside Waifs because he was wandering the streets of Grandview, Missouri, and animal control picked him up. He was very scared and anxious when he first arrived. Based on his past, Jack decided he would love a nice family that understands his quirks and challenges, and will work through them with him. He has really hit the jackpot here as well, because he was put into foster care to get out of the daily stresses of shelter life. He is so lucky, that he had TWO foster homes! His  foster families love him so much, despite the fact that he can be ornery at times.  They stay calm and patient with him and they praise him when he is a good boy, so that he learns what is expected of him as he gains confidence at the same time. He is not fully housebroken yet, but he is making excellent strides in learning and keeping up with each family’s schedules. Jack can be a talented escape artist, but Foster mom has crated him along with another dog, and having company really made him feel better. He sleeps in the human’s bed or his own bed undisturbed, quiet as a mouse. He loves to ride in the car, and snuggle with you! He is also really good at entertaining himself with toys. He really enjoys being in the kitchen when Foster Mom is cooking, because she is fun to watch, and maybe he can get a snack! Once he warms up to someone, he becomes their best friend. He is an excellent walking companion, and will walk right by your side. He loves to greet the other dogs with a bark, or “Hello!” Because of his escape artist tendencies, he does need to be leashed at all times when he is outside. He is able to chew, dig, and wiggle out of almost anything, so he does like to keep you on your toes! Definitely keep an eye out for him when he is outside. He is still learning what a true home life is like, so he gets a little curious and sniffs his way into things he should not. However, once he bonds with you and your family, he will not want to escape as much. He just needs that initial time to learn that he can trust you! He is very nice to all the dogs he meets, and he has learned from them as well! He does so well with them, he would prefer a canine companion in his forever home. He even does well with cats! Because of his timidness, kids tend to intimidate him. He asks that he goes to a home without kids under the age of twelve. Captain Jack is truly sweet as can be, and he has learned a lot from both of his foster homes, and being at Wayside Waifs in general. He has blossomed into a loving dog, and we are so happy with his progress, and cannot wait to see him continue to grow. Call our Adoptions team and ask for Captain Jack, and you will never regret it!

You can learn more about Captain Jack here.

Please welcome Thomas, a handsome five year old Domestic Shorthair mix. He was originally surrendered to Wayside Waifs as his old owners had a change in lifestyle. That is okay though, because Thomas is ready to find his people-and that might just be you! Thomas has some striking features, such as the nice blue-grey coat and pink nose. He was a little timid when he first came to Wayside Waifs, but he has made some friends with the staff and volunteers, and quickly became a favorite. Thomas is all about being with you all the time, and he would make a great sidekick! He also loves to talk with people, so he would love to have a great listener in the family. Honestly, Thomas is fantastic, and is ready to settle into that forever family lifestyle, and he hopes it is with you! Come check him out!

Learn more about Thomas here. He also has a video, which you can watch here.

Meet Misha, a pretty eleven month old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. She was originally brought to Wayside Waifs after she was picked up as a stray, wandering the streets alone. That is just fine, because she is ready to find her people! She has some wonderful brown and white markings, and is a slim forty pounds. She knows several commands such as sit, down, come, shake and roll over. Roll over happens to be her favorite command….because that means she can get a belly rub out of it too! Belly rubs are the best!!! Misha is a leaner; meaning she loves to be against you and just sit next to you. She is a social butterfly and loves meeting new people. She would be a great addition to your family! She does ask that you bring in all your children and canine friends to meet her-to make sure you are the right fit! When visiting our adoptions campus, please ask for Misha!

You can learn more about Misha here.

You can meet all of our wonderful animals, including our Waifs of the Week, during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Nov 10 2017

Thanksgiving Treats and Tips

It’s that time of year when we travel to our family member’s house, and have what is the most exhausting and delicious feast of the year. Thanksgiving is coming up, and we here at Wayside thought it would be nice to send out a friendly reminder of what you can, and cannot feed your pets. We also thought we would include fun dog and cat friendly recipes that are fun to make, and they have fun eating them!

  1. Turkey-Turkey can be a wonderful lean protein to share with your pet. You will just want to be sure to remove any excess skin or fat, stick with white meat, and make sure there are no bones.
  2. Potatoes-Potatoes are a great, filling vegetable to share with your pet. However even though the potatoes themselves are not harmful to pets, be aware of additional ingredients used to make mashed potatoes. Cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravies are no-no’s in a pet’s diet.
  3. Cranberry Sauce-Cranberry sauce is just fine for pets but watch the amount of sugar in it, or have no sugar at all to be safe. It is probably best to only provide a small helping to your pet’s plate.
  4. Macaroni and Cheese-If you know your pet’s stomach handles dairy alright, macaroni and cheese is a safe leftover to share. If you are unsure though, it may be best to just give plain macaroni. Cats often develop lactose intolerance when they become adults.
  5. Green Beans-Plain green beans are a wonderful treat for pets. Fresh vegetables are a great addition to any diet. If the green beans are included in a green bean casserole though, be conscious of the other ingredients in it.
  6. Corn-Loose corn is fine, but avoid corn on the cob.
  7. Homemade Rolls-Rolls fall to the ground during the annual food fight and are nibbled up by your kitty? Never fear. As long as they don’t have a lot of butter on them, they are safe for your pets to enjoy. 

Sweet Potatoes-Sweet potatoes are starchy root vegetables that provide plenty of nutritional benefits for our canine companions.

There are also some fun receipts you can try to make Thanksgiving a little more pet friendly, besides just human treats! PetPlan has several fun recipes that you can try, both for dogs and cats! Pumpkin smoothies, sweet potato cookies, sorbet, oh my! EntirelyPets also features fun, simple recipes such as Muttballs, Puppy Meatloaf, and Catnip Cookies!

Finally, just as a reminder, please always keep your pets’ tags and information updated, because more company means more doors opening and closing. If you are going out of town, and have to board your animal, make sure to book in advance, as holidays are times when facilities fill up quicker. Continue taking the dogs on walks if they have a heavier meal, and put in some extra playtime with those kitties to work off those extra calories! Try your best to ignore the stare they will give you from below the table-the above treats and recipes should help you out! Be wary of counter surfing, as the aroma may overwhelm your pet. Immediately throw out scraps and bones you will not use and keep it out of reach from pets. Sometimes they get a little curious, and go dumpster diving!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoy your time with your family, pets included! Keep an eye out for Black Friday, as we might have a special going on. In the meantime, consider meeting some of our pets during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Nov 8 2017

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Wanda, Myrtle, and Altair!

This is Wanda, a beautiful four year old Beagle mix. She was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs from her previous shelter after they ran out of space for her. Not to worry, because she is so looking forward to finding her forever home, and that home just might be yours! Wanda is a happy, energetic girl, so she will do best in a home that can play and go on regular walks and runs! She is quickly becoming a staff and volunteer favorite because of how expressive she is. She is also super friendly and affectionate, so you get the best of both worlds. She has not learned any basic obedience yet, but she is ready to! She is treat motivated, so present her with yummy treats and she will know basic commands in no time! She has met other dogs at Wayside, and she did okay. She can try and lead the playing and socializing, so she may need a dog that matches her play style. If you have any other dogs at home, it would be great if you could bring them along to meet her, to make sure they are a good pair!  In fact, bring the whole family so they can all get acquainted. She is ready to go home, and she hopes it is with you!

You can learn more about Wanda here.

Please welcome Myrtle, a gorgeous ten year old Domestic Shorthair mix. Myrtle is experienced in life, and is a sweet and cuddly cat. She was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs after her previous shelter ran out of space for her. That is just fine, because she is ready to find her forever home, and maybe that is with you! Her Felinality rating is Party Animal, in other words, she is the life of the party! She loves to be around people, and seeks out attention and love! She enjoys your company best, but she also loves to play with any cat toy. Honestly, it is the best of both worlds if she can play with you! When coming to Wayside to visit Myrtle, she is in Kitty City, with her friend Pringles! Front and center, you will not be able to miss her!

Learn more about Myrtle here.

Meet Altair, a handsome, seven year old Australian Shepherd mix looking for a place to call his own. He was originally transferred to Wayside Waifs after his previous shelter ran out of space for him. That is okay though, because he has quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite here, and is enjoying his time before he finds his forever home! He was quickly adopted out, but brought back because they did not have a safe yard for him to romp in. They did provide some wonderful information on Altair though! He is an easy-going and social guy. His favorite thing is to hang out with humans of any kind. He loves long walks, and is an excellent walker with his leash! He enjoys staying fit after all! He is also really smart, so he is ready to learn new things with you. He is treat motivated, so present him with yummy treats and he will be trained in no time. After a play session, he would love to cool down with snuggle time. Honestly, Altair is a lovable guy with a big heart. When you visit Wayside, ask for the sweet Altair, and you will not be disappointed!

Learn more about Altair here.

You can meet all of our adoptable pets, including our Waifs of the Week, during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


Nov 1 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Perdita, Miss Hemingway, and Ginger!

Meet Perdita, a beautiful three year old Terrier mix. She is forty pounds of pure love! She is very excitable and friendly, but she may come on a little strong! She is just ready to meet all the people. We should also mention she has a very active tail-meaning she is excited and loves to show her enthusiasm. She originally came to Wayside as a stray, so she is eager to learn what it is like to be in a home. Perdita will do best in a home that has children over the age of five, and that has no other canine companions. She is ready to learn basic obedience with you, and is a smart girl! She can be a little anxious in new environments based on her past, so having a calm home at first will be a huge benefit. She loves to be a cuddle bug! She will even lean on you and sit by you, just to be close! If you think you would be a great match, please come see her today.

You can learn more about her here.

This is Miss Hemingway, a gorgeous orange tabby that is two years old. She was originally brought to Wayside as a stray, but she is more than okay with that because she is able to find her forever home here! She loves to be around people, and will reward you with head-butts. She is a purr machine, just because she wants you to know how happy she is. She is also very confident and loves to explore. Miss Hemingway has become a master of free-roaming in our sunroom. She loves to bird-watch, and is extremely playful. She enjoys wand toys and fake mice as well! One of her special quirks is that both of her front paws have and extra toe-meaning extra love to give! She is ready to find her family, and maybe that is with you!

You can learn more about her here.

Here is Ginger, a stunning Labrador Retriever mix and almost a year old. She is roughly 30 pounds full of energy and love. She already knows sit and come, but is ready to learn more from her new family! Because Ginger is pretty active, she asks that she goes to a home without children under the age of 5. She does not want to accidentally knock anyone down! She also would prefer a home without cats and other small animals. Ginger has met dogs before, but she asks that you bring in any and all dogs you have so she can see if they are a perfect fit! She is basically a star athlete, as she can jump a five foot fence. That being said, she will need supervision outside and will need physical and mental stimulation. She is not a huge fan of the crate, so she would prefer not to use one. She is super obsessed with squirrels, as she likes to watch them intently and stare at them when she spots one. It sure is fun to be outside! There is so much to see. Ginger is ready to meet you, are you ready to meet her?

You can learn more about her here.

You can visit all of our adoptable pets during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


Oct 25 2017

Waif Wednesday

Let’s meet our Waifs of the Week; Perdita, Kasey, and Mickey!

Meet Perdita, a beautiful three year old Terrier mix. She is forty pounds of pure love! She is very excitable and friendly, but she may come on a little strong! She is just ready to meet all the people. We should also mention she has a very active tail-meaning she is excited and loves to show her enthusiasm. She originally came to Wayside as a stray, so she is eager to learn what it is like to be in a home. Perdita will do best in a home that has children over the age of five, and that has no other canine companions. She is ready to learn basic obedience with you, and is a smart girl! She can be a little anxious in new environments based on her past, so having a calm home at first will be a huge benefit. She loves to be a cuddle bug! She will even lean on you and sit by you, just to be close! If you think you would be a great match, please come see her today.

You can learn more about her here.

Meet Kasey, a handsome three year old Domestic Shorthair. Kasey originally came to Wayside as a stray, and is now living the good life at our shelter. He’s friendly, affectionate, and gives great headbutts. Sometimes he wants to give you a pet instead! When he had his Felineality assessment, they told him he was a Personal Assistant. That means he is relatively brave in new situations, and is ready to be your new sidekick and informant. Whether you are doing chores, cheering for the Chiefs or just chillaxing, he will be right by your side, ready to lend a striped paw. Are you in?

You can learn more about him here.

Here’s Mickey, a dashing two year old Chinese Star-Pei mix! He is a handsome guy with a very cute pout. Well, that’s what the people here say at least. He was originally brought to Wayside after his last shelter ran out of space for him. That is okay though, because he is enjoying his time with us, and vice versa! Mickey is ready to find that paw-fect family for his needs. Think that might be you? He is really friendly, and asks that you bring the whole family to meet him, dogs included. He wants to make sure you all are a perfect match. Something he is really good at is learning new things. He already knows the commands sit, come, and shake! He is treat motivated, so present a yummy treat and he is ready to learn. Some of his other favorite activities include romping around a yard and taking long walks. His ideal end to a day is sitting with you and watching television shows. He is a paw-some dog who is so ready to give you all of his love. Come by soon to see if he is the right fit for your family!

You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

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

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.


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