Wayside Waifs

Adoption Success Stories

After giving so much love and care to the animals that stay with us, we are always excited to hear about how they are doing in their new homes. So, sit back and enjoy the "tails" of our Purrfect Pets or submit your own success story about your Waif.

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A Transformation

A Transformation
A Transformation

Dewey was a frightened seven month old kitten that wouldn't let anyone near him. Now, six months later, he is one of the most loving, friendly and tender-hearted cats you'll ever meet.

Dewey is perfect! He's my second cat that I've adopted from a shelter, and every animal goes through amazing changes after they are in their forever home. But this little boy.. the change is so drastic. When I was looking at adopting another cat, I had no intention of getting a kitten (Dewey was 7 months old). I had looked at few different adult cats, but none of them did well around other cats, and I didn't want to create a hostile environment for my current cat, Bellamy. I had walked past Dewey a few times, but he was so scared of people I didn't really give him much attention. The shelter was closing early that day, which I didn't realize when I had decided to look for cats. I thought I had another hour to find one, but I only had about 10 minutes. I was so discouraged, and was about to go home, when one of the volunteers suggested Dewey. He opened the cage, and I swear if Dewey could have shrunk himself even smaller he would have. He was petrified. He cowered in the corner and was shaking from fear. I reached in to touch him, and at first he pulled away. But when he realized I wasn't going to hurt him, he shoved his face into my hand and loved the attention. He didn't stop being scared, but I knew I wanted to give him a chance. I told the volunteer that I would take him, and two others had to help get Dewey into the carrier. It was a busy day at the shelter, so it took a while to process his paperwork, but finally we were able to go home.
For the first 32 hours, he hid under my dresser. I wouldn't let my other cat near him, because I knew she would try to hurt him at first. She was SO MAD at me just for the new smell in the house. Dewey didn't eat, drink, or use the litter box for over a day, so I was getting worried. Finally, i pried him out from under the dresser and took him into bed with me. He LOVED the cuddles. It was almost instant that his fear was completely gone for that moment. He didn't like loud sounds or fast movements or when you stood up. I got a toy out, and we started to play. Before long, he started to talk to me (now it's difficult to get him to STOP talking!). He began to eat more and get comfortable in his new home, and he loved me SO much. He was (and still is) completely obsessed with me. He would sleep on top of my head every night because he just couldn't get close enough to me. I have never met a cat so loving as him.
Fast forward to now, 6 months later, and he and Bellamy are best friends. I think she sees him as her baby. It's so sweet. They cuddle together and clean each other, which I thought would never happen. He follows me everywhere, and gives me kisses constantly. He's still hesitant of new people, but otherwise his fear is all but gone. I got a letter in the mail the other day that finally proved my suspicions that Dewey was born and raised in a shelter until I took him home. All his brothers and sisters were adopted, and he was all alone. He'll never be alone now, and I am so blessed to have him as part of our family of three.

Liberty

Liberty
Liberty

Looking for a great friend for our 3 year old.

What a wonderful little girl we lucked out in getting with Liberty! She has been a blessing to our home and family. She is so well behaved and friendly with friends that come over and well mannered when taking her to "in-laws" for Sunday dinners. 95% house broken from day one! Already doing well with the obedience training classes and homework. Loves the dog park here in town and goes to camp once a week for the day. Such a sweetie, loves to be loved or just be engaged with. Thank you Wayside Waifs!

Healing

Healing
Healing

Opening our hearts to Elvis.

Two years ago, we lost both of our dogs. Our Buddy, a sweet dachshund, of old age, and Iris, a sweet rescue, had a serious neurological disorder. Our family was left broken without them. We weren't sure if we would ever be able to heal enough to adopt again. Last week we decided to go to Wayside Waifs to see how we felt, and if we connected with any of the puppies. We met this little man, and he was an instant fit. He is funny and sweet. He loves to play and cuddle. He is excelling at potty training, and has even mastered the anxient dog art of taking up the entire bed. We are beyond grateful, and for the first time in two years, I think we are finally ready to look back fondly instead of with such gripping sorrow. We named our little hound Elvis. He definitely already the king.

Mario

Mario
Mario

The dog that no one kept

We adopted Mario to keep our other dog Chloe company. Chloe had lost her friend to stomach cancer and she was lonely. My husband and I fell in love with Mario immediately, but it took a little time for him and Chloe to make that bond. They are now the best of friends and we love him being part of our family. I can not imagine ever taking him back to Wayside Waifs. He is here to stay.

Gigi's Story

Gigi's Story
Gigi's Story

True love

When I decided I wanted to adopt, I had in mind a dog that was older, housebroken, and crate trained. I was looking through the aisles at all the cute faces, picking out the ones I wanted to view. I saw her. She was laying down asleep and I said hello to her and her huge ears popped up. I knew she was the perfect dog for me. I thought she was full grown, but while meeting her the worker told us she was 6 months old and that they didn't know if she was housebroken or crate trained. He told me I was taking a risk of having to teach her everything. While he was speaking, little Gigi walked into my lap and laid down. I didn't care what the worker had to say, I had already decided that she was mine. I got her home, and guess what! She was housebroken and crate trained. She is the perfect little puppy, and I couldn't love her anymore than I do.

Rafferty's story

A report on our adoption of Rafferty

Its only been three days and this has been a dream adoption Rafferty is super happy and so are we. We were surprised to find he is totally house broken he has gotten me up in the morning to go outside he has adapted already to everybody and everything he plays with our other dog Cinnamon and over the weekend they wore themselves out. I'm really glad we found him he's an awesome smart little dog we couldn't have done any better Thank you Wayside

LOST Australian Shepherd

LOST Australian Shepherd
LOST Australian Shepherd

Lost Toy Australian Shepherd near Loan Jack Missouri

$200.00 reward if you find her!!! Please share and Please help find our girl Brooklyn!! She went missing this evening around 5:30pm from E Hendricks rd between S Hutt rd and S Bynum rd in Lone Jack Mo. and was last seen heading north through the fields off Hendricks Rd! She is a toy Australian Shepherd, blue Merle with two blue eyes! If you see her, PLEASE contact us! Do not try to chase her as she is a little shy! Try to give her treats or food as she will probably be hungry. Call 816-304-5412 or 816-977-5524.

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound

We spotted Elvis (a 6 yr old Chihuahua mix) at the end of the last row of crates and he melted our hearts. He revolutionized our lives. The King has left the building, and entered our home thanks to Wayside Waifs!

Words cannot describe the love and gratitude we feel towards the newest member of our family. We spotted Elvis (a 6 yr old Chihuahua mix) at the end of the last row of crates and he melted our hearts. He had traveled from Indiana to Belton, Missouri and we knew we could provide a loving home the moment we met him. He sings and dances really well, and he gives such sweet hugs! We can't imagine life before Elvis. He revolutionized our lives. The King has left the building, and entered our home thanks to Wayside Waifs!

Kit Kat!

Kit Kat!
Kit Kat!

I adopted Kit Kat 11 years ago from wayside and she's been with me through thick and thin, she's living out her golden years cuddled up on the couch with my family!

So in Love

So in Love
So in Love

Oreo Pie is perfect and he and my dog Ramen Noodle are great together. Ramen may be older (he's nine and Oreo is six), but he's half his size and so far, there's been no fighting between the new brothers. We're all super happy. 💙
Along with Ramen, he greets me at the door whenever I come home and they both see me out. Since night one, they'll cuddle up next to each other to be by my side in bed as I sleep. Oddly enough, he doesn't seem too interested in his cat nip toys, so he gives them to his brother that seems to love them so much.
I knew I would bring Oreo home the second I met him and he booped me right away and snuggled as soon as I picked him up. He is always purring and loves to be around us. Ramen and I are so grateful for him.

Rehabilitated Roxy ❤

Rehabilitated Roxy ❤
Rehabilitated Roxy ❤

As we are approaching Roxy's 4th birthday I can't explain how proud I am of my little girl. When I first brought Roxy home I NEVER thought she would stay. She was misbehaved, rude, and uninterested. I do not give up easily and I was determined to make it work. As time passed she slowly began to trust me and her resilient, and adorable, personality began to show. It has almost been 2 years since I brought her home and she is a completely different dog. She has become my absolute best friend and I wouldn't trade her for the world! #adoptdontshop

poppy the wonder pit

poppy the wonder pit
poppy the wonder pit

My family (boyfriend and his 2 kiddos) were coming to wayside to meet a red coonhound mix and unfortunately she was being adopted as soon as we arrived...after looking down a few aisles...we came across three pups, 2 being adopted and 1 female. The kids instantly fell in love and my boyfriend gave me the "pleeaaase" face and the rest is history! She's adjusting well to life in a loving home with 2 kids and 2 kitties! Only 10 weeks old and working on sit and come.

Garfield new home

Garfield new home
Garfield new home

yesterday, March 10th, we adopted a one year old male big orange kitty. My boyfriend and I fell in love with him from the start. First night having him home he warmed up so quickly and was constantly coming up to us to say thank you. When we laid down in bed he ran in there and for about 15-20 minutes he just went back and forth between us giving us kisses and hugs and head buts. We've adopted before so I wasn't expecting him to warm up this quickly. He's already made a huge impact on our lives and is so so loved and spoiled already. Can't wait to spend the rest of his life cuddling with this fluff of fur.

Comet, my best friend

Comet, my best friend
Comet, my best friend

Best Christmas Present ever

We (family of 6) got Comet, or formally known as Timmy 5 years ago, 2 days before Christmas. Literally cannot imagine life without him. He's border-collie lab mix and is SO smart and easily trainable with treats (he's trained us at night to get him a treat or he won't come inside). He's really spoiled and doesn't know how spoiled he is :) . He's very protective of everyone and gets super excited when we come home and pouty when we leave for work and school. He's always been gentle with Lilly, my 10 yr old sister, when she goes outside, the poor baby thinks he has to stay outside when she or anyone is playing in the backyard. Words cannot express how lucky we are to have him in our lives.

Toothy Joe (TJ)

Toothy Joe (TJ)
Toothy Joe (TJ)

How can this amazing dog go unloved for so long....

Formerly known as Memphis, TJ was adopted by my family on 10/8/16. He came to us a very scared and timid boy. We were told he had been shuffled from shelter to shelter and we can't figure out why. TJ is the sweetest and cutest boy ever. He has a love of soft plush toys and carries them with him everywhere he goes. He has an adorable quirk, his tongue sticks out all the time. He also snores like crazy, but every night when we get home from work, we are greeted at the door by TJ and his brother and sister. TJ of course with the toy baby of the day in his mouth. His nubby tail wagging like crazy. It was love at first site for the whole family.

My best friend

My best friend
My best friend

Dixie Rose entered my life nearly 7 years ago and I wouldn't dare change a thing.

I remember visiting Wayside as though it were a trip I took yesterday and not one I took as an 8th grade schoolgirl. My dog Dakota had sadly passed away about half a year prier. When I had finished grieving I realized how lonely it was without the familiar wag of a tail and coldness of a wet nose. Together with my Mom, Stepdad, and sisters we went down to Wayside. My mom was set on getting a small dog but when I met ,the then 5 year old, Dixie Rose all bets were off.
Nearly 7 years later I have no clue what I would do with out my little old lady. Dixie is my best friend and a true companion. I don't know that I could thank Wayside enough for bringing me and her together.
Wayside is the home of lifelong friends.

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