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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Lost Pomeranian

lost Pomeranian
lost Pomeranian

Lost Dog!

Last  seen  on  July 4th.   In  the  Raytown  Area  off 59th Blueridge/  Ralston ave  area. A  female Pomeranian age 7, tan  with  white  underneath  color.  She  is microchipped.  If  seen  please  return.

Contact: chanell_townsend@yahoo.com

Lolly Pup

Lolly Pup
Lolly Pup

The story of Lolly

My husband and I were married in September 2012. We knew for our first Christmas together we wanted the perfect dog to join our family. We decided to go to Wayside to look at a sweet yellow lab that was on the website. Needless to say she was not a fit for us but I wanted to take out a black lab/border collie mix. She was sleeping so soundly where most of the dogs were barking. She already knew several tricks and we were both in love immediately. We brought her home and she has been the perfect addition to our family. It sounded like her previous life was pretty rough. She was on the streets two separate times. She knows now what a family feels like in her forever home. We are so thankful for Wayside and their help providing us with this lovable member of our family.

Finally she is treated like a Princess

Finally she is treated like a Princess
Finally she is treated like a Princess

Finally she is treated like a Princess

My husband and I went to Wayside Waifs in February of 2011 wanting to adopt a dog. We both grew up with childhood dogs, so we are both dog lovers. Our apartment didn't feel complete without a furry friend. We saw her picture on the website and knew right away she was the dog for us. She had a hard life before she came to us. The family that had her before us (for 5 years) didn't treat her like a princess at all! (did I mention that is her name?) She was an outdoor dog which totally isn't right for her. She is such a sweetheart and loves people so much. We are so happy that we found her and that she can finally be treated like the princess she is- and trust me, she is SUCH a princess!!

Lucy

My mom and I adopted a cat Lucy.

My mom and I adopted a cat Nov. day 2003. I was a nice a little cloudy day when i took Lucy home. Before that a couple days earlier I was there looking for a cat. The lady was helping me she let me hold a tiger cat. He was so sweet. Then someone let all the cats out and play i noticed a cat was in the corner just didn't want play with the other cats. I went to her she was so so caring and then she sat on my lap and just look at me and mow at me. I was hook. I called my mom. Couple days later Lucy was home with me. I grow up with cats. 10 years later she is now 11 she so worm and so sweet still sits with me and talk to me. 8 years ago i meet a man. He was hook to. We been married for 3 years now. Lucy is the most awesome, sweet, caring, mellow cat i ever had.

My sweet kittens.

My sweet kittens.
My sweet kittens.

Adopted two kittens who are now best friends. I couldn't be happier.

I adopted Quinn (2 months) & Banksy (4 months) (formerly known as Spain & Vinny) in late August of 2013. I always heard that it's better to adopt two kittens rather than one, so despite the fact that my boyfriend and I don't have the biggest space, we sprung for it and adopted both. Upon bringing them home, there was some hissing and nervousness, but a mere 24 hours later, the two of them were cuddle buddies. These two kittens have brought us so much joy. They constantly entertain one another, and are hilarious to watch play. They love to cuddle with both of us, and have been two great additions to our household. It's hard for me to be at work eight hours a day, because all I want to do is go home and hang out with them. I will definitely be coming back to wayside waifs to adopt in the future.

Playmate

Adopted Amanda as a playmate for our shepherd mix.

We had been looking for sometime for an older dog as a companion/playmate for our male shepherd as we do not have the time right now to spend with him as much. Had been to Wayside before and the dog we chose the first time was not a good fit. We saw Amanda and immediately fell in love with her sweet disposition and noticed she needed the exercise. Labs tend to be on the chunky side. They were introduced to each other at the shelter and have been constant companions ever since. As our male was younger, Amanda got the exercise she needed and our Buddy has a calming influence. This was the best decision we ever made! Has a lifetime of love and companionship with her new family!

Our lily

Our lily
Our lily

Our lily

Lily was a gift she was the one that completed our family today she's very healthy and play full
And we're so glad we got her and we will be coming back to get her a friend

Our lily

Our lily
Our lily

Our lily

Once we saw lily it was pet at first site. But to me she wasn't a pet she was family lily and I are like two peas and a pod

Ferguson

Ferguson
Ferguson

We adopted Ferguson because we wanted a companion for our life on the road.

We adopted Ferguson last April 21st. My wife is a travel nurse, so we are on the road every thirteen weeks, moving to new location. We were wanting a small dog to accompany us on our travels. We toured the facility and we saw Ferguson, a small, scruffy terrier mix. After spending about 30 minutes with him in a play area, we knew we had to have him. Needless to say, he went home with us. Since then, we have moved to Idaho city, Idaho. Ferguson is having a great time. There is a wonderful dog park here and Ferguson loves to run with the bigger dogs. I can't imagine him not being in our lives now.

It was meant to be!

It was meant to be!
It was meant to be!

Murphy fits right in!

My husband and I had been talking about adopting a dog for several months. We had been looking on the Wayside Waifs web page and saw a dog we decided we needed to meet. We went out to Wayside but to our disapointment that dog had already been adopted. We decided to look around and we even met a few dogs but none seemed to be the right fit.

Fast forward a few weeks later. We decided to go to Wayside again, this time without looking through the website. That's when we met Murphy (formally Buddy). We were drawn to him because he seemed to love being around people and immediately rolled over for some tummy scratches soon after we met him. We still weren't exactly sure and went home that night with the knowledge we could call the next day and put a hold on him if we wished. We went home and couldn't get him out of our minds so the next morning my husband called Waifs and told them we wanted to do a hold and we were coming to get him right after work. And that's what we did!

Murphy has acclimated well to our house and knows basic commands such as sit and stay. He loves to be loved on and is a constant companion as he follows us from room to room. Everyone that meets him has wonderul things to say about him and he is always eager and accepting of a good scratch behind the ear from those big and small. He has a fantastic disposition and is friendly and gentle to humans and dogs alike on our daily walks.

It is a great feeling to know that we can provide Murphy with a loving, safe home since he gives us so many laughs and nuzzles throughout the day.

Thanks for being such a big part of helping us find our new furry family member Wayside!

Big Floppy Puppy

Big Floppy Puppy
Big Floppy Puppy

Asher is more than anyone could have ever imagined!

Hey there! Remember me? Yeah, it's Asher! I have to say I love my family. Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, and Mom #2 love me to pieces. It was difficult for Grandma and Grandpa at first to not pet me before I sat down or lay down. Mom trained them, though, and I have to say, they're doing great! Grandpa even told Mom that she might have to go back to WW and pick another dog, he likes me so much! Mom balked at this idea. I'm moving mid-July to KC with Mom and Mom #2.
The first two days I was here, I learned "lay down," "down," "in," "out," "off," "take," "stay," and "come." Mom and Mom #2 say I'm VERY smart, and commend the WW staff for teaching me to sit so pretty. There was very little reinforcing necessary before I was sitting without being told more than once. Now, I sit without being told before getting my treats, breakfast, dinner, and a fresh round of water.
By the way, I REALLY love water. Mom says she's going to tie mops to my feet and let me clean the floor. I'm kind of a sloppy drinker. Also, when we're out on a run, I like to put my face to the ground and drink as I'm running if it's just rained. That reminds me, I want to apologize for being a goober and tugging on my leash so much while I was at WW. I promise if I come to visit, and you'd like to hold the leash and walk with Mom and me, I won't pull you around anymore.
Also, Mom and Mom #2 spent a week training me off-leash with 3 siblings I absolutely love. This has helped a great deal when I'm at the dog park. I now know whistled commands, too.
My obedience training, aside, I'm a great dog indoors. I know when it's time to settle down, and as long as I have something to play with or chew on, I don't do anything I shouldn't. (I did chew up Grandma's flip-flops, but then Mom put something really spicy on them. I don't like shoes anymore. In fact, I give them a funny look and just walk around them.) Mom used a trick she learned while training my older sister, and discovered that I love music. It's very soothing and helps to calm me when I get too rowdy. For the most part, my behavior reflects my older sister's, who I'm getting along with excellently by the way. She's teaching me that being a puppy is okay, but being rude is not acceptable. My already wonderful manners are improving all the more. I will say that I get along with more dogs than she does, which my Mom is grateful for.
Oh! I LOVE sticks. Or anything tree-related. Grandpa gave me a log once, and I chewed and chewed on it like a beaver. Mom tries to make sure I have plenty of toys, but a good stick is just great in a pinch, or if I've destroyed all of my squeaky and stuffed toys. KONGS don't even last against my powerful jaws. Also, the neighborhood kids love me. When they see me, they get all excited. A little girl and boy live in the yard behind mine, and I like to stand on my back legs with my front paws on the fence to greet them. I'm just an absolute pleasure to have around, especially now that I don't try to jump and mouth or nip at people.
Anyway, I think that's about it for now.
Love,
Asher, Mom's "Big Floppy Puppy"

Sometimes being last isn't so bad!

Sometimes being last isn't so bad!
Sometimes being last isn't so bad!

Talulah was the last one I saw and my first pick!

I've always wanted my very own dog for as long as I can remember. So Dec. 5th, 2012 I went to wayside waifs looking for a bully breed as I have always wanted to give a good home to a dog in need. Talulah was the last one I looked at and had just came available for adoption that day. She was the one for me. So had to introduce the other two pit mixes that occupy the home and all went well.
She is now called Talulah Monster as she is always up to something. The staff was fantastic at wayside waifs and she is a perfect match for me and the rest of the household. stacymarie1010@gmail.com

Hyde the City Kitty

Hyde the City Kitty
Hyde the City Kitty

Hyde the City Kitty

I absolutely commend Wayside Waifs for being such a wonderful and caring organization. They seem to really take special care of the lucky animals that find their transition homes at Wayside. The Cat Adoption Survey was so very helpful in finding a personality match for us. Our little kitty fits in so well with our lifestyle. Loves to follow us around and cuddle in our arms. He even snuggles up to my face while I am sleeping. Also he has been very helpful by being our morning alarm by batting his jingly bell ball around the bedroom. Too cute!
We're not sure what his life was like before he came to live with us but he sure is a happy little guy. We like to think we had something to do with that! He loves to play. He sits under the bed and jumps out with an ecstatic little chortle. He loves to chase the fluffy little toy that Wayside Waifs so generously sent home with him. We sure are glad they did that because it is his very favorite toy to play with. He's still getting used to having the run of our loft and seems to rejoice in sprinting from one side to the other, chortling all the while. In the mornings he has decided that his cozy window basket is where he wants to be, watching the people below and cleaning himself.
I would joyfully encourage anyone who has little extra space in their heart to go find a friend at Wayside who is definitely deserving of their very own forever home.

Jenny Marlin-Spoiled Rotten Princess!

Jenny Marlin-Spoiled Rotten Princess!
Jenny Marlin-Spoiled Rotten Princess!

Meet Jenny! The cutest puppy at Wayside Waifs! My husband and I adopted her Feburary 15th, 2012. Little did we know the joy and laughter she would bring us.

My husband started traveling a lot for his work and I started to become lonely at home by myself. We went down to Wayside Waifs with specific dog in mind that we saw online only to find out that the dog had already been adopted earlier that day. I was disappointed and almost wanted to leave, but my husband convinced me to stay and look at the other available dogs. I'm glad he did, because then we found Jenny! Jenny is an Austrailian Shepard/Cattle Dog mix and extremely intelligent. She was only 2-3 months old when we adopted her and within a week she knew "sit" and "stay." She picked up "lay down" and "roll over" not long after. She's become even more advanced to where when it's time for bed, she grabs her own blanket and will drag it all the way to the bedroom and wait to go to bed. She also let's my husband and I know if we are interrupting her beauty sleep. If we are too loud for her when she's trying to sleep, she moans really loud and won't stop until we quiet down. She brings us laughter beyond belief. She's the most beautiful dog I've ever met and I look forward to many more years filled with the love and joy she brings me.

Chugger!

Chugger!
Chugger!

Chugger!

Chugger, or Gussy when we got him, has quickly become part of our family. We've had him for about 4 months now, and he quickly assimilated to our home life. His quirks and energy are what make him unique, along with his trademark snaggle tooth look. He's a ball of charisma and has brought new life and joy to us, through bringing a ball to play with or jumping up and snuggling in. He's just a great dog. So thank you.

Our boy Henry

Our boy Henry
Our boy Henry

You just never know when you will fall in love

My husband and I lost two beloved cats in recent years. It was so heartbreaking to say goodbye to our sweet kitties that we vowed we would never adopt again. We are approaching retirement, want the freedom to travel and didn't want to take the risk of having our hearts broken again. Our last cat died in December of 2011 and we went along for many months mourning the loss of our "girls" and recommitting to the idea of remaining pet-free. But life became a little too quiet around our house. We were accustomed to our sweet kitties greeting us at the door each night when we came home and snuggling with us at every opportunity. We began to talk about the possibility of bringing a new pet to our home. We decided we would adopt a dog and thought it best if we chose an older one. I began to search the web for just the right dog. We wanted small, but not too small. We wanted a female. I visited Wayside Waifs and asked to be introduced to a couple of dogs I thought would be right for us. Sadly, neither was a good fit. It was clear to me that we would just have to keep looking until the right dog came along. As I was walking down the aisle a little fellow caught my attention. He was male - we wanted a female. He was quite small - we preferred a dog who was 15+ pounds. And he was only a year and a half old. We really had in mind to adopt a dog who was 4+ years old. But there was just something about him. I took some pictures and texted them to my husband, letting him know I had placed a deposit on him and WW would hold him for 48 hours, time enough for my husband to drop by and see if this little dog was a good fit for us. My husband saw the pictures and called me right away. He said, "Go get him and bring him right home." And so I did. What a great surprise we had when we found he was perfectly housebroken with excellent manners. He crawled into our bed and into our hearts that very night. Four weeks later we can't imagine life without him. He has become our precious boy, a true joy. Henry is a pure-bred Maltese, 1 1/2 years old, about 8 pounds. He wasn't what we were looking for, but we are ever so grateful he found us.

From the Cold Streets to Christmas Sweater

From the Cold Streets to Christmas Sweater
From the Cold Streets to Christmas Sweater

From the Cold Streets to Christmas Sweater

My husband and I had been visiting Wayside with some regularity looking for a "little brother or sister" for our dachshund, Batman, when we stumbled across Starsky (formerly Raisin) on the website. I immediately connected with the ragamuffin in the picture, all legs and scruff, and coerced my husband to drive to wayside that afternoon.
Starksy had Kennel Cough when we met him, but he happily greeted my husband as an old friend - we were to learn how special this connection really was later - and agreed that we would take him after he had passed the "Batman" test. Two days (and one successful dog-to-dog) later, we found ourselves embarking upon the best journey of our lives.
When we first met Starsky he was severely underfed, walking on three legs, and covered in overgrown, matted hair. He had been found on the streets in Clinton, MO, and had come from a bad domestic situation where we can only assume the terrible things he was subjected to in his year of life. Our first few days were spent coaxing him into the house, and trying to reassure him of his new home. It broke our heart every time he flinched when we tried to pet him!
However, our spoilt and smelly dachshund proved to be our best ally, and within a few weeks Batman had him cautiously playing, accepting treats, and occasionally leaning in for belly rubs. We even started to see signs of him wagging his "rump stump" - his overly docked tail - when we came home. Those small milestones were the happiest moments of 2012!
Fast forward six months, and Starsky is fully integrated into our home and family. On Christmas Day, as he patiently allowed his Daddy to wrestle a reindeer-adorned sweater over his head without a flinch, I reflected on the improvements he has made. He has even learned to cuddle - to my great joy - and loves nothing more than to sleep on my feet every night.
When we first brought Starsky home it seemed impossible that he would be as relaxed as he is now. Of course, there are still moments when he feels out of sorts, and will take himself to a quiet spot, but these are few and far between. Batman is still his favorite member of the family - a far cry from the spoilt pedigree and the solitary street waif, we are now parents to two loyal and affectionate siblings that can hardly be separated!
We would like to thank Wayside for all their help and support - they really helped us complete our family!

Last adoption of 2011

Last adoption of 2011
Last adoption of 2011

Seamus finds a new home

I had been considering a dog for a while, but told myself I didn't have enough time for a pet. Then after a friend of mine and his Border Collie stayed at my house for a few weeks before moving out of town, I discovered I enjoyed having a dog around. If I had one as well behaved as that, I could have a dog. I began watching the local shelters for a Border Collie. The week after Christmas, 2011, I saw Seamus (shaymus) on the Wayside Waifs Website. He was a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix- two of the smartest breeds. It said he was housetrained and crate trained, and thats what I was looking for. A family had surrendered him who could no longer afford him.
I went to see him that night, and he was beautiful. He looked up at me, and when I talked, his ears stood up like he was listening, and when I finished speaking, they went back down. He also obeyed my simple commands. I knew he was the perfect dog for me, but the sign said he had been adopted that day. I was dissapointed, and didn't do a meet and greet with him, but left my name and number. The next day, Wayside waifs called and said he was available, the people changed their mind! So, On December 31st, 2011- a Wayside Waifs staff member met me there (it was a holiday weekend, and they were closed) so that I could get Shea, and he wouldnt have to stay there til Wednesday ( four more days). So, they informed me I was the last adoption of 2011 for Wayside Waifs!
I took him home. We bonded quickly, and he was well behaved in the house from the first moment. My home backs to a park and walking trail. Shea can look out the patio door all day when I am at work, and watch the view of the park. Meanwhile, we walk every day on the trail around the park, and go anywhere from two to four miles. After the walk, we usually go to the dog park, located within that park, all a stones throw from my back door. We never have to cross a street! He also loves to bike ride with me! In nice weather, the regular route I ride with him is five miles on the Indian Creek trail, which I can access just a block from my house. He loves it- and at the halfway point, we stop and he cools off in Indian Creek, then we turn around and head back. Shea has been a huge blessing in my life. He is my best friend, and I cannot imagine life without him now. I have become a true "dog person". I now call him Shea (pronounced Shay), just a shortened version of his name, so he answered to it immediately. I feel badly for whoever had to give him up- but I am so thankful and fortunate to have him! thanks Wayside Waifs for all you do- and Shea thanks you as well! I could go on and on about Shea and all the fun we have together- I take him with me wherever I can- but I think I have made the point!

Love at First Site

Love at First Site
Love at First Site

Love at First Site

I had moved to KC in 2007, and had always wanted a cat of my own. I wanted to wait a little while to get settled in, before I actually started looking. 2008 came along, and I saw that Wayside was having a big adoption deal going on in March of '08. I took my best friend with me, and that's when we met Robin. Robin was taking a cat nap in his kennel, and we opened the door, and it was love at first site. When I brought Robin home, he was very shy, and would just hide out in my bedroom. It took awhile for him to get accustomed to the litter box, but once he knew where it was, and got used to everything, he was happy as can be! Robin's been across the country, to North Carolina, and up to Michigan, where he is now with me. He gets spoiled not only by me, but also his Grandma! He even has "uncles" & "cousin" cats, too! Thank you all, at Wayside Waifs, for bringing him to me!

Love this cute dog

Love this cute dog
Love this cute dog

Love this cute dog

This is Miyah (formally known as Paislyn) We adopted her back in October and she has become such a great family pet. She is my daughter's buddy and they play so well together. Miyah has to sleep with her every night. She adjusted to our family very well. She is doing great on potty training and loves to hang out in her new back yard.
I am very happy we chose to adopt her, it has been a great experience.

first day at my house

first day at my house
first day at my house

aka sarah her new name is anna belle

she loves her new home she has two sisters cinnimutt and abbie. they love her so much. she loves going for walks and she loves going for a ride in the car.i'm happy i have her she my baby girl i love her so much.she sleeps alot she still a puppy.she loves chewing on dog bones.

Stewie gets a home

Stewie gets a home
Stewie gets a home

We adopted a rescue American Pit Bull Terrier named Stewart as a companion for our boxer/shepard mix.

He is the most lovable thing. How anybody could be scared or not like this animal, I have no idea. He has immediately bonded with our current dog and they spend a great deal of time playing together. He really has been a good fit for us and we are delighted that we decided to give hime a chance. stuj66@gmail.com

Thomas O'Maley the alley cat

Thomas O'Maley the alley cat
Thomas O'Maley the alley cat

I adopted my precious Tommy in May of 2012. He is the perfect combination of hyper and layed back and has the best personality.

I adopted Tommy on May 2012 and he has been a great joy in my life! He is the perfect combination of laid back and hyper. He lives with my roommate and I. We both could sit for hours just watching him play and run around. Since the first day I adopted him he has played with the same shoe string, he's claimed it as his haha. He loves to look outside and watch the neighbors walk and the birds hide in the bushes. Sometimes I'll open the window with the screen closed and he'll lay there all day. He loves plastic bags and sometimes I'll find him laying the the stash we have in our pantry. He's really healthy and has a seemingly perfect coat. He's fluffy and soft, just about the same fur he had as a kitten. I love him with all my heart and I hope more and more people continue to adopt cats from Wayside so they can feel the same :D

Our new lake buddy

Our new lake buddy Willie Nelson
Our new lake buddy Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

In March of this year I went to Wayside Waifs to see a little dog I had seen on the website. He was a scrawny, skiddish and sad little guy. His tail drug the ground behind him and he was afraid of most people. I held him on my lap and promised him if he went with me I would change his life for the better. With a lot of love and only a little bit of time, Willie blossomed. Now he runs through the house with his tail flying high in the breeze as he decides on what kind of mischief he is going to get into next!
Willie loves riding in our boat and on our golf cart (which he thinks is his golf cart)! He is so popular with our friends he has his own fan club. When we tie up in a cove they will pass him from boat to boat so he can see everyone and get lots of love. For a little guy, Willie Nelson has sure taken over a big piece of our hearts!

Still a 'Sweetie' - now known as Kokiri

Still a 'Sweetie' - now known as Kokiri
Still a 'Sweetie' - now known as Kokiri

The inquisitive pup now exploring the outside world!

When my husband and I visited Wayside Waifs one Saturday afternoon, we were overwhelmed at the amount of dogs it housed. Knowing that we were only bringing one home, we knew it would be a tough decision.  Yet, walking past Kokiri's kennel, we both sensed that she might be the one- and she is the perfect pup!

Since coming home with us, our clever girl has learnt to master sit, wait, shake, lay down and come here. (Come here was especially helpful when she found a small escape route out of our garden recently!)

She loves to explore the woodland at the Arboretum, and accompany us on walks through our neighbourhood to open land-and the occasional visit to the ice-cream shop!
She is wonderfully playful, and becoming more sociable every day.

Thank you Wayside Waifs for sheltering so many strays and abandoned animals. We hope we can return in a year or two to find Kokiri a companion.

Willy boy - my little sweetie

Prince William came to live with us when he was about a year old. He lived to the ripe old age of 14 - what a joy he was to our lives every single day!

In 1997 we adopted Willy. From day one he was just a sweet heart who loved to cuddle, play and was quite a talker! He was scared to go up and down stairs, but eventually got used to it when we moved from our apartment to a house. He loved to snuggle up at bed-time and also loved chasing after strings or yarn - typical cat stuff, of course. He lived every day so joyfully. Thank you, Wayside Waifs, for finding me such a sweetheart!

"Big" love <3

"Big" love <3
"Big" love <3

"Big" love <3

We've had Axel now for about 4 years. We had made a "wish list" with wayside and not a week later was called with the option to come and meet "GD" (great dane). We had never had a great dane before, and didn't quiet know what we were in for. We did all the research, looked at all the pictures, and decided to meet him. instantly we connected. He choose us, and since then we have added to the family. we now have two great danes, a sister for Axel; and a pomeranian, their baby girl as we call her. I thank god every day for Axel. we love him so much and couldn't imagine our home without him. We thank you so much for adding such a wonderful life to our family. He is our boy, our big baby boy!

Never To Be Left Again

Never To Be Left Again
Never To Be Left Again

Never To Be Left Again

For those of you who don't recognize me (which is understandable, I've grown quite a bit since you have last seen me), my name is Kilo formerly known as Santiva. I was only 3 months old when I left and now I am a year and a half! First off, I want to say sorry to you guys for not getting back to you sooner. I haven't forgotten about you, just been super busy in my new life! I have so many exciting stories to tell you. How I found my parents: Mommy wanted a puppy and found my brother (Nehro) online, and drove down from Iowa to come look at him! When mommy arrived Nehro was already spoken for, she was very disappointed, until....she found out he had a couple sisters! Mommy (and Daddy) got to play with me, and I knew they would fall in love with me! Mommy wanted to take me home right then, unfortunately she had to wait so that I could get spayed. Mommy and Daddy made the long, lonely drive back home. They waited a couple days (Mommy said the days passed slower than any other in her life!), and then came back to get me. She said I was the love of her life, although I don't think Daddy liked hearing that. I was such a good pup on the long ride home that when we got there, I walked into a house full of toys, just for me! I was spoiled rotten, and still am! This happens ALL the time: Mommy and Daddy would go to the store (for human food or whatever) and end up bringing me back a toy, even though we had all just went to the big pet store the previous day and bought me lots of new things! Mommy and Daddy would take me everywhere with them. I never got left behind. So today, I love going for rides in the truck! I also like to ride on the back of the 4-wheelers, play with horses like they are big dogs, and love to go in the boat! I love swimming, but more than swimming I love MUD! If there is a puddle (especially thick, sticky mud puddles) I will find it, then lay in it. Needless to say I have had quite a few baths in my lifetime now, and am quite the pro! I get to go camping on sandbars a lot, that's fun! I don't like sleeping in the tent, but I like to lay right outside and guard my parents from all the wild critters. Oh yeah! I almost forgot to tell you, I live with this little furball, that makes noises like Meeeeooow, yeah I know weird, right??? It's actually kinda cool. I like to play with her, she acts like she doesn't like me though. When I am sleeping on the couch, she likes to reach up and play with my paws, like I am one of her toys! I know she really likes me though because I like to lay on Daddy's lap (even though I am 70+ lbs.), and she will get up there too, and lay with both of us! I am definitely a Daddy's girl! But I love my time with Mommy too! Although sometimes I think Mommy gets a little jealous. Daddy works a lot, so I get extra excited to see him at the end of the day! Sometimes Mommy will take me to go have lunch with him, and I get to play around the job-site (lots of dirt, I love it), I am careful and watch out for big machines though. Sometimes if I am lucky Daddy will let me ride in the machine with him, or sometimes in the (skidloader) bucket if I am feeling lazy. I have been doing all this sorts of stuff since I was a pup, I am so happy I get to experience everything that I do! You just say the word "ride" and I will meet you at the door! Sometimes when mommy and daddy are talking to eachother they will spell the word (r-i-d-e), when it's going to be a little bit before we go (like 15 min. or so). Don't tell them but I am also learning how to spell! I get to visit my grandparents a lot too! They have a black lab that I get to play with, we have lots of fun together. Mommy and I are trying to convince Daddy that another one of ME would be great! In the meantime Mommy said we were going to go play at the river today. One of my favorite places, because I can get all wet then roll in the sand! I am so glad I never get left behind (even if we are just going to the gas station!) I have been thinking about coming down for the big walk in September, so maybe we all can meet up then?? Thank you all so much for taking care of me when I was so young, and finding me the MOST AWESOME FOREVER HOME! (Mommy and Daddy wouldn't trade me for the world, and I wouldn't trade them either!)
P.S. Sorry for the long book, I was just so excited!
Lots of Licks,
Kilo

A Wrinkle In Time

A Wrinkle In Time
A Wrinkle In Time

A Wrinkle In Time

2 months ago, we didn't even know who Daisy May was. Now, we couldn't imagine a day without her. She had us won over the first day we saw her video. And still, she is continuing to win over people (and dogs) left and right. The first time I met her in dog, I wanted to take her home then and there. My husband (the more thoughtful and deliberate of the two of us) said we needed to make sure she was the one. Well, obviously she was!
Now, 15 lbs later, Daisy May seems to be loving her life. Her beautiful shar pei coat gets compliments all of the time. She now has 3-4 more wrinkles since she has put on that weight. Don't worry, it's all good weight. Her vet even said she could stand to gain a little more. However, we know she is a little spoiled. But how could we not spoil her. She is sweet, funny, and so well-behaved. She is perfect for our little family! Thank you for giving her to us!

Update from Cooper (the black lab) and his new family

Update from Cooper (the black lab) and his new family
Update from Cooper (the black lab) and his new family

Update from Cooper (the black lab) and his new family so his Wayside Waifs Family and his previous family can know he is doing well and is happy!!

(I am posting this on behalf of my mom & her new adoption from Wayside Waifs)
Hi guys! I'm Cooper and wanted to let you know how I am doing. I have a new big home and I really like it here! My new mom is named Grannie, her and the family have put up a big new fence for me and I have a lot of toys; a duckie, a chickie, 3 tennis balls & lots of squeak toys to play with. Grannie has an 18 year old grandson, 8 year old grandson and a 20 month old great grand daughter that play play play with me!!! I like them and I think they all like me!
Grannie has granddogs too; Sami, Sofi, Daisy, Maui, Hanna & Ty & cousin Taffy. I play with all except Hanna & Taffy because they are snootie, but I like them!
Thank You Wayside Waifs, I love my new family!!
Wags & Kisses,
Cooper

The Dog Formerly known as Kameko

The Dog Formerly known as Kameko
The Dog Formerly known as Kameko

The pup that changed my life.

We got Kameko as a little puppy at the end of November, and decided to change her name to Margo. She was my first dog I raised on my own, and i was so nervous about it. But she was so sweet and loving that she made it all okay. The funny thing is Wayside said she was a Boxer mix and expected her to be around 60 or 70 pounds. She is now about 11 months old and probly tops 35 pounds soaking wet. She looks more like a whippet mix. But I love her to death anyway and she has helped me through some of the darkest times in my life and I am so thankful I get to have this awesome friend in my life for years to come. Thank you so much Wayside Waifs for helping me find my best friend!

3 Cuddle Buddies

3 Cuddle Buddies
3 Cuddle Buddies

Myself and My roommates went to Wayside to find some new friends and instead found life long cuddle buddies. These three are some awesome buddies brought together.

We went to Wayside to get 2 pups during a Mega Match-a-thon. When we arrived the place was packed and had a long line that went into the parking lot and looked like it would never end. We ended up waiting because we knew it would be worth the wait.
Callie is the small black and white Chihuahua that is the coolest pup ever. Callie was an amazing pup with an even more amazing story. She is a resuce from a puppy mill and spent he first 9 years there having babies. Unfortunately she lost a leg before we got her from Wayside because of the poor conditions of Puppy Mill and the lack of nutrition there. Wayside Vets said that because of the placement of the break she had to have the leg amputated. Callie is the Queen Bee in our small animal kingdom and the other dogs look to he has a mother. Now the White pup is Richie and he is another resuce dog but he is from The Heartland SPCA, during the Mega Match-a-thon. Richie is a great addtion to have and is a great playmate to the others pups.
To hear the little black puppies story first I have to tell you about Cooper. I personally was not going to adopt a pup but I ended up falling in love with a dog named Cooper, a Wheaten/Poodle. He had just had surgery so he wasn't very active but seemed to be very loving. I welcomed him into my life and loved every minute of it. Saddly Cooper had some complications and passed away after being with me for 4 days. Even though it was a sad event I can say that Cooper was very loved and knew it. The main thing is he passed in a loving and comfortable home. At that moment I made a hard decision and a promise to Cooper. I was going to find another pup to give that same oppurtunity to have a loving home. My roommates and I went up to wayside and found my new love. He was so small with a pudgy little tummy that was TOO CUTE! I knew that he was the one that needed me and I needed him. We took him home and he was wonderful but still needed a name. At that point I knew what I had to do. So Coop DeVille was welcomed into the family with open arms.
Callie, Richie and Coop DeVille are amazing together and we can not thank Wayside enough for what they do. Without Wayside we would have never met these 4 great pups.
We will never forget Cooper and know that he is in Puppy Heaven.

Otis -

Otis - Our First Puppy Love
Otis - Our First Puppy Love

Our First Puppy Love

My husband and I adopted Otis from Wayside in December of 2007. He was our first dog together. While somewhat shy at the beginning, he quickly became an integral member of our family. He filled our hearts with love and joy, and he loved to meet new people (except for the occasional repair man). He was never into running in the park or chasing toys, but he was so full of life, and could tell you a story with just a flip of his bushy eyebrows. There was nothing "Weird Beard" loved more in the world than a good belly rub and a bite of leftover steak. And a "Weird Beard" he was - he needed frequent baths and hair cuts to avoid the crazy hair! He went to work every day with my husband, becoming a favorite around the office, greeting clients as the came in the door. He loved going to Grandma and Grandpa's house - but we expect that's because he got lots of extra treats there! ;) We unexpectedly lost him this past weekend. We are heartbroken, but take solace in all of the wonderful memories we shared. While no one will ever replace our Otis, we look forward to bringing another Wayside alum into our family - and thank you for all you do to bring people and these wonderful pets together. Mama and Papa love you Otis!

A Rose is A Rose

A Rose is A Rose
A Rose is A Rose

A Rose is A Rose

We adopted Rosie about a month ago and she is a great addition to our family. She gets along with the family dog Maddie. We get a big kick out of watching Rosie. She lays, sleeps wherever she wants. She loves to sleep on her back with her feet up in the air. Rosie is the best thing that has happen to our family in awhile.

A pup named Mia

A pup named Mia
A pup named Mia

The story of how Mia, rekindled our hearts.

We were still grieving over the decision to put our dog, Solitaire down, when we heard about the Adopt-a-thon at Wayside. After a long discussion, we decided we wanted to open our hearts back up to another indoor dog. We decided we wanted a smaller indoor dog.
On that Friday afternoon in March we arrived at Wayside looking for a smaller puppy. However, to our discovery, most of the smaller breeds were spoken for, so we began looking around at the other dogs. We spotted several shepherd mixes, but we always came back to the kennel of two female pups, Miri(Mia's waif name) was the quieter of the two. So we picked out three different shepherds and began our long wait. We ended up waiting for over 3 and a half hours. We saw family after family leave happily with their new pup and I began to think we were never going to have a shot at the same, when finally our name was called. My mom and I both knew from the second they placed Mia into the meet and greet room with us that she was ours.
We took her home, and she immediately fit in. Her name instantly became Mia just because it simply fit her. She brings us so much joy, and laughter.
Thank you Wayside for bringing back the joy in our hearts.

My first year at home

My first year at home
My first year at home

My first year at home

Hi my name is Conner, although at Wayside I was known as Smith. Last summer I came as a rescue from Joplin. I met a great human that volunteered at Wayside, who walked me and read to me all the time. She ended up falling in love with me and decided to take me home. I was her first dog so I had to train her a lot, but she's smart so she caught on quickly. For a while I was very scared of men. I am a lot better now though and I even let my moms fiance play with me and pet me. I am now the happiest dog on Earth. I have a best friend named Abby, a big black lab. We play all the time in her huge yard. I trained mom to be able to stay close to me without a leash when we go places. Now she can get the four wheeler out and we go out on trails together and I get to run on tons of land. At the end of the day we watch our favorite tv shows while eating yummy peanut butter. I try to lay in moms lap but she says I'm to big to be a lap dog, so I settle for a long belly rub. I am so happy that I found her, but I could have never done it without the people at wayside. Thank you so much for helping me find my forever home!!
Love,
Conner

A dog named Norman

A dog named Norman
A dog named Norman

A dog named Norman

Norman wanted to say a few words:
Hi! I am just so happy I found my forever home. It is so much fun here, everyone plays with me and I have so many toys I can never decide which ones to play with, I love to chase the balls down the hallway. Every person I meet just loves me and I love them. It seems every time mommy and I go to the pet store I get something new, either a toy or treats. I love that place!!! And, all my grandma's and grandpa's buy me all kinds of stuff too. Riding in the car with the windows down is so much fun, especially when the weather is nice out. I love to go bye-bye! I also get to sleep in the bed and cuddle all the time. My favorite is when we watch TV and I get my belly rubbed. I love belly rubs!
Sometimes I get into trouble with mommy, but I have this face you see, that seems to work pretty well at getting me out of trouble (see picture for face). I don't know why it works, but it sure does the trick. I have been going to doggy classes and I get to be around other dogs where I can bark and play with them. Sometimes I have accidents in the house, but I am going to try extra hard to get that under control. I just wanted to say thank you for taking me in and caring for me as well as you did. I know it may not be said enough, but thank you for all you have done for all my fellow doggies and kitties out there. We would not have survived without all of your wonderful staff and volunteers helping us. Please tell them how much I appreciate it, and in case they can't see it, the tail wagging is a good thing and that is our thank you.

Saving Titus

Saving Titus

On March 30th they started megamatch where they had 300+ animals to be adopted for only 25 dollars and people from all over missouri and kansas came! I got there at ten a.m. knowing I wanted to walk out with a puppy and after waiting 8 long hours I got to! I rescued a little 5 month old boxer/mix boy name(Atila at the shelter) Titus. I have only had him for 2 days but have fallen in love with him! I have introduced him to kids and other pets and he has done fantastic. I can see that Titus is so happy to be home(:

Caliber Sue

Caliber Sue
Caliber Sue

We knew from Day 1 she would fit right in...

My boyfriend and I had a 2 year old dog Bowser, when we decided he needed a companion. But it had to be right, and had to get along with Bowser so I was very picky. I was obsessed with looking on the website on a daily basis and making a list every night. Finally a month after constant looking my boyfriend says, "They have a lab/pit mix female puppy that's seven weeks old but has no picture, I'm going to see her."
Well, after running up to my boyfriend with a huge chunk of food hanging out of her mouth we knew the puppy formerly known as Laree would fit right in to our kind of zany family. And boy has she.
Now Caliber Sue is the silliest, strongest, most beautiful young lady now... at a little over a year old. She has been the perfect companion for Bowser our now almost 4 year old dog, keeping him young, but giving him gray hair at the same time!
Caliber is full of nothing but love for anything and anyone she comes into contact with. She also now has a little sister who she snuggles with every night, Prim, our calico kitten.
While I tell all my friends that I may start charging admission to get into my petting zoo of a home, we have more FUN and laughs because of our former little Waif, and couldn't thank you guys more for helping fill our home with happiness and laughs.
And on an end note, Caliber is still quite crazy and has food hanging out of her mouth all the time... the girl can EAT!

Roxie!

Roxie!
Roxie!

Roxie!

My husband and I adopted Roxie (Anatolian Shepherd) in January 2010, she was 13 months old at the time. She had arrived at Wayside from a puppy mill in Tennessee. She had been adopted shortly afterwards and returned to Wayside Waifs as the family was not able to properly care for a large dog. We were fortunate enough to find her and take her home. She's one amazing girl! She has two kitties that she loves--one she considers to be her "puppy" the other is ok. He's kinda mean and sharp, so she only plays with that one sometimes. But she loves water and the snow! She loves the park, riding in her jeep and going to the Plaza! The vet's office is kinda fun until she has to step on the scale. That is the worst! As a large dog, she has to have her CCL replaced in both knees, but that doesn't stop us from having fun and playing at her pace! Fortunately Roxie only seems to have trouble when it's cold or just before it rains, like most injuries. Otherwise--look out here comes Roxie! She is famous in our neighborhood, the kids will come to our door and ask if she can come out and play! They love Roxie! She loves kids! We couldn't have asked for a sweeter dog! Thank you Wayside!!

Lord Geoffrey's New Manor

Lord Geoffrey's New Manor
Lord Geoffrey's New Manor

Lord Geoffrey's New Manor

When I moved from California to Kansas, I waited about six months to get a cat -- only doing so at the urging of a friend who thought the animal would help my homesickness. I went to Wayside Waifs expecting to get a younger cat and ended up with Geoffrey, an older gentleman who picked me more than I picked him. He let me rub his face through the bars and was very interactive, despite the fact that there were warnings on his cage which indicated that he was timid. In fact, he was apparently so nervous that the volunteer suggested I put him in the carrier rather than she -- as he wouldn't let anyone else handle him, typically! I was able to put him into the carrier without an issue and that's when I knew it was meant to be. A year later to the day and I couldn't be happier. He wakes me up by purring into my ear and follows me around the apartment all day, a kind of "velcro cat" that adores nothing better than sleeping on my lap while I work on my grad school dissertation. The only time he stops purring is when he sleeps. I feel really lucky that Geoffrey entered my life at the time he did, and I thank Wayside Waifs for giving such a wonderful animal another chance.

Sugar Marie

Sugar Marie
Sugar Marie

Sugar Marie

When we first met her, she was a sickly little girl who just needed some love. She was called Hillary and was noted for her ears, which seemed to have a mind of their own. After getting over a bout of kennel cough and heartworm, she settled in to her new home, where we renamed her Sugar Marie.
It's been years since we adopted Sugar, and she still likes to bark at squirrels, play with her squeaky toys while rolling around on her back, and cuddle under the covers. We still learn silly quirks in her behavior all the time. And after just now combing through hundreds of pictures of her through the years, I feel the need to go hug her.

Meaty

Meaty
Meaty

Meaty

I adopted English Bulldog Meaty (then known as "Angie") from Wayside Waifs during a trip to Kansas City in August of 2010. Meaty had just had a litter of puppies and was in very bad shape. Wayside Waifs saved her and gave her the opportunity for the life she has and loves today. When I first got her we lived on my family farm before moving to our own little house Fall of last year. Meaty spends her nights sleeping in bed watching Netflix and her days playing with the adopted "sister" we got for her last october. Despite her large appearance, she is such a princess. She refuses to go out in the rain and loves new pink "jewelry" (collars). She's earned the nickname MeatyMouse for her loving lapdog attitude. She is on grainfree food now and has gained plenty of weight. Meaty makes friends with everyone she meets. She gets into plenty of mischief chewing the eyes off her many stuffed animals and chasing kitty cats. She is my best friend and I could never thank Wayside Waifs enough for saving her for me. Thank you so much for what you do! The photo we chose is old, she has gained weight since then, but its one of my favorites.
Love,
Meaty, Casey, Nicholas, and Artemis. <3

Christmas gift

Christmas gift
Christmas gift

Christmas gift

My brother and I wanted a puppy for christmas so the weekend before thanks giving we went to wayside and the puppy we wanted had just gotten adopted so we left and the day before thanks giving we found Abby (Lelia) she was just one month old when we brought her home. Now she is five months old. We are happy we found her she has brought so much entertainment and she has helped our older dog get up and move around!

Puppy Love

Puppy Love
Puppy Love

Puppy Love

I have wanted a puppy for the last year and a half. My husband promised me that once we returned from our honeymoon, we would begin the search. We returned from Mexico on a Monday; by Tuesday morning, I had searched every shelter and kennel within 100 miles of our house! I looked and looked for weeks, not finding what I was looking for. Finally, the last weekend in January, we decided to go to Wayside Waifs and take a look. We turned down the second to last row, and there she was! Her little black nose pressed against the glass, just waiting for someone to take her home!! Her name was "Chunk", she was one of 6 little chihuahua/beagle mix puppies turned in to the shelter just weeks before. We scheduled a dog-to-dog with our German Shepherd, Sasha the following week and the rest is history! "Chunk", who is now "Tinka", has brought so much joy into our lives. She is the perfect combo of sassy and sweet, and I am thankful everyday to have found her!!

Suzette's Forever Home

Suzette's Forever Home
Suzette's Forever Home

Suzette's Forever Home

We adopted Suzette a week ago. We have now changed her name to Miss Kitty. She was very scared for the first few days. They had told us that she wouldn't like to be held. Now we can pick her up and love her. She loves cuddle time with me. We have it every day. She plays with all her toys and anything that can become one. She is slowly breaking out of her shell by getting more and more use to us. She is still scared of the kids but will let them pet her. I can't wait for what is to come with her and her improvement. She is the best cat for us.

A loving home for Cletis

A loving home for Cletis
A loving home for Cletis

A loving home for Cletis

Hi, I'm Cletis (formally Buster), or Cleat as my mom and dad like to call me. I just wanted to write to tell you how very happy I am at my new home!! I was very scared to be here at first, but now I own the place and am not scared of anything! I love all my new dog friends, too!! Mom and Dad say I haven't met a dog I didn't like. I'm also really nice to kids! I love to chew, but only on my toys!! My favorite is a buda, but I like to shred them, so I can't have one anymore. I am a very good boy on walks. I try not to pull too much, but sometimes when there are other friends around I like to try to get to them. I am getting very good at going outside to potty, and I am even good at staying in my yard without a fence. Mom and dad wanted me to tell you thanks for helping us find each other! They are very grateful, and love having me to fill their time and make a quiet house a little more playful! :)
Happy New Year!!

Chocolate's Happy Home

My Happy life in my new home after 8 months.

Thought you might want to know sense my adoption on April 16, 2011 that I'm happy with my master. He takes me for car rides and get treats from the bank & DQ. I have a really big fenced in backyard to chase squeals in every day and plays fetch with me, I even talked to a possum one night for a few minutes before I let him leave and boy did he run away fast. I even protect my master when people show up at the door. When we go to the lake, we're together all the time and go for boat rides. I even have my own life jacket . I'm living a very happy life and my master loves me. He even lets me sleep on his lap. Thanks Wayside Waifs.

An Early Christmas Present

An Early Christmas Present
An Early Christmas Present

An Early Christmas Present

We adopted Relish at the Open House on December 3. We had been to Wayside several times prior to the Open House checking out the cats. On December 3rd, Relish crawled into our arms and now he's crawled into our hearts. Our 18-year old cat passed away in September, and this little grey boy has lifted our spirits. He's playful and cuddly, and he loves to race through tunnels and chase anything attached to a piece of strine. Thank you for our early Christmas present!

How Many Cats Make a Pride?

How Many Cats Make a Pride?
How Many Cats Make a Pride?

You may think four cats are too many in one household. You'd be wrong.

I attended an event at Wayside, and after seeing a beautiful adult calico that I thought we might need to add to our family of three black cats, I brought my husband back - only to see the calico being adopted by someone else: RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES. I could see the relief in my husband's face, as he was only halfway convinced that we needed ONE more feline to add to our stable of three.
We wandered around: him killing time; me, dejected. And then: we saw this scrawny little black kitten in the kitten room with his siblings. We stepped in and were immediately smitten. We played with him for a bit and noticed how much smaller he was than the other two kitties. A volunteer popped in and let us know that he was soon to be moved to his own room, as his siblings would not let him eat. Strike one: he needed us - where food ran aplenty, and there was MORE than enough to go around.
When left to play with his siblings, the black kitten scrabbled around as if he didn't even know they outweighed him by ounces, maybe pounds. Strike two: he's a fighter...which he would need to be, coming into a home with three grown cats.
And finally, he had a "motor" that ran non-stop. Strike three: we are softies and he's a lover. We just HAD to take the little guy home.
Sugar Ray, named after the prizefighter, has fit perfectly into our household. As my mom used to say about my younger sister, "we didn't know we needed (him) until we got him." He is thriving with all the food he can eat, a warm home in which to roam, three cats that are sloooooowly growing to tolerate him and two cat parents that think he's just right.
There's always room on your lap for one more kitty..
Four, it turns out, is the purrrrfect number.

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