Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wayside Waifs Wednesday

The SKC Observer will be posting every Wednesday some photos and info about wonderful adoptable pets at Wayside Waifs, the animal shelter here in the south part of town. Wayside Waifs has been in operation since 1944, and now has this gorgeous facility to help care for the animals. Way back in 1990, I adopted a wonderful cat from these folks. Buddy passed away in 2007; this is one way I can both celebrate his successful life and give back a little bit. So here goes...

Meet Sam, an "older" cat gentleman. Sam was given up by his owner when she could not care for him any more. Sam is 12 years old. He's not much for small, rambunctious children, or other felines, but he is interactive, playful and very talkative and responsive to people. As you can see, he is an orange tabby with white on his chest and paws. He has "freckles" on his nose and lips, not uncommon on orange cats. Cats can live to their upper teens and even to twenty, so Sam has plenty of good years left.

These handsome dudes in this terrible picture (animals are always so cooperative about picture taking!) are Cole (L) and Duke (R) They are both about 4 years old, and grew up together. They were found, with a note, tethered to the door at Belton Animal Control. I doubt the owner was cruel or mean, just in a tight spot. The dogs were well fed and healthy, and the note contained all kinds of helpful info for perspective adopters. Cole and Duke are housebroken,
know how to use a doggy door, leash trained, and good with kids. They are friendly and interactive when you approach them. Cole is part lab, all black (a little grey around the muzzle), with a lab type coat. Duke looks for all the world like a very small Bernise Mountain Dog, with waves of hair on his back, orange "eye brows" and a white tip on his feathery tail. They are both probably 60 lbs, not small dogs but not huge either. They'd do well with a family, or active couple. Cole seems the less active of the two, but it can be hard to discern personality at the shelter sometimes. You just have to come see them yourself!

Wayside Waifs is located at 3901 Martha Truman Road in Kansas City, MO. The phone number is 816-761-8151. The hours are Wednesday-Friday 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 6 p.m. The Shelter is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The website, which has listings for all adoptable pets, including photos, is

Consider adopting a pet--they'll love you forever.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to update. We are a family in Leawood who adopted Duke and Cole about a year and a half ago. They are the best dogs ever!! Sweet as can be and are loved very much. I encourage anyone looking for a pet to adopt from a shelter. We love our Duke and Cole! The Zollars Family