Find-a-Friend Friday: Peaches (Also: Wayside Waifs’s “All I Want For Christmas Is YOU!” Adoption Event!)

December 2nd, 2011 12:01 pm by Kelly


Photos courtesy of Spay & Neuter Kansas City.

Meet Peaches, y’all! Isn’t she adorable? She and another little cutie, Marmalade, were rescued from a hoarding situation after the death of their person. Both kittens need a new home to call their own. Hopefully some kickass human will adopt them both. (In time for Christmas! And shower them with gifts come December 25th! And love and hug and cuddle them forever!)

Here’s what SNKC has to say about Peaches:



Domestic Short Hair: An adoptable cat in Kansas City, MO
Small • Young • Female

Peaches is in foster care and rescued from a horrible hoarding situation. There were over 30+ cats rescued from this situation and had been left in a trailer for weeks after their owner passed away. Peaches is one of the cuddliest cats I have ever met. She loves to rub and be stroked. She will lay with you and sit with you. She liked to follow us from room to room. She is less than a year old and likely to be a small cat when full-grown. She gets along well with other cats and small dogs, probably any dog, but all we have are small ones. She has not bothered plants in the house and uses the litter box well. If you are interested in adopting Marmalade please email

More about Peaches
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained


Spay & Neuter Kansas City is an awesome group that provides low-cost spay & neuter and vaccination services in the KC area. The also provide education and outreach services, run low-cost dog training classes, maintain a “pet” food pantry, and help find homes for animals in need. Currently they’re in need of in-kind donations (such as dog and cat food, hay, litter boxes, dog houses, and cleaning products), as well as donations of money (or perhaps services?) to repair their outreach truck. Every little bit helps!

You should also know that Wayside Waifs is holding a special “All I Want For Christmas Is YOU!” Adoption Event this Saturday, December 3rd (that’s tomorrow, folks!) from 10AM to 6PM. Stop by and meet the 300+ plus nonhumans who need a kind-hearted soul (that’s you) to bring them in from the cold this holiday season.



All adoptions are just $25! Second chances, is there any gift greater?

Find-a-Friend Friday: Bailey

November 18th, 2011 1:02 pm by Kelly


Bailey the senior couch potato is seeking a fellow layabout
with which to share a couch. He’ll even let you drive the telly!
Photos courtesy of Companion Pet Rescue.

Meet Bailey, y’all! Bailey is an adorable older gent who, like so many before him, was displaced from his home when a baby showed up. Totally not his fault, right? Sure, so maybe he didn’t like to share his toys with the new arrival, but I’m hardly one to talk – I don’t like to share my stuff with babies either! Bailey is an easygoing guy who seems like he’d be a good fit for an equally easygoing person or family. (Just look at all those pics of him chillaxing on the couch. Dude just wants a soft warm cushion!)

Will you give this sweet guy the retirement home he so desperately needs and deserves?



Beagle/Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in North Kansas City, MO
Small • Adult • Male

Who wouldn’t fall in love with that little face?! Bailey is a Terrier/Beagle male that was born on the 4th of July, 2001. He was adopted as a puppy by a young woman that was wanting a companion and lookout. He’s done a great job of both, but now that there is a baby in the picture, Bailey is not so happy. He’s feeling a little insecure.

Bailey is very affectionate and loves to be anywhere people are and will follow you from room to room. He loves to go on walks and is house[trained]. He has a fierce bark and will bark at noises around the house or anyone outside the windows he can see. If you’re looking for a wonderful little companion that will give you an alert, Bailey might be the perfect little companion for you!

Bailey has been around other dogs. He will bark at dogs, but typically gets along well with larger dogs. He tolerates cats, and isn’t interested in playing with them or snuggling with them.

Bailey is very smart, and knows: Sit, down or lay down, off or get down, stay, ok (we make him sit before going outside or coming back inside, and before eating, & he will sit until we tell him ‘ok’), give me your belly, give me your paw, and sit up/sit pretty (with help of a treat over his head).

Bailey is really looking for a quiet home with no small children. He doesn’t really like to share, and little kids don’t understand that. He would love to have someone to sit with, someone with a regular routine that he can learn. We all like routine, and he feels more secure knowing when things are going to happen. He needs someone who doesn’t mind letting him have his own way sometimes.

Please email for more information about Bailey.

More about Bailey
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children • Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

Go on, say no to that face. I DARE YOU!


Find-a-Friend Friday: Lucky (and Blair the ice cream sundae, too!)

October 28th, 2011 10:02 am by Kelly


Lucky once, hopefully twice!
Photos courtesy of Keesie’s Cats.

Lucky needs your help! This sweet pittie girl’s human can no longer care for her due to health problems – and if someone awesome doesn’t come to Lucky’s rescue asap, she may wind up in the Kansas City Animal Shelter, a high-kill facility where her chances look grim. Please help if you can, and no matter where you live; though Lucky and her man are located in KCMO, transport out of the area is a possibility.


American Bulldog Mix: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Large • Adult • Female




COMPASSION CASE: KCMO Pittie Mix (named LUCKY) and her KCMO Gentleman Need You!

Lucky is a healthy 4 year-old Pittie Mix who needs rehoming ASAP due to her owner’s medical condition. She weighs about 50 lbs. and is Heartworm Negative.

Lucky was rescued from running in traffic a few years ago by her current owner. She was found near a park, was very hungry to the point of being just skin and bones, and had chewed her own tail out of frustration until it was bleeding.

Lucky would LOVE to be the only 4-legged resident in her next home, but is also good with other male dogs and select females. She has also successfully lived with a cat. Lucky is a very sweet girl who will wag her tail all day long when she’s happy, loves rolling up in a blanket and playing hide and seek, and relaxing on the couch if one is available. She is crate trained as well, and appreciates her crate as a safe haven.

Please help Lucky’s people successfully rehome her or place her with a reputable rescue group ASAP. Her kind-hearted owner loves her tremendously: He just absolutely cannot keep her and unfortunately will need to take her to the Kansas City Animal Shelter (high-kill) if we do not step up to help. Transportation out of the Kansas City area can very likely be arranged upon request.

Please contact or with any questions or for more information.

More about Lucky
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Short


Also, because I wanted to keep things light for Halloween (good luck with that right?), OMG LOOK IT’S A DOG DRESSED LIKE AN ICE CREAM SUNDAE!




This little bowl of delightfulness is named Blair, and she’s available for adoption through the Humane Society of Missouri. (I know, I had to travel all the way to Chesterfield, MO to find a rescue group that showcases their dogs in silly outfits. The injustice of it all!) She’s a nine-year-old Welsh Corgi and you should totally adopt her ’cause she’s been at the shelter since August and that’s entirely too long. For serious!

So help these ladies out, mkay? If not by adopting, then by sharing.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, y’all!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Ginger Rogers

October 14th, 2011 2:49 pm by Kelly


Ginger Rogers, ready to prance and dance in her frilly pink tutu!
Photos courtesy of Heart of America Humane Society.


Ginger Rogers, what a beauty! This senior pittie girl has it all – class, sass, personality – everything except for a forever home, that is. Maybe one of you could help with that? Until then, Ginger is staying with the good folks at Heart of America Humane Society:


Ginger Rogers
Pit Bull Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Medium • Senior • Female




To meet GINGER, please contact Emily directly at 913-424-4557 or at

Meet Ginger Rogers – a 60 pound Pittie/Lab mix who thinks she is a lap dog! This beautiful 8 year old elderbull loves to be with her humans – whether you are lounging on the couch, going on a walk, or taking a road trip – as long as she’s with you, Ginger is one happy girl! Ginger is calm, goofy, and extremely food motivated! She has already learned how to sit, stay, lay down, shake and wait for her food – and she would love you to teach her even more tricks! She is potty trained, does not try to climb on to furniture (unless she is invited!) and is very agreeable when getting a bath or her ears & teeth cleaned. Although she is not a fan of cats, she loves all humans big (adult) and little (children) and would do well as an only dog or in a house with multiple dogs. Miss Ginger is looking for a patient and confident forever family who will let her lay at their feet while watching TV and give her a nice, cozy dog bed to take naps in!

The Heart of America Humane Society has adoptions each Saturday at the Petsmart at 115th and Metcalf in Overland Park, the Petco at 135th and Blackbob in Olathe and the Petsmart in the Ward Parkway Shopping Center. Please contact the foster parent DIRECTLY to ask questions about this foster, to obtain additional information about this foster or to confirm this foster’s attendance at one of our adoptions.

More about Ginger Rogers
Spayed/Neutered • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary colors: Yellow, Tan, Blond or Fawn, White or Cream


C’mon, Kansas City! Who wants to tango with this lovely lady?

Find-a-Friend Friday: Ollie and Others Like Her

September 23rd, 2011 10:56 am by Kelly



Did you know that this week is Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week? From September 17th through the 25th (and beyond!), Petfinder is encouraging prospective animal guardians to consider adopting dogs, cats and rats who are deemed “less adoptable” due to their age, disability, physical or behavioral issues, breed, or other special needs, such as being one half of a bonded pair. In the United States alone, between three and four million dogs and cats are sentenced to death each and every year, for no reason other than lack of a home. This number represents roughly half of all canines and felines who are surrendered to shelters and rescue groups. Given these already abysmal odds, so many “less adoptable” animals who find themselves homeless are doomed from the start.

Many of my own best friends would be considered “less adoptable”: Ralphie, who is turning fourteen next month and lost one eye last year due to a melanoma; Peedee, who at nine still in many ways resembles the same anxious, barky pup we welcomed into our home all those years ago; Kaylee and Jayne, a pair of friends who still bear the emotional scars of their previous neglectful existence; and recent additions Mags and Finnick, the (supposedly) elderly rat terriers who were (allegedly) so aggressive that they nearly weren’t released for adoption. Some of these lovely creatures came into our lives as youngsters and slowly grew “less adoptable” over time – time spent with us, time I wouldn’t trade for the world – while others were already devalued when they made their way into our homes and hearts. Point being, we all age; we all change; we all grow. All of us, young and old, nonhuman or human, develop our own “special needs” and quirks over a lifetime. A puppy doesn’t stay shiny and new forever – and he shouldn’t be punished for this lack of stasis. “Less adoptable” animals need love too.



Ollie the beagle!
Photos courtesy of Beagles and More Rescue.


“Less adoptable” animals like dear Ollie here. A senior beagle, at fourteen years of age Ollie suddenly found herself in a high kill shelter in southern Missouri. Luckily, the good folks at Beagles and More Rescue stepped in and saved her from near-certain death. Now she needs a home to retire to, a family to show her love and care in her golden years. A forever home…or at least a fairy foster parent. Doesn’t she deserve that much, at least?




Beagle: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Small • Senior • Female


Urgent! Ollie needs a new place now. Ollie is a senior beagle mix girl that is approx. 14 yrs old. She somehow ended up in a high kill shelter in Southern MO. We couldn’t let her end her long life that way. She is considered a special needs dog because has some incontinence issues and yet does pretty good with a doggie door once she figures it out. She is pretty much deaf and gets a little disoriented during the evening sometimes but still has her sight. The doctors think she still has 2-3 years left and just needs a quiet place to live them out. Once she gets used to other dogs and becomes part of the pack then she does good with them and claims them as hers.

If you would like to help old Ollie live out her life in style please email us at or call Gary at 816-529-2174.

If you can help out by fostering or would like to adopt, please go to for an application.

More about Ollie
Pet ID: (Needs Foster Home) • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

Trust me when I say that intentionally seeking out and adopting a “less adoptable” animal can be an incredible rewarding experience – for both the rescuer as well as the rescued. If you think you’re ready to care for a “special needs” animal, please consider adopting Ollie or someone like her.

Her life depends on it.