Find-a-Friend Friday: Woozelnaree

March 25th, 2011 10:44 am by Kelly


Woozelnaree, a brown and white masked bandit ferret!
Photos via Wayside Waifs.

Ferrets! It’s not often that I feature ferrets in this here space, ’cause there aren’t usually of whole lot of the little buggers available for adoption – or at least not locally – and those who are, are usually listed through the Kansas City Ferret Hotline. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; not at all! I just like to highlight a wide variety of animal rescue groups, too.

Woozelnaree is currently staying at Wayside Waifs, which you probably know through its dog and cat rescue and educational activities. In the several years that I’ve been writing this column, Woozelnaree is the first ferret I’ve ever seen at Wayside. Here’s what they have to say about the little guy:


Ferret: An adoptable ferret in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Young • Male

Hi, I’m Woozelnaree! I’m a very handsome guy looking for a home to call my own. I’m a very well mannered ferret, and I’m usually easy to handle. I love to explore my surroundings and watch everything going on around me. Of course, I always want to join in on all the fun and mischief.

Are you familiar with ferrets? If not, let me enlighten you with some ferret facts. According to a popular ferret website, we are “the third most common uncaged pets in North America today.” How cool is that? That means more and more people are “ferret proofing” their homes and letting us live cage free. Once we are litter boxed trained and you have ferret proofed your home, you can let your ferret roam free around him/her room. Of course, you’ll want to keep my living area free of debris that I could ingest! And you’ll want to watch where you step or move things, just to keep me out of harms way. I’m very gregarious, and I love meeting new people. Ferrets are very social pets, and we often do well with being kept with other ferrets. What is life without a best friend?

Now you should know that I do have my faults. I am a bit of a kleptomaniac! Sorry, but it’s true! I’ll take whatever I can fit in my mouth and make off with it as quickly as I can. Don’t be surprised while you’re cleaning if you find my stockpile of stolen things. Those things may or many not include your long forgotten missing sock, a dryer sheet, a cat toy, a roll of stamps, some of your childrens’ toys, a dog toy, and the drain stopper to your tub. Consider yourself warned! And sometimes, just sometimes, we ferrets get a little excited and will give you a love nip. It usually doesn’t hurt much, but it is one of the ways we explore our world and surroundings. So if you aren’t comfortable helping me learn good play manners, than I may not be the right pet for you. If I still sound like your perfect pet, come make me yours today! I can’t wait to meet you! Ask to meet me, Woozelnaree, today!

Click here to see all the animals at Wayside Waifs. Please call our Adoptions Department if you are interested in this animal to make certain he/she is still available for adoption! ADOPTION INFORMATION: All Wayside Waifs pets are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations prior to adoption. Please note that in order to make the best match possible, potential adopters must come to the Wayside Waifs in person to meet with an adoption counselor and complete the adoption process. All members of the household (including other pets, if possible) should be present to ensure the chosen pet is compatible with everyone. We do not place holds or do adoptions over the phone and we do not ship pets.

More about Woozelnaree
Pet ID: A12490796 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Black • Coat length: Short

Well, you heard the man. Call Wayside Waifs! Now!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Forrest and Jenny

March 18th, 2011 5:24 pm by Kelly



Forrest (top) and Jenny (bottom), a beautiful pair of black and white German Wirehaired Pointers, each sticks their noses through the chain-link fences enclosing their respective kennels. Insert your very best “box of chocolates” joke here (just so long as you bring these sweeties home!).
Photo courtesy German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue Inc..

Forrest and Jenny, oh my dog. Their names alone are enough to slay you with both sweetness and sorrow! This bonded pair of youngsters – big, silly German Wirehaired Pointers, them both – are currently staying with German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue Inc., which would like to keep them together. Obvs.


Forrest-Family Dog
German Wirehaired Pointer: An adoptable dog in Olathe, KS
Large • Young • Male

Forrest and Jenny are here. They are lovely dogs that would be good for a family. They have very good manners, and are a moderate energy. They are very connected to one another, and do well. They are fully vetted, microchipped, and ready to start their new lives. He is also said to around 18 months old. Jenny is approximately 12 months old. I can tell Forrest has raised Jenny.

More about Forrest-Family Dog
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary color: Brown or Chocolate • Coat length: Medium



Jenny-Family Dog
German Wirehaired Pointer: An adoptable dog in Olathe, KS
Medium • Baby • Female

Now Mom has written about me below, but I can tell you I am a dream. I would be good with children, and not many of us are. We like to jump up and play rough, but not me. I am a really sweet little girl. I would love to go on walks, car rides, and be someone’s lap doggie. Forrest really loves me, and I am his side kick, but Mom feels I would get on with most any dog….Please see the website to fill out an application

Signed, Jenny!

Jenny and Forrest both have excellent manners, no jumping up, seem to be house broken…someone has loved them, but Jenny seems to be very gunshy. Well, well….why does that not surprise me? I believe they were let go or left in the field, they are sweet golden retriever types in a wire suit. Jenny is new to rescue…she is a moderate middle of the road energy sweet GWP that is 12 months old. She and Forrest get along extremely well, and adore each other.. She is a sweetheart, and has had all vetting. She is microchipped, crate trained and good on leash! Please see our website for all requirements and info on adopting.

More about Jenny-Family Dog
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary colors: White or Cream, Brown or Chocolate • Coat length: Short

Unlike some of our recent features, Forrest and Jenny are located close to Kansas City, in Olathe, Kansas. If you don’t have a dog and are thinking about adopting one, why not consider two? You won’t even need to think of a cute set of matching names!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Charles and Darwin

March 11th, 2011 10:11 am by Kelly


Charles (left) and Darwin (right), a pair of bicolor and albino (respectively) rats, cuddle together under a pink piece of cloth, heads peaking out with curiosity. So cute and cozy!
Photos courtesy T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter.

Oh my dog, if you’ve been following this feature for any amount of time, then I don’t have to tell you how much I adore rats! That’s right: RATS! They are cute and cuddly and curious and sweet and just full of love and fun. (Also: rainbows, unicorns and Dandies.) Unfortunately, with five dogs and two cats, I’m afraid that rats, mice, and other tiny creatures would not be long in my house, so I am relegated to cooing over them on Petfinder. And telling you to adopt them already!

Darwin and Charles are the rats of the day. Currently staying at the T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter in Manhattan, Kansas (a two-hour drive west of KCMO, right past Topeka), Darwin and Charles are two rat friends in need of a home. Tag! You’re it! (I kid, I kid. Or maybe not?)

Darwin & Charles
Rat: An adoptable rat in Manhattan, KS
Small • Adult • Male

Charles and Darwin were surrendered to the shelter to find a home that actually has the time for them. Charles and Darwin are friendly and happy fellows. Charles is the bicolor and Darwin is the albino.

More about Darwin & Charles
Pet ID: 30435-6 • Primary colors: White, Black • Coat length: Short

If, for some strange reason, you are in need of further convincing, just look at these faces!



Charles (top) and Darwin (bottom) WANT TO COME HOME WITH YOU!

These guys have been naturally selected for CUTENESS – with which they will KILL YOU unless you say yes to their demands! Luckily, these primarily involve a safe, loving home, plenty of toys, and all the veggie nomz they can eat. So you’d be a fool to deny them.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Hank

March 4th, 2011 10:23 am by Kelly


Hank, an adorable white and tan babykid of a goat, pokes his tiny little noggin through the square in a cow fence. Is this photo worthy of a calendar, or what? Hello, Mr. March!
Photo courtesy North Star Rescue.

On a whim I decided to search Petfinder for “barnyard” animals this morning, just to see whether any new, semi-local listings popped up. And, wouldn’t you know it – I found not, one, not two, not three, but four newborn goats located in Niotaze, Kansas! (That’s about three hours southwest of KCMO, for those too lazy or apathetic to Mapquest it. Hey, I’m not judging or anything.) Quadruplets for the win!

Alas, Hank is the only kiddo whose Petfinder profile comes equipped with a listing, so that makes him :::drumroll please::: our Friend of the week!



Feeding time!
Photo courtesy North Star Rescue.

Goat: An adoptable goat in Niotaze, KS
Medium • Baby • Male

This is Hank! He was the first born out of four on Jan. 16th 2011. Four was too much for his mom to care for so he is a bottle baby. He is very friendly and would make a great pet. He is good with dogs, cats and kids. He is located in Niotaze, Kansas 67355 but we can help get him transported anywhere in the US. He will be ready for adoption when he is weaned, but we would like to have an adopter waiting for him. He can be neutered here or his new home will have to sign a contract to have it done. He will need to be adopted with another goat or go to a home that already has one. He has never been alone. His adoption fee is $75 to cover part of the cost of his care. If interested please email and I will send you an adoption application.

Hank’s Contact Info
North Star Rescue, Niotaze, KS


Hank’s three siblings – Dumbo, Lil girl, and Bubba – are all available for adoption through North Star Rescue, too. If you don’t already have a goat friend, perhaps you can adopt two siblings together? Goats are totes the shiz, you know!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Marshmallow Mary & Stella

February 25th, 2011 1:11 pm by Kelly

Update, 3/14/11: Today, The Gentle Barn posted a shiny, happy update on Stella!

I have great news that will start your week off well; Stella got a home today! She has a new mommy who will take her everywhere she goes and two new kitties to be friends with. Stella’s heart is sad now, but she will soon realize that she will be loved and cherished for the rest of her life!




This week’s edition of Find-a-Friend Friday is filled with double the cuteness! Animal sanctuary The Gentle Barn has been trying to rehome Stella for several weeks now; “Marshmallow” Mary has been available for adoption for a month or more. After weeks of seeing their sweet, beautiful faces grace the pages of The Gentle Barn’s weekly newsletter, I’m spreading the word in hopes that someone out there – somewhere, some way – can come to Mary and Stella’s rescue. (Note: The two do not come from the same household and do not need to be adopted together.) The Gentle Barn doesn’t specify where these girls are located but, given that the group is based in Santa Clarita, CA, methinks it likely that Mary and Stella live somewhere close by.


Mary, a fluffy white cat with spots of brown and black, does her best lolcat for the camera.
Photo courtesy The Gentle Barn.

“Marshmallow Mary” Wants a Lap!

This beautiful, sweet Calico is looking for a home with a lap she can call her own. We call her Marshmallow Mary because she is so soft and sweet. She is 5 years young, great with people, and gets along with laid-back cats and dogs.

If you have a lap for Mary to fill, and a home that needs a great cat, give us a call ASAP at 661-252-2440 or email us at info [at]



Stella is a stocky little pibbie with tan and white fur and soulful brown eyes.
Photo courtesy The Gentle Barn.

Please Help Us Find Stella a Home!

3 years ago Stella was one of 250 dogs and 37 cats left for dead by a hoarder. They were all living in tiny, filthy cages, sick and starving. We healed them and found homes for them all. It was the longest, hardest 10 months of our lives.

Stella found a home and was living there for the past 3 years, happy as can be. But, for personal reasons her person had to return her. Stella’s heart was broken into a million pieces.

Stella needs a home to care for her for the rest of her life! She is excellent on leash, wonderful in the car, affectionate, playful, loving and loyal! She is good with cats but has to be the only dog.

If you want unconditional love for the next 10 years, please email ellie [at] or please share!