Wayside Waifs: Meet Jason Lamb
Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets but what may even be more notable is the family they’ve created among their staff and volunteers. On one of the first crisp fall mornings Cayla and LE had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour from one of Wayside’s best, Jason Lamb.
Jason, like a lot of us, had found himself with a couple different career chapters. After time spent both in the air force and years of working in construction. Jason had decided that the next best course of action was to find a position that would see him through retirement. Thus began his journey as a superintendent. It wasn't until almost two years later, after a vacation to Montana, that Jason’s wife encouraged him to leave the job that was making him so miserable. Growing up in Kansas City Jason was very familiar with Wayside Waifs, having gotten many furry friends of his own from here. So, when he saw the posting for a facilities manager Jason jumped at the opportunity to apply, and within days he had landed the position.
At the time, Wayside was in a bit of a transition growing their facility, and Jason was ready to learn and grow with his new team. It was a lot of hard work, but he said he hasn’t had an ounce of regret since the day he set foot on the property. A sentiment he shared with us was, “I needed this place, and I also feel like this place needed me too”. That kismet energy was made abundantly clear to us as we walked through the halls with him. Every staffer and volunteer we passed smiled, waved, and chatted with Jason. It was so evident that this man absolutely loved his job and the community.
Walking through the facilities of Wayside we continued to feel that warmth. The entire operation was built upon empathy for animals big and small. Their mission is, “preparing pets and people for the bond of their lives”. Whether you are a member at the community dog park, rescued a pup that graduated from their behavioral center, or someone who had to say goodbye to their furry companion you are a part of that bond. Wayside’s services and resources extend far beyond adoption. They offer community activities, behavioral classes, veterinary services, rescue missions, bereavement and burial support, and that is just simply scratching the surface.
Our visit with Jason reminded us of the importance of believing in yourself and the work that you do. Fulfillment comes from recognizing the value of your time and spending it in a way that makes you excited to get up and get to it everyday. We feel privileged to have heard his story and want to thank all the individuals that made our experience so impactful.
We are in awe of the growth Wayside has seen since its start as a 20 acre farm. They are leading the industry in innovative and preventative care and work to place over 5,000 animals each year. To further get involved, you can donate supplies, book a tour and see the magic for yourself, bring one of their many educational services to your community, or volunteer to work with the animals or lend a hand through your own special skill set.
If you have any questions about Wayside Waifs or want to connect with them directly please visit, www.waysidewaifs.org/get-involved/.