Wayside Waifs is proud of the high level of veterinary care we provide to our animals. Our medical team comprises of two full-time veterinarians, one part-time veterinarian and five veterinary technicians.Learn More
Wayside Waifs regularly has over 300 adoptable animals at our shelter. Come find your best friend today.View Adoptable Pets
Can't adopt? Become a foster parent and help save lives.Learn More
Wayside Waifs regularly has more than 300 adoptable animals at our shelter. Come find your best friend today! Click on any of the pets for more details.
Please make a generous donation today so we can continue to rescue thousands of abandoned, abused and homeless animals and help them find their forever loving homes.Learn More
Your contribution will benefit the animals entrusted in our care, as well as important community programs.
Wayside Waifs accepts a variety of donation items,new or gently used. Check out our Wish List to see what our animals need.
Find out how you can have the satisfaction of knowing that your legacy will continue to help animals long into the future.
Studies show there is a strong relationship between a child’s awareness of the proper way to treat animals and that child’s ability as an adult to relate humanely not only to animals, but to society as a whole. The Circle of Friends Humane Education Program challenges students and teachers to examine and renew their relationships with animals through interactive activities.Learn More
In the event of your pet passing away, Wayside Waifs provides a Pet Memorial Service. Our pet burial grounds include the Serenity Garden, Peaceful Meadow, and the Top of the World Cemetery. Unlike most pet cemeteries, all revenue from Wayside Waifs’ Pet Memorial Services goes to help the shelter provide loving care for its current residents until permanent homes can be found.Learn More
In 2003, Wayside was thrilled to open the new Wayside Waifs Bark Park, given and dedicated by the Harold and Marilyn Melcher family. And what a great park it is for an off-leash romp with your canine friends! We hope you and your dog find the park to be a great outlet for fun, socialization and bonding. Our goal is to create the safest dog park in the metropolitan area.Learn More
Please note Hwy 71 south of Kansas City, MO is now Interstate 49
Conveniently located in south Kansas City, our newly expanded campus sits on 44 beautiful acres. Featuring a Pet Adoption center, Animal Rescue facility, Bark Park, Behavior & Training facility, Vet Clinic and Pet Memorial Services, Wayside Waifs is more than 50,000 square feet in size.
Wayside Waifs is a privately funded, independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. It is through the generosity of our donors and supporters that we are able to provide the level of service and leadership to both animals and people in our community. One way in which you can support Wayside Waifs is by participating in, sponsoring, or hosting a fundraising event. Check out all of our special events on our Event Calendar. Learn more here.