Wayside Waifs


Our Vet Clinic

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.

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Animal Adoptions

Wayside Waifs regularly has over 300 adoptable animals at our shelter. Come find your best friend today.

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Can't adopt? Become a foster parent and help save lives.

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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.

Ways to Give

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.

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    General Donation

    Your contribution will benefit the animals entrusted in our care, as well as important community programs.

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    Wayside Wish List

    Wayside Waifs accepts a variety of donation items,new or gently used. Check out our Wish List to see what our animals need.

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    Sponsor Donations

    Find out how you can have the satisfaction of knowing that your legacy will continue to help animals long into the future.

Our Services

Humane Education

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. Wayside Waifs is determined to build a more Humane Kansas City! Humane Educators and their companion animals teach educational programs to prevent violence and break the cycle of animal and human abuse. If you are interested in joining Wayside’s Humane Education Team, please fill out an volunteer inquiry form.

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Pet Memorial Services

Wayside Waifs has been assisting families for generations with compassionate aftercare. Unlike most pet cemeteries, all revenue from Wayside Waifs’ Pet Memorial Services helps provide shelter and loving care for its current residents until permanent homes can be found. 

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Bark Park

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.

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Find Us

Conveniently located in south Kansas City, our newly expanded campus sits on more than 50 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.   

3901 Martha Truman Road,
Kansas City, MO 64137

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Upcoming Events

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 CalendarLearn more here.