Wayside Waifs

Our Mission

Wayside Waifs is a charitable animal shelter whose purpose is to place adoptable companion animals in responsible homes. To accomplish this, we employ 3 key strategies:

  • Providing temporary shelter for homeless companion animals.
  • Educating the public.
  • Developing partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances.

Our Philosophy

Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City's no kill community.

Board of Directors & Key staff

At Wayside Waifs, we treasure all of the members who contribute to keep our organization going. For a full list of members and staff, click on View The Team below.

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Our History

On June 5, 1940, a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, known as the Jackson County Animal Betterment Association, was incorporated in the State of Missouri. In 1944, it was revived with new leadership under the name of Wayside Waifs, Inc.

Fenby Webster was the lead contributor who helped to found Wayside Waifs. Her leadership and dedication is still seen throughout the adoption center.

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Contact Us

Wayside Waifs Humane Society
3901 Martha Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64137
816-761-8151

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Wayside Waifs is a comprehensive animal welfare organiziation.  From Animal Rescue to Pet Adoptions, Volunteering to Humane Education programs, Bark Park to Pet Memorial Services, Wayside Waifs is committed to placing adoptable animals in forever loving homes.  This place is incredible!  Want to see us in action?  Contact us about signing up for a behind-the-scenes tour of our newly expanded campus. 

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Job openings

There's a rewarding career awaiting you at Wayside Waifs. Explore the positions we're looking to fill and see where you'd fit best. We look forward to working with you. 

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