Each year thousands of students receive a wide variety of quality programming delivered by Humane Educators and their companion animals! These programs are given in the greater Kansas City area for preschools, public and private elementary schools and a variety of community organizations.
Our programs exist to improve the quality of life for animals and humans in our community. While there is no set fee for any of our programming, we do ask that you consider making a donation. Your contributions allow us to continue these educational efforts.
On-site programs are scheduled primarily Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. To schedule a presentation or tour for your school or organization, please contact Amanda Smasal, Community Involvement Coordinator at 816-986-4422. If you prefer, you may fill out the Request a Humane Educator Form online.
People who are abused by people often abuse animals. People who abuse animals often also abuse other people. And so the cycle goes. Hurt people hurt animals and people. The connection between all forms of violence has been extensively studied and researched. One of the findings: the majority of students who committed school shootings have a history that includes animal cruelty and animal violence.
Wayside Waifs directly addresses this fact by implementing the primary prevention program No More Bullying!™ This violence prevention curriculum is the cornerstone of the Humane Education program. Students learn how to gain Self-Respect and Respect from others by learning about and practicing the following core character traits: Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Control and Integrity. Studies prove that developing these principles in young people through the humane treatment of animals leads them to have greater empathy for human beings.
Students learn the proper way to greet a dog, when to leave a dog alone and strategies to avoid being attacked by a dog. This lesson helps students understand that dogs communicate through body language and how to read that body language.
Animals are cute and cuddly, especially when they are small, but having a pet takes a lot of responsibility. Students will learn the many components that are required to properly care for a pet.
Do you have a plan to protect and safely evacuate your pets when a natural disaster occurs? Many people refuse to evacuate during a natural disaster because they don't want to leave their pets behind. In this lesson, students will discuss the necessary preparation for their pet's welfare and the planning required to properly evacuate their pet if a natural disaster occurs. Students will receive a comprehensive pet emergency evacuation checklist and a pet identification card.
This program consists of several reading options:
Everyone is familiar with the saying, "A dog is a person's best friend." The reponsibilities of a service dog take that saying to a whole new level! People with disabilities depend upon a service dog to help them with everyday tasks and daily activities. In this session, the complex process and various stages of raising and training a service dog are explained.
Each participating group will complete a community service project directly affecting the quality of life and well-being of the animals staying at Wayside Waifs. Projects may vary depending on shelter needs and will not include direct contact with the animals. Projects might include: making dog and cat toys, organizing the food pantry or folding and sorting the laundry.
Groups will experience a comprehensive tour of Wayside Waifs' campus. Along the way students will learn about Wayside's animal intake process and how Wayside cares for animals that need extra attention. Students will also see Wayside's state-of-the-art Veterinary Clinic and Pet Adoption Center and have the opportunity to see Wayside's 5-acre Bark Park and Memorial Grounds. The tour will include visiting adoptable pets.