Wayside Waifs has been helping families for generations with compassionate aftercare for cherished family pets. Your friends at Wayside Waifs truly understand the pain of losing a family pet. Our goal is to help you provide a proper memorial that honors the joy your pet brought to you and your family.
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. We hope you will find comfort in knowing that your pet, even in death, is helping another animal.
Wayside Waifs Pet Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Wayside Waifs shelter. Our pet burial grounds include the Companion Fields, Cedar Shadows, Serenity Garden, Peaceful Meadow and the Top of the World Cemetery. Please contact our Pet Memorial Services to speak to one of our caring staff members at 816-986-4406 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the different options available to you.
If you would like to honor your pet with a memorial to help us care for other animals in our shelter, please complete our online donation form. It is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your pet or to a friend’s pet.
This is our most popular choice. Your pet is cremated separately and ashes are placed in a beautiful Rainbow Bridge velvet pouch (starting at $135), or you may purchase an urn from our large selection to help keep the memory of your beloved pet alive. A certificate of cremation is issued with every individual cremation. Following an individual cremation, you may choose to have your pet’s remains returned to you, or have your pet buried in our Pet Memorial Park. You may also elect to hold a customized graveside service for family and friends.
Wayside Waifs offers full burials that are customized to each family's needs. Appropriate arrangements for the date and time of the burial are made with the help of our compassionate and professional staff. You are encouraged to make the service a fitting closure for you, your family and your beloved pet. Graveside services are available for those who wish to attend the burial. Viewing is also available for those who wish a last viewing prior to burial. Additional burial lots may be purchased to ensure your beloved pets will be together forever.
Our traditional burial package includes the space, interment (opening and closing of the grave), casket, granite marker and one-time maintenance fee. For more information on burial packages and pricing, please call 816-986-4406.
Another very popular option is Cremation Burial. Your pet is individually cremated and buried in the Cedar Shadows portion of our pet cemetery. Graveside services may be arranged for those who wish to attend. For more information and pricing, please call 816-986-4406.
Wayside Waifs encourages pet owners, if at all possible, to visit the cemetery in advance so they can be certain that their pet will receive the kind of final tribute they wish. Please contact our Pet Memorial Service personnel for further details regarding this service.
Wayside Waifs offers, a no-charge, pickup service at local veterinary clinics. If this service is required, you may call our Pet Memorial Services office at 816-986-4406 to schedule a pickup. We also offer local residential pickup for $85 within 25 miles from our facility. Pickup services are also available for greater distances from our facility. Please contact our office for additional information regarding this service.
Wayside Waifs provides compassion and comfort to those who have lost a pet. Some may not understand the profound sense of loss that one feels when their pet dies. We do. The care and sensitivity exhibited by our staff is an integral part of our service. From the time you contact Wayside, we spare no detail to lessen the burden of grief. At Wayside, we help keep the memory of your pet alive. Wayside offers:
Our maintenance staff provides services that include but are not limited to mowing grass, leaf and snow removal, tree and path maintenance and headstone resetting.
Yes. All services can be tailored to meet your requirements. Additional fees may apply. Please call our office at 816-986-4406, for details.
If it is during office hours, you can call Wayside Waifs at 816-986-4406 and we will make arrangements with you to pick up your pet from your home or veterinary office for a nominal fee. You may also bring your pet to our office during business hours and we can discuss options at that time.
Wayside Waifs accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. We offer CareCredit financing up to 12 months same as cash for qualifying applicants. We also take cash and local checks.
Local laws may prohibit home burial in your area. Burial in a cemetery alleviates the concern of leaving your pet behind if you move. For those who wish to bury their pet on property other than Wayside Waifs’ cemeteries, we offer a variety of pet caskets that can be purchased from us
Only one pet is placed in the individual cremation chamber during the cremation process to ensure that all of your pet's cremated remains are returned to you, and only your pet's cremated remains are returned to you. In addition, you can schedule an appointment to be present and observe the cremation.
You can choose to have your pet’s ashes interred in an urn from our selection. If you do not select an urn, your pet’s cremated remains will be returned to you in a burgundy velvet pouch with a copy of the Rainbow Bridge poem.
Call 816-986-4406 to page a member of our staff.
Most remains can be picked up at our office within five business days. Extra time is sometimes needed to order special urns or to perform special engraving.
You can visit our cemetery during daylight hours, seven days a week, including holidays.