Wayside Waifs, Inc.

Wayside Waifs, Inc.


Environment/AnimalsBoard of DirectorsNonprofit Member

About Us

Wayside Waifs' mission is to prepare pets and people for the bond of their lives. Wayside accomplishes their mission by protecting and caring for the animals under their watch; by reaching out the community for love and support; and by teaching others about the profound joy that pets bring to our lives.

Established in 1944, Wayside is located in south Kansas City, Missouri, on a beautiful, tree-filled 50-acre campus. The no kill animal shelter typically serves 6,000 animals annually. Services include: pet adoptions, volunteering, foster care, animal rescue and response, humane education, pet memorial services, a 5-acre off leash dog park, public dog training classes, and more.

Wayside is a private, 501c3 charitable organization.

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  • Pet Adoptions
  • Public Dog Training Classes
  • No More Bullying Violence Prevention Program
  • Pet Memorial Services
  • Bark Park - 5 acre off leash dog park


Shelter dog
Photo from Fur Ball Gala: Beach Paw-ty
Shelter cat with volunteer
Wayside Waifs shelter building