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Wayside Waifs

Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption campus 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 provides a variety of free workshops and service projects for troops. Many of the workshops can tie to the Journeys. A highlight of workshops is below. See the full list of available programs at their website.

Location: Wayside Waifs at 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137or a location of your choice. 

Cost Per Girl: N/A 
Cost Per Adult: N/A

Registration Requirements:  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in these activities must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to

How to Register: ​To schedule a workshop contact Karen Wallace, Humane Educator, 816-986-4430, If you prefer, you may fill out the Request a Humane Educator Form online.


Collection Drive Drop Off

May 2, 2020, 10am-12pm
 All Levels

On Saturday, May 2nd from 10am-12pm troops can drop off their donations at Wayside Waifs. Because space is limited due to construction, if troops would like to tour Wayside at a later date they can contact our Humane Education team to set up group tours for individual troops. Contact John Parker, or Karen Wallace,

If troops would like to drop off their donations at an earlier time, donations are always accepted during open business hours as well.



Wayside Waifs Spring Collection Drive
 All Levels

Since 1975, Wayside Waifs has been committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City, in 2018 Wayside adopted more than 5,600 animals in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. In order to provide the quality of care that these animals need and deserve, we rely on the generosity of our community. From monetary to in-kind donations, any little bit helps! The items on our wish list are things that we use every day at our shelter to help the animals in our care. By hosting a collection drive, members of our community can join us in our mission to prepare pets and people for the bond of their lives.

> View our wish list.

Troops are encouraged to begin their collection drive in March or April so that they can troop off their items to Wayside Waifs on May 2 or anytime during open business hours.

Registration not necessary for this event. Contact Ashley Stanley, Humane Education Manager, with questions

Activating Em-PAW-thy: Exploring Similarities between Pets and People

 Daisy  Brownie   Junior   Cadette

​Students identify the needs and connect with the feelings that people and animals have in common. The lesson helps students better understand what animals need to be happy and healthy. Students will leave the session with greater understanding of empathy and increased motivation to care for their family pets and all living things. This is a great tie-in with the Daisy 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals Journey.

Badge Connections: Daisy Petal: Zinni: Considerate and Caring, Brownie Pets, Cadette Animal Helpers, Senior Voice for Animals
Journey Connections: Daisy 5 Flowers 4 Stories 3 Cheers for Animals!

Kids in Action

 Brownie   Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador

​Each troop will be given an educational tour of the shelter and will complete one hour of community service.  The community service project will involve non-contact animal projects. Each girl will help with projects that will directly affect the quality of life and well-being of those animals at Wayside Waifs. Projects may vary depending upon shelter needs.

Educational Tours

 All Levels

​Troops experience an educational tour of the Wayside Waifs campus.  From animal intake and rescue, to our state-of-the-art Veterinary Medical Center, the Adoption Center and adoptable pets, to a 5-acre Bark Park and Memorial Gardens, girls will experience all that Wayside Waifs has to offer.  Approximately 1 hour in length.

Paw-etiquette for Pooches and People: Dog Safety

 Daisy  Brownie   Junior   Cadette

​Girls 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.