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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 programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

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

Virtual Opportunities:

Virtual Humane Education

 All Levels

Since our Humane Education team can’t deliver programming in person, we’re creating as much virtual content as we can to continue to promote both empathy and compassion towards people and animals. Virtual versions of our programs are being posted as well as fun updates from the shelter and challenges for students at home. 


All Community Partner You Schedule It! opportunities are temporarily prohibited due to COVID-19.


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.