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Wayside Waifs

Wayside Waifs 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. 

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: 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137

How to Register: Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. To register, please complete this online program request form.

Questions: Contact Humane Educators Karen Wallace, or John Parker,

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

Giving Parade Collection Drive

  All levels

Wayside Waifs relies on the generous donations from our community to provide the highest care for the animals who enter into our shelter. Items such as toys provide crucial mental enrichment for the animals and things like blankets and beds help us to provide as much comfort to them as we can.  Our full donation wish list can be found at: . Commonly needed items are:

  • Canned spray cheese
  • Soft Dog and Cat treats
  • Blankets or large bath towels
  • Large stuffed animals (without rice filling)
  • Cat and kitten toys

REGISTER ONLINE NOW for the Giving Parade. 

Outcomes: Displays positive values, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.


Opportunities listed below with an asterisk (*) can be offered virtually.



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

 Daisy  Brownie   Junior   Cadette

​Girls identify the needs and connect with the feelings that people and animals have in common. The lesson helps girls better understand what animals need to be happy and healthy. Girls 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 Badge: Pets, Cadette Badge: Animal Helpers, Senior Badge: Voice for Animals
Journey Connections: Daisy Journey: 5 Flowers 4 Stories 3 Cheers for Animals!

Outcomes: Develops a strong sense of self, Displays positive values, Forms and maintains healthy relationships, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.  

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.

Outcomes: Displays positive values, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

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 girls understand that dogs communicate through body language and how to read that body language.

Outcomes: Develops a strong sense of self, Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

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.