Wayside Waifs Building Dreams and Transforming Lives Capital Project Summary

Groundbreaking: August 2019. Project Completion: October 2020.


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Virtual Ribbon Cutting

10 a.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Virtual Ribbon Cutting Link: https://youtu.be/oXoQugjBj2c

You're invited to watch the Virtual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebration of The Building Dreams and Transforming Lives Capital Campaign at Wayside Waifs.

This Exciting $8.7 million project added 20,000 square feet to Wayside's 50-acre campus. The project includes an Education and Training Center expansion and stand-alone Canine Behavior Center. due to COVID-19, we have made this event a virtual event.

If you would like to tour the new spaces in-person at a later date, please email mmoody@waysidewaifs.org.

Check Out Our Virtual Ribbon Cutting: https://youtu.be/oXoQugjBj2c

Campaign Chairs: Dave & Sandy Johnson and Tom & Jill Turner

Project Cost: $8.7 million

Project Partners:

  • Architect: SFS Architect
  • Construction Company: A.L. Huber
  • MEP Engineer: Smith & Boucher Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore Engineers
  • Landscape Architecture: Confluence

Project Summary: This 14-month construction project added 20,000 square feet to Wayside’s 50-acre campus. Included in the project is an Education and Training Center expansion and a stand-alone and second-in-the-nation Canine Behavior Center.

Highlights include three large multipurpose rooms for pet and people training and special event hosting, 21 indoor-outdoor dog kennels, large indoor and outdoor training yards, offices, collaboration spaces, parking, storage, classroom space, canine real-life rooms, restrooms, and more.

Key Supporters: Funded 100% through private, philanthropic support, Wayside is grateful to all those that gave so generously to make this exciting new chapter a reality for the pets and people of the shelter. Special thanks to these key philanthropic supporters:

  • The Dolores Ball Estate
  • The Robert & Carole Beeson Estate
  • Anonymous
  • Dave and Nancy Yeamans
  • The Quinn Foundation
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • The Hoffman Family Foundation
  • Adele and Donald Hall
  • Rusty and Martha Smith
  • Tom and Jill Turner
  • Dave and Sandy Johnson
  • The Harold and Marilyn Melcher Foundation
  • The Jack and Helyn Miller Foundation
  • Ray and Jill Kowalik
  • Frederick W. Dunsworth Charitable Trust
  • Tom and Betty Scott
  • The Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation
  • Chris and Susan Wally

About Wayside Waifs

Wayside Waifs is a no kill animal shelter serving 6,000 animals annually. Founded in 1944 by Fenby Webster, the shelter’s circle of care includes pet adoption, fostering, veterinary shelter care, behavior modification and training programs, humane education, an off-leash Bark Park, and pet memorial services. The shelter has 70 employees and 1,300 volunteers. Wayside is located at 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, Mo.