Wayside Waifs Reopening Plan

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – On Friday May 15, things will start to go back to a new normal at Wayside Waifs.

Beginning May 15 at the shelter:

  • All shelter services will continue to be by appointment-only. This means if you do not have an appointment, you will not be allowed to enter the main shelter building.
  • Appointment-only shelter services that will continue include: virtual pet adoptions, memorial services, animal intake/admissions, return-to-owner, and vet services and heartworm treatments for recently adopted animals.
  • The Bark Park will reopen to Bark Park Patrons. (Social distancing must be maintained.)
  • All staff and visitors must follow these safety guidelines: wear face masks, social distance, and wash hands frequently.

We hope to be able to welcome volunteers, campus visitors, and youth back to campus sometime in June. These decisions will be made after evaluating COVID-19 community spread. If community markers indicate infection rates are decreasing, Wayside will begin to expand services and allow small groups and the general public back to the shelter.

Now and going forward, Wayside will continue to diligently work to create a safe campus for staff, volunteers, and visitors. These safety measures will include things like social distancing, face masks, hand hygiene, and asking people to maintain a no-touch environment.

Read more here: https://secure.waysidewaifs.org/site/SPageNavigator/VML/COVID19Updates.html.

About Wayside Waifs

As Kansas City’s largest and most comprehensive no kill pet adoption campus, Wayside Waifs prepares pets and people for the bond of their lives. Each year the organization cares for more than 6,000 abandoned, abused, and homeless animals. Wayside is a private, independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. It receives no government funding and is supported entirely by private donations and grants. Currently, the shelter has hundreds of animals looking for loving, forever homes. To see all of the animals available for adoption or to donate, please visit www.waysidewaifs.org.

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Media Contact

Casey Waugh
Wayside Waifs                                                          
913-909-4397; cwaugh@waysidewaifs.org