If your child is 13 years or older and you can both commit to roughly 30 volunteer hours or more per year, she or he can work alongside you. Community service hours for children in need of fewer than 30 hours is not available through PAWS. Children under the age of 18 who are interested in regular volunteering must always be accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian, or an authorized "responsible adult" (21 or older). Both the youth and adult must complete training classes for their area of interest. On the cat side, youth volunteers can work alongside their guardian as Cat Care volunteers. On the dog side, youth volunteers are permitted to work in the kennels in a very limited capacity, because we may have dogs in house who do not favor being around children living in our facility.
All youth volunteers must come with a trained adult until they are 18 years old. These guidelines are based on insurance and liability issues, and are not a reflection on your child's experience or competency with cats or dogs.