Children certainly love animals and we appreciate their supporting our cause. However, if the child is under 16 years of age, they must be accompanied by a parent at all times while volunteering at the Pet Adoption Center. This is to ensure the safety of the child and animals in our care.
Dogs may be designated for "Adults Only". They may be strong and require a larger and experienced dog walker to handle. As can be expected, pets new to our facility can be frightened of the noises, other animals, and people. Parents can provide a calming influence to both the child and the pet.
We have minimal staff on duty and they cannot be responsible for supervising children. Volunteerism is a great value to teach children and volunteering can be a great family activity.