Hello! Just curious as to what everyone's policies are when it comes to kids and their organization's volunteer program when it comes to interactions with shelter dogs. We currently allow kids age 13-15 to volunteer with a parent/legal guardian but the parent must be the handler of the dog at all times and both the parent and child must attend orientation. Kids age 16+ can handle the dogs on their own once they complete orientation and have approval from a volunteer coordinator. We recently had an incident where a 14 year old was volunteering with her mother and while attempting to put a collar on one of our dogs the 14 year old was bitten on the face. This has prompted a lot of discussion on what rules should be in place for kids volunteering with the dogs and as well whether kids should be allowed to interact with the dogs at all. While some parents are cautious and do a good job supervising their kids unfortunately not all are.
Thank you for your input!