Information for minors (under 18) interested in volunteering

MaxFund wants everyone who is passionate about animals to be able to spend that enthusiasm and passion at MaxFund. However, because we are a no-kill shelter we do occasionally have dogs and cats from unknown backgrounds and safety needs to be our top priority! Those under 18 still have options for volunteering and we hope you make MaxFund your volunteering choice! We don't have any volunteering programs specifically designed for kids, but you are welcome to do the same volunteering activities that everyone else can, with the stipulations below.
 

If you are between 16-17 years old...

If you are 16-17 years old you may still be able to volunteer at MaxFund without having to be accompanied by your parents. For legal reasons, we need additional steps to take place however. A waiver will need to be signed by you and at least one parent. This waiver will need to be signed in the presence of a MaxFund staff member or be stamped with a notary seal. You will then go through the same process as regular volunteers - going through the orientation (if you haven't already) and then being allowed to volunteer 365 days a year, 8-5, as it works for your schedule, doing all the things volunteers are allowed to do at MaxFund.
 

If you are between 9-15 years old...

If you are 9-15 years old, you are welcome to volunteer at MaxFund but you do have to be accompanied by a parent at all times while volunteering, including during the orientation. Also, volunteers must be 18 years old to be in control of the leash while walking dogs outside of the shelter. Some exceptions to being accompanied may be handled on a case-by-case basis, but generally speaking anyone under 18 years old needs to be accompanied by a parent at all times.
 

If you are under 9 years old...

If you are under 9 years old, your ability to volunteer at the shelter will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Typically, our policy is that nobody under 16 may be in control of the leash while walking dogs outside of the shelter, and volunteers under 9 years old must be approved in advance. For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator.

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