Information & Helpline:  (860) 242-9999

Policy on Minor Volunteers

Our Companions Animal Rescue strives to make the volunteer experience a positive one for all who generously donate their time to our organization’s mission. We enjoy having the opportunity to involve minors in our programs and have incorporated this policy to ensure the safety of minors. Below describes the restrictions involving minors in various programs at Our Companions Animal Rescue.

Sanctuary- Canine Volunteers:
For safety purposes, volunteers under the age of 15 are not permitted to volunteer.
Volunteers ages 15-17 may participate with the active and constant involvement of an adult parent/guardian. One guardian per child is required. Specific activities and allowances for minor volunteers will be determined for a guardian/minor team by staff.

Sanctuary- Feline Volunteers:
There are opportunities available for children ages 10-15 to volunteer with the cat program, with the active and constant involvement of an adult parent/guardian. One guardian per child is required. The adult parent/guardian team must complete the necessary training before bringing the child to volunteer.

Canine College:
Volunteers under the age of 13 are not permitted to volunteer in this program. Volunteers ages 13-17 may participate with the active and constant involvement of an adult parent/guardian. One guardian per child is required. Specific activities and allowances for minor volunteers will be determined for a guardian/minor team by staff.

Young volunteers who do not qualify to volunteer in the above listed programs are encouraged to get involved in other areas and to participate in supportive activities as outlined in our Manual “Volunteer Activities for Young People” listed on the volunteer section of our website, OurCompanions.org.

For guardian/minor teams (as permitted above), it is only necessary for the guardian to complete the necessary volunteer application and related paperwork. For questions or more information, contact our Office Manager, Paul Johnson at (860) 242-9999, ext. 304 or email Paul@OurCompanions.org.