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Teen animal volunteering?

Discussion in 'Animal Jobs & Working with Animals' started by Nancy toler, Oct 2, 2018.


  1. Nancy toler

    Nancy toler PetForums Newbie

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    Hi! I’m 13 and looking for somewhere to volunteer (or work) at. A friend and I have been looking into dog walking, but neither of us have ever owned a dog and therefore don’t have much experience with them, although we do know how to do dog CPR!
    Anyway, I would really like to work with animals in some way and I can’t find anywhere that would allow 13 year olds... does anyone know of somewhere in Devon that would maybe allow a responsible 13 year old? (I don’t mind which animals) Thank you!
     
  2. Wispa2017

    Wispa2017 PetForums Newbie

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    Hey there....I’m sorry I can’t help very much but I am also 13 and looking to do some kind of volunteering with animals. I’m in a different area to you (Northamptonshire) but round here it seems that places like animal rescues etc can’t hire you because you wouldn’t be under their insurance and don’t want to be responsible for you. As for dog walking I’m not sure if you would get enough people to actually trust you...and I haven’t looked into it but won’t you need some kind of insurance in case you or the dog get injured??

    Anyway, I don’t know if I have really helped but I hope you find something you can do :)
     
  3. Picklelily

    Picklelily PetForums VIP

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    Have you both considered doing your Duke of Edinburgh awards the volunteering section of the scheme would give you the necessary back up and insurance that rescues might need?
    you can do the award through local youth groups or Explorer Scouts/Guides. Some schools run groups.

    I know my son volunteered with the local wildlife trust from age 16 so it might be worth enquiring with them, I know it's not specific animal work but he got to work on wildlife habitats and saw lots of animals that he wouldn't normally see.

    Your school will have work experience options coming up soon which will give you an inlet into working with animals.

    What you can do in the meantime is join a local youth group and get first aid qualifications, map reading would also be useful.
     
  4. Saffy Cat

    Saffy Cat PetForums Junior

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    Cats Protection shelters have volunteers who are children/young teens (but who do come in with their parents) to socialise cats so they can determine if the cat is suitable to be adopted into that environment. You could see if there is a shelter near you that might do the same?
     
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    Saffy Cat PetForums Junior

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    Blue Cross is an approved activity provider for D of E Volunteering. People under 18 years need their parents permission and the monitoring tasks below are what is considered suitable for their young volunteers:

    Facebook Marketplace pet adverts
    Online advertising of pets
    Unethical advertising of pets and PAAG reporting
    Horse Research- microchipping and passports

    It isn’t hands on contact with animals but it’s a good start and something that can be done flexibly, safely and for a good cause
     
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    XScarletZ PetForums Newbie

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    Or you can email a bunch of animal shelters you come across, I called up so many shelters being refused everytime until I struck my luck and found one that may let me in, still waiting for news from them, fingers crossed. I’m 14, going into 15 now and I remember also being very frustrated about the lack of choices we get for volunteering with animals. Maybe you can get involved in other ways? I know cat protection have an amazon wish list that people interested in spoiling the cats can go and buy something from the list.
     
  7. kittih

    kittih PetForums VIP

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    You can also try some rescue and wildlife rehabilitation groups. Often they are one man bands and are happy to have help (mostly clean out cages and feeding) as long as you are sensible and mature in your behaviour.

    I took a sick baby swift to a rescue lady a couple of years ago and she was desperate for help as she was looking after about 80 wild creatures all on her own.

    A lady locally rescues hedgehogs and again does it solo so sensible volunteers are likely to be welcomed.


    You could also join your local bat group. They usually have events and trips to see bats and monitor populations.

    You can also try your local stables if you like horses. Again what you are allowed to do depends on insurance etc but some stables are happy to have teens to come and clean tack, muck out and lead ponies round the school with beginners on.

    When I was a kid it was easy to volunteer to walk a neighbours dog for a few pence or in my case just to hang out with dogs.

    These days insurance is essential and the chance of an incident where a claim is made against the dog walker is is not unheard of. As a teen you wouldn't be able to get insurance so if anything happened to a dog you walked, someone else's dog or a member of the public then your parents would be liable and would potentially have to fork out large sums in compensation for vets/medical bills etc.
     
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