Project Purpose

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Project Purpose is a unique opportunity for 7-10 graders to learn more about AHS while empowering them to help make the world a better place for animals.

Each session will include educational opportunities in animal welfare, daily tasks both AHS staff and volunteers complete, and participation in meaningful service projects. From providing animal enrichment and walking dogs, to supporting our veterinary services staff, this program offers young animal lovers a behind-the-scenes look into working in animal welfare.

Project Purpose can also be used to fulfill school or club community service requirements. 

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that can get dirty.

Registration details

The fee is $200 per participant. Groups meet approximately every other week*, 6:00-7:30 PM. Registration is now open for Winter/Spring 2023.

*Please refer to specific meeting dates below

Woodbury: Tuesdays starting January 24

The Woodbury group meets Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, May 2, and May 16

Golden Valley Group 1: Wednesdays starting January 18

Golden Valley Group 1 meets Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 26, and May 10

Golden Valley Group 2: Wednesdays starting January 25

Golden Valley Group 2 meets Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 8, March 22, April 5, May 3, and May 17

Example service projects:

  • Adoption Packets
  • Adoption Postcards
  • Critter enrichment items
  • Shoebox puzzle toys
  • Tying blankets
  • Organizing donations

Shelter activities:

  • Filling Kong toys
  • Doing dishes and laundry
  • Spot cleaning kennels and litterboxes
  • Walking dogs
  • Providing enrichment
  • Socializing shy or energetic animals



If you have questions about Project Purpose, please contact our Humane Education team at 763-489-2220 or send us a message.

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