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 building cat towers and supporting our adoption services staff to walking dogs and assisting with training classes, 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. 

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

Program details

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  • Location: Golden Valley shelter
  • Session dates/times: Two recurring sessions are available; each will meet every other Wednesday, 6:30-8 PM. 
    • Session 1 runs January 12 through May 18
    • Session 2 runs January 19 through May 25
  • Cost: $200
  • Ages: Children grades 7-10

Example service projects:

  • Valentines
  • Cones of healing
  • Critter treats and enrichment
  • Shoebox puzzle toys
  • Cat towers
  • Cat shelters
  • Snuffle mats

Shelter activities:

  • Filling Kong toys
  • Doing dishes and laundry
  • Spot cleaning kennels
  • Walking dogs
  • Shadowing dog training volunteers
  • Assisting with adoptions
  • Socializing critters and/or cats


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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