Project Purpose

Collage of students participating in Project Purpose

Project Purpose is a unique opportunity for young animal advocates to learn more about Animal Humane Society while empowering them to help make the world a better place for animals.

Project purpose is offered for children in grades 7-10. 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 students 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

Students will meet approximately every other week. Please refer to the specific meeting dates* and times provided below.

*Did you miss the start date? Don't worry! Because this program runs throughout the season, we're happy to enroll participants mid-session and prorate the program fee. Reach out via our contact form with questions.

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Golden Valley Group 1: Wednesdays beginning September 20*

Program fee: $220

Time: 6-7:30 PM

Group 1 program dates:

  • September 20
  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • November 29 
  • December 13
Golden Valley Group 2: Thursdays beginning September 21*

Program fee: $220

Time: 6-7:30 PM

Group 2 program dates:

  • September 21
  • October 5
  • October 26
  • November 2
  • November 16
  • November 30 
  • December 14

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


Review our education program policies and FAQs. For additional information about Project Purpose or other programs, please complete our contact form.

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