Project Purpose

Project Purpose

Project Purpose is a three-hour program that give kids ages 12-15 a deeper understanding of the work AHS does through hands-on service learning. 
Each session features a seasonal project, such as making pet supply bags for our outreach community, building shelters for feral cats, or carving pumpkins for shelter dogs to enjoy. Additionally, Project Purpose can be used to fulfill community service requirements! The cost of the program is $40.

What to expect at each Project Purpose:

  • Take a behind-the scenes tour
  • Assist staff with shelter work
  • Create animal enrichment activities
  • Complete a service project (rotates monthly)
  • Make new friends!

Children must wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that can get dirty. Participants shouldn't expect significant animal contact in this program.

Upcoming projects

January: Cat towers
Cats are curious creatures and we want to encourage this natural behavior. Help provide extra enrichment to cats with custom cat towers made from recycled materials.

February: Pet food prep
Help feed the pets in our community! Assist our Community Outreach department and bag pet food for distribution to local food shelves.

March: Critter treat jewels
Give our critters some extra love! Create enrichment treats for our rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, keeping them busy and happy while they wait for their forever homes.

April: Shoebox puzzle
Help all of our dogs, cats, and critters stay active while in our care. Enrichment toys are a great way to keep their minds and bodies busy. Make shoebox puzzles and place treats inside to nurture the hunting instincts of the cats in our shelters.

May: T-shirt tote bag
Every month AHS provides pet food to local food shelves. Carrying that heavy food home can be a challenge. Help lighten the load by making tote bags from T-shirts. These bags will give community members the perfect tote to carry all their pet care supplies.

Golden Valley
  • Saturday, January 12, 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 23, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 3, 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m.
Coon Rapids
  • Sunday, January 20, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m.
St. Paul
  • Sunday, March 3, 1 p.m.


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

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For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline