Helping Hounds Service Learning Program for Middle-Schoolers

Middle school students aged 11 through 13 have an opportunity to earn Service Learning Hours while learning about and helping animals at the Humane Society of Broward County through the Helping Hounds program. During each weekly meeting, students will roll up their sleeves and do different jobs in the shelter to help meet the needs of the shelter animals, including cleaning cages, feeding animals, socializing animals, making adoption kits, bathing dogs, making enrichment items for the animals, etc. Students will also have a few one-page homework assignments, and participate in a fundraising project to benefit the animals. At the end of the eight weeks, students will have earned 24 Service Learning Hours and will receive a letter to document their volunteer service as well as a certificate of completion.

Do Middle-Schoolers Need Service Learning Hours?

Many middle schools now have a Service Learning Hours requirement. However, even if a student’s school does not require them, students are welcome to apply to the Helping Hounds program if they simply want to join for personal growth, for later use on college applications, to put on a resume when they reach working age, etc. Please note that Broward Schools requires that students begin earning their mandatory high school Service Learning Hours after they are promoted to the ninth grade. Hours earned in the Helping Hounds program may not count toward the mandatory requirement. It is up to the student/parent to check with their school’s Service Learning Coordinator to find out what is required of the student.


The cost to join the 8-week program is $40, which includes a t-shirt. Students may attend ONE 8-week session. Attendance is mandatory at all meetings and punctuality is expected, so please check your calendar before signing up! Students MUST attend the first meeting or they will be dropped from the program! Meetings are from 5pm until 6:45pm on the following dates:

September 17
September 24
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29
Register on August 20

November 5
November 26
December 3
December 10
December 17
January 14
January 28
February 4
February 11
Register on August 20

April 1
April 8
April 15
April 22
April 29
May 6
May 13
May 20
Register on August 20

Registration for the 2018/2019 school year will begin on August 20th. Please bookmark this page and return August 20th.

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