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Though dogs might be the best-known service animal, the Boston-based nonprofit Helping Hands has been providing trained capuchin monkeys to assist people with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairments since 1979.

Monkey Business: Need help with daily living? A trained capuchin monkey might be the solution. Corrine Peters was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1986. Two years later, she was using a scooter. Twenty years later, she had trouble standing on her own and completing routine tasks such as moving laundry from the washer to the dryer. Living independently was becoming increasingly difficult.

After a spinal cord injury, the simplest tasks can become daunting. At Helping Hands, capuchin monkeys are trained to help people with disabilities regain their independence and confidence.

Alison Payne is the director of training for Helping Hands. Q. What does Helping Hands do, and what does your job involve? A. Helping Hands is a nonprofit that trains and places capuchin monkeys to assist people with limited physical mobility.

Standing less than 2 feet tall, capuchin monkeys are known for their dexterity, easygoing ways—and total adorableness. But the capuchins at Helping Hands, a nonprofit in Boston, are also hardworking heroes...