Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers. Providing help and touching hearts for over forty-one years.


The Monkey Living Center. Giving active and post-service monkeys all the care they deserve.


Our new mission. Exploring and advancing the benefits of the human - animal interaction.

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers - Our History


Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Inc. was founded to raise and train capuchin monkeys to provide daily assistance to people living with spinal cord injury or other mobility impairments.

To learn more, go to: The Past

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Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers Today

Our Current Mission

In 2021, we made the difficult decision to cease our training/placement services. There were many reasons for this decision. As a result, our mission has shifted to focusing on quality support for all our post-service monkeys in a state-of-the art care facility.

To learn more, go to The Present

To  support our ongoing efforts, go to Support Us

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers - Our Future

The Human-Animal Interaction

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers has embarked on an exciting new journey to explore the far-reaching dimensions of the human-animal interaction universe. Our goal is to become a go-to partner in creating positive outcomes inspired by our mutual dependency.

To learn more, go to The Future


Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers
is successful because
of the support of our donors.
Thank you!


Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers
is successful because
of the support of our donors.
Thank you!

Time to Meet Our Monkeys!

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers meet the monkeys

The post-service monkeys living at the Monkey Living Center each have distinct personalities, favorite toys or activities, food preferences, bathing routines, and social behaviors. 

Koko LOVES mirrors. She flirts with her own reflection like she is the most beautiful monkey she has ever seen. She does have some of the most amazing tufts on her head!

Nicky is not afraid of anything! In fact, when we got a Roomba at The Monkey Living Center, he was the first monkey to go up to it and press all the buttons to make it go!

Sadie adores her baths. It has to be the right temperature and just the right amount of bubbles, but she will just lounge in the deep water and zone out like she’s at a spa.

Did you know that monkeys can be ticklish? Shelly is a sweet and happy girl who is super ticklish and will roll over laughing if her human even touches her stomach! She’s also quite the artist – she loves to draw!
Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers at the Monkey Living Center

This is just a sampling of the characteristics and behaviors we encounter every day. For more stories about our amazing capuchins go to Meet Our Monkeys.

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We hope that each photo brings a smile to your face knowing that your donation helps provide for these special service animals.

Job Opportunities

Development Assistant

Helping Hands is currently seeking a part-time Development Assistant to join us during an exciting time in the organization’s growth, assisting the Director of Development in raising a $1.3 million operating budget. 

The Development Assistant’s primary responsibility is gift processing and managing the Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge/NXT database. There are additional responsibilities as time permits.