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After over 40 years of training and placing capuchin monkeys to help adults with severe mobility impairments live more independent and engaged lives, we are transitioning our organization to focus on the benefits of the human animal bond interaction.
We want let you know about a security breach at one of our vendors, Blackbaud, one of the largest companies in the world supporting the fundraising and engagement efforts of large and small charities, including foundations, educational institutions, healthcare institutions, and nonprofit organizations like Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers.
Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers announced the appointment of Robin Dorogusker to its Board of Directors, effective April 16, 2020.
After careful thought and much deliberation, we have made the decision to suspend new placements of our service monkeys and to stop accepting inquiries at this time. We made this decision for the following reasons:
- We do not know if or how the COVID-19 virus may affect our monkey population. Since this is a new virus and there is very little known about it, we must take extreme precaution and assume it could infect our monkeys.
- The people we serve, those living with spinal cord injuries or progressive diseases such as multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy, often have compromised immune systems due to these conditions. When we make a new placement, two of our trainers travel with the monkey (often via airplane) to the home of the recipient and spend a week there to set up the new placement. We feel there are too many opportunities in this process for the people and monkey involved to potentially contract the virus and pass it along to others. We do not want to put our recipients, our staff, or our monkeys at greater risk than necessary.
Helping Hands recipient Travis and his service monkey, Siggy were featured on Animal Planet's Canadian documentary series Collar of Duty.