SIGGY'S STORY

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A confident, 6 pound black and white capuchin who beat breast cancer, Siggy has been a friend & companion, a helper, and an educator.

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Introduction

For more than 40 years, Helping Hands Monkey Helpers placed, at no cost, highly trained capuchin monkeys like Siggy with people living with mobility impairments looking for more independence and companionship.

Over the course of September, you will read Siggy’s Story and get to know her as a friend, companion, and (hopefully) an inspiration.

After a lifetime of caring for others, Siggy is now thirty-three, and has returned from service to the Monkey Living Center, where we now care for her in her golden years.

Chapter 1: Black & White in a Sea of Brown

Siggy came to The Monkey College in 2004 to start her training to become a service monkey. Right from the beginning, the staff knew she was a special monkey. She was extremely smart and motivated – a real valedictorian of her class! But like many special students, she had her challenges. As the only black and white capuchin in a building full of brown tufted and blond capuchins, the other monkeys would pick on her and bully her for looking and sounding different. But Siggy wasn’t having any of it – she became a very confident monkey who could stand up to her bullies and eventually the other monkeys came to accept her. Then, in 2006, Siggy was placed with her first recipient, Ryan. As a quadriplegic, he needed the help that a smart and confident monkey like Siggy could provide.

Ryan and Siggy were together for 2 years, until he became extremely sick, and was spending more time in hospitals than at home. Ryan and his family made the difficult decision to send Siggy back to Helping Hands, where they knew she would get the love and attention she needed.

Our monkeys, like Siggy, have given so much to so many people over the course of the years. Each and every one deserves the very best life we can provide. We love them so much and are so grateful for everything they have done. It is our duty to make sure they know they are well-loved and appreciated.
 
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Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers
for the Disabled, Inc.

541 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02134
617-787-4419
info@monkeyhelpers.org
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