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UnChained fosters empathy, respect, and responsibility in youth through the human-animal bond.

The Big Idea

UnChained fosters empathy, respect, and responsibility through the human-animal bond by offering innovative animal-assisted therapy programs to underserved youth. Canines Teaching Compassion brings dogs to teens twice a week for an eight-week program that teaches the youths to train the dogs in basic skills and good manners. The kids help place the dogs into adoptive homes while developing values of patience, respect and responsibility. UnChained’s current goal is to develop a Dogs-in-Residence program with select partners so that teams of youth can provide foster care and training for rescue dogs to help them be adopted. Living with a dog provides a greater bond and sense of responsibility for the dog’s well-being, while helping each teen work with peers for the dog’s benefit.

I feel better when I’m with my dog because being with a dog that shares the same challenges I’ve faced is rewarding and helps me find hope. I want him to find a home because not only has he learned a lot, he’s also changed my outlook on my life. He deserves a caring, loving family.

- Simon, age 18

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

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The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.