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To foster empathy, respect and responsibility in youth through the human-animal bond.

The Big Idea

After months characterized by isolation, UnChained is ready to deliver a revamped and new curriculum designed to bring at-risk kids and homeless dogs together, cultivating empathy, respect and responsibility through animal training programs. UnChained’s Big Idea is responding to the evolving needs of participating youth: hiring a mental health professional to serve the program. This new service, Ruff Time, will help youth process their thoughts and feelings through animal-assisted therapy.

It's no coincidence that I felt my two program dogs mirrored me, as a person. Rosco is always happy, yet lacks self control and has a short attention span. Van is trustworthy and an incredibly fast learner. They are just like me. One thing I learned about myself is that as a teacher, you need to be patient and understanding and not give up on your students. The students have to work with you, as well. Mine did. I learned as a leader that you have to give off the energy your followers need to move forward. I'm so glad I agreed to do this program and I'm proud I saw it through til the end and completed it. Thank you for the opportunity. Eli - Juvenile Hall

- Elijah We don't have access to last names, for the security of the youth in juvenile hall.

Attention Monterey County Nonprofits

Monterey County Gives! launches November 10th, 2022.

The RFP for 2022 is now closed.