From an alpaca to a monkey, TIME highlights the animals that help provide healing and companionship to people with special needs around the world
Aug. 15, 2013
Jim Bourg / Reuters
Toby, a 10-year-old capuchin monkey, retrieves a bottle from inside a closed refrigerator for her trainer Alison Payne, as she practices the tasks that monkeys provide for the disabled at "Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled" organization's "monkey college" facility in the Brighton section of Boston, on May 7, 2004. The organization, which has already trained more than 93 monkeys to live with and assist severely disabled or paralyzed people, hopes to enroll hundreds of new student monkeys in its 2-3 year "monkey college" training program.