Monkey’s House is not what you might think. It’s not a place for primates, it’s a dog hospice & sanctuary founded in 2015 by Jeff and Michele Allen. I’m so glad these two people met each other because together they are doing some pretty fantastic things. How they met is pretty interesting because they were fixed up on a blind date where they went horse back riding. They didn’t want to disappoint the person who introduced them, so they kept dating until they fell in love.
Michele is a RN, BSN, member of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and a 2017 CNN Hero Recipient. She spends her days, double full time (that’s 24/7/365) caring for the dogs as Monkey’s House. Jeff leads a dual life helping both people and dog. He serves as a manager in Human Resources for a pharmaceutical company and runs Monkey’s House with Michele. Their sanctuary has been recognized for its outstanding work saving and caring for hospice dogs and was awarded Rescue of the Year in 2017 by World Dog Expo. They live on a small farm in southern New Jersey in the vicinity of vineyards and corn fields where their dogs have plenty of room to play and thrive.