Our Mission and Team

We enrich lives through relationships with animals, nature, and the community

The Monkey Tail Ranch mission is very simple. We’re here to provide a truly rare experience for adults, children, and families who face the daily challenges of autism, post-traumatic stress, and anxiety issues.

  • Each of our service dogs is raised, socialized, and trained to help overcome the specific challenges of its handler
  • Our therapy horses provide an opportunity to build confidence and trust
  • The ranch itself presents a serene environment for guests to unwind

We strive to foster deep and meaningful relationships with each and every family we serve. We look forward to doing the same with yours.

Meet the people who built the ranch

Elise Lalor and Tim Houweling are the caring and enterprising co-founders of Monkey Tail Ranch.

Elise

Education: Sonoma State University

  • Career:
  • Focused on special education, working for Morgan Autism Center, Bay Area Easter Seals, and the YMCA
  • 2006 launched her own business, K9 Training Concepts
  • 2011 co-founded GoodDog! Autism Companions
  • 2013 established Monkey Tail Ranch with its broader vision of animal assisted learning

Other:
Elise also trains and certifies search and rescue dogs. She’s an avid equestrian, as well, breeding, raising, and training the horses at Monkey Tail Ranch.

Email Elise

Tim

Education: Santa Clara University

  • Career:
  • Firefighter and paramedic
  • Former CPA
  • Former Global Investment Bank Director
  • 2008 joined K9 Training Concepts
  • 2011 developed the vision and business plan for Good Dog! Autism Companions while co-founding the business with Elise
  • 2013 established Monkey Tail Ranch with its broader vision of animal assisted learning

Other:
Like Elise, Tim trains and certifies search and rescue dogs.

Email Tim

We area 501(c)3 organization. Our tax ID is 46-1465794.

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Our volunteers have all the fun

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