UnChained is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara counties.

Through its Canines Teaching Compassion program, UnChained teaches youth how to train homeless dogs in basic skills, manners and socialization, helping the dogs be adopted into permanent homes.

The youth develop values of patience, respect and responsibility for themselves and others, through the trust and relationship-building with their dogs.


Become an UnChained volunteer and help change lives!


UnChained partners with local animal rescues and shelters to help increase their adoptions through training and socialization.


Your donation helps youth learn the values of respect, kindness and compassion, while they help shelter dogs gain a second chance at life.

Watch the video below to enjoy Morgen J. Smith’s original song, Living UnChained, written in honor of the work of UnChained Youth Trainers and their program dogs. Enjoy more of Morgen’s music on her YouTube channel.