Dewey, a former lab monkey from Michigan, arrived at the PRC in 1997 at the age of 10. Dewey had endured years of invasive experimental procedures, including a catheter inserted into his brain to administer narcotic drugs. Dewey’s health deteriorated to the point that he was no longer a viable test subject. Many laboratory animals are euthanized once they are no longer needed for testing. However, one of Dewey’s caregivers made arrangements with the Primate Rescue Center so that he could live out the little time he had left at a sanctuary. It was here that sweet Dewey began his journey to rehabilitation and recovery…and, over 20 years later is still thriving under sanctuary care.

Dewey has lived with several different groups since his arrival. Initially he was introduced to fellow rhesus macaque Bailey, and to our surprise this pairing produced two offspring (Sawyer and Jane) despite our efforts to vasectomize Dewey twice. Dewey’s third vasectomy proved to be successful in preventing further births. 

Dewey was a very kind and gentle father and watched over all of them with great concern. After his son Sawyer reached puberty and his size began to surpass his father’s, the two could no longer peacefully coexist and Dewey was introduced to Crunchy, an elderly pigtail macaque.

Not long after Dewey and Crunchy began living together, a tiny, young long-tailed macaque named Carlos was rescued from Texas by the PRC. Carlos was only 14 weeks old and was in desperate need of a surrogate parent. The staff decided that since Dewey had been a wonderful father and raised babies of his own, he and Crunchy might be the best choice to raise young Carlos.

After Crunchy’s death in 2015 at the age of 37, Dewey needed a new companion and Carlos was grown enough to “move out of his parent’s house.” Carlos was introduced to another group of monkeys closer to his age, and Dewey was introduced to Bubbles long-tailed macaque.

Dewey and Bubbles live together to this day, and the pair are still the cuddliest, snuggliest, sweetest companions at the sanctuary. They spend much of their day sitting together eating, grooming, napping, and enjoying the peace and comfort of sanctuary life.

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