Quick Facts

  • NEADS has trained over 1,700 Service Dog teams since the organization’s inception in 1976.
  • NEADS trains a larger variety of Service Dogs than any other program in the US.
  • Inmates at 8 New England prisons help by training 90-95% of our Service Dogs.
  • NEADS established the first partnership with a prison solely dedicated to the training of Service Dogs for people who are deaf or have hearing loss (2010).
  • NEADS was the first Service Dog organization invited to Walter Reed Hospital to give an in-service about how Service Dogs can help wounded veterans (2005).
  • NEADS was the first Service Dog organization to develop a program specifically geared to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, Service Dogs for Veterans (2006).
  • Today, NEADS provides Service Dogs to qualified deaf or disabled veterans through the Service Dogs for Veterans program.
  • NEADS is the oldest continuing Hearing Dog program in the country.
  • Our Service Dogs include both animal shelter rescues and puppies that are donated or sold to us by breeders.