NEADS in the News
Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year
At Monday's Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost limbs in last year's bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes. Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is among the darkest. They were newlyweds of just seven months when each had their left leg blown off. Their injuries were so severe that they were some of the last victims to leave the hospital. But we want to tell you an encouraging part of their story. It involves an 80-pound black Labrador retriever named Rescue who is specially trained as an assistance dog.
Coakley will speak at NEADS graduation at Monty Tech April 6
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will be the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony for NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg.
How Boston marathon bombing survivors celebrated Valentine’s Day
Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings celebrated Valentine’s Day in a very special way at Copley Place, near the site of the attack last April. Jessica Kensky enlisted the help of an organization called NEADS to plan a surprise for her husband Patrick Downes. The couple stood near the finish line when the bombs went off during the marathon and were seriously injured.
Flash mob in Copley Square
Passersby coming in from the cold got a treat Thursday afternoon when a flash mob made up of hundreds of people put on a Valentine’s Day performance in the Copley Place mall. Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jessica Kensky and husband Patrick Downes (right) were the inspiration for the event planned by NEADS, a service dog organization.
'Fake' Service Dogs a Growing Problem
BOSTON (CBS) — Service dogs are an amazing help to people who really need them. And one of the biggest benefits is that the dogs can go anywhere. The owners of some untrained dogs are now taking advantage of the system so they too can bring their dogs wherever they like.
Service Dog Helps Marathon Bombing Survivors Heal
WORCESTER (CBS) – For Jessica Kensky, life looks much different than it did two months ago. Jessica and her husband, Patrick Downes, were newlyweds at the time of the Boston Marathon bombings. Both lost their left legs in the attack. In the darkness of their recovery, they found joy in an adorable furry friend, who is also a highly trained service dog named Rescue. “He just makes me smile, and I cannot imagine not having him,” Jessica says with a smile that lights up the room.
Inmates Train Service Dogs with Assist from Civilians on Weekends
Talking with Sharron Kahn Luttrell, Author of Weekends with Daisy
My guest today is Sharron Kahn Luttrell, journalist, weekend puppy raiser and author of Weekends with Daisy. Welcome to OpEdNews, Sharron.
NEADS November eNewsletter
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on everything we are thankful for. At the top of that list at NEADS are the supporters, volunteers, donors, and staff that keep NEADS in motion every single day. But when it comes down to it, we could not do what we do without dogs. Their love, devotion, commitment and caring -- not to mention their smarts -- make them the ideal candidate for service work.
Training future assist dogs
Four MetroWest organizations and businesses raised $1,400 each to cover the cost of training four puppies to be special assist dogs through the nonprofit New England Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) program. The dogs are trained to assist veterans and other needy folks who would benefit from a specially trained dog to assist them in daily tasks.
CNN Espanol features NEADS
Andres Bourgos is featured on CNN Espanol with his service dog Gunny.