A year long, statewide effort by the CT Rotary is resulting in a $21,000 donation to NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans! Rotary District Governor Rupi Rupwani and Paul Burns of the North Branford, CT Rotary will visit NEADS to present the $21,000 check to Cathy Zemaitis, director of Development, and Gerry DeRoche, chief executive officer on Monday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.
NEADS in the News
NEADS Nation News -- Reaching out to the Community
The month of April went by in a blur, as all of Boston, all of Massachusetts, and the whole United States tried to recover from the shared trauma of the Boston marathon bombings. Everyone wanted to know what they could do to help. People felt united as a community, but as individuals, people felt sort of helpless. At NEADS, we felt no differently. Our Boston neighbors just a few dozen miles to the East were suffering and we wanted to help. But what could we do?
Concord inmates learn responsibility working with dogs
Concord — Pablo, an inmate at Concord's medium-security prison, worked during one afternoon last month to teach his service dog in training, Milo, how to pick up crutches. "Fetch," said Pablo, as he watched Milo, a 10-month-old chocolate Labrador, walk over to a crutch lying on the ground. "Hold, hold, hold," he said as Milo returned to him holding the crutch in his mouth. "Now give. Good boy."
WFD 6K sponsors service dogs
WORCESTER — Three puppies being sponsored by the WFD 6K for National Education for Assistance Dogs Services training received a warm welcome today when they visited the Franklin Street fire station. From left are dogs Rescue, Maurice and Blaze. Behind them are Firefighter John Peters, left, and Lt. Joseph Gaffney. Rescue was sponsored in memory of Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr. and Maurice in memory of Lt. Maurice "Mo" Zingarelli.
Sherwood students raising money for MS patient's service dog
SHREWSBURY — Brenda Bodanza is a single mother of six, with a half-dozen grandchildren, a full-time job and secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis. She sits in front of Joyce Avery's and Judy Delsignore's sixth grade classes at Sherwood Middle School, flanked by her youngest sons, twins Francis and Josh Cloutier. She wears a wide smile, a smile that she largely attributes to Liberty, the nearly 4-year-old yellow Labrador retriever curled up dutifully near her feet.
Rotary's Year-Long Effort Results In $21,000 Donation
The Fight for Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD
When it comes to treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, no intervention regularly receives as glowing reviews as service dogs. The use of service dogs to treat PTSD is new, though, and many of the findings at this point are anecdotal. Many veterans had eagerly hoped a pioneering study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs would buttress their personal experiences with science that could support implementing widespread therapeutic use.
Natick VFW hosts fundraiser for NEADS
A Rainbow appeared at the Natick VFW on July 29. This Rainbow, however, was a black Lab associated with NEADS, an organization providing service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans. For a few years, she provided help and companionship for an Army veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan (this was through Canines for Combat Veterans, one of the NEADS programs). Rainbow is retired from service, but not from NEADS; she and her owner, John Moon, travel across the country on behalf of the organization.
Prison inmates train dogs, change lives
East Lyme - Peter Lorange needed to express his gratitude to those who had a hand in raising his service dog, Keddy. So Lorange made the trek Friday from Worcester, Mass., to York Correctional Institution to say thank you to the inmates who helped transform the 15-month-old black Labrador retriever "the good girl she is today." Lorange, who has been a paraplegic for 27 years, was paired up two weeks ago with Keddy, his first service dog, since recent arthritic changes in his cervical spine have caused him to lose strength and dexterity in his hands.
Jake the Vet: Puppy Training Program (video)
Dr. Jake Tedaldi goes to jail to learn about a puppy training program through the state's prison system that provides assistance pets for the deaf and disabled through the nonprofit organization Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans (NEADS)
Life with Liberty: Brenda Bodanza reflects on her first year with a NEADS dog
It has been a year since I first applied to NEADS in Princeton for a service dog, and received my first notice that I was matched with a beauty called Liberty. The surprise, excitement and adjustments have now transpired into reality. Reality that my life will never be as it was almost one year ago today. You see, every day brings something new into it.