NEADS in the News
Mashpee Gold Star Family Hopes to Aid 'Heroes in Transition'
US Marine Captain Eric A. Jones wanted to fly since he was a boy. But in his service as a marine, he also wanted to be close to fellow servicemen. So to balance those two competing goals, he chose to be a helicopter pilot because it enabled him to fly missions that directly support troops on the ground. “He always wanted to be close to the guys. He felt that by protecting them from above, where he could really see them, he could keep them safe,” Captain Jones’s father, Kenneth A. Jones, said.
Valley Stream vet raises flu, service dog awareness
Central Veterinary Associates of Valley Stream hosted an all-day fundraising clinic on June 30 as part of a nationwide effort to vaccinate dogs against the canine influenza virus, H3N8, and support the National Education for Assistance Dog Services to provide dogs for the deaf and disabled. The event generated about $1,500.
Training Dogs to Help
After living with multiple sclerosis for a number of years, constantly dropping things and struggling to pick them up, Robin Turek was relieved to know there was someone, or rather something, to help her out.Her aide, a yellow Labrador retriever named Colonel, will collect things she may drop, retrieve the phone when it’s ringing and even push elevator buttons for her while she balances on platform crutches.
CBS planning 'Ministry of Animals' special
The U.S. television network CBS says it plans to air an interfaith religion special called "Ministry of Animals."The program about spirituality and animals is to be broadcast June 13 on the network. Among the topics explored in the program are dogs that the clergy uses as a means of pastoral care. Also known as "ministry dogs," these assistance dogs are formally trained at the National Education for Assistance Dog Services' Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans in Princeton, Mass.
Dog being trained to assist the disabled goes to college
Beth Lewis teaches psychology at Rhode Island College. Students in her summer classes have an unusual classmate – a 10-month-old golden retriever named Grace who Lewis is training to become a classroom therapy service dog.
Death-row dogs across the country are getting a second chance at life from some unusual saviors: prisoners looking to locate their own second chances at a meaningful life. Some incarcerated for a few years, others for the better part of a lifetime, these inmates learn life traits, compassion, communication skills, work ethic, job skills and love as they take unwanted dogs out of shelters and train them to become ideal companions or even service dogs.
NEADS Public Service Announcement
This Public Service Announcement describes our Canines for Combat Veterans program that was established at NEADS in 2006 to support returning, wounded Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Veterans Helped by Healing Paws
DEUCE is a chocolate Labrador retriever who knows exactly which patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington give the best treats, said his owner, Harvey Naranjo. Both he and Deuce are part of the Military Advanced Training Center, a department at Walter Reed that cares for severely disabled veterans.
Haskell has fitting namesake
NEADS volunteer Kathy A. Haskell of Leominster hopes to raise a young black Labrador retriever puppy named Haskell.
Prison pups - Inmates and canines reap lasting rewards from training program at Pondville Center
Jewel, an 8-month-old Shiloh shepherd puppy, has spent most of her life behind bars, though this silver-haired beauty is anything but bad to the bone. She and two other dogs are members of the current class of the National Education for Assistance Dog Service, and are going through an assistance training program at the Pondville Correctional Center.