NEADS in the News
One Dog, Two Lives Changed
Dark days. Edward Chapman lived them while selling crack on street corners to make a fast buck. “My eyes were closed for a long time,” said Chapman, who turned 55 last week inside the Northeast Correctional Center, a minimum security prison in Concord.
Is Benedictine Hospitality Going To The Dogs?
Magazine gives $5,000 to NEADS organization
Four years after her 2004 vacation to Hawaii, MaryKay Mullally is still seeing its impact, as is NEADS, Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. NEADS was designated as Ms. Mullally's charity when she entered Prevention magazine's “Picture of Health” contest, which she won for her work with Step Up for Life.
A Soldier and His Service Dog
“The war took away the sight in one of my eyes, my arm, and the mobility in my legs, but when I got my service dog, Ruthie, I felt like a soldier again.” These words, so eloquently spoken by 22-year-old retired Sergeant Christopher Strickland, describe the close bond between him and his service dog, Ruthie.
ABC 7 News - Canines for Combat Veterans Video
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Trained by Inmates, New Best Friends for Disabled Veterans
Rainbow looks like any other Labrador retriever, but she is not a pet. Trained by a prison inmate, her mission is to help Roland Paquette, an injured veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, stay on his new feet, the ones he got after an explosion destroyed his legs.
Celebration of love - Dogs help disabled veterans enjoy life
For Army Staff Sgt. Roland Paquette, yesterday's 30th anniversary celebration and fall graduation of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services marks a beginning.
Retriever is golden at job
In many ways, the crimp-eared golden retriever Elliott is just as imperfect as the children and adolescents he helps: He can be lackadaisical, he sometimes has problems following orders and the spots on his tongue prevent him from leading the pampered life in the dog show circuit that he was bred for.
Lending a helping paw - A working relationship
On a handmade, wood sign located near the door to Merle Ferber's apartment, the letters of her last name, and that of her former service dog, Radar, are intertwined. The sign is a fitting tribute to the long working relationship that Ferber had with Radar, who helped her perform tasks as she traveled in her wheelchair. A smooth collie, Radar was so popular that he was inducted into the American Working Collie Association Hall of Fame two years ago. It's hard to find a replacement for a dog like that. But Ferber feels that she has.
Partnering with Correctional Facilities to Raise and Train Assistance Dogs
The practice of placing dogs in prison for inmates to train was conceived in 1981 when Sister Pauline Quinn approached the administration of the Washington State Correctional Center for Women. Having had a dog named “Joni” help her survive a devastating young adulthood, she knew first hand how animals could enhance self-esteem and heal wounds. Who better to experience this healing than the women in this maximum-security prison?