NEADS in the News

Franklin The Service Dog ‘Provides A Real Calm’ At Medfield School

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | May 17, 2018

by Lisa Mullins, WBUR There’s a celebrity at Ralph Wheelock School in Medfield. He has his own mailbox, he gets extra recess time, and he’s Mr. Popularity. His name is Franklin. He’s a 3-year-old golden retriever-yellow lab mix. You can read Franklin’s story here, or listen to it now: Learn more about Assistance Dogs for…

CBS6 Investigates: Service dog fraud

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | May 11, 2018

by Torie Wells, CBS6, NY NEADS Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, is interviewed for this news story about the issue of service dog fraud. Service dogs make independence possible for many in the Capital Region. The law allows these highly-trained helpers to go just about everywhere a human can. But a growing trend is posing…

Is That Dog (or Pig) on Your Flight Really a Service Animal?

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | May 1, 2018

By Christopher Mele, The New York Times NEADS CEO, Gerry DeRoche, and Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, were quoted in this New York Times article about Service Dog Fraud. Sharon L. Giovinazzo, president and chief executive of World Services for the Blind, was recently walking through an airport with her trained service dog Watson when…

Graduation for service dogs

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | April 29, 2018

by Allan Jung, Worcester telegram.com FITCHBURG – Service dogs and their people received diplomas Sunday at a NEADS ceremony held at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. Full Story  

Service dog graduation photo gallery

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | April 29, 2018

by Photographer Nancy Lane, Boston Herald A collection of photos from the Spring 2018 graduation ceremony. Full Story

NEADS Courthouse Assistance Dog Makes a Difference

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | April 25, 2018

Spotlighting NEADS Service Dog Programs

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | April 4, 2018

Nebraska TV, The Good Life NEADS Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, discussed NEADS and our Service Dog programs with the host of Nebraska TV’s Good Life. Full Story

Pets on Planes: Emotional Support or Sham?

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | December 21, 2017

by Brenda Goodman, MA, WebMD NEADS Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, is interviewed for this article on the important issue of Service Dog fraud. More and more people are flying with pets they call necessary for emotional support. Sharon Giovinazzo goes so far as to call them something else: four-legged terrorists. That may seem harsh.…

Interview: Meet Gerry DeRoche

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | December 19, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017 Boston Voyager Boston Voyager writes about the hidden gems of Boston and the surrounding areas. NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche was interviewed as part of a series of articles featuring interviews with Boston’s most inspiring businesses. So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details…

Rescue, a very good dog, named country’s best

By NEADS World Class Service Dogs | November 18, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017 by Eric Moskowitz, The Boston Globe “Rescue, speak,” Jess Kensky said, clutching a treat in her hand as she prepared her service dog Thursday for his big moment at the ASPCA Humane Awards, where he was receiving 2017 Dog of the Year honors. Full Story