In the News - 2016

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The story of Rescue and Jessica, a dog, a woman, and rebirth

October 27, 2016

by Cristela Guerra, The Boston Globe It brings Jessica Kensky joy to watch her dog run. At the park, Rescue the black Labrador chases balls down and leaps with athletic abandon. He came into Kensky ‘s life six months after the Boston Marathon bombing. Full Story

NEADS Assistance Dog Bailey Graduates From Service Dog Training

May 26, 2016

Here and Now, WBUR Here & Now has spent the last year following Bailey, a budding Service Dog raised by MA-based NEADS. During the week, NEADS are trained by, and live with, prison inmates (under the expert guidance of professional dog trainers). Then, on weekends, the dogs go to families. In this segment, Bailey graduates…

NEADS Service Dog Meets His Match

May 25, 2016

by Robin Young, Here and Now, WBUR Here & Now has spent the last year following Bailey, a budding service dog raised by the Western Massachusetts-based NEADS organization. During the week, NEADS dogs are trained by, and live with, prison inmates (under the expert guidance of professional dog trainers). Then, on weekends, the dogs go to…

CEO One on One: Gerry DeRoche

April 26, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016 by correspondent Sandy Meindersma (compiled by), Worcester Telegram Chief Executive Officer, Gerry DeRoche, has been leading NEADS since 2010, when he made the decision to leave a 33-year career in banking for the nonprofit world. The University of Connecticut graduate resides in Concord with his family, which includes two golden retrievers.…

How A Dog Becomes A NEADS Service Dog

November 11, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Here and Now, WBUR Western Massachusetts-based NEADS is nationally known for its remarkable success training dogs to be service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans. In the first of a series, Here & Now’s Robin Young takes a look at how a dog becomes a NEADS service dog. Full Story