In the Community

Featured Donor: Maureen Manning, a Monthly Giving Supporter

Ask Maureen Manning how she learned about NEADS, and she’ll describe the 2014 condo association meeting where she first met Patrick Downes, Jessica Kensky, and NEADS Service Dog Rescue. They all became fast friends and, through this friendship and other research, Maureen knew that NEADS was an organization she wanted to be involved with. Today,…

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Prison PUP Program – a Win-Win Situation

Laura Galvani has been involved with the NEADS Prison PUP Program for 15 years. One of her responsibilities is to work closely with NEADS trainers and staff to make sure the program runs smoothly. Laura recently shared her views about the program based on her personal experiences…

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Martin Elementary Hosts Pennies for Pups Fundraiser

When the three 1st grade classes at Martin Elementary School in Green Bay, WI took part in the December webcast hosted by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, they were so inspired by Jessica’s story and her experiences with her NEADS Service Dog, Rescue, that they wanted to do something to give back to the organization…

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Raise a Puppy, Change a Life

NEADS is seeking volunteers to raise its puppies on a full-time basis. The Full-time Puppy Raisers will take our Service Dogs in Training into their homes and look after them for 12 to 16 months, working on critical socialization and basic obedience. When fully trained and matured, these Service Dogs go on to work with someone with a physical disability or hearing loss, a child with autism, or a veteran. Others become Assistance Dogs who work with professionals in hospital, classroom, and courthouse settings.

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NEADS Celebrates World Class Service Dogs with Gala on Boston’s Waterfront

On October 12, a sold-out crowd gathered at The Exchange Center in Boston’s seaport district for the 4th annual Get Dressed. Give Back. fundraiser for NEADS World Class Service Dogs. Keynote speaker Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey emphasized that by working together, people facing challenges can get the help they need to participate fully in…

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NEADS Service Dog Rescue, Jessica and Patrick Host National Schools Webcast

NEADS Service Dog Rescue has had quite a year. He was named the ASPCA Dog of the Year and his family published their first picture book, Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, to great reviews, national press attention, and instant New York Times best-seller status. Now, Rescue and his picture book team are set to…

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NEADS 6th Annual Fore Paws Golf Classic a Success

On Monday, September 10th, we gathered once again for our annual golf event. After 5 years of near perfect weather, we were destined to play in the rain at some point, and this was the year. Thank you to everyone – the 90 golfers, staff, and volunteers – who came out to brave the elements.…

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Supporter Spotlight: The Reiser Family Foundation

The Reiser Family Foundation recently donated 350 copies of the best-selling Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship (featuring NEADS Service Dog Rescue) to distribute to hospitals with a robust pediatric department and other organizations working with children. This is just one of the many ways the foundation supports NEADS.

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Falmouth Road Race Runners Raise Over $14,000 for NEADS

The New Balance Falmouth Road Race celebrated its 46th running this year on August 19. The weather cooperated, and runners completed the race under overcast skies, with temperatures in the upper-60’s. More than 11,000 runners participated, and 6 of them ran for NEADS. Thank you to Elizabeth Burke, Angela Bertolino, Melanie Borglund, Deb Murphy, Maryann…

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The Big Dog Show Exhibit Features NEADS Service Dog Rescue

This summer, visitors to Shipyard Park, Boston National Historical Park, and the Harbor Walk will be greeted by 20 8 foot high Cor-Ten steel American Dog sculptures as part of a new art installation, “The Big Dog Show.” Created by award winning sculptor Dale Rogers, the exhibit is on display from June 21 to September 10 and is hosted by the Navy Yard Garden Association in partnership with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston National Historical Park, and National Park Service.

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