In the Community

A Caring Community Opens Its Doors to NEADS Service Dogs in Training

When NEADS brought several puppies to Trinity Church in Concord (MA) to introduce weekend puppy raising to the congregation, Stephen and Jen Newbold knew right away it was something they wanted to be part of.

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NEADS Service Dogs in Training Visit Pearl Street Home

Seven NEADS Service Dogs in Training recently visited Open Sky’s Pearl Street, Leominster home for young adults. The visit was a win-win experience for both the pups and the residents.

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NEADS Nation Gets Dressed for World Class Service Dogs

“It takes an extraordinary dog to make an ordinary life,” Katelynne Steinke, with NEADS Service Dog Jones, told guests at the October 18th Get Dressed. Give Back. fundraiser for NEADS. She then demonstrated, by asking for a show of hands, how everyone in the room was, in one way or another, part of the extraordinary…

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Remembering NEADS Volunteer Daniel Rice III, VMD

Dr. Daniel Rice III was a volunteer at NEADS for almost 11 years. He started off as a kennel volunteer, after his retirement from his 40-year career as a veterinarian in Holden, MA. He passed away on August 23rd, at the age of 86. NEADS staff contributed the following remembrances of Dr. Rice. Dr. Dan, as…

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NEADS at the PawSox

NEADS Nation was out in full force at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI for the June 23 PawSox game against the Indianapolis Indians. It was a beautiful day for a baseball game, and NEADS was honored to be a part of the pregame ceremonies. Thanks to all of the clients, puppy raisers, and other supporters…

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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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