In the Community

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…

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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…

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Reading with Rescue in Worcester

It was early Thursday morning, and excitement and anticipation filled the air as children from Quinsigamond School in Worcester waited for the arrival of some very special guests. Authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, along with NEADS Service Dog Rescue, were visiting the school to share their inspirational story of Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing…

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Boston Globe GRANT Program 2018

Did an envelope from the Boston Globe arrive in your mailbox this week? Or an email in your inbox? If you are a Boston Globe print or digital subscriber, you probably received a letter from the Globe about its generous GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together) program which supports local nonprofits. You can help NEADS get free advertising in the Globe…

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Supporter Spotlight: Carrying on the Work of Dr. Ovitsky

The Dr. Dennis J. Ovitsky Veterinary Care Fund was established in Dr. Ovitsky’s memory by his family upon his passing in 2008 for the purpose of treating service dogs in our training program with severe or unusual medical conditions. Dr. Ovitsky served on the NEADS Board of Directors from 1991 until his passing, and was actively involved…

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