In the Community

Changing Lives from Maine – Why I’m a NEADS Puppy Raiser

by Sue Walsh, NEADS Maine Puppy Raiser since 2009 Everyone has their story of how or why they became a NEADS Puppy Raiser; mine started nearly 15 years ago. I…

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Meeting Service Dog Chester and Mike

By Sue Walsh, NEADS Maine Puppy Raiser since 2009 I always knew that Chester would graduate, although NEADS Trainer Dave was always honest about the high standards NEADS had, and…

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Thanks to Our Volunteers

NEADS appreciates our volunteers, not just during National Volunteer Week, but all year long. We couldn’t do what we without you! THANK YOU to our incredible Puppy Raisers. You dedicate…

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Puppy Raising the NEADS Way: Support Makes the Difference

NEADS volunteer Puppy Raisers play a vital role in raising future Service Dogs by providing loving homes and crucial socialization for our dogs in training. While the joy of caring…

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NEADS Loves Harbor Sweets

In 2024, we are fortunate to be the recipient of a fundraiser by Harbor Sweets, one of our all-time favorite chocolatiers based in nearby Salem, MA. Harbor Sweets has been a long-time friend of NEADS, and, as so often happens, a NEADS dog provided the introduction.

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Get Dressed. Give Back – a Fabulous Night for a Fabulous Cause

Thank you to all who “got dressed” for NEADS World Class Service Dogs on Friday, September 29.

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NEADS Service Dog Ambassador Loring Retires with Special Ceremony

Loring has been the NEADS World Class Service Dogs Ambassador for the last 7 1/2 years. She has traveled far and wide demonstrating how a purpose-bred, meticulously trained Service Dog…

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The Black Dog

A 15-Year Partnership with The Black Dog

The Black Dog has been a partner of NEADS for 15 years, offering support in numerous ways over the years. NEADS values its partnerships with organizations that share our vision…

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NEADS Day at Polar Park 2023

On June 10, NEADS staff, clients, puppy raisers, and others gathered at Polar Park to watch the Worcester Red Sox face off against the Rochester Red Wings. Unlike years prior,…

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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 NEADS Service Dogs…

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And They Pulled 4 Paws – 2023 Truck Pull

The rain and chill did not deter our 15 amazing teams from competing with all their might in the 2023 Pulling 4 Paws Truck Pull. Team NEMLEC-K9 prevailed in the…

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Pawsitively Strong Fund, 10 years later

In the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings, Susan and Mike Curtin were moved to take action and approached NEADS with the idea of creating a fund to provide Service…

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Recognizing NEADS Volunteers, Part 3

April 2023 In Part 3 of our Volunteer Recognition series, we shine a spotlight on some of the behind-the-scenes volunteers who make NEADS possible, including photographers, clients, and community groups.…

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Recognizing NEADS Volunteers, Part 2

April 2023 In part 2 of our Volunteer Recognition series we focus on our Full-Time and Weekend Puppy Raisers, who play a vital role in the development of a NEADS…

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Recognizing NEADS Volunteers, Part 1

April 2023 Volunteers are the heart and soul of the NEADS community. No matter what role they play – Puppy Raisers, Puppy Sitters, Canine Center and Breeding Center volunteers, Board…

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