Meet that Raiser

Meet our Puppy Raisers – a very special special group of NEADS volunteers who spend their time socializing Service Dogs in Training and reinforcing what they learn in prison.

The Places They Go

One of the most important jobs a Puppy Raiser has is to help the NEADS dogs feel comfortable in many different situations, around many people. They do this by making sure they have plenty of real-world exposure to different sights, sounds, and people.

But what does that look like day to day? Dana, who has raised two puppies for NEADS and is currently raising her third puppy, shares a few highlights of her puppy raising experience with the two pups she’s raised. What a journey!

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Meet the Raiser – Brenda Torres

Steven recently started as a Weekend Puppy Raiser and is currently raising his first dog.

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If Vegas Could Talk

When Harvard University closed its campus in mid-March, Full-Time Puppy Raiser and Harvard student Amanda had to return home. Vegas is now living with NEADS Trainer Magen Blake, where he is continuing the work he started with Amanda. Amanda wrote Vegas a parting letter, and we’ve written what we imagine would be his reply if he could talk.

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Meet the Raiser – Kate Foley

Steven recently started as a Weekend Puppy Raiser and is currently raising his first dog.

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Meet the Raiser – Diane Salisbury

Steven recently started as a Weekend Puppy Raiser and is currently raising his first dog.

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Meet the Raisers – Ross Lemoine & Shannon Mackey

Steven recently started as a Weekend Puppy Raiser and is currently raising his first dog.

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Meet that Raiser – Steven Passios

Steven recently started as a Weekend Puppy Raiser and is currently raising his first dog.

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Meet that Raiser – Sandy Forand

Sandy recently started as a Weekend Puppy Raiser and is currently raising her first dog.

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Meet that Raiser – Devan Braun

Devan recently started as a Weekend Puppy Raiser and is currently raising her first dog.

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Meet that Raiser – Becky & Katie Annis

Becky and Katie have been Weekend Puppy Raisers for nearly 8 years and are currently raising their 6th dog.

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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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Meet that Raiser – Stephanie Corte

Jean has been a Weekend Puppy Raiser for 2 years and will soon start her 4th dog.

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Meet that Raiser – Stephen and Jenn Newbold

Jean has been a Weekend Puppy Raiser for 2 years and will soon start her 4th dog.

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Meet that Raiser – Amalia DeAngelis

Jean has been a Weekend Puppy Raiser for 2 years and will soon start her 4th dog.

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