This week Joe is joined by Katie Hanna, retired Army officer and Veterans Service Representative for NEADS World Class Service Dogs. Katie served on both Active Duty and as a Reservist in the Army Medical Service Corps. Katie shared her unique transition story and how she overcame challenges throughout her military and civilian careers. Katie continues to serve, connecting Veterans with service dogs trained by NEADS. She explains the mission of NEADS, who provides highly trained service dogs at no-cost to Veterans. Listen here.
Alexi Cohan | Boston Herald: A special furry friend in Caroline Thom’s third grade classroom at John A. Bishop Elementary School in Arlington is easing back-to-school pandemic worries among students who spent much of the last year and a half learning remotely... Full story on BostonHerald.com.
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NEADS Client Services Specialist Katie Hanna US Army (Ret) and Katy Harrison Ostroff, Manager of NEADS Client Services discuss NEADS® World Class Service Dogs and the veteran community.
Rachel Holt, WBZ | CBS Boston: 7-month-old Broadway is a service dog in training and the hope is that after learning commands, he will be ready to help change someone’s life for the better. Original story on CBS Boston.
Christine Peterson, Telegram & Gazette: WORCESTER — NEADS dogs are always willing to lend a helping paw, or in this case, their adorable, floppy ears to help girls improve their reading skills.
Two highly-trained NEADS dogs visited Girls Inc. on Providence Street to kick off the organization's one-of-a-kind summer reading initiative Thursday.
The dogs met with girls in second and third grades from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve as an audience while the girls practiced reading out loud. Full story
Katie Benoit, Spectrum News 1: A big project is underway for NEADS World Class Service Dogs in Princeton. The non-profit is building a breeding center for their puppies. The pen is kind of like a puppy pre-school. They're experiencing sounds, surfaces, and socialization before being sent to service dog training. Watch the story here.
Ken Cleveland, The Landmark (thelandmark.com) attended a recent media day at NEADS. He writes, "NEADS held an event ostensibly to provide information about its new breeding facility being built in Sterling down the road from the NEADS site in Princeton. But once Tillie’s eight puppies, 7-week-old bundles of energy, were set loose into their playground area, all eyes were on the yellow Labrador Retrievers. Continue reading...
By Meghan Ottolini, Boston Herald: As the state budget showdown looms on Beacon Hill, state Rep. Kimberly Ferguson is fighting to help fund NEADS — a nonprofit that places service dogs with veterans nationwide.
“The amazing work that the animals are trained to do is, in some cases, lifesaving,” Ferguson told the Herald.
The puppies played games such as tug of war and greeted their visitors and trainers. Soon, they will start their path to becoming service dogs.
The Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe of Waterbury has received the Red Vest Accessible designation in recognition of its efforts to offer a welcoming, accessible facility for those with a disability, its commitment to public access rights for legitimate Service Dog teams as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and its ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of ADA regulations. The designation was presented by NEADS World Class Service Dogs, a leading, nationally recognized Service Dog organization. Continue reading...
Big 103.3's Boston Outlook interviews NEADS Trainer Tyler Gribi and NEADS Volunteer Manager Kate Sullivan.
Interview with NEADS staff offer advice for finding a Service Dog.
Ken Cleveland, The Landmark: NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche offered the Sterling Fire Department the buildings for training purposes before demolition last fall. Full story.