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Meeting special NEADS: A perfect team

November 14, 2019

NEADS is featured front and center in this two-part story on Fox61 in CT which aired on November 14, 2019. Host: Keith McGilvery, FOX61 There’s nothing 11-year-old Derek Blake loves more than legos, except for his pal Jean who loves nothing more than being by his side. Jean is a service dog, matched with Derek,…

The growing crackdown on fake service animals

February 21, 2019

by Steve Friess

NEADS Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, was interviewed for this article about fake Service Dogs on

In Connecticut last week, a state legislative committee heard testimony about a proposal to slap a $150 fine on anyone who misrepresents their pet as a service animal…

NEADS Client Stephanie Smith with Assistance Dog Tootsie

August 28, 2018

WWLP-22’s Mass Appeal welcomed NEADS client Stephanie Smith with Assistance Dog Tootsie, and NEADS Manager of Communications, Audrey Trieschman, to share insights about NEADS programs. 

Kids Thrilled by Franciscan Hospital’s New Assistance Dog

July 19, 2018

by Meghan Ottolini, Boston Herald

Franciscan Children’s Hospital’s newest employee, Marcus, had an excellent first day on the job.

He did spend much of the afternoon yesterday gobbling treats out of the nurse manager’s hand. Marcus is a 20-month-old black lab who has been trained to act as a therapy dog for the pediatric patients.

“The kids knew he was coming and they were thrilled to visit him,” said Franciscan Children’s CEO Aimee Carew-Lyons. “There’s not enough of Marcus to go around.”

Franklin The Service Dog ‘Provides A Real Calm’ At Medfield School

May 17, 2018

by Lisa Mullins, WBUR

There’s a celebrity at Ralph Wheelock School in Medfield. He has his own mailbox, he gets extra recess time, and he’s Mr. Popularity.

His name is Franklin. He’s a 3-year-old golden retriever-yellow lab mix.

CBS6 Investigates: Service dog fraud

May 11, 2018

by Torie Wells, CBS6, NY NEADS Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, is interviewed for this news story about the issue of service dog fraud. Service dogs make independence possible for many in the Capital Region. The law allows these highly-trained helpers to go just about everywhere a human can. But a growing trend is posing…

Is That Dog (or Pig) on Your Flight Really a Service Animal?

May 1, 2018

By Christopher Mele, The New York Times NEADS CEO, Gerry DeRoche, and Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, were quoted in this New York Times article about Service Dog Fraud. Sharon L. Giovinazzo, president and chief executive of World Services for the Blind, was recently walking through an airport with her trained service dog Watson when…

Graduation for service dogs

April 29, 2018

by Allan Jung, Worcester FITCHBURG – Service dogs and their people received diplomas Sunday at a NEADS ceremony held at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. Full Story  

Service dog graduation photo gallery

April 29, 2018

by Photographer Nancy Lane, Boston Herald A collection of photos from the Spring 2018 graduation ceremony. Full Story

NEADS Courthouse Assistance Dog Makes a Difference

April 25, 2018