Media Coverage

An archive of selected media coverage about NEADS World Class Service Dogs. If you would like to write or film a story about NEADS, please contact us.

NightSide with Dan Rea: NEADS Assistance Dog JD

WBZ Radio's Dan Rea talks with Beth Johnson, Tantasqua Regional Senior High School Assistant Principal and handler of NEADS Assistance Dog “J.D.”


Telegram & Gazette: Assistance Dog J.D. brightens every day at this Central Mass. high school

Jeff A. Chamer, Worcester Telegram & Gazette: One of Tantasqua Regional Senior High School's most popular staff members is known for his ability to provide a comforting pres­ence in times of distress - and for tak­ing treats when he's a good boy.

It's J.D., a 5-year-old black lab who regularly walks around the school building and visits classrooms with assistant principal Beth Johnson, his owner and handler.

"It has been a giant love affair be­tween every staff member and student that J.D. has ever met," Johnson said. "He makes a world of difference for some kids - he really turns their day around and, for a lot of kids, he is the reason that they come to school or can get through the whole school day."

Whether it's the first thing in the morning as students arrive, a random walk through the building or lunchroom, or popping into counseling ses­sions to help students, Johnson has been sure to make J.D. as accessible to students as possible throughout the day.

One of J.D.'s most frequent visitors -and, Johnson said, the president of his fan club - is Alexis Buteau, a senior. Buteau said she typically makes it a point to see J.D. at least once per school day.

"He's very comforting and he knows all of these adorable tricks," Buteau said. Continue reading...

NBC Boston: Assistance dog helps students build social-emotional skills in Framingham High School

As students return to classrooms in Massachusetts, one Framingham school is showing success in a program that helps build academic and social-emotional skills for students. Framingham High School offers a program called Resiliency For Life. The program helps about 60 students in ninth through 12th grade through emotional challenges to achieve academic success. Watch the video here.

NBC Boston: Full-time puppy raisers needed

NEADS visits NBC Boston to talk about its needs for puppy raisers.


Fox61: Spring Update with Mystic

Fox61's Keith McGilvery has been following Service Dog in Training Mystic since last year, and today he shared an update as part of the station's Morning Bright Spot. There was a hint about an upcoming visit for Mystic to Mystic Pizza.

Boston Herald: Anything is paw-sible

Boston Herald Staff: A pawsitively fun event all for a good cause returned on Sunday, as NEADS World Class Service Dogs hosted its Pulling 4 Paws Truck Pull to support its array of Service Dog programs.

The Pulling 4 Paws Truck Pull at Worcester’s Polar Park was back after a three-year hiatus. See photos here.

Spectrum News: NEADS welcomes back Pulling 4 Paws fundraiser

by Cam Jandrow: Instead of baseball, a unique fundraiser filled up Polar Park Sunday afternoon.

Nonprofit NEADS World Class Service Dogs hosted a truck pull, "Pulling 4 Paws."

Teams of 15 played tug-of-war with an 18-wheeler to see who could get the truck over the finish line the fastest.

NEADS is a Princeton-based nonprofit providing service dogs for people with a physical disability, veterans, hearing, as well as children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Even in the pouring rain, the nonprofit had a full slate of 16 teams for the fundraiser, which they say will go toward the organization and an array of different service dog programs. Watch the segment here.

Worcester Pulse Magazine: NEADS

LuAnn Thibodeau: Perhaps you have heard of NEADS before, or have driven by their location in Princeton and seen the sign and wondered what NEADS is. Well, this will help you to learn a bit more about NEADS and their mission...  I got to see it first hand and I am nothing but completely amazed. These folks and the dogs are awesome, delightful, wonderful, and so much more.

Read the full story here.

Fox61: Checking in on NEADS service dog in training Mystic

with Keith McGilvery. NEADS Service Dog in Training Mystic, along with her Puppy Raiser and NEADS staff visited the Fox61 studio. The process of searching for a home and training a service dog takes time. Mystic's trainers say she is growing up fast.

Wicked Local: Travels with a service dog: Massachusetts residents share their stories, challenges

Margaret Smith: Whether going by train, plane or bus, Ellen Leigh of Arlington has covered many miles with Ricky, her affable black Labrador retriever, at her side. "I've had him for over eight years. He's extremely well trained," said Leigh. Leigh and Ricky teamed up through NEADS, a Princeton-based nonprofit organization that provides and trains service dogs.

"He is trained to do things to help me cope with my disability," said Leigh. "He opens doors. He picks things up that drop. He retrieves things I need, and brings them to me, takes off my jacket. He can bark to get attention. He can fetch the phone, all kinds of things."

Read the full article here.

Redemption Rock News: NEADS – the Local Nonprofit That Has A Nationwide Impact on Veterans

By Caitlin V. Reidy. Manager of Client Services, Katie Hanna, is interviewed for this Veterans Day article. Original article can be found here.

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WCVB-TV Chronicle: World Class Service Dogs trained in Princeton, Mass

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Kitty Mahoney experienced sudden and permanent hearing loss in 1997 after a diagnosis of meningitis. At the time, she was raising three young children, and her career was flourishing. She received her canine companion from NEADS to help her with important day-to-day functions.

Watch the story here

FOX61: The votes are in, here’s the name of FOX61’s NEADS service puppy

Keith McGilvery, Fox61: NEADS service puppy Mystic graduated from puppy preschool this week and she was dressed to impress with a little pink bow. FOX61 and parent company TEGNA will be sponsoring her as she continues her training.

FOX61: Community gets involved in naming NEADS service dog in training

Keith McGilvery, Fox61: NEADS Service Dog in Training sponsored by Fox61 & the Tegna Foundation needs a name, and that's where Fox61 viewers are coming in.

FOX61: Training begins for NEADS service puppies

Keith McGilvery, Fox61: The NEADS "Donut" litter...