Media Coverage 2020

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.

WCVB-TV: Wake Up Call

Monday's Wake Up Call comes from NEADS World Class Service Dogs.

Senior Scope: Canine Companion Lends an Ear

Senior Scope Editor Seth Thomas interviews NEADS client Michelle Walton with NEADS Service Dog for Hearing Zoey and Katy Ostroff, NEADS Client Services Manager.

Cape Cod Times: For Falmouth woman, service dog ‘has been a lifesaver’

Reporter Jessica Hill interviews NEADS client KateLynne Steinke with Service Dog Jones and NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche.

Athol Daily News: Service Dogs group honors Petersham resident

NEADS World Class Service Dogs held a virtual graduation ceremony on Nov. 1. In addition to recognizing its newest Service Dog teams, NEADS presented its 2020 Spirit Award to Dr. Cynthia Crosson, who has contributed to and supported many areas of the organization, including the NEADS Service Dogs for Veterans program. Full story.

Fox61: Morrissey makes progress as potential service dog

FOX61 first met this little guy as a puppy in 2019. He was picked from his litter to train as a service dog with NEADS. 16 months later and he is well on his way. Full story here.

Newton TAB: In dogged pursuit of helping others

Julie M. Cohen, Wicked Local: Although Hannah is only five months old, she’s already preparing for a job that will change someone’s life. On a recent outing, the black Lab puppy sniffed the grass before snapping to attention when her trainer, resident Kara Hubbard, said her name. Full story.

Spectrum News 1: Volunteers Needed: NEADS is Looking for Full-Time Puppy Raisers

Spectrum News staff interviews NEADS Volunteer Manager, Kate Sullivan, about becoming a Full-Time Puppy Raiser. Full story.

Boston 25 News: Local organization in need of volunteers to raise puppies

Chris Flanagan, Boston 25 News interviews Leicester Middle School Assistant Principal Beth Johnson with NEADS Assistance Dog J.D. and Katy Ostroff, NEADS Client Services Manager. Full story here.

Rhode Island Monthly: Become a Puppy Raiser of Future Service Dogs with NEADS

Rachel Dvareckas, Rhode Island Monthly: NEADS World Class Service Dogs is currently looking for full-time puppy raisers in Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island to help train future service dogs. Puppy-raisers are volunteers who must apply to raise puppies that will be trained as service dogs. Full story.

MetroWest Daily News: Teaching a young dog new tricks

As a volunteer full-time puppy raiser for NEADS World Class Service Dogs, Shrewsbury resident Leah Bell is responsible for teaching and reinforcing basic obedience to Jettie, a 17-month-old black Labrador retriever, and, most importantly, socializing the dog to sights and sounds in the outside world.

On a recent “field trip,” Bell, who is a 20-year-old Becker College student, took Jettie for a walk around Salem, where she saw a bunch of people in Halloween costumes. Jettie was not the least bit distracted.

“Which is so important,” Bell said.

Full story.

This Week in Worcester: MA Service Dog Organization Donates Coloring Books to Hospitals

NEADS, a nonprofit organization that trains and places service dogs for people with physical disabilities and hearing loss, this week donated a newly-created coloring and activity book, Let’s Go with NEADS Service Dogs Arnie and Zara, to Boston-area hospitals. Full story.