Media Coverage 2021

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. Assistance dog in Arlington eases back-to-school stress in kids

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

Featured photo by Amanda Sabga/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

Racing for Heroes: Interview with Katie Hanna and Katy Ostroff

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.

WBZ | CBS Boston: “It’s so worth it” – Volunteer Puppy Raisers at NEADS

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.

Telegram & Gazette: NEADS dogs give girls at Girls Inc. confidence boost for reading aloud

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

Spectrum News 1: NEADS building new $2.6 million puppy breeding center

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.

The Landmark: Puppies highlight NEADS mission

Ken Cleveland, The Landmark ( 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...


Fox61: Assistance Dog Morrissey Graduates

Keith McGilvery, FOX61, has been following the journey of one NEADS dog, Morrissey, and returns to NEADS to meet with his new partner. Watch the story here.

Boston Herald: Where’s the Puppy Love?

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.

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Telegram & Gazette: NEADS unveils new project with lab pups

Marco Cartolano, Telegram & Gazette: A litter of eight yellow Labrador retriever puppies scurried around in the play area Thursday at NEADS World Class Service Dogs' training campus.

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.

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Vermont Biz: Waterbury hotel included in launch of ‘Red Vest Accessible’ as disability-friendly

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...

103.3: Boston Outlook Talks with NEADS

Big 103.3's Boston Outlook interviews NEADS Trainer Tyler Gribi and NEADS Volunteer Manager Kate Sullivan.


KSHB: Tips for finding a service dog

Interview with NEADS staff offer advice for finding a Service Dog.


The Landmark: Clearing for NEADS facility offers Sterling Fire Department training opportunity

Ken Cleveland, The Landmark: NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche offered the Sterling Fire Department the buildings for training purposes before demolition last fall. Full story.

The Landmark: NEADS earns 19th consecutive 4-star rating

The Landmark ( reports that NEADS World Class Service Dogs’ strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.


Magic 106.7: Cathy Zemaitis & Katy Ostroff on Exceptional Women

Interview with Cathy Zemaitis, NEADS Director of Development, and Katy Ostroff, NEADS Client Services Manager on Exceptional Women with Sue & Kendra, Magic 106.7.