Devin Bates: This week is International Assistance Dog Week, and one local organization is showcasing the special bond their dogs have with trainers and clients.
Meghan O'Brien, a trainer at NEADS World Class Service Dogs, wanted to become a dog trainer because it combines two of her favorite things: working with animals and helping people.
Sue Tabb and Kendra Petrone talk with NEADS Trainer Michelle Kati.
Keith McGilvery, Fox61, on the call for Full-time Puppy Raisers in Connecticut:
BOSTON, MA.- Service dogs in training and their volunteer raisers arrive for a duck tour as NEADS World Class Service Dogs and Boston Duck Tours celebrate their 10-year partnership with a duck tour for NEADS service dogs, dogs in training, service dog trainers and volunteers on April 24, 2022 in Boston, MA. Read the article and see photos here. (Photos by Amanda Sabga/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Sam Bleiweis | 7 News Boston: Boston Duck Boat Tours welcomes Service Dogs and Service Dogs in Training as they mark a milestone - celebrating 10 years of giving back to NEADS... Watch the video here.
Hartford Courant: ASAP: 30 adorable Lab puppies need Connecticut volunteers to start them on their journey to be service dogs
Susan Dunne | Hartford Courant: The eight-week-old puppies from NEADS World Class Service Dogs may look like average frisky Labrador retrievers, but these cuties have an important purpose. The dogs will have careers helping people with physical, neurological and psychological special needs go through their day-to-day lives. They need proper training, however. The Massachusetts-based NEADS is expanding and needs volunteer puppy raisers as soon as possible. The nonprofit wants to recruit Connecticut residents to take the playful pups home and devote 12 to 16 months to turn them into disciplined companion animals...
Full story on HartfordCourant.com.
NBC CT: "Do you have the time and compassion to open up your heart and home to a little puppy? If you're able to do this, you would also be helping someone with a disability...." Full story:
Ken Cleveland | The Landmark: Article features NEADS client Kevin Fenlon and Assistance Dog MK and the work they do in the counseling services office at Worcester State University. Read the article here.
Melissa M. Stewart | Military Families Magazine: Q&A with a veteran and his best friend. Despite hearing aids and a cochlear implant, Army veteran Stephen Hood's hearing was rapidly deteriorating, making daily tasks challenging and dangerous for the retired Chicago police officer. Fortunately, his outlook on life turned around when he found NEADS World Class Service Dogs. The nonprofit connected him with Charlotte, the highly trained working dog who now never leaves his side.
Spectrum News: NEADS service dogs applauds Walmart over decision to remove fake service dog vests from stores and online
Ana Bottary | Spectrum News: NEADS World Class Service Dogs is applauding Walmart over its decision to remove fake service dog vests from its stores and online.
Cathy Zemaitis, NEADS director of development, said they received a photo of the fake service dog vests on display inside a Walmart from one of their clients and they took immediate action. They contacted Assistance Dogs International, who wrote a letter to Walmart on their behalf stating their displeasure with these items being sold. Watch the story here.
Sloan M. Perron, Worcester Business Journal, interviews NEADS client Cliff Comptois, NEADS Trainer Tyler Gribi, and NEADS Veterans Services Representative, Katie Hanna. Read the article here.
Sarah Guernelli, WPRI, interviews Larry and Colleen Whelpley about their experience raising puppies for NEADS for nearly 13 years.
Tiziana Dearing, host of WBUR's Radio Boston, looks into the world of Service Dogs with Cathy Zemaitis, Director of Development at NEADS, and KateLynne Steinke, former Paralympic rower for team USA, who has a NEADS Service Dog, Jones. Listen starting at minute 12:40 here:
Matt Reed, WCVB-TV: On the never-ending list of things impacted by the pandemic, there is an urgent need in Massachusetts for volunteers to raise puppies that will eventually become service dogs. The puppy raisers just need the time and willingness to show the pups the ropes... Watch the story here.