NEADS in the News

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A hard look at the special role of service animals

September 16, 2017

by Gerry DeRoche, in a Letter to the Editor, The Boston Globe Fakery puts the work of true service dogs in jeopardy On behalf of NEADS World Class Service Dogs, our clients, and all legitimate working service dog teams, as well as the general public, I want to thank you for your editorial “No support for…

Bill Would Penalize People For ‘Fake’ Service Dogs

September 14, 2017

by Doug Cope, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) – Advocates for service dogs for the disabled were at the State House Tuesday, lobbying for a bill that would penalize those who say their animals are service dogs when they’re not. Kaitlyn Steinke of Falmouth and her dog Jones were among those in favor of what’s been called…

New push to keep people from taking advantage of service animal program

September 12, 2017

by Nichole Berlie, WCVB-TV MA Bill H.2277 is taking aim at people who misrepresent their pets as Service Dogs. Full Story

No support for fake service animals

September 11, 2017

Boston Globe Editorial BOSTON (BOSTON GLOBE) – We increasingly face a menagerie in public places, part of a trend that suggests person and pet are inseparable. Animal lovers grow bolder by the day, often claiming the animals provide essential emotional comfort. What’s the harm of sharing an airplane cabin with a pig, right? Problem is,…

Considering a Service Dog? Meet My Monty

May 17, 2017

by Tracey L. Stoll, M.ED., B.C.S.E., A.C.A.S, Parenting Special Needs Magazine My Monty is a Social Therapy Assistance Dog, specializing in trained social behavior and emotional support. (Please turn to pages 22-28) Full Story

Meet Suzie the incredible, adorable New Orleans courthouse dog

April 20, 2017

WDSU 6 News NEW ORLEANS — For nearly a year, Suzie has been serving as the courthouse facility dog for the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. She knows how to open doors, turn lights on and off and turn the pages of a book. Full Story

The story of Rescue and Jessica, a dog, a woman, and rebirth

October 27, 2016

by Cristela Guerra, The Boston Globe It brings Jessica Kensky joy to watch her dog run. At the park, Rescue the black Labrador chases balls down and leaps with athletic abandon. He came into Kensky ‘s life six months after the Boston Marathon bombing. Full Story

NEADS Assistance Dog Bailey Graduates From Service Dog Training

May 26, 2016

Here and Now, WBUR Here & Now has spent the last year following Bailey, a budding Service Dog raised by MA-based NEADS. During the week, NEADS are trained by, and live with, prison inmates (under the expert guidance of professional dog trainers). Then, on weekends, the dogs go to families. In this segment, Bailey graduates…

NEADS Service Dog Meets His Match

May 25, 2016

by Robin Young, Here and Now, WBUR Here & Now has spent the last year following Bailey, a budding service dog raised by the Western Massachusetts-based NEADS organization. During the week, NEADS dogs are trained by, and live with, prison inmates (under the expert guidance of professional dog trainers). Then, on weekends, the dogs go to…

CEO One on One: Gerry DeRoche

April 26, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016 by correspondent Sandy Meindersma (compiled by), Worcester Telegram Chief Executive Officer, Gerry DeRoche, has been leading NEADS since 2010, when he made the decision to leave a 33-year career in banking for the nonprofit world. The University of Connecticut graduate resides in Concord with his family, which includes two golden retrievers.…