NEADS in the News

Read our 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.

Military Families Magazine: Rapid fire

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.

Read the full article here.

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.

Worcester Business Journal: Four-legged battle buddies: NEADS service dogs help veterans

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.

WPRI.com: Nonprofit seeks volunteers to raise and train service dogs

Sarah Guernelli, WPRI, interviews Larry and Colleen Whelpley about their experience raising puppies for NEADS for nearly 13 years.

Watch on WPRI.com.

WBUR: Radio Boston goes to the dogs

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:

WCVB-TV: Urgent need for puppy raisers: Can you help raise pooch that will become service dog?

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.

 

Sisters in Service: Interview with Katie Hanna

This week Sisters in Service interviews Katie Hanna, retired Army officer and Veterans Service Representative for NEADS World Class Service Dogs. Katie served on both Active Duty and as a Reservist in the Army Medical Service Corps. Katie explains the mission of NEADS, who provides highly trained service dogs at no-cost to Veterans.

Veterans on the Move: Interview with Katie Hanna

This week Joe is joined by Katie Hanna, retired Army officer and Veterans Service Representative for NEADS World Class Service Dogs. Katie served on both Active Duty and as a Reservist in the Army Medical Service Corps. Katie shared her unique transition story and how she overcame challenges throughout her military and civilian careers. Katie continues to serve, connecting Veterans with service dogs trained by NEADS. She explains the mission of NEADS, who provides highly trained service dogs at no-cost to Veterans. Listen here.

Veterans’ Voice: Interview with Katie Hanna

NEADS Client Services Specialist Katie Hanna US Army (Ret) discuss NEADS® World Class Service Dogs and the veteran community with Veterans' Voice Network.

BostonHerald.com: 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 BostonHerald.com.

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 (thelandmark.com) 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...