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.

The Boston Globe: Rescue, a very good dog, named country’s best

US News & World Report: How Service Dogs Help People With MS

Heidi Godman, US News and World Report: Service Dogs offer MS patients comfort, companionship and a way to conserve limited energy. Read how Service Dogs can help in this article which includes interviews with NEADS clients and staff. Full Story

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: NEADS dog who aids Marathon bombing survivor gets top ASPCA award

by Elaine Thompson, Worcester Telegram & Gazette: A service dog trained by Princeton-based NEADS is the recipient of the ASPCA 2017 Dog of the Year award. The dog, Rescue, provides essential support to Jessica Kensky, who became a double amputee as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Rescue’s assistance for Ms. Kensky includes opening doors, fetching objects, calling for emergency help and many other tasks. At the same time, Rescue also provides Ms. Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, with invaluable emotional support and comfort that has helped transform their lives after the tragedy.

ASPCA: NEADS Service Dog Rescue is Recipient of the ASPCA® 2017 Dog of the Year Award

ASPCA: Rescue, a Service Dog lending support to a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, joins a brave fifth grader standing up for animals; and a nonprofit rescue group working to assist working military and police K9s as recipients of the ASPCA® 2017 Humane Awards.

NBC Boston: Impostor Service Animals Prompt Legislative Proposal

Pew Charitable Trusts: Tightening the Leash on Fake Service Dogs

BU Daily Free Press: Proposed state bill cracks down on fake service dogs

Soon, however, this manipulation of federal law could be banned by the state government, with a bill calling for the misrepresentation of a pet dog as a service animal to be a civil offense. Full Story

The Boston Globe: A hard look at the special role of service animals

CBS Boston: Bill Would Penalize People For ‘Fake’ Service Dogs

WCVB-TV: New push to keep people from taking advantage of service animal program

Parenting Special Needs Magazine: Considering a Service Dog? Meet My Monty

WDSU-TV: Meet Suzie the incredible, adorable New Orleans courthouse dog

The Boston Globe: The story of Rescue and Jessica, a dog, a woman, and rebirth

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

WBUR: NEADS Assistance Dog Bailey Graduates From Service Dog Training

WBUR: NEADS Service Dog Meets His Match

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 families. Bailey started his life with inmate Bernard, but after committing an infraction, Bernard lost Bailey, who was transferred to inmate Antonio.

In this segment, Bailey meets his new owner, Ashley, who has weakness in her arms and also uses a wheelchair. Here & Now's Robin Young reports.

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