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NEADS Service Dogs in Training Visit Pearl Street Home

Seven NEADS Service Dogs in Training recently visited Open Sky’s Pearl Street, Leominster home for young adults. The visit was a win-win experience for both the pups and the residents.

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78th Graduation Recognizes 21 New Service Dog Teams

NEADS held its 78th Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, November 3 at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (“Monty Tech”). Supported by family, friends, NEADS staff, volunteer puppy raisers, and other supporters, NEADS Service Dog teams spoke about living with a Service Dog during a moving ceremony to celebrate their life-changing partnerships. This fall’s graduating class represents a…

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18 Consecutive 4-Star Ratings from Charity Navigator

NEADS’ strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 17th consecutive time that NEADS has earned this top distinction. In fact, with only one other organization that has received as many, NEADS is at the very top of the 10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings list.

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NEADS Nation Gets Dressed for World Class Service Dogs

“It takes an extraordinary dog to make an ordinary life,” Katelynne Steinke, with NEADS Service Dog Jones, told guests at the October 18th Get Dressed. Give Back. fundraiser for NEADS. She then demonstrated, by asking for a show of hands, how everyone in the room was, in one way or another, part of the extraordinary…

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Volunteer Spotlight: David Giammatteo

David Giammatteo of Westminster, MA has always been a dog person—in fact, his friends call him a “dog whisperer” for his ability to communicate with dogs of all kinds. That certainly comes in handy for David, who volunteers in the NEADS Canine Center and Early Learning Center (ELC). As a Canine Center volunteer, Dave works…

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NEADS at the PawSox

NEADS Nation was out in full force at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI for the June 23 PawSox game against the Indianapolis Indians. It was a beautiful day for a baseball game, and NEADS was honored to be a part of the pregame ceremonies. Thanks to all of the clients, puppy raisers, and other supporters…

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NEADS Celebrates the Opening of its State-of-the-Art Canine Center

On Saturday, June 1, NEADS hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of its new, state-of-the art Canine Center. NEADS was honored to have special guest Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, guest speaker MA State Representative Kimberly Ferguson, and keynote speaker Congressman Jim McGovern take part in the ceremony. After a short presentation and…

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BRAVECTO – and Merck Animal Health – Care

At NEADS, the health of our dogs is crucial. In fact, along with training and temperament, healthcare is one of the three key elements in the making of a World Class Service Dog. Merck Animal Health has supported our healthcare efforts for many years, donating all our vaccines, Bravecto® for dogs over 6 months old,…

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77th Graduation Celebrates 16 New Service Dog Teams

NEADS held its 77th Graduation in April at Monty Tech to celebrate its newest Service Dog teams. This spring’s graduating class represents a wide range of NEADS Service Dogs, including Service Dogs for Veterans, Service Dogs for individuals with physical disabilities, Service Dogs for Hearing, and Assistance Dogs for professionals in classroom, ministry, and hospital…

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Teams Test Their Strength, Raise Funds for NEADS

On Saturday, May 4, NEADS held its third Pulling 4 Paws Truck Pull, a fundraiser/team strength competition in which participants work together to pull a full-sized flatbed truck. The event was held at Wachusett Brewing Company. During the Pulling 4 Paws Truck Pull, 15-member teams raced against the clock to see who could pull the…

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