NEADS Nation

It Takes an Extraordinary Dog…

“It takes an extraordinary dog to give someone an ordinary life.” – Katelynne Steinke and NEADS Service Dog Jones

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Vegas and the Nudge Board Part 2

Service Dog in Training Vegas tests out a brand new nudge board as he learns how to turn light switches on and off.

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Vegas and the Nudge Board Part 1

Service Dog in Training Vegas tests out a brand new nudge board as he learns how to turn light switches on and off.

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We Dunked the Boss

October 2020: This year, while NEADS did not host its Pulling 4 Paws fundraising event, during which teams compete to see who can pull a truck the fastest, NEADS CEO, Gerry DeRoche, kept the team spirit alive when he stepped up for a Dunk Tank challenge, Are We Dunkin’ the Boss?

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Martin and Kelly NEADS to Keep Six Feet Away

NEADS was pleased to welcome friends Martin and Kelly for a virtual concert through Facebook Live on Friday, Sept. 18. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night in!

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2020 Falmouth Road Race Team NEADS Runner Spotlight

Sixteen runners have raised nearly $20k for NEADS by walking, running, and rolling the (virtual) annual 10k this year. Donations can be made to the fundraising team page until October 31. Way to go TEAM NEADS!

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What NEADS Dog Are You Most Like?

Many factors go into matching a NEADS Dog with its human partner. NEADS dogs are trained for 15 to 18 months, during which time our trainers take a close look…

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Benjie’s Birthday Fundraiser by Bay State Savings Bank

Benjie, the mascot of Bay State Savings Bank, is excited to celebrate his first birthday on June 27. In lieu of gifts, he requests people support an organization near and dear to his heart, NEADS. Donations are tax-deductible, and all funds raised will be used towards training and placing a dog with an individual in Massachusetts. In addition, Bay State Savings Bank will match every donation, dollar for dollar, up to $3,000.

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79th Graduation – Spring 2020 Reimagined

We didn’t meet in person this year to celebrate our most recent Service Dog and Assistance Dog teams, but we did come together as a community for a virtual celebration.

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If Vegas Could Talk

When Harvard University closed its campus in mid-March, Full-Time Puppy Raiser and Harvard student Amanda had to return home. Vegas is now living with NEADS Trainer Magen Blake, where he is continuing the work he started with Amanda. Amanda wrote Vegas a parting letter, and we’ve written what we imagine would be his reply if he could talk.

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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…

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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.…

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Heroes in Red Handkerchiefs

Rea Samuels, NEADS Puppy Raiser Instructor, recently organized a visit to the Campus School at Boston College, for a group of Puppy Raisers that offered a great exposure for the dogs, as well as a great time for the children.

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