NEADS Nation

Spotlight on: NEADS Canine Center Volunteers

NEADS currently has nearly 60 Nursery, ELC (Early Learning Center), and Kennel volunteers. In 2018, they contributed more than 2,700 hours to do a wide range of activities, including: spending one-on-one time with the puppies in the nursery and ELC and dogs in the kennel; and assisting with kennel operations like stuffing kongs and helping…

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Treat Drive for National Dog Biscuit Day

Just in time for National Dog Biscuit Day on Saturday, NEADS is kicking off a treat drive. Can you help us reach our goal of 200 bags of top-quality, high value treats? Our preferred treats are: Blue Buffalo Blue Sizzlers Bacon-Style Dog Treats Blue Buffalo BLUE Bits Training Dog Treats Merrick Mini Naturals Dog Treats…

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What It Is Like Having A Service Dog

I have always been a dog person.

When I was injured in 2011, I briefly entertained the idea of having a dog, but felt I needed to take care of myself more and didn’t want to put extra responsibility on the caregivers who help me. You see, after my spinal cord injury, my life became a constant battle between different therapies, doctors’ appointments, home exercise, and just getting my life back to some normalcy. This took me a little over a year, but even then, I didn’t feel as though I could comfortably take care of a dog. Now that I have Oliver, I somewhat regret not getting a dog sooner.… but then, if I had gotten a dog sooner, it wouldn’t have been Oliver.

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Thank you for a World Class 2018

At NEADS, it takes a nation to raise a World Class Service Dog. NEADS Nation is made up of many people contributing in many ways for many different reasons.

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Raise a Puppy, Change a Life

NEADS is seeking volunteers to raise its puppies on a full-time basis. The Full-time Puppy Raisers will take our Service Dogs in Training into their homes and look after them for 12 to 16 months, working on critical socialization and basic obedience. When fully trained and matured, these Service Dogs go on to work with someone with a physical disability or hearing loss, a child with autism, or a veteran. Others become Assistance Dogs who work with professionals in hospital, classroom, and courthouse settings.

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NEADS Graduates 22 New Service Dog Teams

NEADS held its 76th Graduation Ceremony on November 4 at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (“Monty Tech”) in Fitchburg, MA. Supported by family, friends, and 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.In honor of…

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Kacper Rodzik

My name is Kacper Rodzik and I am a 14 year old student in 8th grade. I was originally born in Poland and I came to United States with my family when I was 1 year old. After moving from South Boston, I have lived in Canton, MA for the past 11 years. My biggest…

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NEADS Service Dog Rescue, Jessica and Patrick Host National Schools Webcast

NEADS Service Dog Rescue has had quite a year. He was named the ASPCA Dog of the Year and his family published their first picture book, Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, to great reviews, national press attention, and instant New York Times best-seller status. Now, Rescue and his picture book team are set to…

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Jack Gerard

I’ve always wondered who I will be, but it’s always interesting to gather yourself and explain who you are to others.  I feel as though I’ve become good natured, and always full of laughs.  I know there is much to journey towards but I’m living in the present pushing for an independent future.

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Remembering Rainbow

Rainbow was the first dog matched with a veteran in the NEADS Canines for Combat Veterans (now SDV) program and served her partner, Roland, honorably. She went on to serve NEADS as a canine ambassador and lived out her remaining years as the well-loved, constant companion of former NEADS employee John Moon.

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