Supporter Spotlight

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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What’s in a Name – Advisors Mortgage Group, LLC, Names 7 Puppies

Over the last 3 years, Advisors Mortgage Group, LLC, with corporate offices in Ocean Township, New Jersey, have named seven puppies through charitable donations to our Name a Puppy program. The puppy naming process was an organization-wide activity, with employees from the branches and the corporate office submitting their favorite dog names for consideration. The…

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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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Remembering NEADS Volunteer Daniel Rice III, VMD

Dr. Daniel Rice III was a volunteer at NEADS for almost 11 years. He started off as a kennel volunteer, after his retirement from his 40-year career as a veterinarian in Holden, MA. He passed away on August 23rd, at the age of 86. NEADS staff contributed the following remembrances of Dr. Rice. Dr. Dan, as…

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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 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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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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Featured Donor: Maureen Manning, a Monthly Giving Supporter

Ask Maureen Manning how she learned about NEADS, and she’ll describe the 2014 condo association meeting where she first met Patrick Downes, Jessica Kensky, and NEADS Service Dog Rescue. They all became fast friends and, through this friendship and other research, Maureen knew that NEADS was an organization she wanted to be involved with. Today,…

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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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