Foundations for the Future

Early Learning Center and Kennel Renovation 

Each year over 50 clients, 90 puppies, 80-100 adult dogs, numerous visitors, volunteers, and staff utilize our campus buildings. We love this activity, however, it brings with it, wear and tear. Twenty years ago, with the input of veterinarians and other animal care specialists, we built a state of the art kennel to house our dogs during their evaluations and Service Dog training. However, by today’s standards, our kennel does not provide our staff, volunteers, or dogs with the best environment possible. We are currently in the beginning stages of renovating our kennel facility. This kennel, from the ground up, will be a cutting edge Service Dog kennel. Within the industry, NEADS is regarded as innovative, and our new kennel design will minimize stress by providing an environment that is healthier for our staff and dogs.


 The success of our program starts with our puppies. In addition to a new kennel for adult dogs, our plans include revitaliz­ing a building on our property to accommodate our newly arriving puppies. NEADS pups spend up to two weeks on our campus. During that time, our puppy instructors begin teaching basic obedi­ence. Between lessons, the puppies have plenty of time to play, and receive lots of attention from our staff and volunteers.

 At completion of this project, NEADS will have a state of the art kennel and a renovated Early Learning Center for our puppies. As we move forward toward a state of the art campus, our commitment to our clients and dogs remains strong. We strive to provide them with the best possible environment. These necessary projects will improve the health and well-being of our dogs, puppies, and staff. These improvements will help us do what we do best - train and place Service Dogs with the people who really need and deserve them, making increased independence in their daily lives a reality.

NEADS is continuing the Foundations for the Future fundraising initiative, which began with our new Kathy Foreman Client House and Training Facility, to include the creation of a new Early Learning Center and completely renovated kennel.


Construction of the Whelping Center Nursery took place in the Spring of 2017. The center allows NEADS to start a small, complimentary breeding program. The new addition to campus ise located in close proximity to the Early Learning Center to facilitate transfer when puppies reach 8 weeks of age. 


- Two birthing areas and a socialization area                  
- Pergola covered outside relief and exercise areas for protection and privacy
- Interior design ensures a healthy, clean environment
- Designated space for staff/volunteers for round the clock care 



Contact Gerry DeRoche or Cathy Zemaitis for more information.

Commemorative Naming Opportunities - Kennel

Please help us create a state-of-the-art kennel.

Dog Integration Space: $150,000
This space, unique to NEADS, will be located just off of our lobby. It will contain workstations, computers, a small play area, transition runs and a viewing window. One of the purposes of this space will be to increase “people” time by integrating our dogs into daily operations.

Main Work Hub: $125,000
The Main Work Hub will be the nerve center of our kennel operation. This large space will contain a full kitchen, industrial washers and dryers and full access to the kennel. It will be filled with busy staff and volunteers working hard, each and every day, to keep our dogs healthy and happy.

Outdoor Pavilion Area: $125,000
Our current outdoor exercise and enrichment area, located adjacent to the kennel and the parking area, will undergo a dramatic face lift. We will be re-grading the footing and adding canine
friendly turf to expand the footprint, upgrading our play yard equipment and installing overhead canopies. NEADS World Class Service Dogs will be able to play outdoors, rain or shine, in an area built specifically for their safety and play requirements.

Wings: $100,000 per wing
Our new kennel space will feature three wings. Each wing will contain 9-10 runs built specifically to NEADS Service Dog standards. The footprint of the runs within each wing will be larger than our current model to provide security and comfort. These wings will reflect state of the art form and function and many months of research into what our dogs need for their health, safety and physical and emotional comfort when staying with us on campus. Upgraded lighting, HVAC, drainage and a sound abatement system will decrease stressors on both Service Dogs in Training as well as staff and volunteers.

Isolation Room: $20,000
When new dogs are received into the kennel area, it is important, on occasion, to isolate them from the general population for a short period of time while their general health is assessed. The Isolation Room is used, most often, for our incoming Shelter Dogs who are trained largely for our Hearing Dog Program. While in isolation, our Service Dogs in Training will be kept safe, comfortable, entertained and socialized.

Hospitality Area: $15,000
NEADS can be a busy place! The hospitality area will be located in our Administration Building lobby just inside the front door. This highly visible area will provide comfortable seating as well as an area for coffee and snacks.

Grooming Room: $7,500
Proper grooming is important not only to keep our dogs looking great but also for good health. This area is used for bathing, brushing, clipping and general maintenance of our dogs while they
are with us on campus.

Exam Room: $7,500
NEADS takes the well being of Service Dogs very seriously. The exam room will serve as a Veterinary Area where our dogs receive the best in health care. Our on- staff Veterinary Technician as well as Volunteer Veterinarians will use this area to treat and track the health of our dogs.

Individual Runs: $5,000 per run
There will be 9-10 runs within each wing of our new Service Dog kennel. These runs will have a larger footprint than our current model to provide an enhanced sense of security and comfort. Each run will bring an individual naming opportunity. These “home away from homes” will provide an enriched atmosphere for our dogs while they are on campus for evaluations, matching, finishing training, and veterinary visits.

Feed Room: $5,000 Sponsored by Van Sloun Foundation
For our canines, this is the most important room in the house! Our food storage room will be climate controlled and easily accessible for food loading and transport.

Paddock Area: $3,500
This fully fenced, grassy exercise area will be located in an open, quiet spot behind our Early Learning Center. Play is an integral part of a Service Dog’s life. The new Paddock Area will allow our dogs to run and engage with one another in an open yet safe environment. 

Thank you for financially supporting this project…NEADS receives limited state and federal government funding and relies on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, service organizations, bequests and workplace campaigns. NEADS is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.