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Jeff Bolduc

Hello. My name is Jeff Bolduc and I am a Guidance Counselor at Melrose High School. While working in a high school setting for the past 13 years, I have seen wonderful changes in learning and development. However, I have also seen a greater need for social emotional support. 

Jennie Williams & Danny

Danny is a classroom dog who works every day at a therapeutic day school in Southeastern Massachusetts.  Danny initially came to the school to offer support to students in Kindergarten through grade 8.  Within weeks of coming to the school in August 2017, Danny was in high demand and working with students in all four schools in the building.  This includes students of all ages with multiple disabilities and challenges. 

Jennifer Thompson

I have dealt with chronic illness and I have also gone through the criminal justice system myself. I know firsthand what a NEADS dog can provide to those experiencing difficulties engaging with formal systems. For 10 years now, it has been a goal of mine to bring peace, comfort, and support to those experiencing trauma…

Jessica Lappin

I am Jessica Lappin from Norton, Massachusetts. I was born with a disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (short for AMC). I’m very grateful that I got accepted into NEADS service dog program since I always wanted a dog when I moved to my own place. Last fall, I got my own apartment and it is…

Joanna Lubkin

Caring for and supporting others have always been core values of mine. And I live with several disabilities and chronic illness that can get in the way of me contributing all I came to this world to give. A service dog would be an amazing gift of support, companionship, independence, and a life lived on my own terms,…

John Stuhl & DJ

DJ Has changed my life, made the mundane fun and every challenge we conquer taste even sweeter!!

Katelynne Steinke & Jones

My name is Katelynne Steinke, and I am a 29 year old Paralympic hopeful, though truth be told I’m very close to the big 30. In November of 2008, I was in a car accident that severely injured my left leg. After two years of trying to salvage the limb, doctors made the decision to amputate above the knee. I immediately got involved with adaptive sports and worked for Spaulding Rehab in their adaptive sports programming. I applied for a dog in August 2016, and was matched with a male yellow lab named Jones.I’m very grateful for this amazing gift. Jones knows he is responsible for me, just as I am responsible for him.  I am safer because of him.

Kathleen Smith

My name is Kathleen Smith and I live in Oxford, MA  I have been an amputee since I was 11 years old from bone cancer. I always walked with an artificial limb and I was always very active I even climbed trees in my younger years. Almost 10 years ago I was matched with the wonderful service dog Lucy.  She made my life whole again and we went everywhere together.  She passed away February 26 2018, and now I am on the waiting list at NEADS for a new partner…

Kathryn Bruttomesso-Clarke

Kathryn Bruttomesso-Clarke has been fighting chronic illnesses for 17 years. When she was younger she was a pre-professional dancer who danced with the Donetsk Ballet of the Ukraine and with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She had to quit dancing because of the pain from her chronic illnesses. She attends Bard College at Simon’s Rock and aspires to be a doctor. She also enjoys painting and drawing; her art is available for sale. 

Kathy McInnis-Misenor

When I was 5, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Throughout my life I have used many different tools that have been critical to maintaining my independence. I have used braces, walkers, crutches, and starting at about age 11, a wheelchair. Now at age 60+ I have a nice light weight wheelchair but what…

Kristin Moffat – Peter Noyes

My name is Kristin Moffat and it has been my privilege to work as the Assistant Principal at the Peter Noyes Elementary School in Sudbury Massachusetts for the last 17 years. We are overjoyed that our school has been accepted into the NEADS program and we know that having a classroom assistance dog will offer countless…

Lani Baker

Hi everyone! My name is Lani Baker and I am a 16 year old from Vermont. When I was 18 months old I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 3 and have been in a wheelchair most of my life. Although I have walked, over the years my muscles have progressively gotten weaker and that has resulted in me using a power wheelchair all the time. Since I used to walk I have had the experience of being much more independent. Now I’m much less independent and need to rely on others frequently to help with everyday tasks. Having a NEADS Service Dog will help me be more independent in many different ways…

Leanna Fergerson

Hello! My name is Leanna Alexis Fergerson. I am 11 years old and live in Charlotte, NC. I am a fun loving little girl, with a great sense of humor. Daily living can be a difficult thing for me. I have struggled with this all my life. I struggle with Autism, ADHD, Severe General Anxiety,…

Lenore Lupie

Hey there. I’m Lenore and that’s Mo, my family dog. I am striving to get back my independence. To that end, I’m moving into my own adapted apartment. I will be living alone for the first time since I became a quad 4 years ago. I find my biggest challenge to be DROPPING things. This is the main task I need help with and accordingly is the main reason I want a dog.

Lindsay Curtius & Star

My name is Lindsay Curtius. I am an Education Specialist at San Diego Cooperative Charter School 2. In July 2016, I had the opportunity to fly from California to the NEADS campus in Massachusetts to meet and train with Star, SDCCS’ Assistance Dog for the Classroom…

Luis Jimenez

Hi, My name is Luis, I live in Texas and I am homeschooled!  Some of my favorite things to do are playing video games, play with transformers, Legos, and having fun with my family.I applied for a NEADS service dog and  recently got approved , right before I turned 16!!! and that means my Dog is now in training! …

Mackenzie Joy

Mackenzie is a sweet, kind and caring 14 year old from Nova Scotia, Canada. She was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality. As a result, Mackenzie has a number of diagnoses, including cleft palate (which impacts her speech clarity), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Combined type), Global Developmental Delay, mild intellectual disability, celiac disease, and epilepsy.…

Mary Bird

Hello, my name is Mary Bird. I am a Deaf person who uses American Sign Language, a mother to 2 boys.  Larkin (20) a Geography/Sustainable Energy major student at Salem State University, and Logan (soon to be 16), a Freshman at Bristol County Agricultural High School.

Mary Morois

Currently happily partnered with going-on 14 year old NEADS Service Dog for Hearing, Roxy, who is my lifeline to independence and companionship, I decided to apply for a 4th hearing dog (3rd from NEADS) while Roxy and I are still together.

Melissa Moore

During a routine hearing screening in my first grade at school it was found that I was born with nerve deafness and was hearing impaired.  This was quite a discovery for my family since no one had had this type of issue in our past…

Jessica is a former student...and an incredibly inspirational woman. I know having this dog will help her achieve even more goals!

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

I’m so impressed with your persistence and determination.

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Your journey is inspirational! Your Service Dog will add joy and independence which you richly deserve.

Supporting Diane
Service Dog

I'm so glad to see Joanne bringing in a pup into our school because we know first-hand how much dogs can help kids in need. 

Supporting Joanne
Assistance Dog for the Classroom

Paying it forward so the person behind you can have a dog already in training and getting ready as the person in front of you did for you. I know the person who is getting a dog from this program and it’ll make a world of difference to her.

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

Sending love and light to you all.

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Ellen is an amazing person; I do hope she is able to find another service dog to replace Maggie. Maggie has been truly a life saver and perfect companion to Ellen.

Supporting Ellen Smith
Service Dog

As the older sister of a brother with Autism and obsession with Labradors, Lola (my black lab) and I couldn't be more pleased to help Isaac reach his goal. We wish you well in your journey.

Supporting Isaac
Service Dog for a Child

I am so excited for you! A dog will give you so much assistance and let you feel safe all the time. I can’t wait to meet your dog.

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

In memory of Mike, who loved animals and children. He had many nieces and nephews with one of them being on the Autism Spectrum. We look forward to hopefully seeing you around town with your new pup. 

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Maggie and Ellen are an incredible team and I know this transition will be bittersweet. Hugs and love to you both and thank you for all you do!!

Supporting Ellen Smith
Service Dog

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