Reading with Rescue in Worcester

It was early Thursday morning, and excitement and anticipation filled the air as children from Quinsigamond School in Worcester waited for the arrival of some very special guests. Authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, along with NEADS Service Dog Rescue, were visiting the school to share their inspirational story of Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing…

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Chris Heinel Golf Tournament – Supporting NEADS for 22 Years

Cheers to another successful Chris Heinel Golf Tournament!  For the past 22 years, our friends and supporters in Downington, Pennsylvania have organized a fun-filled, sports star-studded, day of golf at the lovely Downingtown Country Club…all to benefit NEADS.

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What Does a Classroom Assistance Dog Do?

We’re sometimes asked about the difference between a Service Dog, an Assistance Dog for the Classroom and a pet therapy dog. While on the surface they may appear similar, there are three key differences.

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 4 – Training Advances and the Gentle Leader

Our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, continues with the next big step for our puppy – practicing its obedience around different types of medical equipment and learning to wear a Gentle Leader.

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DOT Seeks Public Comment about Amending the Air Carrier Access Act

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking input on its regulations for traveling with service animals during a 45-day public commenting period. The goal of their revisions is to ensure that individuals with disabilities can safely travel with animals they rely on for assistance, while also preventing fraud by travelers claiming their pets as service…

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Carrying on the Work of Dr. Ovitsky

The Dr. Dennis J. Ovitsky Veterinary Care Fund was established in Dr. Ovitsky’s memory by his family upon his passing in 2008 for the purpose of treating service dogs in our training program with severe or unusual medical conditions. Dr. Ovitsky served on the NEADS Board of Directors from 1991 until his passing, and was actively involved…

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Ask the Vet: Considering Pet Insurance

When bringing home a new pet, most people have a variety of things they need to acquire, from a new, soft bed to plenty of nutritious food. We at BluePearl Veterinary Partners would love for you to add one more item to that list: pet insurance. As the cost of health care continues to climb…

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Congratulations, Spring 2018 Graduates

On April 29, NEADS staff, Board, volunteer puppy raisers, friends, family members, and supporters came together to celebrate 18 of our newest Service Dog teams at the Spring 2018 Graduation. This graduating class represents a wide range of NEADS Service Dogs, including Service Dogs for Veterans, Service Dogs for individuals with physical disabilities, Service Dogs…

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Welcome to the New NEADS Website

We’re very proud to unveil our new, oh-so-modern website that was 48 hours in the making. Yes, 48 hours! Unlike the typical website development process, which can take months and months and cost thousands of dollars, our site was the result of a unique idea and a team of incredible volunteers. Free websites for 48…

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Boston Marathon Runners Raise Over $17,000 for NEADS

Thank you to the Boston Marathon runners who ran for NEADS: Kelly Salem, Shaun Mezzetti, and Scott Magoon. You made it – rain, wind, and all – and we are so grateful for your support. WHY THEY RAN. While each of the runners has a different story to tell, they all ran to support NEADS…

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Rescue at the Copley

On April 14, a sold-out crowd of children and their parents gathered at the Fairmont Copley Plaza for an inspiring afternoon story time and book signing event from the authors of Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, which is based on a real-life partnership and is a heartening story of the love and teamwork between…

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And They Pulled for Paws

We asked you to show us your muscle, and you sure came through! On Saturday, April 14, 16 teams took part in the 2nd Pulling 4 Paws Truck Pull to raise funds for NEADS. Teams of 15 competed in nine divisions to see who could pull the Wachusett Brewing Company’s antique fire truck the fastest.…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 3 – Puppy’s First Field Trip

Our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, continues with the next big step for our puppy – meeting its Weekend Puppy Raiser and venturing out into public. After spending two weekends in prison to bond with the…

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Meet the Staff: Julie Vautour

Get to know the NEADS staff in this occasional series. Today, please meet Julie Vatour, Campus/Office Manager. When did you start working at NEADS? I started working at NEADS on March 28th, 2018. Happy Anniversary to me! It has been a life changing experience since I started. What brought you to NEADS? I was unemployed…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 2 – Off to Prison

Our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, continues with the next big step for most puppies – off to one of seven correctional facilities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for task work and obedience training. There, each…

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Ask the Vet: It’s allergy season for your pets, too

The spring allergy season is coming, and many people don’t realize that dogs can suffer just as much as humans. But that doesn’t mean your pets will start sneezing from all the pollen. You’re much more likely to see dogs and cats scratching themselves because of allergies, and developing related skin or ear infections, according…

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Will and Hearing Dog Digby

I first met a Hearing Dog when I was in my 50s and thought it was truly amazing, even more so when I learned that just a month later this brave dog led her partner to safety as her house was engulfed in flames. Without this helper, the woman would have died. My wife and…

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I Got the Right Match

Ok, so we’re not match.com, but we hear it from our Service Dog clients every week: “I see love.” “Those eyes! My melting heart!” “My life is now complete.” “I got the right match.” It may seem an easy task – pick a dog, assign it to a client, and a Service Dog team is…

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NEADS Charity Navigator Rating – What It Means for Donors

14 consecutive years… 15 consecutive years… We update the stats every year, but we’re proud to say our most recent rating puts us at 16 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator. In fact, of the more than 9,000 organizations currently evaluated by Charity Navigator, NEADS is one of the organizations that has received the most…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 1 – Socialization

We’re welcoming the Year of the Dog with our own Year of the NEADS Dog, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us. Today, we start where all the pups start – at The Laura J. Niles Early Learning Center. Most puppies arrive at the…

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Why We Need National Certification to Address Service Dog Fraud

Recent stories about Service Dog fraud and peacocks on airplanes highlight the critical need for a nationally recognized, legitimate Service Dog certification. The Air Carrier Access Act combined with the loosely structured wording of the ADA have resulted in a system ripe for scamming. Who wouldn’t want to save $125 by bringing their pet onboard…

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Recognizing NEADS ELC and Kennel Volunteers

On Saturday, January 20, NEADS held a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to thank its ELC (Early Learning Center) and Kennel volunteers for their commitment and dedication to NEADS. Since most volunteers only see one or two others during their shifts, this was a great opportunity for people to come together to meet each other in one…

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NEADS Hosts Veterans Open House

One early January morning, 24 veterans, many accompanied by family members, came to NEADS Princeton, MA campus to learn about NEADS Trauma Assistance Dog (TAD) program. The TAD program is designed for OEF and OIF Veterans with combat-related PTSD who live within a 3-hour drive of Princeton, MA. Thanks to generous donors and federal and…

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Ask the Vet: Prevent Pets from Packing on the Pounds

A majority of pets in the U.S. are suffering from a serious condition that not only shaves years off their lives but can also dramatically reduce the quality of the time they have left. It’s obesity. In fact, a recent study released by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that more than 58 percent…

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New Requirements for Delta Airlines Passengers Traveling with Service Dogs and Support Animals – Our Take

Delta Airlines recently made the news with its new travel documentation requirements for customers traveling with service and support animals. According to a statement released by Delta, “this comes as a result of a lack of regulation that has led to serious safety risks involving untrained animals in flight. The new requirements support Delta’s top…

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