From Our Blog

NEADS Celebrates World Class Service Dogs with Gala on Boston’s Waterfront

On October 12, a sold-out crowd gathered at The Exchange Center in Boston’s seaport district for the 4th annual Get Dressed. Give Back. fundraiser for NEADS World Class Service Dogs. Keynote speaker Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey emphasized that by working together, people facing challenges can get the help they need to participate fully in…

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NEADS 6th Annual Fore Paws Golf Classic a Success

On Monday, September 10th, we gathered once again for our annual golf event. After 5 years of near perfect weather, we were destined to play in the rain at some point, and this was the year. Thank you to everyone – the 90 golfers, staff, and volunteers – who came out to brave the elements.…

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Ask the Vet: Plan now for holiday pet travels

Yes, fall is almost here. And while your next big vacation with your pets might not happen until Thanksgiving or winter school break, now is the perfect time to plan for traveling with our pets. Some people like to plan travels meticulously, and some like to roam free. It’s really a matter of personal choice.…

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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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Supporter Spotlight: The Reiser Family Foundation

The Reiser Family Foundation recently donated 350 copies of the best-selling Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship (featuring NEADS Service Dog Rescue) to distribute to hospitals with a robust pediatric department and other organizations working with children. This is just one of the many ways the foundation supports NEADS.

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The Working Dog Project

The Working Dog Project, run by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is applying cutting-edge genomics to investigate how genetic variation influences two key working dog behaviors: scenting and retrieving. Specifically focused on finding the genetic loci associated with key behavioral traits of military and Service Dogs, the ultimate goal of the project is…

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Falmouth Road Race Runners Raise Over $14,000 for NEADS

The New Balance Falmouth Road Race celebrated its 46th running this year on August 19. The weather cooperated, and runners completed the race under overcast skies, with temperatures in the upper-60’s. More than 11,000 runners participated, and 6 of them ran for NEADS. Thank you to Elizabeth Burke, Angela Bertolino, Melanie Borglund, Deb Murphy, Maryann…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 7 – Advances in Training in Prison

This month in our Year of the NEADS Dog series,, we check in to see how our puppy is progressing in prison.

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What does a Hospital Assistance Dog Do?

We’re sometimes asked about the difference between a Service Dog, an Assistance Dog for the Hospital and a pet therapy dog. While on the surface they may appear similar, there are four key differences: training, public access, task trained, and trained to work in many environments.

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 6 – Weekend Training and Socialization Advances

We’re halfway through 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, and it’s time to check back in with our Weekend Puppy Raisers. Housetraining is mostly complete, and, after several months of spending weekends with their pup, these…

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