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Grained or Grain-Free Food?

NEADS periodically receives questions from our clients regarding the national discussion about the health effects of grain-free dog food versus grained dog food. The research is conflicting about this topic. As some of our clients know, for a time NEADS provided our dogs with grain-free dog food. We are now transitioning our dogs to grained…

Spring allergies – your pets can get them too!

The flowers of spring may be in full bloom, but so are the allergies that go along with the season. Many pet owners do not realize that dogs and cats can suffer from seasonal allergies just like humans, therefore, the veterinarians from BluePearl Veterinary Partners say this is a great time to consider how allergies…

77th Graduation Celebrates 16 New Service Dog Teams

NEADS held its 77th Graduation in April at Monty Tech to celebrate its newest Service Dog teams. This spring’s graduating class represents a wide range of NEADS Service Dogs, including Service Dogs for Veterans, Service Dogs for individuals with physical disabilities, Service Dogs for Hearing, and Assistance Dogs for professionals in classroom, ministry, and hospital…

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…

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,…

Sarah + Edison #8

Edison travels back to NEADS to support the new graduating teams. Learn about this and more in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

Why Mutti is My Hero

For children with autism or other developmental disabilities, a NEADS Service Dog can make all the difference These dogs are trained in a variety of tasks that can address a range of issues facing a child with autism and his or her family. Maddy and her family applied to NEADS with the hopes that a…

Sarah + Edison #7

Edison knows his commands and loves his toys. Crossing day 100 in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

Sarah + Edison #6

Key tasks like tug, take it, and retrieve… Find out what’s next in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

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…