From Our Blog


Martin and Kelly NEADS to Keep Six Feet Away

NEADS was pleased to welcome friends Martin and Kelly for a virtual concert through Facebook Live on Friday, Sept. 18. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night in!


Puppy Love – NEADS Puppy Raisers

When you bring an eight-week-old puppy into your home, it quickly becomes part of your life. You love it, watch it grow, invest time in housebreaking and basic training. And…


2020 Falmouth Road Race Team NEADS Runner Spotlight

Sixteen runners have raised nearly $20k for NEADS by walking, running, and rolling the (virtual) annual 10k this year. Donations can be made to the fundraising team page until October 31. Way to go TEAM NEADS!

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What NEADS Dog Are You Most Like?

Many factors go into matching a NEADS Dog with its human partner. NEADS dogs are trained for 15 to 18 months, during which time our trainers take a close look…


International Assistance Dog Week

It’s International Assistance Dog Week, and during this week, NEADS is helping raise awareness and educate about these amazing dogs by answering our most frequently asked questions about Service Dogs. You can help by sharing with others. 


Let’s Go to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Support for our Let’s Go coloring book donation program has been incredible. You purchased enough copies that we have now sent 200 books to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. This is…

Benji-Bay State Savings Bank

Benjie’s Birthday Fundraiser by Bay State Savings Bank

Benjie, the mascot of Bay State Savings Bank, is excited to celebrate his first birthday on June 27. In lieu of gifts, he requests people support an organization near and dear to his heart, NEADS. Donations are tax-deductible, and all funds raised will be used towards training and placing a dog with an individual in Massachusetts. In addition, Bay State Savings Bank will match every donation, dollar for dollar, up to $3,000.


Hospitalization and Recovery during a Pandemic

The pandemic has been difficult for all our TAD* veterans, but one client in particular, Rebecca, found herself in an extremely tough situation. A few months prior to the pandemic, she had to make the hard decision to have her second leg amputated. She had only had her Service Dog, Sully, for about 4 months at that time and was clearly worried about what to do with him while in the hospital…


Connecting in a Time of Isolation

When Covid-19 hit, we knew that connecting with as many clients as possible was important, particularly the veterans with PTSD in our Trauma Assistance Dog (TAD) program. Talking to these veterans, it was apparent that the isolation and stresses of quarantine, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing brought on by the pandemic was getting to them…


Training Town Trip

NEADS Director Training, Kathy Foreman, along with Apprentice Trainers Michelle and Michael, took 3 Service Dogs in Training on a town trip to Leominster last week. Training opportunities are everywhere if you know where to look. Nice weather helps.