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The Other End of The Leash – International Assistance Dog Week 2022

It’s International Assistance Dog Week, and in recognition of this year’s theme – the other end of the leash – we have created a “week in the life” series that…

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NEADS Celebrates the Opening of its State-of-the-Art Breeding Center

On Saturday, June 11, NEADS hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion and opening of its new, state-of-the-art Breeding Center. “The opening of our Breeding Center is a…

Cute pups

What Does a World Class Service Dog Cost? Part One: Birth to 8 Weeks

Birth to 8 Weeks We often mention that NEADS invests an average of $45,000 and two years in each Service or Assistance Dog placed with a client. What goes into…


Jonesy – “Making Each Day Better”

When 5th grade counselor Christine Brouillard works with students, she’s got extra help: a gentle yellow Lab named Jonesy. It’s been a year and a half since NEADS Assistance Dog…

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All Eyes On… Dr. Clara Williams

At NEADS, the health and well-being of our dogs is crucial. From the moment they arrive on campus, our dogs have consistent health monitoring that includes routine care, vaccinations, orthopedic screenings, and eye exams.

puppy in a crate

Milkers Help with Crate Training

Smith’s Country Cheese in Winchendon, MA, milks their own cows to make delicious cheese, everything from Smoked Gouda to Chili Pepper Cheddar. The rubber milking liners (“milkers”) that are used…

black labrador puppy

Meeting Benson, NEADS Service Dog in Training

If you’ve attended Sunday Services [at First Parish in Wayland, MA] recently in person, you may have met Benson, a handsome NEADS Service Dog in Training. He is accompanied by Luke Rubin, who, along with his wife, Megan, are Benson’s Puppy Raisers…

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Recognizing a NEADS Champion: Dr. Christine Pelletier

Dr. Pelletier, better know around NEADS as “Dr. P,” recently announced her retirement from the three volunteer commitments she held at NEADS: Medical Director, member of the Board of Directors,…

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Celebrating our Spring 2022 Graduates, Part 2

We are planning our next live graduation April 2023, at which time we will celebrate three classes, including our Spring 2022 graduates. In the meantime, we very much want to…