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YOTD Month 5

Year of the NEADS Dog Month 5 – Veterinary Care in Prison

This month, 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, focuses on the all-important veterinary care of the pups in prison. While day-to-day monitoring of the pups’ health falls to the inmates and the prison liaisons, NEADS has a multi-layered system of veterinary services in place that ensures the puppies stay healthy and receive the best care possible when needed.

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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…


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…

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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…


Boston Globe GRANT Program 2018

Did an envelope from the Boston Globe arrive in your mailbox this week? Or an email in your inbox? If you are a Boston Globe print or digital subscriber, you probably received a letter…


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.


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.

(042918 Fitchburg, MA) Derek Blake, 9 1/2 kisses his social dog Jean during NEADS service dog graduation ceremony in Fitchburg on Sunday,April 29, 2018. Staff Photo by Nancy Lane

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.…

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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…