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Genetic Testing for Breeding Candidates

Did you know that we do DNA testing on all of our breeding candidates before selecting them for our program? NEADS recently began working with Embark Veterinary for this genetic…


Creating Smiles: Christine and Assistance Dog Jonesy

Christine never stops smiling when she talks about her partner, Assistance Dog for the Classroom Jonesy. Which is fitting, as she says “he creates smiles.” Christine is an elementary school…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…