From Our Blog

DOT Seeks Public Comment about Amending the Air Carrier Access Act

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking input on its regulations for traveling with service animals during a 45-day public commenting period. The goal of their revisions is to ensure that individuals with disabilities can safely travel with animals they rely on for assistance, while also preventing fraud by travelers claiming their pets as service…

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Supporter Spotlight: Carrying on the Work of Dr. Ovitsky

The Dr. Dennis J. Ovitsky Veterinary Care Fund was established in Dr. Ovitsky’s memory by his family upon his passing in 2008 for the purpose of treating service dogs in our training program with severe or unusual medical conditions. Dr. Ovitsky served on the NEADS Board of Directors from 1991 until his passing, and was actively involved…

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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. As the cost of health care continues to climb…

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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. This graduating class represents a wide range of NEADS Service Dogs, including Service Dogs for Veterans, Service Dogs for individuals with physical disabilities, Service Dogs…

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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 months and cost thousands of dollars, our site was the result of a unique idea and a team of incredible volunteers. Free websites for 48…

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Boston Marathon Runners Raise Over $17,000 for NEADS

Thank you to the Boston Marathon runners who ran for NEADS: Kelly Salem, Shaun Mezzetti, and Scott Magoon. You made it – rain, wind, and all – and we are so grateful for your support. WHY THEY RAN. While each of the runners has a different story to tell, they all ran to support NEADS…

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Rescue at the Copley

On April 14, a sold-out crowd of children and their parents gathered at the Fairmont Copley Plaza for an inspiring afternoon story time and book signing event from the authors of Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, which is based on a real-life partnership and is a heartening story of the love and teamwork between…

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And They Pulled for Paws

We asked you to show us your muscle, and you sure came through! On Saturday, April 14, 16 teams took part in the 2nd Pulling 4 Paws Truck Pull to raise funds for NEADS. Teams of 15 competed in nine divisions to see who could pull the Wachusett Brewing Company’s antique fire truck the fastest.…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 3 – Puppy’s First Field Trip

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 – meeting its Weekend Puppy Raiser and venturing out into public. After spending two weekends in prison to bond with the…

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Meet the Staff: Julie Vautour

Get to know the NEADS staff in this occasional series. Today, please meet Julie Vatour, Campus/Office Manager. When did you start working at NEADS? I started working at NEADS on March 28th, 2018. Happy Anniversary to me! It has been a life changing experience since I started. What brought you to NEADS? I was unemployed…

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