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VA Service Dog Benefits

If you are a veteran interested in applying for a Service Dog, you are eligible to apply for the VA Service Dog Benefit if the reason you have the Service Dog is service-connected. The Service Dog must also be provided to you by a fully accredited organization (as NEADS is) through Assistance Dogs International (ADI) for PTSD, Hearing, and Physical Service Dogs, or International Guide Dog Federation for Guide Dogs.

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79th Graduation – Spring 2020 Reimagined

We didn’t meet in person this year to celebrate our most recent Service Dog and Assistance Dog teams, but we did come together as a community for a virtual celebration.

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NEADS – Here for Veterans

A message from NEADS Program Development Administrator to all our veteran clients and applicants.

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If Vegas Could Talk

When Harvard University closed its campus in mid-March, Full-Time Puppy Raiser and Harvard student Amanda had to return home. Vegas is now living with NEADS Trainer Magen Blake, where he is continuing the work he started with Amanda. Amanda wrote Vegas a parting letter, and we’ve written what we imagine would be his reply if he could talk.


Checking in on Frannie’s Litter – Week 4

Checking in on Frannie’s litter, week 4.


Checking in on Frannie’s Litter – Week 3

Checking in on Frannie’s litter, week 3.


NEADS Plans Special Delivery for Patients at Franciscan Children’s Hospital

To celebrate the release of our new coloring and activity book, Let’s Go with NEADS Service Dogs Arnie and Zara, NEADS will be donating 1 copy for every book purchased to Franciscan Children’s Hospital (up to 200 copies). Written and designed by our own Lori Barrett, NEADS Creative Media Specialist, this fun and educational “A to Z” activity/coloring book is centered around words and phrases related to Service Dogs…


My Dining Room is Now a Nursery

In early March, Nursery staff welcomed Frannie, a pregnant brood* from Guiding Eyes to campus and whelped** her litter. They expected the next 8 weeks to unfold as they typically do with any of our litters…


Ask the Vet: 5 Things to Know about Pet Dental Health

February is National Pet Dental Health month, and while taking care of our pets’ teeth is a year-round effort, this is the perfect time to understand the important role oral health care plays in our pets’ health. Thanks to Dr. Cathryn Cleveland, veterinarian at Ashland Animal Hospital, Ashland, MA and NEADS volunteer, for this information.


What to Look for in a Service Dog for Veterans Program

Here are some key features to look for when evaluating a Service Dog for Veterans program and how the NEADS programs measure up.