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NEADS Charity Navigator Rating – What It Means for Donors

14 consecutive years… 15 consecutive years… We update the stats every year, but we’re proud to say our most recent rating puts us at 16 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator. In fact, of the more than 9,000 organizations currently evaluated by Charity Navigator, NEADS is one of the organizations that has received the most…

Year of the NEADS Dog Month 1 – Socialization

We’re welcoming the Year of the Dog with our own Year of the NEADS Dog, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us. Today, we start where all the pups start – at The Laura J. Niles Early Learning Center. Most puppies arrive at the…

Recognizing NEADS ELC and Kennel Volunteers

On Saturday, January 20, NEADS held a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to thank its ELC (Early Learning Center) and Kennel volunteers for their commitment and dedication to NEADS. Since most volunteers only see one or two others during their shifts, this was a great opportunity for people to come together to meet each other in one…

NEADS Hosts Veterans Open House

NEADS Hosts Veterans Open House

One early January morning, 24 veterans, many accompanied by family members, came to NEADS Princeton, MA campus to learn about NEADS Trauma Assistance Dog (TAD) program. The TAD program is designed for OEF and OIF Veterans with combat-related PTSD who live within a 3-hour drive of Princeton, MA. Thanks to generous donors and federal and…

Ask the Vet: Prevent Pets from Packing on the Pounds

A majority of pets in the U.S. are suffering from a serious condition that not only shaves years off their lives but can also dramatically reduce the quality of the time they have left. It’s obesity. In fact, a recent study released by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that more than 58 percent…

Supporter Spotlight: The Story Behind the Boxes

A huge thank you to Boutwell, Owens, a Fitchburg-based printing and packaging company and the creative minds behind our Service Dog “stuffy” packaging. For the last three years, NEADS has honored Service Dogs with a Service Dog “stuffy” package. The first one, in 2015, told the story of Service Dog Rescue, complete with a stuffed…

Boston’s Prudential Tower Shines Blue and Red for NEADS

On Saturday, December 16, NEADS staff, clients, and volunteers gathered at the Prudential Center to flip the switch to light up Boston as part of the annual 31 Nights of Light program. The top of Prudential Tower beamed red and blue in support of our World Class Service Dogs, many of whom were in attendance.…

Meet the Staff: Amanda Charbonneau

Get to know the NEADS staff in this occasional series. Today, please meet Amanda Charbonneau, Client Support Coordinator. When did you start working at NEADS? I started working at NEADS on Dec. 28th 2015. I’m almost at my 2 year mark! What brought you to NEADS? NEADS offered me a job where I could be…

Supporter Spotlight: Ed Turner, Illustrator

For five years, Ed Turner illustrated the NEADS holiday cards, and this year produced our holiday dog with skates. He also created a new series of realistic dog watercolors for NEADS, which are now available as note cards in the NEADS shop. Ed is a big fan of NEADS, and we all appreciate his work…

#GivingTuesday 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we would like to draw attention to Tuesday, November 28. Called #GivingTuesday, this global giving movement is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.