Assistance Dogs for the Classroom, Ministry, Therapy and Courthouse Facility

In addition to providing Service Dogs directly for people with a disability, NEADS also trains Assistance Dogs for partnership with teachers, therapists, those who perform religious ministry and those who work in courthouse settings. These canine assistants are matched with teachers or therapists that work with students who have mental or physical disabilities and ministers who seek to engage with their general community. 

Assistance Dogs for the classroom, therapy, ministry and courthouse facility are owned by the individual handler, not by a school, business or religious institution. The primary handler is responsible for the care and costs associated with the dog, as well as the upkeep of the dog’s training. Assistance Dogs usually “work” during the day with their partner and then go home at night to be an “off-duty” family pet. There are so many things an Assistance Dog can do, and NEADS is happy to help teachers, therapists and ministers determine how to best utilize an Assistance Dog with their clients.


NEADS Assistance Dogs in the News

Franklin The Service Dog ‘Provides A Real Calm’ At Medfield School

by Lisa Mullins, WBUR

There’s a celebrity at Ralph Wheelock School in Medfield. He has his own mailbox, he gets extra recess time, and he’s Mr. Popularity.

His name is Franklin. He’s a 3-year-old golden retriever-yellow lab mix.

You can read Franklin’s story here, or listen to it now:

Learn more about Assistance Dogs for the Classroom here.