Articles/Featured Stories

An archive of select articles and media coverage featuring NEADS, NEADS clients, and NEADS staff.

Telegram & Gazette: NEADS unveils new project with lab pups

Marco Cartolano, Telegram & Gazette: A litter of eight yellow Labrador retriever puppies scurried around in the play area Thursday at NEADS World Class Service Dogs' training campus.

The puppies played games such as tug of war and greeted their visitors and trainers. Soon, they will start their path to becoming service dogs.

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Vermont Biz: Waterbury hotel included in launch of ‘Red Vest Accessible’ as disability-friendly

The Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe of Waterbury has received the Red Vest Accessible designation in recognition of its efforts to offer a welcoming, accessible facility for those with a disability, its commitment to public access rights for legitimate Service Dog teams as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and its ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of ADA regulations. The designation was presented by NEADS World Class Service Dogs, a leading, nationally recognized Service Dog organization. Continue reading...

The Landmark: Clearing for NEADS facility offers Sterling Fire Department training opportunity

Ken Cleveland, The Landmark: NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche offered the Sterling Fire Department the buildings for training purposes before demolition last fall. Full story.

The Landmark: NEADS earns 19th consecutive 4-star rating

The Landmark (thelandmark.com) reports that NEADS World Class Service Dogs’ strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

 

Courier-Sentinel: Service dog group appoints officers, including Wareham’s Geoffrey Worrell

PRINCETON – NEADS World Class Service Dogs, based in Princeton, Mass., has announced the newest additions to its board of directors: former Marine Corps First Sgt. Paul Jornet has been named board president, while Susan Feit of State Street Corporation, Dr. A. Kim Saal, formerly of CareGroup Health Care and Mt. Auburn Hospital, and Geoffrey H. Worrell of Mortgage Network Inc., have been appointed to the board. Jornet, in his new role as president, and the newly elected board members will assist in establishing and upholding the organization’s activities, finances and general objectives. Full Story

The Landmark: NEADS adapts to COVID restrictions

Danielle Ray, The Landmark: NEADS World Class Service Dogs was able to continue its mission to train and provide service dogs throughout the challenge that was 2020, a need that does not go away during a global pandemic. Full story.

 

Senior Scope: Canine Companion Lends an Ear

Senior Scope Editor Seth Thomas interviews NEADS client Michelle Walton with NEADS Service Dog for Hearing Zoey and Katy Ostroff, NEADS Client Services Manager.

Cape Cod Times: For Falmouth woman, service dog ‘has been a lifesaver’

Reporter Jessica Hill interviews NEADS client KateLynne Steinke with Service Dog Jones and NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche.

Athol Daily News: Service Dogs group honors Petersham resident

NEADS World Class Service Dogs held a virtual graduation ceremony on Nov. 1. In addition to recognizing its newest Service Dog teams, NEADS presented its 2020 Spirit Award to Dr. Cynthia Crosson, who has contributed to and supported many areas of the organization, including the NEADS Service Dogs for Veterans program. Full story.

Newton TAB: In dogged pursuit of helping others

Julie M. Cohen, Wicked Local: Although Hannah is only five months old, she’s already preparing for a job that will change someone’s life. On a recent outing, the black Lab puppy sniffed the grass before snapping to attention when her trainer, resident Kara Hubbard, said her name. Full story.

Rhode Island Monthly: Become a Puppy Raiser of Future Service Dogs with NEADS

Rachel Dvareckas, Rhode Island Monthly: NEADS World Class Service Dogs is currently looking for full-time puppy raisers in Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island to help train future service dogs. Puppy-raisers are volunteers who must apply to raise puppies that will be trained as service dogs. Full story.

MetroWest Daily News: Teaching a young dog new tricks

As a volunteer full-time puppy raiser for NEADS World Class Service Dogs, Shrewsbury resident Leah Bell is responsible for teaching and reinforcing basic obedience to Jettie, a 17-month-old black Labrador retriever, and, most importantly, socializing the dog to sights and sounds in the outside world.

On a recent “field trip,” Bell, who is a 20-year-old Becker College student, took Jettie for a walk around Salem, where she saw a bunch of people in Halloween costumes. Jettie was not the least bit distracted.

“Which is so important,” Bell said.

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Telegram & Gazette: Bank raises money for NEADS service dogs

Bay State Savings Bank said last week its monthlong fundraiser to benefit NEADS yielded $6,410 to help train service dogs that will aid people with disabilities. Full story.

This Week in Worcester: MA Service Dog Organization Donates Coloring Books to Hospitals

NEADS, a nonprofit organization that trains and places service dogs for people with physical disabilities and hearing loss, this week donated a newly-created coloring and activity book, Let’s Go with NEADS Service Dogs Arnie and Zara, to Boston-area hospitals. Full story.

Considerable.com: The growing crackdown on fake service animals

by Steve Friess

NEADS Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, was interviewed for this article about fake Service Dogs on Considerable.com.

"In Connecticut last week, a state legislative committee heard testimony about a proposal to slap a $150 fine on anyone who misrepresents their pet as a service animal.

That would be a bargain compared to the $500 punishment the states of Hawaii and Washington began enforcing last month or the $250 that Arizona fraudsters have been at risk of paying since last summer. And it’s certainly a better deal than what Minnesota lawmakers approved last year – $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail for a second offense... " Read the full article here.