NEADS Staff, Clients, Volunteers
An archive of select articles and media coverage featuring NEADS World Class Service Dogs.
Interview with NEADS staff offer advice for finding a Service Dog.
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 (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.
Interview with Cathy Zemaitis, NEADS Director of Development, and Katy Ostroff, NEADS Client Services Manager on Exceptional Women with Sue & Kendra, Magic 106.7.
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.
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.
Spectrum News staff interviews NEADS Volunteer Manager, Kate Sullivan, about becoming a Full-Time Puppy Raiser. Full story.
Chris Flanagan, Boston 25 News interviews Leicester Middle School Assistant Principal Beth Johnson with NEADS Assistance Dog J.D. and Katy Ostroff, NEADS Client Services Manager. Full story here.
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.
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.
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.
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.