NEADS Staff, Clients, Volunteers

An archive of select articles and media coverage featuring NEADS World Class Service Dogs.

KSHB: Tips for finding a service dog

Interview with NEADS staff offer advice for finding a Service Dog.


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 ( 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.


Magic 106.7: Cathy Zemaitis & Katy Ostroff on Exceptional Women

Interview with Cathy Zemaitis, NEADS Director of Development, and Katy Ostroff, NEADS Client Services Manager on Exceptional Women with Sue & Kendra, Magic 106.7.

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.


WCVB-TV: Wake Up Call

Monday's Wake Up Call comes from NEADS World Class Service Dogs.

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.

Spectrum News 1: Volunteers Needed: NEADS is Looking for Full-Time Puppy Raisers

Spectrum News staff interviews NEADS Volunteer Manager, Kate Sullivan, about becoming a Full-Time Puppy Raiser. Full story.

Boston 25 News: Local organization in need of volunteers to raise puppies

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.

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.

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.

WTN News: Monty Tech NEADS Student Project

Worcester News Tonight interviewed NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche as well as the students from Monty Tech who have helped build the Sullivan Carriage House.

WTN News: New Van for NEADS

Worcester News Tonight interviewed NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche about the new accessible van, available thanks to a grant from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.