An archive of select video coverage featuring NEADS staff, clients, and volunteers.
Katie Benoit, Spectrum News 1: A big project is underway for NEADS World Class Service Dogs in Princeton. The non-profit is building a breeding center for their puppies. The pen is kind of like a puppy pre-school. They're experiencing sounds, surfaces, and socialization before being sent to service dog training. Watch the story here.
By Meghan Ottolini, Boston Herald: As the state budget showdown looms on Beacon Hill, state Rep. Kimberly Ferguson is fighting to help fund NEADS — a nonprofit that places service dogs with veterans nationwide.
“The amazing work that the animals are trained to do is, in some cases, lifesaving,” Ferguson told the Herald.
Interview with NEADS staff offer advice for finding a Service Dog.
FOX61 first met this little guy as a puppy in 2019. He was picked from his litter to train as a service dog with NEADS. 16 months later and he is well on his way. Full story here.
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.
Worcester News Tonight interviewed NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche as well as the students from Monty Tech who have helped build the Sullivan Carriage House.
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.
WWLP-22's Mass Appeal welcomed NEADS client Stephanie Smith with Assistance Dog Tootsie, and NEADS Manager of Communications, Audrey Trieschman, to share insights about NEADS programs.
Meghan Ottolini, Boston Herald: Franciscan Children’s Hospital’s newest employee, Marcus, had an excellent first day on the job. He did spend much of the afternoon yesterday gobbling treats out of the nurse manager’s hand. Marcus is a 20-month-old black lab who has been trained to act as a therapy dog for the pediatric patients.
“The kids knew he was coming and they were thrilled to visit him,” said Franciscan Children’s CEO Aimee Carew-Lyons. “There’s not enough of Marcus to go around.”
Watch the story here:
Franciscan Children’s Hospital’s newest employee, Marcus, had an excellent first day on the job.
He did spend much of the afternoon yesterday gobbling treats out of the nurse manager’s hand. Marcus is a 20-month-old black lab who has been trained to act as a therapy dog for the pediatric patients.
“The kids knew he was coming and they were thrilled to visit him,” said Franciscan Children’s COO Aimee Carew-Lyons. “There’s not enough of Marcus to go around.”
Marcus was raised and trained by professionals at NEADS, a nonprofit based in Princeton that has provided more than 1,700 service dogs to people with disabilities and hearing loss.
“He’s been training all his life,” said Julie Jankun, a Franciscan Children’s nurse manager who will provide Marcus with a home outside of the hospital.
The facility applied for a service dog just a few months ago, and Carew-Lyons said the lovable lab will provide patients with comfort, entertainment and companionship for many years.
“You’ve got tubes sticking out of your nose, you have tubes sticking out of your neck, if you have things attached to your head, dogs don’t care. They love you unconditionally and they love the kids,” she said.
After Marcus greeted several of the patients, tail wagging, Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Patrick Downes read to them from the book he wrote with his wife, Jessica Kensky. The children’s book, “Rescue and Jessica,” details Kensky’s bond with her own NEADS service dog, Rescue.
“By the time they get to you, they’ve gone through the Harvard school of dog training,” Downes said. “We were so blown away by what Rescue was capable of doing, not only in terms of task work, but his emotional connection to us, and how he was so loyal. Whenever we needed him he was there for us, and I hope these kids feel the same thing.”
Marcus’ new role at Franciscan Children’s was made possible through donors Mike and Susan Curtain and the Kenrose Kitchen Table Foundation.