Video Coverage

An archive of select video coverage featuring NEADS staff, clients, and volunteers.

Fox61: Assistance Dog Morrissey Graduates

Keith McGilvery, FOX61, has been following the journey of one NEADS dog, Morrissey, and returns to NEADS to meet with his new partner. Watch the story here.

Boston Herald: Where’s the Puppy Love?

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.

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KSHB: Tips for finding a service dog

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

 

WCVB-TV: Wake Up Call

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

Fox61: Morrissey makes progress as potential 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 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.

Fox61: Meeting special NEADS: A perfect team

NEADS is featured front and center in this story on Fox61 in CT by Keith McGilvery, Fox61 follows NEADS Service Dog in Training Morrissey. Full story here.

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.

WWLP-22: NEADS Client Stephanie Smith with Assistance Dog Tootsie

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. 

Boston Herald: Kids Thrilled by Franciscan Hospital’s New Assistance Dog

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.”

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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.

CBS6 Investigates: Service dog fraud

Torie Wells, CBS6, NY, interviews NEADS Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, for this news story about the issue of service dog fraud. Watch the report here or below.

Nebraska TV: Spotlighting NEADS Service Dog Programs

Nebraska TV, The Good Life

NEADS Director of Development, Cathy Zemaitis, discussed NEADS and our Service Dog programs with the host of Nebraska TV's Good Life.

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