Welcome to our 81st Graduation - Spring 2021

We won't be meeting in person on April 25 to celebrate our most recent Service Dog teams, but we are coming together as a community for a virtual celebration. Please flip through our Spring 2021 Graduation Yearbook, where you can meet all the graduates. Then meet our newest NEADS Trainer and our 2021 Spirit Award recipient. Enjoy a message from the Chairman of the NEADS Board, and join us by signing our Guestbook and adding your message.


Congrats from the NEADS staff

Now more than ever we celebrate the community and connectedness of NEADS Nation and remember that it is not distance that defines togetherness but rather support, compassion, and a shared pursuit of a brighter tomorrow.


On behalf of the entire NEADS staff, we wish each and every one of our graduates all the best!

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NEADS Trainer Tyler Gribi

Recognizing NEADS Trainer Tyler Gribi

Our trainers must successfully complete a two-year apprenticeship program. This program covers all aspects of canine behavior and service dog training as well as mastering skills for instructing inmate handlers in our prison programs and instructing clients for on-campus training.

We would like to recognize and congratulate Tyler Gribi for completing his apprenticeship in February 2021.

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Spirit Award 2021

2021 Spirit Award Recipient - Pam Murray

We’re pleased to present the 2021 Spirit Award to recently retired NEADS employee and long-time volunteer Pam Murray, who is the embodiment of this honor.

This is the first time a Spirit Award has been presented to a retired employee, but it is given in recognition not of her work at NEADS but for her voluntary efforts. Because while Pam was an exceptional and dedicated employee, she was an even more exceptional and dedicated volunteer.

from the NEADS Board of Directors

Hi, I’m Paul Jornet, and I represent the NEADS Board of Directors. I’m here on an empty stage of Monty Tech where we normally hold our graduation, where we normally have the opportunity to congratulate our graduates and their canine partners.

We hope in the future to be back on this stage, but I’d like to take a moment right now to thank all of the people who make this graduation possible:

The amazing staff and leadership team at NEADS, the volunteers from the community that work with our dogs, our weekend puppy raisers, and a large group of volunteers who stood up during Covid who took our puppies home.

We couldn’t do anything without your support.

Our generous donors who have made this day possible. Thank you so much.

I congratulate our graduates and their amazing service dogs, and we wish you nothing but success in the future.

I hope to see all of you back here at Monty Tech, on this stage in November.

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Supporting our Veteran Clients

NEADS is proud of its partnership with several organizations that are integral to the NEADS community: the Blue Star Mothers of Leominster , Blue Star Mothers of Worcester, Quilts of Valor, and Angel Flight Northeast. The Blue Star Mothers have been providing meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – for veteran clients during their training on campus since 2006. The Quilts of Valor have presented beautiful, hand-made quilts to each of our veteran clients since 2010.

Angel Flight Northeast, which provides free flights and ground transportation for those requiring access to medical care, transported two of our graduating veteran clients. They flew Michael round trip from Tennessee to NEADS for her training with Service Dog Ilsa and Chuck round trip from Florida for his training with Service Dog Arnie.

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Visit the NEADS Shop

In honor of our newest class of graduates, the NEADS Shop is offering free shipping through Sunday. Check out shop.neads.org for all sorts of unique clothing, gifts, and special items for dogs and people.

Sign our Guestbook

Support NEADS

Donate today to help more NEADS clients experience the life-changing independence, confidence, and connection our World Class Service Dogs bring.

Task Demo: Fetch Tissues

Tears of joy? Happiness? Pride? No problem, Prince demonstrates how NEADS dogs can fetch tissues for you.

Prince, Fetch Tissues

NEADS Trainer Tyler says, "Are you ready? Fetch tissues." As Prince fetches the tissues, Tyler says, "good boy, good boy, atta a boy. Hold. Prince, closer. Hold. Give. Good boy. Great job, bud. Here's your treat. Very nice."