Massachussets: NEADS (formerly known as National Education for Assistance Dog Services and Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) is a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts that offers a wide range of Service Dog programs.
Their website states that the core mission of NEADS is to produce Service Dogs for individuals with disabilities. NEADS World Class Service Dogs are trained to do the following:
- Provide independence when matched with people who are deaf or have physical disabilities, and also veterans who have PTSD
- Promote confidence and socialization when matched with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities
- Provide integrated therapeutic assistance when matched with caring professionals in settings like classrooms, hospitals, courthouses, mental health practices, and the ministry.
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has led to high demand for service dogs. This is what NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche had to say about it “The added stressors and isolation created by the COVID-19 pandemic has made the need for our highly-trained Service Dogs more critical than ever before.”
NEADS is now looking for volunteer puppy raisers in order to meet this increased demand for service dogs.
The volunteers will have the puppies for 12-16 months and will focus on obedience and critical socialization skills. In addition, they will be required to attend a weekly training session as well as will be financially responsible for some of the pet supplies. “Most importantly, the candidates need to devote time, energy and love to successfully socialize and train a NEADS Service Dog in Training,” NEADS said in a statement.
Interested in applying to be a puppy raiser for NEADS? You can do so online.