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PO Box 213
West Boylston
Massachusetts 01583

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NEADS, then the Hearing Ear Dog Program, was founded in 1976 to test the principle that like Guide Dogs for the blind, Hearing Dogs could be trained to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing. In 1986, we expanded our services to train Service Dogs to assist people who are physically disabled and children living with autism. NEADS has trained nearly 1,000 Assistance Dog partners (person and dog) now living and working together in 31 states throughout the country.

NEADS is the oldest continuing Hearing Dog program in the country and the first program on the East Coast to train a Service Dog.


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I consider myself fortunate to be client of NEADS. I have seen many "Service Dogs" that make me question whether they even benefit and increase the quality of life for the disabled client. I have also heard plenty of "Dog Whisperer" wannabe's argue over what method is better. Ate the end of the day... more »
NEADS looks at each perspective client, family member, from not only the disease or disorder, but more importantly from the specific disabilities and difficulties, including lifestyle and family surroundings. For someone such as me this is a Godsend. From the moment I was interviewed before ... more »
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I am a Professional Working Dog Trainer with over 20 years of experience in the working dog and assistance dog field. I have seen the quality of the dogs from NEADS go downhill severely since early 2002 and it is getting progressively worse. While NEADS in fact has a very friendly staff, the loss of... more »
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