Foundations for the Future

Early Learning Center and Kennel Renovation 

Each year over 50 clients, 90 puppies, 80-100 adult dogs, numerous visitors, volunteers, and staff utilize our campus buildings. We love this activity, however, it brings with it, wear and tear. Twenty years ago, with the input of veterinarians and other animal care specialists, we built a state of the art kennel to house our dogs during their evaluations and Service Dog training. However, by today’s standards, our kennel does not provide our staff, volunteers, or dogs with the best environment possible. We are currently in the beginning stages of renovating our kennel facility. This kennel, from the ground up, will be a cutting edge Service Dog kennel. Within the industry, NEADS is regarded as innovative, and our new kennel design will minimize stress by providing an environment that is healthier for our staff and dogs.

 The success of our program starts with our puppies. In addition to a new kennel for adult dogs, our plans include revitaliz­ing a building on our property to accommodate our newly arriving puppies. NEADS pups spend up to two weeks on our campus. During that time, our puppy instructors begin teaching basic obedi­ence. Between lessons, the puppies have plenty of time to play, and receive lots of attention from our staff and volunteers.

 At completion of this project, NEADS will have a state of the art kennel and a renovated Early Learning Center for our puppies. As we move forward toward a state of the art campus, our commitment to our clients and dogs remains strong. We strive to provide them with the best possible environment. These necessary projects will improve the health and well-being of our dogs, puppies, and staff. These improvements will help us do what we do best - train and place Service Dogs with the people who really need and deserve them, making increased independence in their daily lives a reality.

 NEADS is continuing the Foundations for the Future fundraising initiative, which began with our new Kathy Foreman Client House and Training Facility, to include the creation of a new Early Learning Center and completely renovated kennel.

Contact Gerry DeRoche or Cathy Zemaitis for more information.

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