PRINCETON - The ribbon has been cut to open the new NEADS breeding center.  From left are NEADS service dog Jones;  NEADS customer Katelynne Steinke;  NEADS board member Sue Feit;  State Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson;  state representative Meghan Kilcoyne;  NEADS Vice-Chairman A. Kim Saal;  donors Larry and Nanine Costa;  NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche;  NEADS Foundations for the Future Capital Campaign Committee co-chair Cindy Lepofsky;  NEADS Board Member James Hicks;  former MA Attorney General Martha Coakley;  state Sen.  Anne Gobi;  NEADS Chairman of the Board Geoff Worrell;  and NEADS board member Carol Krauss.

NEADS opens breeding center and expands service dog capacity

PRINCETON — The new NEADS Breeding Center, which has been in the works for a few years from planning to construction, is now operational, with puppies running around awaiting training for their future jobs assisting humans.

On June 11, a grand opening was held for the $2.6 million facility. It was an opportunity to show off the venue that will assist NEADS in the process from breeding to training.

PRINCETON - The ribbon has been cut to open the new NEADS breeding center.  From left are NEADS service dog Jones;  NEADS customer Katelynne Steinke;  NEADS board member Sue Feit;  State Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson;  state representative Meghan Kilcoyne;  NEADS Vice-Chairman A. Kim Saal;  donors Larry and Nanine Costa;  NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche;  NEADS Foundations for the Future Capital Campaign Committee co-chair Cindy Lepofsky;  NEADS Board Member James Hicks;  former MA Attorney General Martha Coakley;  state Sen.  Anne Gobi;  NEADS Chairman of the Board Geoff Worrell;  and NEADS board member Carol Krauss.

The new center is a long way from the two whelping chambers at NEADS’ nursery when it began its breeding program in 2017.

Realizing that a larger facility was needed, NEADS began work on the new location, about a quarter of a mile away from the main campus on Route 140 in Princeton.

With an increase in the number of dogs bred specifically for service work, the facility will be able to accommodate up to 10 litters at a time, compared to the nursery’s two litters.

“This is a game changer for the NEADS breeding program, allowing us to serve more customers across all of our programs,” said NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche.

PRINCETON - NEADS service dogs proudly sit in front of the new breeding center.

“We currently have over 400 service dog teams operating in the US and we hope to increase our customer base with the addition of the new breeding center.”

“The breeding center is designed to give purpose-bred puppies the best start on the road to service dogs to work with people with disabilities,” said Kate Albertini, Breeding and Puppy Development Manager.

“As one of our customers said, ‘It takes an extraordinary dog ​​to give someone an ordinary life,’ and this facility will help us immensely in our mission to breed more extraordinary service dogs,” Albertini said.

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