Service dogs for veterans & survivors get a ride aboard Boston’s most popular tour.
Boston, MA (September 25, 2016) – Service Dogs in Training from NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans are being treated to a complimentary Duck Tour on Sunday, September 25 at 1:00 PM from the Museum of Science departure location,
Boston Duck Tours (BDT) has been a supporter of NEADS since 2012 when Boston Duck Tours CEO, Cindy Brown, approached NEADS with the idea that BDT would support their Service Dogs for Veterans Program through the sale of rubber ducks in camouflage. Since that time, BDT has donated over $11,000 in financial support through donations, silent auction prizes and various BDT employee raffles.
After the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Boston Duck Tours was a lead donor to the NEADS Pawsitively Strong Fund and held a companywide contest to actually name that fund. This fund was founded to bring NEADS Service Dogs to qualified bombing survivors, who sustained a permanent physical disability as a result of the bombing, and could benefit by the assistance of a Service Dog. In 2018, the Pawsitively Strong Fund will open to qualified victims of violent crime from Massachusetts who have suffered permanent physical disabilities as a result of that crime.
Early this season, Boston Duck Tours CEO Cindy Brown was the featured speaker at the NEADS Spring 2016 Service Dog Team graduation ceremony where she announced that the amount of donation for each Camo Duck sold at any of their departure locations would increase. NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche stated that “Boston Duck Tours is continuing its tradition of support for our organization. Our partnership with BDT is integral to the success of our Service Dogs for Veterans Program and we couldn’t be more thankful.”
The company has also had the pleasure of naming one of the NEADS Service Dogs in Training, Kilroy, who is housed and trained by an Inmate Handler at JJ Moran Medium 1 in Rhode Island. This Duck Boat tour will give BDT staff the opportunity to meet Kilroy for the first time!
Boston Duck Tours continues to be a strong supporter of NEADS and is ever at the ready to help and support in any way possible. This appreciation event will allow NEADS volunteers and Service Dogs in Training to experience Boston’s most popular tour while also allowing the dogs to become accustomed to being in social settings involving large crowds. NEADS welcomes media coverage of this exciting Pups on Ducks event!
We hope that this event will shed some light on NEADs World Class Service Dogs and the steps that NEADS takes to assist our military and survivors alike.
NEADS is a Princeton, MA based organization that raises, trains and matches Service Dogs nationally. NEADS welcomes support from donors, corporate sponsors and volunteers alike. Visit http://www.neads.org for more information.