NEADS World Class Service Dogs opens new $2.6 million breeding center in Princeton and will increase production of puppies for those in need
A new “state-of-the-art” breeding center has opened in Princeton at a cost of $2.6 million to produce increased numbers of puppies for NEADS World Class Service Dogs, a non-profit organization.
NEADS began its breeding program in 2017, but quickly realized a larger facility was needed outside of its two farrowing rooms in its nursery due to the growth of its program, according to a statement. organisation.
The Breeding Center is less than a quarter mile from the main NEADS campus and as of June 13th it now houses the breeding, whelping and early life care of the group’s puppies and allows NEADS to increase its pool of service dogs, the version added.
“It will accommodate up to 10 litters at a time, a major increase over the current nursery which can only accommodate two litters at a time,” NEADS said.
Gerry DeRoche, CEO of NEADS, said in the statement that the expansion is a “game changer” and that the group already has more than 400 service dog teams in the United States, but that “we hope to increase our customers with the addition of the new breeding center.
Features of the new breeding center include two veterinary care stations, a behavior testing area, a collapsible kennel, a protected outdoor area for litters, office space, five transition pods for older litters, five whelping rooms for younger litters, a delivery room and a rearing suite, NEADS said.
Most of the dogs bred by NEADS are Labrador retrievers which are specifically bred for their health, temperament and longevity and the breeding program plays a key role in the stability and growth of the non-profit organization, a added NEADS.
Established in 1976, NEADS offers “the widest range” of service dog programs in its industry, including those for adults and children with physical disabilities, service dogs for veterans, service dogs for the hearing impaired and service dogs for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, the organization says.
NEADS dogs are also associated with professionals in classrooms, therapy, hospitals, government departments and courthouses, he added.
The new structure was built in part through a leadership gift from Larry and Nanine Costa, according to NEADS.
The organization said it would be “a calm, quiet space where mothers can focus on feeding, sleeping and breastfeeding so the litters can thrive.”
Puppies entering the NEADS program will be named through the organization’s “Name a Puppy Program”. For more information on the services offered by NEADS and how to donate, visit its website.