Summit Assistance Dogs, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2000 to create life-changing partnerships by providing highly-skilled mobility, hearing and therapy dogs for people living with disabilities. Summit was founded in response to the overwhelming need for more trained assistance dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Until Summit was established, many clients in Washington had to travel to other states to receive an assistance dog, making the process difficult or impossible for some.
Through innovative partnerships with community organizations and volunteers, Summit carefully selects and trains dogs to assist with tasks that allow their partners to lead lives of greater independence. These tasks might include retrieving dropped objects, opening doors, retrieving an emergency telephone, alerting a person who is hard of hearing to sounds, but perhaps more important, our dogs help diminish depression, anxiety and loneliness by providing unconditional love and companionship.
Since 2010, an integral part of our program includes working with inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex who provide care and training for many of our dogs. These inmates offer the consistent and skilled training that our dogs need to succeed. While providing a great benefit to our organization and clients, animal programs operating in prisons have also been proven to significantly reduce the rate of recidivism, thereby providing a significant benefit to society in general.
Since our founding in 2000, Summit has:
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