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Mailing Address: PO Box 699, Anacortes, WA 98221
Facility Address: 12549 Christianson Rd, Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 293-5609
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About Us

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:

  • Graduated 74 assistance dogs and partnered them with individuals. Summit graduate teams
  • Rescued more than 250 dogs from local animal shelters.
  • Provided a vocational training program for at-risk youth at the Oak Harbor Middle School from 2001-2003.
  • Provided more than 250 educational presentations to the general community.
  • Been featured in many media venues, including Channel 7 Eyewitness News, KOMO TV, KING TV and The Seattle P-I. Summit news coverage
  • Received the Red Cross Heroes Award in 2002 for our work in rehabilitating shelter dogs and training them as assistance animals.
  • Received the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2005 from the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Collaborated with the Monroe Correctional Complex since 2010 to create the Monroe Service Dog Partnership, a vocational training program where inmates care for and learn to train service dogs.
We love to share the Summit story and would be happy to arrange a presentation for your club or organization. Our heart-warming presentations include demonstrations of some of the things our remarkable dogs can do and give you a chance to ask questions and learn more about how service dogs change people’s lives. Please send us an e-mail at or call (360) 293-5609 to make arrangements.

Michelle Munro

Scottie Kuper
Vice President

Kimberly Lancaster

Richard Greaves

Matthew Hobbs

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