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Summit Assistance Dogs

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Human Services, Youth Development

Mission: Summit Assistance Dogs is a nonprofit organization that empowers people and animals to greater heights by providing highly skilled assistance dogs to people living with disabilities or institutions such as rehab centers and long-term care facilities that can benefit from their use. Summit trains dogs for mobility assistance, hearing and professional therapy for people of all ages (including children) .

Through partnership with an assistance dog, people with disabilities gain greater independence and experience more joy, often times pursuing career and academic goals that were previously unattainable.

Summit strives to acquire as many of its dogs as possible from shelters and breed rescue groups to help alleviate the pet overpopulation problem.

Summit presents educational programs to schools and is committed to including as many youth in our program as possible.

Programs: To provide highly-skilled mobility, hearing and therapy dogs for people with disabilities. During 2014, summit assistance dogs had the following program accomplishments: -graduated 5 new service dog partnerships -provided follow-up support and recertification for 45 existing partnerships -provided a rehabilitative training program for inmates at the monroe correctional complex -provided numerous educational presentations for various community organizations -rescued and provided permanent homes for 8 shelter dogs -received accreditation from assistance dogs international -purchased land for future construction of a new training facility

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Rating: 5

I am a support and resource coordinator in the state of Washington, I have recommended several families to Summit . Their care in placement and matching individuals and dogs is wonderful. The quality of training is excellent . Their dedication to providing a service to individuals with a disability is remarkable. I have had the privilege of knowing an individual who received a service dog from them very well. It gave me the opportunity to see the care they gave in training, placement, follow up and support. I was also lucky enough to observe what an amazing difference the service dog made in the life of the young lady he was placed with. They are inseparable friends and a seamless working team. Independence,friendship,joy, acceptance are only a few things the service animal brought to this young lady's life. I would highly recommend supporting this great nonprofit in the amazing work they do!