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
Summit Assistance Dogs is a small organization with a life changing, lasting impact. For the select few that receive service dogs each year, their life substantially changes. Receipients have described the impact of their disability (whether caused by accident or disease) as isolating them to an island from their old life and the rest of the world. Having a service dog has allowed them to build roads off the island back into 'normal' society. Whether it allows them to get out of the house more, have more freedom in doing actions on their own, or feeling more safe in their daily activities - we are talking about a life changing impact. Summit has also expanded their impact to include allowing prisoners to re-learn compasion and relationship building by performing some of the training for service animals, trying to match service animals with veterans in support of PTSD recovery, and always trying to provide increasing numbers of dogs they can train and place. This is a organization that operates significantly based off of volunteer hours and individual donations - so you can know any money or time contributed goes directly to helping those in need - in a life changing way.