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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

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

What I love about Summit Assistance Dogs is that the dogs provided to the adults and children with disabilities not only provide assistance, they are a loyal companion and in some cases, when possible, the assistance dog has been rescued. Not only is Summit helping people with disabilities, they are helping dogs too. It's just a great organization!


Rating: 5

This is just a great organazation...its people...its mission and vision...its careful use of funds....takes great care of the dogs.....serves the community well......matches well with its clients.....a hug and well done for all who advance the goods of Summit Assistance Dogs.... they not only get 5 stars from they also get 5 woofs from my dog Sophie...Me Ke Aloha Pumehana


Rating: 5

I began donating to Summit Assistance Dogs several years ago, after witnessing the great improvement in quality of life for a friend with mobility issues who received a dog from Summit. Every dollar I donate helps Summit to acquire, raise, train and place dogs with recipients whose lives are changed forever by the presence of a faithful, loving assistance dog.