Summit Assistance Dogs is a nonprofit organization, located in Anacortes, Washington, and provide highly-skilled mobility, hearing and therapy dogs for people with disabilities.
Summit was founded in 2000 in response to the overwhelming need for more trained dogs. According to recent statistics it is estimated that only 1% of people wishing partnership with a canine helpmate are able to receive one.
Assistance dogs empower people with disabilities to lead lives of greater independence by performing tasks that would otherwise require reliance on a human caregiver. These tasks might include retrieving dropped objects, opening/closing doors, retrieving an emergency telphone, alerting a person who is hard of hearing to sounds, etc.
Perhaps more important than the tasks performed, however, is the relationship itself. Depression, loneliness and anxiety tend to diminish, and it is the dog’s capacity for unconditional love that is often the greatest gift.
Through partnership with an assistance dog, people often experience a joy and confidence previously unattainable through other means. Summit currently trains mobility, hearing, and therapy dogs. For more information about Summit Assistance Dogs, visit:http://www.summitdogs.org/