Mobility-assistance dogs help people with various mobility challenges by retrieving dropped items, turning lights on and off, opening doors, tugging off clothing and other tasks to help them with the activities of daily living. Our dogs also are custom trained to meet specific needs once they are matched with a waiting applicant.
Summit accepts service dog applications from people who have sustained injuries or are affected by conditions that significantly impact their mobility. We typically place dogs with clients who are affected by Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Post-Polio Syndrome and other neurological conditions. We occasionally place dogs with clients who have other types of disabilities that impact their mobility.
Service dogs have legal access to most public places where pets generally are not allowed.
All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Clients must demonstrate significant need for the tasking ability of a mobility-assistance dog (retrieving items, opening and closing doors, tugging clothing, pushing buttons and switches, etc.). Due to the limited supply of qualified dogs, applications are prioritized based on need and the ability for a service dog to improve quality of life.
We also carefully match applicants with dogs that best meet their needs and match their temperament and personality, so placement is not on a first-come, first-served basis. We need to make careful matches so these life-changing partnerships are best for both the applicant and the dog.