After almost 10 years of searching for land to build a quality kennel and training facility, we have finally found the right place – a lovely, 17-acre parcel on North Whidbey Island, where we will be able to build a home of our own.
Since our founding in 2000, we have been primarily home based, with staff and volunteers housing our puppies and adult dogs, which has limited our ability to increase our annual number of service dog placements.
Thanks to a generous gift, we were able to purchase the property free and clear and begin initial design work. We will start a capital campaign soon for the buildings, which will bring our dream to fruition.
In the meantime, we are preparing a site plan for our proposed development. This will include spaces for kennels and training, administrative offices and short-term, temporary housing for our clients as they are learning to work with their service-dog partners. Once we have county approval, which could take up to a year, we will begin site preparation. Build-out will occur over several years.
This is the beginning of a whole new era for Summit Assistance Dogs. It’s a critical component of our strategic growth plan to meet the high demand for service dogs in the Northwest. We are grateful for the support of our donors and volunteers over the years and look forward to sharing this dream with you as it develops.
Many thanks to the Nysether Family Foundation for their recent contribution of a $5000 grant to help fund our prison program at the Monroe Correctional Facility this year. This innovative program, where prison inmates care for and train many of our dogs, has been so beneficial to Summit over the past 4 years. With no governmental funds available for programs like this within our prisons, we rely entirely on the generous support of private foundations and corporations, and our individual donors. The Nysether Foundation has been a generous supporter of our work for several years now and it is much appreciated, particularly by our beneficiaries whose lives are changed through partnership with a service dog.
Mason, a dog who needs a home
Meet Mason, a Boston Terrier mix who needs a loving forever home. Approximately 2-3 years old, he's 20 lbs of energy, affection and fun! Smart, confident and eager to please are just a few of the words used to describe him. If you or someone you know is looking for a great pet, take a minute to check Mason out on our Petfinder page.