Ken, founder of Ranger Dog Training, has also established a non-profit organization called Ranger Service Dogs with the aim of taking dogs from animal shelters and training them into service dogs for veterans experiencing PTSD related to traumatic military experiences.
The idea? To save loyal, capable dogs from the shelters and train them to provide companionship and perform necessary tasks for our local heroes.
It’s proven that the ties of companionship and care established between people and animals can ease the suffering of our men and women when they come back from abroad. Shelter dogs and our returning vets both get a second chance at a full life.
It can take up to 24 months and $36,000 to prepare a service dog. However, our mission is to cut the costs and reduce the training time by introducing the dogs and veterans to each other earlier in the process and empowering returning veterans to train their own service dogs.
Ranger Service Dogs was founded in memory of a young combat veteran named Stephen Akins. Stephen returned from war, but felt overwhelmed due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Tragically, Stephen took his own life. After Stephen’s death, Ken knew he had to do something to help veterans suffering from PTSD. He didn’t want anyone else to suffer the way that Stephen did.
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