Our Mission

Silver Paw Ranch is a nonprofit organization, a 501(c)3 dedicated to the research, therapy, and placement of K-9 battle buddies as an alternative to medication for wounded veterans with PTSD and other medical needs.

A Buddy Understands


K-9 Battle Buddies Assist Returning Veterans


Silver Paw Ranch provides each veteran with a specially trained buddy, otherwise known as a service dog or a K-9 Battle Buddy. We also help with proper identification, which is especially important for veterans using service dogs to cope with "invisible" disabilities. Invisible disabilities include PTSD, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions that may not be immediately apparent to others. Our specialty is training PTSD dogs for veterans.


Canine Good Citizen

Each dog and its veteran handler will pass the AKC's Canine Good Citizen program and sign the AKC's Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge and the public access pass. Upon graduation, veterans and their K-9 Battle Buddies will receive lifetime support from the team at Silver Paw Ranch. Our staff provides ongoing assistance in the form of consultation and continued education.

Eight Locations

Our nonprofit organization serves veterans in California. We are based in San Andreas, and we have eight locations that include:

  • San Andreas
  • Shingle Springs
  • Tehachapi
  • Stockton
  • Modesto
  • Auburn
  • Sonora
  • Mather
Happy Service Dog
Veteran with a Disability and Service Dog

Our Veterans

Our Veterans suffer from a wide range of disabilities, from PTSD to physical ailments. We pair a service dog with each veteran or dependent based on individual needs. Veterans train with their dogs, and we also educate veterans on the use of service animals, how they help people with disabilities, and the laws that protect them.

Our Service Dogs

Our K-9 Battle Buddies are rescue dogs obtained through the Humane Society and local animal shelters. Each one is put through rigorous temperament testing and obedience training to establish its suitability before beginning its training as a service dog. We have disabled veterans who volunteer as trainers.