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.
Silver Paw Ranch was conceived after our founder Arthur (Guy) Sheble received his own K-9 Battle Buddy named Tex while at the Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Bliss, Texas. Guy was a United States Marine Corps and Army veteran with over 20 years of service. He was struggling to cope with multiple PTSD-related symptoms, including seizures and balance disorders.
Guy soon found relief through the calming, alerting, and stabilizing effects that Tex provided. And he saw an overwhelming need for service dogs in the vast number of veterans returning with PTSD. Guy was convinced by his own experience that K-9 Battle Buddy companions make a profound difference in the lives of veterans with PTSD.
Our Nonprofit Foundation
The Sgt. Patrick Rowe Foundation was created to oversee the implementation and operation of Silver Paw Ranch. It was named for Sgt. Patrick Rowe, a recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor and a former student and family friend of Guy and his wife Angela.
Patrick grew up in Angles Camp and had returned to Calaveras County after four years in the Marine Corps. He served two tours in Afghanistan, and like many of his fellow servicemen, Patrick struggled with PTSD and returning to civilian life. But he made it his goal to help fellow wounded veterans deal with the physical and emotional scars they carried home.
Tragically, Patrick died in April 2013 before he was truly able to begin working on his goal. His desire lives on through the foundation that bears his name. Silver Paw Ranch strives to make a difference for veterans and their families, and we help as many veterans in need as we possibly can.