We Save Two Lives At Once

Lithia Springs, GA

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Local veteran heroes. Loving shelter dogs. We put them together and save two lives at once. Join us.

The Beginning

Ken Cappello saw a need. He saw his military brothers and sisters suffering with PTSD and other post war disabilities. At the same time, large numbers of dogs were being euthanized each year in our local shelters. The idea? To save loyal, capable dogs from the shelters and train them to provide companionship and perform necessary tasks for our local heroes. Ranger Service dog training was born.

Our Mission

Currently, it takes two years and $36,000 to train a service dog for a veteran. In the meantime, most of these veterans are unable to work and would welcome immediate companionship and activity. Our goal is to reduce the cost and training time of a service dog by teaching veterans to train their dogs. At the same time, we provide them with much needed comradeship and sense of purpose.                                                                                                      

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Shelter Dogs

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Dogs Training

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Service Dog

Get Involved

Donations are necessary to provide the dogs veterinary care, equipment, training, and more. At the same time, we would welcome volunteers in all types of areas from foster care to fundraising. Ultimately, our goal is to build a complete training campus.

“I Promised Stephen I Would Help Ensure This Didn't Happen To Anyone Else.”


Ranger Service Dog Training  was started in memory of Stephen Akins, a young army veteran who lost his battle with PTSD before he was to receive a service dog. Stephen suffered from PTSD after four combat tours. Upon Stephen's death, Ken Cappello made a promise that he would commit his energies to ensuring this didn't happen to another needy veteran. PTSD is a disabling side effect of war, affecting a significant number of the heroes who fight on our behalf.


Veterans commit suicide every day, or one every 65 minutes, according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


Of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.                                             


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