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Red River CU Donates to Pathways to Peace Service Dogs Training for Vets
Monday, December 14, 2015 7:00 AM

Red River CU Pathways Donation
Donation collection for Pathways to Peace Service Dog Training

Pathways to Peace, a Service Dog Training group from Hot Springs, Arkansas, made the trip to Texarkana recently to receive a generous donation from the employees at Red River Credit Union. One employee at Red River CU knew about Pathways to Peace after her child received one of their service dogs. After telling others about the group, the employees decided to come together and help the organization. 

“Having an employee whose child benefited from this organization brought awareness for this need,” said Brittaney McGuire, morale employee chairperson at Red River CU. 

Red River CU Pathways Donation
Zane, newly trained service dog.

Angie Hoaglin, executive director and dog trainer with Pathways to Peace, accepted the donation. “We are so happy to receive these items. Blankets, beds, bowls, collars, and leashes are always needed for our dogs in training,” she said. A cash donation was also given to the group. 

Pathways to Peace is looking for service men and women who would like to explore the idea of receiving one of these great dogs. 

Hoaglin explained that many of our service men and women suffer in silence and need support when seeking help. This group is always ready to train a service dog for someone who needs this companionship and potential life saver. Suicide rates among combat veterans are high, approximately 22 per day. With help from a service dog, those numbers can diminish greatly. 

Red River CU Pathways Donation
Red River Credit Union employees Melanie Fouse and Brittaney McGuire with Angie Hoaglin and Zane.

"Most of our dogs are rescue dogs. The pup in the photos is a German Shepherd we received through Muttley Crew German Shepherd Rescue here in Texarkana," said Hoaglin. "After Working with Zane today, I have seen marked improvement in his behavior, and he shows a strong desire to learn and improve. He has the potential to continue his service dog training. Right now he could benefit from a temporary foster home to love and support him on his path towards serving a veteran in need."

If you are interested in helping, you can find both organizations on Facebook following these links: Pathways to Peace Service Dog Training or Muttley Crew German Shepherd Rescue