Woodbridge, VA- Local nonprofit, Semper K9 Assistance Dogs, is reaching out to the community to raise emergency funds for one of it’s graduated service dogs. For the past month, several veterinarians have attempted treatment with multiple diagnoses to no avail. Diesel, an 18-month-old Czech Shepherd, is currently with his veteran in the mid-west while training for a new career path. “We are trying to raise emergency funds for his care,” stated executive director Christopher Baity. “Since we do not have an actual diagnosis, without knowing what to treat Diesel for is getting expensive.” Being that Diesel’s handler is away from his family support and the assistance of the Semper K9 team, having a sick service dog can add unnecessary worry to an already stressful environment.
Diesel is currently under 24-hour watch at a veterinarian clinic in Iowa. His medical bill just for the past 24 hours has surpassed $1,000. Semper K9 has created a Facebook fundraiser as well as a GoFundMe page to offset the costs. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law, as Semper K9 is a 501(c)3 organization.
“All of our service dogs-in-training go through numerous well-checks, have eye exams and blood work prior to graduation,” explained Baity. “These tests do not catch everything, and we try our best to ensure that each dog is healthy and remains as such post-graduation.” Diesel’s current diagnosis is autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA). AIHA is an immune system disease in which the body attacks and destroys its own red blood cells. This can be a severe condition if not treated properly and quickly.
If you would like more information about Semper K9, you can visit them on Facebook or at their website at www.semperk9.org. To donate to Diesel’s medical fund, please click here: http://www.gofundme.com/emergency-medical-care-for-diesel.
About Semper K9: Semper K9 Assistance Dogs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides assistance dogs for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families at no cost. Christopher Baity, Semper K9’s Executive Director, is an OEF/OIF combat veteran Marine Corps dog trainer and kennel master with three combat deployments, one civilian deployment and two additional overseas deployments with military working dogs. To learn more about Semper K9 at www.SemperK9.org.