Aggie veteran desperate to pay for service dog chemo and amputation
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Like a whirlwind, a brave young Labrador changed the life of a young Aggie veteran struggling with PTSD.
Now, this veteran is determined to return the favor, to save his companion from the clutches of cancer…by at least giving him the chance to live a few more years.
Carson Wehmeyer, a United States Navy veteran, worked hard to succeed as a Texas A&M student. Last year, he decided to take a break from his studies to take care of his mental health, by participating in the Warrior’s Heart program for the treatment of post-traumatic stress.
It was during this program that Wehmeyer met Moe, a two-year-old black Labrador. Man and dog bonded quickly, sharing difficult lives.
“Moe’s former owner is one of 22 veterans who kill themselves every day,” Wehmeyer explained. “His mother had donated him and another dog to the Warriors Heart program.”
Wehmeyer was able to get Moe as a service dog through public donations. Wehmeyer has long struggled with post-traumatic stress from childhood trauma and since he was a doctor in a military hospital. Moe has been there to soothe the young man through nightmares and bouts of anxiety.
And with Moe’s help, Wehmeyer has proudly been seven months sober due to his alcohol addiction.
But now Moe’s life is in grave danger. Last week, the dog was diagnosed with fatal bone cancer. He has little time left to live.
“Without treatment, it’s two to three months,” Wehmeyer said. “With amputation, it’s six to eight months. With amputation and chemo, he’s a year and a half, to two.”
Unable to afford veterinary care for Moe at Wehmeyer’s current home near San Antonio on Monday morning, the veteran drove four hours to the emergency room at Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital.
Texas A&M offers payment plans for pet owners and may offer discounted treatment in specific situations through donations made to the hospital.
Still, Wehmeyer fears he won’t be able to pay to save Moe’s life.
“He works so hard and puts in so much,” shared Anna Williford, a longtime friend of Wehmeyer’s. “And, I know Moe played a big part in all of this. I would hate to see him maybe take a few steps back.”
Wehmeyer started a GoFundMe campaign for Moe’s medical bills, with a current goal of $10,000. He and his friends hope to spread the word and get the young Labrador retriever treated.
“I hate having to ask for help because most of my life I deal with things on my own,” Wehmeyer admitted. “…But now I have no choice…and Moe is legitimately saving my life every day.”
Donations can be made at the following link:
Fundraising by Carson Wehmeyer: Moes Fights Cancer (gofundme.com)