PORTLAND – Many people donate blood for others, participating in blood drives and visiting local blood banks. But other animals need donated blood, and one animal hospital is recruiting canines to help.
Dove Lewis is seeking dogs to donate to its blood bank. Officials say owners who volunteer their dogs help save lives of dogs in need of emergency transfusions.
“Dogs need blood transfusions for a variety of reasons,” said Ladan Mohammed-Zadeh of Dove Lewis. “Cancer issues, immune issues – it is very common for us to need blood for dogs.”
Volunteer dogs must be at least 55 pounds and be healthy, current on vaccines, easy-going and between the ages of 1 and 6.
Besides treats and extra pets, dog blood donors get some emergency services at Dove Lewis for free.
Last year, 93 canine donors donated 446 units of blood to the Dove Lewis blood bank.