PORTLAND, Ore — The Dove Lewis Blood Bank is low. Due to overwhelming demand the animal hospital is looking for new canine blood donors to help.
“Just one donation can help treat up to four animals,” said Ron Morgan, DoveLewis president and CEO. “We call our donors Superheroes because they are truly saving lives.”
DoveLewis will treat more than 20,000 patients this year, and demand for blood transfusions increases during summer months due to a surge in patients.
One donor, Calamity Jane has been donating to the DoveLewis Blood Bank for five years and has donated 21 units. Her blood recently helped save the lives of a 3-year-old Australian shepherd suffering from rat bait poisoning and a 5-year-old pit bull with an autoimmune disorder.
Morgan says the donation process is quick, easy and painless for both the canine donor and the owner. DoveLewis asks volunteers to commit to giving blood for two years (four to six donations per year). Donors also receive a variety of medical benefits.
Canine blood donors must meet a few basic requirements, including:
• Age 1 to 6 years
• 55+ pounds
• Healthy and current on vaccines
• Gentle disposition
Pet owners interested in learning more can visit dovelewis.org/blood-bank.