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Canine blood donors sought

By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun

11:21 AM EDT, July 12, 2013

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Maryland is experiencing a serious shortage of canine blood to help sick or injured dogs, and the Baltimore Humane Society and Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank are asking for your help.

Dogs who suffer from immune issues require multiple transfusions during their lives, blood bank officials say, and dogs hit by cars or in other accidents, puppies exposed to parvo virus, and other canines need blood.

Hundreds of hospitals around the country rely on the blood bank’s supplies, and it is the largest facility that relies solely on volunteer donors and ships nationally; others keep donor animals in cages.

Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank needs 15 to 20 consistent donors to visit them at the Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, every six weeks. They currently see only five to seven donors, and may be forced to end that program.

What can you do? If you have a healthy dog between the ages of 1 and 7 who’s at least 35 pounds, consider giving blood regularly. A consistent commitment to the program is necessary because of the high cost of screening.

The next blood bank will be held at the Baltimore Humane Society on Saturday, July 27. To register, contact donors@brvbb.com. For more information on canine blood donation and the Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank, visit dogsdonateblood.com.