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Animals need blood transfusions, too, and pets are invited to become donors


WE ALL KNOW how important blood donations are in saving human lives, but did you ever wonder what happens when animals need blood transfusions?

Just like people, animals undergoing surgery or that are injured need blood in medical emergencies.

Animals needing transfusions can only accept blood from the same species, and healthy donors are wanted to give blood for the many patients that need it.

Belquest Kennels invites your pet to join the Belquest dogs that have been donating through the Eastern Blood Bank since 1995. Because the blood can be separated into plasma and red blood cells, your pet's donation could save the lives of two animals.

Pets in good health with no history of serious diseases and between the ages of 9 months and 7 1/2 years can donate blood. The collection procedure is tolerated well by animals and takes only 20 minutes.

Pets can be brought to the blood bank facility in Annapolis, or, because Belquest is a major donor, to Belquest Kennels and Cattery, 18745 Penn Shop Road, Mount Airy. The blood bank stops at Belquest two Wednesdays a month.

Information: 301-831-7507 or 410-795-8395.

Library programs

The Mount Airy public library will sponsor "Story Pals" at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for children ages 2 to 3 accompanied by an adult caregiver. Registration is required.

For children ages 4 to 6, the library will offer "Let's Be Friends!" for the "Drop-in Read with Me" program at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday and at 1: 30 p.m. Feb. 12. Registration is not required.

The library will hold its "Snuggle Bugs" story program at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Feb. 12 for children from birth to 24 months, with a caregiver. Registration is recommended.

Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-829-5290.

Rubber-stamp class

Just in time for Valentine's Day, learn from Lori Washburn how to make cards using rubber stamps.

Classes will be held at 4: 30 p.m. Tuesday for ages 5 to 7 and at 7 p.m. Wednesday for ages 8 to 11 at the Mount Airy public library. Registration has begun.

Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-829-5290..

Senior center events

The Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave., will hold a breakfast at 8: 30 a.m. Tuesday.

The meal will include pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages. Cost is $2.

Movie buffs can enjoy the classic movie, "An Affair to Remember," at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the center.

Information: 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017.

Valentine's sock hop

The PTSO of Mount Airy Middle School invites pupils to attend a Valentine's Sock Hop from 3: 45 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m. Feb. 12.

Pupils can stay after school and meet in the gymnasium. A disc jockey will provide music, and snacks will be available. Admission is $3.

Information: 410-751-3554, 410-795-1756 or 301-829-1314.

Pub Date: 2/05/99

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