Humans Aren’t the Only Ones…

Humans aren’t the only ones who need blood transfusions. Our animal companions can also suffer an emergency requiring life-saving blood products.

Tiger and Truman are among the 125+ canine and feline “Superhero” volunteer blood donors at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland.
They donate blood 4 to 6 times a year. And last week was one of those times.

Tiger makes sure all their paperwork is in order.

He was also making sure he didn’t miss out on any treats from Blood Bank Program Director Jill Greene.

Tiger and Truman have been blood donors for about a year and a half. Tiger was first up. He quickly settled into the routine.


Greyhounds are very desirable blood donors because they typically have a universal blood type that any dog can receive. They are also very easy to work with.

Greyhound blood has a higher red blood cell count, lower white blood cell count and lower platelet count than other dog breeds. DoveLewis very carefully screens all their volunteer blood donors, both during the initial consultation and tests the dog’s blood before each donation to make sure everything looks good and they can safely donate that day. Tiger and Truman passed with flying colors!

Now it’s Truman’s turn.


As with Tiger, Truman is super-chill with everything.

Of course the best part of donating blood, as far as Tiger and Truman are concerned, is when it’s all over, and Jill hauls out the toy box. Each dog gets to pick out one new toy to take home.

…and there are more treats involved too!

Each dog donates a pint of blood, which typically goes to dogs here in the Pacific Northwest. But Jill told us, just the day before we came in, DoveLewis sent blood to a veterinary clinic in Palm Beach, Florida.


Each donation appointment lasts about a half-hour. We humans hang out with the boys during the whole process.

If you think your dog would make a good volunteer blood donor, you can learn more about it on DoveLewis‘ website. Blood bank info is found on the Community Services tab at the top of their homepage.

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One Response to Humans Aren’t the Only Ones…

  1. k9don8 says:

    Hi there,

    I have realised that not many people and pet owners may be aware of the fact that their dogs can donate blood, tissues, and organs as well, thus I have recently just started a campaign attempting to raise awareness about this.

    I would really appreciate your help spreading the word and if there’s anything you need or require in particular, i.e. support for a campaign or creation of more social capital etc., please don’t hesitate to contact me via. Facebook or Twitter.

    More information can be found on our Facebook page, as well as on Twitter (@K9DON8) and WordPress (k9don8.wordpress.com).

    Thank you,

    K9DON8

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