Become a hero!

Your dog or cat can give the gift of life to an animal that is sick or injured.  Due to the nature of cases we see, the demand for blood products is always high. We rely on the help of willing canine and feline volunteers to keep our supply steady and help those animals in need.  Donating is safe and easy – just watch the video below.  Give your pet the chance to be a hero!

Requirements:

Our canine and feline heroes must have certain physical characteristics and meet certain requirements to be considered for the blood donor program.

  • Good disposition and able to tolerate venipuncture and restraint
  • No previous blood transfusions
  • Not on any medications that could pose a problem for a recipient
  • Normal physical exam on initial evaluation by one of WVRC’s veterinarians
  • Between the ages of 1 and 8 years old
  • Dogs:
    • weigh at least 35 pounds
    • on heart worm preventative
    • current on vaccinations for Adenovirus, Distemper, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Rabies
  • Cats:
    • weigh at least 10 pounds
    • be an indoor cat
    • current on vaccinations for Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Rabies, and Rhinotracheitis

If your dog or cat meets the above criteria, various lab tests will be performed to ensure his/her health status and the safety of the blood donor pool. These tests are done at no cost to owners and will be repeated annually while a member of the blood donor program.

We ask all blood donors to:
  • Donate once every 8 weeks
  • Remain in the program at least 2 years
  • Be available for emergency donations
  • Allow pictures of your dog or cat to be used in various marketing and social media advertising
Benefits of being a donor are:
  • Free yearly lab testing while in the blood donor program (valued at $700)
  • Free yearly physical exam
  • Free blood or plasma transfusion if ever needed
  • Gift card to local pet supply store after each donation
  • Goodie bag compliments of Purina
To download the specifics of our blood donor program and the requirements of the donor, click here:

Blood Donor Brochure (Agreement/Requirements)

Apply to have your dog or cat considered for the blood donor program by completing the appropriate form:

Blood Donor Agreement – Dog: Online Form*
Blood Donor Agreement – Cat: Online Form* 

*By submitting this online form, you declare that you have read and agree to the Blood Donor Requirements.

A special thank you to our blood donor program sponsors: 

A special thank you to our blood donor program sponsors: 

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