Dog Blood Donor Scheme Celebrates 4,000

Pet Blood Bank UK (PBB), the UK’s first canine blood donation charity is celebrating reaching its 4000th donor!

Shadow, a one and a half year old black Labrador took the honourable title at a recent blood collection session at Vets Now Referrals, Swindon. Shadow’s owner Luke Shipway from Caine, Wiltshire registered with Pet Blood Bank UK having heard about the charity from a friend and fellow dog owner, and is delighted to have him recognised.

Speaking today, he said: “I am a donor myself and understand the importance of giving blood, so when I heard about Pet Blood Bank UK, I was keen for Shadow to follow suit. I hadn’t really considered where blood would come from if Shadow ever needed it, so it was reassuring to know that the unit he gave could help save up to four other dogs’ lives.

“Shadow was fantastic during his donation. He also loved the toy he received, and promptly charged around the house as if nothing had happened.

“The whole experience was fantastic, and I would recommend anyone whose dog fits the bill to register.”

Since its launch at Crufts in 2007, Pet Blood Bank UK has been gaining momentum at a rate of knots, as more and more dog owners hear about the charity and recognise the life saving importance of their dogs giving blood.

Wendy Barnett, Head of Clinical and Professional Services for Pet Blood Bank UK, comments, “We’re over the moon that we’ve reached our 4000th donor in the aftermath of the Olympics, particularly Shadow who made a great first time donor and whose owner, Luke, undertakes a lot of charity work himself.

“We’ve had a great year this year – from winning the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award at the Scottish Business Awards to celebrating our 5th birthday to now reaching this milestone. It’s so encouraging to see more and more donors walk through the doors, and we thank all our supporters out there (donors and owners) for taking the time to make a difference. We really do feel we’ve won gold this year, and long may this continue.”

To recognise the number of supporters across the country that have gone the extra mile to help reach the 4000th donor milestone, Pet Blood Bank UK is today launching a new award scheme, the Heart of Pet Blood Bank UK Award.

The award scheme is being launched in memory of Debra Sykes, Pet Blood Bank UK’s first member of staff who sadly lost her fight against cancer last year. Debra lived and breathed PBB, and was instrumental in setting up the volunteering programme. The Heart of PBB award will recognise and celebrate the achievements of all those who help the charity continue to collect and supply life saving blood.

It doesn’t end at the 4000th donor. Pet Blood Bank UK needs to keep up with the ever increasing demand for blood, particularly as vets are faced with more and more blood transfusion cases to deal with.

Pet Blood Bank UK is appealing for dog owners who think their dog would make an ideal donor:

· Healthy and friendly

· Aged between 1-8 years

· Weigh over 25kg

· Current and up to date with vaccinations

· Not travelled outside UK and Eire

· Not on any medication

· Not received a blood transfusion in the past

Please help save another dog’s life by registering your dog to donate. Simply visit www.petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232222

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