Blood Donor Program

When a blood transfusion is needed to save a dog’s life, Flannery Animal Hospital calls upon its blood donor team for help. The blood donor team is comprised of employee and client owned dogs who donate blood when an emergency arises.

Program Qualifications

Your dog may be a candidate for our Blood Donor Program if he or she meets the following requirements:

  • A friendly disposition
  • Up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Between 55 and 100 pounds
  • Currently on heartworm and tick prevention medications
  • Between 1 and 8 years of age
  • Willing to be called at any time
  • Has never received a blood transfusion
  • Is spayed or neutered
  • Females must never have had a litter
  • Has no medical problems

Program Benefits

Dogs participating in the Blood Donor Program receive:

  • Free annual heartworm testing
  • Free annual blood work (including complete blood count, serum profile,
  • tick serology and hemobartonella testing)
  • One free unit-dose of heartworm preventative
  • One free bath and nail trim after each donation
  • An “I’m a blood donor!” collar tag
  • The knowledge that you’ve helped to save a life!

Is Your Dog A Good Candidate?

If you think your dog may be a good candidate for the Blood Donor Program, please contact Flannery Animal Hospital or submit our Blood Donor Form.

Flannery Animal Hospital wishes to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to our former donors:

Benny Giusto
April 1, 2000 – March 28, 2009

Benny was not only a loving, devoted family member, but he was also a life saving blood donor. He was one of the original donors at Flannery Animal Hospital and because of his family’s dedication, devotion and selflessness to the program, it has grown into what it is today.

Benny saved countless lives through his donations, giving other families more precious time with their companions. For this we remember him as a hero.Memorial-Garden-225x300

Benny was a Blue and Liver German Shepherd from Sacramento, CA who was playful, fun loving, adventurous, and truly a puppy at heart. Everyday Benny was here with us, he brought a smile to our faces. He will always be remembered in our hearts, and will live on in the hearts of all the families he’s helped keep together. He will never be forgotten.

The garden located on the side of Flannery Animal Hospital is a tribute to Benny and all the beloved pets that have passed on. It’s designed to be a Sanctuary for those struggling with loss and a way to memorialize and honor our four-legged family members.

Other previous donors include:

Lava Jonza
Sophie Lippincott
Bailey Turski

Meet the Dogs the Program has saved:

My name is Maggie and I’m alive today because another caring dog donated their blood. I was three months old when I was diagnosed with Parvovirus. The virus made me very sick and my family was worried that I might not survive.

Flannery Animal Hospital knew that a blood transfusion was my only chance to continue fighting the disease. After my transfusion, I started to recover steadily and was finally able to go home with my family.

Today, I’m a happy, healthy and very loved dog, because a family and their dog cared enough to donate and save my life. Now to return the favor, I donate my blood to other patients suffering from Parvovirus.


Location Hours

This location is open 24 hours a day/
7 days a week

Call to make an appointment M-F 8:00am-8:00pm and Sat & Sun 8:00am-5:00pm

Sign up for our newsletter!

Social Media