Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBuk), the UK’s first national canine blood donation charity is delighted to announce that last week, it welcomed its 2,000th donor.

Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBuk), the UK’s first national canine blood donation charity is delighted to announce that last week, it welcomed its 2,000th donor.

Jinny Fletcher, a five year old greyhound from Dudley, visited the charity’s blood collection session at Manor Vets in Cradley Heath, in the West Midlands.

Pet Blood Banks 2,000th donorPBBuk was launched at Crufts in March 2007 by Vets Now, which has 36 emergency clinics across the UK. The company launched the charity after a change in legislation in October 2005 made it possible for vets to store pet blood.

PBBuk holds regular blood collection sessions across the UK, similar to the human blood donation service, collecting blood from volunteer canine donors to supply to veterinary practices and referral centres across the UK to ensure there is blood available if they need to perform a lifesaving blood transfusion.

This was Jinny’s first donation. Her owner said: “We appreciate that there is the same requirement for blood within the pet world, so we’re delighted to support Pet Blood Bank UK. The charity also gives dogs a thorough medical check so it’s a good opportunity to find out if Jinny’s in good health. I think that PBBuk does a terrific job and we are incredibly proud that our dog will have helped save the life of someone else’s dog.”

On reaching the 2K mark, PBBuk’s executive director Wendy Barnett said: “We are absolutely delighted to have reached this important milestone and it just shows how far we have come as a charity.

“The fact that we are at donor 2,000 now is testament to the generosity of dog owners all over the country who bring their dogs to donate at local blood collection sessions and of course the veterinary practices who kindly provide the premises for these sessions to take place. Without these owners, we wouldn’t be able to supply the veterinary profession with the blood products they need to save the lives of hundreds of dogs in the UK.”

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