Similar to the human blood service, dog owners kindly register their much loved canine companions to give blood at one of our many sessions across the country.
After each session, the blood is taken to our processing centre in Loughborough where it is separated into red blood cells and plasma products, and then stored ready for despatch.
We run an average of five sessions a week at veterinary practices and kennels, with over 9,000 lifesaving donors registered with the charity. Last year, we sent out over 5,000 units of blood and as transfusion medicine advances, the demand continues to grow.
Every unit of blood can help save four other lives, saving thousands of lives every year.