BluePearl Blood Banks

Giving blood is one of the most important things people can do to help save a life, but did you know blood donors are needed in the animal world, too?

When pets undergo surgery or are diagnosed with certain auto-immune diseases, they may require blood transfusions, just as humans do. The BluePearl-affiliated blood banks are dedicated to providing a safe and plentiful blood supply to animals in need.

We currently operate blood banks in the following locations:

We wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission without the invaluable contributions of our dog and cat donors. But as the pet population continues to grow, so does the number of pets who require blood transfusions. The need is great. Your pet’s donation can ultimately provide the gift of life. 

Blood donor benefits
  • A free physical examination by a licensed veterinarian 
  • Complete annual blood screening. Results are shared with your family veterinarian
  • Active and retired donors are eligible for one free transfusion, if needed
  • Plenty of treats and attention at each donation
  • The knowledge your pet is saving lives
Eligibility requirements

Dog and cat donors must meet the following criteria to donate blood

  • Healthy and well behaved
  • Current on vaccines
  • Dogs at least 55 pounds
  • Cats at least 10 pounds
  • Never had a transfusion
  • Not used for breeding
  • Not taking any long-term medication (except for flea/heartworm preventative)
  • Cats indoor only
  • For age requirements, please visit your local blood bank page:

Click here for eligibility requirements at our Richmond blood bank.

Blood donor FAQ's
Is blood donation risky or painful to my pet?

Donating blood is quick and painless. The most common potential side effect is bruising at the site of collection, but that goes away within two to three days. The amount of blood drawn is not enough to affect your pet’s health. Dogs and cats can safely donate every six weeks.

How much blood is drawn during a donation?

Each dog donates approximately two cups or one pint at each donation. A cat donates approximately two ounces. For cats, fluids lost during the donation are replaced by administering subcutaneous fluids.

Will my pet need to be sedated or restrained to give blood?

Most dogs are able to sit still for the donation. On rare occasions, excitable dogs may need a light sedative to keep them calm. On the other hand, most cats do better with a short-acting anesthetic. They are carefully monitored and are only asleep during the 10 to 25 minutes needed for donation.

What kind of commitment is required? 

Due to the high cost of screening prospective donors, your pet is asked to commit to 12 donations (Donating once every two to three months for three years).