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Greyhound Health Initiative Blood Bank

Our blood bank supplies life-saving products to veterinarians and emergency clinics to help them respond to emergency cases and everyday situations. The proceeds from the sale of these products will help pay the administrative costs associated with running the blood bank.

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Greyhound Health Initiative Blood Bank
Is It Safe?

Is It Safe?

YES! While there is a risk with any medical procedure, if you’ve ever donated blood yourself, then you know there’s little more than a pinch when the needle goes in and no sedation is necessary. The whole process only takes around 1 hour. While lying on an exam table, the blood bank technicians use gravity to draw approximately a pint of blood from their neck … occasionally one will even fall asleep and maybe even try to roach while donating and they all seem to find the Sinatra satellite radio station we play for them very relaxing.

We evaluate all potential donors for their cooperative nature and relaxed attitude in the clinic—we want this to be a positive and comfortable experience for everyone, especially the pups. Afterward, they get treats and lots of love, and the only sign they gave blood is a small shaved patch on their neck. After a short observation period, they are free to return home. Most dogs can safely donate every three to four weeks, but we typically won’t collect their blood more than six times per year.

A Single Donation
Saves Up To 4 Dogs' Lives
Avg. Time Commitment
1 hour

Benefits of being a Blood Donor

If your dog meets the requirements* needed to join the GHI Blood Donor Program, they will receive the following benefits.

FREE physical exam

FREE CBC (blood work)

FREE chemistry profile

FREE serological tests for heartworm disease and tick-borne diseases;

FREE blood products for life, even after ceasing to be a donor

FREE flea, tick and heartworm preventatives year-round

Discounted or free annual exams

The GHI Blood Donor Program

Your dog does not need to be a greyhound to join, but does need to meet the following requirements.

Your dog must be between 1 and 7 years old

They must weigh at least 50 lbs

They must be healthy, friendly, and not be unusually nervous in the vet’s office

They must be on heartworm and flea & tick preventatives year round (we supply)

They must be available to donate once every two months (6x per year)

You must live within a comfortable driving distance to Dublin, Ohio


The Red Cross, Greyhound Health Initiative, and Ohio Pet Charities invite you and your dog to join us to be a hero, save a life, and have fun with your family and four-legged friends.

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Make a PAWsitive difference!

Make a PAWsitive difference!

Help us meet our goal We’re raising money to make a difference and further our cause. To help offset the higher prices of products that keep our canine blood donors healthy, we’ve set up this campaign with a goal of $5,000. With your help, The Greyhound Health Initiative can reach this goal and continue the work we’ve set out to do in this campaign. Please help if you can. Every donation makes a difference.

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