Greyhound Health Initiative Blood Bank

Our blood donor heroes supply life saving blood products to other pets when they need it the most. In return, the GHI Blood Bank supplies our donors and their humans with over $700 worth of benefits per year. Sign your pet up to be screened today!

Helpful Heroes Making a Difference

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 Yearly Blood Work (CBC & full 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

We take any breed in our blood donor program. Please ensure your pet meets the following criteria.

Our Blood Bank

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

Upcoming Blood Bank Events