Set up in 2007, Pet Blood Bank UK is the first and only charity of its kind that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners across the UK.
Operating just like the human blood service, Pet Blood Bank UK collects from volunteer 'doggy donors' at organised collection sessions nationwide, on average three sessions a week. The blood is then processed into packed red blood cells and fresh plasma, and delivered to veterinary practices when needed. Over 4,000 canine donors are registered, each donating up to four times a year.
The charity's website allows you to search for the next collection session in your area. In addition, the charity delivers lectures on blood banking and basic transfusion medicine with educational workshops held at veterinary conferences, universities and vets' practices. The charity also has an ongoing research programme into the welfare aspects of, and the science behind, the production and clinical use of blood products.
Every unit of blood collected can help to save four dogs' lives, saving thousands of canine lives every year.
Find out more at the charity's website: http://www.petbloodbankuk.org/
Read the charity's entry in the Scottish Charity Register.