Spokane vet clinic sponsors blood drive for dogs and their owners

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by BREANNA ROY

NWCN.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 2:55 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. – Three organizations are teaming up to stock Spokane’s blood supply for humans and canines.

The Inaugural Dog People Blood Drive invites people and their pet dogs to donate blood at the Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic this Saturday, Feb. 9, between 1-5 p.m.

Event chair Jessica Osborne said a lot of people don’t realize that right now, just a handful of dogs are feeding the blood supply for the entire Inland Northwest.

“Dogs need blood, too,” she said. “Dogs need blood just like humans do.”

Local pet emergency clinics can get blood shipped in, but it takes 24 hours, and more often than not, dogs needs are immediate.

“You don’t know  that your dog won’t need blood,” Kate Gardner with the Pet Emergency Clinic said. “You want it to be available for your dog and that’s the best way to guarantee that blood is available.”

The clinic is located at 2829 East 27th Ave. in Spokane. It asks both dogs and humans show up on Saturday ready to donate.

Dogs must be 1 to 6 years old and weigh at least 60 lbs. It’s also helpful if they have a calm temperament and can respond to commands.

The Inland Northwest Blood Center will have two of its mobile trucks at the clinic to take human blood donations.

Organizers hope this is the first of many Dog People blood drives.

Click here for more information.

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