After six years, a greyhound who has donated his rare blood to help save other dogs has retired. Pet Blood Bank UK said each 450ml (16floz) donation can help up to four dogs and Woodie help save up to 88 other dogs.
Woodie is a greyhound from Melton Mowbray, in Leicestershire. He first gave his blood when he was three and the nine-year-old has since reached a total of 22 donations.
Owner Wendy Gray said: “To know he has helped out families in distressing situations… it is amazing.”
The Loughborough-based charity said greyhound blood was particularly sought after as it was more likely to be negative – which means it can be given to any dog in any emergency – and only 30% of dogs were thought to have this blood type.
Woodie can no longer donate as blood is only taken from dogs aged one to eight. Woodie was given a hamper including toys, shampoo, and treats after his final donation
Miss Gray said Woodie was always happy to donate: “He squeaks when he gets there, goes rushing up to the person who goes to meet him,” she said.
“He lies on the table as still as anything until it’s all over and gets back up. He loves it. He has absolutely no ill effects afterward and is ready for a four to eight hour walk afterward.” Wendy Gray said dog blood donors get a full health check
“You never know when your dog will need blood. To know he has helped families in distressing situations, to know he has helped saved lives, it is amazing.”
Nicole Osborne, from Pet Blood Bank, said Woodie has been “an absolutely outstanding donor”.
“We’re so proud to have had him as a donor for us, he really is a superstar.”
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