Pet Blood Bank Awareness Campaign: Your pet can be a hero! 

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Pet blood banks play a crucial role in providing lifesaving transfusions for animals in need, yet many pet owners are unaware of their existence and importance until faced with a medical emergency.  





Like human blood banks, pet blood banks rely on donations to provide blood products for lifesaving transfusions. Your pet can become a hero by donating blood that will save the lives of other animals. 

KONG® is partnering with pet blood banks across the U.S. to help promote blood bank sign-up events during the month of June. See a list of participating blood banks at the bottom of this page.   

The Donation Process

Because it would be impossible to host walk-in donation clinics for dogs and cats, the veterinary practices we’ve partnered with are hosting sign-up events for pet parents to register their dogs or cats for blood donation. Once you sign up your pet, you’ll set up a first appointment for a health screening. At the screening, your pet will undergo a total health and blood workup that will determine their blood type and potential for becoming a blood donor. The donation process is generally the same across different pet blood banks with some variations. Overall, donating is designed to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible for the animals, and each donor will give blood every 6-10 weeks on average.  

Each participating dog or cat will receive a KONG Goody Bag

To honor your hero pet, and as a “thank you” for participating in the June Blood Bank Awareness sign-up event, each dog or cat who participates will receive a KONG goody bag! These bags will be given out by the blood bank you sign up with at the time of donation.  (Contents and availability may vary between locations.)

Beyond the lifesaving impact of blood donations, participating in a pet blood bank can also provide benefits for the donor animals themselves. Regular blood donations include health screenings, allowing veterinarians to monitor your pet’s health and detect any potential issues early on. This proactive approach to healthcare can help ensure the well-being of the donor animals while also contributing to the greater good. 

Becoming a Pet Blood Donor: A Simple Act of Heroism

By raising awareness, educating the public, and encouraging participation, we can ensure that pet blood banks have the resources they need to continue saving lives and providing hope for animals in need.  

Participating Blood Banks 

Sign up at one of these blood banks to schedule a pre-screening for your pet! Blood donations will not be taken on the day of these events.


Hosted by Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank at these partner veterinary clinics:

  • Westminster – June 4th – 12pm-5:30pm – Airpark Animal Hospital
    • 1000 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21157
  • Frederick – June 5th – 11am-4:30pm – Yellow Springs Vet Clinic
    • 25 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, MD 21702
  • Marriottsville – June 10th – 11:30am-5pm – Dunroving Borzoi
    • 7311 Brangles Road, Marriottsvile, MD  21104
  • Monkton – June 21st – 12:30pm-6:30pm – Mount Carmel Animal Hospital
    • 16904 York Road, Monkton, MD 21111
  • Sandy Spring – June 24th – 11:30am-5pm – Olney Sandy Spring Vet Hospital
    • 1300 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
  • Funkstown – June 25th – 11am-5pm – Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown
    • 26 Baltimore Street, Funkstown, MD  21734
  • Owings – June 28th – 11am-5pm – Chesapeake Animal Clinic
    • 9825 Old Solomons Island Road, Owings, MD  20736
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Hosted by Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank at these partner veterinary clinics:

  • Leesburg – June 3rd – 12pm-5pm – Leesburg Vet Hospital
    • 19463 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, VA 20175
  • Fairfax – June 6th – 11am-7pm – Pender Veterinary Centre
    • 4001 Legato Road, Fairfax, VA  22033
  • Fairfax – June 13th – 12pm-6:30pm – Pender Veterinary Centre
    • 4001 Legato Road, Fairfax, VA  22033

If you liked this article, please be sure to read “Four-Legged Heroes: Pet Blood Banks and the Battle for Awareness” to learn more! 

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