Vet Blood, our in-house dog blood donation service, has been overwhelmed by support since the initiative was featured on the BBC.
A BBC London News crew spent the day at Hendon’s 24-hour hospital filming a feature to raise awareness about the service, which provides donor blood for dogs in need of a transfusion, usually following an injury or accident.
The segment was aired on the BBC’s regional early evening news programme and made available on iPlayer, prompting an unprecedented wave of interest in the service with offers of donations from across the country.
As well as filming two blood donation procedures, the feature highlighted the heart-warming case of greyhound Tommy, whose blood was used to save the life of Cocker Spaniel Dodge.
The two dogs – and their owners – met for the first time following Dodge’s emergency transfusion after damaging his throat with a piece of wood.
“We are so grateful that this service exists because Dodge wouldn’t be here without it,” said Dodge’s owner Iain Thomas.
“We want to do whatever we can to help raise awareness of this amazing initiative.”
Tommy’s owner Michael Brooks said his pets donate regularly to the cause.
“Our dogs give blood every three months and are completely calm and relaxed throughout the procedure. It’s been wonderful to meet one of the dogs he has actually helped to save and I would encourage every dog owner to consider donating their dog’s blood.”
During the three-minute segment Hendon Branch Partner Jerry Dunne and Blood Bank Supervisor Tess Coakley were also interviewed and since the piece aired, the offers have come flooding in.
“It’s been absolutely brilliant – we’ve been overwhelmed,” said Denise Turner, Clinical Operations Manager.
“We’ve been contacted by people from as far away as Yorkshire – which is amazing. The more owners who know about this service and can help us boost our supplies, the more dogs we can help survive.”