Pet Blood Donors Wanted!

We are looking for cat and dog blood donors.

Cats and Dogs Have Blood Types, Just Like People!

Dogs have 2 major blood types: positive and negative. Negative blood types are considered universal donors and can be used on any other dog, regardless of blood type.


Cats have 3 major blood types: A, B, and AB. Unlike dogs, there are no universal cat donors. Each cat requiring a transfusion must receive their own specific blood type.


In addition to blood, many pets need plasma transfusions. Blood plasma is rich in proteins and platelets that can help restore lost proteins or help clot blood. Rat bait ingestion is a common emergency that often necessitates both blood and plasma transfusion in order to save the pet's life.

What Does It Take To Be A Blood Donor?

Dog doners must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cheerful disposition
  • 1-8 years of age
  • Current on vaccines
  • Spayed or neutered
  • Weigh at least 50 pounds
  • Test negative for heartworm and be on a year round preventative
  • Test negative for tick-borne diseases
  • Be free of parasites and on no other medications except heartworm and/or flea preventative.

Cat doners must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a good disposition
  • 1-8 years of age
  • Current on vaccines
  • Spayed or neutered
  • Indoor only is preferred
  • Weight at least 10 lbs
  • Test negative for Felv/FIV, tick-born diseases, and heartworm
  • Be free of parasites and on no other medications except heartworm and/or flea preventative.

Does your pet meet these requirements? Call Erin Zobel at 805-489-6573 to see if your they're right for the program!