Info for Donors

Twin Cities Animal Blood Bank (TCABB)

Contact Us: 612-750-1252

Donor Requirements

To become a donor, pets must be between the ages of 1 and 9, healthy (not on any medication), even-tempered, and current on all core vaccinations. Feline donors must be indoor-only and test negative for feLV/FIV . It is strongly recommended that felines are on heartworm prevention. Canine donors must be on heartworm preventative and test negative for heartworm and tick born illnesses. All female donors must be spayed with no history of pregnancy.

 

Donor Benefits

  1. Before becoming a donor, and each year that your pet participates, we will conduct a complete health screening absolutely free of charge. Results will be shared with you and your veterinarian to keep you informed of your pet’s health as he or she matures.
  2. After a one-year commitment, your pet is eligible to receive blood products free of charge – one unit for every unit donated.
  3. Blood donors receive a 10% discount on services at South Metro Animal Emergency Care.
  4. By joining the donor program, your pet will save lives!

Why Donate?

Transfusions are necessary for a variety of reasons. Some pets that benefit from the Twin Cities Animal Blood Bank’s products and services include:

  1. Anemic patients suffering from Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), Evan’s Syndrome, Heinz Body Anemia, and haemobartonella
  2. Trauma patients suffering from hemoabdomen or thorax due to animal attacks or high impact injuries (hit by car, train, or ATV)
  3. Patients with clotting disorders caused by anticoagulant rodenticide ingestion, thrombocytopenia, or Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD)
  4. Parvovirus patients suffering from hypoalbuminemia or coagulation factor depletion
  5. Septic patients suffering from hypoalbuminemia, leukopenia, or Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)
  6. Surgical patients recovering from splenectomy or experiencing hemorrhaging

Screening Process

  1. To determine if your pet is eligible to become a blood donor, please call the Twin Cities Animal Blood Bank at (612) 750-1252 and schedule an initial consultation. At this appointment, you and your pet will meet the TCABB staff, learn more about our program, and further confirm your pet’s eligibility for the program.
  2. If your pet appears to be a good candidate, we will draw a small blood sample for a comprehensive health screening including the following tests: biochemistry profile, complete blood count, thyroid function, heartworm, activated clotting time, and blood typing. We also perform a thorough and comprehensive infectious disease panel on all potential donors. Your veterinarian will be provided with a detailed report of all findings, and if any abnormalities are found, he or she will advise you regarding additional diagnostics and treatment.

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Donation Process

  1. Donation appointments take approximately 60 minutes for dogs and 90 minutes for cats. Pet parents can drop their pets off, run a few errands, and pick them up again afterwards.
  2. Because your pet’s welfare is extremely important to us, they will be examined by one of our veterinarians before each donation. We take all precautions necessary to ensure the blood donors safety!
  3. For their own safety and comfort, cats are lightly sedated.
  4. A trained TCABB technician will shave a small amount of fur from your pet’s neck, and cleanse and sterilize the area to prevent sample contamination. We will then collect the donation, apply pressure to the area for 1-2 minutes to allow a clot to form, and apply a light pressure bandage, which can be removed about an hour after you get home.
  5. Finally, your pet will remain under observation for a short period and can enjoy a healthy (and delicious) snack.

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Contact

We’re looking for a few good pets! If you’d like more information about the Twin Cities Animal Blood Bank, or wish to schedule an initial screening, please call (612) 750-1252 or e-mail us at [email protected] . We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Dr. Kelly Hall, DVM, MS, DACVECC – Blood Bank Veterinarian
  • Wendi Gifford, CVT – Blood Bank Coordinator
  • Jen Glock, CVT – Blood Bank Coordinator