Retired Greyhounds, Cats Donate Blood For Pets
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Life is good for a group of retired greyhounds at the University of Missouri veterinary college.
They are pampered and have an easy life, until it's time to give blood.
The greyhounds - and some cats - are part of a group called Pets Saving Pets, which donates blood needed to save other animals that come to the college for treatment.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/LRDHEp) greyhounds are considered universal donors. They have different blood types but because they have a higher count of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, they can match other types. They also have a docile temperament and generally don't mind having blood drawn.
The dogs are used as blood donors for about two years, then are put up for adoption.