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Maryland Heights, MO – An upcoming blood drive at The Pet Doctor in O’Fallon, Missouri will give people an opportunity to help save lives through blood donation while learning about opportunities for dogs and cats to do the same. The Pet Doctor’s “People Helping People, Pets Helping Pets: A Lesson in Resiliency” is scheduled for Sunday, May 15 at The Pet Doctor (3046 Winghaven Blvd., O’Fallon, Missouri) with opportunities for human donors to give blood inside Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s Donor Bus from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment for blood donation, please call MVRBC at (800) 591-8049 or schedule online through www.bloodcenterimpact.org (sponsor code 10079). Walk-ins are also welcome.
“When a pet is seriously ill or has suffered a life-threatening injury, a transfusion of appropriate blood components can be the difference between life and death,” said Brad Watts, Marketing Director for The Pet Doctor. “Most people understand how important blood transfusions are for humans. We want to raise awareness of the life-saving role blood donation can play for dogs and cats.”
The Pet Doctor established the Veterinary Blood Bank of Missouri to provide for its own patients as well as pets cared for by local rescue organizations and other veterinary hospitals in the region. MVRBC holds an average of 60 mobile blood drives each month to provide blood and blood components to hospitals throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, but this will be the first time the Blood Center has held a blood drive in conjunction with a veterinary practice that processes canine and feline blood donations. For additional information on The Pet Doctor’s blood bank initiative, see www.thepetdoctorinc.com/petdrservices/blood_bank/.
The blood drive is being held as part of The Pet Doctor’s “People helping People, Pets Helping Pets” event, a program designed to highlight the important role played by animal rescue organizations. “In rescue we meet animals that shock and amaze us for their level of forgiveness and capability to love regardless of their past,” said Watts. “In a word, they are resilient!”
“People helping People, Pets Helping Pets” will feature the first local public appearance by Rico, a pit bull who was previously trained for dog fighting in Mexico, but was rescued and relocated to St. Louis. “Rico was a victim of animal cruelty who had his tongue cut out by someone trying to train him to fight,” said Watts. He has come from California to St. Louis where Phoenix Pack has built him a special cottage. “Rico proves to us how animals are resilient.”
“People helping People, Pets helping Pets” will also feature displays and information from Animal Welfare in St. Louis and a chance for dog owners to participate in the Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International tests. Watts invites pet lovers to “come out to party with Rico and his friends and celebrate the resiliency of the animals in our community and the people that assisted them in their journey.”
About The Pet Doctor
Established in 2003, The Pet Doctor believes the focus of veterinary medicine is the bond between people and their pets. The practice provides comprehensive, state of the art veterinary care its clients and their companions in a professional, modern environment.
About the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood CenterFrom its administrative center in Maryland Heights, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 15 hospitals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. MVRBC holds approximately 60 blood drives each month with host organizations on both sides of the Mississippi River in metro and suburban St. Louis. Host groups include such institutions as Boeing, Washington University and Midas, as well as schools, churches and civic organizations throughout the Blood Center’s service region. The not-for-profit community blood center has its headquarters in Davenport, Iowa and serves a total 75 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org.