‘She absolutely loves it’: the dogs donating blood and saving lives

UK’s only blood bank charity for vets appeals for more donors amid high demand for transfusions

Mabel didn’t set out to be a life-saver. In fact, the six-year-old greyhound has been known to fall asleep on the job. The former racer – even if she came last in 43 out of 58 fixtures – is now excelling in an altogether different field, as a champion pet blood donor.

“She absolutely loves it,” says her owner, Julia Purton. Mabel is a people-oriented dog and loves her food, Purton explains, so the combination of fuss-making staff and copious treats means a trip to the blood bank has become her favourite outing.

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