Blood Donor Requirements and Benefits

What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer donor?


Aside from the benefit of helping critically ill animals, your pet would also receive:

  • Free yearly physical exam and blood work

  • Free Flea/Tick and Heartworm medication

  • Blood typing

  • Infectious disease testing (like heartworm screening and tick borne disease screening)

  • Free blood transfusion if the need ever arises

  • Good Karma!

Can my dog or cat donate blood?

That depends.  It takes a special animal and pet owner to make a good blood donation team.  An ideal donor is a healthy, happy and easy to handle pet.  Dogs must weigh more than 50 pounds and cats must weigh more than 10 pounds.  Age is also important.  Dogs need to be between the ages of 1 and 8 years old and cats between 1 and 10 years old.  Additionally, cats need to be indoor only and from less than a 5 cat household. 


An ideal pet owner would be someone who enjoys helping animals and is committed to being available for donations when the need arises.

If you think you and your pet meet these criteria, contact Animal Blood Bank of Hawaii.   Blood typing, general blood work and infectious disease testing would be completed by Animal Blood Bank of Hawaii to determine eligibility into the program.   A copy of the results will be sent to your primary veterinarian as well. 

  What are the requirements after being enrolled in the program?

Enrolled donors would donate blood once every 2 to 3 months as part of a fixed schedule.  The commitment to the program would last for at least 2 years (although if eligible, they could potentially donate longer.)  The reality is that emergency blood donations may become necessary to save a patient’s life.  If your pet has a blood donation coming up, it can be a matter of life and death for a donation to be made, sometimes on short notice.  We would need to know that we could count on you to be there for an animal in need.  Also, we would like to be able to use pictures of your cat or dog on the website or brochures so we could illustrate what a real life hero looks like.