For 7 years, Arnie gave twenty bags of his blood, which saved more than 80 of his relatives. This dog has reached retirement age, but his owner wants other owners to emulate him.
Arnie is one of the most famous blood donor dogs in England. Having reached the age limit for blood donation, he officially retired, saving the lives of dozens of other dogs, according to People.
9-year-old Englishman Springer began donating blood in 2015. Its owner Rachel MacFarlane, a 36-year-old groomer, received an appeal from Britain’s Pet Blood Bank. She and her dog traveled from their town of Falkirk in Scotland to donate blood.
Since then, 20 others have followed. Knowing that each blood bag saves 4 dogs, Arnie counts 84 dog lives saved thanks to his precious vital fluid.
To be eligible to donate blood, a dog must be in good health, between the ages of 1 and 8 years old, and weigh more than 25 kg, specifically in accordance with the standards applied by the Pet Blood Bank.
After each donation, Arnie was rewarded with a bag full of goodies. And when he retired, he was treated to a basket full of treats and toys.
Now Rachel MacFarlane, who also has a 15-year-old Border Terrier named Finlay, wants to inspire other owners to donate their dogs for blood donation if they meet the criteria. However, she believes that teachers should be better informed about this subject. “It’s amazing how many people have never heard of dogs that donate blood,” she says.