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Dog blood donors are saving the lives of furry friends who get heatstroke, rattlesnake bites

Posted at 5:33 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 11:49:00-04

PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Marty and Marshall are saving lives — dog lives.

The playful canines are just two of the heroes in Puppies With a Purpose, a dog blood donor program at Animal Emergency of Pasco in Port Richey.

Dog blood donations are especially needed this time of the year when heatstroke and rattlesnake bites are most prevalent.


Vet techs Holly Sacramone and Sam Dunman at Animal Emergency of Pasco are reaching out to the community for donors.

The program is free, just takes a few minutes to donate, plus there are perks beyond helping other dogs and owners.

Since dog donors have to be healthy, they also get heartworm and flea treatment, and a snake vaccine to help strengthen their blood against venom.

For more information on the dog blood donor program at Animal Emergency of Pasco, go to Or visit their Facebook: