Donor Requirements Saving Lives Since 1993

Donor Requirements

Flexible donor appointments are available at our home site in Purcellville, VA, and we are currently recruiting donors at several of our satellite locations throughout Maryland and Virginia.

We have just a few specifications that we need our donors to meet:

  • At a healthy weight of at least 40lbs, between the ages of 1-7 years old.
  • Up-to-date on Rabies and Dhppcv vaccines and on year round heartworm/flea/tick preventative.
  • No history of serious diseases.
  • Donors are asked to visit to one of the many blood donation sites throughout the MD, and VA area approximately every 5-7 weeks.
  • Please note that some medications may exclude your dog from the blood donor program.

Joining the team is very simple. Qualifying dogs must meet the following donor requirements:

  • be over 40 pounds
  • be between one to seven years of age
  • be up to date on rabies and DHPPCV vaccinations, preventative schedules and monthly flea/tick/heartworm prevention
  • not be on long term medications (some are acceptable and will be discussed during screening)
  • be people friendly and generally healthy

Please contact our office with any questions about the requirements for your dog.

What is it like to be a blood donor with BRVBB?

You and your pet become a life-saving part of one of the largest all-volunteer, humane, canine blood banks in the country. Donor dogs get free health screenings by LVTs or DVMs; annual blood screenings; annual Lyme, heartworm, ehrlichia and anaplasma (4dx) screenings; treats; snuggles and bragging rights! It is ultimately their choice to hang with us.

A quick pre-screening over the phone with our donor coordinator establishes that the dog meets our basic criteria. We then schedule you a convenient appointment time on-site. We will have you and your dog come in for a meet-and-greet evaluation so we can see how comfortable your dog is with our staff. We like to see if dogs are food motivated and what their temperaments are like. Our staff will happily give your dog treats if they have no dietary restrictions. We practice getting up and lying on the table with your dog, sometimes even drawing our initial blood screening if your pup is super comfortable. If everyone is happy and your dog seems to be a good fit for the program, pending the blood work results, we invite you to enter the program. All that we ask is for your commitment of five to seven donations per calendar year. We try to schedule all donors every five to seven weeks, and your dog can donate upwards of eight to nine times per year.

We basically teach donors a new trick: how to lie down on a cushy massage table while being snuggled (this is for safety) and either receive snacks or belly rubs for a total of five to 10 minutes. Right before the draw begins, we will get your dog comfortable and shave and clean the donation site for sterility, and then your dog will give a donation. The actual donation time varies from three to five minutes, depending on the volume taken and the rate of flow. Sometimes, this is an easy task; other times, we are not successful. Just like with human donations, there are a lot of factors that go into successful donations.

We are excited to have you learn more about our program! If you are interested in participating, please call our donor coordinator, Jamie, at (540) 507-2940 Option 3, or send an email to [email protected]. Click here to view the Prescreen My Dog Form.

Visit our Facebook page to learn more about our donors and their families and for more information on on-site visits and events.

Donor Testimonials

  • “Giving blood is not a simple act, it is a humble act and noble gesture. GIVING BLOOD IS PART OF YOU, your essence.”

    - Scott Smith
  • “Comet trots into the office eagerly and leaps onto the exam table in anticipation of love and peanut butter.”

    - Joan Cleveland
  • “I am proud that Comet happily helps other dogs and I know he is not ever going to get hurt or scared while he donates.”

    - Joan Cleveland
  • “We love the peanut butter and cheese!”

    - Maresa Campbell-Huber
  • “We love knowing that just a few minutes of our time can help save a beloved pet.”

    - Tracy and Tutti Williams

Why Become a Donor?

  • Save Dog's Lives Across the Country
  • Be a Part of Humanely Sourced Life Saving Blood Products
  • Always a Positive Visit for Dog's & Their Owners
Have Questions?

Whether you are interested in becoming a donor or have questions about our products, we would be happy to speak to you!