American Red Cross, MSU VTH Team Up to Save Lives

September 19, 2011

Animal Lovers Help Save Human Lives at 3rd Annual Pet Lover’s Blood Drive

East Lansing, MI – The American Red Cross, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) have joined forces again this fall to help save lives at third annual Pet Lover’s Blood Drive.

The blood drive was initiated three years ago as a unique way for pet owners to honor their pets and help save human lives at the same time.

“This event is much more than a blood drive.  It is about people coming out to share their compassion for animals as well as their fellow humans by donating blood,” said MSU VTH Director Dr. Pat LeBlanc. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the life of both animals and humans.”

For the past two years, the Pet Lover’s Blood Drive has been a huge success at MSU.  Because of this success, American Red Cross regions across the country have developed similar blood drives in their communities.

“We’re thrilled that the idea to honor pets while saving lives has proved successful,” said Monica Stoneking, Communications Manager for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “The fact that other regions are trying to replicate what has been done is a true testament to the dedication of the staff, students and supporters of MSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and College of Veterinary Medicine in helping to save lives – both animal and human.”

All presenting donors at the 2011 Pet Lover’s Blood Drive will receive a goody bag with donated treats for their furry companions and will have the opportunity to learn about the MSU VTH Blood Donor Program and other services offered at the MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The 2011 Pet Lover’s Blood Drive will be held until 5:45 p.m., today, Sept. 19 in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2nd floor cafeteria.  Donors should enter through the Small Animal Clinic entrance. 

“We hope to continue the success of this drive this year,” LeBlanc said. “We’ve had a great turn out the past two years and hope to see even more donors this year.” 

All eligible donors who own pets or simply love animals are encouraged call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment.