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Published: Dec 28, 2011

Maggie, a yellow lab, shows her support for other animals by donating blood to help injured pets heal and recover, the Journal Express Reports.

Liz Frank, Maggie's owner, takes her to the VCA Northwood Animal Hospital in Anderson, Indiana, to supply her latest round of clean, healthy blood that will be used to save the lives of many other animals who come through the door.

According to Megan Gallagher, a veterinary technician at the hospital, the facility is always on the lookout for new potential donors - dogs, cats and more.

Gallagher reports the program looks for dogs between the ages of 1 and 4 that weigh 60 or more pounds, and cats between the ages of 1 and 3. Each animal that gives to others must have their cat or dog vaccinations, heartworm preventatives and be in good overall health.

VCA hospital reports dogs and cats, like people, have different blood types, so they aim to recruit breeds known for having universal blood types.

Amy Waggoner, the manager of the clinic's animal blood bank, told the publication breeds such as bulldogs, boxers and pit bulls often have universal blood.  Healthy dogs and cats can donate blood between six and eight times a year until they are 7, according to Waggoner.

If you are interested in learning more about a blood donor program, ask your veterinarian for more information.