The unsung heroes of Animal Emergency Hospitals

Every day hundreds of animals need blood transfusions, but there are few national animal blood banks. Similar to human blood types, there are five major canine blood types, and one is a universal donor, like our “O negative”. Burleson Animal Emergency Hospital is helped meets its needs with generous donations from the following 4 legged heroes. All 3 donors were saved by our Technician Supervisor Lisa B. Each one can donate 600mls every 20 days. They are rotated so each one donates about 9-10 times a year. Pit bulls occasionally get a bad name in the press, but this just goes to show it is often nurture and not nature that helps develop a dogs temperament.


Opie is a 1 1/2 year old Pit Bull that was rescued when he was just 5 weeks old. His owner was not allowed to have him, so he was locked outside in a shed in the cold winter. Opie has grown up with other Pit Bulls as well as children and he loves everyone




Niles is a 2 year old Pit Bull mix. He and his litter mates were dumped at the local shelter, and due to over crowding, we’re going to be euthanized. His owner rescued the whole family and found wonderful homes for his brothers and sisters. Now Niles lives the life of luxury and works at the ER donating blood in his spare time.


FullSizeRender-2Mr Wilson

Meet Mr Wilson…in 2011, Wilson was confiscated from a fighting ring and was placed on evidence hold. He was being used as a bait dog to train the other dogs to fight. In early 2012, his rescuer was allowed to finally take him and get him help. He had a broken leg that could not be repaired and had to be amputated. He had multiple bite wounds from being attacked by the other dogs as well as razor cuts the fighters use to invoke the fight.  He had infections of various kinds and was emaciated. Fast forward to present day…Wilson is happy and healthy and lives life! He donated blood to help other animals in need. He holds no grudges from his past life and is the poster child of loving and affectionate dogs. Anyone who wants to is always welcome to meet Mr Wilson if they are interested in meeting a real hero.

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