Canine and Feline Blood Bank

SASH provides life saving blood transfusions for both dogs and cats

As a 24-hour emergency and referral hospital, SASH sees more patients requiring life-saving blood transfusions than most veterinary practices. Having identified the need for an in-house blood bank service to meet the ever-growing demand for blood transfusions in seriously ill patients, SASH established its own in-house canine blood bank back in 2007 and is also now developing a Feline Blood Bank. What initially started out as a handful of SASH’s dedicated staff volunteering their own pets to donate blood has now grown to over 100 privately owned dogs and cats on the SASH Donor List.

With a staff of dedicated veterinary specialists, emergency veterinarians and highly trained nurses, SASH sees a wide variety of cases requiring life-saving blood transfusions for acute bleeding or anaemia. Patients that are victims of trauma, poisonings, auto-immune disease or bleeding associated with surgery all depend on blood donated by healthy dogs and cats


Could your dog become a blood donor and help save the life of those in need? If your dog is:

  • Healthy and up-to-date with vaccinations, heartworm prevention and worming;
  • Aged between 1-7 years old;
  • Weighs at least 14kg (although over 25kg is ideal) and is not overweight;
  • Has no significant current or previous illness;
  • Has never received a blood transfusion;
  • Has a friendly and obedient demeanour; and
  •  Is able to lie still for 5-10mins

Then your dog could help save lives by becoming a SASH Canine Blood Donor Hero!

Download and submit the SASH Canine Blood Profile Form here.


Could your cat also become a blood donor and help save the lives of other cats in need?

View the Feline Blood Profile Form and criteria here.

Want to donate?

Whether it is a one-off donation, or a regular contribution, your dog will become a life saver.

For more information, please call our Blood Bank team on (02) 9889 0289 or via email

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