Bloom bill would change rules for animal blood banks

Friday, February 8, 2019

Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has introduced Assembly Bill 366, also known as the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, which would allow animal blood banks in California to utilize a donor blood collection system for dogs and cats.

Existing California law requires animal blood banks to collect blood exclusively from “closed colonies” – which confine donor animals to cages and kennels for months or years. By contrast, other states allow blood banks to collect animal blood in a community-based, voluntary setting. The programs don’t rely on confined animals and lead to greater access and reduced waiting times, which can be critical in emergency situations, Bloom said.