If your dog needs a blood transfusion in California, as my boy Leroy did last year, you might, like me, think the blood donor was someone’s pet. After all, as I wrote back in 2015, many states allow pet dogs to donate blood to help save the lives of other pets.
But not California.
California is the only state that requires veterinarians to purchase dog blood from so-called “closed-colony blood banks.” According to a disturbing undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), hundreds of dogs—many of them retired racing greyhounds that were sold to these commercial facilities—spend most of their time confined to kennels or crates. Their blood is drawn every 10 to 14 days.