Video: He Escaped a Racetrack and a Blood Bank—See This Greyhound Now

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Bodhi’s start in life wasn’t easy. He was bred for the greyhound racing industry and discarded by it, presumably because he didn’t make the cut. He ended up where many greyhounds who are cast aside by the racing business do: imprisoned in a canine blood bank.

At Hemopet, in Garden Grove, California, Bodhi and approximately 200 other dogs were caged and stressed. Workers took blood from the veins in their necks every 10 to 14 days. A PETA eyewitness there documented pervasive injuries, illnesses, and neglect.

Bodhi was rescued from Hemopet and adopted by a patient, loving family who is determined to show him that humans can be kind, and they’re amazed at the progress that he’s already made.

Greyhounds are gentle giants who don’t want to be raced to death or caged and farmed for their blood. They, like all dogs, need and deserve a family like Bodhi’s.

You can help them.

Ask your veterinarian not to source blood from captive-dog blood banks. Many guardians are willing to volunteer their large, healthy dogs to donate blood once, or occasionally, and then go home to their families, just as humans do when they donate blood. According to Dr. Linnaea Scott, a veterinarian with more than 10 years of experience in emergency medicine, “In the case of a shortage, we find another way to help the anemic patient. We get the blood from the clients’ other Labrador, from the veterinary technician’s 80-lb. Rottweiler, or from any number of large dogs who will probably never donate ever again.”

Contact Hemopet today and urge it to release the rest of its dogs for adoption. Following PETA’s investigation and protests of The Pet Blood Bank in Cherokee, Texas, the facility shut down and all 151 greyhounds there were transferred to adoption programs. We can win for dogs at Hemopet too

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind