In Kentucky, a formerly unwanted Labrador mix has become a hero for dozens of dogs in need.
Rascal, a Labrador mix, is a familiar face at the Corbin Animal Clinic. The pooch has donated blood to other dogs dozens of times since he ran up to Rebecca Bryant one snowy day in 2009.
According to a report by The Times-Tribune, Rebecca was 13 when she took Rascal home as a puppy to her mother, Deborah Berry Bryant, a veterinary technician.
Deborah said she started taking Rascal to work with her hoping someone would adopt him, but nobody ever did.
Then one day a dog needed blood.
“He was the only healthy donor here, and I said, ‘Well, you need to earn your keep!’ Because he comes here and he uses a cage, he sleeps, he eats here, and.so he donates blood for the clinic,” Deborah shares.
Since then, the clinic staff have lost track of how many times the Labrador has given blood, but they say it must be in the dozens.
“He’s saved a lot of lives,” Bryant said.
Veterinarian Addison Hamlin said dogs need blood transfusions for different reasons like poisonings, infections, severe wounds, or being hit by a car and certain illnesses.
According to Hamlin, dogs do not have to be blood-typed for their first transfusion, so any dog that hasn’t had a previous transfusion can accept blood from Rascal.
The clinic staff shares that the hero pup gets a little nervous when they reach for the needles because he knows what’s going to happen. But despite his fear, Rascal has nevertried to avoid it. After all, he always gets a treat or a meal!
Rebecca, who now works part-time at the clinic, remembers the puppy that nobody wanted – but things are clearly different now.
“Everybody wants him!” she said.