Ambassador winner Marie Dennis Image: Pet Blood Bank UK

Charity Pet Blood Bank UK has announced Wootton resident Marie Dennis as one of the winners in its Heart of Pet Blood Bank Award 2019-20.

Marie was recognised with the Ambassador Award for her outstanding commitment to supporting the charity and raising awareness of its work. Marie began supporting Pet Blood Bank after her own dog Grace needed a lifesaving blood transfusion several years ago.

The Heart of Pet Blood Bank Awards seek to recognise inspiring people and dogs who go the extra mile to support the charity. The Ambassador Award celebrates an individual who has made a difference to Pet Blood Bank by actively supporting the charity.

These are people who go the extra mile and show dedication and passion for the cause by raising awareness and spreading the word.

After Grace’s life was saved with the help of a blood transfusion, Marie made it her personal mission to raise awareness, funds, and donors for Pet Blood Bank. It was her way of saying thank you for the blood Grace received.

From spreading the word on social media and at events, to raising funds and bringing her other dogs, Luna and Liberty, along to donate blood, Marie’s support of the charity has been incredible.

On receiving her award, Marie said:

“I want to thank everyone at Pet Blood Bank for this award of Ambassador of the year. It is an honour to receive and means so much to me. Since my old girl Grace’s life was saved with a plasma transfusion from a Pet Blood Bank donation, I have made it a personal mission to not only donate with my other dogs but raise vital funds and spread the word to generate even more new essential donors.

“I am passionate about this amazing charity and its work and will wear my pin badge with pride whilst the crystal award has pride of place on my mantlepiece.”

Negative blood type donors needed

Marie has also helped to increase awareness of the need for more negative blood type donors to come forward and help Pet Blood Bank.

Weimaraners, like Grace, Luna, and Liberty, are more likely to have negative blood type. Only around 30% of dogs have this blood type, the rest being positive, but it is in very high demand as it can be given to any dog in an emergency.

Other breeds more likely to have this blood type include Dobermans, Flat Coated Retrievers, German Shepherds, Greyhounds, Old English Sheepdogs, and Pointers.

Marie was presented with her award at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Pet Blood Bank on Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Pet Blood Bank is the only charity offering a lifesaving blood service for all dogs across the UK. Just like the human blood service, dog owners kindly bring their much-loved companions to give blood at one of the charity’s many donation sessions across the country.

This blood is then processed and stored, ready to be sent out to vets when they need it for a patient. The blood is truly lifesaving with every donation having the potential to help save up to four other dogs.

More dog donors are always needed to keep up with the increasing demand for blood products. If you have a happy, healthy, and confident dog who is aged between 1 and 8 and over 25kg they could be a lifesaver. To find out more, please visit www.petbloodbankuk.org.