IVEC Pet Carnival to Feature Dog and Cat Blood Drive

BPS Marketing gave me a little more information on the IVEC Pet Carnival. This year’s IVEC Pet Carnival will host a canine and feline blood donor program, in addition to a humane blood drive. If you or your pet would like to give blood, you can sign up at donorpoint.org.


Raise your sleeve, bring your pet & donate blood at 13th annual Pet Carnival


INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Veterinary Emergency Center (IVEC) is set to host a unique blood drive event for both animals and people from 11am to 3pm this Saturday, July 9 during the 13th annual Pet Carnival, located at 5425 Victory Drive, just off I-465 south at the Emerson Ave. exit.

IVEC will be signing up animals, both cats and dogs, to become blood donors while the Indiana Blood Center bloodmobile will be available to collect human blood as well.

“This is a great opportunity for pet owners to donate, while at the same time, they can learn more about how their pet can save lives, too,” said Dr. James Speiser owner and founder of IVEC.

The Canine and Feline Blood Donor Program provides animal blood not only for use at veterinary practices throughout Indiana, but also across the country. Blood is used by IVEC and other veterinary hospitals for transfusions during emergency treatments such as major surgeries and treatments for poisoning and anemia. Each unit donated can save 2-4 pets.

According to the Indiana Blood Center, over 1,000 units of blood are needed to supply more than 60 Indiana hospitals. Each donor receives a free mini-physical that checks for anemia, body temperature, pulse, blood pressure and cholesterol. To find out if you meet the requirements and to schedule your appointment, log on donorpoint.org. Pet Supplies Plus will supply coupons to blood donors.

Other special features at Pet Carnival include over 40 vendors and rescue organizations, adoptables, America’s Got Talent semi-finalists Tony Hoard & his K9 Friz B Crew, demonstrations, a pet psychic, free caricatures, pet photography and a “Paw Print” creative expressions area where pets can create original artwork. In addition, there will be a Splash Zone to help all furry patrons cool off.

Scooby Doo will make an appearance from 11am to 1pm, along with Maxwell; kids can enjoy $3 rides on a miniature horse, brought to you by A Critter’s Chance. Animal lovers are welcome to suit up their pets in costume and showcase their hidden talents for the Best Dressed Pet and Best Pet Trick competitions, judged by Paul Poteet, Indiana’s weatherman, Scooby Doo and Adam Garrett, community outreach coordinator for Indianapolis Animal Care & Control. Participants can sign up at the beginning of the event to ensure a spot on the catwalk.

Pet owners will have the opportunity to get their pets microchipped at IVEC for only $25 during the event, which includes both the microchip and the registration fee. Tours of IVEC’s massive 21,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility will be offered as well.

Pet Carnival is free to the public; refreshments, hot dogs and popcorn will be provided. IVEC asks attendees to donate an item(s) to help assist two area animal shelters: Humane Society of Johnson County and Indianapolis Animal Care & Control.

All pets must be on leashes or in some type of carrier so all parties can enjoy a fun-filled, emergency-free day.

For more information about the 13th annual Original Pet Carnival or IVEC, visit indyvet.com or call (317) 782-4418.

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