About Us

Let’s face it: Your dog is part of the family. And like any family member, you want to keep your dog happy and healthy. You’re part of a community of pet lovers who care for and enjoy their four-legged friends on a daily basis.

Dogs, like humans, occasionally need blood transfusions in case of injury or disease. If your dog is qualified, she/he can save lives and help other dogs around the country.

HemoSolutions was established to address the nationwide shortage of blood for dogs. Our goal is to ensure that dogs have a safe, reliable source of blood available to them when they need it. This blood can be the difference between life and death, yet it takes only minutes to donate. Both you and your dog will benefit from the experience.

Why recruit donors from the community?

HemoSolutions accepts blood donations from healthy dogs who live with caring owners rather than solely using kennel-kept dogs as many blood banks do. We feel this approach is more ethical, but also more challenging as we work to find enough suitable donors.
In spite of this challenge, we are deeply committed to our purpose.

Why should your dog become a donor?

Because heroes come in different shapes and sizes. And sometimes, they even have four legs and fur.


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HemoSolutions acquires and provides quality component veterinary blood products in an ethical and humane manner. HemoSolutions believes blood donors should live in private homes and lead normal lives. HemoSolutions also believes owners and veterinarians should be provided with complete information concerning blood donation and blood administration. All blood donors, pet owners, referring veterinarians and HemoSolutions staff should be treated with dignity and respect.

HemoSolutions was established in 2004 when Dr. James Gaynor saw the need for an ethical, community-driven blood bank for dogs. He wanted to address the chronic shortage of dog blood, but didn’t feel that creating another “dog farm,” where the dogs are raised solely to provide blood, would be a humane choice. Instead, Dr. Gaynor decided on a more compassionate alternative: Recruiting blood donors from loving, caring homes. He knew the generosity of dog owners would create the momentum needed to get HemoSolutions started. What he didn’t anticipate was the overwhelming response from the community, the media and pet lovers in general.

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists; Diplomate American Academy of Pain Management

Dr. Gaynor graduated from The Ohio State University in 1988.After serving in private small animal practice in northeastern Ohio for one year, he returned to The Ohio State University for a three-year residency in Anesthesiology. He also received a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences focusing on cardiac dysrhythmias. Dr. Gaynor joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 1992 and served as Section chief and associate professor of anesthesiology and pain management until his departure in 2003. He was a member of the Leadership Council for the Companion Animal Pain Management Consortium and currently serves on the board of directors for the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management.

In addition founding and serving at the Medical Director for HemoSolutions, Dr. Gaynor implements the highest standards of care in the private practice setting of the Animal Emergency Care Centers and the Peak Performance Veterinary Group in Colorado Springs. He is board certified in veterinary anesthesiology, pain management, and certified in veterinary acupuncture.