SOS call on Facebook helps save a labrador’s life

  • Isha Sahni, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2016 00:59 IST
A family member sought help on Facebook on Monday morning and in six hours, the post was shared 1,353 times.

Seeking blood donations for family or friends on social media is common, but on Monday, a Gurgaon family asked for blood donation to save the life of their little pet.

In a Facebook post on Monday morning, the family of Sector 49 requested dog owners and animal lovers to come forward to donate their pets’ blood and save the life of a black labrador, Yoda.

Within six hours, the post had 1,353 shares and hundreds of comments.

“The post was made by my sister-in-law seeking help from people...Over 30 people from across Delhi-NCR came forward to help our Yoda. Doctors said there is enough blood for transfusion and that he will be healthy in no time,” Mitali Khanna, a family member said.

Veena Lal from Faridabad said she saw the post after it was shared by a friend.

“I felt very emotionally connected and decided that my dog (Kaddu) can donate blood. I had to arrange to travel to Gurgaon as I stay in Faridabad. I think it’s healthy for dogs to donate blood just like human beings,” Veena said.

Two-year-old Yoda was affected by tick fever a few days back. But, his condition deteriorated on Sunday when he was not able to stand up. The family rushed him to CGS hospital in DLF Phase 3, where he was admitted.

Khanna said Yoda was slipping as his hind legs became weak. The family rushed him to the hospital but by the time they reached, his front legs also weakened and Yoda could not get up.

On Monday morning, doctors said Yoda needed an urgent blood transfusion as his platelet count was extremely low. One of the family members, Ruhani Khanna, who is in Singapore, decided to seek help on Facebook.

“This is the first time my mobile ran out of battery because of incoming calls. There are so many good wishes pouring in. Yoda has to come back home,” 66-year-old Atul Khanna, Yoda’s owner, said.

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