(DOGS) OKLAHOMA — After an abused boxer named Winston was adopted by a loving family, he took his second chance at life and used it to save other dogs in need. Every few months, Winston routinely donates his blood to the local animal hospital, and has helped many canines in the process. Many Boxers, along with German Shepherds and pit bulls, have a universal blood type, and so Winston’s donation helps a wide variety of different breeds. Read on to learn how Winston continues to use the advantages of his breed to help others. — Global Animal
Once abused, Winston now pays it forward by donating blood to other dogs in need. Photo Credit: KTUL/ABC News

ABC News, Alex Shaw

As a regular donor, Winston makes sure to give blood every few months. His pints save the lives of many others in need — this is, those of the canine variety.

“Dogs and cats need blood, just like [humans] do in emergency situations,” Dr. Rebekah Heinz told ABC affiliate KTUL-TV.

Winston, a friendly boxer who lives in Oklahoma, takes a needle to the jugular to give to other canines. That’s because like humans with an O negative blood type, “boxers are the universal blood donors for dogs,” Winston’s owner told KTUL-TV.

His donations recently helped a Yorkie named Barkley, who lost a good amount of blood when he had to have his spleen removed.

It wasn’t too long ago that Winston needed help himself. Before coming to live with his current owners, Winston was abused.

But now, Winston is paying it forward. Whenever donations are needed, he is on-call at the Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

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