Surgery club event spurs animal adoptions, blood donations


Addie was just one of the animals that was available for adoption at the student Surgery Club’s recent Save 2 Lives event. (Photo courtesy of Sandy MacArthur)

Forty one people made blood donations and 19 animals were adopted through the UF veterinary student surgery club’s Save-2-Lives event, held on April 26 at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.

“The blood donations far exceeded our original goal of 26 donations, and nearly quadrupled LifeSouth’s projected amount for this event,” said Sandy MacArthur, a third-year veterinary student and the club’s president.

Seven cats and nine dogs were adopted during the event, and later in the week, Alachua County Animal Services processed three more adoptions.

 “Due to the generosity of our blood donors and volunteers, who earned a gold paw for their time, we are able to sponsor the adoptions of 55 resident animals at Alachua County Animal Services,” MacArthur said. “In other words, 55 animals at ACAS will have waived-fee adoptions and our golden paw will be proudly displayed on their kennels.”

To view an event video produced by the students and capturing short clips and photos, visit:



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