Okay, I know that this topic has nothing to do with anything health or fitness related (at least for humans), but there was a brief debate in our family yesterday and I would like your opinions.
Our extended family was doing this home improvement project at my in-laws and my sister-in-law came in and apologized for being late, because she was "at the emergency room". We all stopped working and looked up and started asking "who was hurt, what happened?", etc.
She said "oh...no real emergency, I just had to take Freckles in to donate blood". Everyone just nodded and went back to work.
Freckles is their cat. It's real name is not Freckles, but I don't know the real name and I don't care because it's a cat. Her point was that the cat went to the emergency room to donate blood.
Without even thinking about it first, I blurted out "you can't call it donating, if you are taking her blood from her...it's not like she signed a waiver and knew she was doing a good deed." Still everyone is looking down and doing their work, more diligently than ever before. Is this a hot topic?
She responded saying "it IS a donation, because I set down her little cat-carrying bag in the middle of the room and she jumped right into it...the only time I take her anywhere is to donate blood. So, she was happy to get in the bag, happy to go to the emergency room and she is happy to donate blood".
My sister-in-law is awesome and I let it go...but it has stuck in my head. I suppose there must be a need in animal hospitals for extra blood. What about dog blood?!? It obviously goes to good use, but......
Can I get a ruling on this one?