Romeo, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, has been recognised with the Service Animal Award by the RSPCA in its 2019 Honours List, for its numerous donations to the Royal Veterinary College’s (RVC) Blood Donor Programme.
His service was also noted for more than his blood contributions, he is a qualified pet therapy dog and regularly visits hospitals, as well as dementia care homes, to support patients in need.
The RVC’s Blood Donor Programme, was set up in 2005, supports the delivery of complex treatments such as such as open heart surgery, spinal surgery, and cancer treatment.
Steph Hartley, Romeo’s owner, said: “Romeo is one of the best things we’ve ever had. We are so incredibly proud of him for helping to transform the lives of so many pets, as well as touching the lives of so many people.”