BOISE -- The American Red Cross sponsored a blood drive today, but it wasn't your normal blood drive.
That is because they teamed up with Boise Bully Breed Rescue and Canine Blood Heroes for the first ever "People and Pets Blood Drive."
The goal is to bring awareness to the fact that dogs are in need of blood just as much as humans are.
"There are dogs that need blood. There's a demand for that blood to save some lives, and we're in the process of trying to identify the dogs that have that blood type that we need to store that blood so that we can save those lives." said veterinarian Dr. Chad Hunt.
Dogs over 50 pounds and between the ages of one and 7 are the best candidates to donate.
Dogs of the "bully" bread as they're called, typically have the universal blood needed.
The Red Cross especially welcomed the donations Saturday, since this summer has seen a shortage in donations.
Blood levels are currently at a 15 year low.