The US government has a solid policy about kidney transplants in dogs – if you get a new kidney from a stray dog, you must adopt it afterwards
The US has come up with an unusual idea, which helps dog owners with saving two lives at once. If you’re living in the States and your doggie needs a kidney transplant, you can get it for free. The new kidney will be taken from a homeless, stray dog. However, there is a catch. If your own dog survives the transplantation surgery, you must adopt the donor dog afterwards. This way you can save two lives – one from a kidney disease and one from euthanasia.
Nevertheless, the convenient opportunity is limited to kidney transplants only. Doctors explain that it’s not practical if the dog needs a heart or a liver transplant, because the donor won’t be able to live without them. Unlike human heart transplants, the heart of a brain-dead animal is useless. It’s believed to be unethical and wrong to keep the heart beating for artificial means. And killing a stray dog in order to transplant his heart to a domestic one is out of the question.