No-one will adopt this intersex dog
A pet shelter has put out an adoption appeal for a dog that is biologically intersex.
The RSPCA branch in Southend, Essex put out a plea looking for a new home for 12-year old Staffordshire bull terrier Jodie, who was abandoned by their previous owner.
The pet shelter has struggled to find a new home for Jodie, who has a mixture of male and female reproductive organs, making the doggie intersex.
The shelter’s workers explained that families had been “put off” from adopting Jodie after learning about the pooch’s indeterminate gender.
Dog coordinator Kathy Butler said: “While this doesn’t cause her any issues or difficulties, I think this is putting off potential adopters.
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“Jodie has been with us for a number of months now and we haven’t had a single enquiry for her.
“As an older Staffie with an unusual physicality, we think Jodie is being unfairly overlooked as we haven’t had any interest in rehoming her.
“She is such a wonderful dog that she really does deserve a happy, loving retirement home where she can live out her final years in comfort.”
A bio on the RSPCA website says: “Jodie is a senior Staffy, around 12 years old. Who can resist a lovely grey muzzle like this?!
“She loves people and still enjoys her walks. Jodie has not been comfortable around some large dogs, but we have begun introducing her to smaller younger dogs and she has been polite and happier with them.
“We feel a home where she is the only dog would suit her best though. She cannot live with cats.
“Jodie is extra special because she is a hemaphrodite. So she has female and some male organs too. This may be off putting to many, but to her it is not an issue and causes no difficulties.
“She’s been with us some time, without a single enquiry. As a senior Staffy with an unusual physicality we feel she is being overlooked constantly. So we’re putting her as our Special Appeal in the hopes of finding an adopter.”