An intersex dog is looking for a new home in south England.
Staffordshire bull terrier Jodie is a special dog: they have both male and female reproductive organs.
The RSPCA rescued the 12-year old Staffie in October, after Jodie was abandoned by their previous owner in Southend, Essex.
They have been looking for a new home for months now, but adopters are showing no interest – there hasn’t been a single enquiry.
Kathy Butler, dog coordinator at the charity’s Essex South, Southend & District branch, believes Jodie being intersex is the reason for the low interest, although it causes the Staffie no issues.
‘While this doesn’t cause her any issues or difficulties, I think this is putting off potential adopters,’ Butler said.
‘Jodie has been with us for a number of months now and we haven’t had a single enquiry for her. It’s such a shame because she is a lovely little dog.’
And Jodie is a true rarity, too, as the RSPCA’s veterinary staff pointed out.
London veterinary director Caroline Allen said intersex dogs were ‘very rare’, and she had never seen a case in her 19 years of practice.
And RSPCA chief vet James Yeates said it was even rarer in female dogs.
Jodie loves people, naps and, despite their age, still enjoys walks.
Their recall isn’t that good, though, so they ideally should be kept on a long leash.
Jodie also can’t live with cats and can find being around large dogs uncomfortable, so a home where they’re the only dog would be the best fit.