A former hermaphrodite dog at Manchester Dogs’ Home is looking for a loving home after undergoing a successful gender reassignment operation.
Georgie, a one-year-old Staffie cross, was diagnosed as a hermaphrodite after arriving at the Home. The condition, which involves the presence of both male and female genitalia at the same time, is so rare in dogs that there are not even any recorded statistics as to its occurrence.
When potential adopters were interested in taking Georgie home they were put off by the dogs’ dual sexuality, Manchester Dogs’ Home decided to pay for a gender reassignment operation to improve Georgie’s chances of adoption.
Lisa Graham, Home Manager at Manchester Dogs’ Home, said: “Since being here we’ve had lots of families fall in love with her and ask to own her – but when we sat them down and pointed out she was a hermaphrodite it repulsed them."
Hermaphrodite dogs are extremely rare and US veterinary expert, Marc DiCarlo, described the chance of vets coming across one as “once in a 30-year career”.
Georgie is now a fully-fledged ‘she’ and is recovering well from the surgery.
Anyone interested in adopting Georgie should call Manchester Dogs’ Home on 0844 504 1212.