Monday, 25 October 2010

They made Georgie a girl - now let's find her a home!

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.


Chapstaff said...

I'm surprised they felt able to pay for the op when so many Staffs are being put to sleep.

I wonder why potential adopters were put off by this problem, it wouldn't have affected Georgie's health surely, & could have been a good talking point!

I didn't realise it was that rare. My sister had a Jack Russell some years ago who they thought was a boy, but when they took him to be castrated they discovered he had a womb & was somehow 'more female than male'.
They just carried on calling him 'him' anyway. The dog knew no different.

Good luck Georgie, hopefully the advertising will do some good & you'll soon have a nice new home.

wellie boots said...

People were "repulsed"?!?!?!

Those people don't deserve a dog.

Thank goodness dogs don't judge people by the same standards some people judge them (and presumably other people. No wonder there is high suicide rate amongst gay and trangendered people).

And I thought prejudice was improving. I must just be choosing my friends better these days.

Beverley Cuddy said...

Well said Wellie Boots - isn't it dreadful!
A dog's gender shouldn't matter in the slightest - and as you say if people can get repulsed by this lovely dog, how much prejudice must transgender people have to cope with?
I was shocked when I read the press release - 'repulsed' is a very strong word to use.
I find it repulsive that people feel comfortable about behaving with so little compassion.

wellie boots said...

It is probably against an equal opps policy somewhere... surgery on a healthy dog because people didn't like it?

How about Manchester Dogs Home turning round to prospective adopters and saying that it is still the perfectly healthy and loving dog they fell in love with?

A couple of ads in the gay village or the Pink Times could have probably found this dog a loving home au natrel instead of pandering to bigots.

(Beverley, I realise i may have gone too far with this and you may want to edit. But i really can't believe it and I don't know who I am more upset with - people being repulsed, the dogs home for operating on the dog and thinking it was ok for the people to be repulsed and pandering to that, or the dogs home/paper for not qualifying the statement "repulsed" - as though it is the most natural and acceptable thing in the world to turn away a dog because of it's sexual organs, which is what i think you meant in your last sentence... grrrrrrr)

Viatecio said...

Just wanted to echo that I completely agree with you, Wellie Boots! People either have some serious insecurity issues or need to do some long-term priority rearrangements if they think they're ever going to own a dog.

Wonder if they'd get rid of a dog for even doing such a thing as licking the genitals with which it was born...

wellie boots said...

Thanks :) My faith in humans is restored :)

priority rearrangements - do you think there is a surgical procedure for that?!


Viatecio said...

It must be something similar to the Cranial Removal From Anal Sphincter operation. Either that or Cranial Removal From Large Sandy Area.

Other than that, I've got nuthin'.

Now I'm curious...what types of priorities CAN one have rearranged surgically?

Sheila said...

Since many adopted dogs are spayed or neutered anyway, I'm not sure what the genitalia left over has any thing to do with the owner. Once the testicles and/or uterus is removed from a dog, your business with that area is pretty much done IMO.

So, yeah, people repulsed by a dog that has both bits? Get over yourself and realize that you're not a real dog lover and didn't deserve to have George/Georgie Girl in your life. I'm just sorry she had to go under the knife to "fit in" to a human world when she probably couldn't care less...