Photo via RSPCA

No one has inquired about this adorable shelter dog—because she’s intersex

Jodie's owner abandoned her, and now she needs a loving home.


Marissa Higgins


Published Jan 25, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:28 am CDT

Jodie, a 12-year-old shelter dog located in Essex, England, is struggling to get adopted. While it’s not unusual for older dogs to have a harder time attracting new families, potential owners are having a difficulty getting over an additional obstacle: Jodie is intersex.

Jodie has a mixture of male and female reproductive organs. As of now, the shelter has opted to use female pronouns and refers to her as “Jodie,” a feminine name. In a post about Jodie on its website, the staff refers to Jodie as a “hermaphrodite” and promises that her intersex identity does not cause any particular issues or complications.

Jodie is currently living at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and, according to the shelter’s post about her, has been there for months. The shelter describes Jodie’s situation as an “an unusual physicality” that leads to her being overlooked again and again. In fact, despite her friendly nature, no one has inquired about adopting Jodie.

In terms of breed, Jodie appears to be a Staffordshire bull terrier. In terms of personality, she loves to eat treats, sleep a lot, and go for walks. What more can a pet owner ask for?

To learn more about adopting Jodie, check out her profile here and fill out the adoption application here. The Daily Dot has reached out to the RSPCA for comment and will update accordingly.

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2017, 11:30 am CST